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Hooray! The peeg sprite is unlocked!

It's a baby guinea pig with a little fairy rider. It is SO SMALL!

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If you were at the Bad Squiddo meet up at UK Games Expo, please do comment below on HOW TEENY AND PRECIOUS IT IS!

It comes in a pack with Thea, but for the KS only it will be on it's own. One for every pledge of #4 and #5. Don't worry, at £13,500 it will be added to pledge level #2 and #3 as well. WHEEEEEEEEEEP!

Now...  A NEW SCULPT! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

We weren't going to, but what the heck. These new stretch goals are auto added (for free!) to pledge #4 and #5, but like the others, can be added by anyone for the amount shown on the image.

Kythera is a dwarf barbarian who uses sharpened bones fashioned into mitts for mega close combat damage. A tank that does not shy away from getting stuck in... literally.

Lots of people have been asking for a dwarf with a beard, and I was uncomfortable of doing it for the novelty value or to fit someone else's fluff. However, some women do have beards, and we are all for representation, so I found a way to meet in the middle.

Kythera is based on.....Kythera, a customer and friend (and great painter - check out her work here!) who has outstanding facial hair, not too far off a famous wolverine based character. So she will now be immortalised (hopefully, if we unlock her!) in metal forever, in her LARP gear and suitable weaponry. She said it was awesome so long as she gets to paint the box art...........deal!

The sculpt is almost finished, pretty much needs her base and a bone sharpen once the putty is dry, there will be more pictures then. I am so happy with the sculpt, real menacing! 

Sharper images to come, the sculpt is 95% finished, some tweaks to be done. Sharper images to come, the sculpt is 95% finished, some tweaks to be done.

We also have a sneak peak at the unlock to follow...

Lehana, Amazon Champion

She's in a dynamic pose with a kickass flail. Shane is still finishing her off and hey, give you a little bit and keep you wanting more right, can't show it all at once! Rest assured she is the baddest of asses. 

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AND THEN....!

Yes three brand new sculpts!... Kind of! Almost four!

This last one is.... an Amazon giving a noogie to a Dwarf. If this doesn't translate well to other languages... a noogie is basically where you put someone in a headlock and rub your knuckles on their head. Typing it makes it sound strange... here's an example! Around the 1.18 mark!

Alan Marsh is working on them as we speak.....well... depending on what time you read this anyway, he might be sleeping. Alan sculpted the vignettes for Freyja's Wrath and you can guarantee this will be AMAZING. No Pressure Alan.

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Hooray for more stretch goals!

So three more stretch goals.... kaboom! The pledge levels #4 and #5 just got even better value for money. Because the KS is going so well, I think you're ace, and well, we all want more amazing dwarves and amazons. Don't worry if you're in a different pledge level, you can still add these to your pledges. If you head to "manage your pledge" you can increase by whatever you like, or even change pledge levels. Make sure to check out the add ons from the existing range too as there are three more amazons and one more dwarf in there, and a cool bundle for selecting a nice chunk of extra complimentary figures. The same with the excellent terrain, all sculpted by Ristul. For sizing and extra information on the latter, check here. Anything you add to your pledge at this stage rather than afterwards at the pledge manager will help unlock those lovely new things.

POCKET PEEG!

I mentioned in the last update that you need to see the pocket peeg, and now I have a picture, yay!

So the ranger has both a shoulder peeg (guinea pig) sidekick, as well as another pocket peeg in her bag to aid with the reloading. What a champ! This is definitely one of my favourite packs.

pocket peeg! pocket peeg!

LIVE PAINTING

I was streaming live last night painting the wizard. It was a whole bunch of fun, you can rewatch it here!

It goes on a bit so it's good background, or you could just skim through! I didn't finish her but got to a good point of undercoated and inked. I'll be finishing her tomorrow night (6th June), time TBA but around 7pm. As well as painting the peegasus, do come along! 

That's all for now

Back to all the other 8 million things I need to do, thanks for reading!

I've updated the main page with unlocks and bits too, check it out!

Thank you so much

Annie

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Backed! I'll be doing just a few minis but, love the ones that I'll be selecting. Nice work!

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Yay! After we announced Kythera yesterday, a whole bunch of pledges came in, and she was unlocked by this morning. FIERCE! 

So she is available added on free to pledges All-in and Two in the Hand, but may be added to other pledge levels for just £4 per Kythera (yeah I know, some of you are totally adding multiple!)

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Next stretch goal up is £14,00 for Lehana.

She has a flail, she's brutal. We should have a full picture by tomorrow.... and unlock her tomorrow... right...right? Hehe. After that we have the vignette which we SHOULD have a photo of tomorrow also. I think you're gonna get hyped to heck when you see these! YUSSSSSSSS!

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Photoshoot!

I had a bit of a play about in the garden today. A chunk of the painted minis are still with the painter, so I used what I got! It was nice to see them in a setting, and alongside each other.

First up is Agna.

I felt she needed a new picture as the current one doesn't do her as much justice. She is an existing Bad Squiddo miniature that can be added to any pledge for £4. She was our first ever dwarf, sculpted by the same sculptor - Shane Hoyle - and fits in perfect with the rest. Their Dark Norse Berserker cousin. She would make such a good strike team with Kythera, her left hand (that you can't see) has some swish claws on too. Shown with flowers....because. Not enough flowers in this KS.

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This is two of the existing Amazons

(Available as add ons - Rania £4 and one of the Amazon Fighters £10) having a chat with our Dwarf Captain. She's not looking impressed, she wants to talk to the main person in charge, not these lieutenants. They've been keeping stern but resigned to the fact that peace will not be made soon.

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And finally...for now.. (I had a whole photoshoot!)

Our monk throwing her staff for the pupper!

This is a different angle of her showing off some of the intricate sculpting of her hairdo. There are so many details in the miniatures it's hard to show it all off sometimes.

Who's a good boy.... who's a good boy.....! rufffffffff!

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I hope you enjoyed this latest batch of silliness. I'll put up some more of my flowery photoshoot tomorrow! It was fun!

More pro paint jobs

I JUST received pictures from painter John Morris of the latest paintings. The first of the new Amazons. NICE HEY! We went for red because of our emails back and forth last week that pretty much said "SPARTAAAAAAAAA!". The lady on the far right isn't at the best angle, but that's what I've got so far, I can assure you she is not blue! I kept the faded pic of the sculpt so you can see her expression. Ferocious. The lady on the far left should be finished up tomorrow and in the next update for you.

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That's all for now!

We were going to do a live paintalong of the Peegasus tonight but due to being a bit behind with other Bad Squiddo chores (so much for one person!), I'm not going to. There may be one Saturday, but I will make sure I get that wizard finished, and some peegasus painted and photographed for you.

Thank you everyone who has been sharing posts around the internet. Keep an eye on the Facebook and if you can share posts to relevant groups it will really help smash those last stretch goals.

Right, back to my chores...... (starting with the Newsletter - might see you there!)

Anniiiiiie!

 

Gregor has hay cookies if you has coin.

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AIIIIIIIII!

All the unlocks!

Please spare a moment for Alan Marsh and Shane Hoyle, the Bad Squiddo sculptors who were told "Nahhhh we won't need any extra stretch goals" then got calls last weekend of "Hey.... how's it going.... how's those stretchy sculpting hands...." They've been working like beasts to make sure you get pictures before the end of the campaign.

Lehana is out the box! All fear her mighty swing! She is added free with pledges #4 and #5, and can be added even more and to other pledges by upping your pledge by £4.

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Also excitingly... so is the Noogie Vignette!

And....wow!

Isn't it adorable?! I coloured the dwarf in green so that you can see her clearly in the limbs tangle! I guess this is how that scenario I put in the last update panned out? A SUCCESSFUL MEETING!

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It makes me so happy to be getting these miniatures into production, and it's because of you! YAY! This is what the tabletop world needs more of hey!

I DID SOME PAINTING

Wild hey? I finally got some hobby time in.... on my own miniatures!

I painted the Wizard, I haven't decided on  a name, any suggestion? She's to join my infamous Chaos Gnomes army. I'm biased, but she was a joy to paint!

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JOHN DID PAINTING TOO!

Also spare a thought for John, painting as fast as his weary hands and eyes will allow!

He's doing a cracking job as always. He's currently working on the wizard too, I have a sneaky suspicion it will be ever so slightly better than mine. but that's the joy of these minis, you don't need to be a pro to make them look sweeeeeeeeeeeeet!

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PEEEEEG SPRITE!

So the teeny weeny peeg sprite with lil fairy amazon rider was unlocked as a freebie to pledges #4 and #5. It's exclusive to the KS on it's own (only available afterwards with Thea, Amazon Champion).

But if we hit £16,000, everyone who pledges at least £15 on the Kickstarter will get one for free. Regardless of pledge level. (This increases the scope of the unlock, pledges #5 and #6 don't get additional!)

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In honour of this, our artist Martin Whitmore is doing more artwork... of the peeg sprite! This won't be til after the Kickstarter, but will be another cool thing. I may end up putting some more merch stuff in the pledge manager that won't be part of the campaign as such (you've bled me dry with these stretch goals!) but available as add ons. Sugggestions on a post card.. or the comments. I'm thinking MUGS. That's all the artwork from the campaign. Including the peegasus. I also have longer term plans for hte Bad Squiddo art...stay tooned.

 

What to expect tomorrow:

  • Finished painted pictures of the Peegasi!
  • Finished painted picture of the Amazon Spearguard.
  • Me losing my mind spamming the entire internet to remind them it's the last day.
  • Everything unlocked?
  • Big roundups and reminders
  • Something out of the blue
  • An excited video?*
  • An excited video with peegs in it?*
 

*these might be Monday!

 

LAST 24 HOURS

Please do scream and shout about this across the internet! As a small company that has it's head screwed on, there is no such thing as overfunded! Any excess will speedup our next projects. I f you see me spamming about, do give it a bump. The internet is a vast void where you have to keep going "arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" to be seen.

THIS CAMPAIGN IS GOING AMAZING.

Thank you!

Oh also, I had a sneak peak on Paul Muller's paint bench....

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

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Catch ya later, peegilators!

Annie

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We're in those final hours now, phew, what a ride.

With the team all maxed out, I managed to recruit a new one - Paul Muller of GW painting and sculpting fame (now Midblight Miniatures as well as freelance sculptor) He hasn't painted in a long time, being primarily a sculptor now,  but he was enthused to break the dry spell with my peegasi, and the spearguard! They look fantastic, let's have a look.

PEEGASI

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! They're painted up in the style of the Bad Squiddo Peegs. They're far less noisy. 

Pack contains 3 x single piece high quality metal miniatures Pack contains 3 x single piece high quality metal miniatures

I then had a play about with them and the Dwarf Wizard I painted, to make a scene where she's reading them all a fairy tale. I can't decide whether this or the vignette is the cutest thing in the hobby.

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Just a reminder of the scale too, they're pretty big peegs, but it makes them even better. They fit with out existing guinea pig miniatures.

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Spearguard!

Paul also painted this lady, she is cracking. She reminds me a bit of the Night King from GoT, the look of disdain, and like she's raising some fury, but also the Gladiator style "are you not entertained?"

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Or perhaps, sending some flying monkeys, I mean, flying peegs, to cause some trouble...

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FINAL FEW HOURS

The campaign ends soon, eeeeeeeeeeeee!

Everything is unlocked, including the last which is free peeg sprite for all pledges over £15 (regardless of pledge level).

If you have a chance, have one less scroll through the main campaign to see if there's anything you've missed, I know many people miss the odd updates, so you may have missed some cool stretch goals. You might want to switch up pledge levels or add extra goodies. Just keep a mental (or jotted down) note of what you want and make sure your pledge is that total amount. Remember you don't need to add shipping yet.

 

Thank you!

Cheers

Annie

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Just thought that I would throw it out there that 1:1 scale Kythera the Dwarf Barbarian will be at ReaperCon...

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As per today's update, all but ten orders have been shipped.

 

My package was shipped about two weeks ago but hasn't arrived yet.  Since I'm in the US, I'm not too worried.  It should arrive any day now.

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      I've got perks where you can own the original comic pages, the book covers and enjoy frame-worthy prints plus a perk where I will draw you an original signed Earthworm Jim head-sketch in your book!




      3 ART PRINTS!
      I hope to make three collectable prints with each Earthworm Jim book by guest artists, and these are the first three. Note: They will only be offered on this campaign and won't be offered on any future campaigns. The first is by Mike Koelsch, the artist who did all of the cartridge and packaging illustrations for Earthworm Jim 1 and 2. The next two are from the CreatureBox boys Greg and Dave!


      Click here to learn more about CreatureBox: http://creaturebox.com/

      FUND THE TEAM:
      The funds will go to a costly print run, my letterer Eric Weathers, flatter Radka Kavalcova, my colorist Katherine Garner, book designer Joe Potter and shipping fees. Here's a sampling of the team's test pages so far:



      The Art of Bookmaking
      I've spent years making graphic novels and Earthworm Jim is probably my most well-known creation, yet his story hasn't been told. This is my chance to do the best job I can to entertain you and your backing will make this book a fantastic work of art.



      I don't see comics as disposable rags made to read once then toss aside. I spend a lot of time writing and story and crafting every page and merely reading some thin floppy or a PDF isn't the experience I'm going for. This book will be something you can enjoy for a lifetime, it's literature, not pop-garbage and I want to stand on the tip-toes of my ability to reach for the highest possible craft I can accomplish! 

      My track record in this arena has few peers. I Kickstarted two sketchbook archives where we managed leather covers, gold gilded edges and the best printing money can buy. These are one-of-a-kind collector's items that are not available in stores. The book honors the backers who made them happen. I write for the most diverse audience imaginable, and the backers constantly tell me, "I got more than I paid for!" 

      If you look at my books that are made outside of Indiegogo, you'll see that they don't have the over-the-top printing production I can pull off through crowd funding. Only through Indiegogo will you find foil-stamped gold cover art, UV gloss coatings, embossing and de-bossing! I hope to explore new printing techniques that make these hard bound books the kind of items you show off to your friends with a durability that ensures a great re-read for the rest of your life!


      For more on the Bigfoot Bill campaign click here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/doug-tennapel-s-bigfoot-bill-graphic-novel/x/838702#/
      I spend a lot of time putting these books together, it's time away from my family and I've dedicated my art philosophy and have the highest commitment to being transparent to my backers, include them in every step of the process and take the moral contract between backer & creator seriously.

      Why Beale Air Force Base?
      When Crew Chief Matt Konar was allowed to choose any artist to paint the nose art on his KC135 refueling plane he wanted something like his favorite character Earthworm Jim! A friend put us in contact, and I designed the artwork for the plane and attended the commissioning ceremony on May 5th. The whole base came out and I felt so humbled to get to help America's finest that I wanted to do something special for those folks and give YOU that same feeling. 



      By backing the Beale Air Force tier, I hope to send one copy of the Earthworm Jim comic to all 800 people on that base just in time for Christmas! As a thank you, I will send you a signed book!

      Here's a sample page from the comic:

         
       
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