|First casting of the chessmen - Camelot on the left, Regal on the right. I need to let them dry and harden completely before painting and sealing them.|
Well I did my research and found a way to cast them from latex molds, so that is what I did. I got 2 different sets of molds from England and found a really cool local pottery supply store - Armadillo Clay - that sold bulk bags of Hydrostone (a hard setting gypsum cement which has very fine detail duplication). Yesterday I had my first go at casting them. I cut apart a milk carton to use for mixing and pouring, and I was so pleased with the results - they looked awesome!!!
Of course, there were some casualties of war!!!
|The King is dead, long live the king (plus a few pawns). In the background is an inverted belt sander I've been using to smooth and round off the bases|
Let's just say I'm a better woodworker than a painter. But I'll try to use a bit of patience and hope for the best!!!
|The molds setting - I drilled holes in some scrap wood to support them and hung them like bats|