Sunday, 31 July 2016

Reaper Miniatures Gnome Bard

Gnome Bard with invisible Pick of Destiny.
Thanks to my Delvers Lost in the Dungeons of Doom Kickstarter backers, the miniatures I sculpted are a third of the way towards being funded and cast in metal. It has been an exciting first few days.

While the stormy weather of a kiwi winter keeps us more indoors than out, I painted a few miniatures from the unpainted lead box. He reminded me of Prince so I got the purple paint out.

God bless you and enjoy your week!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Kickstarter + Star Hat Miniatures Heroic Scale Metal Figurines for RPGs

Delvers Lost in the Dungeons of Doom!
It's Alive! Here's an adventuring party ready for your next dungeon crawl! Heroic scale fantasy miniatures, sculpted by hand and cast in metal, for your roleplaying and tabletop games. I have enjoyed making these miniatures and I would love to share them with you!

Each miniature will be unlocked as the campaign continues. You can decide which one is released next by visiting Star Hat Miniatures on Facebook and casting your vote. The funding goal will pay for the moulding and casting of at least 9 new miniatures.

SO, please share this with your friends!

God bless you and have a great week!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Grenadier Fighting Men + Stranger Things

Grenadier Fighting Men and Wizzards. 
While working on the new Kickstarter I took a break and began watching Stranger Things. As well as plenty of hat tipping to various classic movies from my childhood (E.T., The Goonies, Stand By Me, Alien), the Dungeons & Dragons references abound!

A scene involving a D&D game featured some Grenadier miniatures This left me smiling and rummaging through my drawers for a group of Fighting Men that I painted thirty years ago. I painted with enamels back then and they had weathered the storm of a few decades dungeon delving remarkably well. Anyway, I figured I could give them a few tender brush strokes before bringing them back to the gaming table.

These miniatures were sculpted by Andrew Chernak for Grenadier. They are early sculpts that show his potential (despite the bulky hands and long limbs), that he would develop later with the Fantasy Lords and Dragon Lords series. As a sculptor, I am impressed by the detail of the mail, shields and weapons. His faces are fantastic!

God bless you and have a great week!

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Kickstarter Project + Sculpting Fantasy Miniatures

Delvers Lost in the Dungeons of Doom! 
Rom has produced some great banner art for my Kickstarter project. Ella filmed my video today and will begin editing this week.

I've finished some final sculpting before sending the miniatures off to Regal Enterprises in Greytown for review prior to casting. Some things were a work in progress while the Dwarf coat of (chain)mail  was improved by tearing off the previous putty and beginning again with a better technique.

The whole process so far has been highly enjoyable. Creating a character with wire and putty has given me a deeper respect for miniature sculptors. Making miniatures is challenging but also rewarding. I have painted hundreds of miniatures in my life and now I've made my own for others to paint!

However, I need a successful Kickstarter campaign first. So, it's back to work.

My first sculpted miniature on a banner, ready for the Kickstarter page.

Completed work on the Staff of Lizardry.

Axe handle gets a grip.

Old mail.

New mail.

God bless you and have an awesome week!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Kickstarter + Delvers Lost in the Dungeons of Doom!

Star Hat Miniatures! 
Among other things, I have been working on a Kickstarter project for my fantasy miniatures. It's early days and I haven't gone LIVE yet but that's probably going to happen in the next few weeks. What does it look like so far?

Well, I have sculpted nine miniatures (you can find them all on this blog) and some friends are helping me with taking photos (Mark), graphic design (Rom) and video production (Ella). All of these are important when it comes to sharing what the project is all about. I also have a couple of friends (Grant and Lewis) who will proof read and edit the description and rewards.

This is my first Kickstarter and the responsibility for it's completion rests firmly upon my shoulders. All the miniatures are sculpted and ready for production. However, there are costs that come from creating silicon moulds and casting in metal (and distribution). To make certain this process runs smoothly I will be employing the services of professionals. I have enjoyed making these miniatures and I would love to share them with hobby gamers around the world. Kickstarter will help get these miniatures into your hands and on your gaming table. YOU can make this possible! Can you tell that I have been writing for a Kickstarter?

At the moment I am working out Pledges and Funding Goals. I have thought about it and there are several ways I could do this. Favoured options include a single miniature or a group of miniatures for a set price with additional miniatures added to the group if certain funding goals are reached. I will most likely offer both. Perhaps even a painted miniatures option, since I have over 30 years experience with the brush and these miniatures will be a pleasure to paint.

Anyway, there's a photo shoot this afternoon and a video shoot tomorrow morning so I best get back to preparing for those.

God bless you and have an awesome week!