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About Kang

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  • Birthday 01/17/73

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    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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    My wife and kids, backyard metal casting, A Song of Ice and Fire, minis

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  1. Wizards, by Ralph Bakshi

    I never understood the 'Bakshi's LoTR' hate, but it never fails to come up. Always been a huge fan of Bakshi's animation, including all the rotoscopy, from the old Spiderman cartoon to Fritz and Wizards etc., on thru Cool World and everything in between. <Shrug>. IMO LoTR' is one of his best movies. Defimitely 100X better than Rankin Bass's Tolkien movies. Can we all agree on that at least?! Kang
  2. Lendil Blackroot - 3 Color Challenge

    Great work on the various fabrics, the texturing on the cape and the green robes are excellent! Kang
  3. Cadirith, colossal spider

    OMG, the hairs! Very convincing. Great idea! I gave up on my metal one after it came unglued under its own weight while I was trying to primer it a month or two after my players had already defeated the monster I wanted to use her for. Well, not "gave up"... I'll get back to it one day. Kang
  4. SER WAYMAR ROYCE NIGHTS WATCH

    Poor Ser Waymar, first of many doomed prologue characters... You did a good job on him! Kang
  5. Sculpting and casting

    Clever how you added the little gates connecting the spiral to the index finger knuckle and the heel of the palm. I didn't notice that on the pic of the wax tree at first until after taking a close look at the as-cast tree then scrolling back up. Great job! Kang
  6. Well, we did get another weekend when nothing wet and gross was falling out of the sky, and the snow on the ground even started melting... so here is my latest casting adventure. Not quite in time for Hallowe'en as I'd hoped, but at least I got in another session before winter (which is coming)... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07UJtifMLmg I've shown a pic here of a skull ashtray casting made from this pattern before, but there was no video to go with it. This time the casting came out almost perfect; last time the sand broke off where the dimple in the jaw hinge is located, so that casting had that area filled in with metal instead of being a smooth indentation. Just a little bit of flashing in one area to clean up on this one, not a big deal. Plus, one guy commented with a tip for avoiding that in the future. Since I happen to already know for a fact that that guy (Clarke, who goes by Porositymaster at the alloyavenue forums (a different forum from the one with the Halloween casting contest, that's thehomefoundry, but almost everyone on there is on AA too)) pours beautiful cast iron and makes it look easy, that is one piece of advice I'm going to take very seriously! Cast iron is pretty much the holy grail of backyard metal casting. Technically casting steel is the actual grail, but iron is almost at the same level. It's been argued that successfully casting iron counts as levelling up from being a mere hobbyist... and Clarke does run his foundry as a LLC these days. Here is my buddy Chirpy's video from the previous Saturday at the 2017 Soulé Steam Festival in Mississippi, featuring a bunch of footage of Porositymaster pouring iron while some of my other online metal casting buddies watch from the background in amazement. I am SUPER envious of those guys who were able to get there, even though they cancelled the big event (the iron pour from the big cupola furnace) this year. I'd almost rather watch Clarke melt and pour iron from his crucible furnace, since that is conceivably something I could do myself one day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIUk1iHvcmM I'm not technically an actual steam nut, but I am crazy for the foundry work that went into making all those engines, and I loved all the footage of the patternmaking work stations, so I would have had a great time if I could have gone in person. Just meeting the guys I've been chatting with on the AA forum for a few years in person alone would have been a blast! Anyhow, I've gotten way off topic here... Kang
  7. Sculpting and casting

    Good luck! Let us know how it came out, I'll be checking back in a day or two for sure... Kang
  8. Quick update on the Hallowe'en casting contest results: A pic is worth a thousand words, as they say: Not a huge amount of participation, nor an overwhelming number of total votes... But the contest was held on a relatively new forum that is growing, but doing so rather slowly. In any case, a win is a win! Woohoo! Funny thing about being Canadian when $100US shows up in your paypal account - being converted into our native Québecois Quatloos makes my prize look much bigger! There's a dirty joke in there somewhere... Here's my competition's entry, also a lost foam casting, but far more impressive than mine due to all the skinny legs and silk strands he somehow managed to fill. Frankly, I am amazed he pulled this off. (it did take him 2 tries though...) I would not have thought this piece possible to cast successfully using the lost foam method, so I feel fortunate that the entries were judged on how they were presented in the contest threads, not on the quality of the castings themselves or the skills needed to produce them. Al2O3's experience is mainly with making automotive engine castings, not decorative stuff, making this even more impressive. He has built his own sand-compacting bucket vibration device for making better lost foam molds, as well as his own vacuum assisted lost foam pouring equipment (to suck the molten metal farther through where the foam used to be before it freezes and stops flowing). Really impressive stuff IMO, if anyone wants a look he has video of his setup on his youtube channel, Kelly Coffield. His furnace rig is crazy impressive too, but I digress... My thread was written as a project tutorial suitable for beginners, not to show off a particularly impressive casting. I also had many more in-progress photos in my entry than he did, since it was easy to grab screenshots from the video footage I shot of the whole process. That plus the videos themselves probably helped sway a couple votes my way too... Sadly, I woke up to a snowy lawn this morning, which means backyard metal casting season is almost done. During the winter months I'm hoping to get back into my HirstArts modular dungeon build and some long-neglected minis projects. Maybe I'll get in one or two more weekend casting sessions before my molding sand freezes into a solid block until spring. Actually, I have been contacted by a local guy who wants to build his own home foundry to cast some big wheels for a slow moving tracked vehicle of some kind. If he's serious then maybe I'll be able to get in on some winter casting action after all, since he has a heated shop. A lot will depend on whether he is serious enough to pull the trigger on ordering himself some molding sand. If so, I plan on ordering some more too, to add to my own heap, since we'll be able to split the shipping costs if we go in on it together. Making greensand by hand is one of the few things in my foundry that I'd rather pay for than make myself. That plus crucibles. Oh, and the 3200F-rated castable refractory cement I lined my furnace with... There are DIY recipes for that but not as good as the real stuff... Maybe I'm just spoiled by having started out with professionally made and mulled high quality greensand, but I'd do the 10 hour round trip to pick it up in person before I would try making my own, hands down. Kang
  9. Best Version of DnD?

    I vote for 3.5e, or Pathfinder AKA D&D3.75 if that counts, which it should. I have not played 5e FWIW, but I'd played every other edition dating back to (pre-red-box) Basic D&D, and the only one I hated was 4th ed., which we only played through one adventure of - if I wanted to play a D&D miniatures skirmish game, I'd have played DDM! They lost me for good when they killed the printed Dungeon and Dragon magazines right after I'd re-upped both my subs. Hence, zero interest in 5e even if it is better than 4th. Our group switched seamlessly from 3.5 to Pathfinder when it came out, though I still have a lifetime's worth of 3.0/3.5 material in my collection of books and mags. Kang
  10. Bob's Cthulhu Wars - Him-Who-Is-Not-to-Be-Named

    Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! Translation: Holy moley, that's awesome! Kang
  11. Uploading to my computer

    FWIW I have been using apps to transfer video and photo files from my android phone and iOS tablet to my PC via wifi over my home network. The app gives you a URL to go to using your browser, which is where the device's folders and files show up to be navigated through and selected for download. I know this does not help with people using 'real' cameras like the OP (I'd suggest getting a USB card reader assuming the camera uses the typical removable memory cards), but some reading here may be checking this thread because they're having the same problems I did with transferring files before I found those apps... The android app I use is called "Wifi File Transfer" (don't have my iPad here today to check the iOS app name, but it is similar), or there are many other similar ones to choose from that would probably work just as well. Kang
  12. Awesome! I am a sucker for a Tom Meier sculpt. I think I like these sculpts even more then the direwolves he sculpted for Dark Sword's George R. R. Martin Masterworks line. I actually had to double-check for my own peace of mind, to ensure these are not those same sculpts. Nope. These definitely appear to be different wolves. I guess it's partly the Meier factor and partly just because with the colours you used, they could easily pass for Grey Wind, Ghost, and Summer... Amazing paint work on these, I love 'em! Kang
  13. Part 2 of my Halloween casting contest entry video: molding, casting, finishing the spooky one-piece cast aluminum belt buckle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3YKljnOFwo
  14. Beautiful work on the map art posted here! I like the colours, very slick stuff. I will pass a link onto my workaholic current DM and see if he can find some inspiration here, as our game seems like it is beginning to lose a little of its steam, skipping more weeks that we used to, etc. Kang
  15. Sculpting and casting

    That raven is awesome! I love ravens just generally speaking though, so I could be a little biased... There was one hanging around my work for a while several months back. I caught him on video once eating a dead pigeon... while imitating pigeon calls! They are excellent mimics, in case you were unaware. Another time he was sorting through a trash can - food stayed in for eating later; wrappers got held onto until a pedestrian tried to pass by. Then the wrappers got thrown directly in the human's path. The raven just gave dirty looks to the people who didn't like having trash thrown at their feet. And every single one of them decided to keep on walking rather than mess with that enormous bird... Clearly, these creatures have an advanced sense of humour and a healthy dose of courage! Anyhow, that was a little off topic, sorry. The sculpt looks excellent; keep 'em coming! Kang
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