Category Archives: Kickstarter

Fiddling with Bertram

Blimey. Five months since the last post… I’ve not died, I’ve just not finished any projects off in that time. This is a bit rubbish but I have been busy, honest. In fact I’ve finished the Goddess recently and also reached a halfway stage on the project I’ve asked you all here to talk about. A few months ago I was approached by Bertram Fiddle, leading Victorian Explorator, to immortalise his noble manservant Gavin as part of a Kickstarter project to fund his next adventure game (I’m not sure about how a Victorian explorator was able to get in touch with me over the vast gulf of time that separates us but I’m sure it involved brass tubes, cogs and some steam).

Armed with a number of images of Gavin, I was able to quickly sculpt a passing semblance of the chap in a short space of time. And by short, I mean a few weekends where I binge watched all of Gotham and several series of Stargate SG-1 (thank you netflix) and he is one of the quickest sculptures I’ve done recently.

Gavin started off as a bit of wire slathered in Milliput to work out the rough hight, then I broke that apart after realising he had two legs not one (proper facepalm moment when I notice his legs have a gap between them). Lots of wire, milliput, brass tube, Super sculpey firm, wood, pins, primer paint and more super sculpey firm later, voila. A body. The hands and gun got built independently as I wanted to cast them separately from the main body. When cast he will be assembled, painted by hand and then mounted on a wooden base befitting such a noble servant.

There are more pictures of the build process on Google https://goo.gl/photos/TL21w7ZD3vu1fpT49

This is now in a holding pattern above Kickstarter, I told Bertram that I’d only start moulding under two conditions, firstly that there was at least one crazy person who backed the pledge level to get a Gavin, and that the Kickstarter itself was funded. Within about an hour of it launching, SOMEONE PLEDGED A GAVIN! (no, it wasn’t me trying to but them all up).

Its only been a few hours after launching but its already reached over £2,000 and I’m now thinking I have to order a lot of Oomoo…

Go check the Kickstarter project (have i posted that link enough yet) and I’ll write up my notes on the Goddess in the next few days, but I’ll just mention that as well as these two projects I’ve also been working on my Judge Dredd helmet and also another dragon sculpture. I’ll pop up some pics of those but if you want to keep up with anything I’m up to at the moment, its worth finding me on the Castings of Cthulhu Facebook as I’ve been posting more updates on there, including some finished painted Cthulhu Wars figures and some work in progress shots of various things scattered around the dungeon as I’m working on them.

Right, I’m off to hit refresh loads of times on the Kickstarter project page and start to sweat about how much work this is going to be when I come to mould, cast and paint a possible 20 figures…

Vigilantees kickstarter – update 1

The Vigilantees Kickstarter has been up for a week now, so its time for a quick update to show the first two kickstarter figures I’ve finished.

I’m not sure if any of these have names as such, other than Vigilantee, so I’ve been giving them random nicknames. The first ones I’ve finished are the the ones I’ve nicknamed ‘Pantsman’ by D4n1el.
Kickstarter Pantsman

and ‘Cloakman’ by Doodle Dojo.
Kickstarter Cloakman

I’m trying to keep a very limited colour palette with no shading on the figures so they look like toys. The cloak is felt rather than sculpted so they can be packaged in toy style blister packs when they go out to backers. I’ve also hit them with a couple of coats of the same car lacquer that I coated the Magneto helmet in so they are nice and glossy. It also helps to protect the paint job.

I’ll get some more shots done when I’ve got a bunch of them to shoot and the weather is a bit nicer. I’ve just been freezing the back garden praying for a bit of sunshine to appear but sadly its too overcast. At least it wasn’t raining…

Kickstarter the year

Kickstarter

Well this is going to be interesting. Duncan Craig AKA Zombiemedia AKA that bloke wot I dun a tutorial about is doing a kickstarter about tshirt design.

kickstarter bleeee

kickstarter chewie

kickstarter nubSo at this point you’re probably thinking “how much is he paying you to promote this kickstarter?” but the thing is, the poor fool asked me to help out with some of the pledge rewards.

The kickstarter features artwork and exclusive t-shirts by a group of 10 rather talented bods and I’ve been brought in to sculpt some one of a kind figure based on the 10 characters designed for the book, plus theres a level where the backer gets to design a character, have it illustrated by one of the designers and then I’ll sculpt it.

I’ll be baking these first three once the I’ve finished number 3, then moving onto the next batch. Once I’ve got a few done I’ll turn to painting them and awaiting the 11th design with trepidation…

Below you can see the 10 designs of the t-shirts created for the kickstarter and its a really nice bunch of characters. One or two are making me a touch nervous but theres some saying about not getting killed and becoming stronger which probably applies here.

By the way, the Star Wars figures in the photos are for scale and part of a silly injoke.

kickstarter backer level

Read more BACK IT here: Kickstarter

Dredd

One of my current ‘other’ projects that I’ve recently started is a Justice Dept helmet based on the helmets from the 2012 Judge Dredd film and I’m already working on the scowl.
Judge Dredd helmet

I don’t think I’ll be getting a call to appear in any sequel…

The plan is to cast it and make a few so I can do a Mega-city version (USA) and Brit-cit version (UK). A full write up will come once I’ve done it but basically it the same process as the Magneto helmet I made last year. A paper frame and then layered up with resin and car body filler, the new step will be once the shape is done, I’ll mould it with something a touch lighter.

I’m having to do most of the work outside at the moment as its too messy to do inside. Because of this progress is slow, this weekend has been cold and wet so nothing has been done.

The Horned God

One last thing I nearly forgot, the Horned God is now available on Etsy.