arloft Built my first (probably terrible) Commander / EDH deck, with this guy as the commander. It's maybe 2/3 black, 1/3 white, and a small splash of red. Definitely not taking advantage of the warrior subtype, but it has lots of demons and life gain by stealing it from opponents. Plan to swarm the board creatures rather than some tricksy roundabout way to win. Zurgo smash face!

#mtg #mtgers #mtgang #mtgcommander #mtgedh #edh #commander #zurgohelmsmasher #mardu #multiplayer #multiplayermtg #multiplayergaming #gaming #games #cardgames #tcg #tradingcardgame #ccg #collection #collecting #fun #playgroup
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arloft Attempting to balance color power and themes while trimming cards to keep the cube under 900 cards, including lands. Is it bad to have a 1200+ card cube? Making cuts is tough, so many fun, janky cards I want to keep in!
#mtg #mtgers #mtgcube #tcg #ccg #cube #collection #janky #zendikar #ogw #bfz #modernmtg #modernmasters2015 #eternalmasters #cubedraft #mtgdraft
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arloft Turns out sleeving an #mtg cube takes longer than one afternoon I don't mind, it's kind of zen, and excites me to play it.
#mtgdraft #drafting #mtgcube #mtgers #tcg #ccg #modern #legacy #soi #modernmasters2015 #eternalmasters #shadowsoverinnistrad #bfz #ogw #zendikar
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arloft Another non-resin casting post, but equally nerdy. Sorted my MTG cube into stacks by type (creature, land, etc), clearly a ton of creatures, maybe too many. At last count, there are a little under 800 cards. This is mostly non-Standard legal stuff, going to add those in soon, then I'll start balancing the colors. Thinking KMC for my double sleeve needs.
#mtg #magicthegathering #mtgcube #mtgcubedraft #mtgdraft #mtgsealed #mtgers #mtgaddicts #cube #collection #cardgames #tcg #hobby #leisuretime #nerds #eternalmasters #modernmasters2015 #eldritchmoon #drafting #mtgdraft
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arloft Added some Rebound 25 to fill the peg hole (ran a short vacuum to pull out any trapped air), then added the sleeve. Had leftover silicone so I painted some around the seam to seal it before pouring the Mold Max 15. Mold should be ready for casting tomorrow!
#moldmaking #plastercast #plastermold #resintoys #resinartist #resincasting #RandD #siliconemold #finalstages #process #progress #commissionedwork
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arloft Spent a few hours tonight picking cards for the initial set of my first MTG cube. I'm short on a lot of the old, powerful (busted) cards, tho I have a lot of Modern format cards and a little splash of Legacy / Vintage. Still need to go through my Standard boxes and pick out more entries, then start balancing the colors and mana curves of each. There's less focus on balancing the color power levels, that will come from playing it and seeing what feels right. I'm stoked for the Eternal Masters set dropping this summer along with Conspiracy 2 and Eldritch Moon in the fall. Want to pick up an EM booster box since I missed all the pre-Modern cards (just started playing last spring). I just want to make this cube fun to play, even if it's not a vintage level powered cube, and I think that's an attainable goal for a casual play cube.
#mtg #magicthegathering #mtgcube #mtgcubedraft #mtgdraft #mtgsealed #mtgers #mtgaddicts #cube #collection #cardgames #tcg #hobby #leisuretime #nerds #eternalmasters #modernmasters2015 #eldritchmoon
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arloft Replaced the original sculpt with a scrap cast so I could drill into it and insert pour & vent channels. The clay will form a small reservoir at the top for excess resin to be pulled in when it's in the pressure pot. I'll wrap the top in a cardboard sleeve then pour a silicone topper using Mold Max 15 (the cyan silicone ring in the mold). It's a little soft but should work fine as a cap. The whole pint of this glove mold + parent mold is to get perfect casts, my first mold had some ugly defects along the seam line that can't be easily fixed, so I'm taking a different approach to solve the problem. If the plaster body doesn't crack in the pressure pot (small air bubbles in the plaster crushing inward), it should yield great casts. Exciting!
#moldmaking #resincasting #resintoys #art #plastercast #plastermold #makingtoys #toymaking #process #progress #RandD
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arloft Plaster parent mold is close to done, need to make a topper with fill channels and run it through the pressure pot to make sure it won't crack (fingers crossed). Pretty cool, I love learning new techniques!
#moldmaking #plastermold #exploration #progress #newtechniques #art #toymaker #makingtoys #resincasting #resintoys #RandD
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arloft Awesome sculpture, I loved the design of Two-Face in TDK. Sure, he would be blind in that eye but the horrible realism of the injury of both Harvey's body and mind totally sold it.

#Repost @jackofthedust.
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Remember that old name you all had for me...when I was in internal affairs, what was it Gordon....say it. SAY IT!!
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arloft Moved into new territory this week, plaster molds! It's actually a parent mold around a silicone glove mold (see a few posts back), made as a reinforcement body. The plaster is surprisingly easy to with, so I may incorporate this into more future molds.
#moldmaking #toymaker #indietoys #makingtoys #plastercast #plastermold #learning #newtechniques #art #exploration #progress
2mon

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arloft Day 2 at Star City Games Grand Prix DC. Better turnout, and getting some sweet custom art tokens from Aaron Miller and Victor Amara Minguez. Going to hit up Eric Deschamps table soon to get my Gideon, Ally of Zendikar signed along with a few other cards.
#mtggpdc #GPDC #mtg #gaming #cardgames #magicthegathering #nerds #art #customart
2mon

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arloft At Grand Prix DC (gaming tournament for Magic the Gathering); there's a memorial display up for Christopher Rush, one of the artists who painted art for legacy cards like Black Lotus.
#mtggpdc #GPDC
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arloft Ugh, it's been SO long since I posted anything on IG. Not that I haven't been working on stuff, just more semi-secret stuff.
What's happening here is, I'm making new molds for a few parts by using (started with) MoldStar 15 and just switched to Rebound 25, to coat the parts and make a thing "glove mold". I'll make a stronger outer mold, probably with Plaster of Paris or something similar. Using a thin, stretchy glove mold will make much cleaner "master" casts, which I'll then use to make a 4-up mold that allows me to cast 4 shots a turn. It'll be so much more efficient for larger runs of casts instead waiting half a day for 1 cast to fully cure before I can use the mold again. I'm always trying to find better ways to mold, cast, and to be more efficient at both.

#moldmaking #resincasting #resinartist #iteration #process #improvement #efficiency #toymaking #resintoys #art #artist #reproduction #massproduction #researchanddevelopment #RandD #streamline #toymaker
3mon

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arloft That moment when you're trying to be all clean and organized and it all goes sideways. Hahaha

Been away recently and not able to update much. Working on a couple commission projects and doing end of year tax prep (yaaaaay 🙄). Hope to find time to get back on some of my own stuff soon.

#mess #hotmess #workspace #workshop #desk #moldmaking #resincasting #toymaking #art #artist #resinartist
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  •   voodoo1913 Smooth on there is no such thing as clean! I always make a mess no matter how careful I am lol 3mon
  •   cutenotkawaii @voodoo1913 agreed! I lay down plastic tarp or crappy tablecloths when pouring molds. The mess just goes right in the garbage. 3mon
  •   arloft @voodoo1913 @cutenotkawaii Haha, a mess is a little unusual for me, I keep it all fairly controlled. Today though, nah, the crappy overflow skirt (the white paper at the top of the mold) wasn't sealed and I forgot about that when I started pouring, so it leaked out of the cracks. I plugged the big leaks with the yellow clay but by then it was a big mess. ... A tip for covering your workspace, I use waxed paper that's masking taped down onto a cutting mat. The waxed paper can last for multiple sessions depending how messy you get. Worst case you toss it at the end. Isopropyl alcohol will dissolve liquid resin & dye/tint, and mineral spirits will dissolve liquid silicone (but not vice-versa). When I spill either, I use the specified solution to clean it. The little tub of blue liquid in the photo is mineral spirits that's polluted with liquified silicone. When you let the spirits sit long enough, the silicone sludge settles to the bottom of the jar. I also filter both my mineral spirits and isopropyl alcohol with old 4-cup coffee pots & filters, then pour it back into its container, I reuse everything! 3mon

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  •   arloft @lakalt but I can't buy her alone, that's part of the problem. 3mon
  •   bdav1984 Hannah loves this game and has most of the Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy characters. 3mon
  •   arloft @bdav1984 Cool. I've been a little tempted to try it, and almost bought the Chewbacca figure today. The Gamora figure looks pretty cool too. 3mon

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arloft Working on another commission, this one Star Wars related, but I can't share any more yet.
That said, I just discovered Rick and Morty. A couple nights ago, I binged the first 7 episodes; omg, this show is so awesome.

#rickandmorty #computersimulation #poptart #scifi #sciencefiction #adultswim #aliens #cartoon #animation #nerds #nerdhumor
4mon

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arloft More cool Xmas gifts from @workinglass! We're going to have a lot of fun with this! 🕹🕹 #retron5 #retrogaming #xmas #gift #videogames #mario #nes #snes #genesis #games #gaming #classicgaming #tech #gadgets #nerdswag 4mon
  •   mechazone I have one and let me give you some advice... you have to hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn it on. Mine didn't tell you that anywhere... not on the box and not in instructions. Thought it was broke at first. 4mon
  •   arloft Weird. Thanks @mechazone, that's really good to know! How do you like it overall? I haven't investigated yet, but can it run roms or just cartridges? 4mon
  •   gamingftwhd_yt Brilliant 4mon

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arloft This has the potential to be so awesome. Regardless how the author designs the aesthetic, it all comes down to the story, character relationships, and the dialogue. Not that Star Wars has particularly amazing dialogue, but the characters and their pursuits are relatable enough to the viewer where they just get sucked into the world. I don't know much about Yohancé, or even African lore, but the little I do, mixed with futurism and science fiction poises this to be amazing. Now, if they can just not mess it up.

#Yohancé #sciencefiction #scifi #spaceopera #futurism #afrofuturist #starwars #dreams #mythology #lore
5mon

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arloft Christmas came early to this wannabe artist, @workinglass surprised me with this awesome drafting table, already set up in my office and ready to use. Thanks a ton!! #Christmas #xmas #gift #present #prezzy #draftingtable #tools #art #artist #workspace #studio #artstudio 5mon

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