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'Tis the season to have seasonally relevant feelings!

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‘Lo child,
Seasonally relevant feelings to you and your'n! I hope you have all secured the appropriate sacrifices for your festive divinity of choice. Whether you make your devotions to our Lord and Savior Booty Ghost, or the great and terrible Sandy Claws, or even number yourself amongst those faithful souls who surrender themselves to the holiday table of the Pie That Eats, you are welcome to bring a wriggling dish over and sit with us.
This will be the last newsletter for this year; we’re taking a little break next week to vigorously self-flagellate and rub butter on our joints as our gods demand. At such times, one feels impelled to review and assess. At such times, too, one can get away with presenting such a review as if it were content, thus storing up new and original work for the lean end of the winter to come.
So let nostalgia sweep away that nagging little voice that says, “Didn’t I just see this like… two weeks ago?” You didn’t! This is an entirely new thing, somewhat like that other thing that you liked, but now seasoned with a year’s perspective and aged in an oak cask to a dry, delicate finish.
I’ve been really proud of all the progress we’ve made on our miniatures this year. With our first newsletter in April I showed you this desktop Myst map. It still looks pretty good to me, but when I get real close, the detail could be a lot better. We had to print this in two halves, also, because our previous printer was so small - our new printer could do it whole, just as it is, with much clearer details. Our new printer is so good, the problem becomes finding 3D models with as much detail as it can print!
Big projects like that map often need to dry between coats of paint, so I tend to work on smaller figures while I wait. This summer I finished painting all the old Malifaux models we had laying around, which gave me an opportunity to improve on things like color matching, lighting, and painting actual eyes in the eye-holes.
Then we got really into Genshin Impact, and that totally ruined our output for a while - or totally revolutionized it, depending on how you feel about anime girls. We did Paimon, Rosaria, and Klee, and I’m working on two more of these at the moment, so you’ll see Lisa and Jean in the next few weeks. Completely apart from my enjoyment of the game, the characters’ outfits are incredibly fun to paint, and I find it an interesting challenge to match the often simple, saturated color palette of anime.
We’re gonna get something resembling a shop set up sometime soon, so it’s easy and low-social-pressure to commission 3D stuff of your own, but generally the three strands of our 3D-printing/painting business here are tiny rooms, tiny dogs, and tiny paintings, hereafter adorably capitalistically branded as Headrooms, Deskpets, and 3D Paintings.
In June we were commissioned to do the Headroom on the right, a memorial piece for the dogs strewn around the place. It’s 4.5 inches on a side, so if there’s a room that holds a lot of nostalgia for you - your dad’s study, maybe, or your childhood bedroom - you could have a tiny custom version of it to hold in your hands! And nobody gets to rearrange the furniture but you.
The dog is Arrow, who passed away a few years back, and the model was a memorial gift for his person. We’ve done a few other dogs since, like Armando here, and a cat or two. If you’ve lost a furry friend, and would like a tiny model of them to sit on your desk or shelf, pester us and we’ll make it happen. And hey, bonus, you get to spam me with pics of your pet, ‘cause the more pictures you send me, the more perfectly I can match their colors and markings!
The painting is a reproduction of Monet’s “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge,” which you can see side-by-side here. This is a 3D painting - it’s a projection about four inches square and two inches deep. I’d like to do more of these with other historical paintings, so if you’re interested in a handpainted, 3D reproduction of your favorite classical art, hit us up.
So those are the three art-things we’d like to be doing on the regular, fully custom stuff. I’m working on some smaller items, jewelry and so on, that could just be pre-made and ready to buy, but for the moment most of our work is by commission.
I’m the kind of person who will straight up leave your website if you don’t show me your prices plainly and upfront, so I’m gonna give you an estimate right now of how much I’d expect these to cost. Subject to change in the future, of course, and with some wiggle room depending on complexity and features like LEDs or memorial compartments for storing remains:
  • Headroom: $150-$200
  • Deskpet: $60-$80
  • 3D Painting: $100-$120
(Prices assume fully customized pieces; if you want a custom-painted version of a dog or artwork we’ve already done, that would knock a bit off the cost)
And now this...
And here we are, after a busy year of 3D printing and painting, thirty-six newsletters in. This is our last project for the year - Jack’s room from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Elder Viki modeled all the pieces from scratch, and I did the painting and present-wrapping. Some zooms on the Grambler.
This is the kind of thing I’d like to have pre-made for people to just buy, because I’m probably not the only one who would like a little Zelda room, or Zag’s room from Hades, or even a Lament Configuration!
So mull over what kind of stuff you think we should print, and pet your familiars and retainers, and sloppily smooch all your favorite faces, and maybe commission a cool miniature thing for your Best Beloved Face!
I will see those of you who survive the Year-Ender’s ravenous passage in 2022.
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