Following the current trend of sculpting one's own figures, I asked the sculpting forum for advice on which book or books would show me 'step by step' how some of today's top sculptors create their figures. I had my answer from the forum host, Markus Eckmann, within the hour! I ordered my copy from Historex Agents and needless to say was not disappointed with his recommendation.
Euro Modelismo 'Sculpting and Body Language' by Mike Blank.
Published by Acción Press
64 Full colour pages
The Book consists of 8 sections which take us from a friendly introduction by the Author, through the materials one would need to begin (not a huge amount), an excellent SBS on sculpting a figure to the finished product shown in a rather nice figure gallery at the end of the book.
The sections are divided as follows:Introduction
Materials and Tools
Body Language, Expressions and Character
Ring Mail, Creases and Folds
Sculpting a figure
Converting and sculpting a 90mm mounted figure
Vignettes and Dioramas
With good quality, colour plates throughout this book will be an invaluable reference guide as there are many photos, not only of figure sculpting but also finished, painted figures, vignettes and also some nice studies of re-enactors representing various periods, a refreshing change to the obligatory Waffen SS!
My only negative comment would be that as a reference book, maybe different binding would be an idea? To keep my book open I need to weigh the pages down or (worse) snap it back on itself which will ultimately lead to a limited life-span, ring-bound would make more sense I think.
Anyone beginning to sculpt their own figures should seriously consider investing in this book. It is written informatively without being condescending and the author doesn't assume that one already knows how to sculpt