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  1. Yeah, that's just about how it goes.  Last time we played, all of our 'survivors' were eaten by little spiderlings (it was brutal).

    Here are two more Chibi conversions I made of Kingdom Death characters. These are the first two that I made that weren’t for my own collection. I’m still quite fond of how they turned out, and I kind of wish I’d gotten to keep them (I might have to remake them later).



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  2. 2 hours ago, Club said:

    I want to back this. If Reaper was running it I probably would.

    Given what they're obligating themselves to produce and the resources I know of they have to do it, I unfortunately have to pass. Maybe if it was better funded.



    Yeah, that's where a lot of people are.  If this were being run by a company that we all felt we could trust, the whole story would be different.

    The company doesn't have a proven track record for good business decisions (in fact, one of the owners owns a hobby shop and online store that's going out of business right now).

    That business going under also seems to indicate that these guys aren't independently wealthy and probably won't be able to cover costs if this kickstarter ends up in the red.

    A lot of red flags.  Still, I hope they deliver, because that would be better for everyone.

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  3. They made an update today to say "Here's what comes in each of our pledge levels."  They are being very clear about things (the 76 extra minis only come in the plastic pledge, and neither the resin nor plastic pledges will be available in the pledge manager). 



    And they've lost about 18K so far today.  But I'm sure that will all turn around with the update, now that potential backers aren't confused about which pledge they might want.

    I wonder if this is the normal 'ramping up' that happens at the end of a campaign, except with numbers below zero.


    I still don't think enough people will drop to defund the whole thing- but with the drops escalating, that is in the realm of possibilities.

  4. I don't know that much about French business laws.  In the US, they could easily have the three companies keeping everything separate.


    But it is bad news either way.  If SD is partially responsible for Ludik's debts, then that's a problem for this kickstarter.  But if Stellar won't be responsible for Sans Detour's obligations, then they can easily walk away from a failed kickstarter without even giving up the rights to Confrontation (and have a bundle in "licensing fees" to boot).

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  5. I still have my doubts about it dropping below funding levels, and since they decided that they can delivery their 1.25 million stretch goals for less than 500k.

    That probably doesn't make them scam artists.  Rather, they're doubling down on their failure hoping to pull it out.

    Now that we have even less money, we can deliver even more minis!  They're hoping that making bigger promises will bring in enough funding to fulfill them (it seems to be doing the opposite- people are having less confidence that they'll deliver anything).

    The part that looks like a scam is the business organization- the way that Sans Detour is opting the Confrontation license from Stellar when both companies are owned by the same people (and the fact that Stellar has taken down their "Who are we" and address information since it was discovered- and internet forums tell me that that is illegal in France). 


    I still suspect that it isn't as deliberate as that.  Of course, incompetence doesn't look much different from a scam when the backers don't have anything

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  6. 1 hour ago, Balgin Stondraeg said:


    Would that be Ulule by any chance? French companies like to use Ulule because it is "the french alternative to Kickstarter and written all in French". Not that they're biased, or anything :p.



    Good call.  I think this is it, but I don't know French:

    Ulule page for Sans Detour's created projects (I think).


    They're doing RPG books in French- I think it makes sense to go with a French website (otherwise, you'll just get tons of people asking you to do translations.

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  7. On 4/26/2018 at 9:32 AM, skippen said:

    And man it is a month long Kickstarter.  I forgot you could do those.  Most pledges come in at the very beginning and very end.  



    About a Third come in at the start, and about a third come in at the end.  The other third happen in between.

    It doesn't seem to matter how long the kickstarter is- you can usually get a pretty good prediction by tripling the initial spike.

    There are kickstarters that don't follow this pattern, but most of the big board game kickstarters fit pretty nicely into this predictive model.

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  8. 29 minutes ago, Lord of the Dish Pit said:

    Come to think of it an Army of Alfs would also have potential. (defending mouslings from cats perhaps)




    Oh, if you want to fight cats with mouslings, check out Greebo's recent kickstarter (I don't know if they're taking late backers, but the chaos kitten minis are so amazing).

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  9. 59 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

    That's why I'm thinking about pledging a Euro, so I can follow it and watch the train wreck from the bleachers.  That $1.19 could provide years of entertainment. 

    I have never personally seen a KS successfully fund, then backslide so much.  If I pledge, I won't do it until the final 48 hours though.  I don't want to be tempted to comment over there and get accused of trying to sabotage the KS. 

    speaking of the final 48 hours, I wonder if this project will see the same final 48 hour upswing that most gaming projects do? 




    The only campaign I can compare the numbers against is the LOAD kickstarter (Archon Studios tried to hide their identity- halfway through it was discovered that they were related to Prodos and the mess that was the AVP kickstarter- and also that their rules set was plagiarized).

    There was no upswing at the end, but the bailing backers weren't enough to defund the project.

    The LOAD story has a  happy ending.  Archon fired their rules guy, re-wrote their rules and fulfilled LOAD (by most accounts, it is a good game with some impressive minis).  Load can be bought at retail, and Archon have gone on to do more kickstarters with normal funding curves.  They have detractors come out against them every time they launch a new campaign, but they've been funding and fulfilling.


    Don't know that the story has much to do with Confrontation, except that LOAD was bleading backers in a similar way.




    For your consideration:



    Confrontation Classic:

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  10. 16 hours ago, Olaf the Stout said:

    It looks like an absolute train wreck just waiting to happen.


    Oh, this is happening now- just in extreme slow motion.


    It really looks like Confrontation will be the new Robotech.

  11. On 5/5/2018 at 4:36 AM, Jordan Peacock said:

    I love it!  I also admire the way you subtly worked in hints of the red/blue/purple designations.



    Thanks.  I had this weird aversion to painting them all to look alike, so I was hoping to get those colors showing through without making them look silly.  

  12. 19 hours ago, Sanael said:

    Ok, that's absolutely lovely and I like it a bunch, especially the wings... But where's his ball of dung?! I want to see how you treat that, too!


    I painted it in browns... and I need to find the pictures so I can show you (they're on one of these SD cards somewhere).


    16 hours ago, Metalchaos said:

    You did an amazing work on him. The copper vs. green are contrasting beautifully together. The pastel colors of the wings are very beautiful as well. And, you did a great work on the shading!


    Thanks.  Some of what I think is making him work is the contrasting shading and highlighting.  It is a technique I learned from Zach Lanier- you highlight to a cold color, then to a warm color, and do the same with the shading (warm, then cold).  Even if it is super subtle, it seems to make the colors all look super interesting.

    I've talked to Jessica Rich and Marike about an easier way to do it.  After you're done with your highlights and shadows, take a thin contrasting glaze and add it over the second darkest shadows (so the darkest area remains the same).  It works especially well on skin.


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  13. I've been showing off the conversions from my Chibi Kingdom Death set for a while now- but I realize that I've neglected to post up good pictures of the survivors that I've made.

    Here is a group of them.  Since this is an ongoing project, I'll be continuously making more, so there will never be a final "all of them together" post.

    The conversions range between custom basing and extensive resculpting.




    Alistair uses the head from Sebastian Cross- I had an extra since I used Cross' body for my Kingsman.  His body comes from a Mistmourn Shaman, with his skirt sculpted on, and his weapons come from Kingdom Death sprues.


    I really liked the idea of painting his eyes to match the prologue, even though he's clearly a Lantern Year 2+ survivor (since he's not barefoot, and has a bone blade).





    For Zachary, I wanted a survivor that was a little more muscular than scrawny Alistair, so I used the body from Yokozuna (I still have the head for making a Sun Priest later).




    Rail Raiders Infinite's Rhinestone took me by surprise.  She just looked perfect for Kingdom Death, and just needed a color scheme that would work with the set.




    It seemed wrong not to make a version of the crossover Candy and Cola for my Chibi Kingdom Death set.  The head comes from Candy, and I found the best body to start from was a Shrine Ninja Kunoichi.  Much of her skirt is sculpted on.


    I would have put Cola on her skirt, but I got to thinking that he should be his own survivor.  I haven't finished his conversion yet, but I'll make sure to share it.




    The Plague Doctor doesn't seem like the most natural mini to make for Chibi Kingdom Death.  I was looking through my bits box one day, and I found an old Rackham goblin, and I could see all of the conversion that I'd need to make.


    For his color scheme, I decided to make a tribute to the Shovel Knight villain/hero Plague Knight.  I'll probably do a couple other Shovel Knight characters as well (Specter Knight would make a good survivor as well).

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  14. Thanks everyone.



    3 hours ago, Zink said:

    Happy birthday! Do you have to make your own cake topper?


    You know, one of the greatest regrets I have in life is that I didn't start making cake toppers until a year after I was married.  I had the skill set already, it just didn't occur to me to make one.


    As for birthdays- I think we're going for Saag and Tikki Masala rather than cake this year.

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