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  1. Arkady

    Mimic's Grid: Metal, magnetic, gaming tiles

    They really need to provide a better overview of what "artist sets" are/will be available/look like. I'm pretty sure they'd be a major selling point.
  2. Arkady

    Jurassic World Miniature Game

    Well, they're decidedly non-responsive to PM request to clear up the Cimmeria/Exod/Bandecine confusion for those of us who aren't French insiders. +1 red flag.
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    Jurassic World Miniature Game

    Yeah, the licensor approval thing is one of the few non-concerns here, except for it playing into that Jun. 2020 delivery date being insanely optimistic.
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    Jurassic World Miniature Game

    Exod was behind an unsuccessful Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/520660169/after-the-end-3), so it rather looks like Cimmeria projects is an obfuscation of the fact the key actors are the same. Not even sure there's any Malice behind that, I think it may be low self-confidence (their assuming if people easily found out about the other project, it'd turn them off). Also, image of the core box contents to illustrate the point about too much just renders:
  5. So, I just realized there isn't a thread here yet on that officially licensed game based on everyone's favorite the best known dinosaur franchise (sorry, I prefer Xenozoic Tales, here): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jurassicworld/jurassic-worldtm-miniature-game I can't say I'm overly impressed, given they don't seem to have anything but renders yet (making that Jun. 2020 delivery date look... optimistic, to say the least), and given the English project page certainly hasn't been run by anyone legitimately 'bilingual', casting some doubt on whether they'll manage to pick a 'specialized game translator' that can actually deliver quality English text (particularly, I'm concerned they'll use someone normally doing English to French translation without considering that doesn't really prove they're good at doing the reverse). I also don't like how they're being a little obtuse with the company(s) behind the project. Who exactly is Cimmeria? Why doesn't Exod have an actual website under that address? What does Bandecine have to do with anything? Overall, I guess I just convinced myself to give this a pass. Backing French companies waving - maybe not the brightest, but still - red flags on Kickstarter has a tradition of being a bad idea. Not risking this being the exception to the rule.
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    First Legion Fantasy Line

    The main problem is probably the unknown quality of the castings. Generally, fantasy fans won't have much, if any, experience with First Legion, and thus no experience with the materials they use. Even if they did, FL's ability to deliver sound tooling for mass production at this scale remains largely unknown. On the other hand, a lot of fantasy fans have been burned by Kickstarters with supposedly great sculpts at seemingly good prices before,. For example, Raging Heroes delivering what may be the worst tooling in history and a sub-par material for TGG2.
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    Stable by TableTop World

    They classify their regular range as "28mm", and also have a newer, slightly larger range with only a building or two so far they call "28-32mm". I'm not exactly sure what that means, though; for all I know it could be mirroring the scale creep we see in miniatures from, say, Reaper
  8. Arkady

    monster gaming monster adventure terrain

    I'm kind of amazed that entire campaign page never actually mentions Minecraft anywhere. Surely I can't be the only geek who immediately thought of that on seeing those sample setups?
  9. Arkady

    First Legion Fantasy Line

    Looks like they listened to concerns its odd that high add-on only pledges might feel not worth it if they're exempt from getting stretch goals. So now it's freebies with any pledge of $300+ now, even for people only wanting stuff like the orc camps.
  10. Arkady

    First Legion Fantasy Line

    I just realized they're that First Legion. I've come across them before, that must've been about 6 or 7 years ago, when I visited a historical miniatures shop near work to get paints (they had the full Vallejo palette before the local fantasy/sci-fi hobby stores expanded beyond not-Nottingham colors). Remembering this prompted me do do a quick search and apparently, they're reasonably popular with German large-scale historicals collectors, so I'd figure the company must know what they're doing on a technical level (material/tooling). I don't think they have much, if any, experience with 28mm though, so I guess the question will be whether they can adjust well to that.
  11. Arkady

    Colonel Kane' PbP

    Well... the other two games I'm currently in never even made it to first post.
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    Colonel Kane' PbP

    A shame. You should probably just blame me. Seems like every game I join falls apart or never quite happens to begin with, so I'm clearly jinxed. That side, to twist Pratchett, may you soon find yourself living in slightly less interesting times
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    Raid on the Temple of Serpent

    I wónder if the idea behind that Pterossus thing is that it is some weird chimera with the head of an ancient dragon and the body of a young pterosaur. If so, it'd explain the off proportions. Still wouldn't make me want to buy it, though. I might want to get the captain on his dire crab, though. I really shouldn't, but I might totally want to.
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    First Legion Fantasy Line

    In comments, they mentioned 4-5 parts including base for the average orc. So probably nowhere near as bad as the Raging Madness™ TGG2 insanity. Might be moot though. The project might have trouble finding even the extra 10k, let alone enough to actually get to stretch goals, unless they change it to any pledge of $200 or more being eligible for freebies. Because seriously, a lot of hardcore miniatures backers will be vastly more interested in those add-ons than in yet another band of orc warriors.
  15. So, having gotten mine, a lot of excitement... and one big disappointment. The new, harder grey material does seem to have a tendency to break in inopportune places, like the end of the ridge beam on Baba Yaga's hut and somewhere right smack in the middle of that angel of death statue's wing. I do hope I was just unlucky and this is not a common occurrence, because if it is, this stuff might not do as well at retail as one might otherwise hope.