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Hi everyone! I just wanted to post a message to spread the word about something that I think is really awesome and it just might be up your alley...
 
It's a kickstarter created by Weta Workshop's Johnny Fraser-Allen. It's called Hagglethorn Hollow. It's so amazing that even Stefan Pokorny from Dwarven Forge flew out to New Zealand to meet Johnny and talk about the campaign.
 
Here's a link to the Hagglethorn kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/troubadour/hagglethorn-hollow/
 
Here's a link to a video of Johnny showcasing Hagglethorn with Adam Savage on Tested: https://youtu.be/ebQU7GipJcA
 
But hurry! The kickstarter closes in an hour!
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Well… it has taken a couple of years but it has finally fulfilled. 
 

That said, the journey is hardly over. 
 

For those interested I have written up a detailed review in two parts. Be sure to read the summary at the end of the second part if the rest is too long for you.

 

https://thegrumpygnome.home.blog/2021/04/23/hagglethorn-hollow-arrives-sort-of/

 

And…

 

https://thegrumpygnome.home.blog/2021/04/24/hagglethorn-hollow-part-2/

 

I will be documenting my personal touches on our HH and would love to hear from others who will be personalizing  their own.

 

Questions are also welcome!

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More videos of Hagglethorn Hollow are up on YouTube to help people decide if the terrain is for them. 

https://youtu.be/bbLdDBA_xkQ

and 

https://youtu.be/3RDCrIPjCR0

Tabletop Troubadour is still not communicating with backers as much as I would like and UK backers have still not gotten their pledges fulfilled. This is very disappointing.

 

I noticed some Hagglethorn Hollow pieces on eBay in the States already.

 

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Thanks for the review! Posted this on your webpage, but if it didn't show up...

 

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Thank you for the review! I followed the KS, but it was out of my price range. I’m also wary of hand-painted items, since the quality can be all over the place (happened with some though not all Stonemaier Games Realistic tokens). I also have resin buildings, and the interior isn’t enough room for gaming. I suspect IRL we can cram in more people and furniture into a 2×2 area than we can do with miniatures! Feel free to repost it on RPG.net.

 

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I am always pleased to hear when my blog posts have been helpful. 
 

Hagglethorn Hollow has been a bittersweet project. It has had its problems and I see a lot of work ahead of me but I think I can get the buildings closer to the true potential that had me and my wife fall in love with the sculpts the first time we saw them in the Adam Savage YouTube video.

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Received one of the two pieces I ordered (where the other is and why it wasn’t in the more than capacious box that arrived is anyone’s guess). I hadn’t really expected much after watching reactions from others who had received theirs, and those expectations were just about met. 
 

I got the apothecary/wizard tower. The main tower piece is not flush with the base piece (it is off by a good 2-3mm, whether by warping or poor design/casting). The two pieces also appear to be different sizes (if you line up one wall, the upper stones for the windows no longer align with the lower, etc.). The magnets are pretty much useless, lacking even enough snap to help align the pieces, much less hold them in place if even lightly bumped. They would have been better off designing the pieces with physical interlocks. There’s a fair amount of flash and some pitting. The level of fine detail is nothing to write home about (and the undersides of overhangs are perfectly smooth). Considering the price was not much less than a Tabletop World piece of similar size, I’m not impressed. 
 

It is a shame, since the project had a lot of potential and a unique aesthetic. As is, I can’t really imagine this ever getting to the front of my queue ahead of higher quality terrain pieces, even if they will do something about the physical misalignment (I’m assuming they can’t even if they wanted to; I suspect their entire stock is riddled with these problems, which would explain the history of the project). With the amount of cleanup and sculpting work necessary as things currently stand, there’s no way. 

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There does seem to be some inconsistencies on the products each of us received.

 

It is interesting to see just how different the buildings look in this unboxing. My guess is, someone forgot the wood stain that day at the factory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM0PWj-x5q4

 

And I am glad I did not get the breakages they did.

 

Sorry to hear of your disappointment Tasso. We all had such high hopes during the campaign.

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22 hours ago, Grumpy Gnome said:

Sorry to hear of your disappointment Tasso. We all had such high hopes during the campaign.

Yeah. It’s not like it is totally unusable. Just an example of why brilliant creative types need to partner with hard-headed project manager types. 
 

And I know TTW may have skewed my expectations. What they manage to do with resin is almost unreal. They may be actual wizards. 

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