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Being a modeller for quite a few years now, I decided to explore the endless possibilities that the world (through internet) offers, and come up with a series of ways of building, modelling and painting fast (but not hastily), to create the worlds I was seeing in history books since I was little. . .If you care to join me. . . This is the place to be! And, I promise you to find the way (or ways)!!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

How to: Make Sandbags

Hi everyone!

Hope that Thursday found you all well.

After a public outcry, and a request from a fellow modeller to make some sandbags pieces for him, I give you the 'Sandbags Tutorial'. Here goes. 

Step 1.
In order to make this thing right, you will need:
- Milliput putty (yellow & grey)
- A modelling knife
- A piece of glass (it helps getting out the ready pieces easily)
- Some water (it will help you, because Milliput tends to get sticky when handled). It's good to have your hands wet all the time.

Step 2.
Milliput comes in two little 'sausages'. Take some equal quantities of them and start mixing them. Imagine that you are making burgers - it helps! 

Step 3.
Make some thin 'sausages' of the mixed Milliput product (0,4 cm diameter) and then start cutting little pieces of 1cm length, with the modelling knife. Take every piece - yes, every piece, and bend it with your fingers on its edges, in order to represent a sandbag as it is in reality. It is a tedious task and rather time consuming, but it's worth it. 

Step 4.
While doing that, start piling them up, one next to another as the photo suggests.

Step 5.
Proceed with the same procedure by placing the next layer of them vertically (I know  my English is crap, but the photo will help you understand what I mean).

Step 6.
Be patient. Come on, carry on - on the double! See where it leads to? If you want to add some extra detail, take the sharp edge of your modelling knife and make round 'cuts' on the sandbags' edges.

Easy wasn't it? The basic thing is to keep your hands humid/wet for to be able to adjust every little piece accordingly. It helped me! 

See some additional photos of the finished pieces (one for a building and one curved one).

Have a great Thursday night everyone! :-)


  1. Thanks for sharing, very nice!

  2. Thanks, this was good to read...going to try this tonight....thanks again you just filled an empty hour!

  3. Very nice tutorial my dear Thanos. I made homemade dumplings last night for dinner and they look a great deal like this. Now if I could do that at a very small scale, I could make sandbags:)

  4. Simple yet effective thanks buddy

  5. They look like you could make a silicone mold of those and cast as many as you like in plaster. That would save time on a large project.

  6. I've never believed making sandbag is so easy to make.
    Putting them one by one makes them more realistic

  7. These look superb, what a great job.

  8. Great modeling, Mr. T.! Thanks for taking us along on your how-to-do-it tour.

  9. Nice one. Just as good for mealy bags for zulu wars stuff too.

  10. Excellent tutorial Thanos!

    PS. I love what you did with your blog!


  11. I didn't realise it was so simple! But what a fantastic effect! Well done Thanos!

  12. another great how to from the man who knows how to do it best. or the man who knows how to make a how to best

  13. Great tutorial T! I you make them a slight bit bigger you can create food supplies. Similar to what G.E.M. did.

  14. Very nice tutorial Thanos! I will have to give this a go!

  15. Great! Thanks for the illustrated tutorial.


  16. Just what the doctor ordered Thanos. Nice going!

    Thanks mate.

  17. Brilliant tutorial T, very usefull indeed mate.

  18. Hi Thanos, thank you for such a great post. I will definitely try it out. The only question I have is, why do you make round cuts in step 6?

  19. Most effective. Another project to make my wife roll her eyes.