My Seventh Update
The Meetings with the Manufacturers at Gen Con
Because people asked - Gen Con went very well for Palladium on a number of fronts. With regard to RRT Wave 2, we spoke with representatives of several manufacturers and reviewed samples of their work. We are now awaiting refined quotes as we were able to discuss what we want to accomplish with Wave Two. That included confirming with them the level of detail that we are seeking to preserve while reducing part counts.
All in all, the meetings went very well and hopefully we will be making a selection on a manufacturer to move forward with very soon.
The SDF-1 Deck Bases
Thank you to everyone who made constructive comments on the bases. To answer the most cited comment, the digital renders don’t convey it very well, but the thickness of the SDF-1 bases will be comparable to the thickness of the previous RRT bases.
In regard to the bases being too generic looking and making them more "SDF-1 like”, the challenge is that the SDF-1 deck does not have any easily identifiable or signature aesthetic or mechanical cut-lines. For a Valkyrie base or even a massive Monster II base, there is just nothing that we found which would clearly indicate that either unit was standing on the SDF-1 deck. Unfortunately, when reviewing the original SDF-1 there aren't any small UEDF symbols or small patterns that scream SDF-1 deck. We could come up with some details if that is the consensus among the backers, but even so, it won't doesn't automatically equate to being on the deck of the SDF-1.
For the SDF-1 bases, Palladium wants to provide a different style of base for those who desire a mechanical ship hull/deck-like texture that could easily be found anywhere on the SDF-1. This pattern is equally suitable for use on the deck of the Prometheus, Daedalus ARMD carrier, Robotech Factory, space station or battle ship.
If you have any specific, constructive and detailed suggestions on how you think we can capture a more “accurate” SDF-1 deck depiction, please send them in for our consideration. Your input is always appreciated. (So that you don’t have to go back to the previous Update to reference them I am putting the renders here again.)
In the West there are wildfires raging, in the South and East too much wind and water. For those of you contending with these challenges and tragedies, you are in our thoughts and prayers. For everyone else, we wish you peace and safety.