I have recently acquired Brun Cragback and Lug, a dwarf and his massive bear companion. These two will fight alongside my druids of the Circle Orboros, and the fact is that I love bears, so I was excited to get the duo. The giant bear, Lug, is hollow:
I saw someone else on the internet fill this verysame model with Apoxie Sculpt, and that seemed like a fun idea. So, this post is about building a bear, but it’s also about Apoxie Sculpt, a neat product from Aves, who can feel free to send me free stuff.
Using Apoxie Sculpt
Now, a quick overview with tips on how to use Apoxie Sculpt. First, what is it? Apoxie Sculpt is a two-part putty that is mixed together, can be molded or sculpted, and then cures to a very hard plastic-like solid within 24 hours. Here are some tips:
- When first blended, it’s very crumbly and sticky, so do like the container says and wait 1 hour before trying to sculpt it. (If you’re shoving it in a mold, you don’t necessarily have to wait, but I think you get better results if you wait about 30 minutes.)
- When you’re mixing Apoxie Sculpt, wear gloves! It’s not hazardous, but it seems like the stuff sticks to your skin and can be very itchy as it dries. Mix it with gloves on and set it aside for an hour – when you go back to it, you won’t need the gloves (in my experience).
- Mix it very thoroughly – if you don’t, your final piece will have crumbly bits which will come right apart. You’ll possibly lose detail or structure, so just take the time to mix it well.
- Apoxie Sculpt isn’t Green Stuff, so your Green Stuff skills won’t apply so much. It’s a bit like a clay, but it has its own set of properties, so it takes some practice. For instance, water can make it easier to work with, but unlike Green Stuff, water will actually make it soggy, so don’t use very much.
- If using it in a mold (like Instant Mold, which I need to post about), Apoxie Sculpt doesn’t seem to take detail as well as a Green Stuff. I still could experiment with this more, but that’s my impression thus far.
Apoxie Sculpt is inexpensive compared to Green Stuff and most other products. You can order 4 lbs from Aves for $35.00, and trust me, 4 lbs is a HUGE amount.
Apoxie Sculpt comes in a variety of colors. I ordered “Natural” because it’s a nice, plain gray, and I thought that would make it easier to judge how something looks (sometimes, Green Stuff is too damned green, and it’s hard to imagine what it will look like when primed and painted). The downside of “Natural” is that the two parts are nearly the same color – I don’t have any other colors, but it looks like, for instance, the red Apoxie Sculpt has a gray part and a red part. That would make mixing easier! As it stands, with “Natural”, I just have to make sure that I’m really thorough with the mixing.
So, first we take equal parts of A and B:
I tend to flatten out each half, then press them together and start the mixing. Smooth, twist, smoosh, twist, et cetera, et cetera, until the ball has a pretty even color.
Then, I filled Lug’s legs and belly with Apoxie Sculpt:
I pressed the pieces together, took out some extra Apoxie Sculpt, pressed them together again, adjusted, and put super glue on the metal lip around the body, then finally stuck the pieces together for good. And here is Lug all together:
There was Apoxie Sculpt left over, which I try to always prepare for. I’ll show you in my next post the many other uses for Apoxie Sculpt – it’s not really meant to be a model filler, after all.
One last thing, though – did you notice that Lug doesn’t look right? I did. Why? Because Lug only has four claws on each paw! Everyone knows that bears have five claws on each of their four plantigrade paws! Sure, very few mammals have a full five digits on each extremity (although they usually have signs of the vestigal digits), but c’mon sculptor – it’s just a Google image search away!
Actually, I assume the sculptor chose four claws because he could make them bigger without making the paws look too huge… but still!