What a cool idea! I’m not sure how well using a model of the column (if you can find one; it seems like a niche product even among the niche of historical models) as a mold would work, since the green stuff would be raised where the column was flat and vice-versa. It seems like using the column as an original and then making a mold to cast thin panels of it might be more likely; there’s a great tutorial in the modelling section of the forums about this.
Thanks Naryn! I thought it could be a cool concept. You are right; the green stuff would be raised where the column was flat. For some reason I was thinking of that scene from National Treasure where Cage pulls that pipe out and then puts his blood on it to roll the pattern on to a piece of paper. It is not entirely surprising that something from the movies might not be that easy! I will be sure to check the modelling section for guidance on that particular method!
Have you considered sanding down the reverse side of 10mm models using a dreml and placing them on the armour plating directly? That way you get relief detail without all the casting issues of greenstuff. There are loads of historical sets available and they’re pretty cheap...
I tried something similar on a Contemptor but there really wasn’t enough space to play with; a Cerastus would be perfect for this though.
Just to add, given the fantasy ranges available at 10mm, something like the Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus (https://en.m.wikiped...tle_sarcophagus) but with Orks instead of Goths might be amazing...
I had not even considered using the 10mm miniatures, but after what you said I went hunting and man, they look pretty awesome. Forgive me if I might ask a few common sense questions, but are the 10mm (and below) miniatures more often made with plastic or metal? And what kind of Dreml would be best and which attachment? I actually have a pretty large shop as I live on a farm in rural Tennessee, so I have belt sanders, grinders, etc. but surprisingly I do not own a Dreml. Also, would smaller mm miniatures (like 6) still have the same effect? Or at that point are they not detailed enough that green stuff might be a better solution? And I agree that Trajan's column, with Orks, would be amazing!
The idea is a fascinating one, but I'd think long and hard about the scale you're working at, both with the miniature and with the relief you're attempting to model. Each turn of the frieze is roughly 1 m high and the figures therein are obviously smaller. What size does that translate to on a Knight and, more importantly, how does that work with the usable surface (the pauldrons, greaves, carapace) you have to work with when modeling? And if you're intending a narrative like on Trajan's Column, how are you going to accomplish it when your panels are broken up?
Second is theme of the frieze. Does a straight copy of the frieze actually fit in-universe?
Personally, I think EdT's idea is the easiest. I did something similar to affix details to one of my Knight's greaves.
Ovidius, you indeed ask the tough questions. I wish I could tell you exactly how large the armor panels are, but I am not sure. I meant to go home and take a picture of the shoulder, back and leg panels with a Space Marine beside each one of them to give a better reference, but I had a late night and early morning today. Plus the issue of curvature gives me some pause. While the leg panels are relatively flat, the pauldrons and back/top panel are curved curved curved, almost to the point of looking like a bug shell. So that will be a major consideration.
In terms of narrative, I had two thoughts running around in my head. The first thought is that the narrative would begin in the left corner of the left leg armor, and then move left to right across to the right leg armor, and then the next line on the left leg => right leg, etc.
Typing that makes me realize how convoluted that is, so my next idea is just to have each armor panel tell a different story. Which brings me to your last point about fitting in universe. That is truly a tough one. It would be ideal if each armor panel could represent specific campaigns against the likes of the Eldar, Orks, Tyranids, Space Marines, etc., but I am not sure how well I can accomplish that with what I have available. If I couldn't use 40k specific factions as subjects for the column idea, I could instead have those panels represent the Knight's actions on its feudal world vs. campaigns in the broader universe. I admit that it is not ideal, but it seems to be the best way that this can possibly work.