Goodness why so few blog posts??
Well, the honest truth is that I’ve been incredibly busy building armatures. Since updating the product listing to show the wooden version of Rider and all other small armature variants, the popularity of these products has skyrocketed. Same happened with our product listing on Amazon. So this is great news of course! Just feel embarrassed at how little blog posts I’ve made.
And it’s not like there isn’t stuff to blog about either. Like for instance, I recently made some major improvements to Rider’s hands (cosmetic and strength-wise) and am working on a new articulated hand for Ranger that features additional range of motion on each finger and the thumb. I hope to be taking photos and posting updates on these things soon.
Also have been building so many other cool custom armatures for customers but there just hasn’t been time to take pictures.
Thank you so much for everyone’s patience. Oh, if you’d like to see something cool, head on over to our A10 indiegogo campaign and check out the latest update. I posted pictures of the completed ballerina models: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a10-ballerina-manikin-dance#/updates/all
Just finished this cool custom armature for comic book artist Cory Carnes. It was fun working on a custom head build for a change AND a four-fingered articulated hand 🙂
Cory doesn’t have a website yet, but the comic strip will be called “Field Mouse” So keep an eye out for it. He’s planning on using this custom armature to help him achieve a number of difficult to draw angles while maintaining proportional and structural consistency between the drawings of the characters.
Hey all, we have a 50%-off sale going on for our patrons on patreon.com/armaturenine
It’s something we do every month for the collectors among you whom value an opportunity to score one of our large 1:6 scale armatures each month half off. Simply subscribe for $20/monthly and get a 50%-off coupon code every month! Plus you get access to exclusive content and get to extend your warranty on any product you own of ours for the duration of your subscription (applies to $5/month tiers and above).
Hello Armature Nine fans and followers!
Much has been changing here at A9 & Digital Double (hence the slim blog postings as of late… but that will soon change!). One of these changes is a new member joining the team and taking over all things having to do with customer service, marketing and outreach.
So it’s my pleasure, finally, to introduce you to a new member to the team: Rebecca Kanarah. She is now our Producer in Marketing & Outreach and will be your new social media guru. Her first order of business was to start an instagram page for Armature Nine (instagram.com/armaturenine ), so please head on over there, follow the page and see some of her first posts. She will also be gradually taking over our twitter, facebook and other social media pages as well and responding to customer inquiries that come to us through email or phone.
I hope you’ll all give her a warm welcome and treat her as nicely as you’ve treated me over the years. It’s really been a pleasure for me to have interacted with thousands of customers over the last five years. And I don’t anticipate that coming to an end just yet. But it’s time for me to gradually focus most of my efforts on armature design and manufacturing. Rebecca comes with extensive experience in outreach, customer service and social media and she is an impeccable and expert communicator. So I’m confident she will help push our brand to a new level and do a far better job than I ever could in these areas.
So head on over to instagram.com/armaturenine and keep your eyes on our facebook.com/armaturenine page. Another decision was to reinstate the page as a news source. Rebecca has worked some sense into me about a few things and really awoken me to the value of having a mind such as hers taking over these aspects of the business.
Thank you all for reading and for your interactions over the years.
I’m not gone yet though! So you’ll still be hearing more from me in the weeks ahead
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
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 🙂
Really thrilled to unveil what will soon become the future of A9. Introducing the 2017.7 version of Rider. I expect this to be available before the end of the month and for our entire website to change once again.
The hands couldn’t get smaller than this because of the space needed to fit the magnet. I hope people will be forgiving of the slightly oversized hands. If not, I may look into a more proportional hand but without a magnet. Feel free to post your thoughts via comment.