Friday, 29 April 2016

FATED: The Silent Oath @PAX East 2016 | VR Reactions

Friday, 11 March 2016

Star Wars Diorama Display Bases For Black Series Figurines

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I took the plunge this year to get another hobby going, creating bespoke custom bases for displaying the awesome Black Series Hasbro Star Wars Sandtrooper figures for private collectors.

I've only really started using silicone and polyurethane resin so its been a great learning experience to see how you can create something from scratch and actually produce something in fast cast resin.I first created the base which is the same circumference or close to a Heinz baked bean tin.The first base was more of a test but came out 10 times better than I expected, once base coated and painted it held the Sandtrooper figure perfectly.

The second project was a bit larger, I decided that a two man display base might be a good idea with added battle scarring, scorched earth effects. ( yeah, I'm aware it looks a bit like a puddle of vomit) Adding the detail of the base I used a mixture of plaster fragments, old plastic model kit bits and stones to simulate natural strata and texture to the base. The base is a Tatooine concept so a good contrasting design is needed for the detailing that the silicone mold would pick up when I cast them in resin.

Two foot pegs were added to the base, one on each side so that when the resin is cast collectors can use the foot hole in the base of the figure.

Each base is custom painted with a dry brushing effect to further accentuate the natural look and the finished result is a cool two man patrol diorama on Tatooine

if you're interested in acquiring a custom base for your Hasbro Black Series Sandtrooper figure click the link below.

Sandtrooper Tatooine Custom Display Base 

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

WATCH: Rebel Scum - Star Wars Fan Film

Perhaps one of the better examples of the Star Wars Fan Film community courtesy of the team at Blood Brothers Cinema - well worth a look for the authentic setting alone!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Now I'm a Toymaker!

I'm 46 next month, the ol silver fox is up against the stigma of 'boring dad' and clinging on to whatever childhood I can muster the strength to admit to publicly before being making a nuisance of myself. I've been experimenting with silicone moulding and cold cast resins (yawn) - hang on, before you click over to Buzzfeed check this out, clever ol me just gave my Black Series Sandtrooper a home -he has a custom resin base created by yours truly.
I used a mix of decorators filler, natural shale,slate and modelling sand for the main casting original then made a silicone mould I can pour cold cast resin into. Overall its about 10 hours work. The small droid wreckage part comes from a Warhammer model kit and its painted with standard acrylic paints.

To say I'm chuffed to bits is an understatement - and guess what else, you can buy these, you know, if you really wanted to :) 


Thursday, 14 January 2016

Creating Custom Bases For Warhammer 40K

 I'm making stuff...

Sometimes I'll read about something and decide in my infinite wisdom that it might be a subject I want to dip my toe into.
Even though I've long since stopped painting Warhammer 40K figures for my son I still got a buzz out of the models and the scale size of the stuff - I could look at dioramas for hours. My latest venture is silicone mold making and designing custom bases for Warhammer or Flames of War figures.

I'd had the silicone kit sitting around for a while and thought I'd give it a go, considering all I had to go on was about 60 hours of viewed YouTube videos I was totally blown away by the first ones I had cast in fast cast resin. The above image is of the final painted versions which I'm now selling on Ebay here. 

The whole idea of measuring and mixing all this stuff isn't actually as hard or as complex as it sounds, I had enough YouTube info to get a kit and have a go. Besides, I needed a hobby and something to do since I'm now getting totally bored with video-games.

Above: the Black bases show the final raw fast cast resin bases out of the mold, washed and sanded before being base-coated with black primer. The white crater was molded using decorators filler and small bits of scrap wall plaster added to a 60mm Warhammer base before silicone was poured to make the primary mold.

Not bad for a total newbie even if I do say so myself!- I'm super chuffed.

Monday, 7 December 2015

WATCH: ATROPA Short Sci Fi Film

Another smart Sci-Fi short film, Directed by Eli Sasich’s, ATROPA is a deep space mystery encounter story you'll only want to see more of - some top notch effect work, great atmosphere, well worth a look and a Vimeo STaff Pick

Friday, 4 December 2015

The Best Photo I've Ever Taken

 March 2015 Alcatraz State Penitentiary

The trick with this shot was to get in first before the first group of tourists made their way up the main walkway. When you get off the ferry you're supposed to listen to the orientation talk by the park warden on the main forecourt. I decided that capturing the best shot I ever wanted to take was far more important to me and a once in a lifetime opportunity. By ignoring that protocol and in order to get into the prison I made my way up the main walkway with some of the employees that had came in on the same ferry. I headed up to the main cell block and admin building which is the quickest way in. Going on through the main entrance and pretty much straight on I was able to get onto Broadway, the main cell row. I can't tell you how awe inspiring it is to stand in one of Americas most notorious buildings on your own with not another soul in sight, a place that has seen some of Americas most wanted felons locked up, you just soak up so much history standing there looking down the row of steel bars it is incredibly eerie. I had a good 10 minutes to myself before the first group came in because they all wait in line for the audio tour to get their headsets. This 10 minutes gave me a super rare opportunity to capture quite possibly the best photograph I have ever taken.

You can buy a poster of this shot here from zazzle in colour and black and white