Sunday, 28 February 2016

A short blog post today about Sci-Fi boxes and Geebles.
Sci Fi boxes_A Built
Sci Fi boxes_A Parts
If you don't know what Greebles are, it's a term first used by model makers during the making of Star Wars back in the 70's. It means all the fiddly detail bits that are added to things like vehicles and buildings to make them look more interesting and they also help add a sense of scale. There is a fine article about greebles on this Den of Geek page.
In the ebay kit I sell you get a bunch of resin greebles and also two resin boxes onto which the greebles can be attached in whatever ways you want! the image below shows one such configuration.
You can check out more of the photos from this setup on my blog post here
Also, the greebles can be bought on Shapeways here and the greebles and boxes are on Shapewas too!

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Ancient Egyptian ruins

This weeks blog is about some of the Ancient Egyptian models I have made.
First up is the Younger Memnon statue ruin.
YM_Ozymandias 28mm front
YM_Ozymandias 28mm back
I made this model a few years back now and it depicts the famous Younger Memnon statue half buried in the sand awaiting excavation. It is a statue of Ramases II, also made famous by the poem Ozymandias by Shelly. In later life the real statue had a small hole made in its chest by Napoleon's men who tried and failed to move it - but this model is made without the hole. You can add it if you wish! Later, John Baptist Belzoni managed to excavate the statue and ship it to the British Museum where it resides to this day. You can read Belzoni's account of moving the statue and his travels here and also listen to a BBC show about the Younger Memnon as part of Radio 4's History in 100 Objects series. The Hieroglyphics on the back of the statue are accurate. This model can be found on Shapeways, my ebay page or my Yeoman Models page. Also, one of my Younger Memnon statues ended up in a diorama at the University Museum at San Francisco State University :)
I have also made the Younger Memnon as it is today with a hole in the chest and you can see him on Shapeways.
I now see that a 3D scan of the statue is now on Thingiverse, but my model has elements that have been shaped to show off the detail better at the 28/32mm scale
Also, some new items of ancient Egypt are for sale. A 28/32mm scale column ruin that measures 5cm high (so is ideal for your 28mm scale explorer to hide behind) and a wall carving both of which are covered in hieroglyphics and Ancient Egyptian imagery.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Just a little update to say that my Corig-8 robot is now on Shapeways.
I built him a few years back after getting some kind comments from model train builders about my corrugated line-side huts, and thought it would be fun to build a corrugated robot! After playing around with some ideas the Corig-8 droid became a big lumbering robot. He's made to work with 28/32mm figures but on his base he measures 45mm tall!
You can still buy him from my ebay store here.
Corig-8 FullCorig-8 Parts
And he's now on Shapeways! You can buy him with gun arms or just normal arms although I am thinking of adding a third kit which will more resemble the eBay kit with the full set of arms that you can attach yourself.
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Some new items are now on Shapeways! First are customisable flags.
You can create your own unique flag for your army with this 28mm/32mm scale banner. All you need to do is follow the link to Shapeways and add an image. You'r image will then be on the flag and ready to print! They even give you a little 3D preview of your design so you can see it from all directions!
The banner above is a medieval European style banner but I have also made some Japanese Sashimono Flags. One Long and One Short.
With this type of flag you can customise it with the addition of an image to one side and a letter or number to the other!
Also now available from Shapeways are seven sets of shoulder pads I have made.
These shoulder pads range from a more traditional pad with emblem on it to more fanciful pads like the Ozymandias and spikes pads! If you want your own shoulder pad, shield or banner design made in 3D and buy it from Shapeways, please contact me! I'll be happy to help.

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Monday, 1 February 2016

28mm/32mm Customizable Manhole covers

As some of you maybe aware, I have made and sell a set of eight 28mm/32mm resin manhole covers on my ebay store that can be used to add some fine detail to street scenes and dioramas. The Manhole covers are especially good for Victorian scenes and one of them mentions the notorious Victorian district of Whitechapel!
But I have recently made them available to buy on Shapeways here but three of the manholes have also been edited to make them customisable within Shapeways! You can now add a name of a person, street or city to one of three manhole covers! The three options are City of Cardiff, Cavandish and Co and Whitechapel.

You load up the page and you can add your own text to fit onto the manhole cover. The covers are only 28mm/32mm scale though so you can't fit too long a word onto the cover!
If you want any of the manhole covers to say different words around the edge and maybe mention a particular name, city or company, please message me and I'll see what I can do!
I also have a 28mm/32mm shoulder pad that can be customised with an image.

I will be adding some of my own shoulder pad designs to Shapeways this coming week. If you have a design you want to put onto a shoulder pad, let me know and I can make the pad and upload a set of ten or more to Shapeways for you to buy your own design!