Pimp My Kickstarter: Shieldwolf Forest Goblins

Today is basically a PSA-type post about Shieldwolf’s latest KS project – which is for Forest Goblins. Sure, there are potential stretch goals down the line for Sci-fi Goblins/Grotz and “regular” goblins, but the meat and potatoes of this campaign should be viewed as plastic forest gobboes.

It’s worth pointing out that – yes, I am generally on friendly terms with Shieldwolf, they haven’t asked me to post this – and certainly haven’t paid me in money or product. I’m blogging about it here because to me, it’s a rather worthwhile project that I’ll be backing, but as a smaller company they can benefit from that little bit of extra attention that my blog posts can bring. As opposed, to, say, Mantic or CMON. Criticism of these renders over on Dakke have been that the spear and sword blades look a bit too big – and although I can see that, I don’t think they’re excessively out of line. SW’s fluff reason for this is because they’re mostly looted weapons, from the other races in their bespoke fantasy setting.

After checking, I can confirm that the four torsos shown above with heads attached do have them permanently attached, and the join for the forth body appears to be flat rather than a ball joint. Both a bit unfortunate – and I admit, I can’t understand why they would have made either of those decisions. Well, maybe the heads are attached because of sprue space? The stuff I tend to see from Renedra (who usually do SW’s plastics) isn’t nearly as efficient with sprue space as GW has become, so maybe it’s a limitation there?

Not dealbreakers, but definitely a shame in my opinion.

The prices aren’t overwhelmingly amazing – it’s not a Mantic/CMON campaign. In fact for me, getting my GW stuff direct from the UK – these models come to a price after shipping that’s pretty much on parity with GW’s current Night Goblins – or a little more, if I’m to be honest. (Because fuck GWAU’s local pricing!) So, with no real price break aside from the resin heroes or later stretch goals being effectively freebies – as with some similar campaigns, I’m backing based on some questions to ask myself:

Do I really want these? Would I buy them if they were at retail? Am I willing to pay a year in advance to help them get made? And how much am I willing to pay for them?

The short answer – for me at this stage, is 2 boxes for US$50+shipping. If the Not-Gretchin unlock, I’ll revisit it then. But 50 Night Goblins for what’s going to end up being AU$100 or so is plenty for me right now.

So there we are. If you’re interested in this, go check it out. If not, then simply go on with your browsing and await the next post in a day or two. 🙂

Scifi Heresy Girls – Miniature Set: Heresylab Kickstarter

I try to avoid pimping Kickstarters on my blog, but I’ll make a rare exception for this one. I stumbled onto this one about a week or so ago (translation: I can’t remember how I found it) It might have been while browsing the three Kislev teams that are all running at once that the “you might be interested in this” thing they have on KS. Anyway, there’s an endless stream of small producer, self-published small sets of figures campaigns running all the bloody time. There are also a lot of “Sexy ladies of not-40k type campaigns” – again, which I’m almost universally happy to ignore, but this one stood out to me.

Sorry, the render pic is one giant image.

Anyway, what stood out to me on this campaign is the …well, not a total absence of battle bikinis, but the fact that the models have a nice variety to them. There are different body types represented, there are quite a few figures with “that’s clearly armour” covering their décolletage, and a few that through the clever positioning of collars could easily be painted as clothing, armour or bare skin, depending on your personal inclination. I like that. We’re not talking Wargame Exclusive here.

The campaign is also offering pretty good value at present, with the sweet spot being pretty cheap for 14 models, and the fact that you can choose the models you like. Which means you can skip any that you don’t like for whatever reason. I’ll be skipping the flying guns-akimbo Commissar because the post looks stupid to me, but probably picking up the rest. The creator is also offering to allow the purchase of the STL files for personal use, which is an interesting twist on things.

There are also quite a few stretch goal models unlocked, and frankly, I like the idea of being able to easily run things like some female assassins from temples not called Callidus.

Hopefully it’s obvious, but I feel that I should point out that I have no affiliation with the creators, I don’t know them nor have they offered me anything to mention them here. I’m mentioning them here because I like the look of the models, and Heresy Lab seems like they can use any exposure they can get as they’re clearly not as well known as other up-and-comers like Bad Squiddo (who hardly needs me to mention her!) I’m down for a buck at the moment, and will most go in for a Level 10 on payday, probably 2x Level 10 via the PM so I can get 1 each of the models I like with a couple of dupes and a big maybe on the STL files. I don’t actually have a 3d printer, but I’m sure I will one day. I’m going to see how information on shipping, etc pans out before I go all-in, though.

It’s also worth pointing out that the campaign page says it will be delivering in May. That’s clearly some kind of dream as you’ll appreciate if you have any experience with Kickstarter. A safer expectation is to hope that it delivers before Christmas. I’m not even being mean or sarcastic there in the slightest. Just realistic.

Anyway, if these seem interesting, check out the campaign. It concludes in just over 84 hours.