The Sleeping Fairy is the first Kickstarter mini campaign run by Rogans-Heroes plastic resin figures and models. My goal at Rogans-Heroes is to produce the best quality resin figurines and model kits possible. I have been working as a 3d modeler for the last 25 years and Rogans-Heroes is now my main outlet for my obsession with 3d modeling and 3d printing.
I hope to eventually have many models available across multiple genres (science fiction, military, historical, fantasy etc) with scales ranging from 1:1 all the way down to tabletop 28mm miniatures and all at a reasonable price.
Please check out www.rogans-heroes.com for an idea of the level of quality I am trying to achieve with my plastic resin model kits. I have already released two successful model kits and have perfected my own mold making and casting processes.
Currently I am designing, creating, modeling and casting all model kits myself. Every single part is checked individually, by me, to make sure it lives up to the highest standards. No outsourced production line/ factory style mass production. If the part is not up to scratch, it gets rejected. I only use the highest quality grey plastic resin, vacuumed and pressure cast to create perfect, bubble free, high detail casts.
Doing things this way enables me to not only keep costs at a minimum, but also allows me to maintain complete control over quality. I eventually hope to get other artists and their 3d designs involved in future projects.
About the project 'The Sleeping Fairy'
The Sleeping Fairy project represents the first in the 'fantasy' genre line of model kits. It is also my first 1:1 scale kit (9cm). I thought a sleeping, floating fairy would make an interesting subject for a model kit and I don't know of any similar plastic or resin models, with this theme, out there. The key inspiration for the project came from the Cottingley Fairies photographs as well as the artwork of many fantasy artists depicting 'the little people'. The Cottingley photos sure had me fooled when I was a kid.
How the funds raised will be used
Funds raised will be used to create the molds and purchase the plastic resin for casting the model kits. The silicone rubber needed to make the molds is quite expensive and it degrades a little bit with each cast, so molds will have to be scrapped and recycled after producing approximately 20 casts.
I have set the minimum goal to €300 ($350 approx). That will be enough to allow the creation of several sets of production molds and buy resin enough to create the first batch of model sets. It will also help cover packaging costs. Secure, tough packaging is key when posting resin parts. Any profits from the project will go towards funding future projects and will also help with the day to day running costs of Rogans-Heroes Models.
What you get for your pledge
You will receive the model kit, complete with stand, ready for assembly and painting. The model itself stands 9cm high and comprises 9 parts. The parts have already been 3d printed at 25 micron step detail and the first master molds have been created. Below is the first prototype casts in grey resin. Masters cast from these molds will be used to make the production molds.I am very pleased wit the level of detail and overall quality of the casts so far.
It will take several weeks to create the production molds and then casting can begin. I will begin boxing and posting casts out immediately. So I would expect many of the kits to be in the post before the project completion date of February 2018.
In addition to the basic pledge I will be offering some additional limited edition postcards and posters in very small quantities featuring the main marketing artwork featured in this campaign.
Note: All resin model parts require preparation before gluing (super glue ideally) and painting. Sprue attachments, mold lines and flash must all be removed (with a craft knife) and then sanded for the best possible results. Please do not pledge unless you know how to work with resin models!
Risks and challenges
The master parts (for making molds) have already been created and the first prototypes are looking great! I just need the funding for mold creation and production casting.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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