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  1. That is an interesting read and does give a little more insight into what's going on.  TT says they did pay SW, so there is/was a license.  How that all falls out at this point is going to be up to the lawyers and the language of the agreements.

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  2. Apologies if this qualifies as thread necromacy, but Paizo dropped me an email with a code to redeem at paizo for the kickstarter minis.  There's apparently a charge for s&h, but that's not clear when the charge will be applied.

    I might need to go into my mental bin of things I never expected to fulfill and pull this KS out.


    https://paizo.com/community/blog/v5748dyo6si2i?New-Wave-of-Starfinder-Masterclass-Miniatures&utm_campaign=793445_Starfinder Kickstarter Group 1 Backers&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Paizo Inc.&dm_i=4XTJ,H085,762V1H,1TSY3,1

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  3. 6 hours ago, ced1106 said:

    Dakka has a thread on this, but I'm in the "we will never know" and "backers always get screwed when there's a legal issue" camps. Because, in previous legal issues I've found out on KS, "we never did know" what the legal documents said and "backers always get screwed when there's a legal issue", even ones not related directly to the project (see the "Up Front" KS on BGG). 




    That's some good truth you're laying down.  Thanks for the thread link.

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  4. At Origins this past week, I browsed the TTCombat booth.  I saw some nice kits, but it didn't feel right to buy them.  I think TTCombat may be on my pass list unless/until this situation gets sorted.  At this point, I don't think it can be sorted 😕

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  5. Update from the Kickstarter.  It's news, but not really news that means I'm likely to get my mitts on the bases I pledged for.  😕





    Sacramento, CA

    Secret Weapon Miniatures, Inc. (SWM) has spent the past seven months attempting to resolve a dispute with Trolltrader/Tabletop Combat (TTC), over their false claim to hold a license to Secret Weapon intellectual property, and sales of counterfeit product within and outside of the United States. That claim has made it impossible for us to find a legitimate partner or buyer for the Secret Weapon IP. SWM has made a good faith effort to resolve this by offering to enter into a license agreement with TTC upon payment due for products delivered. That offer, and others, have been refused.

    This situation has forced Secret Weapon to default on its debts to US Bank, who now hold the Secret Weapon IP, and all outstanding accounts payable. We will continue to do our due diligence in an attempt to resolve the IP issue, and work with US Bank to find new owners. Until that happens, Secret Weapon can take no action to resolve outstanding projects.

    While attempting to resolve this dispute we made no public posts or comments on any official Secret Weapon channel. We regret the anxiety that this silence has caused for many in our community. Going forward, there will not be regular updates here until such time as US Bank has resolved questions regarding Secret Weapon business assets including, but not limited to, the HD Bases designs. While Tabletop Combat continues to falsely claim to hold rights to any of our IP no other company has been willing to involve themselves in the dispute, and so we, and US Bank, remain without legitimate buyers or licensees.

    Secret Weapon will continue to sell the Secret Weapon paint, and dungeon tiles, while inventories last so that it can continue to cover rent on the warehouse where the physical assets are being stored on behalf of US Bank. I have contracted someone to ship those orders once per week as I cannot do any work on behalf of Secret Weapon.

    When and if the dispute with TTC is resolved, and if and when I can help US Bank find a buyer for the HD Bases property, I will post appropriate updates. Until then, it is with great sadness that I can say little, and do less.

    Justin McCoy



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  6. 5 hours ago, JoeGKushner said:

    these color renders should die in a fire and be declared illegal for selling purposes.  The models often don't look like the renders.  Lots of small differences.  False advertising.


    I concur.  Seeing a color render as a preview is ok.  But if it's the only image ever advertised, it's deceptive.  I've had enough time where I'd thought a color render looked ok, only to see it at the FLGS and just put it back on the shelf.  So many are just hideous.  Like minis I painted when I was like 9 using testors paints.  They're not something done at a professional or really a commercial level.

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  7. Wow, 1981.  


    Finished 6th grade, started 7th grade.  Switched from private school to public school.  Made friends some of whom I'm still friends with today.  Started taking spanish classes with Senor Parks.  I still know a little bit of it.


    Had a good friend die of childhood leukemia.  That hurt quite a bit at the time.  Much less now from the distance of time, but still a little bit.  I can see how this event has shaped some aspects of my personality.


    Started playing basic dnd with friends and siblings.  This soon morphed into ad&d when a friend's parent bought the player's handbook for them figuring it was the same game.  not that we didn't try to all play rangers from the PH in basic.  That didn't work so well.  Also started playing classic traveller around about then.  I'm not certain it was 81, but it was very close.


    Started absorbing lies about trickle down economics.  I'm beginning to think it never does trickle down, just ends up in offshore numbered accounts. I really wanted Mister Carter.  He seemed to be a nicer person.


    Watched Raiders of the Lost Ark in some local theater.  My instinct is it was the Berea Theatre, but the dust of times that is my memory doesn't recall.  That theatre is long gone too.  I distinctly recall riding my bike there to see Ghostbusters at some point though.


    Watched and fascinated by MTV at friend's whose family had cable.  They played music at this time.


    Watched (tv) the first and second space shuttle launches.  It took sometime for them to become routine.  I built paper model gliders NASA Lewis (now Glenn) was handing out.  They flew pretty well until they inevitably got stepped on or hit a corner in flight.  Amusingly, you can still get the same thing in PDF now.


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  8. i think there's more complex calculations of cost involved in reaper thinking about 3d printing.  They've sculptors who they pay to create the minis (imho, why they look better than STLs out there).  What they can afford to pay their sculptor, what they need to support sales and distribution and many other costs not listed here all need to be covered by the price.  There isn't a mechanism to enforce "home use only" or "distribution rights" outside of the legal system.  This also opens up a whole bag on international IP law that would need to be done right.

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  9. alcohol is a good cleaner for pretty much anything on an airbrush.  that knurled bit on the back part of the airbrush that the needle goes through and you can see through the side cutouts needs to be snug - that grips down on the needle so when the trigger is moved back, it takes the needle with it.  If that bit isn't moving when you move the trigger back, there could be a problem with the trigger setup.  the trigger moves a flat curved sort of "H" shaped piece (except two crossbars with the needle passing through) that pushes on a cylinder that is threaded that the knurled bit attaches to.  make sure when you move the trigger that all of that moves.


    in addition to all of the above checking the needle bits up front.


    it's really difficult to diagnose airbrush stuff over text.  video or in person would be so much easier 🙂


    if you do block the head of the airbrush to clear a clog or to mix paint in the cup, accept that you're going to need to clean and take apart everything.  it does work for clearing and mixing, but makes a mess of the inside of the brush.

  10. 25 minutes ago, ksbsnowowl said:

    Yes, that is the implication with the dragon. The lighthouse is just messing with the twitch commenters (they have been pushing some ludicrous request for Bones 6, of a model of a whale with a lighthouse on its head.)


    i imagine if they can demostrate enough sales, Reaper would make one.  i'm not personally interested with a whate/lighthouse combo.  maybe a standalone lighthouse, but that's a big item.

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  11. It is a Vought Corsair.  It's a somewhat later model based on the structure of the canopy and the rockets.  The corsair had a very long, pretty broad life.  The US used them through the Korean War.  France operated them during their colonial wars in the late 50s and early 60s (including Vietnam).  Interestingly, a corsair scored the last piston plane on piston plane air to air victory in the "football war" between El Salvador and Honduras


    US Navy

    US Marines

    UK Fleet Air Arm

    France Aeronavale

    New Zealand Air Force

    Honduras Air Force

    Argentine Navy

    El Salvador Air Force


    Lots of options for painting them.


    Ultramarine shadow would probably be a good match for any of the paint schemes they wore in there service.  There's some variations though.  There are area decent number of them in existence still, some of which are operational.  The Smithsonian Air & Space @ Udvar-Hazy Center has a really well preserved specimen.





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  12. 23 hours ago, The Steve said:

    I cut off all integral bases. It isn't a big inconvience. don't sweat it, get a cutting wheel for your dremel and FLEX on those bases!


    I generally use a jeweler's saw and snips to cut off integral bases when I choose to do so.  With a dremel, I'd be afraid of heating up the minature (metal) or gumming up the blade (plastic).  I've not tried to be honest though.  Have you encountered those problems?

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  13. At this point, I've backed 66 projects.


    I've 6 that are still in development/production that I'm hoping will still deliver.

    - JourneyQuest 4 (partial)

    - Age of Antiquity

    - Coyote & Crow

    - Blue Planet: Recontact

    - Ginny Di's Library of Witticisms

    - The Art Of ... Volumnes 1-3


    I've a couple I'm concerned about:

    - Carbon 2185 Terminal Overdrive (company cutting back staff)

    - HD Bases by Secret Weapon Miniatures (company closing hoping to hand off fulfillment)


    I've a couple that are fraud/failure:

    - Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures (yes, the red flags were there, but i my desire for those minis overrode my caution.  i'm mad at me over this...)

    - Zeroed - performance jacket.  alleged to have completed production and dropped off the map when it came time to deliver.

    - Official Settlers of Catan Gaming Board (partial delivery) - still sore about this to the point I really can't use the board i did get.  more anger at circumstances than the team.  i think they did their best.


    All told, I only got taken for a ride twice.  That's not so bad for speculative products.

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