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...




Sunday, 7 October 2018

Hoplite metals

Some Hoplite masters here.

Single part is very desirable when dealing with metal miniatures (for me anyway), and I'm happy with how close I've got with these - it's just the right arm that will need glued on when assembling them.

Having the right arms as separate pieces allows more dynamic poses and brings a bit of life to the sculpts by adding in a second plane, otherwise the minis are flat. It also means they can be assembled with either spears or swords.

Thanks for all the emails I get chasing these up. I'm trying to get these perfect before I put any up for sale...





Thursday, 26 April 2018

Red Hoplites




These miniatures are plastic Victrix hoplites, combined with my own metal heads and arms. Hopefully I'll be able to offer some for sale this summer but if you want some now, drop me a comment below.






And above, my metal heads on the plastic Victrix archers!





Sunday, 22 April 2018

Daughters of the Burning Rose




I was lucky enough to get some of the initial test casts from Anvil Industry for their Daughters of the Burning Rose kickstarter.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1637892615/daughters-of-the-burning-rose

As to be expected from Anvil by now these are superior miniatures - solid design and perfectly cast.

Do note these are not the production miniatures (I don't expect anything to change between these tests and the actual production miniatures).

I'm a backer on the project so will get another of these Inquisitor miniatures... I'm glad of that, I'd like another chance to paint this miniature it's definitely up there as an all time favourite.













Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Terrain for next year...

There's so much work going on in the background that doesn't reach this blog.

Here's a quick work in progress snap of one such thing, for next years mega project...


Monday, 16 October 2017

Greek mythology - scale comparison and compatibility


So here's the final post in this little series for now, showcasing the scale comparison:

(left to right in the above image)

  • Victrix plastic torso, converted using MOTN metal head and arm parts
  • MOTN hoplite miniature
  • MOTN Faun archer miniature
  • Victrix Greek archer, converted to use a MOTN head.

I now need to clean up and prepare the masters for production molds... a painstaking task.

Final shots below, these were test sculpts with my dollies. Some of the arms are wonky but I painted them up anyway. Here I'm experimenting to see if I can do hoplites with the left arm and shield all single piece with the body (so only the head and right arm would be multi-part). I'll likely take this approach with my god specific warriors and regiments.



And lastly, my humble little conversion parts gracing the Victrix plastics.


Stay tuned for more Greek mythology developments.




Saturday, 14 October 2017

More hoplite colour schemes




Few pics of more test colour schemes. These are all made from my metal parts, only the spears have been taken from the Victrix plastic kit.