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  1. 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
  2. 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 wa
  3. 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.
  4. Ratmancer the stand-out there! Wouldn't mind one of those at all...
  5. 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 t
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 smud
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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 duri
  13. Safe to say that you can trust Midlam. The gold standard of tight little kickstarters
  14. So lovely. Pricey, but perfect.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. True, I just enjoy the feeling of participation I get from supporting them through KS (although they probably do better financially from the store).
  19. 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...
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. My imagined solution to the portcullis was to paint it spectral-fashion, a sort of ectoplasmic gateway opening to release the undead hordes. But then it really would be heading in the vignette direction, as Chris mentions. If I could get a good look at a print of the mounted skelly I'd probably add it to the pile, being a complete sucker for undead cavalry. However, Friday's Reaper Twitch thing has (almost) persuaded me to get the Charnel Pit. Not only do the minis look really nice (or really horrid, in the case of the Queen herself), but the bone pile is far more 3D
  24. Been struggling with this exact temptation myself! I have no real use for most of the minis in that set (although they're nice), but I really do fancy marrying the terrain to DDS2. The decision would be easier if the half-arch doorway hadn't been annoying me since it first appeared... On a similar note, did we ever get any decent pictures of the ghouls from the Charnel Pit set, or the skellies from Gallowgard? The ones from the campaign and pledge manager aren't very clear... Sell them to me, Reaper!
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