So last night after I posting about my green stuff bases, I checked to see how the green stuff was curing and it was pretty solid. So, I decided to pour the mold before bed so I could start working on these bases all day tomorrow without having to worry about the 4-6 hour dry time for the mold. Here is how it turned out
I think it turned out pretty good, other than the fact that everything is bunched up to the left. I was worried this morning about wrecking the mold because I forgot to hit the originals with mold release before I poured it. Alas, everything turned out pretty good with minimal air bubbles. I had to muscle a few of the legos off the side, but everything turned out pretty good.
As for the plastic that I'm using, its this stuff....
Smooth-Cast 300. Its pretty good stuff. It cures in a little under 10 minutes. You can purchase this stuff and Mold Star 15 at www.smooth-on.com/ for around $25 for the 2 part Smooth Cast and $30 for the 2 part Mold Star.
As far as the casting goes, the mold I made cast pretty well. I screwed up at the bottoms because I didn't scrape the top of the mold, but that can be rectified easily. Since these were the test ones, I wanted to paint them up to see how the details hold.
I took this picture because I wanted to show the masters with the cast ones with a paint job. The details looked pretty good. As far as the paint job goes, it looks a little too stoney and bland to me, but I went with a straight grey pattern to white because I wanted to really see the details and how they pop with a strong highlight. When I repaint these, when I go from my dark to my mid grey tone, I'm going to do a quick reddish brown (doombull brown) and a mid-tone brown (mournfang brown) in between to give it a more earth tone. Stone work (even cobblestone) is not straight grey. It has a brownish and even greenish tones in it as well as your grey and white tones.
I would've casted a bunch more today, but I was working on my ikea glass case in where I put my finished miniatures. I've pretty much run out of room, so I'm adding more shelves. I went to a glazier on friday, and I'm having 3 more shelves made which will be in on tuesday. I mounted the brackets today which will hold the new shelves to the frames and I had to find an alternative area to put my miniatures till the new shelves come in. I'll post some pictures when the new shelves come in.