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Postby Norton C Wongpower » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:56 am

^^^^ Phew, good thing I've never objected to "not minis".
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Postby Guest » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:59 am

Titan Forge
My, this presentation and this line are really nice :shock: :froth:
Unfortunately, I do not need any undead greenies :cry:
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Postby Australian Dawn » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:36 pm

Anonymous wrote: Unfortunately, I do not need any undead greenies :cry:

Who does?
Not many, I'd wager.

These seem aimed at Warhammer players, with GW style gobbos and not-Squigs, but is there an army list in Warhammer that could be used for these guys? :?

Would the Undead list work?

Anyway, they seem like high quality, fun and creative sculpts, I just hope there is a market for them.
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Postby Khurasanminiatures » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:53 pm

Would this work for large expensive pieces as well?

I'm considering releasing my superheavy tank design, the Siler, in 1/50 scale (twice as large as the current 1/100 scale, that is). I am dubious about incurring all the startup costs if the final price, possibly as high as $80-$100, scares gamers off.

One way to gauge interest would be to crowdfund it, but I wonder if the dynamics are the same for projects that just feature one expensive item. It's not like I've got a bunch of figurines to draw people in, it's just one enormous tank. So it would be, donate $80 and get a huge tank, donate $175 and get two huge tanks, etc. Not sure if that would catch on. It's less of the compulsive "I've got to have this" mojo that I think drives kickstarter to a large degree.

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Postby Norton C Wongpower » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:23 pm

What do you have to lose if it fails to fund? So long as you don't already have the big bugger printed!
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Postby Khurasanminiatures » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:56 pm

Was thinking the same thing, but there are a few considerations. One, it seems to be quite a bit of work to put up a well-crafted kickstarter, and time is critically important to me these days. I actually take vacation days from work so I can pack orders.

Two, I wonder if it would taint the product if I run a kickstarter and it fails to fund?

These are not huge issues of course, as you say if it fails to fund I have my answer and have saved a few thousand dollars. But I'm still curious as to whether a single large item would generate anywhere near the enthusiasm that the more modestly priced sets do.
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Postby TheImp » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:38 pm

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This one? Seems a like you'd be competing with less expensive toy conversions if so. The crawler battlemech on the other hand...that would be something to think about.

I think the trick with a larger product would be to establish some freebees that you could give away at the lower level pledges and to offer the actual product at as much of a discount as you can afford. That way folks get a take away for backing the project just because it's cool, while others who are actually interested have an incentive to pay up front rather than wait for a general release. Look at some of the stuff in the art category for examples of how to fund stuff that doesn't necessarily have a pay-off for all backers. And since the money never actually changes hands if you don't make the goal, I doubt there will be much in the way of bruised feelings.
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Postby TheImp » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:07 pm

Given the community's general appreciation for zombie figures, I'm surprised Studio Miniatures' Multipart Plastic Zombie project hasn't been mentioned. Check out the three-ups.

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I think these are great, and the torsos have a ton of potential for survivors as well as zombies. Even as generic civilians. My only complaint is that they're all male. It's a good deal too. A $30 pledge gets you a box of 40 zeds.
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Postby Pil » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:25 pm

Yeah, I pledged myself for a box of 40 plastic zeds as well, with free shipping that's a good deal though I do think 40 models exhausts the variation a bit so I won't be needing more. I'm a bit disappointed that there are only two poses with slight variation in pants but the quality of the sculpts looks good enough.
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Postby TheImp » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:45 pm

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Titan Forge's project is over a grand now, so they put up a picture of "The Doc".
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