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Tutorial – Artscale Arms

This is a slight update to the Version 2.0 of my guide to converting Actual Scale Space Marines (original post found here) that makes arms much more straightforward and doesn’t rely on having an abundance of terminator arms. I’ve tried to make this as easy to follow as possible, a picture says a thousand words, so they say :-p

So here it is:

Most of the above is pretty self explanatory. You’ll need a clayshaper/colour shaper to get a really smooth finish on each stage using Green Stuff. Note: it is best to apply too much Green Stuff and then take away the excess than not apply enough and have to add more and deal with the need to blend two bits together. In some cases you can wait for the Green Stuff to cure before cutting away excess, this will also give a much sharper finish to the edges if done properly.

December 5, 2010

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  • http://twitter.com/Kayden_Longshot Kayden

    Hey there, been watching for a while, but never commented ^^;
    I have always been wanting to do an art scale marine, might soon have a go… so… two questions, if I may:
    1. what is the thickness of the plasticard used for this?
    2. Is there any tutorial for other parts (legs body etc) as V.2 or is it just the arms which were updated?

    Many thanks


    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      Thanks for commenting.

      1. The plasticard varies in thickness. I’m asked about this a lot, with people wanting a precise answer but the truth is it’s more about judging things by eye. Generally spacers are about 1mm thick and the strips on the pad trims are much much thinner, speaking of which…

      2. I need to do an update on the shoulder pad trims too. I should probably do a v.3 update when I finish up the Terminator tutorial.

      Good luck with your conversions.

      • Mon’Tau

        For the past while I’ve been slowly working on an Artscale Word Bearers squad in MkIV armour, pretty much directly inspired from your own work. The one major thing I do differently is the shoulderpads. I find it gets a nicer result if I use the above way of doing the arms, but then put normal sized tactical marine shoulderpads on top. Once they get thickened with a skin of green stuff and the rim added with more green stuff, they get to about the right size and hold the same shape.

        I’ve been following this blog/gallery since I came across your Blood Angel squad, and I’ve been fascinated ever since. 

        • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

          That’s a sound way of doing things and is my approach on Artscale Terminators, ie: sculpting a Green Stuff skin over the top to get the size correct. I may try and include this in the updated version of the tutorial.