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So, the last of the details on the Centaur are done!

I sculpted a buckle on the collar so that it looks as though the front armor piece is strapped on. I also sculpted a little strap from the new Plate Mail we designed to go around said strap, so the whole system looks tied together.

The other main detail to do was a big bushy beard! You can’t have dwarfs without beards! The example beard given was this:

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Here’s (essentially) the finished prototype. The only missing element is the basing. It’s not easy finding sand in a city! Realistically though, the basing is the easiest part, so I don’t think it will impede the rest of the project.

Enough talk, pictures!!

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And a close-up of the buckle:

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Whew! Figuring out the buckle was tough, but once I figured out a neat trick to make it, doing it over again should be easy! The beard was not easy either, but now that I have one under my belt, the rest should be a snap!

Alright, so after fine-tuning the plate mail and re-making it fro scratch with better control over dimensions for a more consistent look, I’ve finished the Chaos Dwarf Bull Centaur Prototype v2.0!

This test mini has been magnetized for two 1-handed axes and a drum and drumstick. By doing this, he can be either a rank – n – file dude, or should the client want to split the 10-man unit into two 5-man units, this model can act as a second musician!

Here are the pics:

Raw, armless form:
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2x 1-handed Form:

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Musician Form:

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Alright, so my client requested rounded corners on the faulds, so here’s a quick modification to the armor prototype.

I’m also to add battle damage – That’ll be fun!

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I want to get some painting done, but I recently spilled acetone on my favorite brushes, so I’ll have to stop at Michael’s tomorrow at lunch and pick up some replacements. Kinda upset at myself for this.

Instead, I will be basing the bazillion bases I need to finish for my Menoth army.

So, we have decided to try the plate mail route on the centaur. This first (rough) version is made of plasticard, and it looks fairly decent.

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The strips at the bottom are to emulate faulds which would allow the armor to be flexible enough to get out of the way of the horse’s legs while still protecting the ever important ribcage. I kept the top section all one curved piece in order to help tie it into the look of the rear armor section. Also, this is a fantasy miniature, and blacksmiths would have made the armor, so curves are more common than sharp lines and angles.
Lastly, I added a strip along the top to carry the same look as the rear section.
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I think I’ll have to sculpt a bit of chain mail where the new armor doesn’t quite come flush with the front armor. That’s more realistic I think because the armor sections would be too rigid if everything were one piece – the centaur would be too restricted in battle and unable to properly attack or defend itself.
Overall making this wasn’t hard. I will need to cut straighter as well as glue a little cleaner and ore carefully, but for an initial “How will this work, and what will it look like?” – it nails the theory and idea well. Plus, sticky-tack is great for testing poses and holding thing in place before you make any final decisions.