Work in Progress Wednesday: (Pieces of) Eight
Whilst we're chugging away and getting things ready for a surprise or two we'd thought we'd show you some of the work we've been doing in the past week!
Cross My Palm with Silver
Last week we showed the initial line art of our updated coins and this week we wanted to show you the development of them. We chose our favourite of the initial designs and now we've run with them!
Our favourite 3!
From these, full colour and shaded images are produced, we find these give the sculptor a better contextual reference. These will also be the punchboard card stock included in the core game as standard
From these inverted casting models are made which you can see below
And there we have it! These are already with China so hopefully we'll have some lovely prototypes to show you soon, nothing better than having physical pieces to show off to you after all.
Now a really important question:
Which coin face should be for which value of coin? Let us know in the comments below!
The process for refinement is an essential part of the designing of miniatures. We're now onto our second draft of several of the miniatures we weren't entirely happy with. We'll get these printed on our resin prototype printer for us to get a literal feel for them (and yes our dirty hands will make a reappearance).
Here is some information regarding the exact edits made:
female gunner - added grain and scrapes to ammo box and cannon
Cultist 2 - increased the number of hairs/ more hair detail
female mercenary - increased fur detail on clothing trim
Female Cook - Increased the number of hairs/ more detail to her hair
We're somewhat focused on hair but we often feel that this aspect of models lacks a certain something and that getting this right can make the difference between a good model and a Grimlord Model.
It's Hip to Be Square
Square vs rounded? It's an age old question, probably responsible for mankind's glorious strides forwards in all things. We discovered fire, built aqueducts, tamed reality, made atoms our B*TCH and the one purpose was to tackle that singular question.
And we aren't sure we have the answer.....So we thought we'd show you both options! These files have come directly from our Chinese manufacturers and soon we'll have these in our hands to really get rolling them and seeing how we feel about the difference.
*Writers choice; I'm personally very fond of our Borg cubes here, there's a definite increase in the size of the face available for detail and I like all my dice to also be usable weapons....but that's just me!*
The different faces on the different Die included in the core game!
I don't think the red conveys the feeling of danger these little combat die really inspire but let me tell you, seeing that blank face come up when a cultist is about to slay someone....there's no thrill like it. Or disappointment when the opposite happens......
South America Shipping
At Grimlord Games we endeavor to grow and develop with every project that we create. As part of this sometimes we have to react to things we simply cannot change. With Village Attacks we found that shipping to South American regions was one of our largest issues to deal with.
South American customs laws are VERY strict when it comes to importing anything into the country. Because of this many services charge additional fees to cover their additional leg work when dealing with customs.
Because of this Backers in these areas often experience egregious fees often exceeding 100% of the value of the parcel. Now, there was a time that companies would declare a lower value than was strictly true to circumnavigate this, this categorically cannot be done any more. Customs are clamping down increasingly on this form of fraud and it is the companies that face extreme penalties for falsely declaring values.
Because of the difficulties we experienced on our last project Grimlord has had to adopt the following policy:
We will not be splitting parcels in order to declare lower values on the constituent parts, nor will we be able to falsely declare the values of these parcels. In line with this, our Distribution partner Spiral Galaxy does not ship parcels out via undeclared mail or royal mail. This is a protective measure as many parcels are lost using this method without the means of claiming
Grimlord Games cannot accept any responsibility for customs or shipping fees incurred by any backer.
We're truly sorry that we cannot do more to support our South American fans but unfortunately our avenues for combating this are completely closed.
Web designers we need you!
Bet you didn't know that our operations director made our website, I know right! It's super pretty but we think it's time we give it some proper love and attention! To that end we're looking for freelance web designers to help us make the new Grimlord Games home! If you or someone you know works in web design please reach out to Mike@Grimlordgames.com!
Stay Aloft and Loose the Sails!
The Grimlord Games Team