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#60796
Re:Dungeon Entrances 2 Months, 1 Week ago  
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#60797
Re:Dungeon Entrances 2 Months, 1 Week ago  
GriffinTamer,
You're quite the talent sculptor! I really like all of your sculpts, but was wondering if you might be interested in a minor alteration of the Monster Gate?

In my humble opinion this particular sculpt doesn't seem to exhibit life like stone. I like the design A LOT, but it seems the realism is lacking to me. The stone looks more like a putty than actual stone. in other words the stone looks to smooth. When i envision a stone entrance I'm thinking of some jagged edges, small crevices, cracks, sharped edged rocks, etc.

I hope the suggestion helps and I'm looking forward to your KS. PLEASE make sure you have an options for all your pieces to be already painted. I don't paint and may not participate if the pieces come unpainted.
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#60813
Re:Dungeon Entrances 2 Months, 1 Week ago  
Monkplayer,

I'm not sure how well the photo shows it but there is a fair amount of surface topography on the Monster Gate piece. That said, you're right, it's comparatively smooth. It's intended to represent weathered sedimentary stone with surface features formed by water, wind, and / or mineral deposits. This is for two reasons: first, this is the sort of stone where arches, hollows and other shapes that might form a "face" are likely to naturally form. Second, I wanted it to look at home in a Caverns style environment where this is probably the most common sort of stone one finds. You can see some examples of this for instance at the Red Rock Canyon area just outside of Las Vegas (well worth the visit if you're ever in Sin City; it's a great antidote to the city's insanity), also in many caves formed by flowing water as in the pic below.

On the inside, the upper area above the archer's platform has a different surface, which on close examination suggests the chiseling the gate builders must have done to thin the stone wall to give them more room and a good view of the outside.

For the dwarf gate I'll be making soon I am planning a more sharply stratified stone, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on that one!

As for paint... yes, I'm definitely looking at painting options. They will probably be a limited edition offering, since all the work will be done in my home studio and my main focus is sculpting, but I do want to have some painted pieces available for those who don't care to put in all those painting hours. Painting can be fun, but it can certainly also be a bit of a grind!
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#60815
Re:Dungeon Entrances 2 Months, 1 Week ago  
The Marble Caves of Chile (pictured) were created by wave action on a lake shore, rather than flowing water.

I'm fine with the stone face entrance being less than completely representational of a particular type of geology. In a fantasy setting, there are multiple ways it could have come about, including stone-shaping spells and half-formed elementals. Also, being a cavern entrance, it would be subject to smoothing by rain and weathering by freezing and thawing.
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#61151
Re:Dungeon Entrances 1 Month, 3 Weeks ago  
So, I've been quiet here for a while but not because I haven't been busy!

I just finished the first cast of the next gate in my series, the temple gate, so I thought I'd share a few pics.

This one ended up being quite elaborate. It's cast in two sections; the front part had different relief sculptures on the pediment on each side-- one (demonic monsters) for an evil temple, the other (a goddess and griffin) for a shrine with a noble or druidic feel. The two pieces can also be used separately; the rear part has a tile roof, hewn stone walls, and labyrinthine decorations, and would work as the entrance to a maze or puzzle chamber. The goal was to create something both attractive and maximally useful.

Next up will be a dwarf gate / mine entrance, as there seems to be a lot of interest in something along those lines. I'll keep everyone's suggestions in mind!

As always, more photos here: www.facebook.com/GriffinTamerStudio


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#61152
Re:Dungeon Entrances 1 Month, 3 Weeks ago  
Wow! Each sculpt is better than the last. Those are very nice reliefs and I completely love that you built them to have several uses... it's like getting three products in one.


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Make that 4... I see on your facebook page that the back part can be used from either side. You're totally blowing my mind right now. This is absolutely fantastic work! You have a huge fan in me.
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#61153
Re:Dungeon Entrances 1 Month, 3 Weeks ago  
Do you have a guesstimate how much your work will cost? Are we talking $10 per gate/entrance or $30 per gate? (Just to throw out some numbers)

Also, what material are you planning on casting in?
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#61155
Re:Dungeon Entrances 1 Month, 3 Weeks ago  
Wow, that is one awesome entrance.

TAKE MY MONEY NOW!!!
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#61162
Re:Dungeon Entrances 1 Month, 3 Weeks ago  
AnimeSensei wrote:
Do you have a guesstimate how much your work will cost? Are we talking $10 per gate/entrance or $30 per gate? (Just to throw out some numbers)

Also, what material are you planning on casting in?


Here's a quote from his facebook page:
The highly detailed gate pieces will be cast in polymer resin and available in both unfinished and painted versions. They will feature operable doors and other realistic effects, and will be sized for ideal compatibility with other 28mm terrain products currently on the market.
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#61165
Re:Dungeon Entrances 1 Month, 3 Weeks ago  
Wow dude. Just, wow
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#61179
Re:Dungeon Entrances 1 Month, 3 Weeks ago  
These look Fantastic!!! So well done!

These will be a welcome addition to my Game Tiles.

You have really outdone yourself.
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#61187
Re:Dungeon Entrances 1 Month, 3 Weeks ago  
Thanks everybody! I'm really feelin' the love here. I'm working hard to make sure these will be a great addition to everyone's collection and I appreciate your support.

Right now I'm guessing the Kickstarter will kick off in April. I'll keep you posted!

Oh, and AnimeSensei, to answer your first question (thanks Jchunick for answering the second one already): The individual gates will probably be somewhere in the $30-$35 range, with the small double doors of course being less. In the Kickstarter tradition there will also be a few stretch goals and bonus goodies up for grabs. (And if anyone has any ideas for interesting dungeon dressing type stuff that would be desirable in that department, by all means chime in here; no guarantees, but I'll see what I can do.)

Now back to that dwarf gate...
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