Manufacturing Update & Johann Spectral Form Render
Calling all BPRD Agents,
It's been a while but we're back with a couple of exciting pieces of news. Firstly, we're delighted to announce that Panda will be manufacturing Hellboy: The Board Game. We were extremely impressed by the work Panda has already done on Scythe, plus Mechs Versus Minions and many others, so partnering with them on Hellboy was a no-brainer. You can read an update from Panda below.
Secondly, we've got a render of the resin Johann that was available as an optional extra. Apologies we didn't get this in time for the pledge manager phase but it was going through the sculpting/approvals process because it was added late in the Kickstarter. Anyway, you'll be able to see it below.
UPDATE FROM PANDA
In Panda’s 11 year history we have printed thousands of games, many of which feature intellectual properties. Hellboy, however, is one that is especially exciting to many of us on the team. Some of our employees have been avid readers of Hellboy for years, from his first appearance in the San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 to today. To participate in bridging the gap between Hellboy comics and tabletop gaming is both exciting and an honor.
At Panda we pride ourselves on being gamers first, ensuring the games we produce are of the highest quality because that's what we want on our own tables. We have complete confidence that you're going to love Hellboy's production quality once you have a copy in your own little hands of doom.
We have been working on the first print files and started with our design verification process. We will carefully check all files, detailing to Mantic any issues that might prevent us from printing the game to the highest standards. Once all print files are approved, we will create a pre-production copy of the game. This copy is a very high quality prototype that gets reviewed and approved before we start the presses rolling on thousands of copies. We're sure you'll see pictures of this copy in the weeks to come.
Besides the print files for components like the box and cards, we've also been making samples of all other components, such as the dice and miniatures. Below is one of the first finished tooling masters of all the miniatures that will be featured in Hellboy. These resin pieces get reviewed, and if approved, will be used to create cavities in large steel moulds that will be injected with molten plastic thousands of times to create the final miniatures. The tooling masters are an important checkpoint!
We'll be working with Mantic to provide regular updates on the process and status of production over the coming months, to help keep you informed while patiently waiting for your copy of Hellboy.
Kathrin, Chris, Emma and the Panda Game Manufacturing Team
Below are renders of the Johann in spectral form that was available as an optional extra. The spectral form will come in translucent resin, while the crumpled suit will be grey.
Oh, also just realised we weren't able to show the diorama base for the Hellboy versus Ualac resin set during the pledge manager phase either. So here's a look at the render for that too...
The base is based (ha ha) on the flames and effects in this panel.
Next time we'll have a production update on all the printed elements of the game.