Friday, 22 September 2017
Friday, 8 September 2017
The Shapeways printed Hokún from David Allan Designs arrived today. See pictures above. They have a slight yellowish colouration, like old epoxy. Or bits of the main bodies do at least. But that doesn't seem to show in the pics; it's very slight, maybe that's why?
Also, I miscounted what was on the arm sprue. There are actually three pairs of arms: spear(r), shield (l), 2-handed sword, and l-and-r swords.
Saturday, 2 September 2017
Shapeways informed me earlier this week that the test prints of DAD Hokún have been shipped - yay! I'm looking forward to seeing how the "Frosted Extreme Detail" turns out. The sad part is, that if they are really nice, the expense is going to be high.
OTOH, how many Hokún does one really need? In the fluff, they are stated as sometimes ruling over humankind and as hunting them for sport. If we are talking about adventurers encountering the Hokún then we are probably talking about meeting a hunting party or perhaps an expedition that is far from home. In the latter case it might conceivably have a moderate to substantial human or other non-Hokún component. Warriors, bearers, etc; as slaves or sub-ordinates in any case. If you want to do a wargame using Hokún then a similar idea might be used: a relatively small core of Hokún comprising the command and elite elements, with a large component of subjugated human minions. Or sub-humans, perhaps?
Saturday, 26 August 2017
Shapeways "Frosted Extreme Detail"
A belated follow-up to my last post, wherein I was attempting to obtain some transparent miniatures via Shapeways. As it turned out, once they had analysed the files vs the material requested, Shapeways declined to do the job because the designs didn't meet the minimum parameters in a number of spots. Basically they were too fine a models - too fragile - to survive the cleaning part of the printing (which I gather involves a water jet.) So that is where it has been sitting for the last while.
Then a friend of mine from Down Under, with more knowledge of these things than myself, suggested trying the "Frosted Detail" options. So today I went back and looked at the materials analysis again and guess what? Using that material the designs pass muster and can be printed.
So I placed the order as shown above. I opted for the "Frosted Extreme Detail" which is the most expensive of the two. Note that the single arm sprue will do for both the foot and cavalry figures I have ordered: one arm sprue per two Hokún.
The arm sprue costs $7.74, so $3.87 per figure. This gives a cost, excluding postage, of $10.95US for the foot Hokún, and $23.19US for the mounted Hokún.
CORRECTION (9/17/17): I didn't realize when I originally posted that the arm sprue has THREE sets of arms: a right arm with spear, a left arm with shield, a 2-handed sword, and left and right arm each with the same funky looking sword. So the actual cost per figure would be more like $2.58 for the arms. Giving a total COST of $7.08 + $2.58 = $9.66 for the foot figure, and $19.32 + $2.58 = $21.90 for the mounted figure.
Not cheap. Evil Empire sort of prices. And this is *cost*...not accounting for Royalties, etc.
Still it might be of interest to some. Depending upon how they turn out. I am now wondering if the body cavity will be hollow or not. If so, could one do a "ship-in-a-bottle" sort of thing to insert the innards? How cool would that be?!
Friday, 7 July 2017
Hokún, by David Allan Designs (DAD)
With David's permission I uploaded his Hokún designs to Shapeways and ordered sample prints in Transparent Acrylic. It wasn't cheap, but neither was it unreasonably expensive either. Especially considering the subject! This is, I suspect, the only way we are going to get reasonable representations of this crystalline alien race.
There was a slight hiccup, with the arm/weapon sprue getting a warning flag but I placed the order anyway. The next step is that a Shapeways technician will review the files before printing and - if they pass that screening - then they will be printed and shipped. For this trial run I have only ordered one of each. I'll be sure to keep you guys updated as to the progress and will post pictures of the results, if successful. :-)
Sunday, 5 February 2017
HA-1 Princess Vrísa Vishétru of Saá Allaqi
Painted by Nadya 'Hope River'
These pictures were sent by a customer who recently asked a professional painter to "work her magic" on our Princess Vrísa figure. The Princess is a player character from Professor Barker's own campaign and is based upon artwork drawn by the player herself: Kathy Marshall.
The painter is Nadya 'Hope River', from Russia. This is her "Display Quality" work and it shows. Note the "living blade"! I love the base also (did you spot the viper yet?) - perfect for display! Myself I am always torn between having something superb for the display cabinet and something I can push around on the table. Of course, for the latter, one doesn't need to pull out all the stops as Nadya has here. :-)
Nadya's blog can be found HERE.
The figure itself is sculpted by John Winter (of TinMan Miniatures fame) and can be found in the Heroes of the Age section of the Tékumel Club.