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  1. OK That was fast! Tomb Guardians have dropped the “refer a friend” clause and are now including the winning figure in all pledges above a certain amount. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tombguardians/28mm-fantasy-dwarven-miniature-collection-ii/posts/2936792 I was pretty critical of them this morning so I have to give them props for listening and responding to our complaints so quickly. That’s good customer service. I’m actually starting to find the “growing business missteps” of this company sort of charming. And the figures are very nice of course. I hope they don’t get discouraged by these stumbles and hang in there. One thing I find interesting though is that this turn-around was in response to “everyone that we have upset over our announcement this morning.” But there don’t appear to be any complaints or upset people in any of the commentary areas on that KS. In fact, the only place I’ve seen people upset about the “refer a friend” clause is in this thread. So it seems there might be someone reading/posting in this thread who has some connection to the company. I wonder who it could be?
  2. I totally agree! I’ve probably been the poster in this thread who’s been most interested in / excited by this KS from the start (besides “No. 1 Tomb Guardians Fan” Gamer Princess of course ), and then, after hyping up this vote for a “free” miniature AND the one I voted for being the winner, they suddenly add in this last-minute clause! This is really annoying! I don’t have any friends into miniature collecting/painting so there’s pretty much no way I can get that figure. (Unless someone in this thread wants to be my friend and pledge. ) This company needs a much better customer engagement planner. Besides all the recommendations I’ve already posted in this thread, this competition should have been handled much better. Number one is that all of the rules should have been explicitly stated up front. Number two is that the competition should have been launched at the start of this KS and therefore run longer, building natural excitement. Launching on the random day that it did and then only being open for what? four days? always seemed weird to me. How many people never even knew about it because they only pay attention at the beginning and end of a KS? I’m still in this KS for now but I doubt I’m going to upgrade to the much more expensive “Complete Collection” like I’d been considering. Thanks for the links. I’ll check both of them out even if just for future reference.
  3. Okaaaaaaaaayyy I'm relieved now. I was feeling a little left out that you were all getting these emails and I wasn't. haha Even if none of you wanted them. I guess I can look forward to getting spammed when their next KS starts. A few people have mentioned that these dwarves seem generic to them, but what initially attracted me to them was that they actually seemed kinda unique. haha (Revealing my newness to miniature collecting here.) I haven't seen many Dwarf wizards and monks and rogues for example. What were these recent Dwarf Kickstarters that I missed out on?
  4. How did people get on an email list for this? I pledged and haven’t received anything.
  5. Well, since I seem to have the ear of someone at the company , I'll offer an example of something else that Blacklist did to maintain excitement during their campaign. Rather than just revealing one stretch goal at a a time (as Tomb Guardians are doing here), they arranged it such that the next TWO stretch goals were visible at each milestone. That was effective because it meant that if you were less enthused by the next stretch goal (someone not interested in the zombie dwarf for example) you might still get excited and want to pledge (or increase your pledge) because the stretch goal after that was one that you wanted (that person's lessened enthusiasm during the build-up period to the zombie dwarf might have remained high if they knew and wanted the hobgoblin that was coming up afterward, for example). P.S. If you're still listening TG, I'm always up for an interesting variety of halflings and an Amazons II would be nice too. :) I agree and I certainly didn't meant to imply that this KS should (or could) reach anything like the numbers of dollars or backers of the Blacklist campaign. And the company's stretch goals should always be within their means of course. Always better to under-promise and over-deliver than the reverse IMO. I was just thinking that lower stretch goals (only initially if necessary) along with my recommendation re: reveals above, would help create and maintain excitement/interest that didn't seem to exist a couple of days ago when I pledged. I'm happy to see that, for whatever reason, the pledges seem to be coming in faster now.
  6. Well this is exciting. I wonder if they read my post?
  7. ^ That Blacklist KS is still open for late pledges if you want to jump on board. The $ value per miniature is INCREDIBLY good.
  8. It's a shame because it appears this company does some really nice stuff; but not even the nicest miniatures in the world are enough if no one notices your campaigns. They're going to have to create some real buzz if they want to get on people's radars; and exciting, achievable stretch goals seem to me to be the best way to do that. Blacklist Miniatures' very successful KS is probably the greatest recent example of a company that came out of nowhere and created ENORMOUS excitement via it's insanely fun stretch goal journey. I have no doubt that a lot of buyers added them to their "Following" lists as a result of it. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blacklistgames/blacklist-miniatures-fantasy-series-1
  9. PS I’m no Kickstarter expert but I think their first stretch goal ($4,000) is too high. The KS has been running a few days now and we haven’t even reached it yet. I feel that lower initial stretch goals create excitement and momentum. And I hope their later stretch goals aren’t $4,000 (or more) apart. We’ll never get through the apparent 20+ they have of them at that rate.
  10. I’m in for the full Dwarf collection (I & II). I wish I could get the Amazons as their own collection too. Maybe they’ll allow that in an Amazons II?
  11. I missed the first Hot & Dangerous campaign but that’s OK because I much prefer the less risqué style of this campaign’s miniatures anyway. I collect for my D&D campaigns so I’m only in for three at this stage (Alexandra, Darya and Atotoztli) but I might get Greta, Misaki and any other suitable ones that become available later. Edit: Actuallllllllllllllly... I just went to pledge and hadn't realized I'd be spending over $10 per figure (incl. shipping). I just can't afford that right now so I'm going to have to skip this one I'm afraid. It's a shame because I think this KS offers some really interesting and unique figures.
  12. OK I've finalized my order. 1. KS Exclusive Elven Sorcerer 2. KS Exclusive Halfling Sand Raider Sorcerer (still bitter about how they ruined this sculpt) 3. RPG Booster 4. RPG Oasis Monsters 5. Oasis Adventurers 6. Sand Adventurers 7. Elven Ranger Adventurer 8. Liche Hunter Adventurer 9. Skeleton Necromancer 10. Halfling Sand Raider Lord 11. Elven Queen 12. Elven Assassins 13. Elven Hydra and Handlers Ironically, I got into this KS for the halflings but now they've turned into the figures I'm least excited about. Weirdly enough, the figure I'm most looking forward to is one of the Elven Handlers for the Hydra. She's holding two whips, which makes her perfect for my dual-whip wielding fighter in one of my games.
  13. According to this update, if anyone was interested in adding items to their order, they can do so now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ttcombatundead/desert-of-the-dead-fantasy-wargaming-miniatures/posts/2860160
  14. Wow. I'm going to have to seriously rethink my plan to not get those dragons. They look great!
  15. ^ She might be on mobile. I want to pull my hair out when I use that site on my phone.
  16. ^ A bit of both really. The creativity of bringing these little pieces of metal/plastic to life with color appeals to me, as does finally being able to use cool-looking models with my D&D games rather than the makeshift stuff we've been making do with. Of course, the irony is that COVID has forced my game to go online (and who know's when that's going to change) so I may never actually get to use them for that second purpose.
  17. 3 hours ago, Gadgetman! said: ^ Good advice and I actually do plan on doing that - with all four of them! I intentionally chose miniatures that would allow me to see how my skills had developed with a variety of different surfaces and techniques: skin, scales, fur, soft fabric, leather, metal, wood, OSL... Bergamot is possibly a little redundant (except for the OSL) but I love halflings so just had to get one with my first selection. :)
  18. Wow! I just noticed that the Dungeon Dwellers Expansion comes with a new free bonus figure! That was already the expansion I was most looking forward to so this is just a cherry on top.
  19. Great report! Ghost Archipelago (and Frostgrave) look like SO much fun! Can't wait for the quarantine to be over so I can hopefully find some people to play with at my FLGS.
  20. Thanks again for all that great information everyone. Especially to Gadgetman! and MoebiusStrip for taking the time to write out such detailed and instructive posts! Sometimes the simplest guidance like "Wash. Prime. Paint. Protect." is exactly the sort of help a beginner like me needs. I've attached a photo of my first ever Reaper Miniatures. The next time you see them they'll be painted (hopefully well, but no guarantees haha).
  21. Thanks for the wonderful advice everyone! They all did. Great to know, thanks! Thanks for putting my mind at ease and the glue recommendation. Thanks also for all the great information. Hmmm liners, varnishes, thinners, washes, primers, sealers... I think I need to read up some more to learn what these all do. Haha And I saw brush soap recommended somewhere else so that's definitely something else to put on my list. I don't think they do so that's definitely an option, thanks. And thanks again. Look for my first faltering attempts at painting soon! One thing I've already realized - this hobby is not going to be as easy as I expected! Haha I'm amazed at the level of detail people are able to add to something that's no bigger than my thumbnail!
  22. So, after months of floating around this forum, watching YouTube videos and collecting miniatures, I have finally taken the first step of joining you all in this great hobby by buying some paint and brushes! And now I’m excited... but scared. And I have questions! Paints 1. I bought all 6 Reaper MSP Bones Paint Sets (the first and only paints I own) and it’s too late to second-guess that decision now, but I’m still wondering if I made a mistake by not starting with the Triads. Will a first-time painter (of literally anything) be OK with these paints instead? Any tips for using them? 2. I thought the Reaper MSP Bones paints were new and different to the old Reaper MSP HD line (which I had hoped to avoid after watching this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrJ1Yb2QI1g) but after reading some stuff recently, I’m not so sure. Can anyone confirm/deny? 3. I bought the paints from a company in California and they were transported to me in Texas. I have read that some paints can go “bad” in too cold (and too hot?) conditions. What should I be checking for to ensure I haven’t bought paints that might have frozen in a California winter? Miniatures 4. At the moment, I have a mixture of Reaper Bones Black and WizKids Nolzur’s miniatures. Do I need to use different techniques on them or will those materials react the same way to the paint? 5. One of my Bones Black figures (Anthanelle, Female Elf Wizard) is a much darker shade of grey than the other Bones Black figures. Is there a reason for this? 6. Another figure (Shadoweyes, Catfolk Rogue) is bent quite far forward, almost to the point of falling over. Is she meant to be in that position? Will the Bones Black material respond well if I try to bend her back the other way? Her ankles seem quite thin so I’m worried about snapping her. Supplies 7. Other than the above-mentioned paints and miniatures, the only other hobby supply I own is the Army Painter Wargames Mega Brush Set. I have an X-Acto knife and a wet palette on the way and I have my eye on the Army Painter Warpaints Quickshade Wash Set. What else are must-have supplies for this hobby? 8. The YouTube videos have been great but I prefer to follow instructions I can hold in my hand. Are there any written tutorials anywhere? Thanks for any help! I’ll be sure to post photos of my progress.
  23. I don't have this figure myself but I remembered that this thread had some good information about this issue: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/88800-rescuing-droopy-the-dragon-bones-4-gauth-updated-march-2020/&tab=comments#comment-1892333
  24. I think the concept of “Fear of Missing Out” took off on a wider way with the rise of social media sites like Instagram.
  25. Mission accomplished in my case! If this KS goes off without hitch then you'll definitely be on my radar for the future (and I imagine a lot of other peoples' too). Now about those traditional halflings... ;)
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