Things are really starting to heat up here at the studio, despite the climates foolish attempt to thwart us with it's never ending cold. Be damned polar vortex!
Schedule ( Estimated Fulfillment start still Q2 2014 )
No updates at this time. Things are moving smoothly, planning for logistics, applying pressure to partners to maintain timelines. Next update should have the crucial information we have been waiting for.
Let me just say thank you to all the people interested in more plastic via the kickstarter! We will re-open pledges but it has to wait until we have bandwidth to devote to your needs.
The Phoenix Story
This monster was hand sculpted by Jacques-Alexandre Gillois. We agreed not to rush the project to completion and slowly, it was crafted. An immense effort went into every stage of its design.
When the resin's finally arrived, I was shocked. It was truly gorgeous. I was nervous to even hold it! I knew it was something special and so I squirreled it away like a dark secret waiting to reveal it publicly for the first time during the kickstater.
The challenge of manufacturing this incredible sculpt was a major factor in bringing us together with our plastic manufacturer. We agreed that if we could capture 80% of what the original resin was, we would be happy.
And so we set out to work. The physical master was scanned, not once, but 3 times by various machines. And the cleanup process was nothing short of intense, changing many different hands and yes, I might have driven the factory a little bit crazy over my laundry lists of small changes and adjustments.
The last challenge was cutting the model so it can meet the rigid standards of hard plastic production. We wanted to make it as few pieces as possible, but retain its detail and majesty.
Last Thursday I received a large but lightweight package. Inside, plastic sprues and a bonus fully assembled phoenix. Put together by the boss of the factory himself! Yeah, he was that excited. We were shooting for 80%, but this is more like 97.9%. It's nearly an identical clone of its hand sculpted counterpart! Consider my mind blown. I knew we'd get some great looking hard plastic. But I didn't expect it to be this GOOD. In fact a second box arrived on friday with a 2nd assembled one from the bossman again!
I owe a tremendous round of thanks to the backers, the artists, the technicians and the factory for bringing this into reality.
It looks amazing, I can barely believe it's hard plastic. In fact the original hand sculptor himself was blown away when I showed him! I have yammered on enough. Here are the photos:
The Lion, The Butcher and the Loin Cloth
Finally! The starting survivors! The number of play test hours these 4 brave little survivors has seen is staggering and the number of times they have died at the hands of both the Butcher and the White Lion... it just brings a beautiful tear to my eye!
I present to you dear backers, their plastic incarnations!
And yeah... We have made the White Lion much bigger then his original resin form!
( and the butcher a tiny bit bigger too! )
Final Game Board
Here is the final game board. We decided to include some spots on the side for terrain cards to live and not clutter up the battle. A lot of thought went into this game board, and we had it printed many times in different colors and variations. I really wanted it to have a strong focal point and that trails off into darkness but for gameplay purposes we didn't want to lose the lines that delineate spaces. I am quite pleased with the final result! The print comes off a little purpleish in the photos, don't worry. It is not purple.
Everything looks great on it!
I am super duper anti-spoilers. So I apologize that you cannot read anything and this is a total tease, but here is a sample of some of the spreads that grace the rulebook! The rulebook... got really big! lol
I recall someone on the comment section asking about Spidicules?
Pinups of Death
On a totally separate timeline and with a budget outside of the funds raised from the kickstarter I can finally share a project with you all that was very important to KD:M.
The 8 original Kingdom Death Pinups. Although these were not featured or available during the kickstarter, we can thank them for carrying the project before the kickstarter and helping fund so very much of it. They have been lovingly remastered into hard plastic. This project is relevant to KD:M as it set some very important manufacturing benchmarks and helped establish our hand sculpt to hard plastic work flow.
Basically we ran ourselves thru the gauntlet with these and used what we learned to improve the KD:M manufacturing process.
The release of the plastic pinup box will provide us with some crucial internal data on packaging and handling orders. This will benefit us once we do begin fulfillment of the kickstarter rewards. Basically, it will help us calculate how many extra hands to hire and what our workflow will be.
Although both the budget & timeline were outside of the domain of the KD:M kickstarter, it is true that without you backers I would have never gone to China and the really fantastic relationship that has sparked with our manufacturer would not have come to pass. As a way to say thank you, we have decided to reduce the price of the collection for a limited time in your honor.
If you are interested in checking it out, here is the direct link to the KDM store with more details.
I just wanted to say it again. This opportunity has been amazing. The hard plastic sets have been amazing. The positive feedback from play testers has been amazing. All of you backers are amazing. How often do you really get to work as hard as you possibly can on something so very important to yourself? I honestly don't know. But I do know... its amazing!
Soon we will watch our survivors die terrible tragic deaths together!