Phew! Goodness, just got back from a long drive around the northwest with my wife and kids. It was my first vacation in YEARS! I brought some Riders and Rangers with me which is why they were the only products available on our storefront the past two weeks. But I’m happy to report the dragon and quadruped are now back as well.
I’m sorry for any delays my absence may have caused and appreciate everyone’s patience. It was a nice trip and opportunity to devote my time to family and take a moment to decompress and introspect. Below are some pictures I took during the trip which will be added to the company’s stock photo library. But my immediate plans are to wrap up the August Art Manikin Challenge and post details for September. Clearly I’m a few days behind on this but I hope to have the finalists posted in the next 48 hours.
In other news, the props will soon be integrated in the armature builder pages themselves because Rider (the smaller 6″ bipeds) will get the same props but properly scaled to it’s scale. Rider will also soon be split into the XX and XY variants. And then after that get the quadruped and dragon to work at that scale as well.
At the top of my list of priorities, however, is to wrap up the A10-Ballerina project. The brown resin has FINALLY arrived and so I can officially begin making many of the other pieces that are produced with the molds our backers helped fund. I will also soon be hiring an assistant that will be helping with much of the production as well as marketing and outreach and I look forward to introducing you all to her.
Complete Solar Eclipse
Yellowstone National Park
Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
The new 2017.7 version of Rider is now available!
And if anyone is interested in the legacy ivory version it’s still on Amazon
for the time being (until listing is updated):
Also.. when building your own 1:12 scale bipeds you have the option of selecting from the wooden or ivory materials. Even mix and match if you so desire.
Up next the props will be split apart into their respective 1:12 and 1:6 build it pages. That way you can get swords, poles and axes (and future props) scaled for Rider.
It’s incredible to have an exact replica of Ranger at the 1/12 scale. The hands being considerably larger is the only difference. And the toes having magnets that allow for tip-toe balancing. But the fact that all five articulated fingers with opposable thumbs are working at that scale is incredible.
More exciting news up ahead, including the A9-Dragon at that scale. Whoot!!
I’m so excited for the A9 series continuing to grow from here and how you’ll be able to pair it with pieces from A10 to pick and choose between articulation and surface detail. SWEET!!!
Hello A10-Ballerina supporters!
I’m happy to report production is underway and looking lovely. Here are some pictures featuring one of the ballerina variant torsos and a number of hand and foot variants already completed.
Once I have photos and video of the two completed ballerina age groups I’ll be sending everyone a survey so you can descide which of the two you prefer to receive and where we should ship them.
There have been a number of challenges I’ve had to overcome to get to where things are today. The injection molding of course was the largest hurdle but thankfully that has stabilized. Resin was another challenge to be able to produce brown pieces instead of the black ones you saw in the earlier injection molding examples.
Unfortunately I’m dealing with a new challenge this month which is our supplier is out of stock of the material we need to produce the brown plastic components and assures us they will have new inventory some time in August. I’ve run completely dry of the material myself with all the experiments and trials I’ve been running over the last couple months and so until I can get a new delivery there are a number of components I simply won’t be able to manufacture.
What this means is that delivery of your ballerinas may be delayed by one month (September instead of August).
I’m keeping an eye on it though and will be ordering resin as soon as it’s available again. For now I’m focusing primarily on all the wooden components and will work on getting those out of the way.
thank you all for your patience and for your support of this project.
I’m thrilled with how things are turning out.
Finalists for July have been selected! Please help determine the winner by voting on your two favorite pieces:
Hey so this question keeps coming up. What is A9? Is A10 replacing A9?
Ok the answer is no. Absolutely no. A9 and A10 are different (but sister) product lines.
A9 (or Armature Nine) is what you can currently get on armaturenine.com which is a collection of customizable skeletal art manikins made of snap-fitted interchangeable parts.
A10 (or Armature Ten) is going to be what will be available on armatureten.com which will be a collection of 3D scanned dolls featuring a variety of body types in male and female forms.
Here’s a table to explain the differences
||Both use the same joint design
A10 will probably be available by the end of the year so it’s still something that’s under development. My last update shows a screenshot featuring the first two body types (10 year old girl and a 21 year old very petite woman).
I’ve been so busy working I haven’t had time to post updates recently so I apologize for that. Sales continue to roll in and it’s just me here printing and building armatures constantly. I’ve also been training for a dance competition coming up on Friday. So if anybody wants to see me ballroom dancing I’ll be at the Seattle Star ball competing in the pro/amateur category on Friday. I’m the amaterur, of course 🙂
Hello A10-Ballerina supporters!
Ok so there is a lot to update you on but here’s a teaser to hold you over a little longer.
This image below shows an overview of what’s been going on design-wise with the project.
On the far right are the early models/prototypes featured in the campaign video
Then to the left are the two variants I’ve been designing through the aid of 3d scanning. You’ll get to pick one or the other when I send the surveys out.
One of them my daughter and the other a professional model. Both are 1/6 scale but the woman is meant to be short and petite for her age so that the figure is still only about 8-9 inches tall.
I’ll be talking about this and more, including what I’ve learned with injection molding and getting brown resin to work in the later update.
Production has begun for all the pieces that are injection molded (pictures to come on that as well).
But now need to finish designing the 3d printed components that will be made with the wood composite material and then begin production on those.
I’m still hoping to have everything completed by the end of August as originally promised. Thank you all for your patience.
I’ve been collecting footage and images of the process and I’m still hoping to edit it all into a nice video for the next update.
Thanks again everyone 🙂
Hear hear! We’re clearing out all of our ivory 1:12 armatures, with sales between 30-50%-off.
Take advantage before they run out or become discontinued: https://armaturenine.com/allproducts.html