I just got a little parcel of sculpting bits and pieces from the good people at eBob.
It's a sort of a sculpting starter pack and consists of two sculpting tools, a 15cm strip of two-part epoxy putty and three "dollies" and 25mm circular plastic bases, similare to those you get from Games Workshop.
The dollies are almost an exact match in size and proportion to an RSM Austrian (German) Fusilier. Thus means that they are impressively dainty and I may need to buy some of those magnifying goggles to work on them.
I am already suitably intimidated - and a bit awed at how skillful our miniatures sculptors actually are.
So, what's the goal?
I want to sculpt up some French infantry suitable for the War of the Austrian Succession. You know the sort - collarless coats with no collars, although collars could be addd easily enough as they began to appear throughout the conflict.
These figures would form the basis for doing Spanish and even Piedmont-Sardinian infantry from the same conflict. Then there are the light infantry of several nations (not forgetting the Montagnards!), Hungarians and Pandurs from the same conflict, to say nothing of the Austrians...
But that's getting ahead of myself.
Better learn how to sculpt first!
I'm thinking my first step might be to gently sever the little heads and trying to get some hats and hair onto them without mucking up too badly.
Let's see how we go.
PS - YES, there will be a seige move enacted this weekend, too.