Once again, I originally made this article for Kompletely Kroot, but the concept can be applied to other conversions. How to Build a Master Shaper Headdress:Tools:
• Green Stuff
• Super Sculpey Clay
• Modeling Tools
• Hobby Knife
• Hobby Clippers
• Water Basin
• Tin Foil
• Kroot Sprue
• Deathwing Terminator Arm
• 2 x Ravenwing Pole Banner
Part Code: 9947010119307
Price: $2.00 Make sure the Kroot body is already fully assembled before you attempt to build the Headdress. (Read my Dynamic Kroot Poses Article for inspiration.)
1) Before the Mold:
a. Trim the top end of one of the Banner Poles.
b. Join the Banner Poles in a horseshoe shape using super glue or green stuff.
c. Allow time to let the glue and/or green stuff set.
2) Making the Mold:
a. Warm up some Super Sculpey by compressing it in your hands.
b. Flatten the Super Scupley slightly and place it on some tin foil.
c. The tin foil is important because it will allow you to move the mold to the oven without deforming it.
d. Use one of your sculpting tools as a rolling pin and flatten the Super Sculpey evenly.
e. Press the horseshoe shaped Banner Pole shallowly into the Super Sculpey.
f. Press the blunt end of your hobby Knife into the Super Sculpey at the outer edges. These indentions will serve as mold guides for the final pressing.
g. Delicately pry the Banner poles loose. Use tweezers at multiple points to draw it out.
h. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees; Place the Super Sculpey along with its tin foil in the oven for 15 minutes.
I. Remove the Super Sculpey from the oven and allow it to cool completely.
j. Reinsert the banner Poles in the baked Super Sculpey.
k. Warm up another handful of Super Sculpey and then lightly press it on to the Banner Poles. ***Do Not Press It Flat…Yet***
l. Lay down some new tin foil and set the soft side of the mold on it.
m. Now, press the baked mold into the soft Super Sculpey on the tin foil.
n. Again, gently pry the baked mold and Banner Poles away from the soft clay.
o. Place the second half of the mold in the oven, again at 275 for 15 minutes.
p. Again, allow it to cool completely.
3) Pressing the Headdress:
a. Prepare a basin of water.
b. Mix about an inch of Green Stuff and place it in the water basin.
c. Chill the mold in the refrigerator.
d. I usually just wet the mold with water, but it might be necessary to lightly grease both sides of the mold with a lubricant such as Vaseline or baby oil.
e. Sculpt the Green Stuff into a flattened horseshoe shape and place it on the mold.
f. Use the guides to line up the two molds and PRESS!
g. Pry the mold apart briskly.
h. Delicately pry the headdress from the mold and then toss it in the water basin.
I. It is very important to keep the headdress & the sculpting tools wet from here on out.
j. Use the Hobby Knife to cut the excess from the bottom of the headdress.
4) Placing and Cleaning the Headdress:
a. Use the sculpting tool to place the headdress slightly in front of the Shaper’s head spines.
b. Prod the sides of the headdress until they are resting on the Shaper’s shoulders.
c. Allow the headdress to harden.
d. Use the Hobby Clippers to clean the flash from ends of the feathers on the headdress.
5) Headdress Embellishments:
a. There are 8 decorations that need to be added to the headdress.
o 2 pairs of Deathwing feathers made from molds and Green Stuff.
o 1 Green Stuff Headband
o 2 Kroot gunstrap foxtails
o 1 Kroot gunstrap foxtail made from molds and Green Stuff
o 2 Kroot gun wrap Knots
b. The Knot and 2 Foxtails can simply be cut from the relevant parts.
c. The Green Stuff items can be made using a simple one part mold.
d. The one part mold in just a wad of Super Sculpey that has had the relevant bits pressed into it. Bake the Super Sculpey at 275 for 15 minutes, allow cooling time, and press the mold.
e. First, place the two Green Stuff feathers at the peak of the Headdress, above the Shaper’s face.
f. Roll and flatten a short Head band and place it over the Shaper’s forehead.
g. Make two indentions on either side of the headband and then place the knots into them.
h. Superglue the 2 plastic foxtails below the knot like earings.
I. Lastly, place the Green Stuff foxtail at the center of the headband.
j. Allow the headdress to harden.Here is the finished product:The Loincloth & Backpack
I started by cutting off the back portion of the GW Shaper's sash. You could also leave it on but it may change the mold a bit.
Next, I took the sash and pressed it into the Super Sculpey as shown below:
After baking the Super Sculpey I pressed green stuff into the mold, pulled it out and trimmed it as previously described.
Lastly, I applied the new loincloth to the Shaper and added two Kroot gun knots, also as described above.
The backpack was made in a the exact same manner. The model which I molded was this Mordheim Dreg.