Insider 12-5-2011

For this week’s blog, I thought I’d show you some detailed pictures of the greens for the new Trollbloods War Wagon. This is one of the most detailed models I've made during my time at Privateer Press. Even the inside is detailed.

To start, we wanted the bison to have some variation, so Steve Saunders made two different heads and two different sets of front legs.

The wheels are double-sided.

Since the War Wagon is open-topped we detailed the inside with wood floors, rivets, metal panels, ammo, and a separate step in the turret for the pyg to stand on. I used polymer clay to sculpt this since it allows for an unlimited working time to sculpt the wood grain and knots.

For a project this large, I try to find “common” parts—parts that are repeated—and sculpt those first. That way, I can get castings to use instead of having to sculpt the same part several times. We call those parts intermediates. Below are the intermediate parts I used for the War Wagon.

When multiple sculptors work on the same project, we try to get parts started as early as possible, and we sometimes make mockups of parts, like the chair below. That way, one sculptor is not waiting on work from another before he can begin. The mockup was sent to Todd Harris so he could start sculpting the crew to fit the chairs without waiting for me to get them sculpted.

I was concentrating so much on adding detail I forgot that some of it might not be seen in the end. The chair has wood slats, but you really can’t see them with a trollkin on top of them!

I used a large variety of sculpting putties and materials on this project: epoxy resin, brown stuff, green stuff, polymer clay, plastic card and half round strips, steel bearings, 20/26 gauge wire, and aluminum/brass tubing. I even used a couple parts from an old watch!

Here are some pictures of the model assembled with blue tack.

All in all, this was my favorite sculpt to work on so far, although I’ll probably say the same about my next project!