Friday, October 17, 2014

The Ironhaus Collective

I want to formally welcome Draznar and Metal Monky to the Ironhaus collective. You're going to see a much closer dynamic in the release of future UoV stuff (There is a lot of col stuff down the pike) between Metal Monky and myself , and the blog is going to have fresh insights from the hilarious and well-versed Draznar.

This shit is going to be like Full House, except replace those obnoxious Tanner kids with flesh eating monsters and super villainy.


Monday, October 6, 2014

24 Hour Sculpting Challenge

So, I remember reading a comic by Erik Larsen years ago, that he did in 24 hours. He cited one of Scott McCloud's book as the genesis of that challenge, and the results were a rough but fun story.

I got to thinking, "It'd be fun to try a 24 hour sculpting challenge!" The idea would be, to come up with an original idea then execute it, all in one day. I started at midnight, Thursday (October 2nd), and tried to suss out two 1.25" sculpts by midnight of October 3rd. Here's what I came up with:

I started out, by doing a whole slew of armatures, in polymer clay. Anything from Sculpy to KATO will work, but you could also utilize foil or wire or whatever. If you're using wire, and intend to progress using a polymer clay: make sure to use uncoated wire, or the coating will melt during the baking process and warp your sculpt.

I then selected the three armatures that I felt had the most potential, and started laying Apoxie (I swear by Aves) onto them. Very soon after, I realized that trying to do three would be a bit audacious, so I put the smallest one off to finish later. I decided that I could do some sort of minotaur like guy, and a biomech wearing necro priest dude. Cut me a little bit of slack... With 24 hours to complete these guys, I was going to an aesthetic and had little time to figure out back stories.
I fixed them to the tops of beer bottle caps that I have collected from my friends, so that I could manipulate/turn the figures without leaving fingerprints.

The minotaur guy was going to be layered, so I started from the bottom and worked my way up. The skull needed to come before the arms, so I could layer the texture that I wanted for his jacket/cloak onto the skull.

And here's the bad mofo, in completion. I had to make a few sacrifices on him, on account of the time constraints, so I chose to make that sacrifice on his hands. I wanted the skull to be on point, and felt that the fur ghillie suit deal was more important for his look.

Next up, is the "Necro Priest". I made the choice to go simple with the face, though the photos don't really represent the horizontal striations on his gullet well. I tried to do as much detail as I could pack on, to his tunic/robe thing, and ran out of time when I got to his left hand. Out of the two, I think he is my least favorite, but what in the hell do I know about toys?

So, that's pretty much it, for now. Part of me wants to clean the figures up, but the other part of me feels like that would be cheating. Anyways, if you've got a free day coming up, I suggest you give the challenge a shot. It was a lot of fun, as an exercise, and I would recommend it to anybody regardless of their skill level.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Infestors Set C LIVE!!

 So, the time has come...
Luke Harris and I, set off to try to do this whole "Indy Toy" thing a little bit differently. It started with "Mutants" and spawned itself off into the "Infestors" line; We wanted to offer a different toy experience, and now that the third set in the first series is in the record books... I feel safe to say that we definitely did things to the beat of our own drummer.
We did a mini Build-A-Figure, Dr. Moxley, and I think people are really going to dig him once he's all put together. You can purchase the third set HERE, at the Imperfecz toy store.

I've got a few behind-the-scenes photos to share, while I take this opportunity to thank Luke for being the patient, hard-working collaborator that he is.

It's too often that in a competitive, art related field, that egos take over and people wind up up feeling jipped in some way. This has absolutely NOT been the case, working with Luke, and I want to take a moment to say "Thank you" to Mr. Harris. Without all of the late-night phone conversations, last minute design changes, and countless hours of hard work that he put in, none of this would be possible. The man is also a saint, for putting up with my... "rarified" sense of humor.

Anyways, thanks everybody, for staying tuned to this project. There will be more to come in the future, but for now, it's time for a deep breath... And preparation on the next fun thing that Ironhaus X Imperfecz has in store... But more on that later.

Of course.


Things to Come...

 And so, it has come to this...

Here's a few hints at some upcoming Ironhaus projects... I'm not telling you what is what, just yet.

And no, I haven't forgotten about Black Goblin, the first UoV figure from me in a year or so... He's coming, once I get the coloring finalized.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Fistful of Inhumanity

 Prevyet, friends. It's been a while, but I have been hard at work (too many candles burning at too many ends!)  and I haven't forgotten about you guys.
With the new Murks sets out in the wild now, it's time to shift gears a little bit, and get back to my bread and butter: Violence. Blood. Guts. "Puttin' on the foil, coach."
I could spoil the details of this new multi-part collaboration that I am working on, but instead I will just tease you all with this 1.25" "Three Head" Deadface figure. I am really excited to be working with the other guys on this project... But who are these mystery men? Stay tuned. More on this, later.

New Universe of Violence figure, from Ironhaus? Yes.
Teaser picture, right now? Yes.
More details, right now? Nope.

And, finally, there WILL be new Gorewads by the end of the year. If you're new to the party, Gorewads are all about 1", and made out of bouncy rubber and firmer plastic. These little bastards are all grimy, gross, grotesque, and will likely bully the living shit out of your other 1" figures.
I can't wait to show you the demonic hockey goon Gorewad, but alas, that will have to wait for another day.

Anyways, that's my two cents for today, and as per usual, my two cents is free.