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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Star Hat Miniatures: Heroic Scale Metal Figures Kickstarter

11 Aug

Well, how could I not feature this KS, given that the tagline for these minis is “Delvers Lost in the Dungeons of Doom!” it’s pretty much right up my alley! Star Hat miniatures are a company I haven’t come across before, but they have my attention now!

As you will gather, these are a set of generic adventurer types typical for dungeon exploration as per the usual RPG/wargaming fantasy fare. There is an old skool feeling to these, very similar to some ancient citadel sculpts and a few other older UK miniature firms work, which is a good thing, although some purists might disagree.

I like them, that’s for sure, and there are more than enough options for classes that’d fit many an RPG group needing some miniatures to fit their party for some dungeon bashing tomfoolery!

I feel that the only criticism I can aim at Star Hat Miniatures, is that the “Dungeons of Doom” moniker is used, and i should be at least getting a free set of them to pay for the favorable review and the royalty bonus for using that in the set title! But joking aside, they look fine to me and (hint, hint!) If you ever want me to review a set in person on here, please do!!!

No doubt this KS will be fully funded, as it’s already almost there, but do your bit and check them out if old skool D&D type figures is your thing. Check out the link to visit the project KS page for more info:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1262520792/star-hat-miniatures-heroic-scale-metal-figurines-f?ref=category

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Miniature Wargaming the Movie

1 Jul

It seems like an age has passed since I did a Crowdfunding Spotlight here, so I thought I’d draw attention to this very interesting documentary, all about the roots and whole aspect of the miniature wargaming hobby.

Containing interviews from industry luminaries, as well as the up and coming too, all in all it sounds like a great watch, and something different too (Well, as far as I know, there haven’t been any such documentaries before, let alone a movie!!) It’s something that we as a community should be supporting and doing our bit, so even if you won’t be donating to the cause, I’d emplore that you share the links to the KS page, to make sure that the film gets 100% funded in time (I’m pretty sure it will, since at the moment of writing it’s hit just over £7,000 of the target £10K needed!)

You can check out the KS page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/954318608/miniature-wargaming-the-movie-0 and the website http://miniaturewargamingthemovie.com/ for more details on the project.

Good Luck guys!!

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Table Top Blocks Kickstarter

20 Oct

Compared to the Encounter elements set from the previous crowdfunding spotlight, this terrain block system looks like something you’d find in a primary school (very similar to the counting block type learning toy you do still find, trust me, I have two under 7’s!) Again some of you will be calling me the Simon Cowell of the gaming crowdfunder reviewers and coming across negatively, but fate will conspire to put a spanner in the works, especially when you consider the untimely nature of the starting of both similar gaming block systems at the same time period. All I can think is that it’s got to hurt either one or both. Personally I think the Encounter elements set is the clear winner here in look and style.

Although this set wins out on colour choices to represent different terrain, it does so with absence of any real visual appeal, this is even more basic than the last, but at least the previous had more to it. Also I think what scores against it for me, is the blue ones look very similar to the cold packs you get inside cooler bags and boxes!

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I told you! Look, its not my intention to pull down an active project in case it effects its cause, but I’m just being honest, anyway thats how this whole thing works, simply by putting this up for the world to see and hopefully fund, indeed we are possibly setting one self up for a fall (Trust me, I tried and made an epic fail, so I know it aint easy)

Check out the vid and visit the link for the whole pitch for your cash, and as ever, let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/933179479/table-top-blocks

Crowdfunding Spotlight: The Encounter Brick Construction System from Encounter Elements on Kickstarter

20 Oct

So again with more Crowdfunders for us freaks and geeks, this time in the form of two similar projects on kickstarter. First of being the Encounter Elements encounter bricks construction system.

These are geared towards the GM/DM who just hasn’t got time to create some terrain for the various enounters one might need to show during game on the tabletop (which is a good thing if you actually need that on the fly) Now, I’m not that invested in the RPG aspect of stuff anymore, although it played a significant role in my past, you know the Grinning skull is primarily a wargaming site (well, minis anyway) but seeing as though this is for miniatures, I wanted to put them here for that purpose.

As you can probably see, these are used for the quick creation of terrain and in that respect, you can use the system for wargaming if your terrain expectations aren’t clouded by things looking a little basic.

So what we have here is basically a type of lego/megablocks set-up specifically for us gamers, which is ok I suppose, if you like the asthetic, but lets not dress this up. RPG/Wargamer lego it is.

I mean look at it. Dress it up as much as you want with trinkets and miniatures, it looks like flat topped lego. Look, I may sound rather negative about it, I just want to say that it doesn’t really solve any problems that using lego wouldn’t sort (Ok, so lego isn’t flat on the top, and the lego studs probably arent the best thing to balance your prized minis on, but apart from that no real difference) What I’m saying is, it’s not the most groundbreaking gaming product that’s going to change the way that you play your games.

For serious RPGers/wargamers, No not really. For loose and easy beginner play, yes that would be much better, I’d say better suited for the young uns. Don’t get me wrong, theres nothing wrong with the design and manufacture, and I could definitely put them to use in some limited form, I’d just want to add more dimension to them, convert and paint etc, but I could probably come up with something better for my needs myself, from scratch, but then again I don’t think I’m the demographic for this product.

For what it’s worth, if I were after something like this, I think lego type blocks would be a better and easier off the shelf buy. It’s all very swish and well produced, but I’m afraid its all fur coat and no knickers. Sorry Encounter Elements.

Check out the vid & page link to the project and make your own mind up about it.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/encounterelements/the-encounter-brick-construction-system-for-tablet

Let me know your thoughts on it by commenting below, do you like? Not like?

More building block Crowdfunding Spotlight next…

Grinning Skull Miniatures: B.E.A.R.S. Greens sneak peek!

20 Oct

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Here’s a quick sneak peek at some of the latest greens for Grinning Skull’s B.E.A.R.S in the range. Yes, you heard right, I’m adding teddy bears with guns to the mix. Why? Why not!?

For me, miniatures and gaming is supposed to be fun, and with so much serious stuff already out there I guess there needs to be more comic relief, so I decided to create these fun figures. Apparently, teddies are quite popular for collectors and such, so I thought I’d make some gaming versions that have a decidedly “Grinning Skull asthetic”

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In a nutshell, The B.E.A.R.S (Bio Engineered Advanced Ranger Squad) are an artificial race of teddies, created by the great Toymaster entity for his endless amusement. Subsequently these bears went rogue and escaped from their maker to dispense justice and help throughout the Carnage Continuum to those in need. Outraged at this betrayal, the Cosmic Toymaster created their opposite (eX-T.E.D.) to hunt down and destroy his rogue children and cause chaos throughout the galaxy!

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The first  eX-T.E.D. bunch are forthcoming, and will feature an array of evil versions on the theme (Led by Dr. Strangefluff and his cohorts) Hopefully if popular there will be additional bears on each side, influenced by popular tropes from all sorts of things (superhero, scifi, fantasy, cartoon and movies etc)

I’ll admit, I’ve been sidetracked lately, but I’m almost finished with this set, just got a couple more eX-T.E.D. figures to go, but I’ll show off them soon.

I’ll show more from the new bunch later, but safe to say, it’s not just teddies in the mix. Additions to the Zarglian Invaders and introducing the sentient mutant plants, the Klorzids.

As ever I welcome comments, thoughts and suggestions, let me know how you think.

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