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Sculpting a Knights Helm

This SBS is designed for those looking to make a Helm but can be used to make any type of helmet with some adjustment to the technique used. I will be working in 54 mm-1/32 scale but this can be used for any scale you choose. The idea is to create a hollow helm suitable for accessories to a Diorama/Vignette or to be held by a knight.

Tools needed...You will need only basic tools for the job.

  • 0 size brush
  • Large needle or thin wire
  • Craft knife
  • Styrene tube for use as rolling pin
  • Talc powder
  • Sanding stick

    step 1
    First start by finding a suitable styrene rod representing the diameter for the scale you wish to create the Helm,for this I used the shaft from a pen,this will enable you to make a hollow design and also give you something to hold your work with. Using a pair of pliers crimp the end of the tube slightly to create a oval shape,this is optional and if you are creating a round Helm leave your tube as it is.(image 1&2)

    step 2
    Next using a permanent marker make a mark on one of the raised sides of the tube,this is going to be the front of the sculpting from now on.Now coat the end of the pen (about 2cm) with vaseline and roll out some putty to about 1mm thick.When rolling putty its a good idea to coat the rolling surface with talc powder and also the rolling impliment to prevent sticking.(image 3&4)

    step 3
    Cut a strip of the putty and wrap it around the end of the tube and overlap the ends,using a sharp blade cut through the putty at the front edge and blend the two cut edges into each other,when blended smooth the joint with a water moistened brush.

    Trim the bottom of the putty to shape and also the top to the edge of the tube. Using your blade gently mark a centre line down the front of the helm as reference for marking the eye slots and air vents.(image 5,6&7)
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    About the Author

    About Steve Readdie (1969)

    Started modelling at age 11,built a couple of airfix planes and the Cutty Sark sailing ship.Got back into modelling a few months back and discovered figures and havent looked back,my main goal is to become a reasonable sculpter of figures.


    another great article! very informative mark
    AUG 19, 2008 - 07:47 AM
    Cheers Mark all the best mate, Steve
    AUG 19, 2008 - 07:52 AM
    Hi Steve, very nice SBS !!!! Take care, Markus
    AUG 20, 2008 - 08:21 AM
    Markus thankyou my friend. Steve
    AUG 20, 2008 - 08:28 AM
    Thanks for sharing Steve, it is really a nice feature.
    AUG 20, 2008 - 11:24 PM
    Thankyou Alguhan i hope you find it usefull one day, Steve
    AUG 21, 2008 - 05:09 AM
    Hi Steve, Nice to see you're SBS posted. You've done an excellent job on it mate, the pictures follow on so well that you can see how to do it without the text. You're end results look great, hope you're going to paint them I'm going to have to do another knight now so I can use a helmet If not that then I'll definitely make a couple of helmets just to try it out. All the best mate Vic
    AUG 23, 2008 - 03:23 AM
    Cheers Vic,as for painting them i am at the starting stages of a 54mm knight sculpt at the moment so one of the helmets might find its way onto him. I think you should definetely do another knight to go with the other one. If not i can always use them as strewn items on a vignette maybe or on a single figure base. All the best mate Steve
    AUG 23, 2008 - 08:54 AM
    Good stuff Steve. Easy to follow and a great way to add some customization.
    AUG 24, 2008 - 02:49 PM
    cheers CK . Steve
    AUG 25, 2008 - 03:57 AM