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- Hurricane Rainbow -
- Gray Crest - SMG-73
- Gamer Luna - Niolaus89
- Maid Celestia - Raborn
- Berry Punch (2) - Marminator
- Fausticorn - Stormy-Seas


CUSTOM PRINT STATUSES:



- Changeling Viking - no-213
[MODELED] [PRINTED] [SMOOTHED] [PAINTING]
- Rutana + Featherflight - Rutana
[MODELED] [PRINTED] [SMOOTHED] [PAINTING]
- Derpy on Muffin - SMG-73
[MODELED] [PRINTED] [SMOOTHED] [PAINTING]
Talcom + Snow Flake - Hottspinner
[MODELED(2)] [PRINTED(1)] [SMOOTHED(1)] [PAINTING(1)]
Demoth - Poison Hearts
[MODELED] [PRINTED] [SMOOTHED] [PAINTING]

REPRINT PRINT STATUSES:


- Electonic Luna - BucketHelm
[TESTING COMPONENT HOLDER PRINTS]
- Molly + Gamer Luna - FauxyPas
[PRINTED(2)] [SMOOTHED(2)] [PAINTING(2)]
- Molly + Gamer Luna - ShadowOrigin
[PRINTED(2)] [SMOOTHED(2)] [PAINTING(2)]
- Molly + Gamer Luna - Thordwolf
[PRINTED(2)] [SMOOTHED(2)] [PAINTING(2)]
- Gamer Luna - Uza8441
[PRINTED] [SMOOTHED] [PAINTING]
- Standing Luna - Tackeon
[PRINTED] [SMOOTHED] [PAINTING]
- Standing Luna - noobymaniac
[PRINTED] [SMOOTHED] [PAINTING]
- Gamer Luna - microdude87
[PRINTED] [SMOOTHED] [PAINTING]
- Gamer Luna - zeo038
[PRINTED] [SMOOTHED]

MODELING QUEUE:


Evan After + Inspiring Writer - Ynsawk [MODELING 60%]
Quicksilver - KlivanRobert [MODELING 90%]
Tojoko - tjo8992 [ON HOLD]
Flim + Flam [ON HOLD]
Skyline - Skyline-Twilight
Xion - ManeStreetPlush
Scratched-Disk - Drake-Ryu
Queen Vaeyla - Vaeyla [MODELING 50%]
Evening Song - SongCoyote [MODELING 20%]
Scope - Stahi [MODELING 80%]
Vinyl + Octavia - Angelofdeath690
Dovashy - Uza8441
Octavia - Sptkururu
Neon Lights - TOADMA
Bowtie - TheBowtieOne

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SilverMoon-Archer
Sep 23, 2014
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flickahorses
Sep 23, 2014
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AmberSwirl
Sep 23, 2014
7:26 am
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DaringDerper
Sep 23, 2014
5:27 am
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UniSoLeiL
Sep 23, 2014
5:10 am
--we've finally settled into a work groove that lets us get things done at the pace we've always wanted.  Before I even explain what's changed, I just want everyone to stop and consider that we're on pace to have completed a whopping TWENTY FIGURES THIS MONTH.  That's insane.  That's like...convention levels of productivity right there.  Only minus the convention work hours.

If you don't believe me, here's the list:
Taopinkie
Starshadow
Rutana
Featherflight
Fasuticorn
Maidlestia
Derpy in Muffin
Berry Punch x2
Demoth
AJ
Chrissy
Lab Coat Twi
Lyra
Luna x3
Molly x3

That's the September completion list.  All of those are done or nearly done.  I expect the October completion list to be shorter since this month involved finishing up a lot of ancient commissions that had been sitting in limbo for far too long.  But I still fully expect a solid 15 figures done next month.  And for once I'm not just making unrealistically high expectations for myself like I have in the past.

Now, for the secret as to why:

This month's improvements


-A solid scheduling for once:  In the past I could never figure out how to prioritize my time.  What's more dire?  A model I haven't even started on, or a fully sanded print that's sat on the paint queue for over a month?  I used to drive myself crazy trying to figure this out.  Now, the hours of 11-4 are always modeling work, and 8-11 is always print work.

-Better division of labor:  Rabid and I might work better when it's at the same time, but not when it's on the same thing.  I used to waste a lot of time sanding things that I just couldn't figure out how to get smooth, and then when it was time to paint I'd sit around being frustrated that I wasn't getting enough help from Rabid, while he was frustrated that I even wanted him to paint things that he felt like he wasn't doing a good enough job at.  Well, from now on all sanding (and airbrushing) is his job, and all detail painting is mine.  Our work blocks have gone far smoother.

But wait, what about border cleanup?  That pesky job that takes up far more time than any detail painting ever did?  Well...

-Infinitely better print splitting: Somehow it took me this long to try removing the mane and tail from every single print.  I'd tried it before with otherwise impossible prints like Chrysalis and Taopinkie, but it took me a long time to work up the courage to do it to all the prints.  Why?  Because I was never totally sure if the expansion rates of the plastic would allow a flush enough fit with prints that were supposed to line up along curved surfaces.  The answer is that after sanding and painting, it honestly doesn't matter.  This means that the body and hair can be airbrushed separately.  THAT.  IS.  HUGE.  Do you know how many hours I spent doing multiple coats of paint by hand on the mane and tail, trying to cover up the initial airbrushed base coat?  About two hours per figure!  And I hated it!  And that task is just gone!  Forever!  Holy crap.

-A vastly more convenient airbrush setup:  Oh yeah, the airbrush was down since May.  I forgot about that.  Eesh, no wonder I never wanted to do base coats.  But in any case, Rabid made a ton of improvements to his airbrushing station, making the entire process much quicker and easier for him.  This means airbrushing can happen more often, and more easily.

And now, a question


Now admittedly all these wonderful new improvements have taken a hit this past week, as I've been sick with bronchitis, which I got from a combination of a drastic weather change and extreme stress.  To be honest, these improvements would be more than enough to get rid of all the stress in this job forever, as I myself feel very confident and happy with this rate of progress.  The problem is that I spend far too much of my time in a paranoid haze, constantly worrying if I'm getting enough done for people to not hate me.  I am in severe need of destressing, so I just want to ask everyone something right now:

Are you guys confident with this work pace?

I know it's taken a long time to get here.  I know we made countless screw ups in the past year, which is the only reason we got ourselves into this mess in the first place.  Most of that stress comes from how ashamed we are that there are still so many old commissions on the queue.  Does the rate of progress from this last month make everyone more confident?  Cause I really need to stop being so paranoid about what everyone thinks.

A long time ago, people used to ask us why we didn't run a kickstarter.  And I always answered the same thing--we already have more orders than we can handle; a kickstarter would just make things worse.  But lately I've realized that, in a weird way, they were on to something.  Think about it: when you buy something on say, Etsy, you're paying money for a cool thing.  And that's all there really is to it.  You get the cool thing shortly afterward, and that's that.  But when you back a kickstarter, you're giving money to someone who doesn't yet have the ability to make the thing, and then in a year or so when they've got everything worked out, you get a cool thing as a reward.

I really, really wish I'd had the foresight to tell everyone to treat commissioning us like backing a kickstarter.  I think that would have made a lot of the delays make a lot more sense.  If we were just starting out now with a blank commission list, the turnaround time would easily be around two weeks.

And finally the announcement


I'll make this a separate journal entry tomorrow.  But for now, I'll say it here.  Our current progress blitz has left us dangerously low on supplies.  In the interest of keeping production moving, I do not want us to run out.  A standstill happening now, of all times, would be the worst thing ever.

So to prevent that from happening, I am opening a very limited amount of slots this month.  Besides, I promised I would in July, and you guys have been asking me non-stop to open commissions. x.X So I'm gonna do it.  FIVE CUSTOM SLOTS ARE OPEN.  FIVE REPRINT SLOTS ARE OPEN.  Send all requests in a note and I'll reply with a price quote.  I am only taking the best orders for now (ie, the ones that I feel most confident modeling, or that seem the most interesting.)  I'm NOT doing that thing where I used to take every order anyone threw my way, only to regret it immediately afterward because it was way too hard.

REMEMBER TO TREAT COMMISSIONING US AS SORT OF LIKE BACKING A KICKSTARTER.  We have a lot of things to finish first before production can start on new orders.  I'm tired of outright telling new commissioners that it'll be a decent wait, only for them to ask why I haven't started the very next day.  What the heck. 
  • Mood: Anxious
  • Listening to: Smash Bros 3DS Soundtrack
  • Playing: Pikmin 3

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Clawed-Nyasu

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Hey there!
You all can call me Nyasu!
My partner is RabidPeep and we print ponies.

~ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ~

What program do you use for your 3D modeling?

I use 3ds Max for everything. Most of my earlier models were intended for video game use, so Max was a natural choice. You can download it from the Autodesk website if you're a student.

Can I download your models for Gmod / Source Filmmaker / my own printing?

You cannot. These models are made for our personal 3D printing commissions. They put food on the table. :P

What kind of printer do you have? How much was it?

We use a Reprap Prusa Mendel. My partner Rabid bought it for around $800, assembled it from scratch, and does all the maintenance for it. Have any more questions about the process of running a printer or making models for printing? Feel free to throw one of us a message!

What made you guys decide to take up 3D printing?

Owning a 3D printer had been a long-held dream of Rabid's, and last summer it finally became possible. I heard about it and wanted in because it sounded cool as hell and was a good opportunity to build up my 3D modeling portfolio. Our skill sets and work styles are perfectly suited to collaborating on a project like this, as he has the technical expertise, I have the artistic expertise, and we're both decently knowledgeable in the other's field so it's easy to communicate. Neither of us could pull this off without the other.

Do you sell 3D prints of non-pony things?

We definitely intend to eventually. The problem is that they will take longer than ponies by virtue of not having a uniform body shape. Pokémon and anthros are top of the to-do list. Video game characters are an interesting case because there's a possibility that we could simply print the already-existing in-game model if it's available online. Feel free to ask.

Do you guys do trades?

Not at this time, sorry. But if you're a plushie maker we might be forced to reconsider.

Why hasn't my commission been printed yet?

Ask Rabid. @_@ He runs the printer and has control over everything on that end of the process so whenever anyone asks me this all I can do is stand there feeling kind of embarrassed.

How do I commission a running pony animation?

Sorry, but I don't do animated commissions anymore. Unless you're one of the handful of people still on the waitlist of old, but if you are, chances you wouldn't be asking this.

Are you ever going to finish that Locking up the Sun animation?

I'm amazed that people still want to see this completed. The answer is yes, and I'll probably work on it as soon as we get the commission list under control.
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:icontheirishhusky:
TheIrishHusky Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there! ^^

Your work is awesome, especially the changeling related stuff. :D
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REDBLUTEAM Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hoe did you learn to 3d modeling?
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for watching. :)
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scourgefangirlartist Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
OKAY OKAY HOW LONG UNTIL YOUR COMISSIONS ARE OPEN
AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRICES ON
AS I DIDNT EXACTLY SEE THIS a custom changling 
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Squidimus Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Your better off getting a reprint as any original print and you will be waiting for a long time to get it. I've been waiting 1yr+ for mine. But hey! At least they pushed out 15 gamer Luna's from conception to shipping before even touching the commissions they had before that.
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Clawed-Nyasu Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
I admit, I'm not totally sure where the 15 gamer Lunas estimate came from, as we've finished exactly 4 of them since first making them available.  =/  The priority has always been on customs over reprints.  That being said though, I can't just expect Rabid to sit around with nothing to do thanks to my slow-ass modeling speed.  No matter what, the machine will always be able to print faster than I can model, so there's bound to be gaps in production.  Is there any reason why he shouldn't fill those gaps with printing/sanding/airbrushing reprints while waiting for me to come out with the latest custom model?

I won't even attempt to defend how long it's taken me to tackle the modeling queue.  But don't get mad at Rabid for filling the production gaps with reprints.
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EvanEverAfter Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like you've been waiting just about as long as I have! 8I
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scourgefangirlartist Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh.....
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Hottspinner Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi!
You're prints are really coming along :) great improvements!
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zeo038 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  New member
With all the hype around fallout equestria I'm surprised no one has requested little pip yet.
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