Casting with Bruce, Second try

In the previous article I managed to mix the plaster and pour it into the mold. Now let´s see what I cooked up!

It´s good to have same mixed plaster somewhere where you can check how dry the plaster is without messing around with the mold. I “intentionally” splashed plaster all over my work desk so it was easy for me to monitor the drying process.

When I thought that the plaster was dried enough I decided to start remove rocks from the mold. The mold is very flexible so it was easy to remove the rocks BUT I was too impatient and some of the rocks cracked because those weren’t dry enough.

I waited little bit longer and grabbed the Hirts Arts mold. The pieces came of beautifully because the mold is flexible enough. Unfortunately there were some air bubbles in all of the pieces.

I immediately mixed another batch of plaster and poured it in. The second cast worked up much better. I have to say that you get quite a lot of quality stuff from one mold.

And if somebody is curious to see the result of the rock mold (Woodland Scenics) here is one close up. These rocks will be great pieces for terrain and bases, so I recommend them!

Here are few barrels and crates painted. These ones will go to the Merc´s house.

I wrote in the first article that I didn’t want to buy pre-made barrels because it would cost a lot of money. Well, I lied. I was fascinated to see if the Hirst Arts plaster pieces were superior compared to other products. After quick search I ended up ordering some pre-painted barrels from Pegasus Hobbies.

First look didn’t impress me but when I repainted some of those the result was great. What do you think? On the right is the Pegasus Hobbies barrel.

Of course the Pegasus details are crisper because those are cast in metal. Those are also little bit larger than Bruces barrels. Any way I will continue to cast and use Bruces products but I think that I will save the Pegasus barrels for some special projects!

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