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Offline nozza_uk

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Hypothetical question on commissioning custom sculpts
« on: June 21, 2024, 09:41:12 AM »
Say I wanted to some 28mm figures based on characters from a well known TV show, how would I go about getting someone to sculpt and produce some 'lookalike' figures for me?

Does anyone offer this service? If they do, what would the approx cost be (how long is a piece of string...)?

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Re: Hypothetical question on commissioning custom sculpts
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2024, 10:17:31 AM »
It maybe stating the bleeding obvious but Contact a sculptor and ask them! (there are several here on LAF)
Some *may* have issues with IP infringement (especially if you wanted to commercially produce)


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Re: Hypothetical question on commissioning custom sculpts
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2024, 10:32:42 AM »
In your shoes, I’d have a good search for 3D prints of what you want as a first step. There are a lot of ‘not’ creations already out there many, for understandable reasons, are not promoted as what they’re supposed to be.

If not, commissioning or creating some concept art will help you and the sculptor visualise what you want and answers questions about pose, equipment etc. With that in hand, you can approach traditional or digital sculptors for help.

In my limited and aged experience, for traditional and decent fantasy sculptors will be looking for £300 or more for a single man-sized model. Then you have to consider the cost of moulds, casting metal, spins etc. Not a cheap endeavour.

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Re: Hypothetical question on commissioning custom sculpts
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2024, 02:28:17 PM »
It maybe stating the bleeding obvious but Contact a sculptor and ask them! (there are several here on LAF)
Some *may* have issues with IP infringement (especially if you wanted to commercially produce)

Yes, I know there are sculptors on here, I just wanted to ask the question before wasting anyones time.

I should mention, I'm not looking to commercially produce anything, just looking to fill a gap in my collection.

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Re: Hypothetical question on commissioning custom sculpts
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2024, 02:29:53 PM »
In your shoes, I’d have a good search for 3D prints of what you want as a first step. There are a lot of ‘not’ creations already out there many, for understandable reasons, are not promoted as what they’re supposed to be.

If not, commissioning or creating some concept art will help you and the sculptor visualise what you want and answers questions about pose, equipment etc. With that in hand, you can approach traditional or digital sculptors for help.

In my limited and aged experience, for traditional and decent fantasy sculptors will be looking for £300 or more for a single man-sized model. Then you have to consider the cost of moulds, casting metal, spins etc. Not a cheap endeavour.

I've searched far and wide to find 'not' 3d prints of what I'm after and as far as I can tell, they simply don't exist.

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Re: Hypothetical question on commissioning custom sculpts
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2024, 02:40:19 PM »
Who is it you are after?

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Re: Hypothetical question on commissioning custom sculpts
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2024, 03:57:58 PM »
Who is it you are after?

Versions of the Bridge crews from Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

Tuvok and the EMH (and generic crew) have been produced by RavenX. However, RavenX has been quiet for nearly a year and I cannot find anyone else who does 'not' Trek. In the worse case scenario, I could get hold of the Sally 4th space crew and do some head swaps.

Offline Kikuchiyo

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Re: Hypothetical question on commissioning custom sculpts
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2024, 05:50:41 PM »
https://modiphius.net/collections/star-trek-adventures/star-trek_3d-print?page=1

Is also an option, I thought they used to sell sets for all the crews but seem to only 3d print now

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Re: Hypothetical question on commissioning custom sculpts
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2024, 09:11:26 PM »
Thanks for sharing the Modiphius range. I got them when they were first released. Had high hopes that they would go on beyond The Original Series and Next Gen.

Same with Trek Heroclix, stopped at TOS and Next Gen.

Offline Kikuchiyo

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Re: Hypothetical question on commissioning custom sculpts
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2024, 11:37:09 PM »
I think they planned to but nothing came of it

There were even pre order listing in some online stores


 

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