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
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