Workshop Review: Picster’s Conversion and Sculpting Class

Hi fellow Crusaders,

and welcome to my workshop review of Raffaele Picca’sย Conversion and Sculpting Class.

One of my friends attended the class some time ago and he was so enthusiastic about it, that it was a real no-brainer to get one spot when Raffa announced the class in Trier.
To give you an idea what my skill level in sculpting was before the class: I tried to convert some little pieces in the past, but to be honest all I managed to sculpt were some minor conversions and some gap filling… Basically you could say, I knew that there is modelling clay out there… ๐Ÿ™‚

So for you lazy people a tl;dr:
It was awesome!
If you are interested in sculpting and conversions go visit Raffa’s course if you can! It will be a weekend filled with fun, knowledge and Voodoo Power! ๐Ÿ™‚

But let’s start at the beginning.

My group (we were a total of four) arrived friday at the SpielBar in Trier. It is a really nice location with lots of hobby stuff and also different board and card games.
The “classroom” was in the deep, deep dungeons of the SpielBar. Because there were still some people missing Raffa gave us different modelling clays to try out, how they feel and how they behave when you squeeze them and how they behave when they get warmer.

After everybody had arrived we started with some basic sculpting works. We all did a little chest and for me it was a real eye-opening experience. It was the first thing I sculpted from the beginning and to my surprise I could do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the second day we used a different putty and converted some lame and boring GW Chaos Barbarians to super awesome ones. You don’t believe me? Check my result. I think they look way better than the static ones from GW.


We started with the bust, first by a sturdy underframe made out of thick wire. I had to do it twice because I first bent one wire around the other, but we should twist both wires into each other. The second time it was ok ๐Ÿ™‚ Then everybody received some Beesputty and we formed the basic shape of the face and the skull. Nothing too difficult to do.
Then we went more and more into the details.


Shaping the chest and adding neck and back muscles here.

Ok, here ares some big parts missing as I forgot to take pictures. We shaped the face, added some putty as ears and did a triangular cut where the eyes later will be. Also some putty was added for the mouth and the nose. ๐Ÿ™‚ At this state most of the mobile phone cameras where recognising the busts with face recognition.


This is where the expression of the face was changed. I wanted a kind of half god that doubtfully looks at a mortal challenger. Or something like that ๐Ÿ™‚


“Are you looking at me, fool?”

And the last refining were done. Eyes and ears (I still hate ears!!!), and this was also the end of the class. Well Raffa showed some secrets how to sculpt hair or beard, but I wanted a bald head so I just took some notes for future projects but did not change anything here.


And all the busts that were modelled that weekend. I really like how they all look different although we all had to sculpt a male bust. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have to say I learned a lot that weekend but it’s so different from painting that I honestly just do it rarely. But who knows what the future will bring. While writing this review I already want to start something new ๐Ÿ™‚

See you next time

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