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  1. Stirges most welcome, I have exactly 1 (from the hex-based Citadel D&D licence), which as no-one has ever encountered a lone stirge, I have to supplement with the aforementioned fly demons and some incongruously gravestone-mounted bats. Two-head troll and bog monster look great.
  2. For the first time in many years I ran some published D&D stuff (as opposed to my usual homebrew) last Summer, just before my B5 arrived, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was able to cover minis-wise, largely due to B2-4 massively broadening out my ancient Citadel and Alternative Armies hoard/horde. With the addition of a middling B5 haul I'm even better set, so I suspect B6 will be very much pick'n'mix. I suppose I'd see the value for me as being in continuing to develop existing lines. I'd love to see the superb Kobold & Goblin ranges further expanded, more Slithe, and versions of existing adventurers on horseback. For the first time in many years I ran some published D&D stuff (as opposed to my usual homebrew) last Summer, just before my B5 arrived, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was able to cover minis-wise, largely due to B2-4 massively broadening out my ancient Citadel and Alternative Armies hoard/horde. With the addition of a middling B5 haul I'm even better set, so I suspect B6 will be very much pick'n'mix. I suppose I'd see the value for me as being in continuing to develop existing lines. I'd love to see the superb Kobold & Goblin ranges further expanded, more Slithe, and versions of existing adventurers on horseback.
  3. Ran my first face-to-face games with my Ettinstones this week and I'm happy to report that they were just fantastic in real-world use, their almost abstract quality working almost like a whiteboard grid, while their pleasant solidity and stability gave a more aesthetically satisfying 2.5D environment. I had I initially planned to just use them as a customisable battlemat for purely combat encounters, but we had two 6 hour sessions of dungeon crawling and after a while the tiles just seemed to flow onto the small crowded table continuously, with sub-layouts moved around constantly as they explored beyond the available space. Builds of important rooms were put to one-side "for later" (by the players), stairs and cages and trapdoors easily represented. I used Bones sarcophagi, crates, barrels and altars, Mythic Battles: Pantheon columns, some 1-inch mosaic tiles as doors, tables etc, and even some old 1980s card Dungeon Floor plans (my previous go-to) for water, fountains, round pits and greenery. And it all worked together! During pauses players toyed endlessly with the pile of spare tiles, and I was happy to let them and to generally democratise the laying down and maintenance of terrain. Folk actually WhatsApp'd photis of key encounters, it went that well. The most positive experience of using modular terrain on the table that I've ever had. MAKE MOAR PLEEZ.
  4. And after 2+ hours in multiple hold queues this morning, it turns out someone (Reaper UK or Parcelforce UK) had neglected to put any of my contact info on the package, so Customs couldn't come after me for their cut and thus my goodies were just left on the shelf. So if anyone else in the EU is wondering why delivery is taking so long, might be worth checking in with your local parcels depot. (What exactly anyone was planning to do next if I hadn't had a spare rainy morning to ring call centre after call centre, I have no idea. The best Parcelforce email could manage was "a customer service agent will contact you in 3-4 days").
  5. Mine got shipping from the UK to Ireland last Tuesday. It's reported as having arrived in the inbound-parcels depot in Dublin a week ago. As of this evening, it's still there. WHY.
  6. Ratmancer the stand-out there! Wouldn't mind one of those at all...
  7. Ugh, despite the huge financial upside of this coming from my EU stablemate Poland, the need to reserve dwindling funds for the VAT/Customs bill for Bones V meant I ducked out of this in the last few minutes. I agree it was a monstrously confusing KS, but when you deciphered it all the value of the Village pledge was Reaper-level staggering by the end. I've convinced myself I'm going to prioritise painting my Bones V townsfolk and Brinewind terrain in its entirety to compensate. Then maybe scratchbuild a tavern to put it all in. Or I could just wait until the next D&L fantasy KS in a year or so... So probably that.
  8. This is a real shame. Tre is a wonderfully unique sculptor, a real talent, and he has worked for so long to make his business work. Nobody mixes completely believable garb with strong fantasy figures quite like him.
  9. Woah, that set really is pick of the litter! Fingers crossed I actually pushed the button on it at the very end, but I genuinely don't remember - and we're so close now I don't want to spoil the surprise. But I do know I'll be mighty unhappy with him if 2020 Me dropped the ball on this one.
  10. I've somehow forgotten what I went for in the final days - and I refuse to check! I know I was sorely tempted to add Dark Depths, mainly for the Giant and the Slithe, and by the Mammoth and the Ghoul and Vampire encounters, but I just can't remember if I put up the cash for any of them, or indeed for something else entirely. Opening the box in a few months is going to be an adventure.
  11. Bones painting guilt is at the back of a 40 year-long line for me! My first minis were Prince August home casts, so they all got melted down again at some point, leaving me guilt free (fond memories of little pools of multicoloured Humbrol enamels floating on the molten metal for the few that did suffer my 11yr-old attempts). Alas I still have my first purchased Citadel mini, a pre-slotta hill giant that is shorter than some Reaper dwarves, and after 38 years it remains untouched by paint. From the days before primer many of my other fantasy folk bear only the odd smudge of colour to show I did occasionally try. In fact the only thing I have from my early years that still shows evidence of a lifelong lack of skill are some 10mm-ish Battle of Hoth plastic Rebels, and accompanying Walkers (Grey) and snowspeeders (Cream) . Cream for the legs and arms, brown for the torsos and hats, black for the guns, and a dab of muddy pink for the faces. Done. Would that I were happy with that approach today: we mightn't be having this conversation.
  12. Hmm, still waiting, but I'm sure I did all the necessary. I'll go check! EDIT: Oops, looks like my phone number was missing! Cheers for the heads-up Guyra, I was about to send them a whars-mah-goodies-at email!
  13. What you're missing is how it's working (or rather not working) in practice. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55734277 VAT is being misapplied twice, levied on top of handling fees relating to customs declarations, larger courier firms are refusing to ship in and out of the UK due to extraordinary delays etc. No doubt it'll settle down into unpleasant routine, but for now it's chaos that no-one wants to get involved with.
  14. The ongoing nightmare of getting anything into the EU via the UK at the moment would almost make me want to forget my order instead of incurring who-knows-what fees and delays. It's specifically confusion around the re-shipping hub model that seems to be causing the most serious problems at the moment. I've no problem with paying taxes due, that's the norm, but the seemingly random outcomes we're seeing from the compounded mess of US-UK then re-ship UK-EU, no thank you. I know it's very far from Reaper's fault how things are going, but I the possibility of a EU hub was dangled during the campaign and I reserve the right to feel frustrated that it's not being mentioned any more. Shipping directly from the US would be infinitely preferable, being at least a knowable quantity.
  15. Safe to say that you can trust Midlam. The gold standard of tight little kickstarters
  16. So lovely. Pricey, but perfect.
  17. Thanks, Pochi! They did indeed say that. However, I watched Friday's Twitch stream as closely as I could, and it really looks like Aganzarax's tail is part of the base, even as Ron was saying the feet were separate . I'm just trying to see if I can double-up on Dragon+UseableTerrain and thus justify yet more money, but in this specific case I think not. Some of the other dragons definitely looked separate to the bases, and all of them looked fantastic. Surprised how nice the Shadow Dragon looks in the translucent material, and I love the unique back-and-tail plating that Valfuryx has.
  18. I'm sure this has been made clear a thousand times already, but do we know if Aganzarax separates from his scenic base, or are they one piece? Haven't had a chance to watch the latest Twitch.
  19. If there's one thing I've learnt about Kickstarter over the years, it's that there is NO channel, style or frequency of communication, or wording of same, that will get through to everyone. With over 18K backers and 13 months since the campaign closed, it's just a numbers game: some folk are going to get lost and confused, and blame the creator. Ultimately, if we *really* wanted that dwarf crypt, we've had well over a year to find $16 and pull the pin.
  20. True, I just enjoy the feeling of participation I get from supporting them through KS (although they probably do better financially from the store).
  21. You're a crazy bunch, Reaper! The margin on that ship must be getting frightening. ... And now I want the ship even more badly. So maybe not so crazy. Incidentally, assuming those are tiddly 6- or 8-pounders, to successfully fight even a 20-gun ship you're going to need at least 100 pirates for gunnery crews, and another 20 or so to sail her into combat. And that's without a boarding party! That's a lot of Brinewinds...
  22. Every time a Midlam KS closes and I haven't pledged I feel sad. Along with Westfalia, Oathsworn and Skull & Crown, every one is a characterful trustworthy treat.
  23. I'm not getting the ship (cost + shipping), so I don't have a dog in this race, but isn't the conclusion that 30 cannons at retail would set you back between $70-130 quite informative? As it is, the Kickstarter offers 12 cannons and AN ENORMOUS SHIP for $100. This still seems like remarkable value. It is a pity Reaper aren't offering Add-Ons to make up the shortage, but I'd assume they would have had to have been about $3 each, even at KS prices.
  24. Ruins of Cistercia might be more accurate. You could put together a decent 13th C abbey from that, ambulatory cloister, lavabo and all. Bernard of Clairvaux would feel right at home. Very nice!
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