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Kaia Mini Completed by ClassyJess Kaia Mini Completed by ClassyJess
3 hours to sculpt, 2.5 hours to paint. Kaia is complete in all her wizardiness. She is to scale for DND play, meaning the base is 1 inch wide. You can tell from the picture with my chubby fingers. You will also notice that I got overzealous and painted an extra dot on her cheek. Whoops.

There are some major weakpoints in the head and arm, which have broken off 3 times since I cooked her. Hopefully the acrylic paint and satin lacquer will add a little to the tensity.

I'm particularly fond of the top down table view, as it looks a lot like the ones in the books.

I have no idea how much I would charge for a custom sculpt, or how the hell I would ship it without it breaking into teensy bits, so please don't ask me at this time. I may experiment with casting and making plaster reproductions in the future, in which case commissions would become a possibility. However, for the cost of materials, time, and the exhorbitant amount for safe shipping, it would not be less than 50$.

Kaia was a challenge because she is a skinny eladrin, I feel like this is the start of something good.
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Sponson Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
For sculpting, you should invest in "Green Stuff".
Its a two part epoxy putty that air dries over night. Its holds its shape very well while being sculpted, and allows for great detail.
The figure remains a little bit flexible after curing, but its nothing big. If you want a more rigid model, or parts of a model (say a staff), there is brown stuff, which is just a harder, less sculptable epoxy.

Most professional miniature sculptures use Green Stuff, like Games Workshop, Privateer Press, and a few other major companies.

Oh yeah, it can withstand vulcanation, allowing you to make casts easily.
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ClassyJess Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
I read up all about it and I decided to go with super sculpey cause its familiar, and i had no idea how long I'd take for the first time around, so I wouldn't want an air drying compound. As I get better (and faster) with this more difficult medium I may consider switching to a professional compound, but for now making up for the lack of quality will train me to be better. Green stuff is exciting to me, and I can't wait to use it. Employing the use of armitures seems like it will be so much easier.
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Sponson Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
You have no idea how much armatures change the creation process.
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NimbleBun Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
you're doing good:)
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ClassyJess Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
you make yours!
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