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apologies for the delay! I do have some suitable Tamiya on hand, but all the warlords I have are not usable for a reason or another... will have to get some for it.
Pledge manager should be ok now, I've asked about the comment section, will post an update as soon as I hear anything!
Has the pledge manager been fixed and opened yet?
Any update on the comparison pictures between metal and resin figures?
yes, don't worry, you don't need to close it until February.
@ Claudio the problem is that I can't finish the manager cause I have to pay another 10.60 and don't get me wrong but I am not willing to do so.
apologies if I do not explain the situation well, I'm trying my best! :)
Let's me try again:
1) As for last update, shipping rates are sorted already, I'm sorry if they are not cheaper, but I can not make prices, I can only ask shipping companies for better rates. I'll keep doing that but I can't guarantee some will offer better terms than these.
2) All the world postage systems use different channels to ship small items and larger bulky ones. The threshold is generally 70oz (2kg) as it is in this case. The original rewards plus a few extras will fit within the "small packet" postal size and can ship at a relatively low cost. If with all the extra add ons added it gets to a "parcel" size shipping fees jump up considerably. Again this is just how it is and I can not do anything about it. In some case one may end up paying twice as much or even more in postage if we ship it all together instead than split it in two smaller
3) while the cost of postage is now settled the actual exact weight per each individual item is still only an approximation, we will not know exactly until we do have the actual item in its final packaging to weight. Also if your order is only a few grams above the threshold it will probably fit as we can do some juggling with the packaging.
4) while we hope to get all the initial rewards available in time (despite the rulebook will now have a considerable number of extra material on it!) all the other add ons unlocked later will take a while longer to be ready. Splitting in two shipment waves will allow you to get the initial rewards as soon as possible without having to wait for all the rest to be released, as well as saving you money on postage.
5) Split shipment is a choice anyway. If for any reason you want it all shipped at once you can still do that!
Hope this clears the matter up!
When will you get these shipping rates sorted out? It does not inspire confidence in your ability to deliver the project. Other KS projects manage to get known cheaper shipping rates without having to split shipments before they close their KS so the backers have a reasonable idea of what they will be. I am reluctant to pledge for more on backer-kit until this is fixed. Please let us all know when this is done so we can close our backer-kits and you can start production so this project is not late. As I said It really does not look very professional at the moment and we all want this to be a success.
yes, don't worry, most likely toy won't have to pay any extra postage at all. Just wait.
I'm sure that won't be the case... I can take a return flight to Belgium and bring it to you myself for less than that... :)
€66.00 Pledge Level €66.00
Shipping Total €24.60
Pledge Level €14.00
Pledged on Kickstarter (€100.00)
Order Total €10.60
I have to pay another 10,60 shipping cost for 4 extra miniatures?
Something seems to be wrong...
Shipping Total €107.00
Pledge Level €14.00
To Belgium, that is. I hope this can be improved (quite a bit). :(
nope, we run some tests on this, there is basically no weight reduction for the resin figures, partly because they have larger casting sprues so most of the weight reduction is compensated by the extra material, and partly because the actual figure makes up only a small proportion of the total weight of everything except the single figure packs...
Speaking of the resin upgrade and postage, I'll assume savings should be had on the shipping charges by changing our choice from metal figures to resin instead?
I should run a Backerkit test on this.....
just choose the "resin upgrade for one Starter Pack" in the add-ons!
How do I indicate I want the resin upgrades for the Starter Packs included in my Legendary Hero pledge using the backer kit?
hi all, just to clarify:
you can re-open your orders and change everything in the BackerKit pledge manager until we lock them down.
We will not lock them down until we are nearly ready to start shipping (February 2018) and you'll get a notice before we lock them anyway, to make sure you have a chance for a lat moment change.
Your cards will NOT and can not be charged until we lock down the orders. You will get a notice from BackerKit when your order is locked down.
The crazy 1000 euro fee for shipping above 70oz (2kg) is just a way to tell you we do not have final shipping quotes for shipping orders above 70oz - 2kg. You will NOT be charged 1000 euro for shipping!
If your order is larger than 70oz - 2kg please just leave it unconfirmed for now. We will apply the best postage rates we have this coming week, you can conformed after that.
We will change and re-apply shipping fees in BackerKit after you have completed your surveys, using the best postage quotes we get. We will do this any time we get better prices and the postage rates will be automatically updated in your surveys.
If you have already confirmed with the 1000 euro postage THAT IS FINE, you don't need to do anything, your postage will be fixed automatically as soon as we update the shipping fees next week.
If you have not yet confirmed please be aware BackerKit will send your annoying reminders until you do. We can't help that, just ignore them, it will stop as soon as you confirm anyway.
Hope this clears it up, but let me know if you have any other questions!
Thanks Claudio, now I understand.
the STARTER PACKs do not include the rulebook.
the SARGE and GRUPPENFÜHRER pledges include 1 STARTER PACK + 1 RULEBOOK
the LEGENDARY HERO pledge include 2 STARTER PACKs + 1 RULEBOOK
Regardless of your pledge, you can also get all 4 STARTER PACKs and the rulebook separately as add-ons.
Incidentally as lots of new figures have been unlocked the rulebook will now include also rules for Heavy Weapons, bazookas, grenade lunchers, etc. so is going to be well over 40 pages...
Thanks Claudio. Ok, I'm a little confused. I thought each starter set included the 40+ page rule book (thus my reluctance to buy 4 of them in 4 starter sets). Is this true, or do you need to buy the rulebook separately. Thanks!
I'm sure that would not be a problem, your card will not be charged until February 2018 anyway. This is just for us to organize production now...
But my finger was faster then my mind and i finished it. I hope that i can change it again when you finalised the shipping cost, because i want much more then i have hordered.now.
you can get the all starter packs as add ons, those do not include a rulebook.
Reference sheets are free and the markers are really needed to play, as it is the terrain included in the starter packs...
the 1000€ fee is just there to stop you to use it. This is done to save you money. There is no way to disable shipping for parcel larger than 2kg, but we still have not received the final shipping quotes for larger parcels. I f your order is above 2kg please just wait to close it. We are also working with Backerkit to solve the issue with them sending daily reminders... for the moment please just ignore them!
From the Backerkit FAQs:
what about the crazy shipping above 70oz?
Quite simply, we do not want you to do it. :) Not yet anyway! We do have a very good (for Italy) shipping deal but only up to 70oz, above that weight level we would need to use another courier and shipping prices would go up much higher and vary a lot (for instance a 80oz shipment would cost to us more than twice a 70oz one)... in any case you would pay less by shipping in two separate smaller packages, which would also give you the opportunity to get the original items (due February 2018) first and the rest (which will be available several months later) after. Now I said "not yet anyway" because we are working on getting a good deal for shipping larger parcels too. As soon as we get some decent pricing arranged will get back, add the options in and let you guys know!
Would it make sense and is it possible to offer the starter sets minus the rules, reference sheet, markers (for a reduced price)? I would like to have all four starter sets (soldier-wise), but it seems overkill to have 4 sets of all the common stuff (rulebooks, etc.).
Fix the sipping issue fast, because it´s not acceptable. First, when i have all the things ordered i want, the shipping costs are more than 1000€. Than i received a mail from backerkit, where the said:" reduce your order, than the shipping costs go down". So i reduced it, but the shipping costs are now sill 37€. In your kickstarter so said, that the shipping cost in europ are around 11-13 Dollar.
So fix the problem, that i can order want ever i want with acceptable shipping cost, or give me my money back.
not sure about that, too technical... I'll have to ask the guys at Backerkit and get back at you later...
There may be a Backerkit issue now, if we leave the survey "unconfirmed", as I just received a second email reminder (a duplicate of the first) prompting me to take my survey again, which I already did a few days ago. I left my credit card info unfilled, and therefore did not (could not) Confirm my inputted survey choices. I thought they would be saved, but now I received this same email again, prompting me to fill out my survey once moren (perhaps there's a time limit on the survey that expires if we don't finalize the last step by Confirm - ing)?
Is there a way for you retain our surveys (to save our info), and then let us know you have them?
I'm concerned my original survey has been deleted, and that if I go through the process again, my survey will just be lost again when some time period expires in a couple days. (?)
(any other pledgers here also getting a 2nd survey notice?)
not a problem... it is there to make you save money on shipping, honest! :) it only means we do not want you to close your survey yet, as the postage for shipments over 2kg is expected to become cheaper in the next couple of months. For now please just select what you like and leave it unconfirmed. Will send an update once we got a final price for shipments larger than 2kg.
From the FAQs:
hello a problem on backerkit.
i take all add-ons and it was 1000€ of shipping only for add-ons.
i think it's was a problem.
I would not say more important, but I guess that yes, it is also important... anyway for the time being it also makes no difference with the exception of the three packs mentioned below (reinforcements and MG42). As your collection grows you will have to start to consider and choose whatever you want a more numerous or a better equipped force... this is one area where national differences will also become more obvious... but all that is still so far away... ;)
I see. So when adding figures it’s best not only to look at the number of miniatures you add, but also (and perhaps more important) how many characters you add by selecting the figures. Correct me if I’m wrong here. :)
Another example: the Battle of Lanzerath Ridge mission pack includes two new characters, but there are three figures. The third figure is the operator for the .50 mounted on the armored jeep, it is not a character of its own, but a figure that is swapped for the character's own whenever it gets in to fire with the .50. If the character currently represented by the firing figure is killed and another one take his place his own figure will be replaced by the same firing figure, while the original character figure will be used for the casualty.
In the same way in the race for gasoline mission pack there is a special figure (2 actually) that carry a fuel jerrycan, this is also not a character but it is used instead of the normal character figure when it is carrying the fuel... hope this makes some sense, it has been a long day... :)
my apologies, I should have explained that better for everyone who is not familiar withe the rules. In 1/48TACTIC there is a difference between a "character", which is the on table projection of a real individual, and a miniature, which generally does represent a character but is not always necessarily the same thing.
Your count is correct, there are indeed 17 miniatures. However in game terms there are only 14 (15 with the Battle of Lanzerath Ridge mission pack) *Characters*. "Characters" are exactly that, they are the protagonists, the "actors" around which the game develop.
One occasion where the two go out of sync is with the reinforcement packs. Reinforcements are nameless characters and two different figures share the same card. They are more like cannon-fodder, and the way they work is that when one is wounded it goes immediately out of play and the other comes "respawns" in his place. This makes for some interesting tactic, but as only one of the two figures is ever in play at the same time a character pack including two figures only add one character (at a time) to the game "story".
Heavy weapons are different still and not all the same, for example the bazooka being a specialized weapon is always only operated by its own team, so I made a mistake here, that is 2 additional characters for the US! The MG42 on the other hand is a standard squad level weapon and every soldier in the entire platoon knew how to use it, thus the MG42 in the MMG configuration on bipod can be used by any character. The pack includes two figures which are used to replace the normal character figure when he operates the weapon, but are not characters by themselves. Again this is not always the case, the very same weapon can be used by a single character in an assault role, in which case it would be on its own card and can not be passed to or used by other characters. It is all part of the "invisible" layer of pre-processed mechanics that underline the game rules, so you don't have to worry about any of this, and the game can flow real fast and easy with all this sort of detail pre-baked into the characters and cards. Lots of flexibility or simple prepacked options, if and when appropriate.
Incidentally since I just posted the beta rules for vehicles and heavy weapons, this is how those work too in general. Every character can take the place of a fallen gun crew member, or hop in a vehicle and fire its weapons, but those who are trained for the job have the relevant skills built in their cards and thus can use them to a much greater effect, all without having to do any calculation or consult tables: just read the value off the card and roll!
I read your post with the number of figures on each side, but I’m confused now: the heavy weapon packs are supposed to contain 2 figures, but you didn’t count them as actual figures?
I count 4+4 figures in starter packs, 5 figures to add on, 2 reinforcements and 2 in the heavy weapons pack. That’s 17 figures?
Q: Are the scenic elements in each starter set different or the same?
A: Yes, all the scenic elements in all starter sets are different.
Q: is the separate 12 euro rulebook different from the one you get in the starter sets?
A: Nope, that is the exact same rulebook, the option is provided in case someone wants to get more than a copy (for a friend, a club, etc.)
No worries, actually thank you for your questions, I've added them to the FAQ!
Thanks for your replies. A couple more questions: Are the scenic elements in each starter set different or the same? Lastly, how is the separate 12 euro rulebook different from the one you get in the starter sets? Sorry if these questions have already been asked before...Thanks! Robert
just state which one you prefer in the survey comments... will double check everything before shipping anyway!
How do we pick one of the different battlefield mat types?
15 if you also add the Lanzerath ridge Mission Pack's
to further clarify the matter, at the moment you can get in play as many as 4 + 5 + 1 + 4 = 14 tot different characters for the US and as many for the Germans.
These are respectively the 101st SP (4 characters) + 5 individual characters + 1 reinforcement (2 figures but only one in play at any given time) all 101st + 4 characters of the 28th SP.
For the Germans, 4 in the 26th VG SP + + 5 individual characters + 1 reinforcement all 26th + 4 characters of the 5th FJ.
kept this separate for clarity, if you pledged for the 3'x3' custom play mat and you want a road on it you just have to ask... and tell me exactly where you want it! :)
yes, the figures in the starter packs are all different and not the same as any of the others offers.
So at the moment you can get 4 Characters of the 101st in the SP + 7 separate expansion packs of which 5 are individual miniatures, one is a reinforcements pack which include 2 nameless characters and one is a heavy weapon pack that is effectively a weapon upgrade that can be used by any of the other characters.
Basically the same for the 26th VG: 4 Characters in the SP + 7 separate expansion packs of which 5 are individual miniatures, one is a reinforcements pack and one is a heavy weapon upgrade.
For the US army 28th Infantry Division there are only the 4 Characters in the SP so far, but these can be used with the 101st and also with the special Character for the I&R platoon of the 99th Infantry Division which is included in the Battle of Lanzerath Ridge mission pack and the .50 heavy weapon upgrade which is also included in there.
Similarly for the German 5th Fallschirmjäger Division there are only the 4 Characters in the SP so far, but these can be used with the 26th VG and also with the special Character from the 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division included in the Battle of Lanzerath Ridge mission pack.
We are going to continue to add new characters to all these forces as well as releasing new ones in the further future, but only once accurate play testing has proven that they do add something to the game!
Are the figures offered individually different from the ones in the starter set? I am trying to decide if getting all four starter sets makes sense (as opposed to getting two starter sets and then adding individual figures, as I don't need all the extra dice and tokens, etc.). Also, my base Pledge is the 3'x3' custom play mat. Is the only way to have the road modeled into it is to get the Ardennes terrain pack? Thanks, Robert
...you may need to reload the page!
thank you for the heads-up, try again, should be fixed now!
Is the "48113 US 101st Reinforcements pack (include 2 miniatures)" available in metal?
I picked metal for all my other addon figures but this one is resin only on Backerkit and adds $4 extra to my budget.
- how to select the 90x90 battle mat if you chose it during kickstarter?
you can not and need not, just choose your pledge level and that is included already!
- how to upgrade the figures in the starter pack included in the base pledge to resin?
good point, I added the option and it works well as an add-on, but if the starter pack is in your base pledge it does not give you the option to choose, I just checked... will add a "switch to resin" option as a separate add-on Asap.
- Could you provide more pictures to show the difference between the resin and metal cast figures?
The difference should be minimal, because we do not use metal masters to make the production molds and special low temperature rubber that shrinks much less then the standard one, so the only real loss of detail happens once as the metal of the actual cast shrinks when cooling. In all the tests we've done so far you can hardly notice the difference without a good magnifying glass, anyway will post pictures of actual production figures asap so you'll be able to decide by yourself. In general anyway consider that you may see a tiny difference in a high definition close up picture but it would hardly be noticeable on a gaming table.
We use a very high grade lead free tin alloy (technically it would be a bronze alloy) which is pretty sharp and much harder than the standard lead-tin alloy (which on the other hand is about twice as cheaper). That makes the metal figures pretty durable. Resin casts are going to be much more fragile, especially long thin details like gun barrels... I would suggest it only if you intend to use them mainly for collection or paint contests and store them safely in a display cabinet. If you use them to play a lot, maybe go to tournaments, carry around them often, etc. metal is the best choice.
- how to select the 90x90 battle mat if you chose it during kickstarter?
- how to upgrade the figures in the starter pack included in the base pledge to resin?
Could you provide more pictures to show the difference between the resin and metal cast figures? On the one hand I would prefer to have them in resin if the casts are a lot more detailed, but on the other hand, if the difference is not that big, the metal cast figures will probably last a bit longer.
Lol, was just posting an update!
not much to add... will see what the bakerkit guys will find, as soon as they tell me something I'll let you know...