Sunday, June 8, 2014

Don't worry, be happy!

Hey folks!  Here's a fantastic new material, one that will make quite a nice addition to the tool kit!

These moulds are from Happy Seppuku, and they are the result of a recent kickstarter. As you can see, there is a wide variety of textures to choose from.

First, I will show you some images of the base texture stamps.  These are some wonderful textures, and the moulds are of a substantial size.

With each grouping, you will find something to suit just about any miniature.  I love the various wood, tile and cobblestone textures.  Those cobblestone textures always take me a lot of time to create, so those will be even more helpful!

And here they are!  These are large enough to cover an entire large creature base, or a typical 20 man unit... or darn close to it! :-)

My plan is to roll out my sculpey sheets, as usual, and press these moulds into it.  I can't wait to see how these first tests go!  Like any experiment, there may be some trial and error to get things just the way I want.

The moment I set eyes on these, I realized that my need to keep buying new sheets of plasticard textures may have ended!  I was going to make some of my own press moulds of deck plating texture, but that is always a hit and miss prospect.

Once again, my plan is to roll out the sculpey, press in this texture, and then work with it once it is baked.

How about this for some riverbed texture, or even lava?  Fun!!!

I should also mention that once the sculpey has been pressed into the molds, I will put them in the freezer to make them as solid as possible.  This should make them really easy to pop right out of the moulds.

These items will probably require green stuff or maybe apoxy sculpt.  Probably green stuff, with more yellow than blue so that I can pick up all the texture.

Just like the sculpey, I will put these in the freezer so that I can pop the green stuff out of the mould and continue casting.  Just check out that pirate theme texture!!!  Yar!!!

More choices for your steampunk and 40k figures.  Perrhaps even some Zombicide.

Wonderful gear textures, saving me the need to search through those science catalogs for the plastic gears.  Some very handy 40k textures as well, which I can't wait to use!

I think I will be able to make some fun urban rubble settings for Zombicide!!

Obviously, my ideas for the use of these moulds is somewhat different than the approach shown by Happy Seppuku.  They have lots of images on how they use the moulds on their website.

Their technique is to lay out the green stuff on an idividual base, and then press it into the moulds.

In the coming days and weeks, I will be showing you pictures of the results I get from the sculpey experiments.  Stay tuned!

Here is a link to their site:


  1. Very interesting stuff!!! Thanks for the tip :-)

  2. Very cool. I'll keep an eye on your progress.

    Putting green stuff in the freezer retards its curing... but it does harden from the low temp. If I follow your plan, it is to remove the flash-frozen bits from the molds and let them warm up, at which point they'll begin to cure?

    1. Yes, the freezing of the green stuff is just to get it out of the mould. I let it cure on it's own after that. Since I want to make multiples of each piece in a rapid fashion, I have found that this is the way to go. Plus, working with a colder mould is helpful as well!

  3. It looks very interesting.
    we´ll wait for your 'experiments'... so... good luck ;-)

    1. I think it's going to be a lot of fun!!!

  4. They look great! I got in on the Basius kickstarter, & got 4 of their patterns. Still trying to figure the best way to create them. Not sure what Sculpey is. So far I've stuck with using green stuff & apply the mould to the covered base. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

    1. Sculpey is a clay that you bake in the oven. I am going to try and do some of that today... we shall see how that turns out!

  5. Just curious, as I couldn't find it on their page: do you have a link for the gears imprint?