Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Shorehammer—A Weekend Among Warriors (part 2)

As you all probably know, Solar Echoes has recently entered the realm of miniatures. Paper stand-up icons were the cost-efficient way of playing the game initially, and though I'd always hoped to have miniatures, manufacturing, injection-molding, and everything that goes into making miniatures was extremely cost-prohibitive. Then came along 3D-printing, and I suddenly found a way to make my vision a reality—there is now a figure for each Solar Echoes character available at Shapeways, with low-detail prints for general play and high-detail prints for advanced artists and collectors: https://www.shapeways.com/shops/corefun-studios When I attended the Shorehammer convention, I knew I was in for a treat, because Warhammer hobbyists are what I'd call “hardcore” miniature painters. What I saw there literally blew me away—these guys are amazing artists!
On Sunday, there was a miniatures competition and people entered massive armies arranged in detailed dioramas. I got to talk to some of them about their approach, and most of them preferred hand-painting over airbrushing.
One of the competition winners told me it took him 2 years to finish, with about 6 hours a day invested. I was extremely impressed with the talent I saw on display! I would love to see what these guys might do with a Solar Echoes miniature, and I'm definitely inspired to generate more figures someday in the future!

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