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NakedFisherman
16-04-2007, 16:40
What have many of the GW sculptors been working on lately?

Black = Known
Green = Likely
Red = Unknown

Martin Footitt: Dark Angels Veterans, Ravenwing Bikers, Devastators, High Elves

Colin Grayson: Warmaster Araby and WHFB Buildings, Chaos Demons

Mike Anderson: Empire Warrior Priests, Skarsnik and Gobbla, Goblin Heroes and Shamans, Ltd. Edition Orc Shaman, Empire State Troops, Empire State Handgunners, Fanatics

Brian Nelson: Night Goblins, Ludwig Schwarzhelm, Empire State Troops, Empire State Handgunners, Fanatics, Vampire Counts

Dave Thomas: Night Goblins, Engineer on Clockwork Horse, Kurt Helborg, Dark Angels Veterans, Master of the Ravenwing, Ravenwing Bikers, Devastators, High Elf Chariot

Alex Hedstrom: Orc Warboss, Black Orcs, Gorbad Ironclaw, Azhag the Slaughterer

Jes Goodwin: Harlequins

Tim Adcock: Devastators, Ork vehicles

Seb Perbet: Devastators, Dark Angels Company Masters and new DA Banners, Nemesis Crown Black Orc Boss, Orks

Trish Morrison: Fanatics, Chaos Spawn

Aly Morrison: Empire State Troops, Empire State Handgunners, Nemesis Crown Dwarf Lords, Stompa, Orks,

Juan Diaz: Librarians, Terminator Librarian

Steve Saleh: Empire State Troops, Empire State Handgunners, Fanatics, High Elf Characters

Gary Morley: Chaos, Tzeentch Daemons

Dave Andrews: Ork/Chaos Vehicles, Helstorm/Helblaster Kit

Mark Harrison: Ork/Chaos Vehicles, Helstorm/Helblaster Kit

Chris Catton: Wraithlord, Chaos Demons

Nemesis Crown Releases, Plastic Demons (Alex/Juan like the metal range?)

Who did the new Miners and Empire releases for the Nemesis Crown?

Who else is working on the new Chaos releases?

Why do Alex Hedstrom, Juan Diaz, and Colin Grayson (my favorite GW sculptors) have the fewest models out? Oh well, at least Dave Thomas has been brillant lately. :)

Destris
16-04-2007, 16:54
Put Aly Morrison down for some of the new Orks. ;)

D.

NakedFisherman
16-04-2007, 17:02
Can do. Thanks, Destris.

Do you have any idea what Juan, Alex, and Colin are up to?

(Please say Colin is working on new Clanrats.)

Destris
16-04-2007, 17:04
I will try to find out. :)

D.

NakedFisherman
16-04-2007, 17:14
Since Aly Morrison does plastics pretty much exclusively, it makes me wonder what other plastics Orks are getting. Perhaps Aly is sculpting the new weapons addition the the Ork sprues that I thought were being done by Seb Perbet.

I also added in the 'GW war machine sculptors' Dave Andrews and Mark Harrison.

Destris
16-04-2007, 17:20
Or possibly he's doing the Stompa... ;)

D.

NakedFisherman
16-04-2007, 17:36
Or possibly he's doing the Stompa... ;)

D.

This is quickly becoming the best, most hidden rumour thread on Warseer. :D

I can't recall Aly ever sculpting vehicles, though I imagine he's doing bits and pieces of it. Perhaps it'll have a visible crew that he's working on.

Or is Aly really doing the whole thing himself? That's a tall order.

Also, who is Chris Catton? He helped sculpt the new Wraithlord, yet I don't think I've ever seen a sculpt by him before. Is he a GW intern or something?

Someone should also inform GW that Seb Perbert isn't on their payroll, yet apparently he sculpted the new Devastators! :p

Destris
16-04-2007, 17:38
I can't give out any more Stompa details yet. :)

IIRC Chris Catton is a guy they pulled in from somewhere who specialises in the computer sculpting technology, so he is helping out there.

D.

dax
16-04-2007, 18:49
As far as I know the Black Orcs where Colin Grayson as they where done on computer and Colin is specialising in the computer stuff now.

ExquisiteEvil
16-04-2007, 19:08
Oh NO!

Gary Morely doing Chaos....:eek:

If his possessed were anything to go by, GW need to stop him going within a hundred yards of anything chaos related!

james1225
16-04-2007, 19:17
Your forgetting they follow what they are given. Just look at felix's dwarf hero compared to what he did for GW.

ExquisiteEvil
16-04-2007, 19:39
Your forgetting they follow what they are given. Just look at felix's dwarf hero compared to what he did for GW.


Indeed, but you are forgetting that Gary Morely has a very long history of 'crappy' sculpts.

I doubt for every morley travesty out there GW told him to to make sure it looked like crap...

HeraldOfTheFree
16-04-2007, 19:59
Have any of you seen this from Gary Morely:
http://uk.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.uk?do=Individual&code=99061464063&orignav=16
The helmets! Why are they so big?
He is quite a bad sculptor sometimes... the Swan Knights arent close to how bad the Possessed are...

Bloodknight
16-04-2007, 22:57
Didnīt he do the Dark Eldar Warriors, too? Maybe thatīs why they suffer from huge helmet syndrome.

ExquisiteEvil
17-04-2007, 00:31
Have any of you seen this from Gary Morely:
http://uk.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.uk?do=Individual&code=99061464063&orignav=16
The helmets! Why are they so big?
He is quite a bad sculptor sometimes... the Swan Knights arent close to how bad the Possessed are...

So I 'think' your telling me that the SKoDA sculpts are good...

:wtf:

It is widely known that one of the better sculptors actually QUIT when these were released as well as all the uproar on the LoTR forum...

Harry
17-04-2007, 00:39
I can't give out any more Stompa details yet. :)
D.

No. You really can't.:eek:
That was supposed to be a secret!:D

@ExquisitEvil can you possibly give it a rest.

You know how you came to me and asked me for a favour...regarding Chaos Dwarves.
Consider that favour called in and Give Gary a break.
It seems like every other thread I go on to at the moment turns into a 'kick the crap out of Gary Morely' thread...its getting boring.
(and spoiling this thread).

@NFM Dave Thomas who has indeed been brilliant lately did the Engineer on the clockwork horse. I think Trish did the New Dwarf Lords BUT Hastings thinks Aly did them. (and there is PIE ridnig on it not to mention the 'Great Big Pie award' trophey....but thats another story).
The plastic demons will surely be virtual sculpts done on the computer from existing metal so I guess you chalk those up to Colin and Chris. Although I am not sure Gary Morely has not done some new demons for Tzeentch.

ExquisiteEvil
17-04-2007, 01:38
@ExquisitEvil can you possibly give it a rest.

You know how you came to me and asked me for a favour...regarding Chaos Dwarves.
Consider that favour called in and Give Gary a break.
I seems like every other thread I go on to at the moment turns into a 'kick the crap out of Gary Morely' thread...its getting boring.
(and spoiling this thread).



Harry,

I am a man of morals and I indeed appreciated the info you gave me.

No more crap kicking here.

You know though, I would LOVE for him to prove me wrong and turn out some stunning Chaos minis.

To be fair his recent LotR elladan and elrohir sculpts I actually like and hope he puts in the same amount of 'love' for the chaos minis.

There a positive comment from me about GM:eek:

EE

Harry
17-04-2007, 02:24
Exquisite you are a gentleman and a man of honour.

The Elladan and Elrohir sculpts were very nice. A lot of very delicate work on the armour. From what I have heard, from your side of the pond, he has done (and continues to do) some very exciting stuff for Chaos.

NakedFisherman
17-04-2007, 02:42
@NFM Dave Thomas who has indeed been brilliant lately did the Engineer on the clockwork horse. I think Trish did the New Dwarf Lords BUT Hastings thinks Aly did them. (and there is PIE ridnig on it not to mention the 'Great Big Pie award' trophey....but thats another story).
The plastic demons will surely be virtual sculpts done on the computer from existing metal so I guess you chalk those up to Colin and Chris. Although I am not sure Gary Morely has not done some new demons for Tzeentch.

Surely GW won't be trying to change the spectacular Horrors? Those are some of the most amazing models ever released by GW and are some of Alex Hedstrom's personal best.

Maybe Flamers or the Screamers? Maybe something new entirely?

Sorry Harry, but I think Aly did the new Dwarf Lords as well.

Destris
17-04-2007, 07:27
No. You really can't.:eek:
That was supposed to be a secret!:D

@ExquisitEvil can you possibly give it a rest.

You know how you came to me and asked me for a favour...regarding Chaos Dwarves.
Consider that favour called in and Give Gary a break.
It seems like every other thread I go on to at the moment turns into a 'kick the crap out of Gary Morely' thread...its getting boring.
(and spoiling this thread).

@NFM Dave Thomas who has indeed been brilliant lately did the Engineer on the clockwork horse. I think Trish did the New Dwarf Lords BUT Hastings thinks Aly did them. (and there is PIE ridnig on it not to mention the 'Great Big Pie award' trophey....but thats another story).
The plastic demons will surely be virtual sculpts done on the computer from existing metal so I guess you chalk those up to Colin and Chris. Although I am not sure Gary Morely has not done some new demons for Tzeentch.

*Reads Rumours Article*

*Realised it's been in there for a long time and he didn't get it first*

*Realises he has just given away some juicy info we were saving*

*Swears loudly*

:D

Oh, and for what it's worth, I heard that Aly did the dwarf heroes too.

D.

Harry
17-04-2007, 09:10
Destris, don't worry about it. The odd little snippet never did any harm.

Of far greater concern to me is who sculpted the Dwarfs!
Its worth pie for Hastings if you are all correct!

However, If you are all wrong and I am correct....I shall be enjoying vast quantities of pie.
I will have to look into the shipping costs to get my hands on some American Pie. (Mmmm, that could have sounded better).

Jedi152
17-04-2007, 09:13
Have any of you seen this from Gary Morely:
http://uk.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.uk?do=Individual&code=99061464063&orignav=16
The helmets! Why are they so big?
He is quite a bad sculptor sometimes... the Swan Knights arent close to how bad the Possessed are...

So I 'think' your telling me that the SKoDA sculpts are good...

:wtf:

It is widely known that one of the better sculptors actually QUIT when these were released as well as all the uproar on the LoTR forum...
I honestly don't get what the uproar is about them. They're not bad at all. Is it because they differ from the book or something?

Bloodknight
17-04-2007, 09:38
Iīll stop bashing Gary, too. I flipped through my Inquisitor rulebook and found out that he did some good work on the models there.

@Harry: something about DoW, if we are at the fringe armies? :p

violenceha
17-04-2007, 09:41
If Morley is doing the chaos stuff, what the bloody hell is Jes Goodwin doing?

stahly
17-04-2007, 10:07
He is the leader of the plastic design team.
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For the record: The Goblin fanatics were done by Steve Saleh, I haven't seen Trish Morrison sculpting anything other than monsters since I'm in the hobby. Having said that, I doubt that she sculpted the new Dwarf Characters. Aly on the other hand has a long dwarf-modelling history.
I bet that Alex HedstrŲm did the new Gorbad Ironclaw and the Azhag on Wyvern.
Things I know:
Seb Perbet: Dark Angels Company Masters, new banner designs for Ezekiel and Azrael (maybe he will add new banners when the BA characters are rereleased?), also judging from the faces of the new metal Empire Heroes they look like his style
Juan Diaz: Terminator Libby indeed.
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Dude, I hope that new plastic horrors are based on the current metal designs by Alex and not some Morley wombo-zombo.

violenceha
17-04-2007, 10:22
He is the leader of the plastic design team.
And yet spends all his time doing metal eldar figs

Harry
17-04-2007, 10:22
Jes was recently lead designer/sculptor on the Eldar. He did the guardians (with Martin footit) and I imagine the dollies on which a lot of the other stuff was based. He did the Harlequins and Yriel and those fantastic Autrach Characters. So its not like he doesn't sculpt any more.

I loved his Wood Elves and Chaos stuff twenty (+) years ago but he is something else these days.

I imagine he is taking the lead on his current project!
I imagine he is still up to his elbows in green stuff.

Arhalien
17-04-2007, 10:31
Harry, didn;t your last rumour article say that both Dave Thomas and Steve Saleg were also working on the High Elves; Dave on the chariot and Steve on heroes I think it was.

Or am i misquoting you again?

Harry
17-04-2007, 10:46
You are not.

Dave Thomas did do the, as yet unseen, Plastic High Elf Chariot and steve Saleh has done a couple of High Elf characters.

@stahly. Steve Saleh did do the fanatics and Alex Headstrom also did Azhag and that remarkable Wyvern.
You know your sculptors.
I think I like you.
I am aware of Alys long Dwarf-modelling history. I was there when it wasn't history. Trish did not always just do monsters. She also has a long and too often forgotten history (including Humans and Dwarfs and Elves and Goblins and......)

stahly
17-04-2007, 11:05
Jes was recently lead designer/sculptor on the Eldar. He did the guardians (with Martin footit)

This is not exactly true. The original plastic guardian design was done by Jes Goodwin and Mike McVey (who also did the Swooping Hawks back in 3rd Edition). So it reads in my old Citadel Catalogue.
The new antigrav weapon platform set (and thus the crew) was done by Martin Footit using computer (scan) technology.
For some reason WD lists only Jes and Martin as designers for the "new", repackaged Guardian box.

And Harry yes, I'm very interested in who sculpted what. After some time you can recognise the distinct styles of each of the miniature designers.

Steve Saleh for High Elf Characters makes me sad. His Wood Elves weren't very good, especially the faces. I'm glad that he now changed to another company.

Arhalien
17-04-2007, 11:10
Steve Saleh for High Elf Characters makes me sad. His Wood Elves weren't very good, especially the faces. I'm glad that he now changed to another company.

Did he? :confused:

Harry
17-04-2007, 11:12
I am not so up on 40K stuff so I am sure you are right.

Am I right in thinking that the Swooping Hawks by Mike McVey were one of the only things not to be redone with the new Eldar. I quoted him recently in another post listing him as one of the sculptors responsible for some of the recent releases even though he had left the company because they still looked like his work?

What? Where, when and why did Steve Saleh go? I loved his stuff.

Jedi152
17-04-2007, 11:13
What did Steve Saleh do? The WE plastics?

JT-Y
17-04-2007, 11:26
Them Dwarfs look and smell like Aly's work to me, for what it's worth...

Harry, just threaten to make Owen sit through another lunch with me, that'll make him pliable ;)

stahly
17-04-2007, 11:34
About Saleh read this: http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/?p=6652#more-6652

He contributed work on the WE plastics and did some metal characters (e.g. noble on warhawk: ugly, ugly face; the not so cool spellweaver) and the Eternal Guard and Wild Riders).

Harry: Yes, the Swooping Hawks were not redone and Mike McVey left GW years ago and works now for Privateer Press. He did AFAIK some Dark Eldar and the akward BA Priest Lemartes.

Dr. Who
17-04-2007, 11:49
Jes was recently lead designer/sculptor on the Eldar. He did the guardians (with Martin footit) and I imagine the dollies on which a lot of the other stuff was based. He did the Harlequins and Yriel and those fantastic Autrach Characters. So its not like he doesn't sculpt any more.

I loved his Wood Elves and Chaos stuff twenty (+) years ago but he is something else these days.

I imagine he is taking the lead on his current project!
I imagine he is still up to his elbows in green stuff.

It was rumoured a while ago (in the 40K rumour forum) that Jes was showing off a new Khorne Champion on a Juggernaut. Not sure if the rumour was debunked or not, but Jes has certainly done Chaos in the past (Hordes of Chaos Nurgle, Undivided, 40K characters).

If Aly did the new Dwarf characters then thumbs up and year's supply of Bugmans XXXXXX to him! :D

If Steve Saleh did (some of) the new HE characters and not Martin Footitt then :cries: (Not a Steve Saleh fan so far, Martin Footitt fan on the other hand).

JT-Y
17-04-2007, 11:55
Steve has gone back to historicals now anyway, working with Mike Owen at Artizan designs and creating a new Greek range, followed by a Persian range, to complement what he did for Foundry way back when.

Not really relevant, but I prefer his real world stuff to his work for GW (he uses Mark Copplestone's dollies for his own work, which adds alot to the look of them, IMO), so I'm happy :D

What it does mean is that the only new stuff of his GW will be releasing is stuff he made last year when he still worked there, of which there is some.

Harry
17-04-2007, 12:08
He was still working there earlier this year. He seemed to be very happy and enthusiastic about his work and Games workshop in general. That is why I was suprised by this news. But i just read it so it must be true.

You have got to love Mark Copplestone's work. He was one of the sculptors that first captured my imagination and dragged me into all this. Love his stuff. A French company (sorry can't think of name of the top of my head) bought the grenedier moulds/rights and is knocking out his early work aswell now.

I will look out for Steve at Atrizan. I was thinking I might get a few Spartans...say 300. Buggered if I am collecting and painting the Persians though.

JT-Y
17-04-2007, 12:52
Well, he may be doing the Artizan stuff in his spare time, but I was under the impression it was fulltime...

Hmmm...

But yes, he's doing Spartan's funnily enough. Earlier, heavier hoplites than the quite late Iphyctratean style Foundry range.

Companion and eM4 sell the old Copplestone baabaa's in the UK, and its Mirilton who own the range now, if you are looking, or anyone else for that matter.
Look here (http://www.witchhunter.net/gallery_norse_army.html) if you are unfamiliar with Copplestones barbarian stuff, and for some barbarian type inspiration.

(Heh, drifting onto 'what are the GW sculptors doing away from GW?' now. Sorry).

Arhalien
17-04-2007, 14:49
He contributed work on the WE plastics and did some metal characters (e.g. noble on warhawk: ugly, ugly face; the not so cool spellweaver) and the Eternal Guard and Wild Riders).



Hmm, he Wood Elf plastics are brilliant. I agree on the noble's face. Which was the not-so cool spell-weaver? I presume one of the female ones, and not the direct sales one standing on the floor (theonly one I like). As for the wild riders and Eternal guard, some of my faves from the WE range. If he's gone that's a shame.

jullevi
17-04-2007, 15:26
White dwarf credits Juan Diaz for the latest range of Eldar Howling Banshees and Fire Dragons, possibly Striking Scorpions as well. Regarding Steve Saleh, if i remember correctly, Common Goblin characters were credited as his sculpts, whereas Night Goblin characters and promo-fanatic were from Mike Anderson.

It's a shame they didn't put Dave Thomas to sculpt more empire stuff, but apparently he was busy sculpting the bath-robed lego men from outer space.

NakedFisherman
17-04-2007, 15:30
White dwarf credits Juan Diaz for the latest range of Eldar Howling Banshees and Fire Dragons, possibly Striking Scorpions as well. Regarding Steve Saleh, if i remember correctly, Common Goblin characters were credited as his sculpts, whereas Night Goblin characters and promo-fanatic were from Mike Anderson.

It's a shame they didn't put Dave Thomas to sculpt more empire stuff, but apparently he was busy sculpting the bath-robed lego men from outer space.

Yeah, I knew Juan did most of the Aspect Warriors, but I didn't want to accredit much Eldar stuff since it was done so long ago.


Harry: Yes, the Swooping Hawks were not redone and Mike McVey left GW years ago and works now for Privateer Press. He did AFAIK some Dark Eldar and the akward BA Priest Lemartes.

He did most of those weird BL promotional figures, too...

Osbad
17-04-2007, 16:35
I honestly don't get what the uproar is about them. They're not bad at all. Is it because they differ from the book or something?

The issue was not that they were bad sculpts per se, but that they fell in with the Warhammer "heroic" design ethos rather than the more realistic (and smaller) ethos used hitherto in LotR.

If they had been released as WFB High Elves no one would have batted an eyelid. However as (at the time) one of the most eagerly awaited core troop types they let a lot of people (myself included) down who were up until that point almost universally pleased with the models GW had produced.

I had been a complete fanbois of the LotR range up until that point, but once they came along it was like someone had completely popped my bubble. My enthusiasm for the range of models and indeed GW and its attitude to the issue (they made a realy PR hash of the whole thing, at least as far as the forum-users were concerned) never really recovered after that.

Subsequently GM commented that he had been instructed to sculpt the models that way by someone "higher up" and that it was a deliberate act to make the range more appealing to the customers who were more familiar with GW's traditional imagery.

The whole thing was for me a real eye-opener into how GW was really just interested in the money, and wasn't the "by gamers for gamers" company I had believed them to be.

All water under the bridge now of course.

shabbadoo
21-04-2007, 07:01
OOOH! A hidden thread full of oddball stuff!

As to the "by gamers, for gamers" remark, there is not really any stock trading company that is anything but "by money makers, for money makers". Itís nothing personal, its just business. People who work there might really enjoy what they are doing, but to continue doing it then they better pay attention to the botom line. Trust me; GW is doing everything possible to not only make more money, but to make sure than people WANT to buy their product, which of course leads to them making MORE money(which makes stock holders really, really happy). Still, the realizaion of this is kind of like finding out that there really is no Santa Clause. :cries: ;)

Of course GW is just interested in the money. When you have stock holders that are just interested in the money and tell you that you had better just be interested in the money as well, you will be or you will be canned. Of course, everything being about the money is also all about producing a product in as economical a way as is possible, while also producing a product that people actually want to buy in the first place. And of course the reason we want to buy the stuff in the fist place is because somebody did a good job on it (depending on your personal likes and tastes).

People have been harping on the Dark Eldar models (and rules) for some time now, but when they first came out they sold quite well. The overall package was decent enough for Dark Eldar, but after the newness wore off then everyone realized that many improvements could be made to them. When Dark Eldar are redone I bet they will be vastly improved across the board. Still, Iím sure there will be those who will throw a fit.

As to Lemartes, that was the first sculpt that Mike McVey did that was released for sale in the regular 40K miniature line. Lemartes is sub-par, but I think Mike got a raw deal on that one. It seems pretty bad to me to have any budding sculptor doing a space marine miniature, and a special character at that, when the only other models there are to compare it to at the time have been done by Jes Goodwin. We of course see that Mike now does very nice work for Privateer Press. The first Emperorís Champion by Juan Diaz was nothing special either, but the second (current) one he did is a vast improvement. WOW! did Juan learn fast and well!!! Iím very impressed with the development of Juanís sculpting skills. The Daemonettes and the Terminator Librarian are some of his best work yet.

The more things that end up getting done on computers, the less vital the physical sculptors will become. I canít imagine Jes ever going anywhere else, but lots of people probably thought that about Andy Chambers too. Things will eventually be all about building uber high-res, high polygon models in a computer, and having a computerized machine render the images in the metal molds. Itís the wave of the future, and the death of the more traditional 3-D sculptors. Jes is smart to be involving himself in the whole process. Things may be a ways off from going solely computerized with regards to sculpting, but when they do I sure hope that these computer sculptors also have a background in traditional artistic methods, or that the sculptors now are smart enough to see the writing on the wall and learn the sculpting programs themselves. I expect weíll see other computer sculptors like Chris Catton soon enough.

Iím hoping GW soon gets a molding machine with slide-mold technology. Its bee around for quite some time, but only recently has it been creeping into use by companies that make models. Slide mold tech is really rather simple in what it does. For example, usually it is just a sliding rod(sometimes shaped) that inserts through a hole along the side of the mold halves, the plastic is injected, the rod retracts and the mold opens and ejects the sprue. The rod has to retract from the cavity before the sprue is able to eject properly without damaging it or the rod itself. If you have things like weapon muzzles and the edge of a sprue, you could have multiple sliding tiny rods (or a billet of metal with tiny rods all attached to it as one) that leave the barrels of those weapons hollow. Hope that makes sense. With this tech, the new devastator weapons would not need separate pieces to make the weapon barrels hollow, all boltguns and bolt pistols could have hollow barrels, vehicle guns and cannons, etc. Better still, these hollow areas left by the inserted rods do not leave any interior mold lines at all. Wish I had some pics of this molding tech, but itís probably on the web somewhere. Dragon Models makes use of it to actually do hollow barrel tips on properly scaled 1/35 WW2 and other models. The details on the Generation 2 models is sickening good. If you know what the actual scale is on a 1/35 Garand or MP-44, you know just how tiny this is. Click on the pictures at this link for a better idea of what is possible. The holes we drill in GW weapon barrels are HUGE in comparison to this.

http://www.dragonmodelsltd.com/html/6276parts.htm

OK, Iím done blathering. I hope some of what I said is at least partially interesting to somebody. I very much like that there is a thread which looks at what sculptors have done, or what they are doing, so thanks for starting it. Seldom does this topic come up, so I may have went a bit nuts. I like the molding tech too(obiously). :D

NakedFisherman
21-04-2007, 17:10
We of course see that Mike now does very nice work for Privateer Press.

Actually, most of the ugliest models in the Warmachine line are his. I can't consider any model he's ever sculpted to be 'very nice work'.

His Swooping Hawks are about the best models he's ever done, and they're nothing spectacular.

scarletsquig
21-04-2007, 23:29
Iím very impressed with the development of Juanís sculpting skills.

I have to agree, I thought his first set of aspect warriors looked a bit crap, but the new ones are excellent!

nanktank
22-04-2007, 02:43
OOOH! A hidden thread full of oddball stuff!

As to the "by gamers, for gamers" remark, there is not really any stock trading company that is anything but "by money makers, for money makers". Itís nothing personal, its just business. People who work there might really enjoy what they are doing, but to continue doing it then they better pay attention to the botom line. Trust me; GW is doing everything possible to not only make more money, but to make sure than people WANT to buy their product, which of course leads to them making MORE money(which makes stock holders really, really happy). Still, the realizaion of this is kind of like finding out that there really is no Santa Clause. :cries: ;)

Of course GW is just interested in the money. When you have stock holders that are just interested in the money and tell you that you had better just be interested in the money as well, you will be or you will be canned. Of course, everything being about the money is also all about producing a product in as economical a way as is possible, while also producing a product that people actually want to buy in the first place. And of course the reason we want to buy the stuff in the fist place is because somebody did a good job on it (depending on your personal likes and tastes).

I know exactly what you mean that is just how big business runs itself these days. But I think that large companys should take a leaf out of Richard Bransons book, and look after their employee's. His business model has always been employee hapiness first customer satisfaction second, profits third, and it works an absolute treat. GW used to be "by gamers for gamers" which is why they were so successful and their success has made them the huge organization it is today. Unfortunately now that they are a large corporation they have stagnated and are experiencing the problems of a large corporation.


Iím hoping GW soon gets a molding machine with slide-mold technology. Its bee around for quite some time, but only recently has it been creeping into use by companies that make models. Slide mold tech is really rather simple in what it does. For example, usually it is just a sliding rod(sometimes shaped) that inserts through a hole along the side of the mold halves, the plastic is injected, the rod retracts and the mold opens and ejects the sprue. The rod has to retract from the cavity before the sprue is able to eject properly without damaging it or the rod itself. If you have things like weapon muzzles and the edge of a sprue, you could have multiple sliding tiny rods (or a billet of metal with tiny rods all attached to it as one) that leave the barrels of those weapons hollow. Hope that makes sense. With this tech, the new devastator weapons would not need separate pieces to make the weapon barrels hollow, all boltguns and bolt pistols could have hollow barrels, vehicle guns and cannons, etc. Better still, these hollow areas left by the inserted rods do not leave any interior mold lines at all. Wish I had some pics of this molding tech, but itís probably on the web somewhere. Dragon Models makes use of it to actually do hollow barrel tips on properly scaled 1/35 WW2 and other models. The details on the Generation 2 models is sickening good. If you know what the actual scale is on a 1/35 Garand or MP-44, you know just how tiny this is. Click on the pictures at this link for a better idea of what is possible. The holes we drill in GW weapon barrels are HUGE in comparison to this.


I cant wait to see stuff like this coming out although hopefully Ill still have a use for the pile of drill bits and knives and sculpting tools Ive built up over the years. Im not so sure about computer sculpting the current night goblins aren't all that bad, but its early days yet and with this relatively new technology we should give people a chance to master this new tool. I cant wait to see what the new Black Orcs look like.

NakedFisherman
24-04-2007, 17:08
I updated the list to include confirmations of some of the Nemesis Crown releases.

Harry, you owe Hastings some pie!

stahly
27-04-2007, 12:55
From latest WD:
Black Orcs and Gorbad Ironclaw - Alex HedstrŲm
Trolls, new direct sales goblin characters, goblin on giant squig - Mike Anderson
Black Orc Boss - Seb Perbet

Harry
27-04-2007, 17:55
I updated the list to include confirmations of some of the Nemesis Crown releases.

Harry, you owe Hastings some pie!

Where have you seen the new Dwarf Lords credited to Aly?

(Just to be clear...Its not Birthday WD on shield. Its the guy on the oath stone, the BSB and the pipe smoker.)

Arhalien
27-04-2007, 18:15
i'll bevery interested to see the outcome of this! ;) Will HArry get the piue or Hastings? :D

NakedFisherman
27-04-2007, 18:42
Where have you seen the new Dwarf Lords credited to Aly?

US White Dwarf 329 (or 328...the May issue).

kortholaxthedamned
27-04-2007, 18:49
Morley doing Chaos? While i'm not going to jump straight to bashing him for the Possessed, I'm viewing this with some apprehension.