Post by stevelortz on Jan 27, 2012 10:40:33 GMT -9
I got a call today, and Fortress Figures is interested in putting some of my old sci-fi figures back into production, with a few modifications to bring them up to state-of-the-art! Where it crosses over into cardstock models is a reason to develop the SkudFooze line of vehicles to go with the metal models!
Post by stevelortz on Jan 28, 2012 19:57:52 GMT -9
I spent about an hour-and-a-half at Fortress Figures this afternoon. I sculpted the Bogeys (as featured in Forum HOARD #15) nearly 20 years ago. The people present were Jeff, Ben, Gene and myself, and we had as much fun brainstorming the re-release as we had brainstorming the original conception of the line all that time ago.
The figures have been taken off their flat bases and remounted so they can be used with plastic slotta-bases. Ben has done several major conversions to fill out squad rosters. Twenty years ago, he was just learning how to use epoxy. Today, he would hold a figure up and say, "What do you think about this?" I would say, "Well, I think that shoulder pad needs to be a little more pronounced..." And Ben would slap on a little epoxy and make it look just right.
I have always been best at organic forms, not mechanical ones, so the old Bogey equipment looked a little crude. We built their mechanical ineptitude into their characterization. There was a heavy weapon I wanted to sculpt for them originally, but I just couldn't get it to look the way I wanted it to appear. Today, Jeff knocked it out in about 20 minutes with a piece of 3-D CAD software, and he will have a prototype made by a guy who does 3-D printing.
Jeff has found a good source of cylindrical acrylic tubing, so we can do some transparent cylindrical helmets with a metal cap that glues onto and closes off the upper end of the helmet. We're going to remount the Pus-sucking Brainworm on a tracked platform with a clear helmet over its brain.
Jeff also got hold of some acrylic rod that we can use with flying figures, so wey're going to re-release the Smart Bomb/Dumb Bogey.
They aren't sure exactly when the figures will go on sale. They're also reworking their website, and the store isn't up right now, so we'll just have to stay tuned!
Have fun! Steve
Last Edit: Jan 28, 2012 20:01:08 GMT -9 by stevelortz
Congratulations Steve!!! I have always admired you and all the people who can scultp minis in that small size, and it´s great to look that your minis will be again in the market. May be never see one of them here in Tucumán, Argentina, because we have only one comic store that sells copys of lead minis, but i hope to see some pics in internet
oldschooldm: Yup. More power to anyone who tries it. It will only whet the appetite for people who want paper minis that were designed to be paper minis. :-) Fronts and Backs FOREVER! :-) [... it's bait, don't bite it! ... ]
Mar 25, 2019 8:13:22 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9