Archive for the ‘Projects’ Category

Skinwalker Studio x ImprobableCast for Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival Film Award

 

From our friends at Skinwalker Studio (crossposted from this entry):

Skinwalker, working with Hugues Barbier, Co-founder/Artistic Director of the IIFFF, provided both the poster image painting and the film fest award itself!

Steve Ellis painted a moody piece that ties together some imagery from some of the fest’s films, while Steve and Jason co-designed the award, tossing both 2-d and 3-d sketches back and forth in their unique design process, resulting in the final piece. For molding and casting, Skinwalker Studios went to the one and only improbablecast.com to work with the molding maestro, Ahren Gauthier. Ahren was a dream to work with, and despite Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast hard, we were extremely lucky. We only had to deal with 5 days without electricity, and delivered on time!

The Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival is a growing festival in upstate New York. It is built around an international competition for feature and short films produced in the previous year, and greatly enhanced by special thematic screenings and a retrospective highlighting significant aspects in the history of genre film.

The first edition of the festival will take place this week, from the 16th to the 18th of November, 2012 at the Cinemapolis theater and Cornell Cinema in Ithaca, NY. You can find out more about them here: http://ithacafilmfestival.com/

We are proud to be part of such a cool fest.

 

Confrontation Scourgebearer Price Announcement

I have done some number crunching, some market research and some consulting. The result is…drumroll please…the regular price of the Mid-Nor Scourgebearer statue will remain $99 plus shipping!

My goal in reissuing this statue was to make it as widely available as possible and I think that this price point facilitates that goal. My margins will be tighter but I feel it is worth it.

It is available here: http://shop.improbablecast.com/ so go get one!

New Acrylic Paint Additive Debuts at New York Comic Con

Notes from the R&D Department:

New acrylic additive will premiere at New York Comic ConTenacious Toys booth #3121.

This 100% acrylic emulsion is formulated specifically for superior adhesion to vinyl. It is intended to provide a non-toxic (ASTM D 4236) alternative to solvent based paints that can be brush or spray applied. The formula is compatible with ANY acrylic paint.

For superior results, surfaces can be prepared with a surface preparation such as Montana Spray Paint Plastic Primer or Dupli-Color Adhesion Promoter.

Confrontation Scourgebearer Statue

Remember Confrontation? Rackham Miniatures? Just love awesome fantasy stuff?

I’m bringing it back baby. The first of a series of FULLY LICENSED re-issues of LONG out of production statues (120 mm+) originally released by Rackham in France in 2004.

The first up is the Dwarves of Mid-Nor Scourgebearer. This was the holy grail of my collection for many years until I finally tracked one down and what inspired me to acquire the license to produce them again.

I will be taking pre-orders for the first run at a deeply discounted $99 + shipping until October 15, 2012. After October 15, 2012 the regular retail price of $135 + shipping will be effective. This unpainted solid resin kit will be supplied in 5 pieces: body, halberd arm, lantern, puppet and chain (styles may vary).


I will also be producing an EXTREMELY LIMITED edition (5 total) of cold cast bronze that will be available for $600 + shipping on a first come, first served basis. Each of these castings will be numbered with a certificate of authenticity.

*UPDATE* Pre-orders are now live at the ImprobableCast shop!

Rumbirds – Bird of Paradise WIP

Client: Rumbirds webcomic

A typical transition from clay to wax

Here’s a quick update before I head out to Horrorfind Weekend tomorrow.  I did the waste mold for the Rumbirds Bird of Paradise last night.  Bright and early this morning I did a resin casting.  I do this primarily as a safety measure.  The clay original is very fragile because I did it as a sketch and used a much softer clay than I would have otherwise used.  It turned out well so it became the original.  The resin copy gets put aside in case I need to do another mold or something unforseen happens.

I used Willow Wax Grey Zen for the wax master.  Note that part of the eye didn’t fill.  This master isn’t pressure cast so tiny voids like that aren’t unexpected and they are very easy to fix at this stage.

Materials:  Willow Wax Grey Zen, Smooth-On Oomoo 30, Smooth-Cast 300

Rumbirds Mini Bust – Bird of Paradise

Client: Rumbirdswebcomic

Clay prototype

This is a quick clay sketch of the Bird of Paradise from the Rumbirds webcomic. His first appearance is here, however I believe his apotheosis is here.  There are at least 2 more planned for this series (Pippa and Vivie).  Next up is waste molding and a wax master!

Seismic Centurion Variations

Clients: Halfbad Toyz

Seismic Centurion Translucent Glitter colorway

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Produced for sale on the October Toys forum

Materials: Smooth-Cast 325, SO-Strong Tints, glitter, acrylic paint

Seismic Centurion – Halfbad Toyz x Smash Tokyo Toys

Clients: Halfbad Toyz and Smash Tokyo Toys

Project: Seismic Centurion molding and casting

Seismic Centurion 3D Printed original

Materials:  Smooth-On Sorta Clear 18, Smooth-Cast 325

This project was one of our first run ins with 3D printed originals that inspired our 3D Print Finishing Service.  Fine (and some not so fine) stairstep was evident from the deposition printing process along with a number of gaps and passthroughs that needed to be addressed.  The original was sanded, patched and resanded to achieve an acceptable finish for molding.  Had our 3D Print Finishing process been in place at the time this piece was produced, an ideal surface could have been produced in a much shorter time.

Podiagon Variations

Clients: Halfbad Toyz

Project: Podiagon castings

Podiagon Hand Painted

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Podiagon Hand Painted

Materials: Smooth-Cast 320, SO-Strong urethane tint, acrylic paint

Podiagon – Halfbad Toyz x oOMoSOo

Client: Halfbad Toyz and oOMoSOo

Original: Polymer Clay over aluminum armature

Original model (WIP)

 

Materials: Smooth-Cast 325 urethane plastic, MoldMax XLS II silicone rubber, violet glow in the dark powder

The second figure in the FOEZ line featured 4 points of articulation and a removable weapon.  Preorders were created in a limited edition violet glow in the dark.