Miniature Maker: Forged Monkey

Its Monday again so let’s cheer up and try to forget with a look at another amazing Miniature Maker! Today we are taking a look at one of the best busts in the business.

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Forged Monkey was founded in 2011 by Raffaele Picca. Although he did sculpt some full figures, Raffaele quickly established himself as a creator of some of the best miniature busts in the hobby. After giving everyone a slight heart attack by closing in 2015 Forged Monkey has recently reopened as part of the Fernando Ruiz Miniatures line and the company continues to create the original and fantastic busts they are known for.

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Miniature busts fall into pretty standard categories. You’ve got some orcs, soldiers, steam punk girls, elves, and tough looking humans. But strangely the animal kingdom has been left largely untouched. So it’s great to see a company doing such high quality work on this subject.

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When looking at these miniatures you can see how important expressions are to Raffaele. The facial expressions are continued through the position of the shoulders and angle of the head. Giving these busts a strong emotion even before painting. Helping the painter to tell the story they want to regardless of their skill level.

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You can see from these two busts how movement in the piece changes with the emotion.

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At this point I’m sure you can tell that I think highly of this company. But there is a downside to all this awesomeness…the price. Your probably not going to pay less than 25£ for a very small very detailed bust, and some of them can go much higher. For some people that’s too much and it’s completely understandable, but let me tell you what you get for your money.

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You’ll get an extremely detailed and beautiful bust…

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…and you’ll get some awesome pieces for it that you can use to customize your figure…

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… and then you’ll get even more stuff and you’ll begin to panic from the amount of choices and extra pieces…

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…and you’ll end up working on something else to give you an excuse to keep thinking about what you want to do…

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…or trying to resist buying another copy so you can do multiple versions…

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Forged Monkey will always leave you with little gift bits left over for your investment.

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Forged Monkey miniatures are expensive and can be frustrating to find due to their tendency to sell out quickly. But I would still suggest taking a serious look at purchasing one. These miniatures keep inspiring me to push my painting skills and that’s important to have when your stuck in the un-fun grind that can be practicing. New pieces have been coming out regularly so check the links below to see what you can add to your table.

To see and purchase older pieces by Forged Monkey click here

To see and purchase newer releases by Forged Monkey click here

Miniature Maker Showcase: Nuts Planet

Miniature Maker is a new segment that I’ve been mulling over for some time now. Like many miniature painters I started out working on game pieces. These pieces were cheap, easy to find, and assemble. Providing a perfect place to start off in the hobby. As I explored the hobby my interests shifted from game pieces to painting more difficult and detailed “cabinet” or  “display” miniatures. Cabinet painting is a small slice of the community (especially in America) but can be deeply fulfilling to a painter. Unfortunately it can be a struggle to find the companies that make these minis. Miniature Maker will focus on showcasing one of these specialized miniature companies at a time. Showing off what they have to offer and their unique styles. So hopefully you can spend less time searching and more time painting.

NUTS PLANET

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Nuts Planet is a miniature company out of Korea. It has been exploding since its conception in 2013 and now has a massive selection of miniatures. They sculpt a wide range of minis from full diorama sets to busts. The coolest series they have is probably their Game of Thrones busts. These busts are a little on the expensive side but are by far the best Game of Thrones minis on the market.

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They also have a great selection of  historical pieces. These pieces often take a character, such as the Roman Soldier, and create a refreshing new twist on the piece.

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The selection of women sculpts they create is also somewhat diverse. And while many of them are wearing what appears to be armored bikinis.

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They do do have some women that are dressed a bit more realistic, which is refreshing to see. Although they don’t seem to have many different nationalities. The hobby has slowly been changing this for the better so hopefully we will start seeing more beautiful pieces of women from all sorts of backgrounds.

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My favorite series from this company is called Trigger. It features a wide variety of people surviving in what appears to be an apocalyptic world. These figures all come with their own little detailed bases that include walls and sometimes cars. It’s a great set if you want to make an amazing art piece but don’t want to spend time creating a custom base.

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They’re still releasing miniatures for this series and I can not wait to see what else they have up their sleeves.

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To sum up Nuts Planet is a great resource for miniatures if your into painting just about anything. They are on the expensive side of the spectrum but it’s one of those situations where you really are getting what you pay for. These sculptures have been hitting it out of the park for years. And lately their pieces have been exploring more diverse subject matter. Which is not only a great thing to support but is refreshing and challenging to paint. So check out Nuts Planet in the link below and let us know about your favorite pieces!

Check out the Nuts Planet website here

 

We are trying to put together a collection of great miniature sculptures and sellers to create a resource for the hobby community. If you know about a small group making great miniatures please leave a comment with their name and website so we can add them to the list.