Schedule Update and Miniature Resculpts
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.