Friday, October 14, 2016

Shapeways Materials Tried

So far, I have tried these materials from Shapeways.  Here's my pov.

Frosted Detail...Nice detail, but the texture is inconsistent.  It varies from smooth to rough.  No consistency.  I wasn't fond of it, so I moved on.

Black Acrylic...segmented.  fuzzy.  Worst one yet for holding tolerances on simple shapes.  Don't like it at all.  Detail success rate depends on which side of the acrylic its one.  One side is worse than the other.

Stainless Steel...if you are dead certain your print is done to your specifications,  I rally like the Stainless Steel.  Finished it has the look of a metal cast product.  It looks porous but Im very happy with it.

Black Acrylite...pending...waiting on product ordered in this material.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Magno's Sold...

Well...I cant lie.  While I don't regret selling them, I cant help but feel a little melancholy.

Outside of a few GEAG's, a few red Falcons and a Awesome Silorg Warrior...Im one pending sale away from having sold  them all.  2 empty shelf cases.  I was so very proud of that collection.  Still am.  Im thankful I was able to find good respectable homes for their care.  A piece of me goes with each one.  Nothing lasts forever in this world.  I don't have any kids and they'll never name a street after me.  But I can pass these along.

Thanks to everyone who took part in my sale or plan to.  And my thanks to everyone who helped me build this awesome collection of Magno's in the first place.

If I had it all to do over again...I would.

Big Man Toys

I just want to give a shout out to my good friend over at Big Man Toys...Lee.

Lee has really taken his craft to new levels.  Self educated with 3D modelling and really pushing himself.  So much so I was more than happy to ask his help when Bry was overloaded with work.

I'm only a craftsman.  Lee is a true artist/sculptor.  And it shows in his modelling.  Lee modelled Jades/Ronins head and did an excellent job.  Im only sorry I wont be adding artwork to the figure so I can give him the credit he deserves.

Lots of VERY COOL goodies over at Bigman Toys, great prices and tons of very down to earth and practical advice.  You'll find the link to his site on the right hand side of this blog under "Homeworlds Hot List".

Well worth the visit.

My POV on the New Micronauts Comics :-(

ok...Hmm!...I was given a copy of the NEW Micronauts comics today.

I give this comic a FAIL!  Its the artwork to that I refer to that sucks.  Forget the story line.  Who cares?  The artwork puts this in Indie territory.  Maybe a college student trying to make a few extra bucks. 

The comic itself is not a comic.  Its a magazine.  High gloss pages that render Silly Putty obsolete and the pages slip through your fingers.  Yeah... I would never buy these especially at the prices they are charging.

The story...WHAT story?  I cant get past the artwork to read it.  It could be the best story line ever.  But with the distracting artwork that its put beside, no one will read it.  I couldn't get past page one.

If it AINT broke...don't fix it.  Why does everything have to be new and improved when there was nothing wrong with old and lousy except that its older?  Its because of these multiple artists trying to put different spins on things that Micronauts cant get off the ground.  There is no continuity.  Every version is different.  Its like the they are trying to get the Micronauts off the ground by trial and error.  Throw it against the wall until eventually something sticks.  A recipe for complete disaster.

They need to be grounded.  The only way currently that the Micronauts will ever be mainstream is if anyone who knows anything about Micronauts died tonight and they were re introduced to a public that has never heard or seen them before.

Its time they conceded that, tweaked the characters and gave them different names.  Because Micronauts are the sad sack of action figures and until some continuity to the original design and storyline is put in will always be just a rag of a magazine.

Oh Micronauts...what has become of my beloved Micronauts of my youth?  :-(

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mounted Missile Pack

It looks a bit different without the ball adapters.  Looking at it now, I may have to redesign the Centaurus body (if possible) or these wont fit the Centaur form.  But I think they look not too bad.

Ready to order...$15.00 each...$7.50 S/H...Tracking +$5.00

Available in Black And White for Sultan and Flight Commander...
Black and Gold (gold is air brushed) for Overlord.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mini Missile Pack "WITH" Pics

Bry modelled the holder and the nose cones.  I made the masters for the missile bodies.  Bry had modelled the bodies, but Shapeways had issues with it being so small.  We think the missile fins most likely.  As it is, it was just as well as I needed the missile body in 2 parts for easy casting.  More initial work, but less headaches down the road.

The result?

Its the proto.  The 1st one.  Its raw and not finished.  It needs a wash and some clear coat.  The missile cones are tinted red.  NOT painted.

Im liking this a lot!  But to anyone familiar with the Micronauts/Microman/Palisades and related magno figures, It looks a bit odd on the figure without the ball adapters on the end of the missile.  Its a good fit otherwise and sure spices up the figure.  I'll post a pic of it mounted to Sultan later tonight.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mold: A Definition From A Casting Perspective

What is a mold? 
A mold is a hollow encasement that when filled produces a desired shape.
That's the easy question.

How do I make a mold? 
Believe it or not, there is no wrong answer to that question.  The answer depends on many variables.  You have to consider the part, where to put the mold break line, orientation, sprues if used, are you doing multiple pours, can part be easily removed from the mold, how many are you making and many other possibilities.

I have made a 4 piece mold.  As long as its tight fitting, make 6 or 7 piece molds if need be.  Don't be afraid to get creative.  There is no wrong way to make a mold.  If it did it right regardless of how you did it.

However there are some methods for making basic molds that really an make life simple.

Its time we reviewed and updated Garage Kit Casting.