ISSUE NUMBER 14

HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE
HISTORICAL MINIATURES JOURNAL

MARCH 2012

HISTORICAL MINIATURES JOURNAL ISSUE NUMBER 14

PUBLISHED BY GEORGE GRASSE

MODELING TIPS

Tip 37: The Hot Tool or Pyrogravure

Figure 1: Components

Figure 1: Just three components: a temperature dial with 110v electric cord, the hot tip tool with fine tip, and the stand.  Finer tips are available.  The dial at the top adjusts  tip heat.

 

Figure 2:  DETAILING PLUMES

Figure 2: These are 54mm Historex plumes.  The top row are straight from the kit except that seam lines have been removed.  The bottom row shows the same type of plume enhanced with the Hot Tool.  I always insert a brass rod to facilitate painting and for removing such an item when the figure is shipped.

 

Figure 3: P

Figure 3: This photo  shows an unaltered horse mane  on the right and one that has been detailed with the hot tool on the left.    

 

Figure 4:

Figure 4: This horse is nearly completed.  Places where the hot tool was used include the forelock, mane, tail, and the four areas just above each hoof.  If the saddle were the sheepskin shabraque, the hot tool is used to bring out the detail.  It can also be used to highlight a man's head of hair or the fur on the edges of a Hussar's pelisse.

 

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