August 20, 2015
This week I received the 3D prints of our undead miniatures and set to cleaning them for the transition into metal. I took a few pictures to show off what they look like and I wanted to make sure all the arms fit on each body. The bodies are all one piece with the right arm interchangeable.
August 16, 2015
Summer vacations and convention season has slowed our progress down a little including timely posts. 🙂
We are closing in on completing our promised miniature range for the Kickstarter we ran back in April. Our sculptor sent us these Work in Progress shots of our alternate poses for the crossbowmen and archers as well as the repeating crossbowmen. There are still a few details left to finish including some consistency in sizing and things like straps but overall they are near done. We are trying to make these poses with as few parts as possible with the goal of making a single piece if we can.
We are constantly devising ways to provide a wide and complete range of miniatures including a comprehensive fantasy army for each civilization that we tackle. One of the first new releases we will work on after the initial launch of the Chinese range will be these fantastic Palace Guard mounted on Fu Dogs. Look for these towards the holiday season or early January 2016.
Work continues on our building range. We showed off this painted sample at Historicon but it is far from done. The roof needs some more attention and the base is being revisited so the stone looks better and the building is centered on the template. Overall I am very pleased with the progress and the roof will be removable for those of you who wish to use these buildings for smaller scale games. We have more buildings in the que but we want to nail down the manufacturing process before we move forward. We are getting close and we are confident this building will be available for sale when the rest of the miniature range goes live to the general public.
July 1, 2015
We completed the sculpting of the shieldbearers and we are getting closer to fulfilling all of the projects for the Kickstarter. We took the opportunity designing the shieldbearers and gave them different weapon options as well as different shields so players can utilize the sculpts in different ways. The right hand and weapon option will be a separate piece allowing you to rotate the hand at the wrist creating different looks for your warriors. There will be five bodies all with different heads giving your soldiers a unique look. Here are some screenshots of the various bodies and weapon options.
June 28, 2015
Over the past 4-5 days I have been busy cleaning and painting some of the newer additions to the Chinese Warring States / Qin Dynasty range. I received the master castings of the officer’s chariot, light and heavy chariot, heavy cavalry, light cavalry, nomadic cavalry and Terracotta Warriors. I quickly began to clean and assemble them and was finally able to snap some pics for your viewing pleasure. I should have another update soon showing off the chariots and light cavalry.
June 19, 2015
I finished cleaning our most recent 3D prints consisting of our Fu Dogs and female general. There are two poses of the Fu Dogs (statues and alive versions) and people will be able to purchase them as a set or what we call ‘half packs’. The half packs will allow you to purchase the statues, the alive versions or one of each type. The Fu Dogs will come with a 50mm base so they are oversized giving them a more threatening appearance on the battlefield.
The female general, Huang Guigu, was a project that one of our Kickstarter backers was heavily involved in and we think she came out beautifully. The pose was designed so she could fit in an officer’s chariot or stand alone. She comes with two different left arms which allows her to rest on her sword or reach out to grip the chariot rail. The right arm is also a separate piece and is holding onto a feather fan.
June 16, 2015
A few weeks have gone by and we were diligently trying to finish the undead. They are now 99% done and with a few minor edits we will send them off to our master mold maker for review before they get printed. There are 5 bodies and 5 different right arms which are separate pieces. This will allow you to position the arms in different ways as well as place them on different bodies giving you a variety of poses.
May 23, 2015
Happy Memorial Weekend to everyone. We have a few new updates for everyone including the 3D prints of the Terracotta Warriors and the digital sculpt of our female general Huang Guigu. The Terracotta Warriors will come in 5 different poses and they can be equipped with spears, dagger-axes, crossbows, and a standard pole. Huang Guigu has been designed to be modelled on foot but she will also come with an arm that will allow you to place her comfortably in an Officer’s chariot. Our sculptor has begun work on the undead so we should see some progress over the next week. So in the meantime enjoy the pictures.
May 17, 2015
I spent most of today cleaning and preparing our 3D printed cavalry for the caster. We will be mailing off the bits to the casting company tomorrow so before I let the pieces go I took a few photographs to show everyone what they will look like. Here are some pictures for your enjoyment.
May 16, 2015
Our recent update is quite exciting because this past Friday I received a box of our 3D prints for all of our cavalry and our chariots. After spending a decent portion of Friday evening and all day Saturday cleaning and preparing the chariot pieces I wanted to assemble them and show them off. Keep in mind that the chariot has been assembled with white glue because we need to keep the pieces separate for casting. We only had one of each piece printed except for the wheel so there will be some obvious bits missing but you will get the general idea of what the chariots will look like when cast in metal. We already had the heads cast in metal and you can see them in the pictures.
We also received some nice pictures of our living versions of the Fu Dogs. Both the statue and living versions will fit on a 50mm round or square base. Now that the Fu Dogs are done our sculptor will be moving on to start the female general Huang Guigu and the support troops (shieldbearers, repeating crossbowmen, and alternate poses of the archers and crossbowmen). Once they are done the undead will be next.
May 6, 2015
Good day everyone. We just put the finishing touches on the second Fu Dog and I wanted to share a picture of the two Fu Dogs together. Work begins tonight on the ‘alive’ version of the Fu Dogs and we are planning on sculpting the Fu Dog cub as well. Enjoy.
May 3, 2015
Our sculptor, Kevin, has been working hard on the Fu Dogs and after a few back-and-forth sessions trying to nail the aesthetics that we were looking for we completed our first Fu Dog statue. We are very happy with the result and Kevin is currently finishing up the second version. Once the statue versions are done we will work on the animated ‘alive’ sculpts and we also have a few surprises coming your way in regards to the Fu Dogs. 🙂
April 29, 2015
We finalized the Terracotta Warriors and separated the bits. Here is a picture of the final digital sculpts. There will be five different bodies with four different arms. The arms are interchangeable with the bodies. We are currently working on how we are going to organize the arm sprues but we will make sure that every body has arms. 🙂
We also recently finished our banner sets that will be available in our webstore and we also are giving them away to the Kickstarter Backers who pledged at a particular level and higher. We did banner sets for all seven Warring States. Since there is not a lot of information regarding the State colors we took some creative license, a dash of Hollywood, and mixed it in with some historical references and this is the result. There are several unit banners and some command banners as well. The command banners each have an animal icon representing the different parts of the army and essentially the divisional commands of the force. These banners along with the rest of the range will be available once the Kickstarter Backers have been shipped their items. Tentatively we are schedule for a November launch but we are keeping our fingers crossed for an earlier release.
April 13, 2015
The Kickstarter has been successfully funded and we have about one week left before it closes. We ended up saving some costs in production so we lowered some of our Stretch Goals to make it easier to add more troops to the Chinese range.
About a week ago we began work on the Terracotta Warriors for our Kickstarter and growing historical & fantasy Ancient Chinese miniature range. The Terracotta Warriors are pretty much complete with a few minor tweeks left to do. There will be 5 different bodies with separate arms allowing you to mix and match the bodies and arms giving you a variety of unique looks. We will have spears, dagger-axes, crossbows and a standard available for the different arm options. Now that the Terracotta Warriors are done we will be moving on to sculpting the Fu Dogs.