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  1. Thanks for the recommendations everyone. These look much more manageable!
  2. If I’m going to be basing 100 minis, that’s an awful lot of kneading. Maybe good for my handshake, but I’d like something that applies quicker.
  3. I’m sure this one has been seen before, but the search page isn’t returning the answer very easily. I’m wondering what substance folks like for building up the ground on a base if they opt to retain the broccoli base when gluing a Reaper figure to a plastic base. Sometimes one just wants a more solid bond, other times the feet or other details are just too likely to get sliced if one trims the base down to just the connecting points. In particular, I’m looking for thoughts on alternatives to green stuff that would be easier to use in building up some ground around the broccoli base before ultimately adding grit and other texture to the lot. Thanks!
  4. Has anyone seen a good breakdown of how much D&L one would need to build a 3x3 skirmish table, preferably with multiple levels? I haven’t really managed to try out any standard RPGs, so not sure hallways and rooms will be super useful. But a city landscape for something like Frostgrave or Burrows and Badgers is very intriguing. Thanks!
  5. Yeah. It’s not like it is totally unusable. Just an example of why brilliant creative types need to partner with hard-headed project manager types. And I know TTW may have skewed my expectations. What they manage to do with resin is almost unreal. They may be actual wizards.
  6. Received one of the two pieces I ordered (where the other is and why it wasn’t in the more than capacious box that arrived is anyone’s guess). I hadn’t really expected much after watching reactions from others who had received theirs, and those expectations were just about met. I got the apothecary/wizard tower. The main tower piece is not flush with the base piece (it is off by a good 2-3mm, whether by warping or poor design/casting). The two pieces also appear to be different sizes (if you line up one wall, the upper stones for the windows no longer align with the lower, etc.). The magnets are pretty much useless, lacking even enough snap to help align the pieces, much less hold them in place if even lightly bumped. They would have been better off designing the pieces with physical interlocks. There’s a fair amount of flash and some pitting. The level of fine detail is nothing to write home about (and the undersides of overhangs are perfectly smooth). Considering the price was not much less than a Tabletop World piece of similar size, I’m not impressed. It is a shame, since the project had a lot of potential and a unique aesthetic. As is, I can’t really imagine this ever getting to the front of my queue ahead of higher quality terrain pieces, even if they will do something about the physical misalignment (I’m assuming they can’t even if they wanted to; I suspect their entire stock is riddled with these problems, which would explain the history of the project). With the amount of cleanup and sculpting work necessary as things currently stand, there’s no way.
  7. I’m sure CMON will helpfully package those up into an all-in pledge for you. Talk about customer service!
  8. What are the odds on Deadpool. Haven’t been following all the licensing drama there. If they can do him, my money would be on an expansion box rather than a stretch goal.
  9. Would surprise me if it was anything different. For board games, resin seems to be seriously niche (KDM) and metal is unheard of. But no, I haven’t heard officially. We will know for sure on Monday though.
  10. They are plastic, if Pantheon is anything to go by. Good detail for plastic, however.
  11. Excellent sculpts and excellent service. I’ve scaled way back on KS after realizing how finite storage space is. Burrows and Badgers is one of my few remaining insta-backs. Really looking forward to the next batch.
  12. I’ve heard rumblings from one of Monolith’s lead writers on Conan that MBR will have elements usable in Conan as well, for those who have both systems. There is some more art up on their page as well: Frost Giant Thor Berserker Brunhild Shieldmaiden
  13. Their last MBP was a couple months late. Both Batman KSs were basically on time. Only one I know of that is outstanding is Conan, which is being produced right now and will also be a couple months late. Overall, I would say Monolith are much more timely and reliable than Mythic. They are also one of the most careful companies when it comes to overpromising in the heat of a campaign or getting carried away with stretch goals.
  14. On a related note, anyone have a good recommendation for quay or dock scenery (including gangways)?
  15. Man. Caved to the FOMO (and the image in my mind’s eye of having a dockside skirmish map a la Fire Emblem). At least I will have somewhere to live once that giant box arrives?
  16. This business model drives me a little nuts. Creating scarcity for limited edition resins, I get. But creating scarcity for expansions that have been out for years and are in high demand, or for white box hard plastic figures, seems crazy. Yeah, covid hasn’t helped this year, but it has been a problem long before that. I have wanted a Percival since I first discovered KDM, and it appeared for this sale (in unlimited hard plastic) only to watch it sell out within two minutes. Ugh. I do appreciate the fact that he gives newcomers a chance to get in on upcoming content every year, although the fact it is still upcoming is a whole different issue.
  17. Got mine today as well. Casting quality looks excellent. Haven’t assembled any yet, but they seem likely to be pretty close to Reaper height wise, although the female figures look noticeably thinner for the most part. Looking forward to getting into these chunky orc boys.
  18. A couple questions: 1. Have we had additional clarity on how the ship will be broken into pieces? Particularly interested in whether there will be vertical breaks in the hull. 2. Any chance there might be a late breaking powerup for a couple gangplanks? It would make this beast more accessible for both port-side RPG scenarios and for wargaming.
  19. True. I had in mind a pledge that discounts from the single item price. For example, going from master to lord adds 3 unmounted figures for 85 Euro, whereas the individual price is 36 Euro per unmounted figure. There’s no way to get multiple figures at a discount unless you get two (or three) of the larger figures.
  20. I ended up caving on this one now that it is in the last 48. Kind of wish they had a pledge that allowed for multiple figures without requiring two be mounted. But it’s a pretty good deal and I hear good things a out quality.
  21. The irony of it is that forumites here are perfectly happy to interact with company reps who identify themselves as such. There’s no good reason to pretend to be unaffiliated (and as others have noted it tends to be counterproductive, giving a negative impression of the company). The folks here are not dumb and don’t like being treated as if they are. Another irony is that the company’s product is actually quite good, as you’d expect given the sculptors they use. I have a bunch of them myself. The minis can speak for themselves if the marketing could just get out of its own way. I’m sure they lose sales by coming off as some combination of too aggressive and borderline desperate in tone, and those lost sales are probably with just to sort of people they need to build word of mouth interest in their projects. I will probably stay in this project, since I don’t have that many dwarves yet, but I have dropped out in the past and wish I didn’t have to decide whether the tone of communications is a red flag or just misplaced enthusiasm every time.
  22. Ah. Will do. Fortunately meeples are not parties to the Geneva Conventions.
  23. I found this strange little fellow in my order. Anyone have insight on what he is? Is Reaper going into the meeple business? Is it the Reaper equivalent of a golden ticket? (A factory tour would be awesome, so long as there’s no anti-gravity soda and giant exhaust fans around.) Is there a game afoot?
  24. I have to update this. A couple days after that post, CMON wrote to tell me they were replacing everything they could and refunding the rest. The original package went missing in late April, but better late than never.
  25. Add to that the fact that even for the KS, if your package gets lost or stolen (as is increasingly common these days), CMON’s official policy is to tell you to pound sand. This despite the fact that they choose the carrier, the terms of carriage, and the level of insurance (presumably none), leaving you with no way to mitigate your risk of loss. This is what happened to my time machine pledge, which was supposedly delivered (though there was no knock or bell) but wasn’t there ten minutes later when I got an email from FedEx (which only happened because I’m independently signed up for them, not because of CMON’s notoriously tardy shipment notification system). I have shelves packed with previous KS and retail purchases from CMON. Never again. Plus, as far as I can tell, their stock is still suspended from trading (since they failed to obtain the necessary audit certification in April). Their auditor refused to issue an opinion stating the company was solvent, and then the independent directors on their board’s audit committee left. Both of which are pretty huge red flags with respect to their financial ability to fulfill their existing obligations without using funds from new projects to pay for old ones. And that was before the effects of covid really started to bite. They may do just fine in the end, but assuming they will certainly deliver because they’ve been established in the past is much riskier than before.
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