Tuesday 23 July 2013

Statuesque Fantasy Reboot

I've just finished off the first figure in the new Statuesque Fantasy range. In contrast to Ezmeralda Tyke, this new range will be very differently styled to my sci-fi figures. I really like Ezmeralda as a figure - I think she is among my best work - but due to her size, proportions and delicate features, she doesn't actually work with any of my favourite fantasy figures from other manufacturers. I realised after making her I prefer a chunkier, more caricatured figure in that genre. As such, I have never completed her gang of Malinquents. I also didn't really have a strong enough design for the other characters so she remained alone. She'll be going out of production when current stock sells out. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the positive is I can reboot the Statuesque Fantasy range to a style that will match my fantasy collection!

Anyway, on with the new figure... Lowri Lowrisson, Dwarf Adventurer!

Yup, it's a dwarf. I make no claims to be reinventing the fantasy genre; I want a band of warriors in the classic Heroquest or Warhammer Quest mould, and no-one makes figures that are exactly what I want so I'm making them myself! The plan is for a dwarf (check), a wizard (in a pointy hat), an elf (with a bow) and a barbarian (ridiculously muscled). The other figures are all in progress and share Lowri the Dwarf's caricatured style and exaggerated proportions.

Lowri stands 21mm to the top of his helmet. He'll be quite a chunky little figure, with a large head with exaggerated features and large hands and feet. I think the body design I gave him, where his hips are wider than his shoulders, gives him a nice planted look and avoids the 'barrel' look of some dwarf figures. Please note his knees! ;)

It will take some time to get him on sale as it would probably make sense to release all four adventurers at the same time. I just wanted to share, as I'm quite please with how he's turned out!

What of the Malinquents then? They're likely to appear in another form entirely in the other new genre I'm exploring at the moment...

Thursday 11 July 2013

Resistance Recon Team and TV News Crew Available Now

In the rush to get the latest releases on sale (and to get outside to enjoy the sun!) I neglected to update the blog. There really was a lot to do - checking and bagging all the stock that arrived that morning amongst other mundane things - and it really was very, very sunny... Anyway, on to the new releases!

First up of the new releases are Tallulah Caine and her trusty cameraman Carter. These figures are something of an update of the news TV news team I sculpted for the Frothers Unite sculpting competition in 2009. They were only available briefly in the winners set and since then I've been asked a number of times what happened to them, so I thought I better finally sculpt some replacements!

Tallulah Caine and Carter are priced at £8.00 for the set and as usual there are discounts for multiple purchases. Head over to the shop to pick up your news team!

Next is the release of the Resistance Recon Team. As will all figures in the Resistance Fighter range, these figures feature separate heads allowing you to use any head from the range. Additionally, the accessories they hold in their left hands - a pair of binoculars and a radio handset - can be used on either figure. To top it all off, the weapon arms are also interchangeable and fully compatible with the Cell Officer Weapons Sprue and the Resistance Cell Officers!

The Resistance Recon Team is priced at £9. Purchase two sets for £8 each and three or more sets for only £7 each! In addition each purchase of the Resistance Recon Team placed up to and including the 31st of July will receive a FREE Cell Officer Weapons Sprue!

Prior to the new release, I changed the shop product page so customers can  now choose between 30mm, round-lipped, plastic bases and 25mm, chamfered edge, plastic bases. The choice can be made using a drop down menu under the Add to Cart button, as shown below. I've noticed nobody is actually choosing the 25mm bases so I wandered if the change had been noticed. It's no problem if everybody wants 30mm bases, but I'd just expected more people to choose the smaller base!

Finally, of the five figures that are to be discontinued once current stock has sold, Kitzie Rama is now out of production. Additionally, stock of Inigo Wilde is low and stock of Havana Gray is very low. Head over to the shop to grab them while you can!

That's it for this month, I think. Remember to keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter account for the latest news from the Statuesque Asylum!