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Three outstanding armies of decidedly full of attitude 28mm-scale female miniatures for gaming, painting and collecting.
Three outstanding armies of decidedly full of attitude 28mm-scale female miniatures for gaming, painting and collecting.
Three outstanding armies of decidedly full of attitude 28mm-scale female miniatures for gaming, painting and collecting.
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Update #86: More Images

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In this Update:

  • How to choose between metal and resin Heroines?
  • What's in the First Wave again, and when is it coming?
  • Irina Vega, Orbital Strike Commander (KST), now painted
  • New Sculpts 3D Prints for the Second Wave
  • News from our Facebook and Instagram feeds
  • And one new concept for the Sisters of Eternal Mercy

After a pretty much text-only update a few days ago, we've now prepared one with many images. We wanted to show you the latest sculpts we finished recently, together with a bunch of other images, just before we release the Pledge Manager so that you'll be able to make your choice based on as many sculpts and photos as possible.

BTW, the Pledge Manager is not included in this Update on purpose. There will be a lot of info on how to use the Pledge Manager, and we want to make sure that it does not get lost amidst all the pretty images :) Also, I've been waiting for the guys to be done with this round of sculpts so that when the Pledge Manager goes live, we are all available to answer your questions. Once they've done all the renders that you see in this Update, they still have several hours left of work on each sculpt (and a few other essential chores as well), so expect the Pledge Manager to be up sometime next week.

Nevertheless, here's some info that you'll want to read before making your selection on the Pledge Manager.

How to choose between metal and resin Heroines?

In the TGG Kickstarter, we have 3 different types of material: white metal, hand-poured resin, and spin-cast resin.

You all know about white metal, a standard in the industry.
We work with what is probably the best foundry on the market, praised by many as being not only the best in terms of quality, but also one of the most reliable supplier in the industry. You can expect very little flash, great details, and consistency of quality over time.

Hand-poured resin is the traditional material preferred by high-level painters, collectors, and very demanding hobbyists. Hand-poured resin is a very slow and delicate process in which every step is completely hand-made. Moulds have a very short lifespan and in most cases, after 30 casts, a replacement mould has to be made, again from scratch. That's the reason why it is very hard to produce large quantities of hand-poured resin models. In the TGG Kickstarter, hand-poured resin Heroines were only available for pledgers of the limited quantity Connoisseur Box or Add-on which has been completely sold out already.

Spin-cast resin is a process that combines the machinery used for metal casting with a special resin material. These two elements allow for the rapid manufacturing of very large quantities of resin miniatures with great results and great quality.

So, back to the question: how to choose between metal and resin?

THE CRISPNESS OF DETAILS

But before we get into the pros and cons of metal vs resin, you'll want to read what follows regarding the crispness of details.

Resin-lover will often say that miniatures that are cast in resin have a higher level of detail than metal. This can be somewhat true because it is easier to get a very crisp and clean cast in resin, but it requires more skill and experience to achieve the same results in metal. Also, if you compare a metal cast and a resin cast side-by-side, the resin always cast 'looks' better, but this is due to the optical properties of the two materials. On metal, light gets reflected and distorted and, most times, there is also some level of oxidation on the surface of the metal that creates tiny spots and stains.

All of this taken together make the details of the metal casts less readable and sometimes a bit blurry to the eye.

On the contrary, resin has a very even finish and the light is slightly absorbed by the material, given it a smooth aspect, a clean look. Because of that, details appear sharper.

In other words, to the naked eye, a metal miniature with no base coat will always 'appear' less detailed than a resin one.

However, if you work with a great metal caster like the one we are blessed to work with, the level of details of our metal casts is actually as crisp as a resin cast.

We tested it to make sure: we took the same mini, one in resin and one in metal. Once both minis were primed, there was no difference between them. Aside from their weight, they were indistinguishable. Hard to believe, but true.

So, in the end, based on our experience and tests, we sincerely believe that the level of detail is not really a factor in determining if you should get a Toughest Girls of the Galaxy Heroine in metal or resin. Of course everyone has his preference and this is probably what should guide you. However, if you are not yet sure what to get, here is some more pertinent information to help you choose what suits you best.

SO, BACK TO THE QUESTION: HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN METAL AND RESIN?

First, an important reminder: please remember that only the Heroines are available in metal or spin-cast resin (both materials are at the same price). Troops, Supports, Vehicles and Freebies are only available in spin-cast resin. So we have written the following Pros and Cons with that in mind.

Spin-cast Resin Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Very easy to glue (the glue creates a strong bond between the parts)
  • Easy to convert
  • Better-looking when unpainted

Spin-Cast Resin Cons:

  • Requires more preparation: they need to be washed in warm soapy water then rinsed before gluing and painting, they have more gates and vents that need to be removed, occasional random tiny bubbles need to be taken care of (most of the time, a small drop of paint or superglue will suffice to fill them, although very rarely, green stuff will be required), occasionally, some parts may be slightly bent and contrary to metal, they need to be warmed up in hot water before being repositioned
  • Lightweight: as much as lightweight may be good for transport, the minis can be more easily knocked over on the gaming table.

Metal Pros:

  • Requires very little preparation: no washing, very minimal cleaning of flash
  • Heavyweight: won't be easily knocked off on the gaming table
  • Un-gluing: You can easily take apart a miniature that you assembled previously to remodel it or replace some parts
  • Paint can be stripped very easily, which is way much harder to do with resin

Metal Cons:

  • Can be harder to glue and may occasionally need pinning from stronger bond between parts
  • Harder to convert

What's in the First Wave again, and when is it coming?

I've been receiving several queries as to what's in the First Wave, so here's a reminder:

  • The Jailbirds: Blondie, Bernadette, Mimi the Radio, Yoko, Cruz, The 5 Lulus, the Freebie Lulu, Harry the Hippo
  • The Kurganova Shock Troops: Shashenka, Tarja, Irina Vega, Volga Potemkine, Charlie the war bulldog, Natasha
  • The Iron Empire: Drusilla (Kickstarter exclusive), Mortaria, Vera Krabbenhöft, Lady Hilda von Stroheim, Jinx

Also, in the last Update, we wrote:
“As for the foundries, they are also working very hard on the project. Unfortunately, they were somewhat slowed down a bit a few weeks ago at the time of the Salute, one of the biggest European miniature convention, where they had to deal with major re-orders and frantic manufacturers. That delayed the third part of our First Wave, which we had divided in 3 batches for the foundries. The first 2 batches are now cast. We'll be receiving the prototypes for the third batch this week. If we approve them, then they go off into production, and the First Wave will be ready to ship shortly after that.”

You'll be happy to know that we have now received and approved these prototypes. Metal casting will normally begin later next week, and spin-cast resin casting as well. So this means that we'll be able to begin to ship the First Wave as soon as we receive them, that is, in 2 or 3 weeks from now, at least for the metal ones.

Irina Vega, Orbital Strike Commander (KST), now painted

In a previous Update, we showed you painted versions of Tania Tanker and Mimi the Radio painted by James Wappel, who is doing the studio paintings for all the TGG. James was very busy these last couple of months with Adepticon and Reapercon and, on our side, we were so busy with other stuff that we didn't have much time to work with him on colour schemes and everything else. However, as soon as he got back from Reapercon, he got back in the saddle and here his is first KST girl, Irina Vega.

New Sculpts

Freedom fighters! Here are Raven (JB) and Svetlana (KST). We are currently working on Nertha, but she's not quite finished yet.

The 4 WereSheWolves: we know that many of you have been anxiously waiting for them. To tell you the truth, we started working on them quite a while back. Hope you like them!

Foxy Dynamite. Probably the darkest Jailbird Heroine. We really love her and the way her scenic base virtually turns her own little diorama.

Lady Sigrith, Great Embalmer of the Iron Empire. With the Iron Empire fluff increasing in popularity, we thought that Sigrith's alternate head and arm version should  be more into the Aegyptian feel of the Iron Empire culture.

The Jet Girls: a last-minute addition to this Update, as the sculpts were just finished today.

Below are the Sniper Units for the Jailbirds, followed by the Iron Empire. Now, all 3 armies have their snipers sculpted.

Last but not least, here is are 2 Free Upgrade additions.
First, the alternate head and arm of Irina Vega. It occurred to us that we had probably forgotten to show you this as a render.
Second, the alternate heads and arms of the Jailbird Bikers. Since some of you really wanted the riders to actually hold on to the handlebars, we have been happy to oblige in these alternate versions.

By the way, remember that all versions of heads, weapons, arms, etc. are included, you don't have to choose one version over another.

3D Prints for the Second Wave

Here are a few 3D printed masters for the Second Wave. Indeed, as mentioned in our latest Updates, we're getting new 3D printed masters every week now.

News from our Facebook and Instagram feeds

You may have missed several images that we posted on our Facebook and Instagram, so here they are, together with a few sneak peeks from the last few days in the studio.

Bags of metal casts are piling up in the office!

Quality control of the Mortaria and Tarja metal casts:

This is pretty amazing: we just got news of the first Raging Heroes tattoo ever! Craig Parker (UK) has decided to go Hjailbirds all the way, and intends to have most JB heroines tattooed on his arm, together with Charlie. He' already working on Punky!

It was Easter just a few days ago, so with a little delay if you missed this post on Facebook, we wish you a Happy Easter.

Our very own Olga Kurganova has been making quite a splash lately in 2 large events:

First, our dear friend James Wappel just won a gold medal at Reapercon for his rendition of Olga. He was very excited about this because just a few days before, this same miniature had just made a killing during one of his game at Adepticon.

And we are very proud and excited to congratulate Aaron Lovejoy for winning Silver with Olga Kurganova at Crystal Brush Awards 2014 (category: Science Fiction Single) - CoolMiniOrNot. 

Working on 3D-printed masters, a few weeks ago...

Rendering images for the WereSheWolves, while preparing this Update.

... And one new concept for the Sisters of Eternal Mercy

Our graphic artist is still continuing his work for our next project, and so here is another Sister of Eternal Mercy character: Mother Superior Augusta.

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Comments

    1. Creator Kim Kirsch on May 12, 2014

      The material comparison information notes are fantastic. Thank you.

    2. Creator Michael "4ier" Telford on May 8, 2014

      Thank you for giving an option to have the bikers hold the handlebars. :)
      I also would like to upvote the option to get additional individual bikers, like several other commenters here.

    3. Creator Neon Revan on May 5, 2014

      Bikers without bikes? That would be sooo awesome. Please don't get me wrong, I really like the bikes. But as a Warhammer 40k player the biker minis on horses would be perfect for the (postapocalyptic wasteland) cavalry.
      Oh, and I would love to see some pictures of the first concept sketches shown during the kickstarter campaign compared with the 3D render and the actual printed sculpt to see the process of the great work you have done.
      I love every single mini you have shown us so far. Please hurry up with the regular (and command) troops so we can field our best looking armies as soon as possible.

    4. Creator Ben Alchin on May 4, 2014

      @Anthony. Not sure if I missed something but the only print I can see any 'stepping' on is Rozenkrantz. As it's entirely limited to the inside of her cloak, I assumed it was a detail and not a printing flaw.

    5. Creator Bill Redford on May 3, 2014

      @Joe. The nips should be easy to cut off if you want... (Sorry ladies). I am ok with them... :)

      @Matt, during the campaign they said the werewolves would be the size of the old rackham wolfen... So large... Orgre sized models. Don't know if anything has changed but that was what was said.

    6. Creator Matt Price on May 3, 2014

      Have we seen a photo of the werewolves alongside a human fig? Are they the same size or larger? How much larger?

    7. Creator Joe Faella on May 3, 2014

      No the werewolves really *need* to have tits? Seems like they'd just get in the way during a battle, so it's not an optimal transformation. Plus, normal wolves don't have tits.

    8. Creator Anthony on May 3, 2014

      I noticed on some of the 3D prints you can see the stepping from the printers layering. Will the final cast models be it metal or resin show that stepped pattern? I ask so we know what to expect.

    9. Creator Adam Bewick on May 3, 2014

      Would it be possible to get a side by side comparison of the metal and spin-cast resin production models? Would be good to be able to directly compare the quality of the two materials.

    10. Creator Sean Robinson on May 3, 2014

      Where can i find the TGG fluff? i want to learn more about my faction.

    11. Creator Ashleigh Hall on May 3, 2014

      OH HELL YEAH! Those are some AWESOME models!!!
      And a huge THANK YOU for adding handle bar options on the Jail Bird Bikers!

    12. Creator Bill Redford on May 3, 2014

      I like the bikes but would also like the option to get the girls without the bikes. As I want all the riders but can't afford all the bikes. Since we are on the topic, I would still like to be able to buy a set of all the alternate heads. And for that matter all the alternate arms. If the sister KD is half as good as this one then it will be my gaming budget for the rest of the year....

    13. Creator Luca Lacchini on May 3, 2014

      The wereshewolves weren't in the plans for my Kurganova force, but it seems that I'll have to up my pledge with the soon-to-come Pledge Manager... damn they look fine...

      Oh, and another request for biker pilots without the bikes, if possible.

    14. Creator Ben Alchin on May 3, 2014

      There's always so much in these updates and all of it is awesome. Things are nearly here! Yay!

      I have an odd question, though. Would it be at all possible for there to be a way to buy the bikers without their bikes? I ask hopefully because I love the bikers and can think of dozens of uses for them but can't stand the bikes :P

      I know I for one would buy several units of the riders if I wasn't having to pay for the big hunk of bike I'd never use as well :(

    15. Creator Fredrik Dunge on May 3, 2014

      Look furies

    16. Creator Janos on May 3, 2014

      Great digital sculpts as always. I love the Rocketgirls, Raven and Foxy. Still no news about the long overdue Artbook though.

    17. Creator Nils Fromm on May 3, 2014

      new drop ship location in Germany:

      www.warmage.de just applied with RH to be a drop ship pick-up location.
      They are located in Delmenhorst, near Bremen.

      at least 3 backers have to agree to pick up their shipments at this location for RH to add it to the pick up location list. I am already one of these three, of course.

      If you live in Germany near Bremen / Oldenburg, Osnabrück or Hannover, then this is a great spot for you to pick up the wave shippments. Actually, if you live anywhere south of Hamburg, this will be the closest shop all the way down to the Ruhrgebiet area.
      Might even be interesting for some Dutch backers.

      If you want to pick up your shipments at this store, please let RH know about it.

      Exact address and information on the shop website:
      www.warmage.de

      Very excited to get my hands on some miniatures, they look beautiful!

    18. Creator SacredRoach on May 3, 2014

      Made the mistake of looking at these again. Now I need the Iron Sniper unit too...damn these are beautiful. I fear my painting skills are too inferior to do these justice...and I am not a horrible painter...

    19. Creator John D on May 3, 2014

      Holy Shit !! (pardon my french...)

    20. Creator Bill Redford on May 3, 2014

      @Raging. You never fail to impress. I love everything. Now I have to debate to add more to this via the pledge manager or save the money for Sisters and dark elves. The werewolves look great. Combines to childhood loves, werewolves and bare boobs... :) Glad I budgeted for all 4. Though Reyna is my favorite, followed by Vankaree. Love Fat sister Augusta...

    21. Creator estrus on May 2, 2014

      Good lord I am going to LOSE SO MUCH MONEY

    22. Creator Anthony on May 2, 2014

      I had a great fear some time back when you showed us the concept art for the jet girls but today you eased my mind with the super cool renders. Also to see some of the free models coming along is great.

    23. Creator querysphinx on May 2, 2014

      OMFG! Want! Want! Want!

    24. Creator Ross McNaughton on May 2, 2014

      @Buzzsaw - The renders have quite a bit less fur than the concept art, and that's what makes them look chunky. I think the paintjob will make all the difference there.

      I've certainly added at least one back onto my list - I'd originally pledged with them in mind, then I recalculated based on how many extra troops I could get with that money, and now I'm going to have to work it all out again...

      On another note, I'm quite glad not to have the pledge manager just yet. It looks as though I'll be moving soon and I'd rather have my new address by the time I fill it in, rather than have to send you an update.

    25. Creator Alloyed on May 2, 2014

      I feel a great disturbance in my wallet. As if thousands of presidents cried out at once, and were suddenly silenced.

    26. Creator Buzzsaw on May 2, 2014

      These are indeed some rather nice visuals. Sadly it looks like it will be quite some time before I am able to collect all the IE heroines I desire.

      On the Wereshewolves, the bases that they are rendered on, how big are those? It
      s interesting to see how they have been translated from the art, and while they look a bit chunkier in some details, it's hard to conceptualize. That is, on my screen they (along with the individual figures) are huge, and so it's a bit difficult to imagine how those details will translate onto the tabletop.

      No quarrels with the picture taking skills: the quality is high enough one can see the sub-millimeter stepping on some of the prints!

    27. Creator Vince D on May 2, 2014

      The Jet Girls are so good, it almost makes me want to cry. Beautiful sculpts. Dying to get my hands on these models...

    28. Creator Tristan on May 2, 2014

      Sweet Svetlana and Raven looks Amazing :D

    29. Creator Tommy Blaze on May 2, 2014

      RAVEN!!!

    30. Creator Loud'n Raging on May 2, 2014

      Indeed, it will be possible to add to your pledge in the Pledge Manager :)

    31. Creator Charlie St Clair on May 2, 2014

      Are we able to add to our pledge in the pledge manager?

    32. Creator Yonan on May 2, 2014

      Lookin' good!

    33. Creator SacredRoach on May 2, 2014

      The only benefit I have to the Pledge Manager is that with getting heavily involved in the Mierce Darklands stuff and the loss of my sci-fi wargaming group, I no longer am interested in building an army...just getting awesome characters for fun. But I may still need a bunch of those were-she-wolves.

    34. Creator daquack on May 2, 2014

      If they allow additional pledging in the pledge manager I'm going to go broke

    35. Creator maozai on May 2, 2014

      RAVEN!!!

    36. Creator Doramos on May 2, 2014

      I'm in the same boat Sacred. I was resisting the werewolves pretty successfully before now. There are a few of those models i'm gonna need two of as well since I like both options for heads and arms. fuuuuuuu

    37. Creator SacredRoach on May 2, 2014

      It's crazy...I had all the minis I wanted all planned out...now I kind of want them all...