Recently I have been persuaded to play Warhammer Fantasy at my LGS and have picked up the Vampire Counts. In days gone by I used to play Bretonnians and the idea of mixing the two for a themed army seemed like a good one, that was until I realised how hard it was going to be to source the Bretonnian bits I would need for the alterations.
Then I remembered reading an article on Miniature Musings of a Bear about Blu Stuff molding and decided to try something similar.
What I ended up with was InstantMold
This is a clear, plastic type material that you pace in boiling water for a few minutes and then press the item you wish to mold into it or, as I did, press the material over the item you wish to mold. I had much better results with this method.
It only takes a few minutes to harden and then its ready for use.
Here is a comparison shot of an original and a molded copy. There is room for improvement but this one was my first attempt so cut me some slack.
Finally, here is a dodgy photo of a skeleton made with a shield that went slightly wrong and a press molded Bretonnian helmet.
Now to make another 70 shields and helmets and get painting.