Grekwood Miniatures

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Supreme Dalek Princess

I have released to the world of Facebook my Supreme Dalek Princess! Here she is below:

I'm happy with how she has turned out, and Bexi (who it is based on) seems to be very happy and excited about it too, so yay! 

I have one last figure to complete (the 9ft tall man with an axe/hammer thingy-ma-bob). He is coming along nicely, and I am aiming to finish him by next week. Then, it's off to get them moulded along with the Grekwood Mini sculpted by Inso. Hopefully if all goes to plan, these will be available in time for Christmas.

In other news, the Hospital PDF has now be adjusted for American "Letter" size paper. I never thought about converting it from the UK paper size until the other day, as a customer from America bought everything hospital related on my website, so I decided to re-arrange some of the longer printouts so that they fit on American size paper.

So for future note, if anyone from America reads this, the PDF is now available in "Letter" size!

Finally, zombie progress is...progressing. I have focused my time on getting the big 45mm guy and the princess finished so they can go off for casting. But as soon as they are done, I'll be back onto the zombies.

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Zombies and a Man with an Axe

We have recently just organised our first show!! In January we will be heading to "Crusade" here in Cardiff. It seems like a perfect place to start shows as it's only a few minutes away, which means cheap travel and no overnight expenses, so pretty much just the table cost!

So yeah, 26th (I think) of January, Crusade!!!!

In other news, progress on sculpting is going well. As I plan to go to a show/convention in January, I have decided that I want to have a few of the "extras" I've been working on ready. They include the Grekwood sculpt (Sculpted by Inso), the Dalek Princess, which I am thinking of making the "Bioblyte Princess" for my mutant guys which I plan to make into a range some time, and finally the 45mm guy who carries a large axe/hammer thing... he's also linked to zombies :P

I will also ave the 16 new zombies ready in time for christmas...hopefully!

Umm I better start getting ready soon; at lunch time we are leaving for Surrey for the CGD weekend! Should be fun, I get to test out my costume... which looks like this:

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As always, cheers for ready :)

Saturday, 20 October 2012

28mm Zombies, Mutants, Bases and a Newsletter!

Hey all,

I'll start quickly with a photo of some painted 28mm Bioblytes. I don't think I've posted this on the blog, so here they are. They are painted similar to some of the monsters in Mass Effect 3 (as you know I love that trilogy).

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I decided to add a "newsletter" to the website on the front page. So if you want to be alerted when new items are on-line, then feel free to go to the main page and fill out the small "newsletter" form.

I only plan to send out emails when new things are released, or if something changes on the website. So similar to the blog, just less often and more to the point! I mainly thought about the people who are not on Facebook or Blogger, so the best way for them to keep up to date is through email.

Here's the link:

Website Photos
I finally retook the big bundle deal photo for the zombies. The previous one had the old bandaged nurses in it, so it now has the newer nurses in there. The photo is better in general too, more colour and slightly closer.

Here it is:

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Yesterday I finally finished posing another 16 figures (zombies). I have finished sculpting 3 and 2 others are almost complete. I'm hoping to get these all done before xmas (in time for christmas), but we shall see.

I'm also working on another 45mm miniature. But I can't say too much at this stage. It is however zombie related in some form. Think along the lines of our "Executioner Steve", the "not silent hill" guy, but for that other popular video game/Movies.

Rock and Timber Bases
We have some bases in a number of sizes 50, 40, 30 and 25mm. I was thinking of finally adding them to the website. It would be bases like the one shown below (but in different size and shape rocks). They would be cheap like the other bases, as resin does not cost much to produce compared to metal.

I'm contemplating going to a show here in Cardiff next January. It seems like a good place to start shows as it's only about 20-30 minutes away, so no overnight stays or any other costs. I just have to see how much it all costs.

I have also looked into those portable credit/debit card devices to hire for the show. Anyone ever had any experience with them as a trader (not a buyer)?

CGD Trip and a Pirate
So the CGD trip is next week, should be fun. I have my pirate costume almost complete, I just need to sort out the boots. I have decided not have a hat, just a bandanna will be good enough I think! This is mainly because I don't have a hat which is good enough!

Ok that's all for now... I think! Have a great day everyone :)

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Zombies... And A PDF Hospital

I have finally finish the PDF's for the Hospital and I have uploaded it all to the website

It costs £4, which is postage free as there is no postage! It consists of 3 files, which once purchased I will send through e-mail. Can't quite work out how to automatically do it. So please allow up to 24 hours for it to be delivered as I'm not ALWAYS on the internet... even though it may seem that way! haha

Ok so here's some painted zombie nurses!! I think they look pretty decent. I painted/made the bases (which are also available on the website). I've now uploaded this to the website :)

I need to do one last photograph with these for the big bundle deal as I think the old bandaged face nurses are in the "buy all 4" photo... eek! So expect photos of that soon.

Righty oh then, I think that's all for now. So until next time, have fun, and don't get bitten by any zombies!! ..arrgghhh

Thursday, 11 October 2012

PDF Hospital Building, Zombies, and Armless Beings

Yesterday I went to my parents house to set up the single story, two ward hospital. It went pretty well. We set up the table with a grass mat, then placed the hospital down, and placed some trees around the perimeter. There was a gap at the edge of the table, so we placed some buildings at the end of the table to make it look like the edge of a town.

So here's a photo of the end product:

I think it turned out really well. We used some resin roads which my dad made a long time ago for a war game with my brother Gareth a.k.a Grekwood. 

Here's a view of the inside. We set up some hospital beds inside, along with some doctors and nurses, but we didn't have any normal doctors or nurses, so they are all zombies... but they aren't meant to be!! That'll be saved for the derelict version (post apocalyptic version) to come at a later date!

Finally I shall end with a photo of  how the table as a whole looked. We  arranged the trees in a way so that they were all in frame. We thought there was no point filling the whole table if it wasn't going to be in the photo. So that explains the weird arrangement of trees below!

I will finalise things today and the PDF file will be uploaded (hopefully) tomorrow or the over the weekend. I'll update the blog/Facebook when this is done!

Oh and here's an image of the Armless Beings now they are all painted :)

Cheers for looking, all comments are welcome as always!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Hospital PDF Coming Next Week!!

I have been working extremely hard to get the documentation for the PDF Hospital finished. It's almost there.

Below is a screen show (from MS Word) which shows the documentation/instructions. It is about 23 pages long. I know this probably sounds crazy, but I made it as detailed as possible as not all customers have English as their first language. Therefore there are step by step photographs as well as a description.

It is quite a big build (even though it is a small hospital... I plan to bring out expansion packs/apocalyptic versions). It tells you how to build two full wards, two hallway end pieces, a center entrance piece, and finally some entrance steps, not to forget all the different roofing pieces to go with it. Remember, you don't have to print it out as the images can be zoomed in on when on a computer!

I am in the process of designing some signs which will be on a separate page for people to cut out and stick where they want. I want them separate so when they are glued in place, they can be stuck to the wall however you want, for example: at an angle, with an edge curled up and so forth. It's a bit of personalisation. I also have multiple door signs, so people can choose if they want one room to be a storage room or a kitchen or even a staff room or office.

I think on Wednesday I will be heading to my parents to photograph the 2 ward hospital with some proper scenery. We opened up a few bags of trees (from our tree range here: Grek Trees), so we can make a bit of a woods in the background on the image. Once this has been done, I should be ready to upload it to the internet! I have been advised that for this size and complexity, I should charge about £4, but it will be postage free of course.

We are currently in the process of casting some more hospital beds as we have almost run out. I'm also trying to promote the page on Facebook as much as I can, so if you are on Facebook, remember to "like" and share it to anyone who may be interested.

Cheers, and have a great day!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

28mm Scale Hospital Almost Ready!

This is my 40th post. I didn't realise I had posted 40 already! Seems like only yesterday I arrived at blogger.

Hospital PDF
Yesterday I started some work on the hospital building documentation. I really want to just get this sorted and online. So I spent most of yesterday doing it and I managed to finish the instructions for building the ward. Only bits left are the roof, and the joining hallway which I will do in the next day or two. I'm hopefully looking at an upload of the PDF files (there will be 2) next week, early if possible.

When I say 2, I mean one set of instructions, and then another file with all the printouts. The documentation is long, but it is a step by step guide which has step by step photos. Hopefully this will make it easier to follow and construct. I plan to release the hospital as just a building, so no interior furniture.  One day I plan to create some resin furniture to be released at some point in the future but for now I want to get this done quickly as I want to "move on" from the hospital setting and onto different things!

Here's a photo example of one of the steps, so you can see what I mean. I photographed it on my pool/snooker table. I thought the green worked well hehe

Grekwood Sculpt, Dalek Princess and more!
I have decided that when I get the Grekwood sculpt cast, I will put him in a mould with the Dalek Princess (in previous post), 8 figures from a new range, which will include a horse, and then maybe an extra one or two "special" figures, possibly zombie related. No idea when this will be done though, but if I work hard I can aim to get it done before Christmas. When casting figures I tend to fill up the mould as rubber for the mould is very expensive, and it just works out cheaper this way (which as a new hobby/business I need to keep costs down). Maybe when I am established like the big companies out there, I can bring things out quicker! I'm currently working on another 16 zombies, so I will work on everything else here and there.

In case you didn't see my last post, here's the Dalek Princess I am talking about.

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Kate - She's on TV!
I realised I never gave an update about Kate. Her liver biopsy was confusing and didn't specifically pin point anything. So they gave her some steroids (not those anabolic ones!), and that seems to be bringing the levels down.

On a plus, she went to Tenby (South Wales) yesterday as she is filming as an extra in a TV series which I think will air next year. So gotta watch that to see if I can spot her!

Long hair no more!
After just over a year, I got my hair cut. I went from a pirate look, to more of a Dr Who look, something in-between the current doctor (Matt Smith) and the previous one (David Tennant). It took around an hour to cut (longest it's ever taken). I apparently had so many kinks in it that they had to use a hair dryer (to dry the water they put in), then hair straighteners and tons of spray, all to make it easier to cut and help get rid of the kinks! It looks better now :)

Righty oh, have a great day!