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Last summer, I had the opportunity to load my family and our belongings into the car and drive from California (our old home) to New York (where my new job is). Before leaving, I received a number of invitations to drop by and visit various folks and companies. My first stop was a visit to Wargame Ruins, a relatively new company specializing in resin scenics.

What I wanted to know from owner Brent Anderson was - how did he make all these great products?

Brent starts by making his masters, the original sculptures which the final parts will be based on. Here, he rolls Super Sculpy out into a sheet of uniform thickness (usually 3-5 mm, depending on the model). Wax paper beneath keeps the sculpey from sticking to the table top, while the brown panels at the side provide a stop which the rolling pin moves across - Brent says this is the simplest way to roll out a sheet of clay to an even thickness.

"Super Sculpey is softer and easier to kneed than Fimo or Cernit brand and takes details very well," says Brent. "A master can be made from almost any material, such as modeling clay or foam core board. I use polymer clay because of its versatility and speed. Sometimes small details are made using epoxy putty, the same green stuff used by figure sculptors - Polymeric Systems Inc. sell this type of putty."