Yap, it's that time again... Vacations, no homework, no college, long days to do what the fuck I well please...
And seems that fate is calling me to a very different direction. After I started sculpting some miniatures for my Warhammer 40k games and I made some works for my Design College with miniatures, people started asking me to make them professionally. I'm not really much confident that my skills with sculpture are "market level", but colleagues and friends were almost throwing money on me, so I decided to bite the bait.
I just have to figure a way to reproduce them in series, find some place that sells silicon rubber and experiment with epoxi resin and metal to see if I can replicate them without the need to import stuff (that would skyrocket the price). An idea is pulsating on my mind to try making miniatures out of aluminium, as it's free (My neighbor feeds me great number of beer cans everyday), melts easily and isn't too hard to cut... I think I will try it as soon as I find a crucible to melt the aluminium inside (I was using a "steel" cooking pot, but it melted away faster than the cans... I'm very suspicious of this "steel"...). I'm thinking about looking for an iron cauldron, like the ones Wicca girls use to have, maybe it will not melt before the aluminium cans.
As soon as I figure out a way to reproduce the sculptures I will try making some big ones, as it's easier to handle the materials than 28mm ones. I'm thinking at starting with something cool that I found around the internet, some dragon/monster's heads on a display, like those old animal trophies people in the XIX century used to hang on their walls. I'm also interested in making some "action figure" scale sculptures, probably starting with the Warhammer 40k Primarchs (mostly for fun, I will not mention it out loud to not be sued by Games Workshop...), some orcs/orks, maybe dragons...
On the long run I intent to start some 28mm Warhammer compatible pieces manufacture, or maybe even an independent 28mm miniature wargame. Presently I'm thinking into adapting some Lovecraftian creatures (Mi-Go, Old Ones, Deep Ones...) to constitute each army/faction of it.
Also my weaponsmitting skills are being required with some enthusiasm by friends and colleagues, mostly to make athames for Wicca girls or medieval weapons. I think it would be quite great if I make some casts of the most cool/required weapons and then cast them in aluminium, bronze or cooper, so I can sell them easier (with a catalog, for example, instead of making just unique pieces).
Sooooo... do you have any experience, warning, idea or suggestion about this kind of work?