Thursday, 6 June 2019

Hoplite production casts


Very happy with these. Actual casts from an actual production mold.

These are 2 part miniatures, only the right weapon arm needs glued in place. Well technically 3 parts, the shields will follow. The spears are solid, any bend will be minimum and easily fixed (lots of trial an error to achieve this)

Test colour schemes below, LOTS more work now kicking off to make these available for sale over the summer.





Thursday, 2 May 2019

Even more metal hoplites...


I'm taking my time with this project to get it right... dynamic hoplites in metal. Further complicated by trying to do it with as little parts as possible.

Getting there.

My shields were just slightly too thin for a robust and reliable production so I need to re-work them, luckily Victrix now do plastic loose hoplite shields so that's a good modelling crutch.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Daughters of the Burning Rose - resins from Anvil Industry




My chums down at Anvil Industry sent me some miniatures this weekend. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. 

Paint jobs in the coming weeks.

The kickstarter has closed now but take a look and see... they should be available for retail in the near future:















Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Tox Troopers - heroic scale WIP




I had so much fun making the test miniature I decided to make 4 more. Still lots of detail and touch ups to be done. These might make good conversion fodder some day...



Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Heroic style desert guys





These are proof of concept miniatures, the bodies are test casts of my sculpts coupled with some warhammer heads and arms.

They look OK... I need to try other configurations and colour schemes.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Tox Troopers remastered





After a long hobby drought I got a sculpting itch, so jumped in on a whim a remastered my tox trooper sculpts. I have no idea if these are still on sale or in stock at anvil industry at the present time.




In terms of remastering it was more than touch ups here and there... I completely chopped off all the feet and re-sculpted them (I never used to be good at feet) and added some more bulk to the lower long coats.

When I originally made them it wasn't to proxy into an existing game system, the style of my sculpts was very slim and tall, unlike most of the popular ranges out in the market. I've picked up some Games Workshop stuff recently and think I'll use them as heresy era traitor guard at some point.

If I can finish up a heavy weapon trooper and some command/characters I might have them cast up.

They are still quite slight and make the old space marines look suitably superhuman. Compared to the newer Primaris space marines though they will be completely tiny... so I did a mock up of a heroic style trooper...





Monday, 5 November 2018

Masters. Hoplites and Techno Communion



Cleaning up master casts is quite a time consuming effort.

First I give them a short dunk in warm soapy water followed by a light brush with a toothbrush to get all the mould release agents off. Usually the release agent is powder.

Then I set to work with a set of small files and a scalpel blade removing all the mould lines and any imperfections. They need to be completely perfect.

Then it's another soapy water bath and brush to remove the filing and shavings, and I'm done - final set of masters ready for production moulds.

I just need to add the Spartan helmets to a little sprue and make 14 spears and I'm good to go....

Back by popular demand too, the Techno Communion will get another run!

Soon as these are in the post to the mould maker I need to put together an actual web store...