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Cacique Caribe27 Feb 2013 5:40 p.m. PST

Got mine this past weekend!!!

If things go as planned, my work schedule should be light enough for me to have a bit of time to play with putty a little and see what I do with mine.

Thanks Jim!!!


28mmMan27 Feb 2013 8:31 p.m. PST

I will get mine in route toot sweet…looking forward to getting some putty on the little weirdos :)

napthyme27 Feb 2013 11:52 p.m. PST

Great to hear Dan/Ray

Looks like the UK guys are getting there's, so is everyone planning on doing a group/squad or are some of you going to just do single figures as well?

Trying to figure out how many contest prizes we need to plan for.

28mmMan28 Feb 2013 6:16 a.m. PST

All of my plans are for a series of like types…a unit.

Eli Arndt02 Mar 2013 6:10 a.m. PST

I'm sorry to say I had to bow out on this one.


28mmMan02 Mar 2013 6:27 a.m. PST

Shame. What were your plans if you could partake?

Eli Arndt02 Mar 2013 6:45 a.m. PST

Was thinking some sort of tribal aliens


GriffinTamer02 Mar 2013 12:42 p.m. PST

Got a bit of a start of my first series today; non-technological creatures-- a sort of phyto-arachnids-- that can be used for either fantasy or SF scenarios. As I mentioned on the other thread, I'm also hoping to do a second series of hi-tech SF units if time allows.

Eli Arndt02 Mar 2013 4:34 p.m. PST

Looks like I'm back in.

While i may not be able to get in in time to participate in the competition, I'll still work on some stuff.


TheCount02 Mar 2013 6:41 p.m. PST

Good to see you back in Eli.

Regards, TC.

Kyn ell03 Mar 2013 10:19 p.m. PST

I'm going to have to pass too, I'm pretty busy at the moment, so will have to take a raincheck!!

28mmMan07 Mar 2013 7:37 p.m. PST

Dan…I got my dollies in hand today (late start on my end)…I am so glad you took my advice to find a home for the tripod undercarriage.

I am most happy to have these little weirdos in my hands.

Stand by…if there was ever a design in my wheelhouse it would be a tripod alien.


28mmMan07 Mar 2013 8:18 p.m. PST

Napthyme well on you for taking up the cause of the tripod weirdo…you da' man!

napthyme08 Mar 2013 1:54 a.m. PST

Thanks Ray, figured what do I have to loose by trying them.

Eli Arndt09 Mar 2013 9:02 a.m. PST mine ordered and hope to see them soon!


Cacique Caribe12 Mar 2013 12:56 p.m. PST


Napthyme has declared last call! Make sure to click on the following link if interested in joining the contest and in follow-ups:

TMP link


Eli Arndt15 Mar 2013 2:52 p.m. PST

Bad news Jimbo and Dan,

The envelope from James arrived today with a big tear and stamped as having arrived at my local post office without any contents.

So, somewhere in the vast universe of shipping Indiana to me in WA state the tripod alien torsos are rattling around in some transport…

Sorry guys, looks like I'm out again.


napthyme16 Mar 2013 8:23 a.m. PST

I have some left, I will pack another set for you and get them out to you next week.

Eli Arndt16 Mar 2013 8:38 a.m. PST


I place no blame on you. It's frustrating when the USPS wrecks mail.

My wife and I had one of our wedding invitations sent back crushed and with a dirty boot print on it. Sure it had a nice letter from the Post Master but somebody didn't get an invite.


napthyme25 Mar 2013 2:01 p.m. PST

Official rules for the contest…

Here are the rules for the first ever TMP Cacique Caribe sculpting contest. By now most everyone should have there sculpting dollies. The contest is for the top half of the miniatures only, these must be separate pieces from the bottoms as anything else will be uncast-able. The entries must be something that will withstand the heat and pressure of vulcanization and cast-able as sculpted.

All entries will be the property of Lone Gunman Games and become part of there catalog of miniatures with full creative credit going to the original sculptors

So as to increase the chances of not having work duplicated by two different contestants we have set up categories so that people can declare what there intentions are without revealing there final designs.

categories for sculpting would include…
Alien: plant/fungus
Alien: Primitive
Alien: Advanced
Alien: Creature
Flying (insert category)
Weird (insert category)

All entries will need to be received by me by May 1 2013 via either digital photo or physical sculpts. Anyone who can take there own photo's will be of a great help as my digital photo ability is limited. All entries will be judged by Wyatt the Odd, so please keep your progress between you and I and do not tag you photo's with your names. Since some of our contestants are over seas Please be aware that sending the sculpts may take a month to arrive via standard mail. I will need all the sculpts here in a reasonable amount of time after the deadline so that mastering can occur in a timely manner.

All contestants will receive the contest tops of the sculptures plus enough bottoms to finish each figure. If my assumption of 50 final sculpts is correct each person will receive $100 USD USD worth of miniatures for there entries. If we receive more then one group of sculpts per sculptor then this number will increase accordingly. The more that comes in the more that will go out to each contestant.

Since everyone seems to be doing groups we will have an additional prize for the top three sets of sculpts. each sculptor can only win one prize.
1st place $100.00 USD USD store credit or $50.00 USD USD cash
2nd place $70.00 USD USD store credit or $35.00 USD USD cash
3rd place $30.00 USD USD store credit or $15.00 USD USD cash

Store credit can be applied to either the Lone Gunman Games site or the Napthyme's RPG Den Ebay store stock.

Eli Arndt26 Mar 2013 4:07 a.m. PST

A Question in regard to the contest. While the contest will only be judging the top halves can the bottoms be modified to fit the overall concept as long as they remain cast-able?

Also, can the upper part be done in multiple parts as well so as to aid in casting further i.e. separate limbs, weapons, and other bits?


napthyme26 Mar 2013 1:45 p.m. PST

Not sure on the bottoms parts, what kind of a modification are we talking about? adding to to make a new bottom or trimming off to change the middle?

Yes the top can be multi-part if it aids in the casting.

Eli Arndt26 Mar 2013 1:54 p.m. PST

The only things I might do to the bottoms would be to add garb, or gear or perhaps change the feet or something. Essentially cosmetic or minor structural changes to bring the bottoms in line with the tops.

Really, if we're doing the uppers only and as separate parts, I guess I really didn't need as many bottoms as I ordered. I have five of the ten so far.


Chef Lackey Rich Fezian26 Mar 2013 5:34 p.m. PST

Aw, go ahead and dress some of the extra bottoms up. If they look good enough maybe we can talk napthyme into putting them into production as well.

I was think draping clothing for my tops, but I could see adding boots or something to the bottoms. And of course there's the challenge of doing vacuum-suited versions, which would require a full sculpt. :)

napthyme26 Mar 2013 10:16 p.m. PST

Considering that the bottom mold will have no problem paying for itself since its being used across so many top portions I can probably manage to do a modified bottom if you wanted to add to it enough to make them noticeably different.

I have a total of one bottom left, so I will need to order more castings if you wanted the other 5 right away.

Eli Arndt27 Mar 2013 4:10 a.m. PST

Get them to me when you can.


TheCount29 Mar 2013 3:12 p.m. PST

Hello chaps, England calling….I have a query regarding the possibility of a modified bottom (paid for by the NHS over here).

I think Zephyr1 touched upon this a while back but I have needed to trim down the "cone" to suit my design, otherwise the top sits too high, looking ungainly.

So, can/should a modified bottom be made available? I can certainly crack on with my set already modified but I'm just thinking ahead, in case it's an issue.

Regards, Rob.

Eli Arndt29 Mar 2013 3:23 p.m. PST

@The Count

I have considered the height of the cone, myself. Rather than making a top that has to fit that cone structure, I was also wondering if it would be possible to turn the cone into more of a low dome, or even reverse it into a basin to accept a ball on the bottom half of another piece.


TheCount29 Mar 2013 6:29 p.m. PST

Hello Eli. I'm using the low dome method, but the basin is definitely worth considering.

Cheers, TC.

napthyme30 Mar 2013 8:30 p.m. PST

If your just filing the cone down I would think most people could do that to get them to fit properly, so go ahead and file away…

TheCount31 Mar 2013 9:18 a.m. PST

Thanks Jim!

Eli Arndt31 Mar 2013 10:28 a.m. PST

Arrrggh! I keep coming up with designs that I want to work down into the legs :)


Eli Arndt01 Apr 2013 9:19 a.m. PST

Anybody got their sculpt(s) going yet?

I'm a bit bogged down with life right now, but have been sketching concepts for what I'd like to do. I'm still a bit worried if I can pull it off in a way that uses the legs stock.


nico le fay01 Apr 2013 9:52 a.m. PST

Same here, filing the cone down definitely helps and a little bit of modificaton on the legs would support my idea.

I'll drop you a pm Eli, might be we're thinking of the same kind of modification ? If there's several different torsos to fit the same modified pair of legs it's probably worth moulding different legs.

Cheers, Nico

Patrice01 Apr 2013 11:23 a.m. PST

Once upon a time …many years ago …when we played AD&D…

…there was a monster in the old AD&D monster manuals, which had eyes all around.

Once in a scenario I imagined a creature which had BACKS all around. So the "thief" was happy to "backstab" it :-)

(and the "cleric", who could "turn" evil monsters away, was able to …turn the back).

Zephyr101 Apr 2013 1:40 p.m. PST

Mine are nearly finished. I expect to mail them off next week…. ;-)

GriffinTamer02 Apr 2013 8:12 p.m. PST

I have a set pretty much finished (though I confess I too would like to tweak the legs a bit). I have another project I need to get done and then I'm hoping to try a second set in a different category.

napthyme06 Apr 2013 10:23 a.m. PST

Eli, sent you more bottoms yesterday. You should have them soon…

Eli Arndt06 Apr 2013 10:29 a.m. PST


Thanks. This is proving trickier than I thought.

Trying to build a separate upper for this lower is a real challenge. Normally, I'd sculpt them almost as a single miniatures and then cut them apart and then clean up the section that I cut.


Chef Lackey Rich Fezian06 Apr 2013 7:16 p.m. PST

Tricky, isn't it? I haven't done much in this scale myself, but thinking sectionally seems to be the key.

Zephyr110 Apr 2013 7:09 p.m. PST

Mailed my entry off today. :-)
Forgot to write on the included note that it's in the "Alien: Advanced" category. Hope you kept some extra legs around so you could play with them…. ;-)

Eli Arndt11 Apr 2013 7:48 a.m. PST

I am totally bogged down with no time to sculpt. I'll still get mine done, but won't likely make the deadline for the contest.


napthyme11 Apr 2013 11:59 a.m. PST

Yes, I have plenty of bottoms here now. Very interested to see what they look like.

I need to send out e-mails to those who I have not see post on the thread to be sure they saw when we hope to have these all in. Otherwise we may have to extend the deadline which isn't a problem.

28mmMan13 Apr 2013 4:48 p.m. PST

I have been fighting the flu…managed a few minutes on a giant monster but compared to a 15mm torso is like playing marbles with a bowling ball lol.

I'm still in it.


napthyme16 Apr 2013 10:47 a.m. PST

I got two entries from Zephyr1 in the mail this week, so I am hoping that this encourages everyone to send something in. We can add more time to the deadline if we need to just let me know…

Cacique Caribe16 Apr 2013 12:11 p.m. PST

Way to go, Zephyr1!!!


GriffinTamer17 Apr 2013 2:25 p.m. PST

I expect to have my entries in the mail before May 1, but they may not arrive by then, so I'll be sending some photos to make sure I make the deadline.

Napthyme, do you have any requests / suggestions for how the photos should be handled?

TheCount18 Apr 2013 12:22 p.m. PST

I'm pretty much in the same state-of-play as Griffin Tamer, still a bit more to do.

That's a good question on photos too.

Cheers, TC.

napthyme20 Apr 2013 12:55 p.m. PST

Well time is not a problem, we can just extend the deadline. I am more interested in seeing entries then worrying if the original deadline is not met.

28mmMan20 Apr 2013 6:48 p.m. PST

I have been working on a drop over cap using the original cone as a base…but my issue was a 30+ day run of being sick, ER 3 times and Dr visit 2 more times.

I am still on track, just slow going…another week or so would be welcome, just to get more entries in at same time.


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