You can't get around it, wargaming the Franco-Prussian War - by definition - means you will be including some Prussian units. And that - in turn - means pickelhaubes!
It's a strange little helmet and I have been a bit baffled how I should model it. I decided to try and cast it - as I will need half a dozen - so I thought I best start with a basic shape which I could then sculpt into the final helmet...
If I started with a simple upturned 'bowl' shape I thought I could make several different shaped helmets. It was a very easy shape to cast but would need mounting on a peg so I could work on the shaping and the adding of the peaks...
However, I wasn't satisfied with the rounded shape...The Pickelhaube isn't really round, it has a flatter top and steep sides (a sort of squished semi-sphere). So I did some sanding and added some peaks using more Milliput putty (and sanded some more) and made another casting...
|Second attempt...The sculpt is in the brown Milliput which|
was then moulded to give me a working object with which I
can modify further before casting yet again!
|I think this is a better shape now, so I can take this on and|
make a new working casting.
|Making a new mould with Instant Mold...It's a simple matter|
of pressing the object to be cast into the softened material.
The Instant Mold hardens again as it cools and then you
have a mould.
Next: Basic shapes done, I can now start to 'decorate' the helmet.