Wednesday, 28 March 2012
A test run of 10-20 figures will be produced - 4 different characters all varying somewhat, all unique.
Any suggestions for colours, styles etc, you'd like to see would be much appreciated!!! :)
Yesterday's pic is a “proof of concept” figure. It was made almost entirely lasy night, once the moulds were finished. It’s not a pure BG figure – It has borrowed Spikor’s left arm for the sake of having a picture taken, and is made from crappy fibre-glass whereas the real deal will be urethane (much smoother, more robust).
For the time being, the lore of Battle Gaze, the hype, and design artwork can be seen at:
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Monday, 26 March 2012
But as all girlfriends of eccentrics will appreciate, I am what I am.
Anyway, this link was recently posted on my favourite Micronauts group: http://melbirnkrant.com/sketchbook/page14.html
I'm a big fan of the Outer Space Men line, and will confess to collecting sci-fi and fantasy women in action figure form where possible (Golden Girls being a recent interest). This figure instantly gave me that same excitement that Robert Crumb's stuff did the first time I saw it - WOW! "No apologies, this is what it is". Awesome. Our imagination is the only place people can't f with. My mate Bryan form the Micronauts group gave me an education on Mel Birnkrant and his influences. I love the internet - when i was a kid i paid 20 pounds for a Robert Crumb book and that was all I could justify paying.
When time allows, i am definitely adding a series of hot ass old style fantasy girl action figures to my list of projects (making it number 4) :)
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Friday, 23 March 2012
Just thought I'd post this quick before I head out for fun times. It's my favorite item of clothing given to me by my friends the kumano family. My two favorite kinnikuman characters in a lock up. Cool as it gets gritty black and white sketch. Nice eh ?
Thursday, 22 March 2012
One quick chat to a friend and I see all I need is a couple of things that cost a couple of bob on e-bay. Expect tons of awesome toys very soon indeed :)
If you're not massively into toys yet but dig what I do and would like to enrich your life with the aesthetic wonderland of designer/indy toys , i'd encourage you to check out the That-Figures Blogspot. They've got good taste!
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Still bloody ill. Oh well at least I can cast some stuff ! No. No I can't. New adaptor broke and I'm stuck with an unusable Compressor until the remains are out which I don't think I have the means to do. Will leave alone for now .asked Austin, my go to guy and will Google. Seems like a shit old job..
Monday, 19 March 2012
With massive MASSIVE thanks to my friend Austin, I am pressure casting. I'm sitting with my first ever pull in perfectly clear resin and i'm breathing like people breathe when they're watching rude videos. WOW!! HAHAHA!
Also, I recieved some wonderful items from Austin today. He's an absolute gent and anyone who knows me personally will know I don't say that for many people.
I'm actually home, sick as an old arse today - I believe I burned myself out last week making the molds for the BATTLE GAZE figs. THAT PLASTER IDEA WASN'T GOOD!- Maybe ok for very large simple mouds but not medium size complex 2 parters. They all seem fine save for the most important - the lower body. There is no way i'm paying for a kilo of silicone just to make sure the knob is attached to the hips, so i've removed it, and will be adding it to the mold, to stick on after. It won't look quite as good with clear casts but it'll have to do.
Well, I still have to soundproof my compressor somewhat and re-make the BG lower body section's mould, but apart from that, I believe we are rocking.
Also, the mould I have in front of me is a M.U.S.C.L.E. project that is bloody exciting. A mould I made over a year ago and haven't had a decent pull form until now. :)
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Friday, 16 March 2012
So it turns our there are many ways to save on silicone by using plaster. Not sure how the plaster element will hold up in the pressure pity but it's worth a try.
It's called something like a sleeve or glove mold. Quite a satisfying process. Will see the results soon.
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
In other news my awesome mate Adam is sending an on the sprue diaclone driver for me to repro. Life it good.
My co-author of the RiversideRambo blog has "dug up" this interview with original Battle Gaze conceptor Tressel Gunmetal from an old VHS filmed in Yonkers New York. Enjoy. It's excellent.
CLICK HERE FOR THE BIG INTERVIEW.
Big tub of silicone rubber, super strong magnets, and compressor all due to arrive today. Exciting.
Sunday, 11 March 2012
I ran out of silicone today, even using plaster of Paris to make a shell for the mould itself. So I used my time to put about a hundred wrestling figures on eBay. Using my girlfriend 's vista laptop has completely exhausted me. I had to save the listing for when my computer is fixed. Anyway, here's part one of the mold for the first battle gaze figure. Right now its full of Clay, plaster, bits of AWOL rubber, and a figure im trying very hard nor to disturb. Will come back to this after work tomorrow.
Off to read chopper 2 in the bath for a bit.
I must admit when I get a new batch in the post, I do tend to get a little silly and just make mould of anything i think would look cool in a different colour or whatever. However, time to get military with my resources.
I'm trying a method i'm sure must already exist, but as far as I know, I may have invented.
I'm casting a lower body for 5" a MOTU/Remco style fig. The legs are bent at the knee which means a lot of space to fill in with expensive silicone.
F' that! I've made 3 cardboard tubes and put them either side of the hip and between the legs. Once the silicone is cured, i'll pull the tubes out and fill the crevices with plaster and let it overflow so the surface of the silicone will also be covered in a layer of plaster. This means the 3 tube spaces will be joined up and the silicone will have a backing board that will not slip when the time comes to put the two halves together and pour the resin in. I hope this works as it'll save me money and allow me to be more ambitions with what I cast.
I'll put up a pic from my phone as i'm using a dying old laptop with only one USB hub.
Friday, 9 March 2012
It's going to be a motu style figure that I imagine some hardcore fans might not like but all I can say is I love my motu just fine and believe in being original and having a sense of humor at all costs. I got beat up at school for not compromising and it paid off in the long run. If you don't count my job and lack of all round satisfaction with things.
Seriously though you can't do anything worthwhile without pissing someone off. And the good will definitely outweigh the bad.
Thursday, 8 March 2012
I've got 2 big projects going on. One is a Takara Sf (using a toothpick to press the f) project that will be more to my toy friend's tastes. The other is something my "homies" and I think is completely hilarious and I plan to have a lot o' joy with.
In case you're very interested in the latter mentioned one, you could google "riversiderambo" to find the comedy blog I do with my old chum.