Hello, I'm John Bear Ross. Welcome to my site.
Using a computer program called Rhino, I digitally sculpt vehicles, armor, and other figures on my computer, then bring them to life using a number of methods, such as Rapid Prototyping, CNC Machining, and Manual Sculpture. I try and concentrate my efforts on science fiction concepts and designs.
I don't update this main page (johnbearross.com) too often. It's more of a gallery or exhibition of past works, as well as a storage site for past projects. To keep up on what I'm doing for various clients (and to traipse among my mental meanderings) go to the blog.
A small forum that I run, where sci-fi concept artists, vendors, and clients can meet, bounce ideas off each other, and discuss relevant issues to our niche market.
I've been an advocate, if you want to call it that, for the 1/100th scale to be the standard fractional equivalent of wargaming's 15mm scale. Call it 1% scale, International Scale, 1/100th, 15mm, you name it. Tiny guys, tiny tanks, still-discernable detail. Here's a few sketches of stuff I've wanted to do.
I work in Rhino3d, a versatile CAD program. Here's a few files I'm going to make available for download. .3dm is the native Rhino format, and most of these are in 3.0 or 4.0 format.
I helped with the early development and figure sculpting for Reaper Miniatures' tabletop game of mech combat called CAV, or Combat Assault Vehicle. Here's a small gallery of the miniatures I digitally sculpted for them.
I tried my hand at writing for a small publishing imprint, called Airship 27 Productions. Click here to see more.
Like many a young gamer, I thought I could make my own tabletop simulator and publish it under my own imprint. It fizzled, a victim of trying to do too much at once. Here's an archive of the rules, as well as a few sample units if you're inclined to try a free, universal set of rules.
My friend Carlos Saenz was killed during some of the bloodiest fighting of the Iraq campaign. Here's his memorial page.
My Clients and Past Work
Copyright (c) 2011 John Bear Ross