Apologies for the lack of updates recently, but this is a big update with lots of stuff.
If you are attending the SALUTE wargames show in London in a few weeks time, we are inviting Kickstarter Backers to come to our Studios afterwards for a tour, and some gaming, food and drinks - read to the bottom for details.
New KS figures now in production -
Here are the Unity Guard and Unity Council Support platform with Grenade launcher (shown on a 50mm base), both these Units are now in production, leaving only the Pulse Mechs and Republic Commandos to complete before we can start shipping Shard Recon pledge levels.
Here is the pair of Republic Grenadiers with Missile Launchers which will ship to Cataclysm Backers, its also a re-do of an existing product, so is available now in our retail store.
I have been putting days of work recently into completing the Pulse Mechs, which involved re-doing large parts of the model I wasn't totally happy with, the finished result, shown here ready for posing, I am very happy with, and we should have final resin figures by the end of next week if everything goes to plan.
SALUTE 2015 - Wargaming show and Afterparty/Studio Tour - Saturday 25th of April
We will be attending the SALUTE tradeshow in a few weeks time at Londons Excel center - As well as our usual sales counter, we will be running demo games all day on a separate gaming table, so you can come and try out the current version of the AFTERLIFE rules set!
If you are planning to attend the show - be sure to get your ticket in advance and save some money - http://www.salute.co.uk/salute/salute-2015/
Backers who are attending the show can collect all the miniatures from their pledge which currently exist on the day - BUT only if you let us know you would like to do so, as we need to put the figures together in a named bag for collection before the show.
STUDIO TOUR -
The Anvil Studios are located about a 30 minute walk (or good public transport links) away from the Excel center, so when the show closes at 5, we will provisionally be hosting a Studio tour/gaming and pizza night in our Studio, giving you the chance to have a look round, hang out with us and generally talk about all things AFTERLIFE.
If you are interested in coming along to this, please message me (either KS or email) to let me know, so I can get an idea of potential numbers.
General shipping update, including Split Shipping for Cataclysm backers -
Almost all the miniatures for the "Shard Recon" pledge level are now completed, so we will start shipping of the pledge level before the end of April, assuming the cardboard tokens get to us on time.
We are trying to get your KS rewards out to you as soon as possible, so we are making modifications to our original shipping plans -
Partial shipment - any backer who places a regular order for any of our existing products will get all the available miniatures from their reward shipped alongside it. but ONLY if you let us know with a comment/email that you have pending KS rewards, we don't have an automated system for identifying KS backers.
Auto Split shipping for Cataclysm backers - As it previously stood, Cataclysm backers faced the longest possible wait for their rewards, which isn't really fair as you contributed by far the largest chunk of money. We have decided to split Cataclysm shipping into two waves.
The first wave to ship will contain the figures from "Shard Recon" plus all the miniatures from the existing range. This wave will ship in the next few weeks as the final figures are completed.
The second wave will include the Extra figures from Shard Strike plus all the Add Ons
Unity Council APC - We are currently conducting top secret manufacturing tests, and hope to make an announcement about the APC soon, we hope to ship it to Cataclysm backers with their Wave one shipment, and simultaneously make it available in the webstore, with a special discount for KS backers.
Kickstarter Miniatures at SALUTE -
We have decided to offer a limited number of the new infantry sets for sale on the day as a one off, at full retail price, as part of our promotion of the game. We thought long and hard about this, as I know its not good form to let anyone have KS stuff (even at full retail price) before some Backers get them, however, Salute is the single biggest opportunity we have in the next 12 months to showcase the game face to face and build up interest from potential players, and its thus really important for the future success of AFTERLIFE, so if you are offended, we apologise and ask for your understanding. We will only be selling kits which we have a surplus of - it wont slow down shipping of backer rewards at all (which is depending on my completing the sculpts as fast as possible!)
Retail release of Kickstarter Miniatures -
The current AFTERLIFE product range contains ten separate kits, and as part of this Kickstarter, we are creating another THIRTY which will be released for retail sale. Releasing all the kits in one go would be logistically extremely difficult and also not maximise news coverage of the game, so we are going to be releasing them in groups over a period of several months.
Kits will be queued for retail release only once we have physically manufactured and put aside (and in many cases shipped out) enough kits to fulfil all backer rewards. This means in some cases, products will be available at retail before they have shipped to all backers (some of whom will be waiting on yet to be completed miniatures) but it wont slow down reward shipment in any way.
I think that's all for this update, which is probably the longest yet! Now to get on with posing some Pulse Mechs!
Thanks very much
Joel and the Anvil Team.