With traditional sculptors like Sebastian Archer and Tom Meier stalking the Earth, the future for traditional sculpting remains safe.
That said, Knuckleduster's new digital sculpts do have the capacity to raise eyebrows.
Three years ago, I took a look at state of digital technology and made the decision to dive into it head-first. I did not want to go the way of the village blacksmith. After throwing lots of time and money at this new art form, I arrived at figures with detail and crispness to match or exceed hand-sculpted figures, and a skillset as an artist that allowed me to fully take advantage of the new medium.
I will now present the fruits of my labor!
|A figure being sculpted in Zbrush.|
A TALE OF TWO SCALES
|The Dame With No Name in Digital 28, A Woman of the Gun in 28, and The Dame in 32 (Heroic 28).|
Notice that the two digital figures are the same character rescaled; this is a big advantage of the digital technology. I can continue to support the old 28mm scale with the same releases that are added to the "heroic" 28, aka 32mm collection.
With this scaling capability, I'm able to keep the old hand-sculpted and new digital 28mm Figures in the same product line, and I think you will find that they blend very well. I worked very hard to achieve a digital sculpting style that was not sterile and that did not look "computerized." I wanted my current customers to be able to place their old Knuckleduster figures with the new ones on the same wargame table and not have them seem mismatched. You may not realize that one of my current packs, OW28-310, Wagon Riders, are digitally-sculpted.
Here we have the old, traditionally-sculpted figures alongside the new digital sculpts:
|A digital cowboy with an analog horse.|
32MM; "HEROIC" SCALE
|"Gunfighter's Ball" figures square off. Knuckleduster's new 32mm/Heroic 28mm line. Shown here with plastic slottas; MDF straight-sided slottas are provided in the same size as other current Old West games.|
So the new scale I've introduced is 32mm, which is sometimes called "heroic 28mm", or even simply called "28mm" by some manufacturers. Almost all fantasy and sci-fi figures now use this scale, so if you're looking for western characters for a Malifaux game, my 32s will fit scale-wise with any of the figures in that genre. They feature a slotta-base arrangement, but I've elected to sell them with MDF slotta bases that are almost identical to ones distributed with integral-base figures such as Dead Man's Hand. I will be filling this line out with mounted figures, casualties, and lots of characters. I will even have some weird characters for those of you who like that sort of thing!
|Knuckleduster (slotta) alongside another recently-produced "Heroic" scale Western figure.|
The price is higher for the digitally-created packs; I cannot lie. I have to recover the cost of some very expensive equipment. For the 32s, expect to pay about the same as a Reaper Chronoscope figure. The 28s are still considerably cheaper than Dead Man's Hand or Foundry figures. Additionally, I will not be replacing or removing the old 28mm figures; they will remain in the catalog at the old price, so you will always have the cheap and cheerful alternative available to you.
What's next? Flying cars? Robots? Silver jumpsuits?
I don't know about any of that, but as for Knuckleduster, we have a digital horse being rigged out with his western tack at the moment and is almost ready to ride. I'll be producing new sculpts using him, and will be creating mounted versions of characters to go with them. I have lots of funky gear and strange characters mapped out, so be watching!
|California Kate; surely you've seen her by now.|
|Dan McGann; the Three-Legged Man. Extra dice for movement?|
Dan McGann and all of the other Gunfighter's Ball characters are now available, as well as a six-figure set that includes 28mm versions of the same in the old format.