Update July 2015. More sculpts and unforeseen (national) issues...
We would first of all like to apologize for pushing 2 weeks ahead the scheduled update. As many of you -if not all- know, Greece has been in the centre of an economic crisis, and the latest events (failing to close a deal before June, tensions, referendum, EU Summit etc) have certainly not helped Shieldwolf. But how exactly has this affected us?
- Banks closed: All funds are being withheld and we have very limited access to it. Angelos has dealt with this by funding it from his personal account/income but on top of that all payments/wire transfers etc abroad have been blocked due to the capital control law, so we have a serious situation there. Our main issue is not having enough resin to work with (we import from Belgium and Thailand to form our own formula), which has put us on a temporary halt. :-(
- Overstressed daily routine: These past months we have had to deal with additional pressure due to the bad economic status of our country in our everyday life. This does not help the Team since we are running various projects and still in schedule with everything (completion of KS-1, preparation of KS-2, testing of War is Coming and operating the online webstore -direct sales and retailers).
We believe to have pulled out so far rather well, but we are obliged to let you know that this has caused issues nonetheless. We hope you will comprehend this was a completely impossible to foresee situation.
How is the Schedule?
Well, schedule before this mess looked -roughly- something like this:
March/April/May/June: sculpt miniatures and make molds.
June/July/August: Cast miniatures and pass quality checks.
Early September: Package everything and check rewards.
Mid-late September: Ship everything and launch KS-2 by the end of the month.
Now, schedule looks more like this:
July/August/September: Cast miniatures and pass quality checks.
October: Package everything and check rewards.
late October/early November: Ship everything and launch KS-2 before December.
We should still be able to deliver prior to December which was the estimated date of our project, but probably not so fast as we had predicted when the project funded and ended.
At what stage is the sculpting?
Finished 95% -we are only missing the Valley Orc Warlord on Wyvern! We have sculpted everything else we have to deliver to all you wonderful backers and it is now a matter of getting hold of the miniatures and complete the molding/casting before packaging phase commences. The Valley Orc Warlord will be sculpted as soon as we get a resin copy of the flying beast mailed to Paolo Fabiani so he can sculpt it perfectly atop and make sure it matches/fits 100%. We would never accept "approximately", especially for a superb centerpiece like this one! :-)
Ogres and Orc Characters are flying in from Italy, the Wyvern has been printed and is flying to us from the UK and the Shieldmaiden Lord w/x-bow should be flying in from the USA, but that's the only miniature we cannot confirm since Patrick Keith has fallen off the radar the last days and we cannot know whether he has mailed the miniature or not. Hopefully he'll surface soon.
Can we see more sculpted minis then?
Sure! We will commence straight away starting off with the two Valley Orc Characters
We start off with the Valley Orc Shaman
(version without cape)
(rear view version without cape)
(close-up detail of staff)
(version with cape)
(version with cape rear view)
And we continue with the Valley Orc Hero with 2nd hand weapon :-)
I think you will agree with us they are both very faithful to the concept artwork, we really can't wait to create the plastics on the Valley Orc Infantry!
Anywayz, off to the next... :-)
Davide Tedeschi has already mailed these and should be somewhere over the Adriatic waiting to arrive to Shieldwolf HQ. As promised and confirmed from the sculptor, we are on schedule to create the entire Ogre army within 2015!
Well, that's a characterful lot, we hope you like them as much as we do! This is the second out of three infantry regiments for this mercenary army, thus missing their Anvilsmasher unit and -why not- Warbull Cavalry to complete their regiments. We are looking forward to these also! :-D
What else do you have for us Shieldwolf?
The game! "War is Coming" was greeted very warmly and we have formed a 100-strong playtest group!!! Although we acknowledge the fact that all this is from volunteers and that some of the playtesters may prove of little assistance, there are some that have already proved very passionate about this and we are waiting from the rest to send feedback by the end of July.
The first feedback in fact was so strong that we worked a few nights to put an "Attachment-1" together in order to clarify/fix/add a few of the most resounding mistakes. If you are a playtester and have not received this yet, don't worry -you will within the next couple of days ;-)
We comperehend there will be some errors and that's why we appreciate the work put from all you guys! THANK YOU!
One thing we would also like to note again and again is that we are also gamers and hobbyists. We do this because we LOVE what we do, and we are putting everything our hearts and minds tell us to. Our goal is to make a profit in order to evolve (naturally) but we mean to share as much as humanly possible. The game will be free. FREE. Not fragments, no pay-for-updates, no nothing. Free. ALWAYS.
The only thing we may charge (if not able to give it away gratis in army/starter deals), is a hardcover version with a lot of additional fluff/background. Same type like the ones we already have uploaded on our webstore -guess what- free for all to read and enjoy since day-1 we ever showed up! This doesn't mean you will eventually need to buy it. If you want to play the game, it will be a 100% free download and off you go! Please have fun (like the commercial says) :-)
In fact, if we make it on time (and we think we very much will), we will make the 'enhanched' PDF available as a bonus upon launching our KS-2, adding more artwork and backround/fluff for those who choose to support us.
Everyone else will get access to the whole rulepack with which to play the game nonetheless!
For now it tops 100+ pages, but by the time we finish it, we think it will inevitably reach more. We do believe it's an easy to read through and for those of you accustomed to similar games, it should be a walk in the park... :-)
We hope you liked what we had to show you, next update will feature casted copies of the Wyvern along with some more news on the development/status of the project.
The Shieldwolf Team.