AdeptiCon Show Specials

Look for these great pre-release items at the show and all this weekend in the web store.

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Road to AdeptiCon 2017 – 3

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Today is packing day! Tomorrow we leave at daybreak! There is still a week’s worth of work to do before leaving.

The past week has all been sculpting, molding casting, sorting, and packaging. We received our final restocks from Valiant for AdeptiCon. All of the casting we ordered were shipped, except for the Heavy Combot. Somehow due to a miscommunication, it did not make mold with the other releases we ordered.

So – since we had molds here, I have been turning out casting runs over the past three days to make sure we have some stock for the show. This is all in addition to the work that had to be done to prep everything else.

Nevertheless, ready or not, tomorrow we go!

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Pack-lackeys Jacob and Charles assembling Maelee kits

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Maelee Kits ready for shrink wrap

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Castings for the 2017 AdeptiCon Geek Nation Tours promo.

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Molds for Red Panda Miniatures

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Road to AdeptiCon 2017 – 2

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While the Chicago area is under snow, we are preparing for the trip to AdeptiCon all the way from Texas. Lots of hobbying has been going on here at the Bombshell Factory.

Scenery is being assembled and painted for the Counterblast demo tables, packing product, shipping out Babes 3 fulfillment packages, sculpting, modling and casting are all going on here at the same time. Here are a few photos of some of the things happening over the past week.

Stay tuned  – only one week to go!

–Patrick

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Edo Habidomes – Sculpting

This project is part of the new Edofleini table for Counterblast demos at AdeptiCon this year. I specifically wanted some buildings that I thought the Edo may create while waiting for a newly created spawning pool to expand. I imagine the Edo would use their telekinetic abilities to raise egg-shaped blisters from the ground and shape these habitable igloo-forms from some kind of “secreted resin”. You can read more about the Edofleini here.

Here are the steps I used to form the new Habidomes.

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The material of choice for this project is Aves Apoxie Sculpt for both strength and durability. Always wear gloves when working with Apoxie.

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I mixed equal parts with enough material to make the 4 domes I started with.

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I split the mixed Apoxie in half for the first dome. To roll out the Apoxie, I cut a zippy plastic sandwich bag in half and used a liberal amount of talc. To make the talc pouch, I cut the toe end from a pair of nylon stockings, dumped in the talc, and cinched it up with a rubber band.

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Talc both sides before rolling it out.

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I used a dedicated polyclay roller to flatten out the Apoxie. But, a length of PVC plumbing pipe will work just as well.

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This is the shape I picked to form the domes over. These are large plastic Easter Eggs I got from the craft store. If it is liberally covered with talc, the Apoxie will pop right off after it’s cured. The next ones I make may be formed over the lid dome of a Starbucks Frappuchino. Sculptor fuel.

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Here I draped the flattened Apoxie over the the dome. The intent was to keep the shape of the creases as part of the design instead of trying to smooth them out.

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I pressed the edge to a piece of cardstock, in this case a strip of comic backing board. That will secure the dome, assure it has a flat bottom, and allow me to peel it free after it cures.

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I made a texture stamp from some rolled out Super Sculpey by pressing a large burnishing tool into the end and then baking it. I decided to use this one because it created a texture similar to the one on the eggs in the film Alien.

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After trimming the base around the dome, I had enough putty mixed up to make two smaller domes as well. I applied a texture stamp I had made previously from Super Sculpey. You could also use a sponge, brillo pad, or orange peel, for a variety of textures. It was at this point I should have cut the windows and doors into it. Live an learn.

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Once everything is textured the Habidomes go under a lamp to warm up and accelerate the curing time of the Apoxie. It should NOT be baked in the oven.

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Once the Habidomes have fully cured, the card stock is peeled from the bottom.

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A bit of sandpaper can clean up the cut areas around the base and the bottom if there is still any cardstock stuck there. A dust mask is essential when sanding Apoxie and vacuum up the debris immediately.

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I made a second set the same way to have enough for a small colony village.

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Since I failed to think of cutting the openings before the Apoxie cured, I drilled the openings with a grinding bit in my Dremel motor tool. This was done in the garage and with a dust mask, because it made a horrendous mess. My shop vac took care of that in short order. The bases for the domes were textured with a bit of PVA glue and sand.

–Patrick

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Road to AdeptiCon 2017 – 1

We are just about two weeks out from having to pack and leave for the AdeptiCon 2017 show and just like every year there is still a massive amount of work to do for preparation.

All of the new printing that had to be ordered has already come in. The new banners look fantastic. We have new bookmarks to promote the upcoming Counterblast “Bookstarter” and new postcards with a sample of all out miniatures lines. I almost forgot to order the color labels for the Maelee 75 kit, but those are supposed to be here next week.

We have two new acrylic display cases which have arrived and the new LED lighing for them has been ordered and will be in this week.

There is still a bit of painting to do along with lots of molding and casting for our Counterblast demo displays.

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New Edo scenery pieces in the mold.

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New pieces for the Galactic Recovery Agency display have been assembled.

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Storage tank for the GRA display supplied by Ironheart Artisans.

Plus if you like to see some of the new sculpts in the works, hop on over to YouTube and check out the Road to AdeptiCon 2017 playlist with clips from the Workbench.

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March Combo Deals

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Final Sculpts for Babes 3 Kickstarter

I have bored through the weekend to wrap up the remaining three sculpts for the Babes 3 kickstarter project. Here they are. If you have not logged into the web store to place your rewards selections – NOW IS THE TIME! Backer rewards shipments will be going out as we receive the production castings.

These new releases will be available for general retail sales in the web store once all of the production castings have been received.

Estimated fulfillment on the project was posted as June. But I wanted to do my best and have all of the sculpts wrapped up before AdeptiCon.

Anugrah the Oracle
Anugrah the Oracle

 

Shaeldaryth Bladesong
Shaeldaryth Bladesong

 

Ellie Tyson
Ellie Tyson

 

Ellie Tyson - with helmet on
Ellie Tyson – with helmet on

 

These sculpts are all going out to Valiant today for mastering and will go into production as soon as the first castings are approved.

Sculpts on their way to molding
Sculpts on their way to molding

Here was the last batch of masters we got got in and passed those on to Mary who has already started painting on them.

Master castings now in production.
Master castings now in production.
Elizabeth Beckford, Assassin - with and without daggers - work in progress
Elizabeth Beckford, Assassin – with and without daggers – work in progress

 

Brinna the Dwarf Ranger - work in progress
Brinna the Dwarf Ranger – work in progress

Vicky has been sending out bundles of rewards packages as we have been receiving the production castings.

Look for your package soon!
Look for your package soon!

–Patrick

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