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  1. 15 hours ago, Mnemonic said:

    Oh I get the logistics of manufacturing. Nothing is free, but we're not talking rocket science here. Surely there will be development, new mold development, testing, trouble shooting, etc etc. but 3 years from now everyone in the industry would know Reaper has the gold standard in clog prevention.

    I'll admit it may not actually pay off as intended. 5/8ths of an inch of plastic with a slight taper sounds like it would help clogs, but I can't say that a slight air pressure build up when inserting it would be a problem. Or alignment issues. But hey, great things can start with a simple sentence "wouldn't it be nice if...."

    With trusty paperclips in my hand, I'd still pay an extra quarter or 50 cents for it a bottle cap that prevents clogs. Economy of scale would probably show much less cost. But we're all just spit-balling here.

     

    3M has done it on some of their glues. My experience was the alignment ends up being the biggest issue causing them to eventually bend and snap off.

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  2. On 5/1/2019 at 10:42 AM, Carnacki the Ghost Finder said:

    I have an EB but am looking for reasons to drop it.

     

    For example, the FAQ says the scale is 28 mm - the Hunters are 28 mm to the eye, so overall these monsters won't be as big as they might seem.

     

    According to the FAQ most bosses are around 100mm

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  3. 15 minutes ago, Orlando_the_Technicoloured said:

    Typically IF expansions make it to retail they'll be cheaper than KS with CMON project

     

    but it's a gamble as if not enough people bit during the KS they may decide not to go to retail with it at all  (especially if you're outside the US where even if they do go to retail you may not be able to get hold of them)

     

    That one is marked KS exclusive, so not much of a chance it will be cheap at retail.

  4. 32 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

    Might want to change that image, as it contains swears, and is animated, both of which aren't allowed on the forums. 

     

    Additionally... Saddened to see a great deal of marketing speak, instead of just answering the question... 

     

    If they answered the question people could just buy something similar at an art supply store. My guess is still goat hair, though the guess of rabbit that some other people are mentioning is a possibility. 

  5. 49 minutes ago, Gadgetman! said:

     

    If anyone gets an idea to use surgical masks or the dispoable dust masks... 

    Don't. 

    Surgical masks are mostly to stop droplets, and the disposable dust masks arent all that tight, and probably aren't designed with fine enough masks to stop the acrylic dust, either.   

     

     

     

    Disposable dust "masks" should be avoided, but disposable dust "respirators" should be fine as long as they are rated high enough (as long as it's water based acrylic rather than solvent based). They look similar and generally get lumped together, but not all disposable masks are bad. Things sold as surgical masks/antiviral masks  are a bit trickier and you have to check the label for their particulate filtration level. Many will be as good or better than common respirator filters, the downside is they aren't made for heavy usage and will clog up faster.

     

     

    Of course any time you use the nastier acrylics, enamels, or spray cans particulate filtration isn't enough and an organic vapor filter is needed. On thing about those that a lot of hobbiests overlook is that once you open them they are on a timer usually 3-6 months depending on the brand after which they should be replaced even if they've been barely used and still seem good.

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  6. I've watch some videos on candy coating recently, which is spraying transparent paint over metallic. Deep reds didn't seem a problem. I think you'd have to basically paint it as a silver dragon with all the shadows and highlights done with different metallics then do the red coat over everything. 

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  7. 1 hour ago, Darsc Zacal said:

    If the game is going to stay around for any longer than the kickstarter fulfilment launch then it needs a retail presence afterwards.

    I don’t know who these people that are complaining think they’ll be playing their game with in a year if there isn’t one.

     

    With a board game that's not all that relevant. You don't need anyone else to own Catan to play the game once you have it. It's not like a typical miniatures games where all the players buy their army, this is a one person buys the box  and everyone uses it kind of thing.

     

    As far as the actual complaints, there are a couple good points. The main one being the concerns about compatibility. This was already an issue in one direction where retail buyers would be limited in which scenarios they'd have enough pieces to play. Now they've also created it in the other direction due to all the retail scenarios being written to use pieces unavailable outside of the retail base game. With one of their selling points being continued support with downloadable scenarios they've suddenly gone from all the new scenarios working with the kickstarter version and all the smaller scenario working for the retail version to each version requiring an entirely separate set of scenarios. Another is if they continue the addition and use the new content across the retail expansions kickstarter backers who didn't go all in may find themselves require to buy the retail version of the base game in order to use the retail versions of expansions. If they were to release the new game tiles to buy outside of buying the full game these thing wouldn't be a concern at all, but the update itself suggests the whole purpose is to encourage kickstarter backers to repurchase a retail copy of the game.

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  8. Kickstarter exclusives, super exclusives, and now only available in the retail core set exclusive! I think I'll be ending up with plenty of stuff without buying another copy of the base game to get the new exclusives, but they definitely just kicked a bit of a hornets nest.

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  9. On 3/3/2019 at 3:30 AM, Pingo said:

     

    (Eyeballs them.) Sure. Or maybe even something lighter, like 9087 Weathered Stone.

     

    Scraggly flat bristle brushes tend to be cheap, fortunately. At 1:1 scale there are specialists’ tools a little like combs and fancy brushes, but at our scale we just need something the right kind of scraggly. The sort of stiffness and separation of fibers that makes a brush less useful to paint with makes it useful for these kind of effects.

     

     

    I think at one point I watched a how to video where they used and old toothbrush with lots of the bristles hacked out to do wood grain at minis scale.

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  10. On 3/1/2019 at 6:24 PM, ced1106 said:

    You can also make your own paper funnels. Might waste paint, but no plastic funnel to clean. 

     

    As a non-display painter with plenty of eye-dropper paints, I've only used the GW paints as basecoats, painting straight from the pot.

     

    I've also used them (and craft paint lids) as advanced tabletop "wet palettes". Shake then drop a drop of eye dropper (say it fast three times) paint onto the paint in the lid. Use a drop or so of medium as needed, before shaking or with the lid. I doubt you can do advanced techniques like blending, but it keeps the eye dropper paint wet and you can do a little mixing if the GW or craft paint is a different color. Main advantage is that my paint desk is crowded and a bottle cap or other cap takes less space than a wet palette. :blush:

     

    IMG_1058+(800x600).jpg

     

    https://scythesoftheemperor40kchapter.blogspot.com/2015/01/new-citadel-paint-dropper-bottles.html

     

    You could do the same thing with transparency sheets if you wanted a reusable version.

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  11. 7 hours ago, Suden said:

    That update explained a lot about why Archon products have been slowed, and why Demigods Rising has been dead in the water for six months or so after some games had already been shipped out. Archon joined the Demigods projects late in the process after their first manufacturer (Titan Forge) didn't work out.

     

    Then, Archon had to struggle to cover " The potential loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars ". The phrasing is a bit odd, which I'm guessing means they started manufacturing but stopped when they didn't receive payments from Ninja Division to finish. Whatever the case, it seems to have had a serious ripple effect that they have been working to recover from.

     

    They apparently have at least some of the stock, because the update also said "Concerning The Ninja Division kickstarter project “Starfinder”, for those of you who are Archon studio backers and have backed Starfinder, you can contact us here:  [email protected]  we can not promise you anything, as we are currently still in discussions with third parties, but we may have a little something to compensate you for the loss of the project at our own expense." Which sounds like they will try and (partially?) fulfill pledges for at least some backers.

     

    I read the potential loss line as what they stand to lose if ND never pays. From a bookkeeping perspective they haven't lost the money yet, it's still an open receivable that ND is "intending to eventually pay". It's not a loss until they write it off as bad debt, which if I understood some of the discussion about it correctly they might not be able to do over there unless ND declares bankruptcy. 

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  12. Here is a repost of what I posted in the Starfinder thread for those who missed it.

     

     

    From a facebook post by Jared Ewertovski of Archon

     

    "In the spirit of the article below, as a manufacturer of miniatures for Ninja Division, I can officially state that Starfinder and Relick Knights 2 will NOT be delivered. Ninja Division owns Archon money for entire! Starfinder manufacturing (delivered and what's in the warehouse) Relics Knights (entirely manufactured and stored in our warehouse) and a few more delivered projects like Humble Bundle (entirely delivered). At this stage, we are searching for legal advice in the USA to help us out in recovering at least a fraction of costs we accommodated with manufacturing for Ninja Division. We are also, speaking with Paizo about finding some solution for backers but I would not count on it as Ninja Divisions stated to us that their bank account is dry as a desert. Anyway, an official Archon statement will be out within a few days. Sorry for the bad news."

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  13. 14 hours ago, Nunae said:

    NWell, but we never heard about the delay because of quality control until it was "fixed".

    The miniatures needed adjustment, according to the last update, but they don't say if they had to do resculpting/posing work, if they had to a reprint from the 3d printer, if the molds were faulty, if their plastic needed adjusting, or whatever else might have gone wrong.

    Anyhow, at some point they noticed a flaw and fixed it, which, according to that update now, caused the delay. They still posted fluffy updates with pictures of retail boxes, retail boxes and resin masters without saying anything about how actual production was going. All that while they apparently had problems producing a final product of satisfying standard.

     

    Keeping problems secret until they are fix (or forever) if they think it won't effect the delivery deadline beyond what they can pass off as standard production delays from dealing with China is pretty common with kickstarters. It's come back to bite more than one company.

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  14. 1 hour ago, WhiteWulfe said:

    Any thoughts on it compared to the Mastersons stuff?  Or Master's or whatever it is.  The beige plastic tin one that so many recommend. 

     

    The Master's your talking about is a soap, typically used every time you're done painting. Winsor and Newton Brush cleaner is more of a deep cleaning solvent for acrylics meant to remove dried paint that builds up over time, it's an occasional use thing. I don't know where the Zest stuff falls, but Buglips is using it in place of the Winsor and Newton, so probably an occasional use cleaner?

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  15. 6 hours ago, JoeGKushner said:

     

    From a facebook post by Jared Ewertovski of Archon

     

    "In the spirit of the article below, as a manufacturer of miniatures for Ninja Division, I can officially state that Starfinder and Relick Knights 2 will NOT be delivered. Ninja Division owns Archon money for entire! Starfinder manufacturing (delivered and what's in the warehouse) Relics Knights (entirely manufactured and stored in our warehouse) and a few more delivered projects like Humble Bundle (entirely delivered). At this stage, we are searching for legal advice in the USA to help us out in recovering at least a fraction of costs we accommodated with manufacturing for Ninja Division. We are also, speaking with Paizo about finding some solution for backers but I would not count on it as Ninja Divisions stated to us that their bank account is dry as a desert. Anyway, an official Archon statement will be out within a few days. Sorry for the bad news."

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  16. 55 minutes ago, Nunae said:

     

    If one counts vehicles, Revell is pretty big.

     

    But thanks for the insights, Wren, again my perspective is super warped. Grew up with a father who collects miniature submarines and planes, and it's easier to find conventions, a community and stores for historical/vehicle stuff around here. We don't even have a hobby store (other than the occasional GW store) in every major city *shakes fist angrily*

     

    There are also companies like Zvezda. It wouldn't surprise me if they sell more minis each year than Reaper, though maybe not. Fantasy and Scifi are definitely taking over though. I think 10 years ago historical minis were probably ahead. It's a hard thing to gauge well though since they don't quite overlap. When I was in high school if you went into a non-game hobby shop a wall of historical war gaming stuff wasn't uncommon, fantasy was limited to the couple boxes of Caesar miniatures sitting next to Caesar's historical stuff.

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  17. 13 hours ago, MiniDungeonMaster said:

    Some excellent points being made above, but one that I don’t think has been mentioned with regards to Vallejo, is they send out TONS of free stuff to painters they like, or are popular, so that they can be seen using it- anyone follow Angel Giraldez on Instagram? His sponsorship, is a massive endorsement for Vallejo. To my knowledge, Reaper doesn’t send out as much free stuff, or if they do it’s not done strategically for advertising purposes to YouTube, Twitch or instagram “famous” painters. Painting is hard to make pay the bills- people use what is most readily available to them, if it’s high quality and free, even better.

     

     

    This is probably one of the biggest factors, why would Sam Lenz (mentioned in the OP) go out and buy a large set of Reaper paints when Vallejo gave him a full set of every paint they make?

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