|A lot of folks ask me what to do with their digital sculpts once they are created- I can say without reservation that as far as getting your files printed, molded and cast,
Jeff Rodman of Fortress Figures has always been an innovator and top quality mold maker, 3d printer and caster. I do
not work directly for his company, but I feel they do the best work out there
as far as turning your digital files into a viable and top quality product. Click
here to see what I mean.
Those who wish to contact me about 3D digital design for gaming miniatures may do so at the email address below.
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Tools, Supplies and Useful Stuff Remember, Superglue can close cuts!
General Miniature, Modeling and Gaming Sites Some you may have overlooked
Anatomy WooHOO!! Nekkid ladies, I betcha!
Horses Obsolete in battle, but it's hard to eat a Hummer
Assorted Critters Sorry, no recipes
Dinosaurs No, smartypants, my picture is not there
Historical sites and no, I wasn't there at the time
Weapons- Antique to Modern
Interesting Miscellaneous Art Sites and Online Galleries From classical to fantasy
Specific Artists Art legends to young whippersnappers
Assorted Literary Links Don't worry, there are pictures for you illiterate types
Recommended Books and Movies Email me with suggestions
Graphics Editing and Web Stuff And mostly free stuff!
Tools, Supplies and Useful Stuff
UPDATED!!! Model Railroad & Miniature Figure Life Size Scale Calculator- A handy calculator I swiped from here and adapted for determining scale size in millimeters for figures- if you want to download the html file to your computer, just save the page to whatever folder you want and it should work for you
The Compleat Sculptor -you supply the talent, they supply the rest
Widget Supply has a huge inventory of hard to find, but reasonably priced hobby tools and equipment. Mini sculptors and modelers should check out the extensive dental tool section
Jerry's Artarama- Specialists in Providing Professional Art Supplies & Framing
Utopia Tools has a nice selection of hobby and modelling tools and supplies
Walthers: "Your Number One Resource For Model Railroad Product Information" - A huge selection of railroad and other modeling kits, supplies, tools, accessories, and information.
MisterArt.com is great place to shop for discount art and craft supplies
Micro-Mark is THE mail-order source for hard-to-find tools and supplies for hobby, professional and educational model building
ToolUSA.com has a wide variety of specialty tools and supplies with over 2,500 clearly pictured items in inventory
American Science and Surplus has lots of bizarre, fun, cheap stuff for sale, some of which may actually prove useful!
Kraftmark ProCreate Putty was designed by adhesive industry experts specifically for modelers and sculptors. It has a neutral grey color for superior visibility and excellent contrast for the smallest details. The putty holds a very sharp degree of detail with a slower cure allowing plenty of working time with minimal waste. The resin and hardener are sealed separately for freshness and ease of use. The putty smoothes easily with metal and flexible tools, and files and grinds well when cured, It vulcanizes well, has a uniformly smooth consistency, and maintains its volume with no shrinkage
PSI Kneadatite (greenstuff) is a very popular sculpting putty, and PSI also manufactures a variety of other putties that are quite useful for sculpting and crafts. QuikCopper and FastSteel are very fast setting, very strong, and useful for building up large armatures quickly. Anything Mechanical and JD Industrial Supply both have a pretty good selection and reasonable prices
American Pin- school, home, office and craft supplies since 1927. I've used Size 44 Bank Pins a lot for armatures and weapons, and pinning multipiece models. They are also sturdy enough to grind and shape into fine tip sculpting tools as well
Hobbit House exotic wood site is a non-commercial site focusing on color-correct pictures of exotic and domestic woods
Material Safety Data Sheet Online Info- Safety information for lots of chemicals we use in sculpting, painting and modelling
Free graph paper printer program (Windows OS) Need a hex map? Choose the grid size and color and print it out, along with dozens of other graph paper styles
Check out all the printable castles and other related RPG buildings at Free Paper Toys
General Miniature, Modeling and Gaming Sites
Welcome to the Lost Minis Wiki, a non-profit site dedicated to identifying, photographing and documenting fantasy miniatures. We currently list figures from over 400 different manufacturers, old and new. If you have a miniature and you don’t know what it is, you’ll likely find it here at Lost Minis Wiki
Toy Soldier Collector and companion site Collectors Gazette are great resources for articles, events, pictures and reviews for figure and toy enthusiasts
FichtenFoo.com is the main site of modeler and web designer Michael Fichtenmayer, who also works through Industria Mechanika, with a primary goal of producing and promoting really cool original model designs
The Stuff of Legends- Tom Pope's slow descent into MINI MADNESS!
planetFigure - a large and talent-filled web community with great forums, galleries, and resources covering many aspects of creating and painting a wide variety of miniatures
Tabletop Gaming News is a website devoted to publishing news, review and articles about all facets of the tabletop gaming hobby.
Miniature Wargaming has a wide variety of news, photos, rules, forums, tutorials, tips and thousands of wargaming related links
ICv2: The Business of Geek Culture
DriveThruRPG.com The Largest RPG Download Store!
RPG.net has the inside scoop on gaming
Plastic Soldier Review, for news and information on 1:72 scale plastic soldiers
The Clubhouse- The Online Community for Model-Builders, Sculptors, and Collectors
FineScale Modeler Magazine Online- Loads of modeling info- requires free registration
The Train Collectors Association, headquartered in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, is one of the largest and most prestigious collecting societies in the world.
Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg is the largest model railway in the world. Check out their Miniatur Wunderland promotional video on YouTube
Fine Art Models builds museum-quality limited-edition scale models that many feel are the finest in the world today
The Strong Museum of Play, one of the best toy museums in the country
The Gallery of Monster Toys is dedicated to preserving vintage creepy fun- I always loved the old Aurora kits in the 60's wing
The Official Marx Toy Museum- preserving the toys, the history,and the memories of Louis Marx and Company
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Welcome to the Eadweard Muybridge Online Archive. Here you will find images from Eadweard Muybridge’s seminal work "Animal Locomotion", photographed from the original 1887 publication with the kind support of the Boston Public Library and its extraordinary Rare Books Department. These extremely high resolution images are presented copyright free and ready for download.
NSFW! Bodies of Work is an inspiring and artistic photo gallery of the world’s best physiques in peak condition.
NSFW! 24 Naked Athletes Who Look Absolutely Stunning Every year, athletes like baseball players, basketball players and heptathletes are featured in ESPN The Magazine‘s annual special issue that celebrates physiques of all different shapes and sizes! These 24 athletes look absolutely stunning without clothes and truly reflect the beauty of the natural form. Also check out The Bodies Of The World’s Best Athletes
NSFW! Igor Amelkovich is a photographer specializing in land scapes and the unadorned female form, with hundreds of excellent B&W photos of athletic models in exotic poses emphasizing the complete female musculature, not the standard pin up T&A
NSFW! Arkadiusz Branicki Photography features very fit models, mostly dancers, in a wide variety of athletic and artistic poses
NSFW! Michael Ezra Fine Art Photography has lots of athletic and well toned models that offer great anatomical reference
Girls with Muscle is an attempt to gather the best freely available images of muscular girls/women into a single place. No nekkidness, but there are lots of good photos of athletic female surface anatomy from slender gymnasts to bodybuilders, searchable by athlete, discipline or muscle group
NSFW! At Babe Lab, we realize drawing women isn't an exact science...yet. It's our aim to distill and harness hotness for pinup artists everywhere. Findings are subject to change
Pose Maniacs has thousands of great flash posable anatomical renders
Muscle Atlas -An illustrated atlas of the muscles of the upper and lower extremities
Classic Bodybuilders has thousands of photos of your favorite bodybuilders and physique models from the golden era of bodybuilding, roughly 1900 through the early 1980s
Take a look at WetCanvas, the largest community for visual artists on the Internet
Da Vinci Anatomical Drawings
Rey Bustos- A very imaginative and informative site by an excellent art educator
Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body
Human Anatomy Pictures for Artists
Drawn mainly from the collections of the National Library of Medicine, Dream Anatomy shows off the anatomical imagination in some of its most astonishing incarnations, from 1500 to the present
Anatomy Atlases is an anatomy digital health sciences library
Posing is an Art 3-Many free poses
e-Skeletons Project View the bones of a human and other primates
Real photographs of the human skeletal system
Decorate your home or haunt today at the Skull Shoppe, which is fast becoming the best place for quality human skull replicas
Skulls Unlimited- The World's Leading Supplier of Osteological Specimens
Bone Clones Human and critter osteological reproductions
The Sedlec Ossuary- Where human bones become art
Society of Figurative Arts- Dedicated to providing high level instruction for the beginner, amateur or professional striving to expand their individual creative skills-excellent tutorials, links, and forums
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Specific Artist's sites
Leonard's cover illustration of John Gardener's Grendel from the early 70s is still one of my favorite monster illustrations of all time. His photoreal drawings are an excellent source for anyone interested in dynamic anatomy
I have admired the fantasy illustrations of Ian Miller since I saw the interior illustrations in the paperback edition of Michael Crichton's Eaters of the Dead (The 13th Warrior) as well as The Tolkien Bestiary
Walter S. Arnold, Sculptor-Stone Carver. Get your gargoyles here!
The late Bernie Wrightson is world renowned for his amazing cover, comic, and card illustrations
Henry Clive has an amazing body of work featuring movie posters, murals, magazine covers and glamour portraits that propelled him into being an iconic force of the art deco Jazz Age
James Bama has had an amazing career as a photorealistic illustrator in pulp magazines and cover illustration, and his work on the Doc Savage series is considered iconic. He is best known for his amazing wildlife and portrait work of the American West. Here is a great interview with MensPulpMags.com and his sections at the Jerry W. Horn Gallery and Bighorn Gallery
The art of Matt Dixon- Over the top fun fantasy, sci-fi and horror
Jonny Duddle has recently gotten attention for his Harry Potter covers, and his childrens book illustrations and pirate tales are an absolute hoot. His Facebook page has the most recent info and pictures
Clyde Caldwell is legendary for his outstanding fantasy illustrations
Keith Parkinson is sorely missed. Take some time to appreciate his talent
The Offical Site for Larry Elmore
Check out the blog of Hugo award-winning fantasy/SF artist Bob Eggleton
Stephen Hickman has illustrated more than 450 book covers for major speculative fiction authors—including Harlan Ellison, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey and Larry Niven—since 1976
Aly Fell beautifully illustrates the female form in many genres
Brian M. Viveros also has an unmistakable style with the feminine profile
Check out the home page of Jeff Easley -during his 20+ year tenure at TSR/WOTC Jeff did many rulebook, boxed set, and module covers for all of TSR's gaming worlds including the iconic 1st Edition AD&D hard covers and then all of the 2nd Edition core hard cover rule books.
Raul Vitale has done beautiful fantasy illustration in a variety of genres, including childrens books
Concept illustration and fantasy art by Ed Binkley, Program Director, Animation & Concept Development - Madison College, Madison, WI.
Omar Rayyan is based in Martha's Vineyard and has created illustrations for children's magazines and books, as well as the gaming market
Sean Andrew Murray is a freelance concept artist and illustrator, and the creator of the World of Gateway, and the writer/illustrator of the upcoming Kickstarter-funded book: "Gateway - The Book of Wizards"
Marc Simonetti does great work in covers, video games, movies, and advertising
The official website of Barry Windsor-Smith, with news and biographical information, original art and prints for sale, and an extensive selection of current and classic art, comics, and texts
Matthew Kirscht has lots of cool spooky Halloween art
The official website of Burne Hogarth presents a definitive, career-spanning insight into one of the most respected and influential artists of the 20th century
The Official Frazetta Art Gallery
FrankFrazetta.org- The UNOFFICIAL Frank Frazetta Fantasy Art Gallery has a lot of quality scans that the official site does not provide
The Official Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Website
Since 1950, Earl Norem has painted hundreds of memorable covers for novels, gaming books, trading cards, and Marvel Comics
Joe Jusko is undoubtedly one of the best known Fantasy, Pin-Up and Comic Artists in the world today. His career has spanned over 30 years, starting with the sale of his very first cover for Heavy Metal Magazine in 1977 at the age of 17
The Official Hajime Sorayama Website
FANTASY ART COLLECTION - a fansite in Russia with hundreds of scans of the work of dozens of fantasy artists
The work of illustrator Alphonse Mucha is a valuable source for figurative study- here is another nice selection of Mucha's Art Nouveau posters, lithographs, and illustrations
I was always a big fan of movie poster artist and illustrator Reynold Brown, whose artwork was often far better than the movies it was advertising. Here's Brown's section at American Art Archives, also check out "The Man Who Drew Bug-Eyed Monsters", a great 1994 PBS documentary available on YouTube.
Shiflett Brothers- These boys do some interesting work
The CS Moore Studio and sculptor Clayburn Moore proudly present premier licensed and original statues, busts and more
The Mariusz Kozik vel Lacedemon Portfolio - Mariusz Kozik currently lives in Lublin City, Poland where he works as an illustrator and concept artist, Lots of stunning war art at the bottom of the page, including some great Osprey work
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Assorted Literary Links
The Fantastic in Art and Fiction- from the nice folks at the Cornell University Library
Nonsenselit.org is a portal devoted to Nonsense literature, with a lot of great illustrations and art links as well as the fun prose and poetry
Encyclopedia Mythica- An expansive and comprehensive database and portal
Welcome to the Theoi Project, a comprehensive guide to the Gods (Theoi), Spirits (Daimones) and Monsters (Theres) of ancient Greek mythology and religion
Paleothea.com: Women in Greek Myths- Ailia Athena has compiled a remarkable treasure trove of tales, art, and great reference sources for the classically inclined
The Medieval Beastiary: Here begins the book of the nature of beasts. Of lions and panthers and tigers, wolves and foxes, dogs and apes
Glorious Nonsense- All things Jabberwocky
Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts
ERBzine- The Official Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute and Weekly Webzine Site Since 1996 ~ 15,000 Web Pages in Archive. Check out their featured artists section for amazing galleries of the great illustrators
The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs- A jungle full of great images, info and links!
The Works of Robert E. Howard -The idea behind this page is to make available for the Howard scholar and collector, a list of every story, article, fragment and synopsis written by REH, and where to find them
Barbarian Keep- another Conan and Robert E. Howard Website
Welcome to the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center-celebrating the life of Jack Kirby and his creations
Fantastic Fiction - Fantasy & Sci Fi Literature Database- Information and links for over 6000 authors
MensPulpMags.com is a great blog dedicated to the fun illustrations and stories of men's adventure magazines published in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. They have lots of information about the amazing artwork used to hook the readers of that now extinct paper medium, including a comprehensive index section with links to artists, models and magazines. Check them out on FaceBook as well!
The Pulp Magazines Project is an open-access digital archive dedicated to the study and preservation of one of the twentieth century's most influential literary & artistic forms: the all-fiction pulpwood magazine. The Project also provides information on the history of this important but long neglected medium, along with biographies of pulp authors, artists, and their publishers.
PULPS et MAGAZINES AMERICAINS- Outstanding French site with a huge archive of cover art from the great American pulp golden age, featuring fantasy and sci-fi from Amazing Stories to Weird Tales, from the 1920's into the 1960's.
The Field Guide to Wild American PULP ARTISTS features basic biographical information to broaden awareness of pulp magazine illustrators, mainly from 1930 to 1960 when technical advances in color printing led to a golden era of pulp art
Cover Browser - displays galleries of comic book covers for comic book fans & enjoy (there's also links to find out more about individual comics or to buy them). Some of the artists you'll find : John Byrne, Barry Windsor-Smith, Frank Miller, Ivan Brunetti, Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, Mark Bagley, Steve Ditko, Jim Lee, Daniel Clowes, Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Jack Kirby, Rob Liefeld, Andy Kubert, John Romita Sr. and Jr., Sam Keith, Dave Gibbons, Erik Larsen and many more.
Pulp Covers-The Best Of The Worst has a lot of great covers preserved and easy to use search feature
Check out the cover art of 1960s-80s Warren comics CREEPY, EERIE and VAMPIRELLA, as created by a literal Who's Who of fantasy artists. Flash-enhanced site; English-language, hosted in Japan.
CRIME BOSS- Crime Comic Books of the 1940s and 1950s, with great galleries of dangerous dames with gorgeous gams and gats galore!
Welcome to the Lambiek Comiclopedia, an illustrated compendium of over 7,000 comic artists, listed under last name (or pseudonym)
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Recommended Books and Movies
Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (2004)."From a small Italian community in 15th-century Florence, the Medici family would rise to rule Europe in many ways. Using charm, patronage, skill, duplicity and ruthlessness, they would amass unparalleled wealth and unprecedented power. They would also ignite the most important cultural and artistic revolution in Western history--the European Renaissance. But the forces of change the Medici helped unleash would one day topple their ordered world. An epic drama played out in the courts, cathedrals and palaces of Europe, this series is both the tale of one family's powerful ambition and of Europe's tortured struggle to emerge from the ravages of the dark ages." This series gives a great basic overview of Renaissance art and politics in under 4 hours, so check it out.
Also check out Born of Hope, an independent film prequel to Lord of the Rings-very nicely done and free for all to view. More here
Burne Hogarth- Especially recommended- Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery
How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way- 'Nuff said
Meditations On a Hobby Horse and Other Essays On the Theory of Art -great essays about image creation, physiognomy, illusions and our responses to visual media by E. H. Gombrich
Troll Hunter - Good effects, impressive CGI critters, and a bit of dark humor. Subtitled
Peter and the Wolf Amazing stop action- beautifully filmed, Oscar winning animated short
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Graphics Editing and Web Stuff
PureRef was created to be a simple and lightweight tool for artists to organize and view their reference images. Excellent free app, especially for those with just one monitor
FileZilla, the free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License
IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP.
GIMP the Free and Open Source Image Editor
Pixia very advanced and continually updated freeware from Japan
Piriform has free versions of several great programs that will clean your PCs, protect your privacy and make your PCs faster and more secure. Check out their advanced file recovery and system information tools.
HTML.com- "Our goal is to provide the most fun, fast & helpful guide to learning to code HTML anywhere"
Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement with a lot of features, including easy HTML editing
Malwarebytes is good malware scanner that has free for private use version
SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of spyware and other potentially unwanted software
VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols
LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs
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