Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pardon The Silence. I've Been Writing.

Sorry for the lack of updates...

I've been writing. 
Yup, deep in the grip of it. 
That, and procrastinating from writing, which is not much different from when I procrastinate from digital sculpting.  ;)

If you have a story in you, I would suggest picking up a copy of Stephen King's book titled "On Writing."

It helped me clean up my flowery, extraneous prose.

I've owned and given away the book a number of times.

These are the three covers of the book I've owned at one time or another.

Here's a link at Amazon.  I get a tiny chunk if you purchase it.

Best,
JBR

And just for the hell of it, here's a picture of Gigantor, The Big Guy, and Rusty the Boy Robot, by Geof Darrow.




Monday, September 1, 2014

Reaper's CAV Kickstarter

Reaper Miniatures, the company that gave me my start in digital sculpting, is putting on a Kickstarter campaign for a new edition of the game of CAV, called CAV:SO.

Combat Assault Vehicle: Strike Operations

Here's the link to the campaign.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1513061270/reaper-miniatures-cav-strike-operations


And a groovy little jazz-hands movie.

Lots of CAVs for the initial $100 buy-in.  Hurry up, and get an early bird special.

Enjoy, and thanks, again, Ed.

Best,
JBR

Full disclosure:  I'm a backer, but not a sculptor or beneficiary.

Some of my previous work will be featured, but they're all sculpts from 10 years ago, or more.







Although some deluxe stretch goals featuring 1/100th scale reworks of the classic CAV designs would be nice.  Hint hint.  ;)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

1984 Lurches Ever Closer: The Ugly Persecution of Patrick McLaw

If you write fiction that makes small minds tremble with fear, you have a vested interest in what happens to this young writer.

Bottom line: the fellow is a language arts teacher in Maryland, and writes a science fiction novel about a school shooting centuries in the future.

Sounds akin to Stephen King, and "Rage," right? No big deal, right?  Wrong.

Fight back, or run the risk of ending up in funny headgear...


Best,
John Bear Ross

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I'm Now A Junior Editor At Dropship Horizon

I recently answered the call for more editors at the cornerstone news blog of 15mm Science Fiction, Dropship Horizon.

Here's a link to my first post about End of Summer sales for Rebel and Ravenstar...

http://dropshiphorizon.blogspot.com/2014/08/sale-from-rebel-minis-and.html



 I love that old bannerhead.

 I'll be using the "Full Disclosure" disclaimer on posts involving companies or projects I'm involved in, or have done work for in the past.

My thanks to Mr. Harold and Eli Arndt for giving me a shot, and ultimately, Mark Hannam, Dropship Horizon's founder emeritus.

If you've got some 15mm news, feel free to email me, or PM via social media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.).

Best,
JBR

Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 Merka Tank Prints

The venerable Merka 5, the mainstay of the Earth Force armored forces, is due for a refit.

It has been a fan favorite for years.  The old hull mold ("mould" for you UK folks) is showing its age, though, and Rebel Mike decided to have it reprinted.

I asked for, and received, permission to revamp the classic digital sculpt.  A few edges were smoothed, a few details reworked, and the side skirts were revamped in a staggered pattern, to give it more of that "Merkava-In-Space" feel.

The turret was left alone, since it still rocks mightily.

We also did a 6mm version of the new hull, along with the turret.

This is why you pay more for high-resolution prints.

Look at that.

You couldn't dream of getting that smooth and crisp detail five years ago.

Truly gorgeous.
 

 Here are some close-up pics of the 6mm Merka, with a 15mm scale Titan Marine for size reference.

 
 
 
 
Here are some more comparison renders of the old and new hulls, side by side.  Ah, I love the sight of "render grey," don't you?  ;)

The reprinted hull and 6mm Merka are off to the mold-makers.  I'll update when they're for sale at Rebel Minis.

Printing by Paul at VisionProto.com
Buy once, cry once, I sez.  The quality is definitely worth the price.

Best,
JBR

Sunday, July 27, 2014

MERCS Combat/Security Droid: The CPP-209

Look at this beauty.
28mm Scale, but he's a big boy.
Over 55mm/2.125" in height.
Let me show you how he came about...

I was tapped by the gentlemen at Mercs Minis (now known as MegaCon Games) to help out with their massive Mercs: Recon. Kickstarter effort from last year.

Them being longtime clients, I readily agreed.

So, I started out with some great Keith Lowe source art.  This isn't going to be a simple "sculpt one side, and mirror the whole thing to be symmetric" build.  I like a challenge.

Here are some preliminaries.  Raw bulk-outs.  Feedback from KS backers was not positive, but that's to be expected.  This is just the beginning.  Tom Mason, a great sculptor in his own right, was my art director on this build, and gave some great guidance and feedback along the way.  Thanks, Tom.

Here's an old blog of Tom's to show off his sculpting.

Here's his Twitter feed.
 
 
 

Then, First Wave of detailing.  The feet have been reworked, and initial paneling is done on the main hull.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Then, Second Wave.  I started offsetting render settings to show the contrast between parts.  The midsection have me a little bit of trouble, trying to make a segmented transition that flowed well and didn't tear molds.

 
 
 
 
 

Third Wave.  Grilling and final panel lines are here, and main armor configurations are finalized.  The front sensor array/logo needs rework.

 
 
 
 
 
 



Ready For Final Approval.  Lots of little detailing, grilling, paneling, and polishing.

I really like how this guy has turned out.  Exploded views are for clarity for the client.  The final pose will be fused from the waist down.

 
 
 
 
 
 


And Final Posing.  One leg was to be offset, for a more menacing pose.
Something about "20 seconds to comply," or some such, I don't know.  ;)

Final height of this bad boy is about 55mm, or about 2 and 1/8 inches tall.  He'll make a fine "Two Inch Terror," if you're so inclined.

I am grateful to Megacon Games for trusting me to put my own stamp on some great concept work.

This design hearkens back to a classic design, but definitely stands on its own.  Sinister, cobra-like, and menacing.

I'm very proud of this.  More updates on this as printing and production happen.

I'm slammed with sculpting projects and real life, so this update will be up for a week or so, barring any breaking news.

Best,
JBR