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  • Hello fellow wargamers, once again I hope you will find this article about hobbying useful. This time it will be about green
    stuff and more specific how to do a green stuff mold for easy use.
    Why create a mold you ask? Well it is easy to do multiple copies with a similar result for say shield or bases, those two examples are what I will explain in a closer look shortly.

    I will start with the shield example.

    First I gather my materials and tools. Green stuff, cotton tops, hard piece of card board (which I have cut into my prefered size), piece of sprue plastic packing, my sculpting tools and a Dwarven face icon which I attatched a steel wire to the back as a stamp.

    Then I do a quick design sketch.

    Mix a ball of greenstuff, flatten it over a round base (good hard surface which I can hold on to).

    Use my card board stamp

    Cut of a piece of the spure plastic package into a thin piece which i can bend between my fingers to form different shapes and angles.

    Deepen the edges around my stamped form, this will later on be the outer edge of the shield.

    Use my dwarven icon stamp to make a centre piece.

    Use the same spure plastic package to do an inner circle around the dwarven icon.

    I cut the cotton tops straight off and made some gem holes

    Used a combination of the spure plastic package and my sculpting tools to draw some simple runic shapes.

    Repeat the same step as before only with adding an outer circle made of small cuts.

    Really runed up the piece with the help of my thinnest sculpting tool.

    Later on I used a pencil with a round top to revert the balls made from my cotton tops tip. Making them point inwards since it is a mold.
    This was the last step of the mold and what I realised afterwards is that I would have made my markings a little bit deeper and a little bit wider. Doing so helps with keeping the details of finished product better.

    Next up after this mold had dried after about 18 hours I proceeded with forming another piece of green stuff.

    Flattening it out and oiling it up, both sides of it. Rubbing your oiled fingers in circular movement help to remove finger prints from the green stuff.
    Then I just press the rounded green stuff into the mold and let it dry for 12-24 hours.

    Finished product after washing with soap and lukewarm water.

    I cut the edges off using a scalpel to do so, then with a fine grained rasp I took away rough edges all around the outer edge.

    Looking at it finished I wasnt pleased with the gems so I added green stuff to then and once it dryes up it will be 100% finished. This was my first ever shield done and I am about 80% happy with the result.
    If you ignore the time spent with green stuff drying it took about 30-40 mins to do the mold and about 10 minuts to mold the shield. So not alot at all =).

    Next up is the bases.
    I start with building my base prototype out of household magnets meant for refrigerator use. They are about the right shape and are hard but easily cut. I glue them slightly onto a 40x40mm base and lets it dry.

    Next up I form a fairly decent sized ball of grey stuff and when I am finished with oiling up the prototype base I push the grey stuff over it and press hard while I enclose the whole base. Once it had dried after 12 hours or so this was the finished product.

    I form another piece of grey stuff and form it into the shape of a square roughly the shape of a 40x40 mm base. I place it inside of the mold and with the help of my sculpting tools I force an even layer of grey stuff into the entire mold and into all the edges and sides. One I tip I can give is to use an empty base to push the grey stuff into the mold, it gives an even and flat surface. Let it dry for about 12 hours

    Once dried I removed any bits of left over edges or excess grey stuff, glue it onto a base and add eventual bits to give it a less plain look.

    I used wooden glue and fine sand on the other part of the base and once this had dried I used a fine coat of matt varnish to seal in the sand and harden the surface of the entire model.

    This is what a finished base looks like and once you make several you get an unique looking unit.

    And with your own painting theme they can look great.

    These green stuff examples were made with very little knowledge (the bases were my second ever mold made bases, and the shield was my first attempt) so you do not have to be an expert on anything, and as always not a lot of expense was used in making these, it was all cheap, and it was fun to do.

    Last but not least if you have any questions about what I do or how I do it just drop a comment. Or even better if you wish to teach me something, im all ears. And if you try these out and want to show your results, then send me a picture, I will add them to another article later on and tell everybody about your success.


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