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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 Crusader IV Model

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This weeks preview is the Crusader IV model for Peace River, with stock Heavy Autocannon, Linked Medium Rockets, back mounted Light Field Mortar, and Medium Vibro Blade (Axe). With this larger model we are trying a new 4 part poseable arm configuration, where the shoulder is hollow with slots on the inside for the upper arm to be positioned (angled) wider out. Plus slots on the front and back for the shoulders armor plate to be able to rotate up as the arm is positioned wider. The lower arm can be rotated in towards or away from the body and glued as wanted, checkout the image below with these and other detail improvements and information.

Peace River Crusader IV model preview.
Peace River Crusader IV model preview.

As with our previous previews we are including a link to a new 3d PDF of the Crusader IV which the Solidworks 3d software allows us to make now, click here to download the 3d PDF (4.3MB) file. 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. See our previous update with the Warrior IV preview at the following link for a fast preview of how the 3d PDF works.  

We want your feedback on the Crusader IV model, leave you comments below. We'll continue tweaking the Crusader IV parts up until the Kickstarter launch in mid-September to get the best new plastic models possible. The next Heavy Gear Blitz 2017 Kickstarter preview will be models from the Utopia Faction and then on to NuCoal.

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    1. kayuna2000 on July 29

      The proportion is good, but about the pose.
      In this example, the center of gravity of the upper body feels behind.
      Can I change the position of the center of gravity during assembly?
      My guess is that the cause may be the position of the waist axis or the degree of bending under the knee ...

    2. kayuna2000 on July 28

      It looks nice. I expect it :-)
      I think that the mold is more important than the many parts.
      What is cool for mechanics is more important than anything!

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      Tom Snider on July 28

      Honestly, if you're not doing pre-assembled then you've got too many parts for that crowd. The first kickstarter made the mistake of trying to cater to a group that wasn't going to care, but just compromised in every direction. As much ability to pose as possible is better for these, and the excuse that it's plastic so people can just cut and repose doesn't fly. Just look at the resin arms as proof of that, people are willing to pay the company to do exactly that for them. I'm really glad to see they're going in this direction, but I hope they put these extra arms in the sprue this time if they can't be posed with what they're doing, add extra hand poses, and go back to the idea of making a single special weapon sprue if they need to make space for it. If they can be posed to do it, show it off because that's a HUGE selling point. A fantastic kit with plenty of options and value will always be more successful than a bland kit that takes a bit less work, but still needs assembly.

    4. Scarlet
      Superbacker
      on July 28

      I like though I do worry about there now being too many parts (damned if you do damned if you don't really). I like that you're previewing all the sculpts but I'm impatient for the next KS already.

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      Robert Duncan
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      on July 27

      The pose on this one seems a bit static (but since so much of it is poseable that might not really be an issue!). Overall I like the look of it though :)