For those interested, some B&Cers asked if I could make a template for the greave plates I use on some of my space marines.
As I hade to make a vectorised image of them anyway for a cnc mill, I thought I might as well export the template to PDF.
So I made the following templates:
The middle right one is the measurement I usually use and it should work. I added the other templates so it's easier to make different type. The large one without foothole is the original design and was cut down to fit which yielded the one I use now.
For ease of use I filled out an A4 sheet with the 5 versions and put them in pdf:
Okay, let’s try and make a clear tutorial.
- The PDF file
- A sharp knife (scalpels work best)
- 0,2mm – 0,5mm plasticard
- Some sot of round rod
- Plastic glue
- Wood glue
- A pair of space marine legs
First, print the PDF
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Then, cut out any one of the shapes. The smaller shape is the one I use in this tutorial, as it should fit (an upright standing) marine immediately.
The other shapes are meant to help with the creation of your own greave shapes.
When you have the paper shape, you should dry-fit it on the marine that will get them. GW
space marines are not all of the same dimensions and some modifications will most likely be necessary. I also created these templates mostly for upright standing marines, so the odd bend marines have at the knee might be in the way.
As you can see the paper is a bit large. This is perfect if you like this shape, but you might like something else better.
I used a little bit of wood glue (PVA) to stick the paper on the mini. This is easily removed without damaging the model.
I then modified the template a bit to make it a bit blockier. As you can see the template is still rough, but this can be changed at any point.
Lay it on the plasticard, 0,3mm is best as it’s very flexible and glues well, thinner might work but tears easily and glue sometimes melts through the plastic. Thicker can work (I used to use 0,5mm) but it’s harder to work with.
I usually use wood glue (PVA) to glue it to the plastic.
Using the scalpel, cut the template out of the plastic.
Finish it up a bit so it’s fully to your liking by shaving the edges or filing what needs filed. Remove the paper from the plastic.
Bend the plastic around something round and strong enough to take some abuse (needlefile handles work very well)
Apply glue to the greave plate, add to model, place correctly and hold while it dries.
You can use superglue for this step, but thinner superglue gets between the micro-cracks you create when bending the greave plate and might result in tearing.
Make sure it fits okay and it’s done.
As you can see, this template needed more trimming to fit correctly and the odd bend the marine has in it’s leg is in the way. You could either trim this away after the glue has dried, fill it with greenstuff or just press it tightly together so it fits.
Hope this helps explain everything a bit,