Studio Correspondence Message
: I apologize to anyone reading this who may have contacted the studio over the last few months but have not received a reply. I try to keep up but sometimes I get swamped and/or distracted with things inside and outside of the studio and it becomes very easy to procrastinate on replying. I will be sending out a form letter to reply to the bulk of the emails and work to reply directly where it makes sense.
This ties into what I want to talk about in more depth, but Iíve got several things bouncing around in my brain so I figured it would be best to split them up. Right now, letís have a look at what Iíve been working on for upcoming kits and soon Iíll discuss how one thing led to another and a fit of distraction made future studio projects started to take form, somewhat unexpectedly.
∙ With initial work for the Rhino done the venerable Land Raider chassis is next in line.
Now, the Land Raider is an old
GW kit to say the least and it comes with a few issues with fit and dimensions; some parts simply donít fit together quite right and there are numerous places where details should be symmetrical, and they arenít, or should align, and they donít. The best I can do is try to average out any differences and remember to provide a bit of tolerance to the fit of components I create. As with the Rhino chassis, once Iíve made some things that can give some feedback on the fit I can dial in the 3D model for future projects.
∙ Itís been sitting on my workbench begging me to give it some attention so I felt compelled to 3D model the Sicaran.
Someone had mentioned a while back that it might be challenging to make add-on kits for the Sicaran and I can understand why since RTV mould cast resin models can have some tolerances that might not be completely uniform for one cast to the next. After dealing with all sorts of strange issues with the Land Raider I figured Ďhow bad could it be?í and got to work. I quickly discovered that itís true and it surprising just how much so. Many of the details are completely different from one spot and/or side to the other where they should be symmetrical or evenly spaced. Even the tracks start at the exact same spot at the back of the model but by the time they reach the front theyíre slightly different lengths; this may have been done on purpose to make them look slightly different, but itís just one of many
odd details and off measurements. As with the Land Raider, but even more-so, Iíve simply tried to average out any of the worst examples of this.
Itís still a gorgeous model and most issues are small enough that you canít really tell by looking at it, but it makes it very tricky to create anything with a tight fit over any of the complex geometry. I really just want to give the model some spaced armour plates, a siege ram style Ďdozer blade, and some tread plates that can be attached to the tracks, so I know I can do those without too much hassle. Anything more complex and itíll be too much of a headache I suspect. Initially I wasnít going to model the turret but once I got the rest of the model done I got lured in to the challenge of trying to do it; Iím not sure it Iíll make custom weapons for the Sicaran but at least now it wonít be hard to get started if I do.
∙ Next up, a ĎRaven thatís been sitting in the back of a dark a drawer for far too long.
If itís not already apparent, I really enjoy the 3D modelling process so itís not going to take much arm-twisting for me to get to work on the Storm Raven. Over the years itís been requested more than a few times, so now that Iíve got the opportunity it seems like as good a time as any to get the preliminary 3D modelling done. Iíve finally got the means to really do it right and get the complex fits Iíll need to make add-ons for the ĎRaven.
∙ Whatís that? You were expecting more than these little images of the tank model I previewed before? Looks like youíll need to keep your comm-link active.
Working on modelling so many GW kits I couldnít help but develop a nasty itch to create something thatís been lurking in the back of my brain for years. It also ties in well with some of the other things Iím trying to sort out and talk about, so I figured it would be a good hook for my next update. Everyone likes images after all, especially if itís (likely) going to be accompanied with a wall-o-text.
This is definitely a project for the future, but I really want to show some of the more ambitious ideas Iíve got for future larger kits. Add-ons are just where I want to start but I really
do want to create much larger and more ambitious complete kits and I want to start showing off what I have in mind so people can see the images I have in my mind, even if I canít make them quite yetÖ.
But, before I get to rambling too soon, Iíll stop here, and keep it for next time.