I am getting head, body and legs fairly well proportioned but am still getting the arms too long most of the time. Anyone have a simlpe measurement that is related to "head size". When I bend the arm down next to the body at 10mm to gage the right length there is too much/little (?) room for error.
Thanks for any help.
- The fingertip-to-fingertip "wingspan" should be about the same as the figure's height. Subtract the lengths of the fingers to get the distance from knuckle-to-knuckle.
For me, my two middle fingers add up to around 20cm, which is 1/9 of my height (1.8m), or slightly less than one head-height less than my total height.
If a figure is holding an object or is making a fist, then the wire in the arms doesn't go beyond the first knuckle. The wire should even be a little shorter, to allow for a layer of putty over the end of the wire.
Most miniatures have the hands and heads exaggerated, so I would suggest deducting one full head (whether that's 1/5, 1/6, or up to a more realistic 1/8) from the figure's height to get the length of the arm-wire if the wire is not supporting the fingers.
At 10mm scale, that means making the wire 8/9 (8.8mm) to 5/6 (8.3mm) the height of the figure. Call it 8mm or even 7mm and you should be fine.
Sculpting at 30mm scale, I have often had this trouble too.
I would cut a length of wire from the spool at the full 30mm length (= height of the figure), just in case the figure would later have fully extended fingers on either or both hands.
But then I wouldn't cut off enough at the end of the wire as I was sculpting the arms, so they would turn out a little long.
I'm getting better at planning for that... ;^)
Hope this helps.
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> I am getting head, body and legs fairly well proportioned but am still getting the arms too long most of the time. Anyone have a simple measurement that is related to "head size". When I bend the arm down next to the body at 10mm to gage the right length there is too much/little (?) room for error.
> Thanks for any help.
- Thank you both :-). That helped a lot. Sounds like what I need to do is put the arms strait out and measure that way rather than down to the side. I'll give it a try.