“What a Little Cult!”

Sorry, a bit late with this week’s post, and it’s also a bit of a long one too, so please stick with me. Anyway do you remember last year I made an “Altar of Skulls” as one of my “Season of Scenery” item’s and I mentioned at the time that I didn’t actually have any “Cultists” to utilize the altar, cause mayhem, damnation and generally menace the attractive virgins in the area. Well I had a plan to address this situation, which also included “Graham’s big box of crap” that I showed a couple of posts ago, I’d make my own!. So after digging out six (I only have six bottle caps full of “Blu-Tac” so couldn’t make more than six) suitable GW heads from the box, five human and one skeletal goat type, as I wanted my leader to be wearing some sort of demonic mask, I was ready to go…

Stage one, was to simply cut some lengths of florists wire, push them into holes “stabbed” into bottle tops filled with “Blu-Tac”, so that approximately 25mm stood proud of the “bottle-top” (this was because once the heads were added they would be about 28mm to the eye), Next I mixed up some “Greenstuff” and very roughly wrapped blobs of it around all six wires as a base for the sculpting proper. Lastly today I plonked my six heads onto the tops, the goat headed mask one I added a tiny amount more Greenstuff to so it would be slightly further forward (as it’s supposed to be in front of the wearers face).

Stage two, next day, was also a pretty simple task, as I just wanted to “block out” where the arms would attach. So I worked out that the torso at the shoulder needed to be about 8mm wide, then mixed up some putty and rolling it into small (5mm) balls stuck these on either side of the “greenstuff columns”, adjusting them by eye to get them even, and using a couple of lines marked on a strip of cardboard to get the wide about right.

Stage three, finally I could start adding bits you would see on the finished figures! But first I measure whereabouts the waists were and marked this with a groove cut with a knife. Then mixing up a “large marble” sized ball of putty (I thought it best to do three, then do the other three with fresh putty), then cutting it into three equal’ish chunks re-rolled these into balls (not only do I find balls easier shapes to work with but the rolling puts heat into the putty making it a bit softer and easier to work with), then flattening them slightly I pushed one around the lower half of a figure and blended into long thin sort of bell shape, then I added some creases and rounded off the top with more smaller creases to look like it tapers in where the rope belt would go. Once the first three were done I repeated the process on the second three. Of three of them I added arched “holes” at the bottom of the robes, then added a foot poking out, these were just small blobs of putty flatted slightly, then the toes were pushed in with the blade of a knife, and a tiny sausage was then run across the top and flatted slightly to form a sandal strap. Lastly today, I mixed up some more putty and ran sausages around the waists at the top of the “skirts” this would be the foundation (or support sausages) for the rope belts.

Stage four, as I’m sure you’ve guessed was to add said belts this was done simply by rolling out very thin sausages, cutting lengths, running them around the figures and cutting in the rope effect by adding diagonal slashes along the lengths with a small blade, I then added another tiny piece to form the knot where they were tied at the front.

Stage five, now the reason I added the ropes before I did the upper portions of their robes was so I could “roll” the bottom edges over the rope slightly, as if the material was loosely hanging down there. Anyway I stuck a blob of putty to the front of each figures torso, and after smoothing and dragging it around the sides added the waves and folds in the fabric, I could really have done the backs as well but as there were six of them I decided enough was enough.

Stage six, was basically the same as five, but this time I was staring at the back of their heads.

Stage seven, was adding the hoods to them, so yet another ball of putty was mixed, and them divided into six small “pea” sized balls. Then taking one of them I placed it between two pieces of the plastic strip that the roll of Greenstuff came wrapped in (as it doesn’t stick to the putty) and flattened the ball into a “disk” about the size of a shirt button, then taking it out I teased out the edges by pinching them with my fingers till it was a rough semicircle. This was then placed on top of the head of a figure and pushed down at the back and tucked and blended in at the back of the neck, the sides were then pushed down and teased forward to meet under the chin, then it was just a case of smoothing out any fingerprints, blending in the neck joint, and adding the odd crease. The “goat masked” figure was slightly more awkward, instead of a single piece of putty, I added a small tapered sausage of putty and the back of the head, and another tiny one on the forehead and blended these together around the horns.

Stage eight, at this point I decided to drill holes in their shoulders and insert lengths of florists wire to build their arms up on, this was mostly a complete waste of time, as you’ll see below!

Stage nine, after berating myself soundly, I came to resolution that it would be far easier to try and find suitable arms in the box of crap than building them all up from scratch, (and that I’m an idiot!), so after a good root about I found so arms that looked like they would work. Now these came from a few different sources, and as such some were bare and muscular, some sleeved and thinner, but by carefully matching up the hand sizes (the arms would be covered anyway) I was able to get some OK poses. I did have to drill and pin the two “pitchfork” things (I thought these looked the most “cult’ish” looking shafted weapon), and also had to use wire to make up the other arm on the one figure holding his with both hands. I couldn’t find any arms suitable posed for the leader so I ended up removing two hands and sticking them to the end of some wire (yeah! The holes weren’t a total waste!). I also made a whip using more wire on the one figure.

That just left the sleeves to be added, so suitable baggy “wizard” types were built up by adding a teardrop shaped piece of putty that was then smoothed around the arms. Then by poking a cocktail stick in under the hands I “teased” out and down the openings, then added the folds and waves in the fabric with my tapered colour shaper, and they were done. I pulled out six two pence pieces (my wife went to the post office and got me two pounds worth the other day), I pulled the figures out of the bottle caps and snipped off the excess wire sticking out of their bases. Then it was just a case of adding a small ball of putty and sticking them in place.

And that is how they will have to remain for the time being as it’s now ”Monster May’hem” month, followed by “Forgotten Heroes”, and I have things planned for the next few weeks, but fear not I shall return to these chaps as soon as possible, though there is one more figure missing from this little ensemble, so I’ll have to address that too…

Till next time, stay safe and cheers Roger.

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28 Responses to “What a Little Cult!”

  1. Dave Stone says:

    Great sculpting on your cultists Roger, and good use of the bits box, to fill in needs on the models. I had the opposite dilemma where I was endlessly searching for a suitable arm, until I thought why don’t you just sculpt it ! LOL

    • Thanks Dave, yeah I had been looking about the net for suitable “cultists” but none were exactly what I was after, then Graham gave me the box and I thought, make em’ up yourself.

      It’s handy when you can fill in gaps in miniatures yourself mate. 😁

      Cheers Roger.

  2. Excellent sculpting, Roger. Truly excellent, and a wonderful prompt for Monster Mayhem too – I have contacted the Angry Piper to participate, as I have a fair few beasties to get finished over the coming weeks.

    • Thanks Simon, it’ll be great to have you along on Monster May’hem (admit it, it the catchy name that drew you in wasn’t it 😉). Keith is a great guy and I love this challenge.

      Cheers Roger.

  3. Pete S/ SP says:

    Fantastic bit of work there Roger- really impressed with your sculpting skills.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • Thanks Pete, though it’s really just “dot to dot” sculpting, I’m just filling in the gaps the hard bits (faces and hands) were done by better men than me!

      Cheers Roger.

  4. ericritter65 says:

    That’s some talent there! Love figures you made!

  5. Brilliant work Roger. Love the way these guys have worked out and enjoyed reading the process you went through. Further down the line I could be tempted to do some basic sculpting myself after this.

    • Thanks Dave, I know I’ve said it before but you (actually you all) should have a go, you’ve all got the skills to know what looks “right”, that’s half the battle.

      Cheers Roger.

  6. Matt says:

    Bloody hell, Roger, fantastic work on these cultists! I just love how you knock out some homemade minis with the same ease I knock out a ham and cheese sarnie, and I bet you don’t get mayonnaise all over the kitchen counter LOL! They absolutely look like figures you’d buy in a store, they’re such excellent sculpts. Thanks for taking us through the process of making them, it’s fascinating to see how these are made to someone who can just about make a tentacle out of greenstuff.

    • Thanks Matt, as I said above all the hard work was already done on these chaps, and the hands and faces are very much figures you’d buy in a store 😁.

      Oh and thanks, you’ve made me hungry now too! 😉

      Cheers Roger.

  7. Alex says:

    Woah!!! Excellent work mate! Looking forward to seeing these fellas painted up 😛

  8. I reckon, on a good day, I could maybe master Step 1, although I’d needs some heads to stick on the wire! OK, and some wire! And some greenstuff! I am fully aware of my limitations and wouldn’t even attempt this, but they look absolutely spot on, Roger! 🙂

  9. Guru PIG says:

    Great step by step approach Roger. You have inspired me. One of my New Year resolutions was to “Do at least three projects that require more “green stuff” modelling” (https://wordpress.com/post/phillipislandgamingsociety392176732.wordpress.com/21320). I have not completed any and the year is a third over! Thanks for the ideas I intend to have a play.

    • Thanks Guru, if I have inspired one person to have a go, then I’m more than happy with that.

      Strangely I have three projects this year that that require Green stuff too! 😁 I you need and help or advice, feel free to ask, I don’t claim to be an expert but I’ll help if I can.

      Cheers Roger.

  10. Awesome sculpting mate

    • Many thanks Luke, It’s the first time I’ve ever made a “cult” for myself, (though I have done something that sounds similar on numerous occasions!). 😉

      Cheers Roger.

  11. patmcf says:

    Very clever mate, it’s good that you showed us the process, they turned out so well, but like john my talent in the art of sculpting is zilch!!!

  12. borderguy190 says:

    You “a little of thos, a little of that” make sculpting almost seem easy! You have some mad skills, Roger. Very, very impressive minis!

    • Thanks Harry, I’ll take the compliment, though I hardly deserve it, it’s just practice honestly, I realise I might have a slight aptitude toward it, but then I wouldn’t have a clue or probably be able to get my head around a 3D printer, unlike your good self, so horses for courses mate. 😁

      Let alone write wonderful RPG scenarios!!

      Cheers Roger.

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