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Re: Dirty Uncle Pete's Raven Guard

PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:53 pm
by Guy In Suit
Don't feel too bad, I put my dremel through my index finger last Sunday :cry:

Re: Dirty Uncle Pete's Raven Guard

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:07 am
by deFl0
Casting a raven guard army...

Ok. So I promised pictures all the way through, so people could see the process. I started by selecting all the one piece mold items I wanted to cast.

This included:
- Immolator Tops (I wanted it to be multi use with SOBs, plus the windows offer an area for for color in the army)
- Stained glass cupolas (Another area for color, plus they will make the predators look unique.
- SOB Rhino Doors
- 2 sets of Raven guard rhino doors
- 3 sets of land raider doors
- Beakie helmets
- Winged Face Helmets
- eagle heads for eagle back packs, which will also be used as terminator heads and maybe terminator thunder hammers.
- robed torsos with raven guard symbols

Thoughts:
- The torsos came out ok. I think I might need to redo the mold and take more care as the detail is tiny. About 1 in 4 come out well.
- The winged faces need to have been vented better, so I might redo them too.
- Everything else worked well although I lost the tip of the beakie helmets and eagle back packs, so I little mending will be in order for some of them.
- All in all, really successful. About $400 - $500 dollars saved. Plus I got to add customization pre mold to make them unique to my army, which is always cool.

Re: Dirty Uncle Pete's Raven Guard

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:09 am
by deFl0
More Casting!!!!

Re: Dirty Uncle Pete's Raven Guard

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:11 am
by deFl0
CASTING!!!!

Re: Dirty Uncle Pete's Raven Guard

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:17 pm
by ampao
:shock: :shock: :shock:

Damn. Looking solid pete.

Re: Dirty Uncle Pete's Raven Guard

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:37 pm
by deFl0
Yeah, it took two solid nights. Half a night to make the mold. A night to cast. A half night to trim flashing.

I keep coming up on the issue where I need to do some serious grinding / sanding on certain parts. Sometimes I have expansion of the material and it overflows the mold. But it brutal to sand it by hand.

Haven't quite figured that piece out yet, but I really need to figure it out before I start banging out bases. I need use of a belt sander or and orbital sander that is face up :p

Thoughts?

Re: Dirty Uncle Pete's Raven Guard

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:49 pm
by WickerNipple
deFl0 wrote:Thoughts?


Wear a mask!

Re: Dirty Uncle Pete's Raven Guard

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:28 pm
by Anger Worm
,Great stuff Pete! It's cool to see all the clever approaches to making a good mold (like the greenstuff and plasticard use). That's some serious industry! After all this I'm expecting more than a dip paint job.

Also, I second the mask suggestion.

Re: Dirty Uncle Pete's Raven Guard

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:44 pm
by deFl0
Yeah, I guess I'll have to paint this one, although, I will be dipping my sisters.

Cool tip:

One of the things I tried for the first time that worked out really well was fixing the helmets to the base with a glob of green stuff. It helped make a bigger area to pour the resign into and it allowed me to get the angle right, so the air would come out easily. Then the molded piece were easy to pop off the "green stuff cast" with a pair of sprue cutters.

As for green stuff and plasitcard, It works well to make parts with holes in them a solid piece so you can turn them into. easy to cast, one piece molds. A good tip is that mold material doesn't stick to green stuff, so you don;t ahve to wait for the green stuff to dry. You can use it like blue tack to keep things together on a temporary basis.

Re: Dirty Uncle Pete's Raven Guard

PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:56 am
by deFl0
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