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TFM was started by Ed Fortae (Hive Trygon). More and more forum members are contributing to the range of TFM products available from the store. This is a list of those members, and some special mentions for those who contribute to the running of TFM in other ways; such as the fantastic moderators of the TFM forum, and designers.
Ed Fortae (Hive Trygon)
I began my sculpting career as an artist inspired by architecture and the use of non-traditional materials. I then began to work in the field and began to see 28mm artists in commercial situations and was amazed at their skill. I have since been hooked on the skill and process of 28mm sculpting. You can view my old fine art here to see the massive change I have made with my art. Switching from large abstract sculpture to small conceptual products.
I have always wanted to become a miniature sculptor but lets face it, this is probably one of the least known careers out there and very hard to break in to. I had very little help starting out and learned a lot through trial and error.
I started this little project to begin a life as a 28mm sculptor and saw new aspiring artists struggling as I did. To make a long story short I began to reach out and help other artists, to cast and sell their sculptures in partnership, and the little project soon became a big one. The thing I'm most happy about with Troll Forged Miniatures is helping out other aspiring artists begin their careers.
We are growing very quickly and I'm now even buying new equipment to keep the project running and growing more. I strive to improve quality, production, and designs with each sculpt I do myself, or the molds I make for other artists.
All TFM sculptors are independent artists and who are part of our online community (and forum members). If you would like to join in, please read the overview and acquaint yourself with the sculpting collective'. The perhaps you would like to dive into the TFM forums, you can introduce yourself here: Welcome Thread.
If you wish to become part of the staff please contact me or post your submissions on the forum. Thanks again for your continued support.
I am very happy to introduce several important people to me. The next few artists are people I respect and admire with all my heart.
Devinne - P&P
Kat - P&P
Master preper for production (and painter).
Neal Cherrie (Icesword/ M.O.T.N)
"I started off when 2nd edition 40k was released in my early teens and ashamedly bought every game and race released by GW. By day I work in the Investment industry and by night (when I'm not behaving like Glen Quagmire, posing at the gym or boozing in Edinburgh bar's) I lead a quiet life as a closet nerd.
No time for gaming these days but I have a long list of sculpting projects to fill the odd quiet weeknight"
[Neal works for Anvil Industries :) ]
Richard Sweet (Rikard, Build)
Hi, build here, also known on a few other forums as Rikard. I first started working with green stuff round about the age of 22 and made a huge mess with my first attempt. I slowly practiced and experiment and steady built my skill sculpting my first scratch build at 25 (now 26). Since then I have had my work featured in Games Workshop's collector guides and on display in art galleries. Having tried new tools, styles and sculpts I am finally trying my hand at cast pieces.
TFM Blog tag: Rikard
Tom Box (Bocks)
I like listening to music 24/7, sculpting/converting 40k based minis, making nice electro music, cooking, eating, being revolted at the human race, orange juice, sci-fi films, comics, anything that allows me to pretend that the real world doesn't exist.
John Conner (Khabuldashudeth)
John Connor was New Zealand born, but currently resides in the North-West of England. He is a Scottish Laird, owning a square foot of land in the Loch Borralan estate. John got into miniature wargaming in '96/7, mostly focusing on the painting side, but it wasn't until 2007 that he tried his hand at sculpting. A lucky encounter with Hive Trygon saw his first ever full sculpt available to you through Troll Forged Miniatures, and he hasn't looked back since. Aside from the wargaming aspect, John enjoys amassing swords and crossbows, has a bass guitar he can't play, loves traveling, and talks about himself in the third person.
TFM Blog tag: Khabuldashudeth
Adam Grabowski (Svenkillabearski)
Creator of massive monsters!
Mati Zander (thebadsmile)
"I have a passion for sci-fi and freaky stuff in general. Working as a sculptor is one of the most beautiful things on earth. I am more then happy to contribute to TFM."
Mati hails from Berlin, Babylon, Germany
"Hello, I'm a freelance figure sculptor and have been working professionally for four years now. I've worked for many companies over the years and I am currently working on a new miniature for Ed. You can see examples of my work at Mountain Miniatures."
Jonas Ballegaard Plass (Kyte)
Profession: Studying at Køge Gymnasium at the moment. I'd like to become either an actor or a teacher Time in hobby: I bought my first miniatures (some plastic skeletons and skinks) back in 1996, because I thought of them as Heroes of Might and Magic Toys, But I began playing warhammer about 4 or 5 years ago, around the time of the Eye of Terror 40K campaign and 6th ed beastmen army book was released. Time sculpting/converting: Since I was a child, I always liked sculpting stuff in Fimo and other putties. I always sculpted copies of the toys I couldn't afford. At the age of 8 or 9 years, I sculpted all the pokemons in fimo for instance. I really started working with greenstuff a few years ago, and in December 2006, I sculpted my first whole mini, a huge Daemon Prince of Tzeentch, which some of you will probably remember from my age-old blog on The Ogre Stronghold.
Favourite Sculptor: Ikim from The Ogre Stronghold kind of inspired me to start converting my minis in the first place, and even though he's not known for his sculpting, he has always been one of my greatest sources of inspirations.
Favourite Miniature: That must be the GW Champion of Tzeentch with the strange bird face. That model lead my first chaos army, and won me a beginners tournament, when I first started playing.
Thing most proud of: The Stewart Copeland drumstick and Sting pick, I caught from The Police live Reunion Tour in 2007... On a serious note, my newest sculpt is always my best one.
TFM Blog tag: Jonas Plass
Hails from Russia. Sculptor of Humans, Elves, and Goblins.
TFM Blog tag: Vasiliev Mikhail
Greetings from Spain!
My main interests are the development of games (system, background, concepts, etc) and scenery construction... and now the miniature sculpture XD
Some time ago I hear of Troll Forge and I really like what is done here and I like to be involved in it.
TFM Blog tag: Burano
Kenneth Van Bogget (Kobarf)
Hi there, my name's Kenneth Van Bogget. I'm a Belgian university student and I've been in the hobby for about ten years now. I started sculpting pretty soon as I got involved but like any other person trying to sculpt for the first time I was quite poor at it. More experience in conversion work and trying full sculpts gave me some good practice however and that is how I got to the point I am today, contributing to this great society of sculptors and hobby enthusiasts with my own miniatures. I have a lot more to learn and my sculpting fu still has a lot of growing potential but that's the best part of it all: seeing yourself improve... I've never been someone who sticks to one single project for a long time so expect to see a lot of random sculpts from my part! Other interests I have include the drinking of beer in all its variations and quantities (I am Belgian after all), history(what I am studying too), my girlfriend (she made my type it...), drawing, going out and playing my Xbox 360 (not very productive I know but it does give me some nifty ideas sometimes).
TFM Blog tag: Kenneth Van Bogget
In general sculpture has always been an interest of mine but I did not start making my own until 2007. I first got into sculpting by playing around with a ball of greenstuff putty one night at my older brother's house. I instantly became fascinated with the putty and the possibilities of creation that were imbued within.
I spent countless hours of free time throughout 2007 making my first greens. By the end of 2007 I had created about nine of my own original greens in the 28mm scale range and had them all cast for a small company I started with my brothers called Blood Moon Miniatures
The following year of 2008 I had started selling my greens through eBay to amateur companies and collectors. I realized early on that there was a great deal of money to be made here as well as a great opportunity to unleash my creative side through the ancient art of sculpture.
Since the start of my sculpting adventures I have currently made hundreds of tabletop wargaming greens. Some of which have been cast by companies, others have been kept secret from society in some collectors private cabinet. I graduate from college spring of 2011 and plan to continue on sculpting greens as a hobby until I am physically unable.
Robby Crawforth (bodiscool)
My first love with this hobby was painting and converting. 6 weeks after I first started painting I was given a job at Games Workshop as a 'Eavy Metal painter. This is pretty fast which I'm sure will annoy some people (it did my friends, lol). It didn't last long as I didn't find it enjoyable, and quickly moved back home. I concentrated on painting and converting at that point; trying to improve my paintwork and see how far I could push myself.
In '97 I entered my first golden demon and came home with 2 awards. 1 silver in '40k single' and 1 gold in 'Warhammer monster'. I didn't have green stuff for sculpting at that point so I used Das (air hardening clay). It was very hard to use and took a lot of practice. I entered Games Day again in 2000, and 2001, both times lucky enough to bag a few statues.
I then had a 7 year break from the hobby. When I returned I found the website 'Cool mini or not'. I posted many pictures of my old work on it, including a few old sculpts I'd done. Soon after I was asked to do some commission work for differing people (mostly collectors).
Just recently I've found my sculpting has improved a lot after I switched from just using green stuff to using green stuff and magic sculpt as a combo. Much nicer to work with, and has the bonus of being sandable for smoother and sharper edges. I find it takes of some pressure of getting it right first time. Well it works for me, and I'd highly recommend trying it.
Sculptor of Humans, Dwarves, and Goblins.
Greg Smalling (Khavor)
I've been painting and converting minis for years. Started with D&D and Ral Partha, and moved on to GW. Attended my first Games Day in the late 90's. Picked up Warmachine last year as well. I've built up my skills with gradually more and more elaborate conversions until I decided I'd like to try my hand at sculpting my own. I enjoy Painting, Wargaming, Hiking, Home Improvement (I'm an electrician for my day job).
TFM Blog tag: Khavor
Bob has been a freelance sculptor for 20 years and was a historical figurine painter before that. He first became interested in sculpting miniatures when he saw some of Citadel's fantasy miniatures. Back then green stuff was unknown to us, so Bob's first sculpts were in fimo, unfortunately they melted during the moulding process. Not a good start, but determination and a packet of newly discovered greenstuff won through. Since then he's worked for many companies, including Reaper Miniatures, Games Workshop, and Ral Partha.
Sculptor of human knights and warriors. Rights/ mold brought from Megaminis.
TFM Blog tag: Josef Ochmann
Set up Riceball Miniatures, located in Singapore.
Sculptor of aliens.
TFM Blog tag: NA
Eric Lambert (Hellric)
My name's Eric Lambert, I come from Belgium, I'm a 35 years old father of 3 children. I bought my first miniature when I was 15, a Citadel Chaos Warrior. I played Warhammer and Warhammer 40K for 10 years then (Chaos, Eldar, Tyranids, Dark Eldar), along with various roleplaying games (AD&D, Star Wars, Call of Cthulhu, Stormbringer, Hawkmoon, ...). Then I had no more time to play but I always went on collecting.
In 2003 my interest moved to painting and converting miniatures, a thing I had never done before. I always asked friends to paint my stuff and only focused on strategy when I was playing. But I learned by watching great painters and converters all over the net. Now my only goal is to make the stuff I like, and I'm very happy that I actually succeed :) I have to thank the Warpshadow community as it was (and still is !) a great inspiration for me, thanks to Hydra, Moloch, M_Pink, Wormwood, Entomologist, HFProvidence,... and Hivetrygon again ;) I only develop monstrous creatures, demons and gribbly aliens, Cthulhu is my main influence.
I have no favourite painter but I have been one of the guys who contacted Hivetrygon to tell him how much I like his stuff and to ask him to produce minis, ... we know the rest of the story, a dream coming true, so I'm very happy to be here with Ed and the bunch of other talented people here. My collaboration is limited to painting a few pieces, but I'll start sculpting a full mini soon!
TFM Group: Hellsword
Chris Palmer (Nightsword)
I'm Nightsword, I'm 19 years old and I'm studying Business Studies at the University of the West of England in Bristol, England. I landed a role as a painter for Troll Forged by cheekily suggesting that I'd love to paint one of his fantastically sculpted kits. What's great about it is I got away with it!
As a painter, my favourite artist would have to be the almighty Darren Latham of 'eavy metal fame, who without having sent me a kind email, I probably would never have had any confidence to push on and try to better myself. Vincent Hudon is probably one of my best inspirations too, literally learning to paint as he went on to create the slayer sword winning Magamatrax, and creating a guide which taught me so much of what I know now. Without knowing it, I owe most of my talents to these two people, though I'd also like to shout-out to the forum members of Troll Forged who believe in me and to Putty and Layne-in-Spayne on Warseer for their continued support. On a personal level, I'm a golden demon aspirant and believe in the philosophy of always pushing the boundaries, and I intend on creating the best looking figures for Troll Forged Miniatures. I'm open to new techniques, and love constructive criticism. Anything that makes me the best is accepted.
[Chris works for Mantic Games :) ]
TFM Group: Hellsword
Philip S - Webmaster
I'm Philip Sibbering - artist, designer and information manager. I chip in with new ideas on how to expand the project and implement ideas that receive the thumbs up from Ed. This is all done to match product presentation to the public, and community infrastructure, to the revolutionary concept of TFM. I aim to free up Ed from 'information management' to concentrate on building the TFM (sculpting and 'Cast On Demand') business.
Malika - Web promotion
Been into wargaming, modelling and all that for about a decade now. Started off with Warhammer Fantasy Battle and 40k, later on also tried to explore some other stuff. Nowadays I'm not so much into modelling anymore, partly due to being occupied with my studies, music but also the Anargo Sector Project. The stuff I do work on can be considered "alternative modelling" as in that the stuff is primarily made from bits found in every day life, be it the insides of radios, pens or even vast quantities of glue. I'm in love with Peruvian cuisine (especially the raw fish dishes like ceviche, so if you want to make Malika a happy camper...) and things that make loud noises!
Personal Website: Malika's Blog
Mark Wood (Wormwood)
My name's Mark Wood, I'm 39 years old, married and the father of two very young boys. I currently reside in a part of Montana that has no game stores. I've had some formal training in art and design, which has served me well as a hobbyist. Since the early 80's I've been engaged in one dice driven game or another, and producing artwork pertaining to those games. I discovered mini converting a couple of years ago and got hooked. Lately I've been helping online friends with inspirational creature illustrations, but I intend to delve into full fledged mini sculpting soon.
Arran Lewis (Borak)
I've had a keen interest in monsters since my early childhood. From age 2 I have been obsessed with dinosaurs, palaeontology and prehistoric beasties in general. My other interests include archaeology, physics, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, classical civilizations and various mythologies. My favourite literary sources include the works of H. P. Lovecraft, J. R. R. Tolkien and the Dark Tower cycle by Stephen King (a truly mind blowing adventure that like a good wine improves with age).
I was introduced to miniature wargaming on my first day at middle school via White Dwarf and was immediately captivated by the assault cannon on the newly re designed space marine dreadnought and chaos demons. My work is predominantly in the form of conceptual sketches though I am also working on an extensive range of sculpts. I take pride in the amount of research that goes into many of my designs as I understand that even a lay person can spot when something doesn't look quite natural and believe the extra effort shows in the finished work. I've been known to have more ideas than I know what to do with and I'm always willing to offer help and advice to other budding sculptors (whether they want it or not). I have a tendency to specialize in Demons, Monsters and the Undead as that's what fires me up but I do plan to expand my portfolio as I go along. I keep project logs on a couple of forums under the alias of 'Borak' or 'Lord Mayor of Y'ha-nthlei' where feedback is always welcome.
[Arran died on the 7th May 2011 - we'll miss him, not forgotten]
There is a thread over on the TFM forum where members who are not mods, or do not have sculpts in the store (yet!), post information about themselves in 'Intro Cards'. Once they become a mod, or their sculpts appear in the store their card is moved to the above team list.