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John Bear Ross

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    Pahrump, Nevada, Sol System
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    Sculpting, Writing, Mecha Design, My wife Rachel, and the occasional adult beverage.

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  1. Hello, Reaper peeps. I didn't want to bug you guys during the campaign, but it ends tonight, so I figured I'd swing by. I used to sculpt for CAV, and have kept up with doing my mech thing. This is the Viper Suit, a piece of futuristic construction equipment pressed into military service in the offworld colonies. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/johnbearross/the-viper-suit-from-rebel-minis-digital-direct It funded in 12 hours, and has broken through five stretch goals. The inimitable Patrick Keith was even kind enough to remaster my size reference figure, Waldo, as a standing and pilot in the unlocked cockpit stretch goal. [img]https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4SkgowcdDJA/YUhp0Z_RqXI/AAAAAAAA5pA/_HNCorM3O3ECCAOKmZ2kuZqD1CsBtaARACLcBGAsYHQ/w640-h640/received_541404787120474.jpg[/img] [img]https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RZNomKwFJYc/YUhp0ThIHdI/AAAAAAAA5o8/BXBiSSHoe2E-GbCeXdAotOgcB_6wtpX5gCLcBGAsYHQ/w640-h640/received_849545725759276.jpg[img] This is an STL kickstarter, so if you have a printer, or access to one, this is for you. If you like to hoard files like a dragon, this is also for you. 😉 So, along with the base package of 28mm and 15mm Viper Suits, your $20 USD Viper Pilot pledge gets you... Bases and base toppers. A detailed cockpit interior. Pilot stowage and colonial survival gear. Gun and repair drones. The CATs, or Cybernetic Automated Troopers. Tall, robotic killing machines with a wide array of weaponry. I have attached some pics of the 28mm Viper Suits, as well as Mr. Keith's amazing rendering of Waldo. There's a 28mm Merka Main Battle Tank from last year's Motorpool Kickstarter. It's available as an add-on to your pledge. That link, again, is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/johnbearross/the-viper-suit-from-rebel-minis-digital-direct Thanks for looking. Best, JBR
  2. Thanks for all the support on this campaign! Here's a few pics of the primered and assembled MegaTanks! Best, JBR
  3. Hey, Reaper Peeps, JBR here. I did the sculpting for these files, so if you're a fan of my older CAV stuff, jump in! A resin 3D printer is now around $230 delivered, with Amazon Prime. The future I always hoped for is here! Anyway, here's the printout for one of the achieved stretch goals, a modular MegaTank set. This print is in 15mm, but it's a monster! 14 vehicles, in two scales (15mm and 28mm), with loads of options (tracked, antigrav, gatlings, energy weapons, etc) for a low price. Woot! Best, JBR
  4. Thanks! The paint job is simple and utilitarian, much like myself. ;) The kit itself was a beautiful thing. Very precise tolerances and details I could appreciate as a designer. Even more so, when you consider it's injection molded. Best, JBR
  5. Howdy! I recently put together a GW Castellan Imperial Knight for WH40K. Full build here at the link... https://johnbearross.blogspot.com/2019/06/putting-together-castellan-imperial.html Best, JBR
  6. No worries as far as more pics are concerned. It sounds like you've already got your work cut out for you. Congrats on son number two! Best, JBR
  7. BTW, KADOW, do you mind if I use your pics in a post on my blog? Best, JBR
  8. Wow! A beautiful relic from the past. Congrats! My apologies for that slip up from 2002/2003. 15 years is a long time to not be able to finish a kit because of my goof. Here's the instructions in PDF format. Thanks to Chrome for alerting me to the lack of instructions. It took a little bit to dig through my archives to find it. Enjoy! Original 28mm/1-60th Scale Dictator Instructions In PDF Best, John Bear Ross
  9. You know how touchy we sensitive artist-types can be. ;) Best, JBR
  10. The Despot was not a copy of the M1 Abrams. Influenced? Sure. Why not. But not an obvious copy, as was stated above. It started as a sci-fi Brazilian Osorio with a missile launcher in the top deck of the turret with Challenger 2 proportions, and morphed into its own from there. Best, JBR
  11. I appreciate the sentiment, but it's not about me. I was always bewildered by the "blister scale" decision, and hoped to avert it being used as a reference point. I was happy when the TrueScale models were going too be used, since Bones material made the original-sized models affordable and possible. When the cram-down 37mm Despot started being toted as being a canon size around which everything would be based, alarm bells went off. It's like seeing the Las Vegas Eiffel tower being used as a historical reference point when you know the real thing is over in Paris. Cavboss and Reaper peeps, Pardon my uncouth intervention. The offer for files still stands. Best, JBR
  12. You're figuring off bad data, which is not your fault, since it wasn't your call to do the " two to a blister" size reduction which created all this TrueScale heartache. See the post above. The 37mm size was a cram-down from the original. It was sculpted to be a CAV-hunter at 47mm hull length, 60mm overall. I am not trying to second guess you or show you up, but rather presenting you with the original sizes and files, not the misinterpretations. If you need the original files and sizes, I have archived files of the sculpts I was assigned. Best, JBR
  13. As-sculpted, the Despot was 47mm in hull length. The 37mm version was the "cram two in the blister" version. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/56777-cav-so-model-distribution/?p=950763 Edit to add: Cavboss, if you need access to the original .3dm files and dimensions/sizes, I have most of them archived and available. Best, JBR
  14. Seeing them in True Scale will be nice. They would be magnificent in 15mm/1-100th scale, too. Here's the Wolverine and Despot, for example. http://johnbearross.blogspot.com/2012/06/cav-tanks-rescaled-in-15mm1-100th.html Best, JBR
  15. I just went back into my .3dm archives. The original model as I sculpted it was 47mm hull length (tread unit's length), 60mm overall. The pictured metal Despot is a scaled-down, two-to-a-blister miniaturization from the original. I was trying to make a sci-fi version of Brazil's Osorio MBT with the Despot, but a lot of M1 Abrams snuck in to my head during the sculpt. The Despot was originally intended to be a CAV-eating beast. Best, JBR
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