TMNT Project Starts in Earnest

28 03 2010

This is a sleeper project that has been running for years, getting absolutely nowhere until recently.

I have always wanted to game TMNT in minature skirmish. Giving up on anyone actually producing the miniatures, I decided to have a crack at sculpting myself. The first few goes were embarrassing to say the least, so I decided to start using base models and adapting them. Here are my attempts:

You will see the old Dark Horse Leonardo second from the left – unfortunately way too small for 28mm gaming and too large for 15mm gaming… a nomad in the miniature world, unfortunately, I couldn’t use him.

The third from the left is my first attempt, I used a Turtle Banner Bearer from Eureka miniatures as the base. Cutting his head off, I sculpted my own and then the bands on his arms, legs and his belt. Not bad for a first go I thought… but I could do better.

My next attempt was using a Turtle Commander model from Eureka minatures. I sculpted the bands and modified his head, adding a sword from an old sprue I was no longer using. I then sculpted his hand… man that was tricky. It took me ages, yet it still looks like it took five seconds… hands are very hard to sculpt. The detail was better, but it didn’t look like a Ninja Turtle… maybe a concept sketch, but not what I was after…

I decided that although I loved the Eureka turtle figures, they weren’t going to make a convincing Ninja Turtle… at least from my hands anyway.

So after a bit of searching, I came across Rolljordan’s Frogs that I had just finished painting (pics soon!). I noticed their heads had that nice Ninja Turtle shape to them. With a bit of conversion, I thought it would be quite convincing.

This attempt used one of the Rolljordan catcher frogs as a base. This one was going to work well for Donatello I thought, so I placed ideas of sculpting the fearless leader (and personal favourite) Leo aside. I padded out the back a bit to allow a small Terrapin shell from Eureka Miniatures to sit nicely on it. I then sculpted the top of the head and added his weapon, a staff made from a Lizardman spear… I was happy. The race was on to order more Rolljordan frog sculpts to fit the rest of the team!

I am really psyched to get these guys done. If anyone has any ideas for a Splinter sculpt (GW Ratmen are too bulky and don’t work, thanks anyway).

I will be using the TMNT in SuperSystem 3 and also Heroscape (in which I have a pretty extensive project going on)

I hope you enjoyed my amateur sculpting attempt. πŸ™‚





7 responses

28 03 2010

Like yourself, I have struggled to find figures to represent the TMNT for a long time. I had hoped that Heroclix would eventually get a licence, but it never seemed that likely.

You have made some great progress there. It looks to me like you will be more than capable of getting the four of them done to a good standard. I cant wait to see the finished project.

MegaMinis make a few ratmen. They are smaller than the GW equivalent so maybe they might be suitable fo a Splinter.

Search ebay for “DEAL-0672 Ratman Mage 25mm miniatures D&D”. That might be suitable πŸ™‚

1 04 2010

Great idea!!! Keep on the good work πŸ˜‰

11 04 2010
Andrew Beasley

Have a look at the 15mm figures for Ratmen. These maybe large enough for you as I seem to think Splinter was small.
One could be Chariot


21 08 2010

It has been some years since I’ve actually seen any of the TMNT reference material so I might be off base here, but this Clan War figure made me think of Splinter.

29 08 2010

Thanks mate – he certainly is a dead ringer for Splinter. I just purchased 2 copies (in case I stuffed one up) and to be honest, he’s pretty big… not sure if he’ll fit in or not.
I’ll upload some photos when I finish painting him.

12 01 2011

Ben, I believe that Clan War had some Rat-kin types that would work well. I don’t have any pics, though.

12 01 2011

Thanks for the heads up mate. πŸ™‚ Great minds think alike. I’ve actually recently grabbed a couple of them to trial. I’ll try and get some pics up soon. Been really busy with Rise of the Occulites, so TMNT has gone by the wayside for a bit. I hope to get stuck back in soon. πŸ™‚

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