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    How would you make this texture?

    This is an old 25mm scale Grenadier dragon I've had since I was a little kid. I need to paint it again, obviously, but....



    I can usually look at anything and tell just how the artist did it. Bot not this time. I'm wondering if maybe he rolled up TINY little balls of clay and put them next to each other, like laying a tile floor. I can't imagine carving such small bumps.



    I just haven't the experience to figure this out. Do you know how this bumpy skin texture was made?

    Thanks for looking!!!!!

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    Hey, I had that dragon!
    Anyway, those scales were probably done one-by-one by hand, each little ball rolled, flattened, and pressed into place.


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    If I had to recreate this texture I would roll out a tube of clay and then chop little pieces off, place each piece in its place, and then round them when they are secure. If you bother to round them or "ball" them before, they will get mashed anyway while trying to adhere them. What is more mind numbing, scales or chainmail?

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    you could make a mold right from the model itself.
    take a rubber cast and get yourself a mold and press the texture right into it.

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    Shape some clay into "stamp" shapes. Use a tool to poke indentations into the clay. Bake it. Stamp away. A good shape would be a thick coin with indentations along its edge that you can roll on the sculpture.
    Epoxy clay is best but polymer clay works as well.

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    Roxxors: Dan Perez has an article about creating creature skin textures and scales (and a little advice for creating a natural, untooled look). It might not provide any new advice, but it will certainly reinforce what's been mentioned here if you decide to avoid the molding/casting route.

    You can find it here: Sculpting 101: Detailing and Skin Textures...

    Grenadier certainly brings back the memories. Good luck!

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    Not to get off subject but

    I dont want to derail this thread , but I would like to do decent Chain. I am having problems with that Chain mail look. 8) Anyone have a good way to get decent results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mohack View Post
    I dont want to derail this thread , but I would like to do decent Chain. I am having problems with that Chain mail look. 8) Anyone have a good way to get decent results.
    The way it's generally done on miniatures is to model it like fabric, then texture it by scribing rows of "c" shapes in alternating directions.


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    I'm brewing up some bad karma contributing to thread derailment, so I'll try to keep this on point: here's a free tutorial for miniature sculpting (start to finish) that covers most of the basics as well as some advanced techniques...

    Mohack: Chainmail tips are on page 21 of 27.

    Available here: Sculpting 101...

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    Awesome.

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to help me out.

    My goal is to reproduce this particular Grenadier dragon, but at a larger scale. I think I'm up to it, but we shall see how it goes from here . . . .

    THANKS AGAIN!!!

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