It's time for another update! If you are usually too busy to read the TC updates, with all the usual ramblings from Zealot. I would however, recommend reading this one, since im going to address every stage of the Kickstarter in turn, so everyone has a complete insight into where we are at with regards to the KS fulfillment.
Before a massive wall of text, lets have some pictures of the latest prototypes :D
The living door is open and ready to be molded up. Since the digital image, we did enhance his eyebrows a little!
The living doors are 50mm wide exactly, (the lip on the base has been removed from each side) so that they are one size fits all, all the size and imposing detail of a regular door but with a slim footprint to fit your tiles. :D
Treasure chests are also all done. A couple of the inserts undersides are going to be sanded down to fit deeper into the chests.
Despite our lack of photography skills, i really love these and cant wait to get casting them with some painted examples to display!
And a pit trap! Its a hole in the ground. The bottom of the pit trap is very thin, so if people want to, they could easily razor-blade out the bottom of the trap for conversions on a 3d board.
Which are off getting molded up now, so lacking pictures - a better print of the levers sprue and the slim pillar is printed out a little wider also.
Stage Progress Breakdown
Lets have an in depth look at where things are, and how progress is going :D As always, we aim to keep everyone informed with the latest news on their scenery :)
John has just got to finish the Gargoyle sculpts which is the last piece for him.
And a couple of outstanding pieces are being done by good putty sculptors (its easier to smash things in real life, rather than digitally!) So smashed bed, smashed bookcase and equipment piles are being done traditionally. We send the sculptor a cast of the regular bed/bookcase and they base the smashed version on that!
All that should be done in a couple of weeks :D
The dragon, is huge, so Jae Chi is making slow but regular progress on that one!
Prototyping 40%: We are going to upload images on the website, of what has been prototyped and update it as we go along.
Prototyping is the bottleneck at the moment. With the time spent organizing the purchase of the new printer, and making it work properly, getting the replacement model; prototyping is behind. Combine that with the new printer being around 3x as slow as the old one, prototyping is going to be ongoing for now.
The good thing about the new printer is the higher resolution! (scroll up!) so the miniatures will be higher quality and with better details than what had been possible before :D
Molding and Casting %Ongoing:
Casts have been going very well. Bill is casting the pieces we currently have molds for, and will keep casting as the prototypes are finished. We are pleased to say, this should be quite smooth and straightforward once we get molds for everything. :P
Pledge Manager 85%:
Shri is finishing this off over the next few days. Hopefully we should finish the testing and have a working version released by the end of next week!
But for early backers we could really do with their info ASAP to get putting their orders together first. For these 48 people, tomorrow, ill send out a request so all early backers could email their pledge calculator spreadsheet that they used, to work out their pledge before. ( here is is again if you need it http://www.zealotminiatures.co.uk/twisting-catacombs.php) to firstname.lastname@example.org so that with a bit of manual admin work, we can collect all the data we need for these initial early orders :)
If you wish to add to your pledge, or any other requests, you can simply add that into the email.
You can send that now if you like, but we will ask officially tomorrow :D
Lets round up, because of the nature of the pledges, they have a wide selection of scenery in each one, we need to have everything prototyped and casting, before we can ship any of the pledges.
With the higher resolution prototyping bottleneck, this has introduced some delays (it wouldnt be kickstarter without them! :P ) Realistically prototypes will be finished around the end of march. As we are casting alongside the prototyping. Early backer's pledges are estimated to dispatch early April, with regular backers following on straight afterwards.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support, as always; we are putting every effort into making your scenery the best dungeon scenery available!
Good luck down there, adventurer!