After weeks of crunching numbers, discussions with miniatures fanatics, and much bashing of my face into the problem, we have opened the miniatures for sale on our site. We have posted all minis that are in stock and ready to ship; if you don't see something listed then we're out . . . for now.
Pre-Order Window: April 7, 2014 through April 11, 2014
Starting noon on Monday, April 7, we will start accepting Ogre minis preorders on our site, for units we can manufacture and deliver by June, 2014. This is the last time we plan to run metal Ogre minis for the foreseeable future. We have been looking into other casting options, but nothing is definite; anyone who wants to get more metal minis should visit our site between noon on April 7 and noon in Austin on Friday, April 11.
The pre-ordered minis may ship later than June if we're overwhelmed by orders. During the week of April 14, we will post an update to let everyone know how the schedule is looking.
What About Shapeways?
Several of you have asked if we would consider uploading models to Shapeways so that everyone can order exactly what minis they need. We ran a couple of tests -- you can see the results in the pics shown here -- and while this will work, the costs are fairly high.
For the Mark IV shown here, we would need to charge:
- Strong White Flexible Material - $45
- Frosted Ultra Detail - $85
The higher-quality version looks great, yes, but we agree that $85 is a lot to pay for a single Ogre miniature. We've made no decisions on what our next steps may be, but all of us at the office thought you guys would enjoy seeing these pieces.
At the GAMA Trade Show a few weeks ago I met with factory reps to discuss the possibility of translating all of the existing minis designs into PVC. It is too early to say anything beyond that, but Steve and I wanted you guys to know that we're exploring our options. Once we learn more we will post another update.
- Phil Reed