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  1. Somebody will complain that this is a bad week for a parcel that needs a signature, they're on a  business trip/vacation/in hospital/on Mars

     

    Like Matt Damon doesn't have enough problems already, now his Kickstarter ships while he's stranded?

     

    I'm never angry at delayed Kickstarters. Only bait and switch. I backed a KS that is coming up on two years now, but I feel confident I'll either never get the thing or I'll get exactly what I pledged for. Not some weird hodge podge mess. On the other hand, I've pulled out of major kickstarters from other manufacturers because they felt things like sticking to consistent sizing and scale were limitations on their artistic vision. I felt like all the superfans ganged up on me and told me to quit complaining, so I do feel bad when an individual is upset about this KS, I don't want them to feel isolated or like everyone is "against" them like I felt on that other KS. That said, I think there are even more angry people who didn't realize the full consequences of the inconsistent scaling and now have product and realize it won't work for certain things. I know this is something I'll never have to worry about with Reaper.

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  2. Painting up some of my heroes. Eando is similar to other minis that the players at my table for whatever reason tend to pick up randomly to use for their characters. So I painted him darker than I might normally paint a hero since the other players at my table all want their minis to be darkly dressed and sitting in corners at all times, preferably with their hoods over their faces. Anyways, thanks for reading!

     

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  3. If I recall correctly, Reaper did include a buffer of several months to their estimated delivery time for Bones 3, and then added a little more on top of that, just in case. It will take me some digging to find where that was actually stated, if that is wanted.

     

    Huzzah!        

    --OneBoot :D

     

    Bones 2 fulfilled October 2013 with a 1st wave shipper date of October 2014. Actual fulfillment didn't happen until February 2015. So they promised 12 months and it took 16 months. Bones 3 fulfilled in July and promised 1st wave in September, so promised 14 months. Actual will be...21 months maybe? My point is if last time it took 16 months to fulfill, you shouldn't assume you can do it faster than that this time around. That's all. Also wouldn't be a bad idea if your estimate landed at the beginning of a year rather than at the end. People will be upset they didn't get minis by Christmas but fewer people will care about the difference between January and February for instance.

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  4.  That said, I hope they will address how they plan to avoid the delays in the future by the time another Kickstarter launches.

     

     

    I sort of have to agree with this. While I personally can wait for fulfillment (have 20 minis already) and at least I know it's in process, not just some nebulous "someday" like some other kickstarters, I'm surprised how far off estimates were this time. Bones 2 ended up being if I recall 4-ish months late? So I don't know why the planning folks at Reaper then promised the same promise-time they had for Bones 2. What made them think Bones 3 would be faster to fulfill than Bones 2? 

     

    In my real world job I've noticed our customers and executives always seemed to think the 2nd or 3rd time around we could finish a project faster than the first time. But really, you've got more sustaining production going on the 2nd time around, so probably fewer resources, and very likely you decided to be more ambitious. I don't know why people think everything will always get faster and better. But it should also be noted I went to the Scotty school of engineering where you tell your Captain it'll take twice as long as it really will then he thinks you're amazing for getting it done in less time. I would recommend that approach to Reaper. If Bones 3 takes 18 months to fulfill, don't promise 12 months for Bones IV. Promise 18 and if it happens faster people will be happy it fulfilled ahead of time.

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    If I was reaper I would demand a partial refund for such a delay....

    That's a fun thought process, and you might be able to get the manager at chili's to take 10% off for such things, but it doesn't work that way with multi-million dollar Purchase Orders and international contracts.

     

    There's an awful lot of armchair quarterbacking in the comments section from people that I'm sure have decades of experience managing multimillion dollar international projects, all of which seem to think that the same approach they take when they yell at their server for adding tomatoes when they distinctly said "no tomatoes" fixes literally everything. That if we just raise our voices and insist, that they'll immediately fall into compliance and that's it, or at least give us a free scoop of vanilla ice cream for our trouble

     

     

    I've already complained on here (I think) about a several million dollar contract I worked on with an American company that started out cooperative and then became impossible and uncooperative a few years later.

     

    It got so bad we weren't even talking to one another at the working level anymore, everything was going from our executives to their executives. And yet, people within my own company seemed to think we could strong arm them into cooperating. I was at an internal meeting and a manager in another department was upset at me that I didn't have information from the uncooperative company and said something like, "well that sounds like it should be raised up to VP Bob" as if that would show them. I explained I wasn't even talking to them anymore because VP Bob was the lowest level talking to their executives and that it was all we could do to just keep working through this. When you've been working with someone on a long project like that you can't suddenly start penalizing them for this or that, because honestly you're so invested you're going to need to work with them several years later.

     

    Communication and honesty was our biggest problem. There was no language barrier, and they basically gave up tens of millions of dollars of future income that would have been theirs if they weren't so impossible. So it does not surprise me at all that a factory that only has incentive to finish one contract at a time, doesn't speak the same language, and has a lot of cultural differences as you've stated could have so many more problems. We had enough problems with companies that wanted to be honest and wanted the programs to be successful. I wonder how many people who've supposedly worked these big contracts and think just talking to the factory could help have ever worked with a bad vendor.

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  6. Painting up most of my giants for eventual/maybe need (I'm not the DM as the huz is) in Storm King's Thunder. These frost giants are unfortunately a bit smaller than the ones coming in Bones IV will be, but that just meant more room for snow on their bases. Skin is heather blue mixed with cloudy gray and misty gray for highlights. Hair is sapphire blue / true blue / sky blue. Snow is the usual white glue, white paint, and baking soda. Thanks for reading!

     

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  7. Picked this guy up a while ago as a bandit boss type guy. Was looking for some variety in my painting so decided I would paint him and try out my new bronze skin triad. I really like the bronze skin triad, even if my last layer was a bit too thick and the transition could have been better. When you put the first coat down you wonder if their skin will be orange but it really comes together in the end. Thanks for reading!

     

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  8. 1-2. Stone Giants (Show-Off)

    3. Street Thug (Show-Off)

    4. Svetlana, Frost Giant Princess (Show-Off)

    5. Boerogg Blackrime, Frost Giant Jarl (Show-Off)

    6. Queen Ileosa (Show-Off)

    7. Male Thunderknight (Show-Off)

    8. O-Sayumi (Show-Off)

    9-10. Vulture Demons (Show-Off)

    11. Red Dragon Hatchling (Show-Off)

    12. Eando Kline (Show-Off)

    13. Black Dragon Hatchling (Show-Off)

    14. Green Dragon Hatchling (Show-Off)

    15. Blue Dragon Hatchling (Show-Off)

    16. Arran Rabin (Show-Off)

    17-20. Dwarf Adventurers (Show-Off)

     

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  9. I have been told that because when we update with less-than-good-news re: fulfillment we also include other items, we do not take lateness seriously.

     

    I hope that today's specific addressing of these delays helps people to recognize that we do take it seriously and are doing everything we can. 

     

    Thanks. I thought this update was much more clear than the last couple ones and well done.

     

    Also to clarify I'm not the grumpy Jessi in the KS comments section. I am wiser than some here and staying out of that.  

     

    I keep rolling my eyes every time someone says "oh if only Reaper would just talk to / lay down the law with their supplier" makes me think those giving that advice have never worked with a difficult supplier before. I worked with an impossible vendor for many years and nevermind that they were domestic and there was no language barrier and they were getting millions of dollars from my company. None of that was enough to make them fully cooperate. There were delays and faulty products and promises to fix things that were only ever promises. I've seen even the best intentioned companies who want to cooperate have problems and be unable to deliver on time or on budget. So a simple delay from a foreign company should be no surprise to anyone and there's no way Reaper could talk their way to a quicker delivery, they're doing all they can.

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  10. I like your use of shading and highlighting.

     

    There's one thing I don't understand. Have you used a filter on the image? It seems more like an illustration than a photograph.

    No filter. Might just be a result of poor lighting. I use sunshine and had been waiting a few weeks fkrv good light and just got impatient and took my photos today. But I think I waited too close to midday.

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