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Fox Box / Fox Box Orc Pickup Truck
« on: August 21, 2016, 05:48:25 PM »
It's taken about a year from beginning to end but then again it is the largest kit I've ever done.


There's 26 separate bits in the kit and I'm fairly proud of the lot. Hopefully other people will like it too!

Fox Box / Fox Box Medium Wheels (War Rig and Worn respectively)
« on: April 24, 2016, 12:39:48 PM »

Got plans for a vehicle using Craig's awesome engines? You'll need some wheels then  ^-^

Unless otherwise stated our wheels all use the standard 4mm diameter axle that seems to have become the de-facto standard.

Fox Box / Fox Box Armoured Truck Wheels
« on: April 11, 2016, 07:49:59 PM »
It still amuses me that the complicated stuff I sculpt is so easy to cast but chunky regular shapes cause no end of problems.
This feels like the third attempt at these damned things but I think I've cracked it at last:

They're available as 2, 4, or 6 wheels (with the price per unit going as volume goes up, as one might expect):

Fox Box / Fox Box Basic Orc Heads
« on: March 27, 2016, 03:15:18 PM »
These are my latest attempt at Orc heads. They're not as swish as some of the excellent work done by other sculptors but it's nice to have some that can be used as the default heads for my own range.

Oh and they can be yours if you like. Much like the legs they're pretty cheap.

Fox Box / Fox Box Orc Riot Shields (version 2.0 - now with clubs!)
« on: March 26, 2016, 04:49:47 AM »
So these have gone through several iterations dating back to, erm, you know, I'm not entirely sure how far. Let's say 2012, that sounds about right.

Since then we've had version 1.50 which came with redone musculature (as frankly the old sculpt wasn't all that great - yeah, you can blame me for that one). Since then I've made a fair few casts but that mould is now residing firmly in donesville. Wait, that makes it sound finished rather than defunct. Defunctsville just doesn't have the same ring to it though, does it?

Right, they look like this and come with a variety of means of administering blunt trauma:

Skills & Resources Offered / This voice for hire.
« on: March 25, 2016, 08:47:19 PM »
I have been told my voice is rather good. It's yours to use for projects if I can help in some way.
I do not have any real professional experience so at least for now we'll go with a rate of free.

If you would like me to record a sample feel free to reply or send me a private message with the script. I can also be emailed at my username

Recording of this message

Fox Box / Fox Box Orc V8 Engines
« on: March 20, 2016, 02:55:20 PM »
Craig built them for his gorgeous Big Rig build (Full playlist here):

They're huge and beautiful. Just look at 'em!

Get them here:

Fox Box / Fox Box Basic Orc Legs
« on: March 19, 2016, 10:58:12 PM »
These aren't as fancy as ones made by other companies. Perhaps in time I'll be able to sculpt things as good as their work but in the meantime there's other things that improve a lot more quickly. These are designed to be simple and cheap. Useful if you've got models that are normally drivers or gunners and need something for them to be attached to when they leave their vehicles.

Yep, that's all the natter you're getting on these.

Fox Box / Fox Box Orc Shotguns
« on: March 19, 2016, 10:42:46 PM »
For me personally there's three eras of casting in my personal history. The first was messing about with single-sided moulds with my father about fifteen years ago. The results were basically useless but it was fun doing something with my dad.

The second was when I first got back into wargaming around 2009 or so. I needed some shotguns for some greenskins and the old plastic ones were the wrong scale:

The mould makes no sense and the results were pretty worthless, frankly. Instead I got in touch with Ramshackle Games and they started casting them along with some other designs I put together. I received copies of both the basic shotguns and the finished versions that Curtis had detailed and added arms to.

These days casting is no problem whatsoever but I'm doing my best to improve my abilities with muscles so I had a go at sculpting arms of my own for the shotguns (working from my originals, so I had to add my own detailing). I'm relatively pleased with the results and figure they might be useful for other people too.

Fox Box / Fox Box Barrels (sculpted by Craig "Kiblams" Dolan)
« on: March 19, 2016, 10:25:51 PM »
As a kid into wargaming I loved miniature barrels. They were great as scatter terrain, accessories, and as ways of making other bits of terrain look good. The problem was that they could only be had as a set with other things. There was always that scarcity. There's only so many tank traps a tabletop needs but barrels? Barrels are the best!

The only problem with buying barrels intended for things like scale models was the fact that they were precisely that - scale models. 28mm "Heroic" isn't a scale - it's an art style. Shorter legs, bigger heads, weapons, and hands. Then there's the fact that everyone is on a base a few millimetres thick. Our eyes don't care that the barrels would look ridiculously large if they were on the same base.

What I'm getting at is that Craig has put together these great barrels that fit nicely with Orcs as well as Orks.

They're now on the site:

Fox Box / 2016 Leap Day charity auction - bidding ends at 2200 UTC
« on: February 29, 2016, 03:23:31 PM »
It's Leap Day so we've got something special for you!

TODAY ONLY you can bid on our Sororitas Arcanum starter force kit as part of a charity auction raising money for Post Pals. You've got until 10pm to get your bids in!
That's 2200 UTC, 2100 in most of mainland Europe, 2pm Pacific Standard Time, 4pm Central Standard Time, and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. Probably.
It's in just under seven hours anyway.

To bid you've got to go here on Facebook:

All money goes towards giving sick kids and their families a well deserved weekend away from hospital

Blurb about the kit:

The kit contains all the parts necessary to build 15 female warriors split into three squads. It also comes with two warrior priests and an exclusive PRE-RELEASE canoness model.
Perfect starter kit for anyone wanting to take up wargaming -- makes a great gift or a treat for yourself.

Supplied unassembled and unpainted.

Full list of contents:
3 x Sororitas Arcanum Squads
2 x Sororitas Arcanum Priests
1 x Sororitas Arcanum Canoness
1 x Human Sci-Fi Weapons Sprue
1 x Kneadatite modelling putty
1 x Super Glue

I thought this was rather interesting - I've never heard such a good explanation of what Assembly is and how 8-bit CPUs work:

Fox Box / Human Sci-Fi Weapons
« on: February 21, 2016, 12:58:18 AM »
When working on human miniatures the one thing that really slows down progress, mentally speaking, is the knowledge that to arm them I'm going to need to make some weapons from scratch. It's one of the reasons I have so few single character models like the Sororitas Arcanum priests - I get the general shape in place, realise I'm going to need a weapon for them, and then my motivation just evaporates. Seriously! I've got at least three on corks just waiting for further progress!

So to remedy that I've put together a sprue containing these things:

Today I've got the first cast of them:

With any luck I'll be able to do a casting run of them with some filler in order to get a darker colour that I can photograph, then it's off to the proverbial races.

Also this means I can finally get some heavy weapons into the hands of my faithful sisters, and some weapon choices for the canoness.

Fox Box / Orc Snow Stinger
« on: February 18, 2016, 04:02:01 PM »
This one has been a fair while in the works. I originally started work on it in 2013 or so, I think:

As with many other projects it hit a roadblock that took a long time to get past. In this case the problem was that it has a rider.
The body and the arms weren't too difficult but the head presented no end of problems. I couldn't create anything I was satisfied with.

Time passed and many years later I found I now had the skill to sculpt Orc heads. Sure, they could be better, but it'll do to be going on with!

In the intervening years I setup my own casting operation and got to pouring silicone goo over my flimsy green master. The result was fairly pleasing:

Of course, being that it's me and it was 11 bleedin' degrees inside my flat:

It took a while to get it painted.
Still, I got there in the end:

It's not just a solid block either. Eight parts are in the kit so if you want different heads, torsos, weapons, or whatever then it should be fairly easy to swap them out. It's not a snap-fit kit though so the usual green stuff, super glue, and patience will probably be required if you want to make changes.

Anyway, it's here if you'd like it:


Now I don't know about you but back when I got into this hobby the main introductory kit was a fairly crap paint set with a few very basic models and several colours that were never used again.

Also by the way pricing has gone GW have pretty much cut out the pocket money crowd. It seems like they're finally thinking about new introductory routes though and this makes me breathe easy. As much as I dislike GW it's mostly because I've watched them become a company that succeeds despite itself. They've had enough momentum to keep on going through all the horrid decisions they've made but that kind of strategy isn't sustainable.

Maybe they're actually doing something right at long last? (From here.)

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