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New Figures & Guildex 2015

Posted On September 6, 2015 at 8:17 pm by / 18 Comments

The past few weeks I’ve been working on the beginnings of a range of 3D scanned figures developed in conjunction with heritage railway volunteers from the Severn Valley Railway and Llangollen Railway.   An initial selection of 16 figures has been created, depicting station staff and loco crews in varied natural positions.   Natural is the key term here as the level of detail that DLP printing provides exaggerates even more the ‘frozen in time’ or obviously posed positions.

With this first batch I’ve experimented with some casual poses, a number of which are well suited to cameo’s or conversational pieces.  These will be expanded on over the coming months to include locomotive crews in other positions such as seated drivers looking out of cab windows, diesel crews and more relaxed tank shunter/pilot crews who have little more time on their hands!  The scope with 3D scanning is enormous so choosing where to start is a challenge.

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Taking a small stock of figures to Guildex this weekend was a good opportunity to see which of the figures worked best and what peoples thoughts were on what else they’d like to see.    Later into the year I’ll be looking into spotters, bunking the sheds and the like, shed staff such as fitters and cleaners, more signalmen and station staff poses, passengers, in particular seated passengers.

This initial selection is currently available to pre-order whilst I finish off the shop section of the website. You can see the figures in the shop currently but can’t order online, if you are interested in pre-ordering then please drop me an email and I can make note of your requirements.   I also need to add actual photos of the figures as currently there are only the 3D scan images, though for 4mm and 7mm what you see is what you get!

 

Guildex was my second session of 3D body scanning at an exhibition and over 25 people had bespoke 3d scans over the 2 days, predominantly as loco crew but with a few passenger poses as well.  This aspect of the service is a great opportunity for something completely unique.  However to get the best out of the service needs a little forward planning with regard to clothing and reference photos for positions can also help.  With that in mind I offer the scanning service to clubs or groups, where I can bring the scanning equipment along for a session and we can get some well thought out 3D scans.

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The range of figures will expanded again in October, with lower cabside variants of the leaning loco crews, seated crews, diesel crews and a few other casual poses for around the sheds.  In the meantime I’ll be preparing for the next shows, ExpoEM North this coming weekend (12/13th) and Scaleforum the weekend after (19/20th September).   Thanks to everyone who stopped by at Guildex and gave such positive feedback, I also do appreciate constructive criticism, so any comments are welcome.  It’s uncharted territory with great potential and I hope to provide some highly realistic, naturally posed figures to compliment already exceptional levels of modelling.

18 thoughts on “New Figures & Guildex 2015

  1. Hi,
    very nice figures and a really sensible process that gives you smooth objects unlike 3D printing.
    May I suggest the very commonly seen “bloke leaning against a wall, legs crossed at the ankle, reading a paper/magazine”. It’s a pose of a suitably static nature to withstand being seen for the duration of a person’s layout viewing. Another I see a lot is the cocky sod…one leg crossed at right angles across the other knee and both arms stretched along the top of the seat bench back.
    For those for whom the modern scene has any interest whatsoever, some kind of seated, gormless devil stroking a phone, playing candy crush, or whatever it’s called, for hour upon hour.
    Cheers,
    Martin

    1. Thanks for the feedback Martin. Those figures are on the to do list – starting with some crew/shed staff taking five leaning against walls, smoking etc. Relaxed, seated poses for benches/passengers are also on the to do list (which is quite long!). From hours spent on the London-Brighton line as a commuter in my former life I always noted that about 90% of the compartment was glued to phone/ipad and a handful reading the evening standard/metro, few with headphones on and a small minority reading books – more to add to the list!

      I’ll be posting updates at regular intervals on figures that I’m working on/releasing. Thanks again for your comments

  2. These figures look great! I’m amazed at the amount of detail on them for how small they are. You can see the folds in the clothing and individual fingers on the hands!

  3. Great looking products, can we have a loco driver eating a bacon butty and the fireman preparing it on his shovel?

  4. Very nice figures I have had 6 off you and 4 painted professionally by “Detailed Miniatures” and they have come out superb.

    However “Future Projects” how about a couple of decent (Western Region) Steam fireman in more authentic poses as well as with the shovel in hands.

    Very nice

    Kindest regards

    Paul Spence

  5. I’m impressed.
    When will you have dates for later in 2016?
    Can you scan pets? I image dogs wouldn’t present a problem but a closed room might be necessary for most cats.
    1/48 scale (or thereabouts) cats are few and far between and I could see there being quite a demand for these quite apart from ones commissioned by the owners.

    1. I’ll certainly give it a try Janet. As they are quite small the scan will be much quicker so there is a chance after a few attempts I should have a usable model. I’ll report back how I get on via the blog/newsletter

  6. Exellent stuff. I personally require someone climbing loco steps to the cab, left & right handed, sort of hanging onto both hand rails one leg on ground other on step looking left or right
    , or leaning out from the open doors of a cab, ditto, left & righthand, that sort of thing……..general ” clambering about “, perhaps on the tender…… over to you

    1. Hi Matthew, the main body and wheels would scan ok but unfortunately the scanner struggles with chrome or mirrored finishes, meaning it would effectively ignore all of those accessories. It would be possible however to combine the scan of the main body with 3D drawn accessories

  7. At last! Some realistic crew members and other very useful lineside additions which knock the spots off the opposition. The rest is up to the painting skills of the purchaser.

  8. It would be great to see some of the figures printed in gauge 1- 1/32 scale available,- plus trackside diorama stuff.
    If you could let me know when possible, – and price?
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Chris, all the figures are now available print to order in Gauge 1 at £10 each. I still need to update the website to add the new scale option, but in the mean time you can email me alan.buttler@modelu3d.co.uk to place an order. They are printed in a fast curing black resin.

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