Forging swords for Goblins
"The Fisher King looked down on it
He knew the need so great
He forged a sword to stir man's faith
And so the sword was made
A sword of power a sword of .... Greenstuff?"
I have mentioned before that I scored a copy of HeroQuest complete besides one goblin sword. The DM from my DnD group also scored a copy, I think his had a few more missing bits.
I have heard about people casting there own miniatures and bits in resin using silicone molds to copy the original. That seemed a bit beyond me & the setup cost was too high for what I wanted.
However on 40K radio they ran a piece on there hobby hot spot segment about press molding.
- Paint a thin layer of release agent onto the object you want to copy. I used baby oil.
- You take some greenstuff and literally press it on to the object you want to copy.
- Allow to set and remove object from your new negative mold.
- More baby oil in to the negative mold.
- Make up some more greenstuff and tightly fill the negative.
- Ensure there are no air gaps and allow a small lip on at least one edge to aid in separation.
- Allow to set and remove.
- Clean and trim as required.
GW also make liquid greenstuff so I was thinking I could use the above method to produce a new sword mold. And just pour liquid greenstuff into the mold. The results were less than satisfactory. The greenstuff stuck to the negative despite the oil and even though I had added a paperclip in the centre of the greenstuff to act as reinforcing the sword just crumbled.
Below are some pictures and notes regarding my first attempt.
|Look at that goblin lording it with his shinny sword.|
|Some liquid greenstuff and P3 putty from my LGS|
|I used some Lego as form work for the mold.|
|I had to remove to sword from the goblin to mold it.|
I hope my DM doesn't mind.
|Molds filled with liquid greenstuff and a piece of paper clip reo-rod.|
I needed a mold for each side of the sword.
|The liquid greenstuff stuck to the mold like glue and just crumbled as I attempted to pry it out.|