After completing the newly sculpted horse master shown above, for better or worse it was into the casting fires. I was definitely concerned about being able to mold it but it turned out okay. The main problem was the base collapsing under pressure. Otherwise it cast to the extremities well enough. Certainly I encountered none of the problems with the impression as I did with the Toob horse mold. I gave up on the cast base, just sawing off it off at the hooves and making new bases from 1mm styrene. As the scribe and break is easy, that's the way forward.
One other issue, couldn't free the right leg from the mold after the first casting. I cut some of the silicon rubber to free it up but clumsily cut a bit too much, leaving metal residue to be cleaned up on all subsequent casts, but the results are tolerable. At some point I'll make another mold but this will suffice for now.
So how does the completed horse look ?
And in comparison with the Toob pony.
|Steve's horse left, Toob horse right|
One last shot.
I'm reasonably happy with it. If I had a do over, I'd have made it smaller but at this point I'm not about to spend more time sculpting another. I think the same horse can serve for the heavy cavalry, just need to file the shabraque into a rectangular shape. And now I'm out of riders until the next shipment from Eureka.