It's been a while since there's been activity on the DioWarriors store since last year's (2021) JoeFest. Some items did get damaged in the car on the drive back to Florida. Since then I took the opportunity to optimize many of the props. Here is a short run-down of what's going on.
The DioWarriors Conspiracy action figure line is moving forward, but at a slow pace. That is okay with us because firstly it is our first experience working with a professional design studio and we trust they know what they are doing and so we're not going to be breathing down their necks to rush things. At the same we, at DioWarriors, see a lot of potential with Conspiracy props and vehicles that we need to streamline. We have many prototype designs no one has ever seen that are ideal for the Conspiracy brand, but those designs are pending -- many are incomplete where I left them for later for one reason or another (other projects became more priority, lost the creative inspiration, etc.)
So throughout 2021 and up until now in 2022 I've been busy upgrading or redesigning all the props. The first notable change is the addition of 1:12 scale items. During JoeFest 2021 a number of folks stopped by our table to ask if DioWarriors planned to do anything with 1:12 scale. Well, DioWarriors does have plans and we are gearing up (excuse the pun) with props in this scale. I'll leave the details on what it takes to upscale a 1:18 prop to 1:12 in a future article as the process is actually interesting.
The second notable thing is the VSS -- my own personal VSS 002 project -- had gone back into design. It was always my intention to make the add-ons to the VSS easy to replace. But leading up to JoeFest 2021 I cut corners and made short cuts. I.e. I used glue a bit too often. Since part of my VSS got damaged, I wanted to replace the damaged parts, but the glued parts hindered my efforts. So now I had an opportunity to redesign the parts using screws for assembly. This has two benefits: it will be easier for the VSS customer to assemble/disassemble a DioWarriors VSS add-on; and also for future DioWarriors projects I now have a viable design to make large diorama structures -- bases and such. But, more about this later.
Lastly I've been returning to the old designs that were left pending. There are a lot of good things, lots of interesting props from consoles to generic machines, to even vehicles and mechs that I am now finishing. Some of these items will be used with the Conspiracy action figures, but as the DioWarriors items are designed to be brand neutral, they will integrate and work well with just about any action figure line out there. In the upcoming weeks I'll be posting more about the new items. Some of these are large, complicated vehicles -- such as mechs -- designed to be modular and customizable. Others are VSS-like space vessels, orbital platforms, drop-ship type things. I will be posting more information and screen captures as I work on them.
So, expect to see more activity from DioWarriors from here on out. There is a lot of things going on behind the scenes, and I can't wait to reveal some of these complicated vehicles in the works. Hope you all like them!
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