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Wakes Emporium

Novice Armoursmith, aspiring welding engineer, and working 3d miniature design artist.
https://wakesemporium.wordpress.com/
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Wakes Emporium

My shapeways shop is mainly a place for me to put my standard 6/8mm and 1/20000 miniatures lines and so you will mostly see this kind of thing in my shop. Normally in White Versatile Plastic for the more bulk oriented products or Fine Detail Plastic for things that need better detail. However feel free to make inquiries about other work if you enjoy my style.

Hiring Me:  
 This applies mostly to my 3d design work, if you would like to have some armour made please contact me directly.

    I've been designing 3d work and sculpting miniatures for private collectors since 2017.  Although my work featured here is primarily 3d design I am also available for traditional methods, and specifcally armoursmithing.  Much of the designs I post are currently for smaller scales such as 1/285 (6/8mm) because the nature of 3d printing is costly for larger projects however I can be contacted to do whatever scale and size you like- just shoot me a message.  

1) For a reasonable fee I can provide you with the file in the following formats:  Blender .dae .3ds .fbx .ply .obj .x3d .stl

2) I can help you upload the file to Shapeways if you do not already have a printer in mind and walk you through the process of ordering your design- I offer limited printing services, mostly for my own work.


General Information about commissioned work:

1)Sculpting figures takes time- THE FEE : although my rates are reasonable and I have a sliding scale I don’t work for free. My typical wage works out to roughly $18/hr.   Even the smallest 6mm figures will take 2-3 hours, and the larger ones will literally take months. To be clear: If I am to spend 10 hours on a project it wont be a $20 figure. This really shouldn’t need to be said and yet I have it as number 1 because it comes up far more often than I would like. You don’t work for free, neither do I. 

     In general my rates are $160usd for each 1" (2.5cm) of detailed sculpture- details finer than 0.3mm often cant be see clearly and so those are not a part of the quote- if you require precision detail finer than that it will cost extra .  This typically takes roughly 10 hours of time to both create the file and check it for errors (and Shapeways issues if that is your choice of printer). This can vary with complexity so if that 1" is highly detailed such that it takes longer, then it could run as high as $240 or more.   The point being, if you come to me with a 15 hour job and expect anything less than at least $16/hour then you are simply wasting both of our time.    Likewise, if someone else has offered to do the job for much less and you are satisfied with their credentials then go with them (I honestly wont work for less just because someone else who doesnt value their time or skills will).

2)Getting started- I will discuss your project with you, however I will not start any project based on that alone. I require you to provide concept material (pictures are preferred)  and will quote a due date as well as a fee after I see exactly what you have in mind.   If you don’t have any art I can be hired to draw some up with your description so you can see what you will get.   The cost to do a single fast sketch conceptual picture is $25 per sketch.   Please dont bother to tell me to watch some movie or read some comic book or Google things- you need to do the work of providing your concept unless the whole point is you want a 'Wakes Original'-  otherwise I need to bill you for the time spent searching to find the concept material and it may not be what you had in mind which can get costly. You need to have a clear idea of what you want and a way of conveying this information to me.


You must be able to tell me the exact size and scale of the project. If you switch scales half way through the project it pretty much resets the clock back to zero for traditional sculpting - it may not be an issue for SOME 3d renders though some scale issues may result and that may change the time required and the labor hours involved and I don’t refund the time I already spent on the first sculpt so knowing what you want and need before we begin really is vital.

  In addition you are responsible for any and all copyright and Intellectual Property issues that result from your project- I cant possibly be expected to determine ownership of every artwork provided to me and so the onus is on you.   It is something to keep in mind as you provide me with the concept art materials if you want me to copy something exactly as you see it without permission from the owner... and a lawsuit may be the result of it. Further if you plan on selling copies of the artwork be sure you obtain proper licencing from relevant IP owners first as I can not grant you permission to other people's IP... and a lawsuit may be the result of it.    If you approach me to do any work it is under the assumption that you have permission to do so: again, as an artist I do not have the resources to check your sources or to verify if you have permission or not to fund any project you hire me for, and as such the onus is on you to be certain you are not violating any laws by requesting my services.

3)Commitment- I require at least a 50% deposit before I will devote any of my time to any project. 


4)Completion- I provide work in progress pictures and encourage active feedback from the client. At the end of the project I will provide the final images for your review. At this time you can suggest any small alterations but large changes will require an extension to the due date and possible fee increases if it is a substantial change from the original request. At this time the remaining 50% of the fee and the shipping cost are due before I ship the finished work. 


5) Disappearing Act- If you decide to at some time during the design process stop all contact, and I cannot get ahold of you for 6 months.  I reserve the right to sell your project to recover the remaining 50% of my fee.
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