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What to use for sculpting?

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Hello All,

I'm new to this whole conversion / modelling side of the hobby, and I've had this hankering to try sculpting a Tyranid Swarmlord but one that looks like a giant Genestealer.

I know this is a hefty project to throw myself into, but hey, go big or go home.

My question to you professionals is what kind of clay / tools / framing should I use to do this project of mine? I know green stuff alone won't be good enough to do a big model out of, but I can use for detailing. I was also thinking about constructing a body frame for the model with thin metal rods or something, just to give it a base to build off of.

Again, I'm completely new to this, so any advice would be appriciated :D.
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A few others to try are procreate (a grey material) I found this a bit sticky, but it sets much harder than green stuff and can be sanded/filed after its set unlike green stuff.

Brown stuff (same manufacturer as green stuff) is also useful as it sets much harder, even than procreate. This is useful for any thin and delicate parts as it's less likely to break. It is however much more expensive.

Another option is using plastelene (a high wax content sculpting clay like plastecine) this does not set so you can re-shape anything you arent happy with. For sharp details use a freezer spray to temporarily harden it up. Once you are done cool the master model and make castings using casting resin, if using this technique then you will need to build up details in stages as your model will have little strength.

Wire armatures (model frames) are common, just use suitable thickness wire and build up a model on the surface.

My suggestion would be to use a cheap medium like milliput to get the basic shape building it up over the armature, then build up details using the other putties, procreate is a good overall medium, then green stuff for details and brown stuff for any sharp edges or thin sections.
Then cast a copy and do the final details using plastelene.

This would be the technique I would use if I ever get round to doing my own sculpts and is built up by reading a good few tips and talking to the sculptors at FW open day.

The other option of course is to use bits of tyranid kits then just knit it together and detail it using putties - this would save a lot of time but if you are wanting to sculpt then I don't imagine you would get as much of a kick out of this.

Edit: sylmasta.com is a good stockist of putties, but tbh once you know what you are after a google or ebay search will find you a supplied
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