Early March, I received the dolls for the planned Boar Knights John Pickford has been doing for me - and off they went for mastering, straight away.
I really hate sending these original greens out for mastering.
Firstly, they are in the postal limbo. I sent them by registered parcel post, of course - but track and trace doesn't really tell you their exact location do they? - nor the state they are in. What's wrong with GPS tracing and video surveillance? - lol. But they arrived safely at the caster after 10 days or so, of course (like always).
Secondly, all the waiting for moulding and casting. Knowing they are just laying on some shelve, waiting - it's killing me :-)
The few days I had them in my possession, they where guarded night and day. Doesn't think other professionals treasure them just as much as I do :-) ... unfortunately.
But this time it has been one long hard wait. I'm using a UK based casting service. The usual lead time for master moulding is about 3 weeks, but once again my job is conflicting with The South London Warlords Salute Show. Cause yet again, Europe's biggest gaming show has put pressure on most casting companies and they have build up a rather large backlog of orders. So I had to sit, over here, wait .... patiently.
But on Friday the 13th of May (now who said it was an unlucky day?) I took delivery of a nice box of masters. So I took out a few and build them for you to see what we have been working on.
Here they are - the Boar Knight Prototypes
The masters are to be returned to John for finishing them. John has been booked and his schedule ain't looking "crazy", I'm told. His work will involve making converting the boars into another 2 poses, body conversions for building 4 different knight bodies, 4 more heads, 7 weapon hands, new shields and maybe some other bits and pieces.
Fingers crossed, it till be a swift job. Could be done by summertime. Stay tuned.