I have known Mirko aka Mauganra through social media for quite a long time now and his works have inspired a lot of the projects that I myself have completed (in particular his version of King Maulg from Figone). The very first figure that led to this present project has in many ways become an iconic piece with some very nice interpretations of it appearing online and at the competitive shows.
When I saw that the Five Cyclones were indeed going to be sculpted I wanted to grab some time with Mirko and find out a little more about the project I guess this in many ways acts as a preview to the review I hope to do once all five figures have been cast, so without delay here is what I have managed to find out so far!
1 – It feels that Ch’n-Han has been around for ever, its in my opinion an iconic figure seen at many shows, was it successful commercially?
2 – Was it always your plan to introduce the other characters?
Yes, if the first character went well, then five Cyclones and other characters would be developed further and as you now know will be released soon!
3 – Can you tell us a little about the “legend” behind these characters?
4 – Who are the team?
5 – Can you describe the creative process, concept art to print?
The following will sound very easy and although the process seems straight forward it can take a lot of time and requires a lot of energy and focus. I present my ideas through sketches of poses, details and ideas along with real references to Diego. At this point he will begin to construct using all of the visual clues, the character, I sit with him when I can and through communication I will follow and arrange all the details of the project up to the printing! Sometimes there are a lot of changes that need tweaking and other times not so much but it always involves good communication.
6 – Out of the new characters, who is your favourite and why?
7 -What are the plans for the future?
8 – I have not seen much of Diegos work before, how did the two of you join forces?
Actually Diego approached me and asked if I would paint the prototype of his first 3D sculpture and immediately I saw in him a lot of potential, so here we are. Under my guidance (I am very strict)
So there we have it, some very nice additions to the original cyclone and then all going well we will also get to see the next stage in this developing range of figures! I really like the dynamic poses and the detailing and textures look great from the photographs too. These could easily be painted as single figures or a diorama with a dynamic composition! You can see some of the prototypes below!
You can keep up to date with developments by following the LIKE page HERE and pledge the project on their KICKSTARTER HERE, it looks like there are some really nice add-ons too, so that dynamic diorama is looking more and more tempting! I will be sure to keep you updated and a review/article will be following over the coming weeks and months. The campaign looks to be getting funded, as they are only a couple % away from their target, so we will definitely be getting our hands on these awesome characters.
This really appeals to me as it is an original idea, there are far too many companies taking the easy route and releasing more and more copies of the now somewhat tired looking fantasy archetypes. I look forward to seeing how this all develops!I leave you with perhaps my favourite character!
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