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The Countess of Karnstein Awaits

Coming soon to a blood filled hot tub near you, the Countess Karnstein. This 1/4 scale bust measures a whopping 10 1/2 inches and is absolutely perfect in every way. Sculpted by the very talented Joe Simon, our Countess is just stepping into her nightly bath of blood and is joined by a few of her pets. Parted into 5 solid resin pieces with very little clean-up work required, this kit is ready to paint in no time. The base is poured in transparent red resin with a cavity on the underside for lighting and power possibilities.

We have enjoyed a long working relationship with Joe Simon and his work still amazes us. His latest piece, the Countess of Karnstein is absolutely beautiful and surprisingly large for a 1/4 scale bust. Instead of stopping at the waist, Joe decided to go a little further south to give you a bit more of the Countess. Your welcome.

This beauty arrived in the studio just a few weeks ago. As usual with Joe’s work, there was nothing for me as the mold-maker and caster to do but simply start building molds. She was perfect in every way. All undercuts were appropriately prepared for the molding process. Her hair was formed and flowing with enough thickness to withstand mold-making and yet look natural not bulky. Joe even made sure that the wings on the bats would not be a casting problem by making them a bit thicker so the molds would not collapse under pressure thus causing thin spots or even holes. And while this thickness is evident on the trailing edges of the wings, a bit of sanding along those edges gives the illusion of a thin membrane. These are the types of things that an experienced sculptor like Joe thinks about and incorporates into his work.

I took a couple of days to just observe the Countess and decide on the best parting line for her. She was one continuous piece with several undercuts so I wanted to make sure that I could hide any parting line as best I could. Once I decided on the parting line I marked it on the primed parts and began laying up clay. The smaller pieces were simple enough so I constructed two part molds for those pieces and the base was a simple open mold. Due to the sheer size of the bust, I knew that a typical two part mold would be very costly and very heavy so I opted for a jacketed mold. First I mixed and brushed on several thin coats of Silicone Inc.’s XT491 with a GI 179 activator. Because this is not the typical method of applying this particular silicone, it took a while to build up a usable layer of silicone. After each application of silicone, I had to wait 24 hours for it to cure and then another thin layer was applied.

Once I was happy with the thickness of silicone, I used Smooth-On’s Free From Air to create a supporting jacket. This is the second project in which I used this product and I absolutely love it. The fact that it is really lightweight makes working with the finished product a lot easier. Basically, it is a two part epoxy material with a consistency similar to that of Play-Doh. After it cures you can carve, sand and drill the stuff. While it is still workable, you can wet it with water to smooth it out much like working with Aves Epoxy. In fact, I have a couple larger pieces in my personal collection that might get some Free Form Air in place of Aves to fill voids and build up mass. Back to the Countess.

Next, I flipped the Countess over and removed the clay from the back side of the sculpt. I coated the cured silicone and Free From Air with thinned petroleum jelly, a tip I picked up from Mark Brokaw many years ago. The jelly is thinned with mineral spirits then brushed on in thin coats. I have used aerosol mold releases in the past but nothing works as good Mark’s homemade recipe. It takes a little more experience to ensure you get the right amount of release agent but the results are worth every bit of the effort. As I began to high pour in my next small batch of silicone it just struck me funny to see the Countess’s posterior being covered in the liquid silicone. Insert cheezy 70’s porn music here. I used a small brush to push the silicone into all of the folds of her hair and other undercuts. The silicone was allowed to cure overnight then another thin coat was applied the next day. The process took 4 days to complete just like the first half of the mold. Finally, I created the second half of the mold jacket with the Free Form Air.

Removing the mold jackets was a snap and the silicone parted easily thanks to Mark’s release agent recipe. The original sculpt came out of the mold in perfect condition due in no small part to Joe’s understanding of the mold making and casting process. Intricate sculpts are very visually interesting but a pain in the ass for producers. That won’t stop Quarantine Studio from bringing you the best in resin model kits and prepainted statues. With every project, we push ourselves and our factory to make the finished product better and more amazing. So be on the look out for the Countess Karstein coming soon to our online store along with some more amazing work from Joe Simon.

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Return of the Frazetta Death Dealer Bronze Statue

If you have been following Quarantine Studio on Facebook or YouTube then you may already know about the announcement that we have brought back the Solid Bronze Frank Frazetta Death Dealer statue to finish the edition. Each one of the solid bronze statues is hand-crafted in the traditional lost wax casting technique. This process takes an incredible amount of time due to the high-quality craftsmanship and artistry involved. This magnificent piece of artwork is extremely limited to just 13 statues worldwide, four of which are already gone at the time of this post. It is fully licensed by the Frazetta Art Museum and is available today from both the museum website and the Quarantine Studio website. In the video announcing the statue you can get an up close, 360° view of the statue and its details and for those who stayed to the end of the video found out a bit more.

Even before the solid bronze edition was released there was a 600 pcs color edition of the statue which sold out almost immediately. Ever since that time we have been inundated with requests for more of these statues. In the deluxe painted edition of the statue, owners found a bonus hand that held a shield rather than a severed head. This feature allowed the owner display options depending on their taste and was wildly popular. These deluxe editions of the statue have sold on auction sites for as much as $1000.00. Not a bad investment for those initial purchasers. We never considered a rerelease of the statue because we felt that it would only devalue the initial release and sit poorly with those customers who had made that purchase.

The price of the solid bronze statue reflects the amount of work that goes into each one and its limited availability. While appropriate and in line with other pieces of artwork of the same caliber, the price could be considered out of reach for a number of fans. That is why Quarantine Studio and The Frazetta Art Museum are considering a limited edition faux bronze edition of the statue. This statue will be identical to the solid bronze edition in every way only it will be made from polystone resin with a painted metallic bronze finish. This process and a larger edition number will bring the price down to a more affordable range. What is that price? That too is being negotiated right now.

To be the first to find out more about the new Faux Bronze Death Dealer statue, sign up for our newsletter today. To keep up to date on the latest Death Dealer news, use #anewdeathdealeriscoming

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Halloween Special

The No Trick, All Treat SALE

It’s almost here, that magical time of the year when ghouls, ghosts and the occasional miniature superhero come looking for a handful of sugary treats. Well we here at Quarantine Studio are all out of candy. So how about this sweet treat instead.

We have slashed prices on some of our most popular items. Choose from one of our gruesome zombies or perhaps a walking collection of spare body parts. Heck, we even put an alien in the mix for good measure. There is something in the candy bowl for everyone especially if you like saving money. But you better act fast before the candy bowl goes empty again because like the holiday, this sale ends on All Hallows’ Eve.

Choose your treat:

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Something is coming!

Wolf Teaser

Wolf TeaserWhere is he? It can’t take that long.

Come on, hurry up. I’m not liking this anymore. We need to get back.

Why in the hell did I ever agree to a midnight stroll. Sounded romantic I guess, but now he has disappeared. “I gotta take a leak. Be right back.” Sick SOB probably thinks he’s real funny leaving me out here like this. Probably laughing as hard as he can right now. We’ll see who’s laughing later tonight when your sorry ass is sleeping on the couch!

How the hell am I am supposed to find my way back to the cabin? I can barely make out the path. At least I think I’m on the path. I should have paid closer attention in the Girl Scouts.

What was that?

Calm down girl, it was probably a raccoon or something. Nothing to worry about, animals are just as scared of you as you are them. That’s what they always say. Okaaaay, I am just going to pick up the pace a little. Don’t want to scare the little critter to death. “It’s okay little fella, I’m leaving as fast as I can. You just stay right there, wherever you are and I will be out of your way as soon as I can.”

He is really going to get it if I ever get back to the cabin. He thinks he has seen me mad before, he ain’t seen nothing yet! Romantic weekend in the woods, Right! He will be lucky if he makes out of here in one piece. I should have listened to my friends. They warned me but did I listen? Nooo. Men are dogs!

Oh crap! There it is again. “Hey little fella, I thought I told you to stay where you were. Just go back your way and I am going to go this way. Okay? There is no need to follow me. I don’t have anything for you to eat, I promise. Run along now. Shoo!” Just like a man, can’t take simple instructions.

Oh please let me be getting close. It couldn’t have been this far could it?

 

 

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Bloodshot has Arrived!

Bloodshot_CloseupYou will be happy to note that Bloodshot has finally arrived at our warehouse and is ready for deployment. If you put a deposit down on this amazing statue then you will want to have a look through your in box for an invoice with your remaining balance. We will be shipping your statue as soon as the invoice is paid in full.

For those of you who decided not to preorder, there is still time to pick up your own copy of Bloodshot. Just head on over to this page and purchase a Bloodshot today.

Better hurry because the deadline for the Bloodshot Giveaway is March 9th. All orders that are paid in full by that date are eligible for the drawing to win either the Uber Rare Black Shirt edition or the Signed Artist’s Proof.

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Heads Up

Zombie_2We have added to the another key chain design in our Nogginz product line. All of you fans of the undead are really going to appreciate this guy. We call him Steve, for no good reason. He just looks like a Steve. He is cool and creepy ready to keep an eye on your keys.

You can pick up Steve or one of his buddies by clicking right here.

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Get Inked from Quarantine Studio

No we are not getting into the body art business. We are however, adding some new products to our line up. We have been working with a talented illustrator to come up with some concept designs of future statues. During the back and forth of changes to the conceptual drawings some really nice pieces have emerged. So nice in fact that we thought that they could stand on their own as a viable product.

We are offering prints of these illustrations for everyone to enjoy. Choose from black and white pen illustrations or a digitally colored version of the same illustration. Either way you will get a wonderful piece printed with archival inks on high quality paper. Select from two popular framing sizes (11″ x 14″  and  13″ x 19″) to fill up your walls with illustrated goodness.

Check out the video preview of just a few of the prints that are available.

 

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Bloodshot Orders

Hello all Quarantine Studio fans,

We have been overwhelmed with the response to our announcement of the Bloodshot 1/6 scale collectible statue. This is awesome and we greatly appreciate your patronage. To that end, some of you have been experiencing some minor issues when ordering the statue, especially those who are from out of town (Outside the USA).  Well we put our legion of web trolls on the issue and they have come up with a plan to alleviate your ordering woes.

Now if you want to purchase the Bloodshot statue you have a choice to make. Simply select whether or not your are a US customer or not and the “Add to Cart” button will appear below the option for Partial or Full Payment. For those of you in the US you will of course receive FREE shipping. For our friends outside the US you will receive a discount on your shipping.

We hope that this will make it easier for those outside the US to place their orders. We really do appreciate your business and as always, if you have a question or concern you can reach us by email.

Keep spreading the infection!

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We Will Return in a Moment

Hello to all my fellow Quarantine Studio victims, er, uh, I mean fans. Many of you have subscribed to the Quarantine Studio YouTube channel and for that we are much appreciative. However, you may have noticed that the program has gone Off The Air as of late. I wanted to let you know that the QS channel is scheduled to return soon. We have been extremely busy bringing you more Infectious Collectibles and have not spent much time in the broadcast studio. But that is about to change.

Many times Life in general gets in the way of progress. In this case, Life and Business got in the way. It happens. I just wanted you to know that we here at QS are committed to the community of modelers and statue collectors. We want to give back to the community that has supported us for so long and the QS channel is one way that we hope that we are doing just that. We are also running a promotion to give away one of our of statues, Conan the Brutal Faux Bronze Edition to help add on to the community. So don’t miss out and don’t forget to Infect .

We have invested in new video equipment and are sprucing up the studio itself to bring you a better experience. Once the studio is finished then we will resume our regular programing. There are some announcements on the way along with some unboxing of new products and of course more modeling demos. There even could be some coverage of model and horror shows. But we want to know what you think? What would you like to see on the QS channel? Drop us an email or comment on this post and let us know.

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Bloodshot is Coming. For You.

We have been anxiously awaiting the moment when we announce our collaboration with Valiant Entertainment on a 1/6 scale Limited Edition collectible statue of one of their most popular characters, Bloodshot.

From Valiant’s press release on 10-5-2015:

“For 25 years, fans have been eagerly awaiting their first Valiant statue and we’re immensely proud that the time has finally come,” said Russell A. Brown, President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales for Valiant Entertainment. “Quarantine Studios has poured an incredible amount of time, talent and detail into giving Valiant’s very first statue release the jaw-dropping debut that Bloodshot deserves. From top to bottom, this is a beautiful realization of one of Valiant’s most enduring characters and a gloriously stunning interpretation of David Aja’s vision.”

This is a milestone for Valiant Entertainment as no one has ever produced an Officially Licensed statue for them. Quarantine Studio is proud to be the first to do so and we had a blast seeing this project through. We started with the very talented Joe Simon as the sculptor. We gave him plenty of reference material, including a print from multiple Eisner Award-winning artist David Aja. Then we let Joe work his magic. We labored over every detail to make sure that we would be delivering a quality statue. The result is simply amazing!

Bloodshot will be available for order from your local comic book retailer and Previews magazine. Don’t want to wait? Well then head on over to Quarantine Studio store where we have it available for preorder right now. We are offering free shipping (continental US only, International orders will receive discounted shipping) and a limited edition print featuring the Bloodshot #1 cover art by David Aja on all Bloodshot statue orders placed at the Quarantine Studio website.

Need more incentive to get yours now?

Well how about the chance to win an Exclusive Bloodshot statue? We are talking an exclusive like no other. A Bloodshot statue signed by the Quarantine Studio and Valiant Entertainment staffs? Or perhaps a special paint variant? Both are a possibility but only if you order direct from Quarantine Studio. Every Bloodshot order placed and paid for on the Quarantine Studio website will be enter to win one of these unique and EXTREMELY RARE statues.

Bloodshot Ghost Variant
Dark Shirt Variant Bloodshot Statue