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A friend of mine sculpted my chapter’s symbol (the one in the centre) on a marine shoulder pad and created some icons to be attached to vehicles.
I found someone on the net who believes he can create resin casts and duplicate the shoulder pads and icons.
My question is how effective is resin casting (done by an individual) can it copy the detail my friend has masterfully sculptured?
It depends almost entirely on the individual doing the casting, his equipment, materials and techniques.
Done right, by someone who knows what they're doing, it's essentially 100% effective - the only real difference between FW casting and a good home casting setup is the scale of the operation. Resin is certainly capable of holding whatever sort of details you ask of it.
If your guy isn't quite as hot as he thinks he is, your results may vary. Ask if you can see some examples of his work, and maybe just have him do a quick trial run (a pack of 5, perhaps) to let you check the quality before making any large scale orders.
Flat pieces like iconography that can be done with a one piece overpoured mold are quite easy. I'd almost say do it yourself. The time and care you'll put into it when it's you own are really the most important part.
Heres a question is it considered illegal to cast components I can no longer get, such as the classic necron immortal body (GW will not bring it back as it is not a heavily demanded piece & they are very, very rare on Ebay) its for personal use only as well?
Something isn't however automatically fair use just because you don't intend to sell it for a profit. When you steal a sculptor's designs by conterfieting them, the intended usage of the copies is to avoid paying the creator for further copies. It's not a backup in case you drop the original on the floor is it? You can use both at the same time and gain a benefit through possessing more than one beyond the reasonable use expected by purchasing only one. It is not justified to steal something from someone simply because you are displeased with the terms under which they are willing to sell it to you!
Last edited by InquisitorAffe; April 8th, 2008 at 00:26. Reason: spelling
Sorry Proiteus if the tone of my last post was accusatory. You just asked an honest question you'd gotten conflicting information about. The tone was directed at the horde of people who responded "Screw GW, you can do anything you want if it's personal." to your last post that got closed =).
Well, in the necron case he wants to buy models from the company that once used to make them, but they wont sell him any because they don't have any and won't cast any more... (if the mould still exist...)
Still illegal to make them for your own use? And even if GW (or anyone else) says no, will they be able to see if he cast some of his own in the depths of his basement?
If GW doesn't know...
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