Okay, so sculpting a figure from scratch....quite the effort I now think.
I picked up some Procreate (aka Grey stuff) and a set of Privateer Press P3 sculpting tools when I last ordered from the warstore. It was something of a whim to let me gap fill in models or convert but then I got the crazy idea that maybe I could produce an entire model.
So tonight, having done an insufficient amount of reading on the subject, failing to start small, and using only a cork, paperclip and some water, I got going. After about 20 minutes I decided to stop because the putty was sticky and I started realising that I need to bulk up the figure more, but the arms move every time I touch them because they are on separate pieces of paperclip and I am not sure exactly where to go next and the tools are harder to work with than I though and I don't quite know what the model will be and and and.......
....anyway, minor stress panic over. Here are some piccies.
Well here is my workbench and the sculpt so far. I've put Isembard Kickass Brunel next to grey man (my own name for him) just so I can tell how far I have yet to come. The 3 sculpting tools by the X-acto knife set me back $7.99 which isn't half bad given their quality. One of them has two 'knife' ends, one has a 'knife' end and a round dish end and the last has a 'needle' point. I found myself swapping back and forth between them a lot and it seems like they will all have their time and place.
Well you can see here that his pointing arm hasn't come out quite as neatly as it might have done....so I've decided to turn him into a cyborg of sorts. I will probably base him somewhat on Leroy from Ramshackle Games and have a bulky shoulder mounted gun on his left arm. His right arm can just stay where it is, or maybe I'll put a knife in it.
The last one here shows his butt region and how I've tried to shape up the back half of him to be somewhat realistic.
Well so far it's looking alright. The head will come later and I'm sure will be a whole lot of work, as will be the legs and feet. I might try to make him a decent base to stand on if I can push my skills to that level. I need to thicken up the body to a more realistic size as he is currently very thin and flat in shape. That will take a chunk of work and then I'll need to work out what kind of clothes to put on him. I'm thinking that heavy overalls will be the most straightforward for my first model. His arm will be a whole different ballgame as I'll need to make straight lines and shapes for the gun he is fitted with.
All in all, it's an alright start though I realise how much work is ahead. I'm very impressed now with what the professionals do on a day to day basis with sculpting.
Comments and criticism very much welcome.