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Kickstarter to fund the molds necessary to make a plastic miniatures starter set for Dream Pod 9's Heavy Gear Blitz - Tabletop Wargame.
Kickstarter to fund the molds necessary to make a plastic miniatures starter set for Dream Pod 9's Heavy Gear Blitz - Tabletop Wargame.
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Heavy Gear Blitz 2017 Kickstarter Preview: Peace River Warrior IV Model

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The Heavy Gear Blitz 2017 Kickstarter to make plastic miniatures for the Peace River, NuCoal, and Utopia faction core models is now set for a mid-September launch. We had hoped to be ready for a July launch, but our 3d modelers are still working on the models for the NuCoal and Utopia. Plus with Gen Con in August and all the work that entails, we think its best to wait until after its out of the way. 

The core models for Peace River are finished and ready to preview. We have listened to everyone's feedback from our the first Heavy Gear Blitz Kickstarter. And talked to our modelers on what could be done to get better details on areas like heads and better pose options for the arms and legs. Checkout the Warrior IV preview below with improvements to the head, torso, hips, arms and legs and let us know what you think with your comments. 

Peace River Warrior IV model Improvements.
Peace River Warrior IV model Improvements.

One cool addition to Solidworks 3d software is the ability to save the parts and assembly models as 3d PDFs. Here is a link to download a 3d PDF (2.9MB) of the new Warrior IV model. Once on the download page, you will need to right click on your mouse for the option to save the file or you may have a download button at the top right of the screen to click, as 3d PDFs won't open automatically online. And you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for PC or MAC, here is a link to its download/install page. Once you have the filed downloaded to your computer and open it using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, here is a short preview below with screen captures of the Warrior IV 3d PDF. 

Peace River Warrior IV model preview 1.
Peace River Warrior IV model preview 1.

Once you have the 3d PDF open you can rotate the model and zoom-in using the mouse. Image below shows where to click to open the Model Tree. You may have to right click you mouse to see the option to open the Model Tree and other special options of the 3d PDF. 

Peace River Warrior IV model preview 2.
Peace River Warrior IV model preview 2.

Once the Model Tree button is clicked a list with all the parts shows up on the left and you can click on the parts to select them. And clicking on the check box beside each part turns them on and off.

Peace River Warrior IV model preview 3.
Peace River Warrior IV model preview 3.

Below shows the Warrior IV autocannon part box unchecked and the part becomes invisible on the 3d model. You can turn off parts and zoom-in to just a single part if you want. There are also options to do cross sections and lots of other cool stuff.

Peace River Warrior IV model preview 4.
Peace River Warrior IV model preview 4.

We want your feedback on the Warrior IV model, leave you comments below. We continue tweaking the parts up until the Kickstarter launch to get the best new plastic models possible. Upcoming previews will include the Warrior, Skirmisher, Crusader IV, and Argos models for the Peace River Faction.  

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    1. jstenzel
      Superbacker
      on June 22

      I'm really looking forward to the next project. I'm sure the last one was quite a learning experience and I expect the next one to proceed in a smoother fashion with less surprises.

      I love multi part poseable models. It makes assembly just as fun as painting as I can make every one a little different. I've been known to manually hack static poses into something a bit more dynamic, but cutting out the middle man makes it a bit easier for me.

      I'm ok with squat designs. From a physics standpoint lower center of gravity is a good thing. As always, I can appreciate rugged looking militaristic builds.

    2. Joe Wright on June 22

      I actually really liked the lack of separate pieces for the arms for the smaller gears. Multiple components at this scale is really a tough sell.

      I would say the head and torso changes yay! The ball joint hips and separate hip/ leg armor boo!

    3. LanceCPL210 on June 22

      @Jason Stadnyk, Citadel plastic glue works great on the new plastic figures. I literally just finished assembling a Acco Mount using it and it works fine. Just make sure to remove any paint from the connections you are glueing if you paint before assembling.

    4. Jason Stadnyk on June 22

      Will the plastic be easier to glue? the only stuff that works currently is superglue, but plastic cement would be preferred

    5. Alberto Camargo on June 22

      Funny. I remember being called a troll and a hater because I recommended you to do in this KS exactly what you've done with the legs and hips of that Warrior IV. How serendipituous.

    6. Rolando Mejia PTY14232 on June 22

      I really like the ball sockets and the separate leg plates and antenna!

      i think the warrior looks more like the original metal one and the original art, squat and stocky. just like the other gears of Terra Nova, the latest kickstarter made the thinner, a little too thin in my opinion. But the arms may need to be reduced in size a little I think.

    7. LanceCPL210 on June 22

      I really like the new features: ball joints for arms and legs, and the shoulder slot. will definitely give us a lot more options for poses. I do think the warrior IV is a little squat compared to its metal counterpart, maybe make the shoulder pieces a little smaller and lengthen the legs a bit and that will fix it. Seriously looking forward to the next kickstarter and am glad its delayed till September as I am moving in July and that has eaten up all of my funds. I should be established and have some savings built back up in time to jump in for the next one. DP9 keep up the great work. Loved your last Heavy Gear Kickstarter and will definitely be backing your next one too.

    8. Dream Pod 9 2-time creator on June 22

      Keep the comments coming, the more eyes the better, so we can tweak and improve the model.

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      Robert Duncan
      Superbacker
      on June 22

      Oh, and the 3D pdf is super cool too! It's a really nice way to check out the model, thanks for sharing that :)

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      Robert Duncan
      Superbacker
      on June 21

      I agree with the below, it looks really broad and squat (if that's what you're going for, I suppose that's fine but I personally would prefer something a bit sleeker/less blocky). The upgrades to the way the casting is done are super cool though, nice work! I also really like the angular style of the head :)

    11. wouter
      Superbacker
      on June 21

      Judging from the pictures, he looks a bit like a dwarf in my opinion: broad torso, short legs.
      I think he could look way better if he had more human proportions, with a size decrease in both the torso and shoulders. A sleeker, less bulky build would also make him look more sophisticated.
      I like the posable hip joints a lot though.