Sculpting alien skin bases

I find sculpting alien bases a bit therapeutic. I’ve done over 25 designs for my fledgling company, Krakon Games.

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Here’s a handy little tutorial showing how I go about it.

First, select a base.

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Then roll┬ásome putty – enough to cover the surface of the base with about 2mm of thickness.

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Wet your thumb and slowly push the putty into the base, right up to the edges.

2014-04-14 20.03.42Decide where you want to create an open wound and roll a sausage to fit the shape.

2014-04-14 20.05.49Wet a finger and thumb and gently smooth the sausage into the base, maintaining a raised area.

2014-04-14 20.06.25Next we begin sculpting. I use a Kemper stylus for pretty much everything.

2014-04-14 20.06.38Start by pressing the tip into the base along your contour. Rather than pull the tool back out, turn your hand so that it leaves an impression along the length of the tool.

2014-04-14 20.07.02Repeat this along the entire wound area to define your afflicted area.

2014-04-14 20.07.47As you work, the putty will slowly cure, so we will work with levels of detail according.

Take the kemper tool and place the tip back into the holes. Gently drag the wet tool away from the holes, away from the hole. Do not drag through the putty, try to flow with the shape, leaving a light impression.

Do not worry about pulling putty at this stage, it will be smoothed out.

2014-04-14 20.10.05Continue this process with both sides of the tool to vary the thickness of the lines.

2014-04-14 20.12.13Redo the dots along the bed of the wound.

2014-04-14 20.13.04Now that we have a good texture to the wound, take your wet thumb and finger and gently smooth the rough ends of the lines, drawing your digit from near the wound away towards the middle of the base.

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Repeat on the opposite side.

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The putty should be more resistant now, so your impressions will be more subtle. Draw new lines, starting at the wound, moving away.

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Use both ends of the tool and complete cover the surface with lines – be as gentle as possible to give faint impressions, rather than cracks. This gives the impression of a skin-like surface.

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For finer details, push the tool into the putty at a few places, creating “nostrils”. Also, try dotting some lines within the deeper cracks on the surface.

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If you have a suitable rolling tool, make some small tendrils and place them into the orifices.

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This base, and many others, will be available to purchase on Krakon Games shortly.

Rusty Dice

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