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I'm kind of afraid I'm going to miss out at the end. I've already pledged the max I can afford, and I know by the time this ends, I won't have pledged enough for ALL the options I want, even though I have a "spare" $40 still in my pledge right now.

 

I feel that. I've got the stuff I want that is already available accounted for in mine, and I'm prepared to spend *a little* more, but Terri & I have a trip to Alaska at the beginning of September, so I can't dump nearly the amount I think I'll want to in to this by the end. On the plus side, all this stuff (sans the Sophies) will be available in retail shops at some point. I can always get extras/duplicates/the stuff I passed on at a later time. ::):

 

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On the plus side, all this stuff (sans the Sophies) will be available in retail shops at some point. I can always get extras/duplicates/the stuff I passed on at a later time.

That right there is a definite plus. Some of the Kickstarter projects I've backed, I've backed because I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get them after the project was done.

 

At least with this one, I know that they'll be available for a long time to come.

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LOL - they'll be available, but they'll probably never be this cheap again. I fully expect that by the time this is done, the Vampire pledge level alone will be down to less than seventy five cents a mini.

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Since Reaper Con is the month after the Kickstarter "ships", I wonder if they could give you the option of picking up your 'winnings' there instead of shipping them, or would that cause to much of a logistics headache...

 

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Or a special category for painted Bones figs submitted for judging during Reaper Con, 2013.

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LOL - they'll be available, but they'll probably never be this cheap again. I fully expect that by the time this is done, the Vampire pledge level alone will be down to less than seventy five cents a mini.

This is very true, and one of the reasons that I haven't decided yet whether the "little extra" I have will go towards the Orcpocalypse stretch or something else later. I know I'll be able to buy them later on, but an army's worth of Black Orcs for $25 is hard to pass on. I'll just have to wait and see how much Reaper tries to abuse my wallet in the next 2 1/2 weeks. :;):

 

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LOL - they'll be available, but they'll probably never be this cheap again. I fully expect that by the time this is done, the Vampire pledge level alone will be down to less than seventy five cents a mini.

This is very true, and one of the reasons that I haven't decided yet whether the "little extra" I have will go towards the Orcpocalypse stretch or something else later. I know I'll be able to buy them later on, but an army's worth of Black Orcs for $25 is hard to pass on. I'll just have to wait and see how much Reaper tries to abuse my wallet in the next 2 1/2 weeks. :;):

 

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I feel you...though I'm not doing it for the cheap stuff [though it does help the motivation].

 

I'm not going to be able to afford everything I'd go in for if I could...not with all the add-on bonuses. (and to be honest, if I could I'd go in for some of the options multiple times, like Dungeon Attack and Orcpocalypse]. The one I really want but will probably end up passing on to afford other stuff is the Sophie set...I think this is only the second time they've done one, and I missed both times in addition to the 'usual channels' 'cuz I can't afford to travel to Texas yearly.

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LOL - they'll be available, but they'll probably never be this cheap again. I fully expect that by the time this is done, the Vampire pledge level alone will be down to less than seventy five cents a mini.

 

Wildly true. Something we should keep in mind is the fact that EVERY BONE is going to have to be in MASS PRODUCTION with LOTSA SALES for a LONG TIME in order to pay for itself, and thus spawn further Bones in the future.

 

If being a Reapercon Lounge Lizard all these years has taught me anything, it is that the startup and mold costs for a pewter miniature is reasonably cheap, comparitively speaking... to the point where Reaper even offers a "design your own miniature" thing, periodically, as part of a contest and suchlike. This is not entirely altruistic and generous; they are hoping that copies of your custom designed miniature will sell to the general public. I have several, myself. But if it doesn't, well, fine, it can go out of production to prevent further losses. Theoretically, any unsold units could be melted down and recast into other minis, to prevent further money hemmorhage.

 

This is not the case with Bones. Every unsold Bone will sit in the factory gathering dust until someone buys it.

 

I do not think there will be a "design your own Bone" anytime soon. Every single piece that goes into production has to PROMISE, to some extent, to sell enough units to someday pay for itself. Remember this!

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I do not think there will be a "design your own Bone" anytime soon. Every single piece that goes into production has to PROMISE, to some extent, to sell enough units to someday pay for itself. Remember this!

Agreed. But that's not to say that the DYOM in pewter might not end up as a best seller that makes the leap to Bones someday. One can always hope!

 

 

 

As far as the plastic minis gathering dust until they are sold. That's very true while production is in China, it may not continue to hold true once/if Reaper can bring production in house. I understand that a lot of plastics can be ground up and remelted. I don't know if that's true of the Bones plastic or not. if it is possible, it's all the more reason to hope Reaper can eventually bring production in house. Although the unsold inventory of bones minis is probably not an overwhelming cost factor - more of a storage issue, I would imagine.

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To extend that thought, if they bring production in-house, they can cast on demand. Won't help with mold costs, but storage/waste, yes.

 

And further, if they bring it in-house, I'm sure they'll learn to do their own metal molds, which should at least help with initial costs for a model.

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ug. Day 2 after I pledge my money and I'm dying for March to be here. *sigh* I'm never going to make it. :P Still really excited to see what the mausoleum has to hide. I have no doubt that we will make it there. Things may be a little slow now, but towards the end of the kickstart people will be going crazy putting in any last minuet pledges and adding for the bones options. I know I'm waiting to see what extra cash I'm going to add until we get all the stretch goals.

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And further, if they bring it in-house, I'm sure they'll learn to do their own metal molds, which should at least help with initial costs for a model.

 

Dunno about that. The fellow I knew who actually did this for a living was a highly skilled machinist who got paid insane amounts of money to do what he did... and he was a freelancer, working for various companies and shuttling to China all the time. I don't even wanna think what it would cost to keep him in Denton.

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And further, if they bring it in-house, I'm sure they'll learn to do their own metal molds, which should at least help with initial costs for a model.

 

Dunno about that. The fellow I knew who actually did this for a living was a highly skilled machinist who got paid insane amounts of money to do what he did... and he was a freelancer, working for various companies and shuttling to China all the time. I don't even wanna think what it would cost to keep him in Denton.

I doubt Reaper will do molds in house, too. I used to work for Jim Dunlop Manufacturing (they make guitar picks and effects pedals, for you non-musicians out there), and while they did all their own injection molding in-house, and have for decades, they still contract out all their mold making.

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And further, if they bring it in-house, I'm sure they'll learn to do their own metal molds, which should at least help with initial costs for a model.

 

Dunno about that. The fellow I knew who actually did this for a living was a highly skilled machinist who got paid insane amounts of money to do what he did... and he was a freelancer, working for various companies and shuttling to China all the time. I don't even wanna think what it would cost to keep him in Denton.

 

Well, he isn't the only one with the skill. And there are new techniques for etching metal molds, like using graphite electrodes...

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