For my next project I'm working on sandbags. It's taken me a couple of weeks to figure out how to do it but I think I finally have the process down.
I've made a lot more than what you see here but they all had to be scrapped because I didn't know what I was doing. Please disregard the blocks you see on the bottoms of the bag piles. These blocks will be removed later on. I had to use them as a guide to get the bag piles uniform and to gauge their exact length.
The figure you see here is a 28mm figure from "Bolt Action". I also have some figures from "Dust" which is a game from Fantasy Flight Games. I also plan on doing some 15mm sandbags but that will be a completely different method of sculpting and choosing pieces since they are so tiny.
The basic size of the 28mm sandbag piles will be 1/2" wide and tall. They will be in varying lengths. I will also have some individual decorative bags to place on the top along with various other curves and odd shapes that I haven't determined yet. What usually happens is that I make a large variety of lengths, widths and shapes. Then I make a mold of them, cast them up and see if it's possible to build anything with them. After that I have a good idea about which pieces are needed the most - and which ones I rarely use. The unused pieces will get eliminated and I will sculpt additional copies of the most used pieces.
These bags have been created to interlock somewhat. Getting this to happen is tricky and time consuming but it makes for a fairly seamless row. All of the bags have a fine cloth texture which is hard to see in these photos.
I have already done some tests on how well these will come out of a mold. After all of the gaps between the bags are filled with modeling clay, they come out of a mold very well (I was pretty worried about that from the beginning of the project). My intention is to combine this mold with a military accessory mold so you can build a sandbag bunker or ammo station that might work for WW2 or fairly modern displays.
Anyway, my reason for posting these photos was to get your opinions on what you would like to see on these molds and what you might want to build with them (photos of what you want will be very helpful). So the questions are:
1. On the sandbag mold, what pieces would you like and what kind of project would you like to build with them? I will include some sort of wooden beam and wooden platform to make a simple roofed area. I also plan on making some 15mm sandbags after this project is done.
2. On the accessory mold, what bits would you like to see? I will probably include a barrel and ammo crates (generic) and maybe a wooden palate. I picture these accessories used to dress up a dug-in emplacement or sandbag bunker.
Let me know what you think,