tirsdag den 18. juli 2017

Facebook Competition: Chaos Dwarf Support Vessels

From the facebook page. Make sure you jump in and join for a chance to win.

Getting near 100 likes on this page. It's very much appreciated - thank you!
In order to push this page over that first big number, it's time for another Facebook classic 'like, share, comment, win' competition.
Prize: 5 resin Man-o-War sized Chaos Dwarf support vessels:
- Fire Cannon Ship
- Demolition Ship
- Crane Ship
- Fire Demon Ship
- Slave Galley

In order to win these you must:
- Like the Admiralty Miniatures page
- Like this post
- Share this post

Please make sure your 'share' is public, or I can't see your name when drawing a winner.
Any shares in relevant gaming groups is extra appriciated. Any comment is also a great help - getting momentum in Facebook and all that.

Winner will be drawn randomly in one week on July 25th.
Again - thank you all for the support!
Blog page: http://admiraltyminiatures.blogspot.dk/p/blog-page_30.html

søndag den 16. juli 2017

Sci-fi Heads, Slave Driver Goblins, Wall Reliefs

News from the caster

"Please do expect first box. In this one Ive sent  350 alien heads +  43 x first goblin and 43 x second goblin + 100 of those amphoras or what was there with goblins? Or hats? ^^ Sorry."

This is awesome news!

Wall Relief Plates of Ancient Times

My resin wall reliefs have been added to the site and is now up for sale. See their page here.
  

 

lørdag den 24. juni 2017

Chaos Dwarf Admiral - sketch and first green WIP

I have started work on a Grand Admiral or evil dwarf pirate lord sculpt, based upon Jackswift's (CDO member) inventive sketch. Check out the slave rowers on top of the hat!

This miniature will feature many optional parts. If you have ideas for things to change or for bits you wish to see included in the kit, then by all means shout out! Feedback from Chaos Dwarf Online members Enjoysrandom and Fuggit Khan has already helped steer the plans of this project.






mandag den 19. juni 2017

Slave Orc Heads

Orc Slaves of Ancient Times

Based on a lot of valuable feedback from here.

Heads have been sculpted first, since they'll be handy to have finished for posing and sculpting the bodies. 12 head variants for 6 bodies will give space for choice. I do not have the materials to swiftly photograph the heads sufficiently well together (also besides a WHFB Orc head for scale) and size comparison. Will have to fix something soon. In the meanwhile, here we have some ugly, warty, scarred slaves, with hides sculpted to hint at roughness and weather-bitten skin. Notes per head.

Enjoy, or get disgusted as you see fit. Happy

1: Face cage with lock for key placed at nose. Roughly hammered iron bands riveted together. Nailed into head. Angry face and upright ears tell us why his head is locked in.

2: Face bars.

3: Mix between scold's bridle and dirt-eater mask. Head is the smallest of the bunch. Will need some jaw inflation.

4: Evil dwarf fantasy version of owner stamp to the forehead. Runic plate riveted to forehead, with chainmail veil and sewn-shut lips.

5: Stitched lips with bull nose ring. Slaves are like cattle, pull them along! Swollen bruise on top of head.

6: Head in a sack. My brother's idea.

 7: Bandaged eye, half a red smile.

8: Jawless head. Stark cruelty. Based on WWI wounded without jaws.

9: Limp hair head. A nest for lice, sure, but it's intended to convey the pathetic look.

10: Open mouth face. Tongue sticking out with both tusks broken off. Raised scar on one cheek.

11: 1/3 flayed head. Transition head to go along with the one below. There will be some few flayed or partially flayed body parts, and one very unlucky sod who at least have both arms unshackled and both hands intact...

12: Flayed head. Small skin patches remaining at the back of the head, for transition to bodies with skin.

fredag den 24. marts 2017

An unfortunate delay

The caster's industrial vaccuum pump broke down before new year. He bought a new one, yet the associate charged with picking the pump up disappeared. Since these vaccuum pumps are highly expensive, the caster cannot afford to buy a new one on top of the one he lost. He's trying to contact the disappeared man through all possible channels and is meanwhile looking into leasing a vaccuum pump. Weaker pumps leave air bubbles in the castings. The heads will be more affordable in the end if cast in Czech Republic (good for customers), and I'd like to wait some weeks more at least before having them shipped to another company.

This event is very harsh on a small business such as the one the caster runs. I hope things work out in the end for him nevertheless.

fredag den 10. februar 2017

Elf Heavy Archer

The Elf Heavy Archers of Ancient Times is now back from the caster. Check out the site for the miniature for fluff, scale shots and greenstuff WIP shots. Availble to order now as well.


onsdag den 21. december 2016

Chaos Dwarf Rolling Pin - WIP

Evil Dwarf Cylinder Seal Rolling Pin Flatsculpts




Technical: This quick project was done at the request of Enjoysrandom, as one of several planned little breaks from the ongoing Orc slave sculpts.

This is an experiment. It's a couple of 5x10 cm flatsculpts intended to be translated into rolling pins (see also cylinder seals). Good advice was gathered from Enjoysrandom and Jackswift in particular, but I've come to realize that my steadiness of hands, eye-measurement and sense of straight symmetrical lines will not be up to the challenge of producing a cylindrical negative of the flatsculpts for resin casting. (Diameter of the cylinders will be 3 cm, take away possibly 1-2 mm.) As such I'll attempt to ask a few moulding companies, including Green Stuff World, if they have the expertise and will to carry it out on commission, and to what price. The resin moulds at Zealot will be surprisingly cheap, yet a steep commission cost could ruin the end product's price.

Should any volunteer wish to do it, then shout out! We'll see how it all turns out, but if these flatsculpts won't be turned into succesful cylinder seals soon, then perhaps the flatsculpts themselves could be cast. Either as negatives for green stuff stamps, or as resin wall pieces as the sculpts themselves are. Investigations to take place.

First of all, my sense of straight lines and symmetry are about as shaky as my sense of scale and measurement. A bit odd, given how almost all hobbies and interests involving handiwork I have had since early childhood years revolve around these, and I've also worked some with tasks requiring precision measurements (which I repeatedly failed at due to inherent weakness at this area).

This means that the plasticard panels themselves were cut to 5x10,6 or something centimetres (the extra width millimetres are there in case they would be needed for the cylinder), but I couldn't achieve perfectly straight lines after cleaning. This won't matter if the flatsculpts makes it through to cylinders, but will matter and require some hobbyist filing if the flatsculpts themselves would be cast as resin wall pieces. Furthermore, while their ends align a tad better than can be seen in the photos and they are not as wavy as they might appear, no line is perfectly straight with the wall adornments. It's all measured and very much sculpted with a ruler, but perfection it is not.

To hide these and other sculpting flaws, I went for a rougher stone texture with a less perfect finish than you would find in actual palace wall carvings in real ancient history. It should probably all come together well enough when painted, is my guess, but the customers will have to decide for themselves once they see pictures of the end products.

Reference:




Aesthetics: The top and bottom decoration borders are sculpted so as to be cross-compatible between wall sections, and this will almost certainly hold true in any potential future wall relief sculpts that might get released if these prove popular enough. The borders are there to show a mortal world caught between a rock and a hard place, with stormy lightning-ridden skies above, and hellfire and dreary underworld below, with demons and capricious gods playing cruel games with the fates of mortals in the region in-between.

Triumph & Thralldom

Sculpted with excessive, mayhap bewildering detail, these scenes and my tastes have something in common with the original Assyrian wall reliefs which inspired it: A belief in that more is more. Possibly it is just a jolly mass of chaos, and possibly it rewards the patient viewer who takes a longer look at the scenes.

The small scale of it and the original purpose of serving as a rolling pin meant that detail couldn't be taken down too intensely in the small figures, as will be obvious with the faces in particular.

The relief is divided into two halves, mimicking the Standard of your with its war and peace halves. For grimdark purposes, we instead have triumph and thralldom, i.e. the half to the left of the erupting volcano sporting evil Dwarf cruelty against a defeated Human tribe while the right side shows masses of slaves labouring at moving a stone lamassu, and the logistics involved in such an operation (simplified version of the second reference picture's two reliefs above).







Four Reliefs

The second flatsculpt is done in a different way. At the request of Enjoysrandom, this was quartered into four parts which could be rolled out all at once producing a line of scenes, but could also be used one quartered at a time, anywhere you wish on a terrain piece, i.e. producing an isolated quarter of the rolling pin and nothing else wherever you wish.

First panel based somewhat on this story, with the fourth panel sporting the burning cow from this one.