Before I forget today, any specific old school fantasy requests for future sets?
Sure. Dwarfs, "Kenders" (which are not Hobbits), Halflings. Dragons (from pet to ancient), beholders, jelly cubes, mimics....
Uh, and more genders for heroes (if not for monsters also), so a female paladine/dwarf, a male rangers.... basically to have a chance to give to the kids i play with his proper hero (girls don't like to play males, boys dont want female heroins).
And i renew an old request i wrote some time ago about "kid heroes".... like kids with wooden swords and pot as helmets against baby goblins.
Post by emergencyoverride on Sept 1, 2011 13:55:54 GMT -7
I'll second Parduz and also add just some basic old school monsters in your style. Orcs were a great start! You figures look great. The guys in my game earlier this week were blown away with the look. I had them on the table in some terrain, and between the shadows there and the shading of the mini, one guy asked me where I got the sweet old school orc sculpt. He did a double take when I told him it was paper. Paper modelers: Converting the leadheads one cool mini at a time... ;D
Post by stevelortz on Sept 1, 2011 15:11:56 GMT -7
Being a living relic sculptor from the old-school days, when things now considered "retro" were cutting edge, I have to say these are the most imaginative figures I've seen in decades, since everybody decided to imitate Ral Partha!
I love the boss orc and the bugbear. I've had a bugbear character named Uhguruk for decades. This is now the figure I'm going to use for Uhguruk.
Oh MY... I am planning a free classic monster set for Halloween (Wolfman, Dracula, Mummy, etc.) You are a mind reader! I am just trying to decide what the next set for the Retro Fantasy series shall be. I am torn between Fighters and Wood Elves. Each set will have 12 male figures with 2 colour options and 12 female figures with 2 colour options. This set will be a "good guy" set. Some Notes: I really like the idea of a fantasy Kids set, like a Little Rascals set. I will put this in the queue. I'm thinking the following sets: Set Two: Wood Elves Set Three: Bugbears Set Four: Fighters Set Five: Goblins Set Six: Magic Users Set Seven: Hobgoblins Set Eight: Thieves Set Nine: Gnoll Set Ten: Dwarves Set Eleven: Undead Set Twelve: Clerics
Well, it's an idea anyway.... kind of wears me out just looking at that list, but I think that's pretty close. Mind you I have other lines to take care of and a Sword and Sorcery line to launch in the next two weeks. Just "thinking out loud" to coin a phrase.
Post by stevelortz on Sept 1, 2011 20:44:47 GMT -7
One of the features of Ral Partha figures, and the miniatures of those who imitated Ral Partha, was the fact that they were always standing with their weight evenly distributed on both feet, since Ral Partha had their sculptors work on pre-cast dollies that were made that way.
It struck me that they looked unrealistic, because almost NOBODY ever stands that way. People usually stand with their weight on one foot, which tilts the pelvis and gives a sense of articulation to the whole figure.
I love the dynamism that you introduce into your characters. None of them are in a static pose, unless that would be natural for them.
I see that your retro-orcs are now #6 on RPGNow's list of hottest items (only 5 below Fat Dragon's Dr. Drake's Aerial Steam Carriage). Way to go, young man! I expect we'll see even more of your work up there, and even higher!
Have fun! Steve
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2011 6:24:17 GMT -7 by stevelortz
Thanks Steve! I try to make all my drawings dynamic. It doesn't always work, but I also want to have a range of poses and reactions/actions. I try to think what happens in a game and use that as an inspiration. Not like I was looking (cough, cough...), but the Orcs were at #2 a few days ago. I was really excited about that and I'm very encouraged by the fact that the free set has been downloaded over 200 times in 24 hours! I took yesterday off and just goofed around with some terrain and getting ready for school starting on Tuesday. Tonight I want to dig out some old wood elf designs from circa 1982. I even devised a script alphabet for the High Elves and a Wood Elf dialect script. As you can tell I really needed a girlfriend back then.
One of the features of Ral Partha figures, and the miniatures of those who imitated Ral Partha, was the fact that they were always standing with their weight evenly distributed on both feet, since Ral Partha had their sculptors work on pre-cast dollies that were made that way. ...
Now that explains so much to me! I'm quite new to miniatures and I thought the prevalent "balanced" pose in metal minis was due to the manufacturing process or even a convention to present the figure's important features -- balanced stance, arms at the sides to show uniform, armor and equipment.
When I came to know OneMonk figures, I thought they looked like metal figures due to the proportions, but I hadn't thought about pose.
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