Shipping Delays: Full update
Well I am very sorry it’s taken so long to give you an accurate idea of where we are with the project. I can assure you, however, that it has not been due to a lack of effort on our behalf, we have been pursuing this for the last two months.
On the 9th of September we were informed by Prodos that the orders would take a further 3 to 6 months to complete. As you will undoubtedly recall these should have been shipped in August this year.
This came as quite a surprise.
As of the 9th too we had been told that not all the Junker and Viridian models had been printed, we had only seen pictures of 5 sets, VASA and Syntha hadn’t been started.
I have had some intense discussions with Prodos and have been given certain assures and reasons for the current predicament. However, in light of events, the management team, the majority shareholders in AoT, have taken the decision to withdraw our contract from Prodos.
We have now moved the contract to Rob Alderman’s Hysterical Games. Rob is not only our promotions manager but is also a part owner in the company, so we think he is ideally placed to give us the best service possible.
Although Hysterical have always been our back up plan we didn’t use them initially for the project for a number of reasons. They didn’t have metal casting in-house, only resin, Scotia Micro models would have to provide this service, and they didn’t have suitable warehousing facilities, these would also need to be subcontracted. So this would have been a more complex option to handle at the outset, which was one of the reasons why the Prodos “everything under one roof” option was the one we went with. But Rob has not only now moved to larger premises he also has metal casting in house, so everything is now full steam ahead.
As you will know from previous updates Prodos had our faction dice, plastic bases, mdf and resin terrain sets as well as our gaming mats in their warehouse. I am happy to report that Prodos did ship these in a timely manner, they are already with us in the UK. In addition they have very kindly provided us the prints they had already created free of charge. Further they are working on our behalf to secure our Litko clear acrylic flying bases that have been stuck in Polish customs for over a month now.
Now the really bitter pill, Hysterical are starting from scratch, so it would be hard for us to expect them to be able to deliver the project faster than Prodos originally agreed to. Rob is very aware as to how sensitive this area is but he is also experienced enough to not over promise and under deliver. He has therefore given me an outside delivery date of 6 months from now. He does hope to improve upon this.
Now that you have picked yourselves off the ground, yes that’s not ideal by any stretch and believe me even as I write this I feel very uneasy, but it is what it is. All I can really say is that we are now in much better control of what’s going on, we have a very strong bond with Hysterical, built on trust and mutual respect, so we feel very positive that this project will be delivered and have no doubts that the actions we have taken recently are the right ones and in the best interests of our backers.
Rob will be providing me with regular updates so expect some stuff on Monday.
What I will say now is that we are planning to start to ship all of Wayne England’s artwork to those backers who are due pieces, it wasn’t in the plan, they were to go with the models, but this way at least you have something to show for your continued support for the project.
Wishing you all the best,