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  1. terminalmancer

    Mantic : Terrain Crate 2 KS

    I'm in for an EB myself. I'm not sure what my final pledge is going to look like yet. I'm seeing a lot to like here, which is a little dangerous, but there's not one crate where I like all of the different sub-sets. I'm finding the outdoors sets in particular kind of meh. And the mausoleum would be cool if, y'know, I didn't already have one... The gothic manor set's maybe my favorite of the bunch, though. Fancy Victorian furnishings? Yes please!
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    Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures

    The only Starfinder ships I really wanted were the Bone Fleet. Those are really unique, and when the overpriced prepaints became available at the Warstore I took a deep breath and went in for them. They actually arrived, and they turned out pretty well! For the rest of the ships, I'm not so worried. They're all pretty sci-fi standard. I picked up a bunch of Jovian Wars resins for a reason! (Hmm, I really should paint those.) Rats, humans, and vesk aren't too terrible (although I usually end up wanting to mod them up). Kasatha and shirren are tough, though! And with the emphasis on strange races, things are getting tougher. Skittermanders could maybe be a four-arm mod of a kobold and there are a few humanoid bears/werebears that can be modded into the uplifted bear, but I've gotta sculpt my own barathu with a sniper rifle. At least he's mostly just a jellyfish! (Unrelated: gasbags without land speeds don't do well in no-gravity no-atmosphere, and do even less well in full-gravity no-atmosphere. It's pretty hilarious.)
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    The Wizkids tabaxi look a little like servals to me. Tiny little heads! I'm not going to begrudge anyone their catfolk, but the proportions look just off enough to me that I'm not really excited by them.
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    Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures

    @TheAuldGrump Oh, it's fine. I figured! The word, which I believe I'm remembering came from Paizo, is that neither Reaper nor Wizkids was interested in taking on the Starfinder miniatures license. I vaguely remember Reaper saying something to the effect of "No comment," themselves. As to the whys and wherefores, I don't think we've ever heard any of the details. With significantly more time behind Starfinder and a better idea of how popular it is, I wonder if concrete numbers would make negotiations easier (since the negotiations won't be based solely on projections, presumably) if Paizo were to reopen them. But that's idle speculation if I've ever idly speculated!
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    Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures

    It's very confusing. My guess is they wanted prepaints and ND were one of the only companies willing to do that. I've mentioned this before but we went in a tiny little bit. I've gotten three minis so far, which... for the $50 I went in for, means I spent $16.67 per mini. So I've got a lot less reason to complain than a lot of backers. At least it beats Warhammer prices...
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    Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures

    It's going to be interesting to see what happens after the bonfire of failure finishes consuming the project. If Archon claims they've made miniatures for the project, I think they'd own them but I don't think they can sell most of it without licenses (in this kickstarter's case, from Paizo). Paizo wants to make people happy but I don't know how much money they're willing to spend on this. And Ninja Division... I have no idea what they would want at this point. Money for creditors? A narrow window through which they can crawl back to solvency? To prevent other people from profiting from the fruits of their failed kickstarters? And to make things even more complex, only Ninja Division has the records of who gets what. It's not like Paizo or Archon could make backers partially whole since they have no idea who the backers are. So whoever wants to try to fix this has to at least make nice with Ninja Division long enough to get the backer data out of the pledge manager. I hope someone figures out a way to do something with those minis, though. For all that quality control was crap, some of them actually turned out really nice. I imagine Paizo did the best due diligence they could. Given how small Paizo is, though, and the obvious result, it looks like that wasn't very much due diligence at all. I wonder how they're going to respond to the failure of the kickstarter? At least Goblinworks generated a functional product of some sort, incomplete though it may have been. This is a much bigger disaster, with unhappy backers and a shiny new game system that's going without miniatures. Since they invented many of these races and a bunch of the monsters out of whole cloth, that makes Starfinder a hard game to find miniatures for! If Pathfinder 2 doesn't do well at release then the lack of Starfinder support is going to be an even bigger challenge.
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    Yeah, the Pathfinder giant eagle is large sized. There's actually a fair number of big bird minis in Pathfinder large, although Reaper doesn't seem to have many of them. Their own giant eagle is huge sized. (The phoenix would count, but it's a stereotypical phoenix pose, so maybe not as good a fit for an eagle.) The wizkids one looks nice, at least in previews! I like how they're making a lot of common animals. It can be hard to find those outside of metal and I've picked a bunch up already. Don't diss the reaper roc, though! I need a real, colossal sized roc for a campaign I'm running and the only other option I found was a recent resin release. Cost over a hundred bucks... Yeah, they're pretty big. I think the Pathfinder Red Dragon is about the perfect size for most groups. Other dragons can come into play once in a while, but I think they're usually aspirational buys... I was really excited when I got to put Nethyrmaul out on the board, but that's only happened once! By chart, do you mean base sizes for dragons in a particular system, or do you mean base sizes for the Reaper dragons? --- I'm not sure how I feel about the shark and the bulette, but they're awesome enough that I'll probably get them. I too am not thrilled with the dragons--mostly. The clockwork dragon looks great! Someone should write an octopus that actually has a nasty beak attack. All those 1d3-1 tentacle attacks just don't do it for me, either.
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    So naturally it didn't do well at the box office, but became an all time classic within ten years of its release. It doesn't rank as particularly "influential" when people tried to measure that, either. I was more than a little surprised. It's practically everywhere.
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    I ended up using the Vallejo fluorescents. It worked okay. I didn't take the time to make them work great, but they're very translucent.
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    We polished ours up, but they're still lumpy. Wouldn't recommend using it, but I glued mine in and can't get it out. Such are the perils of finishing an unplanned speed paint at 1 AM. :)
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    Managed to get my hands on a couple of the old potatoes! I mean, beholders. Gave one to FireElemental, and kept the other for myself. Following a well-placed (and probably accurate) taunt from my parents of "just how many of those miniatures do you think you'll paint before you die? And how many years before you paint THIS one?" I did end up speed-painting it up in a few hours the other night. The spell effects are pretty great, but the transparent dome that goes over the eye isn't clear enough to be put over a painted eye. You could just paint the dome as the eye, instead, or leave the eye unprotected. Either's better than the blurryness you get with the unpainted dome.
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    Grump covers the highlights, but they're also covered by Wizard of the Coast's intellectual property, so unlike some other creatures--owlbears, for example--it's difficult for miniature companies without a WotC license to make good beholders. There's not a lot of good competition.
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    It's theoretically possible. Maybe someone's managed it? I haven't had much luck myself, though. It's immune to a whole swath of stuff.
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    I had to do some copious trimming to make the tail fit, but I've got a T-Rex assembled and it looks pretty good! It fits onto a Huge-sized 3.x or Pathfinder base just fine. (Looks good if I turn off my paleontology brain, anyway. Lots of extraneous bone growths and horns. It's more like a "dire t-rex" really. I have a vague plan to greenstuff feathers or at least dinofuzz all over it.)
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    Deep Madness Second Printing Kickstarter

    Can you elaborate? Are the tiles different in this set? (I didn't back the previous one, and want to re-purpose the tiles for RPG's) The tiles are thick cardboard stock (not corrugated), and the print quality was pretty good. They aimed for atmosphere so yes, they're dark. The contrast is high, however, and I didn't have any trouble seeing the art in warm light. I haven't really dug into the rules (since, y'know, I recycled them...) but the tiles didn't come with much of a grid, just occasional lines suggesting zones. They also ran a little small. They're appropriately sized for the game, but not quite the right size for a tabletop RPG. The reprint should, I believe, include the same tiles. They're shown in the breakdown of each pledge level. Mine were a shade darker than what the image suggested on my various screens, but that's hard to get right as a web publisher.