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CAV: Strike Ops III Kickstarter September 19th 2018


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Wonder what those bags look like if you open them and spread out the various individual baggies?  Okay, but... Yeah.  They take up a decent amount of space...

 

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^For those wondering....  That table in the background is something like 36" wide.  Yeah, they take up just a bit of space when being inventoried... ^_^ :ph34r:  Terrain stuff was easy enough to inventory all the parts, CAVs I'll inventory parts tomorrow, because I'm not opening each bag when I'm this tired.

 

Oh, right.  Those with keen eyes will notice I repacked a few different things into a single bag, like the k-rails, shipping crates, tank traps, and trenches...

 

Love the detail that's on a lot of the terrain pieces to say the least.  Depending on how a few things go tomorrow, the curiosity part of me is tempted to see just how much of a table all that terrain can cover...

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I am still not done taking inventory. About 2/3rds of the CAV to inventory. I am gluing legs and non moving parts on as I inventory and sorting by faction which is taking longer. So far the detail is awesome.

 

Only issue was some of the terrain storage tanks were a tad warped-but that can be hid as damage when painted up. 

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2 hours ago, KruleBear said:

Only issue was some of the terrain storage tanks were a tad warped-but that can be hid as damage when painted up. 

I've noticed similar in the tall tanks I tried to quick-fit, but like you said, shouldn't be too hard to conceal through various methods.  This is also where I'm glad I regularly use gel superglue, as it can help with small gaps ^_^  Today's task is going through all those CAVs and making sure all the parts are there, plus doing a quick test of all of my paints.

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Spoilering this in order to say...  What's behind the spoiler is more than likely going to come across as a bit of a rant.  I've re-written it a few times to do what I can to tone it down, but yeah.  Short version - 4/12 paints are DOA despite having looked okay at an initial quick glance (which is why I'd started doing inventory on the harder things to verify due to their sheer volume/quantity).

 

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Welp, four of the paints are DOA.  One definitely froze through and through since it's a giant chunk of solid paint on one side, and water on the other, and three others won't mix (can't hear the agitator bead moving around at all), sound incredibly thick, and reek like house paint when you open them up - almost to the point of just how strong Citadel's old Chaos Black was (it had a rather potent nose and eye cringing scent).

 

Yet Ron wonders why I'm campaigning rather hard to do a limited release of Reaper's winter seasonal paints in the summer so this doesn't happen to people living in colder climates.  Third package IN A ROW shipped from the US (two were from Reaper in late 2018/ early 2019) that's had paint in it in the winter, and at least a portion of them didn't survive the trip (the two from Reaper had promos and/or samples thrown in, which most didn't make it).  I'm also still rather surprised that Silver Fox shipped the packages regular parcel post (yeah, the slowest option possible, during the holiday rush AND when it's been on average -10C overnight throughout the areas where it's travelled) when regular orders through the website ship Expedited, which is easily twice as fast.  I know there's costs and whatnot, but it was $49 USD, hence my surprised.  It would have appreciated being notified it would be shipped this way, as I would have been a lot more insistent about having my paint held until spring (or whenever it went up for retail sale)

 

Got some stretching/squishing issues with my shipping crates all along the one side - it's like they pulled them out before letting them properly cool, because it's only in the one corner.  Most of the other terrain that's multi-part was easily assembled, although the tall silos had to have a tab trimmed in order to actually fit together.  Small dual silos also look like they didn't get properly filled in the mold, since there's a noticeable 1/8" or so droop on the one silo near where the tabs are.  It's almost like they trimmed it too closely at the factory or something, since there's stressed plastic at that spot.  Nothing that can't be fixed with a bit of extra gel superglue or other filling material, but something I wanted to comment on.

 

Overall, I'm happy, most of the issues are minor, or just need a bit of work, but yeah, definitely glad I got most of that terrain assembled before double checking the paint.  I'll send an email in when I'm not so choked about 33% of the paints being DOA, and I've doubled checked all of my CAVs have all the right parts.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Corsair said:

Hey @CAVBOSS I was assembling all the rigs last night and found that I was actually short one Flail tank and one Hunter tank. Do I need to email you at Talon as I have never been able to post on the KS page.

Yep, he wants them via email.

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Go through your order completely and if it is missing something, email us at custserv(at)talon-games(dot)com with what your are missing and we will get it fixed.

 

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well, inventory done, everything accounted for (I believe this is the first Bones/CAV kickstarter I've backed where there hasn't been something minor to report!) No time to do anything with the models as yet though (but that's in keeping with the fact I haven't done anything much with the CAV 1 and 2 models I have!)

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On 1/1/2020 at 12:00 AM, WhiteWulfe said:

Nice to see the retail versions up on the site, since it means additional terrain can be acquired now, but... Really would be nice if us Canadians could also get our paws on those specials that are being run right... ^_^

We are working on a way for CA orders that want some of the specialty items that they wont have at the CA warehouse to order direct (and pay shipping) and have us ship from here but its going to take some recoding on the site and I haven't had a chance to get to it. We will probably offer free shipping but the min amount would be $75 to $100 USD for an order to qualify. Still need to run some numbers (and everyone went up on shipping again in the last two weeks so the rest of us can subsidize the sweet shipping deals they give to you know who!) 

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1 hour ago, CAVBOSS said:

We are working on a way for CA orders that want some of the specialty items that they wont have at the CA warehouse to order direct (and pay shipping) and have us ship from here but its going to take some recoding on the site and I haven't had a chance to get to it. We will probably offer free shipping but the min amount would be $75 to $100 USD for an order to qualify. Still need to run some numbers (and everyone went up on shipping again in the last two weeks so the rest of us can subsidize the sweet shipping deals they give to you know who!) 

Glad to hear such.  Makes logistics easier (more or less, at least in not having to stock inventory in multiple areas) ^_^

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3 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Glad to hear such.  Makes logistics easier (more or less, at least in not having to stock inventory in multiple areas) ^_^

Its easy for the mass stuff like all the plastic...but for the smaller runs and such it just doesn't work very well.

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Finally got it! (after two weeks of knowing it was at the post office) :lol:

 

Everything is accounted for. :winkthumbs: The core set, a copy of all the non-resin vehicles, and the two paint sets (all flowing normally).

 

I thought I was missing an arm, but it turn out that one of the baggies was opened in the larger bag and soon found it.

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