My Spider Demon arrived today! Casting quality is about 'normal' for this sort of product.
THE GOOD: No air bubbles at all on the unit I received, so that's great. The advertised level of detail is entirely intact, which was a relief given the complaints out there. Also, the quality of the resin is as hoped. I've had my fair share of experience with crap resin, and this is definitely not Failcast. Lastly, the KS Exclusive variant parts are fantastic!! I wanted this model for my Tyranid army and those parts are going to not only make that possible, but save me from having to do any physical conversions to the model!
THE BAD: The mold lines, on the other hand, are horrendous. It's nothing I can't handle at my skill level, but it belays the promise of superior quality control. There is also a glut of flashing, again not a big deal, but the weapon arms are a big mess as a result. Both variants still have chunks of the mold in the crevices, lol. The 'standard' version of the weapon arm is also pretty badly miscast, which is fine because I had already planned on using the KS Exclusive bit instead. The up-side here is I won't need to bother anybody for replacement parts.
Anybody who has any experience with resin miniatures understands that the quality issues with these products is COMLETELY NORMAL. Hell, I know lots of folks who buy high end kits because of things like mold lines and air bubbles. It They present the kind of (modelling) challenge that makes putting them together a fulfilling and worthwhile experience. That being said, if the kit is so badly produced it would require a virtual re-sculpt, then its time to call customer service. These sculpts are wonderfully dynamic, and that often presents serious issues when it comes time to make the molds. I pitched in on this project expecting exactly what I received and when I received it. I am 100% satisfied.
Backers are determined, however, to scream heretic over the tiniest imperfections. Or worse, when their expectations (born of inexperience with the hobby and over experience with prefabricated and pre-painted toys) aren't met. While I find the all too typical 'nerd rage' distasteful and unnecessary, I do genuinely understand why folks are disappointed. I do not envy the artist and what he's gone through to see this project to completion. Honestly, I feel that artists shouldn't be the ones handling the business end of things. He really needed an honest partner that had a head for business that could deal with the down and dirty so he could keep doing his artist thing. While I wish Creature Caster a long and fruitful future, I fear that two years of drowning in nerd rage has broken this wonderfully talented young man.