Monday, 7 November 2011

Hey!.....That's not Bob....

Finished up.....


....much thanks to George and Ayleen from Toybreak/OctoberToys for the inspiration for this guy after a conversation on an episode of Toybreak.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Is that you Bob?

Here's a little sneaky peek at something I'm putting together as a gift for some collectors.....


Monday, 10 October 2011

Tiny update with a tiny figure

I finally found the little Ace head from Smash Tokyo Toys I was given....a looooong time ago, which kind of got displaced for a while after our house move......so I made this lil fella with it.......SquidAce...


....I just used the head as it came with no finishing so it still has that grainy texture from rapid prototyping which I kind of matched with the Aves Apoxie.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Petit Astrolapin 'Odyssey'

I picked up a spare orange Petit Astrolapin with the intention of stripping it back to white like the original 1/6th Astrolapin by Mr Clement. It turned out somewhat different....I continued the '2001 A Space Odyssey' theme instead....


Sunday, 28 August 2011

Whalecity - Work in progress

This has been sitting around for a while now (amongst other things), got around to adding some paint and just have to sort out a suspension problem and I'll be able to finish this off pretty rapid.....


Monday, 4 July 2011

Bernice Zerm - Custom Retardy Dunce

The basis for this custom stems from a quote by Gary Baseman: "The dunce image can be found in my paintings as a metaphor of man being a 'fool for love' "

First here's a shot of the figure in it's original form......

And this is the first stage of reconstruction......


And the backstory for this custom:

Bernice Zerm started out as the sawdust sweeper at Bombast Furioso's Palace Of Wonders. It was here that she spent more than 25yrs of her life learning some of the many professions the circus had to offer. Her years of hard work, practice and determination eventually paid off and she became ringmaster. Whilst touring the Mid-West a few years later she fell hopelessly in love with the leading sideshow performer Erin 'Bigfoot' Nadeau. This kind of relationship was so frowned upon by the circus hierarchy that they decided to run away from the Palace Of Wonders and start a new life together*.

All was well for the first few months. The pair traveled extensively, steadily progressing further and further northwards. They reached the Canadian border in late August. There came a kind of urgency in their traveling, Erin appeared progressively more preoccupied and distant. They found themselves renting a small house at Hazelton in the Northwest Territories, Bernice was keen to settle and try to establish themselves here with a view to starting a small business. However, Erin was very restless and her general appearance didn't help with their integration.

It was during the third day of a sightseeing trip into the Howson Range that Erin became very withdrawn, going on a solitary trek out towards Mount Felber. Bernice spent the next five days scouring the area in her search for Erin, each day returning to camp ever more forlorn. She finally made her way back to Hazelton in the depths of despondency and spent the next few months returning to Howson Range to continue her fruitless search.

Bernice soon realised that she was fast running out of money, she needed to find work and quickly if she were to continue with her searches. It was at the Hazelton Hotel on Government Street that the idea struck her. Each evening passengers would assemble at the hotel to embark on the many steamboats that plied their trade on the river, but there was one steamer that never left it's mooring. The 'Old Caledonia' was used as a drinking and entertainment emporium and was filled to overflowing with locals and visitors until the early hours of the morning. It was here that Bernice began her new career as a torch singer.

Bernice continued to search for Erin, each summer mounting expeditions further and further into the unexplored regions of the Howson Range. Spurred on by regular reports and sightings of what the locals called Sasquatch. She lived, in hope, to the ripe old age of 97 but was to never again set eyes upon her beloved Erin Nadeau.


*There were distinct divisions within the circus that made relationships between performers in the big top and those from the sideshows impossible.

Monday, 13 June 2011

OMFG! Series 1

You might remember a previous post about a little sculpt I did (Monowheeled Mecha Monkey) for a possible mini figure series. Well....unfortunately Mecha Monkey wasn't chosen for the first series but there are five superb designs that will hopefully make it to production. There is a Kickstarter project up and running to get series 1 off the ground, which is doing incredibly well and I urge everyone to go and support it in whatever way you can.....Here's some art and a look at the sculpts....



Here's a link to the OMFG! Kickstarter project and another link to the forum discussion about the project. Initially there will be a flesh colour and an exclusive black colour for Kickstarter sponsors.....there are lots of levels of support you can give the project right up to getting a unique colour run of 200 sets bagged with your own design header cards which you can then keep, sell, use as giveaways etc. Take a look at the OMFG! Kickstarter page for all the info.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Bonesucker.......the lowdown...



These are now ready and up in my store. And here is their background story and some additional info not mentioned before...

These guys are called Bonesuckers....for the very obvious reason that they like to sit around sucking on bones. They're at the bottom of the food chain and the last of the scavengers to move in on a carcass, and there they'll sit in a little huddle making disgusting slurping noises for days and sometimes weeks if the animal is large enough.

Each one is hand made so they can vary in size a little but pretty much around 2" in diameter. They come packaged in a bag with header card, the bone is removable and different accessories for them to suck on will be made available at a later date.

Bonesucker update

Here's some close-ups.....





.... just waiting for some bags for these now.

Bonesucker update pt2

Here's the final(?) design for the Bonesucker header card.....


Saturday, 23 April 2011

Gaston Fantoni - The full story...

To recap....previous investigations discovered Gaston was born in France into the world of the circus, there he remained until his forced retirement with the closure of Bombast Furioso's Palace Of Wonders. Gaston was trained from a very early age for the trapeze. At his peak he led the Fearless Flying Fantoms ( Gaston, his brother Jean Claude and Ester Wells - an American), touring Europe and the Far East to great acclaim.

Now further research has uncovered his current situation and whereabouts: Since the closure of the Palace Of Wonders Gaston relaxes in semi-retirement just outside the town of Albert in the Picardy region of France. Here he has become a very accomplished Jumping Brain wrangler where he farms and trains his stock of rare Jumping Brains along with his brother Jean Claude. Gaston rather reluctantly agreed to have a few photographs taken on the condition that he be shown only in the cape and hood of the Fearless Flying Fantoms.


Friday, 15 April 2011

Gaston Fantoni - WIP Update

.....The white thing he's sitting on is a Mini T head, so that makes the figure about 6.5cm (2.5") tall. In the foreground are his blanket, cushion, saddlebags and bedroll. There's more to add to him yet, and of course he will be riding something.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Gaston Fantoni

Very little information is available about this extraordinary performer. Born in France into the world of the circus, there he remained until his forced retirement with the closure of Bombast Furioso's Palace Of Wonders. Gaston was trained from a very early age for the trapeze. At his peak he led the Fearless Flying Fantoms ( Gaston, his brother Jean Claude and Ester Wells - an American), touring Europe and the Far East to great acclaim. More details will be added following further research, until then this rather tatty poster from the latter part of his career is all that remains....


Monday, 14 March 2011

Mini Tea Tour 2011 - Update


Mini Tea Tour 2011

So this is one of the things I've been working on that I couldn't say anything about until now......

An outstanding lineup of creatives and promises be a great show. It will definitely be worth getting to one of the venues to check it all out. Full details to be had from Matt's site: Lunartik.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Quiet......

So yea....things are a tad quiet here......this is the reason.....

.....yup....moving house this weekend......normal service will be resumed as soon as possible - should be pretty quick and hopefully with bigger facilities and a workshop I can get into producing some resins and larger pieces.