Thursday, December 26, 2019

First Crows 2.0 done! (Pic heavy!)

Hi you all!
I have had a really busy time at work these months and was unable to post something here until I finally got holydays, but that doesn't mean that I wasn't sculpting ;)
My sculpting time was also a bit scarce but I have managed to finish the first 4 Crow warriors nonetheless. Hurra!
Here they are. I have picked lots of the ideas I had sculpting the first version, but the figures are totally new:

Here is some detailled information about the figures:

Here we have a simply attired warrior with a concha necklace, concha earrings, a simple breechclout and some metal armbands. The hairstyle is typical Crow with pompadour and a switch with gum balls at the back. A feather is optional. He can be armed with a hatchet or a stone headed club

This warrior is also relatively simply attired, with breechclouth and the typical loop necklace. The hairstyle is also typical of Crow warriors: pompadour, switch and two bigger a braids and two smaller ones. He wears a flatbow and a quiver with bowcase.

This one is a bit more fancy clothed, with lots of armbands and a loop necklace with conchas. Besides the pompadour and the switch, he also wears two crow bows at the temples with hair pipes and cut-off feathers. He is armed with a bow he carries in his bowcase, that is made of otter fur, like the quiver he is carrying. He can be armed with the hatchet or the stone headed club like his pal above.

The last brave wears typical Crow leggings made of trading cloth, with beaded panels at the bottom. He also wears a loop necklace and metallic armbands. He is armed with a composite bow and a quirt with antler handle that doubles as a mace, suspended from the wrist. The bow is interchangeable with the other archer above. The feather is also optional and interchangeable.

At this moment I'm finishing two more warriors (This time, as I have already planed what I wanted to sculpt, I work on several sculpts at a time so I can switch from one to another when things are curing) and hope to have finished the next four warriors by the end of year. Wish me luck!

By the way, I wish you all a very happy new year!!! :) :) :)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Plains Indians 2.0

Hi you all!
The first castings for the new version of the Crows and the Pawnees have finally arrived! These are body-armatures and some weapons aswell, plus some heads.
Having them I'll be able to sculpt a tad faster and to keept sizes coherent between minis :-)
I couldn't help it and started sculpting as soon as I got them ;-)

Hallo alle zusammen!
Die ersten Abgüsse für die neue Version meiner Crows und Pawnees sind endlich mal angekommen. Es handelt sich um basische Körper sowie Waffen und Köpfe. Damit sollte ich instände sein, viel schneller zu arbeiten und dabei die Grösse der Miniaturen einheitlich zu halten. :-)
Ich konnte es natürlich nicht vermeiden und habe schon angefangen, Einiges zu knetten ;-)

Al fin han llegado las primeras copias para mi nueva versión de los Crow y los Pawnee. Son armazones, armas y cabezas. Con ellas puedo esculpir bastante más rápido a la vez que mantengo la coherencia de tamaño :-)
No he podido evitarlo y ya me he lanzado a esculpir ;-)


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Survivors going OOP

Hi you all!
Just a quick update letting you know that the female survivors are sold out. I still have some individual figures, not complete sets though. If you are interested in getting some of them before they disappear, drop me a line at my mail :-)
Figures painted by Michi at Table Terror
I'd like to remind you all that I still have some sets of the Female Zombies, in case you are interested. These are also the last ones so hurry up if you want them!!

The 8 different figures

Some of the zombies, painted by me :)


Thursday, July 18, 2019

A New Beginning

Hi you all!
It has been a while since I published something here for the last time. There are several reasons for it. The main one is that I received a big setback while trying to produce the Crow figures I had finished a year ago (do you remember them?: Here). A while back I had made my own homemade castings of the dollies, heads and weapons I had previously made, and used them to speed up the sculpting process. The funny thing is that these resin castings, being homemade, contained very tiny bubbles in the inside, what caused that the miniatures I had made reacted oddly under the preassure and heat of the metal casting process, becoming holes or being deformed, specially at the head.
Moreover, I was a bit naïf designing some of the poses, that turned out being almost impossible to cast, as my caster told me.
Due to these developments, and  after lots of failed castings and months of repairs of the masters for them to be finally released, I had some decisions to make back in November/December:
A) I could continue reapiring and release some of the miniatures (not all of them), some of them with serious flaws I couldn't repair.
B) I could let the thing be and sculpt something else.
C) I could start over.

So, as you may have guessed I picked C and started the whole project from the beginning (that means: sculpting dollies, weapons, heads and such again, not complete figures) BUT then I suffered a sort of creative blockade and began a circle of sculpting things, finishing them, not liking them at all (or discovering they are wrong in some way), despairing, hating the project, becoming motivated again, starting over with other materials and...back to the beginning. That went on and on for many months, with lots of interferences of the real world and real job cutting my sculpting time.

Nevertheless, among lots of useless dollies, parts and scraps I was slowly able to finish some minor things so that the project went on (as fast as a snail, but...) Then the last month and a half I actually began overcoming the blockade and sculpting things that I could use, so I worked harder untill yesterday, when I f***ing finally finished it all!!!

Btw I have realised that I hate sculpting dollies insted of complete figures but I know in the end it's worth the effort

I didn't want to show anything here until I had something to show so here it is:

Some weapons: from left to right, starting from the upper side: Missouri war hatchet, two pipe tomahawks of different tipology , a musket, a flat bow, a composite bow, a "normal" bow and a base for sculpting quivers. Down: three shields (one of them concave) and three different models of knifes

Heads. It wasn't so easy to keep the same size on all of them

Bodies. I went for dynamic poses and fit but not overmuscular types. I had my problems keeping the size of these too, I have made like 4 or 5 sets of these :-P

Not so impressive, but I'm really relieved that this part of the process is finally done.

I don't dare to give you an aproximated date of when this whole project could be finished but I'll try to keep you updated