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  1. TaleSpinner

    Double Barrel Critiques

    This topic is the result of several conversations and a couple requests. In essence, many of us established sculptors are very reluctant to fully critique a piece that is posted on the forums. Frankly, we don't always know what your intent for the sculpt is. Are you just starting and having fun, just want to share, or are you looking to be the next Bobby Jackson and really need direction to hone your craft. So we came up with an idea for this topic. Essentially, you can post a picture(s) of your sculpt to this topic for comment, and I promise that I will not pull any punches. Other professional sculptors (like @Rainbow Sculptor, @GHarris , and @Lovejoy) may also chime in with their ideas as well (please follow the format outlined below). Critiques for your post will include the following content: 1. A quote of your post so that you know a critique was made. 2. The First Barrel: A list of what you have done well. 3. The Second Barrel: A list of things you need to improve on to bring your sculpting to production/sale quality. 4. A list of things to work on and or explanation on how we would go about solving the issues from the second barrel. We won't ever say that something is bad or wrong. We will explain the issue we see and describe how to fix the problem. Of course all forum rules still apply here. I will be monitoring all critiques here to ensure that board rules are followed and that all critiques are constructive and not simply destructive. Our goal with this topic is not to shame anyone, but to give those who want to one day do this professionally a place to go to get real feedback to help them improve. To ensure that people posting figures for critique know who is replying, if you are a professional sculptor and want to add a critique, let me know via PM, and I will add your name to the following list of sculptors (if you regularly post here and I know who you work for, I'm adding you to this list now): GHarris; Glenn Harris; Reaper Lovejoy, Michael Lovejoy, Oathsworn Rainbow Sculptor; Christine Van Patten; Reaper TaleSpinner; Andrew Pieper; Reaper, Darksword, Dark Fable, Dragon Bait So post your pictures and just remember, you asked for it!
  2. Avoidance I'm not so sure, but given that flumphs are also in Pathfinder, they are likely in the Open Source portion of the SRD. Very well done. It is right in line with what I was considering. Would have to put more tentacle and have them cross for proper metal/plastic flow though. All that said, I am slammed right now, so... <shrug>
  3. TaleSpinner

    Warm-up exercises before sculpting

    Mine is doing the opposite. I get it when my elbow is unsupported. Providing support for my elbow seems to elevate the issue somewhat, but also usually results in me having to hunch forward to see (I'll probably nee to rebuild my studio ergonomics, but won't until I know for sure what is going on. We'll see what the doctor has to say.
  4. TaleSpinner

    Warm-up exercises before sculpting

    Doctor appointment has been made. I sculpted at lunch today and it got really bad, painful even. I had to stop and shake it out every 5 to 10 minutes. This is very annoying, especially with the amount of sculpts I have on the docket right now.
  5. TaleSpinner

    Warm-up exercises before sculpting

    Honestly, I have no issue at work typing/mousing all day (this is where @Rainbow Sculptor is going to tell me to embrace the Z). It happens mostly when I sculpt, paint, or make jewelry. I recently figured out that it is not as bad if I have something to rest my elbow on. I really think the issue is my shoulder joint. I have double-jointed (shallow cupped) shoulders and have dislocated that shoulder many, many times when fencing, so that is likely coming back to haunt me. Occasionally, if I would do a hard right parry just a bit wrong while lunging, my arm would keep going at the end of the lunge and pop right out of the shoulder cup. Hurt like hell, but I could always just grab the now limp arm and swing it up and back into place with a bit of a pop and keep going. @emmagine: I'm sure it is the ulnar, thanks. My pinky gets warm and tingly when the other two feel deadened. My issue with sculpting is that I need the sculpt about 3 to 4 inches from my eyes. I am very careful not to hunch too much so I need to raise the sculpt up. This puts all the weight of my arm and tools on that shoulder. I'm not entirely sure how to fix this. Back to the original topic which I realize now that I totally misunderstood (sorry @CivilDungeoneer); no I don't do any sculpting art exercises either. Frankly, I sculpt everyday and really don't have time to spend on non-productive motions. I guess the action of roughing in a section of putty and bringing it to shape is my workout.
  6. Sculpting a flumph is not the issue. Sculpting it so that it looks good and yet has fewer than 3 to 4 parts is the issue. We'll see; I have a lot on the plate right now.
  7. Funny, I was just considering knocking one or two of these out the other day, but couldn't think of a way to make the danglely bits castable and yet still flumph-like.
  8. TaleSpinner

    Rigel sculpts a Plug-Ugly Pulp Crook

    I agree. I'm looking forward to the next one.
  9. TaleSpinner

    Double Barrel Critiques

    Sure!
  10. TaleSpinner

    Warm-up exercises before sculpting

    No, but I probably should. I have been having a fairly serious issue that I suspect could be a repetitive stress injury. Essentially, after several minutes of sculpting (and truth be told, anything that uses my right hand gripped for longer than a few minutes) the middle and ring finger on my right hand begins tingling and go numb. I notice that it is worse if my elbow is unsupported. There is a popping feeling in my right shoulder when I stretch and I suspect the problem is coming from there. I'm not sure what to do about it.
  11. TaleSpinner

    Double Barrel Critiques

    YES!!!
  12. TaleSpinner

    Rigel sculpts a Plug-Ugly Pulp Crook

    Yes! Lots of improvements. You really took the critiques to heart. Sorry, my response took so long; I was in the Boundary Waters all last week.
  13. Thanks. This, and all the other mentions in this thread really made my day. Could someone please tell those damn onion ninjas to go away!
  14. TaleSpinner

    Forumite Classes, 2019

    This is a topic for forumite teachers to list and discuss their classes. I was going to post this in the Classes I Would Take post, but it seemed better served as a new topic. Most of us now know what we will be teaching, though registration is likely a long way away. We'll leave scheduling and such out of this, but if you are a teacher and your classes have been approved, list your classes and a short description here, and I'll list them alphabetically by your forum name in this first post so the forumites have a quick reference to who on the forums if teaching, who they are IRL, and what they are teaching. Please follow the format I have below (or something close to it) so it is easy for me to list. If you'd rather just PM the info to me, that's fine too. Everyone else should feel free to ask questions. Please @ the teacher in question so they are aware that you have a question. Forumite Teacher Class List for 2019 Note, dates times and classes are subject to change as they continue to refine and fill the class lists. See the official site for up to date information once they are fully live. Corporea (Erin Hartwell) Skin Deep- 2 hours, Thursday and Saturday Type: Painting Level: Intermediate Format: Hands-on Synopsis: This is an intermediate level skin class, focused mainly on blending and glazing to achieve smooth skin tones. Students should be familiar with glazing and/or layering in order to get the most out of this class. While the majority of the class will be spent on the face, I will cover placement of highlights and shadows on other skin surfaces and the differences between painting male and female figures. Please bring a brush with a nice tip. I find it easier to blend skin with a size 1 or 2 brush, as smaller brushes tend to dry out more quickly. Students will receive a handout on material covered in the class and all other materials will be provided. The Skincare Routine- 2 hours, Thursday Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: How to make the pimples vanish and the true you shine through? Er, not exactly, but... this is a beginner level class on how to approach skin tones. We’ll cover color choices, basic highlights and shadowing, washes, facial features and hopefully a simple way to tackle eyes. Please bring a brush with a nice tip. A handout and all other materials will be provided. If you don’t have a nice brush, I should have several loaners available, so never fear! Color Theory 101- 2 hours, Friday Type: Painting Level: Beginner (really any level, color theory is the bestest) Format: Lecture then painting Synopsis: Ever wonder why some colors don’t play well with others? Or what all those fancy terms painters sling around really mean? Never fear! This is a beginner level class on my favorite subject: How to make friends with and influence colors! We’ll cover terms, examples, paint qualities, mixing and troubleshooting in lecture format for the first hour. We’ll create our very own color wheels and practice applying the principles we’ve learned for the remainder of the time. Please bring a brush you use for rough work such as basework or priming- something old and well-loved, as we might be abusing it just a bit. A handout and everything else needed for class will be provided. Please note, some of the paints we will be working with are TOXIC, so no brushlicking allowed. Doug Sundseth (Doug Sundseth) Introduction to Miniatures Painting, 2 hours, Thursday, 7pm (plus a second class wait listed) Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: So you've never painted a miniature before? This class starts at the very beginning, discussing tools, paints, ergonomics, and basic techniques. We will be working on a Bones miniature as we discuss preparation, brush control, and finishing. Bring a decent paintbrush. Miniatures Photography 101, 2 hours, Thursday, 9pm Type: Demonstration Level: All Format: Seminar Synopsis: Most miniatures photography is very simple -- miniatures don't move and you have complete control over the light. And there's a ton of information about photographing miniature figurines around. Unfortunately, most of it is wrong. In fact not just wrong but it actually makes your photos worse. We will discuss the right camera, how to use the camera you already have, and the simplest way to get a decent photo. We will touch on more complex setups like dioramas and translucents. We will process the photos and discuss the different needs of different environments. Feel free to bring your camera and come with any questions you have. Introduction to Painting Translucent Miniatures, 2 hours, Saturday, 5pm Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: With the increase in production of plastic miniatures, Reaper and other companies are now producing more miniatures that are partially or completely translucent. These can of course be painted in exactly the same way as opaque miniatures, but that misses out on some of the unique features afforded by being able to see through the miniature. We will be discussing the unique challenges of translucents and ways to mitigate them while getting a pleasing result, both on clear and colored translucents. Kuro Cleanbrush (Ian Markon) Total Metal!!!: A Complete NMM Bootcamp (4-hour class, Friday) Type: Painting Level: Intermediate (you really need to be able to blend) Format: Hands-on (I do a step, you do a step, I do a step, you do a step...) Synopsis: In this double-length, hands-on class, I will teach you the basics of painting NMM. In the time we have, we will cover some general theory of NMM as we practice the principles on a mini. We will try to cover both steel/silver NMM and gold/bronze NMM. We will also cover a little bit about how to paint different geometries of metal objects as well as how to change the NMM to "polish" or "dull" it. This class is over lunch so that we can take a good break midway through, get some food, and (if people want to) squeeze in a few more minutes of practice as we eat, though I will not cover any new class material over lunch so that no one gets left behind if they need to step out for a more substantial break. Blending: Layering and Feathering (2 class sections, Thursday and Saturday) Type: Painting Level: Beginner to Intermediate Format: Hands-on (I do a step, you do a step, I do a step, you do a step...) Synopsis: In this hands-on class, I will teach you how to perform buttery-smooth blends through a method of layering and feathering over an opaque base coat. This is a comparatively brute-force blending method compared to glazing, wet blending, or etc., but it can reliably produce excellent results without the pressure of a ticking clock, and it is therefore my preferred method of blending. It can also be more forgiving, in some ways, than other blending methods, and it can be very formula-driven. These attributes make this method of blending a great first method to learn. (Note: My style of blending is very similar to Wren's [Rhonda Bender] style [since she taught me], so I would advise against taking both of our blending classes during the con as that could prove redundant to the student.) Faces and Eyes (Thursday) Type: Painting Level: Intermediate (you should know how to slap down a basecoat and have developed some brush control) Format: Hands-on (I do a step, you do a step, I do a step, you do a step...) Synopsis: In this hands-on class, I will teach you how to level-up the faces and, especially, the eyes of your minis. We will cover tricks to improve brush control to help tackle the eyes as well as general theory for making the eyes "pop". We will also cover general highlight/shadow placement on faces and (time allowing) the basics of how to give you minis expressions. LordDave (Dave Cecil) Basing – Realistic water effects (Thursday, 10 AM) Type: Basing Level: Intermediate Format: Hands-on Synopsis: We have been painting minis for years and now you are at a point where your minis look great, well except for the big black disc they are standing on. This class will demonstrate several methods of creating watery bases. Making convincing water bases takes time. But much of that time is drying time between steps. The class will teach each step of the process and allow students to have hands on practice of the techniques. When a step requires longer drying time, the base will be set aside and premade bases (fully cured) will be handed out to use for the next steps. This will mean each student will leave with several bases in various stages of completion. Class will cover water and ice bases as well as how to add mosses, reeds, shells, sand, snow, et c. to accent the water features. All materials will be provided. The dragon’s in the details; horns, teeth, claws, eyes, scales. (Thursday 5 PM) Type: Painting Level: Intermediate to advanced Format: Hands-on Synopsis: Its game day, the players set their minis out near the battlemap and anxiously await tonight’s adventure. As the DM of this veteran group you have a horde of minis behind your screen waiting to weave a grand tale of glory. Little do these players know there is a great dragon lying in wait nearby. The shock of the huge dragon appearing on the battlefield will be a memory etched into their minds for a lifetime, better make sure its ready. This class will do just that. Designed for intermediate to advanced level painters, this class will cover the detail work of the grand beast. Horns, Teeth and claws need to be menacing. Eyes need to sparkle hiding the most sinister of thoughts. And the scales show that this dragon is no stranger to combat. Using various techniques to paint the details, you will learn how to bring your dragon from “hey that’s cool, let’s kill it”, to “Holy cow, that is amazing….Run!!!” A small dragon will be provided to each participant, but feel free to bring your own larger beasts if you prefer as well as your own brushes. Beyond the tabletop (Friday 3 PM) (sidenote: tabletop painting is probably my specialty) Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: We all have hordes of miniatures from the bones kickstarters, swag bags, the melt table and any other source we can find to feed our addiction. Some of them we will save for some grand masterpiece, but what about the rest of the pile? Painting fast and effective is a different skillset than the skills needed for competition work. This class is designed for all who want to learn techniques to quickly paint miniatures for the tabletop game. Each participant will receive a miniature that we will paint together in such a way that it is not only completed in the class time, but will impress the other folks around the game table. Not every miniature needs to be painted to a competition level, but even tabletop mini should at least be at a level that makes the artist proud of his or her work. This is the class for those of us that want some awesome minis for our weekly game night, in bulk. Students are expected to bring several brushes to the class. The miniature, paints and other materials will be provided. This isn't my first battle - adding aging effects to painted minis (Sunday 10 AM) Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: This class will teach students how to add rust effects, verdigris, and tarnish to metals; Age leather and cloth; Make wood look worn and other effects to add realism to the figure. No self-respecting orc wears shiny plate mail. No great northern barbarian cleans his boots…. Its time to show off the wear and tear on your gear as though it’s some sort of badge of honor. Students will be provided with a pre-painted miniature that will look like he just stepped out of “Ye Old Adventurers Supply Shoppe”, then together, we will add weathering on the gear, armor and weapons. Followed by blood and mud splatters to finish off the look. Kids class 1 – Younger kids, 6- 8 (Saturday 10 AM) Type: Painting Level: Kids ages 6 to 8 Format: Hands-on paint-n-take Synopsis: Basically a paint and take for little ones. Don’t want the younger kids to feel left out during this time slot, especially in the case of siblings. The class will be very basic as far as instruction, with just some guidance along the way. The focus will be more on having a good time, rather than learning specific skills. Kids class 2 – Older kids, 9 to 12 (Saturday 1 PM) Type: Painting Level: Kids ages 9 to 12 Format: Hands-on paint-n-take Synopsis: The class will teach kids ages 9 to 12 the basics of miniature painting as we work together to paint a horde of monsters. Kids will continue to learn basic color theory, shading, highlighting and adding details. Some of the miniatures from this class will be used as monsters for the kids DnD game. Kids will be asked to bring the mini with them to the game session. Kids D&D game (Saturday afternoon 3 to 5(tbd)) Type: Game Level: Kids ages 9 to 12 Format: Play Synopsis: This will be a short, simplified version of the DnD rules. It will be designed to provide a good experience for the kids age 9-12 that hopefully participated in the classes. The goal is to provide a rounded view of what miniatures are used for while providing some good fun for these kids. I will design the game, provide materials needed to play and run the game. Treasure found in the game will be represented by candy (parental approval will be requested) In each kid class, the kids will get minis to bring to the game. One for their PC, and one of the monsters. When the party enters a room with several orcs in there, I will ask the kids to put their orcs in the room, and then their characters will need to deal with them. Should be a fun experience for the kids, and may start them into a clean, lifelong hobby OneBoot (Lauren Cowles) Fun with Shiny Paint! Type: Painting Level: Any, though more beginner-oriented Format: Hands-on Synopsis: Do you want to do more than just paint silver on your swords and armor? Have you always wanted to experiment with different colors of metallic paint? Do you struggle with painting chainmail? If so, this class is for you! In this beginner-level course, we will cover how to thin metallic paints, use them for drybrushing, achieve different effects by layering metallics over regular paints, and how to do basic shading and highlighting with metallics. Miniatures and paints will be provided, as well as a handout. Bring your own brushes (including an OLD brush, since drybrushing is tough on the bristles) and come with questions! Rainbow Sculptor (Christine Van Patten) Character Design Type: Demo Level: Any Format: Interactive Lecture Synopsis: In this course you will learn how to develop unique and interesting characters for drawing, painting, or sculpting miniatures. We'll discuss topics including shape language, posing with expression, costume design, and body type variation. Please bring a sketchbook and pencil, drawing experience preferred. Printed packet will be included to minimize the need for note taking. Paint the Hoard: Speed painting Techniques for Tabletop Quality Minis Type: Painting Level: Any, though more beginner-oriented Format: Hands-on Synopsis: Got a pile of Bones that haunt you for not painting them? This course will teach you a variety of techniques ranging from 15 to 45 minutes per figure that will result in a tabletop quality mini that you'll be proud to put on your gaming table. (Paint the Hoard will be taught by both me and Emmagine aka my husband Kyle) Sirithiliel (Jennifer Mellor) Don't Fear the Dragon (Friday 3:00) Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: Dragons can be scary, especially for new painters. This is a class on how to tackle dragons and large miniatures, covering color choice and the painting process. the steps taught can be applied for tabletop painting or developed further for competition painting. TaleSpinner (Andrew Pieper) Sculpting Nature (Saturday 10 AM) Type: Sculpting Level: Beginner to Intermediate Format: Demo and Hands-on Synopsis: This class will teach you the fundamentals of epoxy putty sculpting by having you follow along in the sculpting of a rock, a leaf, and a stump. Though simple, these three projects will give you the foundations to create nearly any sculpt by using the fundamentals learned in each to build more complex sculptures. How Not to Suck: Sculpting Edition (Friday 10 AM) Type: Sculpting Level: Beginner Format: Lecture Synopsis: This class is patterned after the now famous HTNS painting class. It is essentially an information dump of everything I wish I had known when I first started sculpting. It will cover everything a budding sculptor would want to know to get going. I include a lot of my own follies, mistakes, and "Ah ha!" moments gathered over the last nine years of my career as a freelance sculptor. Glazing: When, Why, and How (Thursday 1 PM) Type: Painting Level: Intermediate (Beginner is OK too, but I do expect the students to understand basic paint thinning, mixing, and to have a good quality brush) Format: Demo and Hands-on Synopsis: This class will define glazing and discuss, demonstrate, and allow practice for several different applications; including layering, smoothing transitions, TMM, etc... The exact applications to be shown will be decided by the class during the opening discussion. I'm re-tooling this class this year to make it flow better (last year, we had issues with dry times, so I will be doing more basecoat prework on the minis this year). Tattoos, Spots, and Other Skin Effects (Thursday 10 AM) Type: Painting Level: Intermediate (Beginner is OK too, but I do expect the students to understand basic paint thinning, mixing, and to have a good quality brush) Format: Demo and Hands-on Synopsis: This class will demonstrate how to use freehand techniques and glazes to make realistic looking tattoos, spots, blood veins, bruises, and other skin effects. The lessons learned in this class can also be applied to other subtle patterns such as fur patterns and brocade cloth. vutpakdi (Ron Vutpakdi) Step by Step Beginner Miniature Painting (Thursday, 10 AM) Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: So, you’ve found the perfect mini for your PC, and you want to paint it. What are the basic steps of miniature painting so that you can turn out a good tabletop quality mini? In this step by step beginner miniature painting class- students will paint the same miniature at the same time using basic beginner techniques including drybrushing and using washes. A Beginning Painter's Toolkit (Friday, 10 AM) Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: So you found a mini that you want to paint? What do you need besides a brush and paint? What would be helpful? We'll talk about tools for beginning painters including files, primer, brushes, palettes, paint, and varnish. Hands on portions of the class include brush on priming, putting on a base coat, and then making washes with matte medium. Wren (Rhonda Bender aka BirdWithABrush.com) Non-Metallic Blades: 2 hours, Thursday 1pm Type: Painting Level: Practiced beginner to intermediate Format: Hands-on Synopsis: Non-metallic metal looks great in photographs, and is a good choice for figures with more delicately sculpted metal details, but it can be tricky to pull off. We'll start the class with a brief discussion of paint colour choices, placement of highlights and shadows, and other elements that contribute to the successful illusion of NMM. Then we'll jump right into practicing with techniques you can apply to weapon blades for a great looking result. Attendees will receive a figure to practice on and a handout for later reference so you won't need to spend class time taking notes. Please bring a good quality brush with a fine point. (My aim with this one is that we do not get bogged down in blending. We use a more textured method of paint application so we can keep the focus on practicing the principles of where to place highlights and shadows to get a convincing 'shine'.) Painting Hair: 2 hours, Thursday 3pm, and Friday 1pm Type: Painting Level: Practiced beginner to intermediate Format: Hands-on Synopsis: Learn how to paint more realistic looking and interesting hair on miniature figures. Various painting techniques will be demonstrated for you, which you will then be able to practice with yourself on your free practice miniature. The techniques used in this class include layering, feathering, glazing, and lining. Class discussion also includes guidelines for where to place highlights and shadows to create the appearance of shiny hair, final detailing steps in painting hair, and how to choose colours for both natural looking and fantastical hair. Each attendee will also receive a colour reference hand-out that includes a list of Reaper paints you can use to create various hair colours. Please bring a good quality brush with a fine point.
  15. TaleSpinner

    Sculpting a Rubeosaurus

    You are getting better at smooth. Will there be another detail layer on this?
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU3JLm1u5Oc
  17. 1. Trolls. Much to my player's chagrin, I have a love and a fascination with trolls. I even have several custom species of troll in my world and a whole unique backstory behind them. 2. Dragons, same thing as with trolls 3. Anything scalely or otherwise draconicaly derived
  18. TaleSpinner

    Sculpting a Rubeosaurus

    My parrot loved fish. Every time we'd have fish he'd squawk endlessly until I gave him a piece.
  19. TaleSpinner

    ReaperCon 2019 Class Tickets Go Live June 8th!

    The class I wanted (Advanced Quick Layering on Friday at 3:00) shows that it is open, but when I go to buy it it says it is full.
  20. TaleSpinner

    Dinosaurs in Lost Valley

    None that I have ever studied. I'd bet it is just a fantasy-fication of a monitor.
  21. TaleSpinner

    Dinosaurs in Lost Valley

    The Hornslasher is not a dino, but a Giant Lizard I don't know 5E that well. Axe beak was it's name in 1E through 3E. Terror Bird maybe?
  22. TaleSpinner

    My Journey into Lost-Wax Metal Casting

    So, after a lot of thought, research, and discussion, my wife and I have decided to purchase a lost-wax casting system. Essentially this is a system for casting any metal with a melting point below 2000 deg F into jewelry, minis, etc. Unlike the spin casting used by companies like Reaper, this will be low volume with only 10 to 50 pieces a day possible. I should note right away, that I do not intend at this time to go into minis production/sales on my own. So what do I intend to do with it: Make jewelry for my wife and our business. Eventually (10+ years), we would like to get into producing our own line of gold and silver jewelry and become seasonal vendors at various Ren Fairs as a retirement career once the kids are out of college. Of course this is a long term goal and won't happen for a long time yet. I'll practice on copper and pewter first. Make rings for our sister parish in Haiti. Due to various cultural reasons, most Haitians won't get married until they have a pair of rings. This can be very hard for some of the poorer people, so they just stay apart and don't get married. My wife can by old jewelry under value and I'll be able to melt them down and make them new rings and send them down to them as they need it. (We've been giving them the rings she finds, but this way we will be able to cast them in the shapes and sizes they actually need/want.) Make armatures for my sculpts. I spend a lot of time resculpting skulls and basic forms because I have to start from scratch. This will allow me to make a library of animal armatures and other stuff to speed up my sculpting. Also, I will be able to produce better sculpts by being able to control how much and what type of metal is in the armature. I don't ever want to send Reaper another piece of furniture that warps on the mold again (bookcase, I'm looking at you). For sculpts I can't/don't want to sell, I'll be able to make copies for my friends and I (maybe even some goodies for things like the BOGW ). I'm sure I'll think up other uses as I get more skilled at it. I started reading, studying, and taking some classes on the subject in the past few years. I'm at a point where the only way forward is to take the plunge and buy the equipment so I can begin practicing and learning for real. My finances are at a good spot for it now, so I took the plunge and ordered a kit from Gesswein. The following equipment is on its way: Rubber mold vulcanizer (small single figure version of what Reaper uses) Wax injector (for making wax copies in the rubber molds) Burnout oven (for baking the wax copies out of the molds before casting) Vacuum casting machine (for removing air from the molds and later pulling the metal into the molds during casting) Flasks, investment, wax bits, rubber, and lots of other materials needed. Here is a picture of the kit I bought: I won't be able to just jump in and start casting right away. I still will need to get a method of melting the metal (either a torch or an electric furnace). I'll also need to rework my basement studio with new benches, electrical outlets, and venting to make it safe, which is where this thread comes in, as I thought you all might be interested in this, so I plan on documenting everything here, from the unboxing, to the building, to the first cast piece. I'm very very excited! Andy
  23. TaleSpinner

    My Journey into Lost-Wax Metal Casting

    Thanks. It will be as perfect as I can make it. After that, it will have to be good enough. Myles and I are already discussing matching wedding bands too.
  24. The upside of commission work is that sometimes your client comes up with a really cool concept that you never would have thought of yourself, but you get to be the one to bring it to life. Working on one of those right now, and I'm so excited by it I'm about to burst.
  25. Yep, I've had a few of those. One guy wanted a bunch of sculpts. I quoted him the price. He said, "No way, you are out of your mind." I said, "That's my going rate and is set competitively with other sculptors." He ranted back for a while that he knew of several other sculptors in Australia who would do it for half. "OK," I said, " Why don't you hire them?" "Because you're better than them." After I finished laughing, the conversation only went down hill from there. IIRC, his KS failed miserably, so dodged that bullet.
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