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    TaleSpinner Hallmark/Trademark

    I'm not certain how much I've discussed this, but I operate my sculpting and soon my jewelry under the brand TaleSpinnerTM Minis or Jewelry respectively. Legally in the US, I am required to stamp all gold and silver jewelry I make with both a purity stamp and a hallmark. In the past, I have marked most of the minis I have sculpted with AP where the A is leaning against the P, but as I go forward I want to strengthen and embrace the TaleSpinner brand, so I am having TaleSpinner registered as a trademark. Along with it, I am creating a logo/hallmark that I can stamp into jewelry and inscribe on the bottom of my sculpts, which I will also register. Here is my preliminary mark, being a stylized TS. What do you think of it?
  2. Welcome to Getting to Know you, October 2018 Edition. The rules as they currently stand: 1. Every day, or so (unless I am out or ill or something) I will post a question. 1.5. Should I be unable to post a question for the day a crack team of deputy quisitors, former quisitors, and random forum members are all chomping at the bit to step in and take my place... 2. In theory there is a 24 hour span to answer that question before the next question is posted. 2.5. (Rule 2 is the most frequently ignored rule.) 3. Questions are going to be posted between 6AM and 9AM CST 4. Everyone is encouraged to suggest future questions to be posted via PM to me. 5. You do not have to answer every question to play... 6. If a question is TMI or N/A simply wait for the next question.. ..or post that you decline to answer (clues regarding why are always fun). 7. As I am seldom if ever in a position to post on weekends, weekend questions will take the form of three day quests, starting on Fridays. I will try to make these miniature related.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    A client of mine has commissioned me to produce a new line of oriental-themed turtle people, based on box-turtles. I'm pretty excited about this project as I love the subject as well as the challenges that it will present me. We are going to take a modular approach to this, with me creating a fully sculpted shell with arm and leg armatures. This I can then cast in bronze and use to make many different minis. I am also planning on making several heads and casting them to be added to each sculpt. A turtle head is pretty generic with little possible expression, so I should be able to make a few variations and reuse them. I will also be sculpting and casting various oriental weapons, hats, and other accouterments to be added to the sculpts. After all that, I will be making three sculpts to begin with, and we'll see where we take it from there. If it all turns out, you'll likely be seeing all of this on the KS page at some point. Here is the basic concept (this is very rough and I am not very good at drawing; the 3D sculpts will be a lot better): Here is a close up of the basic armature concept: Last night, I began the project by making the armature and underpinning the shell Here is the top view: And the side view: I will be basing the turtle parts on the Eastern Box-turtle: And finally, as I was typing this, the bronze came: Now, I am going to have to figure out how to cut that up into chunks that can fit my crucible. More to come soon. Andy
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    Over the weekend I built another wax tree of shell and head armatures and cast them: As you can see, the investment cracked and I got a web of flash again. I'm not entirely certain why that is happening. It only seems to happen when I cast in pewter. The high temp metals do not do this. I suspect that it happens during the cooling of the flask down to the temperatures needed for pewter casting. It isn't a big deal as the flash webbing is very thin and easily removed with a hobby knife. Here are the rough blanks I got from this casting: From these, I made the following armature sketches. I call them sketches as they are preliminaries that I have submitted to my client to see if he likes the poses before i start sculpting them. Cleric: Posed after the manner of the Happy Buddha. I felt that the rotundness of the turtles lent themselves well to this pose. Bard: Playing the long necked string that @Ulfheathen recommended. His one foot will be on a rock with the body of the instrument resting on his knee. I have to replace the left arm as it broke off as I was working it. I plan on having him wearing the traditional Chinese wide-brimmed, conical field hat. Sorcerer: As discussed several pages back, inspired by BTiLC. I still have to figure out a Ranger and a Rogue. For the former I am thinking of something mongol inspired. For the latter, I'm drawing a blank. These guys just don't seem sneaking to me.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Oct 22: What is the most difficult encounter you have ever faced in a game?
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    Darksword Wolf

    I sculpted this wolf for Darksword last spring. I got a couple copies of it last week. Friday night, I decided to paint a version of it for a friend's 11 year-old girl who is crazy about wolves. When asked how she wanted it painted, she said tan with black stripes and spots. That took me a bit to get my head around, but I took the challenge and here is what I painted. It took me about 3 hours.
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    Darksword Wolf

    You do realize that I am personally targeting you with EVERYTHING I sculpt these days, right?
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    In my defense, I was on vacation and almost forgot about the question all together, so... Fine, lift all restrictions and go for it!
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Oct 19-21: Weekend Quest (brought to you by TGP) Which fictional Earth would you most want to live on? The rules: Whatever day and year it is in the real world. That's the date in the fictional world. It has to be Earth-like. You cannot go to Westeros. You are the same person. You have the same job. You have the same post count on the forums. You have the option to move to a very similar place to where you live. You can move from a big American city to a fictional city based on an supposedly archetypal American city. You don't get super powers. If you are in the Harry Potter universe you are a Muggle. If you are in the Marvel universe you don't get to be a mutant or Inhuman.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    I just decided to take an extra 1/2 day off today, starting right now. As a result extra painting/sculpting may happen! WOOT!
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    Dark Fable Basilisk

    Some of you may remember the diorama I had started entitled Billy's Bad Day. For various reasons, I am, for the most part abandoning that concept. I was really struggling to tell the story I had in my head. I still however want to paint my basilisk, and maybe include it in a diorama, but if I do, I will likely include another character that is a bit more relate-able to the viewer than a couple of goats. More on that later. For now, I'm going to concentrate on painting the basilisk as I have time between sculpts. If I get that done and my other ReaperCon entry for 2019 in time, I will look into expanding this into a diorama. If not, this can still be my Open category entry. Here is the basilisk: The basilisk will be based on a Gila Monster: But instead of pink, the light areas will be inverse flame color (red up to yellow) with a black belly and skin. A few months ago, I used my air brush to add a coat of brown liner/blue liner to the skin areas, then air brushed the rest with Cinnamon Red. Lately, I have been reading Rhonda Bender's (@Wren) blog, Bird with a Brush. For the past month she has had a series of articles on Contrast that have really got me itching to pick up a brush again, but I've had way too much sculpting work to get done to do so. I strongly recommend that you follow her blog, it is excellent. The articles on contrast are as follows: Compare and Contrast Contrast Versus Realism How to Paint Contrast – Mind Games How to Paint Contrast – Hands On Last night, I was ill with a cold, but had slept much of the afternoon. I wanted to relax, but my brain was just not functioning the way I needed it to to start the next step of the druid turtle, so I picked up this painting and decided to do the next step. I decided to follow Rhonda's advice and add another couple layers of zenithal lighting value to the red, airbrushing on a coat of Sunrise Orange and another of Candlelight Yellow. Then, I went back with a brush and base-coated all of the skin areas with a blend of Brown Liner and Blue Liner (I never use pure black for natural blacks). So this is my base starting point. From here I plan on using glazes to develop the shadows and highlights, pushing the contrast further than I have ever gone before. Challenges I see coming for me in this project: Finding time; I have a lot of sculpts in the hopper between now and January, so progress may be slow between now and then. Developing enough contrast. I have a tendency to think it is enough and stop too soon. I really want to push it on this one. Keep me honest folks! Black/near black. I've never been very good at black, so having major areas of black scares the stuffing out of me, especially since I will be covering major areas of finished color with black squiggles to make the gila monster markings; that's going to hurt. The next step will be developing the major red shadows. I want to thank Rhonda one more time for teaching, inspiring, and challenging me to do this. I honestly believe that this is one of my best sculpts; I want it to be my best paint job as well.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Oct 18: The world is too negative lately; post something positive to make us smile today.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    Dammit, you are right. Now I have to build this.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    It appears that your cat has decided to take up sculpting.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    But you are cheese.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    The tree keeps getting bent and re-bent as I travel with it. I'll straighten it out when I actually start sculpting the details on it. My goal will be to ensure that the tree can be cast as a single piece, and Dave (the mold-maker for this) is amazing at cutting molds; I have always been impressed at what he can do. That said, I will be paying close attention to it's plane when I start actually working on it. For now I have just given up on trying to straighten it as I don't want to weaken the wires too much. I should probably start carrying it in my magnetic case so it stops getting banged up, but I hate carrying the separate bag each day.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    I spent my lunch session today sculpting the primary roots for the tree. Once they have cured, I'll add the secondaries and tertiaries. An issue I'm going to have here is making them complex enough so they look right, but not so much that they are messy.
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    Dark Fable Basilisk

    You were the very person I was going to bug when that time came. Thanks for the pre-help; I was going to read your hand-outs before bugging you.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Says the wolf with over 30K posts.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Oct 17: What parts of these forums do you check/read/contribute to daily?
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    So this question spawned from me using math a lot lately in my sculpting and jewelry making. For the past couple of years, I have been working on a line of dogs for Darksword. The first dog in the line was set at a particular size. All others are based on that dog, so I need to look up the sizes of the various breeds and do ratio calculations to figure out the sizes of the new sculpts in relation to the first dog (a Shiloh shepherd). I've also had to do a lot of volume calculations for the casting investments, wax densities, ring sizes, etc... There is actually a lot of math in jewelry production. I'm the opposite of @WhiteWulfe, I've never been good at math, having passed calculus in college with a C. Language (especially English) and Biology are my strongest suits. To suddenly have so much of my childhood adversary in my hobbies is a bit unsettling, but good for me.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    Progress:
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Oct 16: Do you use algebra or other advanced mathematics in your life and, if so, what for?
  24. If the sculptors were hired and not the ones running this, I hope they got their money. There's a lot of sculpting hours there, though a free lance artist should also know enough to say "No" to this sort of contract.
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