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Alxbates24 Jan 2003 3:52 a.m. PST

How about a poll that asks us who our favorite sculptors are? Chris Fitzpatrick, Dennis Mize, Bob Olley, Sanrda Garrity, Werner Klocke, the Perry Twins, Mark Copplestone, Steve Barber, Jeff Valent, Bob Ridolfi, Julie Guthrie, Bobby Jackson, Kev White, Steve Saleh, Jim Johnson, Ben Siens, Jason Wiebe, Todd Harris... that's about all I can think of off the top of my head, but there are others, and I only know fantasy sculptors, let alone historic and sci-fi...

It's probably a good idea to let us pick two or three (and the poll should probably should have a "I don't pay attention to the sculptor" option, too...).

Just a thought, thanks!

Autarch24 Jan 2003 4:22 a.m. PST

the problem is there are so many, probaly more than will fit in a poll.

unknown member24 Jan 2003 5:32 a.m. PST

As a primarily historical player (some 40k) I have no idea who the sculptors of any of my figures are. They're not given credit on any of the packaging I've seen. I can only say what manufacturer I might prefer over another for a certain period.


Sumatran Rat Monkey24 Jan 2003 5:42 a.m. PST

The problem, as Autarch pointed out, is the sheer number if extremely talented sculptors out there, rendering a potential poll relatively Herculean. Just to further illustrate: Daniel Pacey, Tom Meier, Shane Mosely, Ben & Jeff Rodman, Drew Williams, Kevin Contos, Mark Bedford, Juan Diaz, Mike Owen, Mike McVey (while I didn't care for his GW stuff, his stuff with War Machine deserves the praise), Simon Harris, Jes Goodwin, Daniel Cockersell, Sean Green, the Fenryll sculptors, the Confrontation sculptors, Old Glory's sculptors, CELL Entertainment's teams... and those're just off the top of my head, as to ones who got skipped.

It's a shame it'd be so unwieldy, though- potential'd be there for it to be a fun poll.


Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2003 7:33 a.m. PST

don't forget kevin adams or brian nelson.

Tommy2024 Jan 2003 7:56 a.m. PST

or Bob Murch...

Conquest Miniatures24 Jan 2003 8:14 a.m. PST

You might want to have a poll asking which sculpting team you prefer (GW, Rakham, Foundry)and maybe specify genre. You would need to stress that it is not about your favorite game or period but actual talent like detail, sharpness/smoothness. The perry's are some of my favorites but like Cell, thier models have finger prints and rough putty crap all over them, terrible!

Remember when voting that this is for posterity, so you have to be honest.


PaintersDen24 Jan 2003 8:52 a.m. PST

Can't be any worse than the paint brands poll! :]

The problem with the teams idea is that the teams change with time... I'd bet though that 90% of us who have a favorite sculptor formed that idea when a lot of companies were marketing sculptors as "brand lines"--Grenadier was big with this, that was when I learned the difference between Mark Copplestone, Nick Lund, and...oh damn, who had the blue backing cards? Hmm. My memory is going... But my sculpting favorites change depending on what they're sculpting, too. I prefer Bob Olley standing dwarves, but am captivated by Sandy Garrity's dwarf bear cavalry; I love Bob Murch's eldrich horrors, but his human figures always seem very stiff and oddly posed to me. This would be a hard poll to do effectively... But it'd be interesting no matter how you phrased the question.

Jake B24 Jan 2003 11:23 a.m. PST

I don't remember a blue card, but Bob Naismith had a green card (no one mentioned him yet), when Lund had yellow, and Copplestone had red-brown all in their own "Fantasy Warriors" lines. Guthrie had a smaller bright red card for the "Fantasy Personalities" line. Copplestone's "Future Warriors" had a blueish card. As I recall, Grenadier was the first major company to promote the names of different sculptors as prominently as that on the front of the cards, and I've always thought that was how it should be ever since.

Area2324 Jan 2003 12:06 p.m. PST

off topic but interesting for Grenadier fans, Story goes Nemo is bankrupt now sinc a few months and licences/rights 'are in limbo'.
Calling all decent companies to check that out.(BTD? EM4?)

Poll seems difficult but would be very interesting.
Or just create a 'praise the sculptors' board!
Although I'm a great fan of Copplestone, many of the affore mentioned sculptors did some incredible stuff.

Tony Aguilar24 Jan 2003 12:17 p.m. PST

My vote goes to the guy that sculpted the "Combat Miniatures" and has passed away.

ming3124 Jan 2003 6:34 p.m. PST

Each sculpter has a forte ...Garrity's angels ...Olley's dragons and dwarves...Meir fine tight detail work...Lortz with Rats...Copplestone terminator robots...John Bear Ross CAV's.... Some sculpters are good at some things and not others...Take the best of each....Like the Manufacturer directory ...find by Sculpter

Derek de Villiers Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2003 9:47 p.m. PST

The list is incomplete !
What about Barry Lee of Whitecross &
Fernando Liste of Corvus Belli
(Two of my favourites).
Therefore I will not vote.
I would like to know which company the sculptors work for.
For example: Who is the sculptor at Essex?
Who are the sculptors at Gripping Beast?
Kind Regards

Alxbates26 Jan 2003 3:43 a.m. PST

Wow. I'm just kind of impressed that the poll became a reality. I've always thought that the sculptors get a bit of the short end of the stick in this hobby. Without them, the hobby couldn't exist!! They should all wear leather pants and have fancy hair-do's, like rock stars... :)

Steve at theassaultgroup com27 Jan 2003 2:52 a.m. PST

erm.. u know Seth then!!??

waksfive27 Jan 2003 2:59 a.m. PST

ignore him he's my sugar daddy and he has this habit of projection :P)

billguy28 Jan 2003 5:42 a.m. PST

You missed Brian Nelson in your poll. He is definitely one of the best sculptors in the industry.

waksfive29 Jan 2003 1:54 a.m. PST

pgh gamer, no they did'nt i voted for him on the 27th
but yeah eisenhorn is truly fantastic

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