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Schedule Update and Miniature Resculpts

Posted by Steamforged Games Ltd (Creator)
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Hi Champions,

We’ll lead with the most important pieces of information, and then go into further detail in regard to the sculpt changes later on in the update.

Delays During Production

It’s rare that news of a delay to something you’re really looking forward to can be seen in a positive light, and we certainly understand that, but we feel there are positives to draw in this case. As we’ve moved through production, we’ve had to make some hard decisions regarding the miniatures for Godtear, the hope of course that these changes wouldn’t impact the delivery date of the game. However, this is not the case. Godtear is now likely to arrive with our backers by the end of August 2019. We will, of course, keep you up to date if there are any further changes to the delivery date.

We’re just as disappointed as you are, but we firmly believe it’s best for the game. The quality of the games SFG releases is something we’re extremely proud of, and we’d much rather delay the release of a game than send out a product we’re not 100% happy with. We apologise to all our backers for this delay, and sincerely hope you understand the reasoning behind it.

Miniature Resculpts

So, let’s look at another pair of miniatures which have changed throughout the production. These are the last miniatures which have had what we’d deem as significant changes. What is it we mean by ‘significant changes’ you ask? As miniatures go through the production process there are few changes that can occur on sculpts to ensure the final product comes out to the standard we expect. A couple of examples of this would be limbs moving position slightly to make for a better mould or shafts of weaponry can become a bit thicker to increase the durability. Generally speaking, a significant change is one that means a larger level of resculpting is required, rather than a fairly simple adjustment to an existing sculpt.

This time we’re looking at Lorsann and one of Rhodri’s followers. 

When we received the pre-production samples for the Godtear miniatures, we grabbed them all out of the packaging and lined them up on a desk. Lorsann immediately really stood out to us, much like Grimshalla the model just didn’t fit with the rest of miniatures. Lorsann looked much more like a fancy diorama with a follower miniature than a champion. We knew something needed to change, so started working through our options.

The main thing that stood out was that she just seemed too small… even accounting for the fact she’s kneeling on a rock. We initially started off experimenting with altering the sizes and scale, maintaining all the elements of the initial sculpt but altering the proportions. It still didn’t look quite right. So, with resizing no longer an option we were looking at a resculpt.

Below are some photos of the initial pre-production samples of Lorsann beside one of her followers, so you can all see why the size of this champion miniature was a cause for concern.

Pre-production sample of old Lorsann sculpt beside one of her followers.
Pre-production sample of old Lorsann sculpt beside one of her followers.
Pre-production sample of old Lorsann sculpt beside one of her followers.
Pre-production sample of old Lorsann sculpt beside one of her followers.

With development well underway we knew exactly what type of character Lorsann was, and the role she played on the battlefield. This knowledge really helped when looking at resculpting her miniature. She’s an agile archer, springing around the battlefield slinging out shots at anything that moves. With that in mind, I think it’s fair to say that the sculpting team absolutely nailed it! Without further ado, here she is!

Pre-production sample of the new Lorsann sculpt beside one of her followers.
Pre-production sample of the new Lorsann sculpt beside one of her followers.
Pre-production sample of the new Lorsann sculpt beside one of her followers.
Pre-production sample of the new Lorsann sculpt beside one of her followers.

The next sculpt change requires far less explanation, as the reasoning behind it is very simple. In the renders of Rhodri’s followers on the campaign page one of his followers can be seen without a shield. Those of you that kept up with the game during Early Access will be aware that Rhodri’s and his followers became renowned for their ability to move to an area of the battlefield and hold it. We imagine at this point you can likely see what the change to sculpt is, right? The dwarven follower that previously didn’t have a ‘board’ to accompany his sword has now gained one. We’ve put some side by side photos of the old and new miniature below!

Pre-production of samples of the old Rhodri follower (left) and the new Rhodri follower (right).
Pre-production of samples of the old Rhodri follower (left) and the new Rhodri follower (right).
Pre-production of samples of the old Rhodri follower (left) and the new Rhodri follower (right).
Pre-production of samples of the old Rhodri follower (left) and the new Rhodri follower (right).

Just as we’ve explained in the Grimgut updates we know there is a subjective nature to miniatures, and what one person likes others may dislike. It’s important to acknowledge how integral the look of a game is, these sorts of decisions aren’t ones we take lightly. However, we truly feel that the new miniature fits much better in the world of Godtear and will look stunning on the table top along side her followers, and the rest of your warband!

From this point forward Wednesday will be the regular update day for Godtear, and is likely to be every other week rather than weekly.

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    1. Alex Þór Brynhildarson on

      The date change doesn't bother me personally, as i moved abroad but will be back home come July, so this actually fits better for my schedule. That's obviously just for me personally, and this could be a real nuisance for some, but a thing to be expected from a kickstarter campaign.

      On to Lorsann, i read through the backlash after grimshalla changes and agreed with the dissapointment, not to an extreme, just a slight downgrade in my opinion, but Lorsann here, oh my yes! this sculpt is far superior and fits much better, i think you did a great job, i also agreed with the statement that her model stood out from the rest but now seems to fit much better. And the Rhodri Follower was just an obvious good change and just makes sense.

      Great job SFG, keep it up ;)

    2. Eddie Kraverotis on

      The sculpts look beautiful. The anticipation and everything about this game is going to be awesome. This is probably the first game I have ever backed on Kickstarter that has blown me away from the fist time I saw it up. Even more so with all the updates and the keynote videos. It is the most money I have ever spent on a kickstarter game, and I was hesitant. I still can’t wait, but pushing it another 4 months....So what will happen in June? Will we then be told “well guys you will see it in 2020.” It’s just really disappointing to hear after waiting so long. I hate too see it just keep getting pushed in production and be one of those kickstarts that makes you wait years to get.

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      Richard T Bailey on

      I guess my main question after this post is "How many other champions got changed"?
      As for the 4 month delay, I have every faith that it'll probably be more than that, but that's just how Kickstarters are.

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      JaFO
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      definitely a good improvement for both figures.
      She definitely looks like a god-like being instead of just one more archer that is easily confused with one of her followers.

    5. Martin Biggs on

      Disappointed with the delay, but I guess that's standard now with Kickstarters. Just hope it doesn't happen with Horizon: Zero Dawn.
      I agree with some of the comments below, regarding Lorsann's bow, if the arrow is ready to fire the bow should be more curved, it's far too straight for a piece of wood under tension.

    6. Nikolas Obrenović
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      I don't mind the date but the bow should be way more back like the original sculpt since she was prepared to fire.

    7. Didis29 on

      Could we see a proper view at Grimgurt or whatever as replace Grimshalla ? because I think, even if I do not like the new version, that the old minions looked better before. The new gooey ones have no design it's just a skull in a slime.

    8. Kithmaker on

      A 5 month delay on something still 15 months out from the original date? That's 33% longer. Ridiculous. Every update is making me regret more and more making this my first ever backed KS.

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      timothy
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      i'm sort of saddened by the new lorsain sculpt. the new one is a relatively standard and often used portrayal of elves/archers. The old one was in my opinion more interesting. Anyway - i still like the game - it's not as if this will make me "hate" the game. I just thought i'd share my thoughts with you

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      CrayolaSmoker on

      How will this delay affect all the planned Godtear events at Adepticon? I’m guessing they’re effectively cancelled?

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      Johnnie on

      As someone that commented Lorsann original plastic sculpt was more like a diorama and prefer her standing similar to the other leader models, I am very happy with this change to her sculpt. Grimgut and her/his followers, I was somewhat disappointed.

    12. Shane Irons on

      I like the changes and the delay is understandable; however, when are you going to address the other items that were promised in the kickstarter but not in the beta? Does this delay mean we will have the legacy rules included etc?

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      Philip H on

      I like the new models and understand the delay. I did not back this game because of the date I would get it (delays and changes are inevitable in all aspects of life) - I backed it because I believed in the game and the world that SFG was building.

    14. Ian Van-Doom
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      3 months is not so bad, same as Resident Evil 2 and that game is great! I know that SFG will always get slammed because of DS and the still on going delays there but almost all Kickstarter projects hit delays so a 3 month delay is not worth dragging them over the coals for.

    15. Gedracon on

      No surprise regarding that delay, will be interesting to see if the new estimation is valid.
      The new Lorsann model is looking good, but i liked the old modell of Rhodri (at least they didn't ruin the modell like Grimgut...)

    16. Matt Garrett on

      Fantastic changes!! I appreciate how the delay can be disappointing but I’m right there with you in desiring a top shelf product. But then I have oodles of other games that need playing in the meantime. I can see how it would be more upsetting if most of your budget were tied up in this one game.

    17. Greyskull
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      Here we go 4 month delay.... very curious to know what will happen to wave 3 of dark souls...

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      Finbar De Toms-Scott on

      One hell of a delay this close to the originally announced release date. I understand these things happen and thats what Kickstarters are for but given this on top of the issues with the Dark Souls game, does not fill me with confidence for the Critical Role and Horizon Zero Dawn kickstarters. Plus the release of a special Mournblade figure before the core game hasn't even been delivered yet is worrying.

    19. John Stern
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      I really like the new Lorsann.

    20. Adam Kouzmanoff on

      I'm sure you're going to catch a lot of grief over the slipped date, and I'm not going to pretend that I'm not let down a bit by it, but I appreciate the communication, and I'm still looking forward to the game eagerly! Thanks for your hard work.