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New RPG Figures

So I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons for over 30 years.  As a kid I would toil away trying to draw pictures of them.  Well to be more accurate I would trace bodies out of my Marvel Universe comics and draw on the armor and tunics.  Something I love doing now is creating my current D&D characters in 6″ action figures.  

First up is my Halfling Bard named Joven Luckbender.  Everything around his is themed to luck.  His bard artform is jokes so he actually tells bad jokes in the game.  He uses his magic flute as a flail.

Second, is Warforged Warlock name Furnis.  He made a pact with Bahamut to free some dragons from a magical forge where they were all enslaved.  He is from a new campaign I was playing with my daughter and her friends.  They thought he was just a guy in a suit of armor for a long time.  He has a familiar small dragon named Novis.


Star Wars Celebration announcement

 

So 17 years ago I wandered into something called the Diorama Workshop at Star Wars Celebration 2.  Little did I know that I would spend the entire convention in a small room making a massive diorama of Mos Eisley.  Also, I did not realize that I would meet Frank Diorio, a man that I have now worked with know at 8 Star Wars Celebrations. Frank runs Dioramaworkshop.com.  

 

If you don’t know what a Star Wars Celebration it is the name of the official Star Wars conventions that occur every 2-3 years.   At the workshops fans come and build a small piece of a diorama that will eventually combine to make a massive scene from a film.  It is all free and whatever you make you get to keep and take home. 

We have built Mos Eisley, the Death Star, Endor, Hoth, Tatooine, Bespin, and the Death Star surface with a Hot Wheels race track down the trench.  You can learn more about some of the past celebrations I have helped with here.

This years Celebration is in Chicago, IL on April 11-15 at McCormick Place.  We will be back again for one of the largest and longest running events at the Celebrations. 

Over the years we have partnered with companies like Hasbro, Mattel, Smooth-on, Aves, Sculpey and more.  This year we are going in a whole new direction and partnering with Fantasy Flight Games, makers of such awesome products as X-Wing, Imperial Assault, and Legion.  Our entire build is designed in 1/48 scale and will be the Battle of Scarif from Rogue One.  Guests will be able to make beach, jungle, and water scenes and custom create trees, bunkers, and more.  

For the last 4 conventions I have also been running what we call Master Classes.  This years I will be free running daily classes on how to paint miniatures.  So if you are going to be at Star Wars Celebration be sure to stop by and sign up for a slot as they can fill up quickly.

We have an amazing team of crew who have been with us as far back as C4 and on.  Everyone has a role and is putting in a ton of work before the show.  My contributions will include making a number of the most memorable scenes from Rogue One in miniature form as well as creating numerous small easter egg scenes to try and spot.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter as I have a lot of fun sunrises in store for the show and possibly some giveaways for subscribers. 

If you would like to volunteer or keep up with all our announcements head over to Dioramaworkshop.com to keep up to date with all the videos Frank will be posting. 


The War Galactic – 3rd commission for Patton Oswalt. Wes Anderson does Star Wars

Over the years I have had many amazing creative opportunities.  More than a few have come because of working with Patton Oswalt.  I first heard Patton mention me in a tweet years ago and then later in an Empire magazine article while promoting the film Young Adult.  The most flattering mention was when he wrote a post about me on his blog.   It is quite surreal when someone who’s work you enjoy so much expresses an appreciation of what you do.   Patton first commissioned me to create a line of figures where I imagined a world where Star Wars had been directed by the famous exploitation filmmaker Russ Meyer and all the characters would have their genders reversed.  The line was called “Faster Empire.  Strike! Strike!”  Next, he hired me to create a line where Star Wars existed in a Mad Max-esque post-apocalyptic world.  The line was called “Road Wars”.

We had kicked around a few ideas of what to do next and then Patton threw down the gauntlet and said, “What if you did Wes Anderson does Star Wars”.  I was simultaneously terrified and excited.  I have found that my best work comes when I am intimidated by the idea of the commission.  Over the years I have never done a line that has been done by someone else first.   I have tackled Samurai, WW2, Steampunk, Western, and Serials.  But, to try to combine my favorite films with one of my favorite directors of all time was a quite intimidating.  This fact was compounded by the fact that Wes Anderson has one of the most distinctive filmmaking styles of all time. 

This was going to be a real challenge.  Many times, when people do these kinds of creations they “mash” things together.  That has never been my style and I knew I did not want to simply have the father Royal Tenebaum dressed in black like Darth Vader or do a Bill Murray as Obi Wan.   I have worked as a production designer and art director on films, so I decided to tackle this project the way I would if I was lucky enough to work on a Wes Anderson film.  I started with a 7-page script that I wrote that allowed me to create a complete narrative with the archetypal characters of Star Wars but in a Wes Anderson style world and story.  Once I worked through who my characters where I began to design their look with heavy research on the recurring looks of Wes Anderson costumes but with subtle nods to the Star Wars inspirational characters and colors but muted palette.   Patton always likes me to create vehicles, which I did for this line.  But I counter proposed an additional idea to Patton that would expand the world I was creating.  I pitched the idea of creating a miniature set for the figures to occupy.  The sets are as much a character in Wes Anderson films as anyone and his love of miniatures made the idea even more appealing.  Patton jumped at the notion and I was off. 

The line consists of 11 7′ scale custom figures, a three story diorama, a scratch build truck, and an original movie trailer.

Click on the poster image below to read see all the figures, the diorama, vehicle, and more…

 

 


BLACK FRIDAY SALE – 15% off everything on the Sale Page

If you are looking for something to give or get for the holidays I will offering 15% off everything on the Sale Page and FREE SHIPPING Friday 11-23-18 to Monday 11-26-18.   

All transactions will need to be completed by midnight EST on 11-26-18 to be eligible. 

Sold on a first come, first serve basis.  While supplies last, each item is a one of kind hand made creations, no duplicates made.  

 


My love and admiration for Frank Herbert’s masterpiece Dune is evident by now.  I am beyond excited to see Denis Villeneuve’s new adaptation.  The recent editions of Mission Impossible’s Rebecca Ferguson and Timothée Chalamet from Call Me By Your Name only continue to increase my anticipation.  

As I stated before with this version I tried to ignore as many influences from previous Dune works and approach it as if I was a production designer on my own version of Dune.  I tried to create 4 distinct worlds with cohesive aesthetics and color schemes.

The next installment in my Dune 2.0 line is that of House Corrino.  For this line I tried to incorporate the house symbol of the lion and their classic gold embellishments.  I added the color purple as it is the most regal.  I took inspiration from the Italian Renaissance and later nobility with the gilded and ornate filigree.  I created the Imperial throne as it seemed the most imposing way to show the power of the Padishah Emperor.  I had never seen a design of the Sardaukar the blended the right level of regal honor guard and fear inducing shock troops.  For the Bene Gesserit I tried to create certain symbols and imagery that I could repeat on the Reverend Mother and Alia Atreides.  I added the small touch of coloring the jewels on their vestments to the appropriate house, purple for Corrino and green for Attriedes. 

 


Arts Educator of the Year

Last week I was honored to be awarded the Nickel Plate Arts District Arts Educator of the Year Award.  It was the first time they gave such an award.  It was in recognition for my efforts in creating the Olio Road Productions company.  Each year I help students at Hamilton Southeastern High School create a completely original, student made, feature length film.  It was a great honor to attend the gala and to share the evening with my family and peers.

Here is the press release about the award.  

 


REAL JOES, the 2nd Wave

I have been keeping very busy with some side projects and film work.  I wanted to give you an update with some more figures from the Real Joes line.

 

I hope you enjoy them.

 

 


REAL JOES

The REAL JOES line are now for sale individually $300 per figure.  They will be sold on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

 


REAL JOES

This is a line that has been quietly getting worked on here and there for the last decade.  When I found a figure and had some time I would work on them in small increments.  I have recently finished 3 waves or sets of the entire line.  This is the first wave.  The idea was simple.  I saw the McFarlane Military line of figures and inspired by my second favorite child hood property, G.I. Joe.  I wanted to create realistic versions of the characters.  While I love so many of these characters it was a bit of a challenge as many have quite ridiculous and impractical military outfits.   I tried to keep the characters essential feel, facial features, and color scheme while combining them with what their real world counterparts might look like and wear.

? FOR A SURPRISE 5th FIGURE CLICK THROUGH TO THE MAIN PAGE HERE ?

Each figure is for sale.  I will offer the set of 5 for one week at a sale price $1400 to keep set together.  After one week I will sell them individually for $300 per figure.  Email me if you are interested.


For Sale – changes & updates

Most of the work on the site was made by me for my personal collection.  The size of the collection has grown so i have decided to sell some of my work.  I was going to try to keep the whole sets of 10 figures together but I have decided to group them together in pairs.  Click here to see the figures. FOR SALE page   

These are one of kind items,  they have no duplicates or molds,  they were hand crafted with the most expensive professional sculpting materials and paints.   

This is a chance to own a piece of pop culture history.  They have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Star Wars.com, the Star Wars Blog, Star Wars Insider, at the Star Wars celebrations, and have even made it to the #1 spot on the front page of Reddit numerous times.  These items would be great to buy for self to add to a unique collection or as gift for a loved one.

These unique creations were the first of each of their kind.  The mash ups they represent had never been done before and have since inspired countless imitations and other incarnations from toy companies, to traditional artists drawings, to cosplayers and whole conventions.   

I hope my work can find its way into the hands and homes of fans who will appreciate them.