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8 December 2011

Gold Dust! - Green Stuff Scarabs

Nick speaking,

I currently own sixty Warriors, which of course means that I have ended up with eighteen Scarab Swarms. Quite reasonable with the old Codex, but with Scarabs being as they are in the new version, is just not enough! GW still only sell Scarabs with Warriors, which is an incredibly expensive way to buy them, so not surprisingly these Swarms have become gold dust on eBay.

With inspiration from to Ron over on FTW, I thought I would have a go at making my own green stuff Scarabs. Thanks to Ron for sharing his experience with his Forge World inspired Scarabs. His posts meant that I was able to cut out some of the learning curve of making the moulding cast, and I was very happy to have achieved the results I did with my very first cast attempt.

Here is a picture of my first cast based around Ron's advice, it is made of Gale Force Nine's 'grey stuff' mixed to a sixty/forty ratio to make sure the cast was nice and hard...


I am not sure what the normal procedure is, but I found coating the mould with olive oil before pressing in the green stuff worked a treat at stopping them from sticking to each other. With my first attempt pictured below, I put slightly too much green stuff in the mould and ended up with some excess around the edges. I was able to clean up the excess, but I got a bit zealous with one bit and cut off a bit of the 'tounge'. First one was just a test anyway, so I wasn't too worried...


I don't think I want to go as far as Ron did with the quantity of Scarabs, but I can see me making bases with rocks on that match the rest of my terrain with four or five of these guys moving over them on each base...

8 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks pretty good for a green stuff sculpt!

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  2. Cheers buddy, I have really progressed quickly with this project and have made quiite a few now. Got a post coming up with the progress soon

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  3. Awesome, cannot wait! I've been tempted to make moulds of Scatter Lasers, seen as I have loads in my list..

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  4. You should give it a try, I have a buddy who has asked me to make him a meltagun one already lol

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  5. I think I will! just need to get my hands on some of that Grey Stuff, doesn't look too expensive either, which also nice this time of year!

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  6. Exact same thing I did with my Scarabs, I just used instant mould instead :) . 

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  7. Yeah, I have heard of instant mould, but I have never used it, I take it it does the trick nicely :D

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  8. Yes, dead easy. Throw it in hot water and pull it out and make a mould from the original, job done :) . Takes like 10 minutes.
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