TGG1 - Update #108 – Production Update + New Painted Minis + A Visit to the Foundries

As the summer heat rolls in (on our half the globe, that is), we hope that you are getting ready from some great vacations and that you'll have plenty of time for your favourite hobby. And for those of you who are still patiently waiting for their TGG parcel, it's time to start making room on your painting shelf! The majority of remaining TGG Rewards Selection will be shipping out in the next few weeks!

For us, June has definitely been spin-casting month. The last few remaining models of the campaign are now being moulded, prototyped or cast (scroll down for details). It has also been a very special time for the core of the Raging Heroes team, as we spent several days at the spin-casting foundry (more on this below).

You'll be excited to know that we've also significantly increased the resources of the packing and shipping teams for July, as the vast majority of the remaining shipments will be dealt with during this month.

In this Update, you'll also see that the flow of painted minis is increasing, which also means that we'll soon be at a place where we can use these images for the Artbook and finish this part of the TGG project as well.

Don't forget that you can always keep an eye on the status of the production on this page:http://www.tggks.com/what-is-in-each-wave/
 On it, you will see the date on which the document was last updated. We update it whenever we get new stuff in. Then, simply scroll down to Wave 3. Everything that's in green is ready to ship.

New Available Minis

Now in stock:

  • JB Artilleries 1, 2, and 3 
  • KST Artilleries 1, 2, and 3
  • IE Artilleries 1, 2, and 3
  • The KST Mecha
  • The Jailbirds Motorbikes 1, 2, and 3

We assembled some Artilleries so that you can share in the fun:

To be honest, we were not so sure how our Artilleries would fare. Hadn't we created too many of them? Would they make something interesting to look at on the gaming table? In fact, right after the campaign, we thought that we had made a mistake there.

But now, that we have the casts in, our feelings got completely turned around: the Artilleries are among the most life-like and expressive sets of the whole TGG range. Not only will they make really nice-looking and vivid Artillery pieces, but it's more than that. If you want to give more life to your troops or create unique and lively dioramas, you'll definitely be able to go nuts thanks to the many servants body parts and accessories provided in the TGG Artillery kits.

And oh, by the way, you'll find that the little IE tank-like as well as the KST and JB walker-like artillery mounts look really cool in the (so-to-speak) flesh!

 While visiting the foundry (more on this below), we also saw the very first KST Mechas removed from their moulds right before our eyes. We could not resist and immediately assembled one. It is a big one, with a fabulous diesel-punk feel!


Casts in Progress

We've approved the prototypes for the following kits, and so they are currently being cast:

  • The Mecha JB (see images below)
  • The Mecha IE
  • The WereSheWolves (KST)

Here is a quick and rough assembly of the Mecha JB prototype.
Here is a quick and rough assembly of the Mecha JB prototype.

Here is a quick and rough assembly of the Mecha JB prototype.
Here is a quick and rough assembly of the Mecha JB prototype.

Here is a quick and rough assembly of the Mecha JB prototype.
Here is a quick and rough assembly of the Mecha JB prototype.

Here is a quick and rough assembly of the Mecha JB prototype.
Here is a quick and rough assembly of the Mecha JB prototype.

The guys at the foundry had a bit of time on their hand and so they got into some kit-bashing. They added KST bits to the JB Mecha and tried some alternate posing... We thought you'd like to see this and see how flexible the posing is.

Kit-bashing and re-posing the mechas
Kit-bashing and re-posing the mechas

Kit-bashing and re-posing the mechas
Kit-bashing and re-posing the mechas

Upcoming Prototypes

The following models are being prototyped right now, and should be ready for approval this and next week. As soon as they are approved, they will be cast.

  • The IE and the KST Bikes are all cast, but we are still waiting for the riders
  • The KB, KST and IE Trikes and their riders.

The Remaining Items

So this leaves us with the large-sized mascots and the 54mm models of Freedom Fighters Raven (JB), Svetlana (KST), and Nertha (IE).

If your Rewards Selection is held back because of one of these 6 models, you can contact us and we'll try to arrange something so that we can send you everything that's ready except for these models, and ship these large-sized model(s) separately for a shipping fee which we'll keep as low as we can.

Large size Jinx is about 60mm tall / 2.4 inches
Large size Jinx is about 60mm tall / 2.4 inches

Large size Charlie is about 45mm tall / 1.8 inches
Large size Charlie is about 45mm tall / 1.8 inches

 

New Painted Minis

They are many more minis being painted as we write this update. But in the set below, we definitely think that Foxy and Elektra steal the show. What do you think ?

→ Foxy Dynamite, Jailbirds Infiltration Specialist

 

→ Commander Elektra Eisenstein, Armoured Division (KST)

 

→ Ash, Tank Gunner and Lucky Lucy, Spotter (Jailbirds)

 

→ Iron Empire Heavy Troop Box (remember that everything is ball-jointed for maximum 'posability', and each box contains many extra items for ultimate customisation)

 

→ Iron Empire Regular Command Group Box (remember that everything is ball-jointed for maximum 'posability', and each box contains many extra items for ultimate customisation)

 

→ Iron Empire Regular Troops Box (remember that everything is ball-jointed for maximum 'posability', and each box contains many extra items for ultimate customisation)

 

→ KST Regular Command Group Box (remember that everything is ball-jointed for maximum 'posability', and each box contains many extra items for ultimate customisation)

 

→ Iron Empire Regular Troops Box (remember that everything is ball-jointed for maximum 'posability', and each box contains many extra items for ultimate customisation)

 

Visiting the Foundries

As mentioned earlier, our key activity this month was visiting our partner foundries, which meant travelling abroad.

Spin-cast resin KST Mechas
Spin-cast resin KST Mechas

We first went to the United States to visit our spin-cast resin foundry. We stayed there several days and got to know each other and learned more about each other's processes. We then moved on to the United Kingdom and visited our metal foundry.

Preserving the 3D-printed masters with a cold-cure silicon mould
Preserving the 3D-printed masters with a cold-cure silicon mould

We cannot thank them enough for the warm welcome with which we were greeted. It was great to finally meet in the flesh the people who've all worked so hard to produce all the TGG1 miniatures, and it was quite special to see our creations be cast and be removed from the moulds before us. 

Explaining why the Raging Heroes metal casts have virtually no flash
Explaining why the Raging Heroes metal casts have virtually no flash

Here's how: many tightening points for a tight fitting mould
Here's how: many tightening points for a tight fitting mould

Our visits were also a wonderful opportunity to discuss and evaluate many new ideas and opportunities for workflow improvement throughout the entire process.

Metal casts quality control
Metal casts quality control

 

We had never before allowed ourselves the time away from the studio to make this trip. In the end, it was incredibly worth it, and just a few days later, now that we are back, we are already seeing positive results. And so, we will likely do a follow-up trip later this year.

The TGG moulds are all carefully stored at the foundry
The TGG moulds are all carefully stored at the foundry

 

That's all for today 

So once again, we wish you a great summery July. We will continue to work hard on the TGG so that everything is ready as quickly as possible.

As mentioned above, don't forget that you can always keep an eye on the status of the TGG production on this page: http://www.tggks.com/what-is-in-each-wave/  On it, you will see the date on which the document was last updated. We update it whenever we get new stuff in. Then, simply scroll down to Wave 3. Everything that's in green is ready to ship.

And if you want to know more about what's going on at Raging Heroes, we are posting a new cool update on the TGG2 kickstarter (Update #26) within the next couple of hours.

Thank you for your continuing support and please don't hesitate to send us pics and feedback about your TGG minis.

TGG2 - Update #26 - New Renders + Production Update + Bonus Minion + 3D Printing + Visiting the Foundries + AMA

You Unlocked the Sorceress!

Remember this? In the last Update, we said that if there were over 300 shares on Facebook, the Dark Elf and the Void Elf Sorceresses would be unlocked. Well, you did it, with 378 shares!! And so, the 2 Sorceresses are now UNLOCKED!

And we've got even better news for you. We recently began working with a new sculptor whose style was perfectly fitting for that particular model. And so, much ahead of schedule, the Fantasy version Sorceress is now sculpted. You may have noticed that we altered the shape of her cape. That is simply because the shape on the concept was not working well in 3D.

→ Dark Elf Sorceress (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine)
→ Dark Elf Sorceress (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine)

About the Pledge Manager

For those who have been wondering about when and how you will tell us which Rewards you want, remember that you will get access to the Pledge Manager when we are ready to ship a first batch of minis. 

The Pledge Manager is a web-based tool that will allow you to select precisely which miniatures you want. 

Want to know more? No problem! Simply hop over to our Update #4 for all the details on the Pledge Manager and how Shipping will work.

And you have some fun with working out the minis you want with the Pledge CALCULATOR(http://bit.ly/TGG2PCal). It is NOT the Pledge MANAGER, but it is a nifty little tool that will help you compute your pledge. It was created by Ivo Ilic, one of our backers. If you see errors on it, don't hesitate to contact us at RagingHeroesTeam@gmail.com.

Final Renders

You may have seen earlier versions of some of the sculpts below during the Kickstarter. But they were all work-in-progress at the time. If you look closely, you'll be able to spot the many differences.

While a sculpt may look finished when shown under one angle, in the end, we're going for real world 3D objects and so, a good part of the sculpting process is spent adjusting the 2D concept to 3D volumes.

Zailith is a very good example of this. The base sculpt was created in just a few hours. It then took several days to really bring her to life, create a pose that would not only match the concept's front view but also give her real attitude and motion as a 3D piece, and make sure to finish all the details and then, of course, cut it and prepare it for print. 

→ Zailith, Blood Vestal Secultrix (Dark Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine)


Say WHAT? Santa Dolores Goes Bi? (No, it's not what you think...)

After many tests and much deliberation, we finally decided not to make two different versions of Santa Dolores and instead, make one version for both Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Every time we gave her technological gear or any other sort of mechanical implant, she would really lose something. So unless we and you come up with a new brilliant thought for a separate SciFi version, Santa Dolores will remain as is and will fit both armies. We do think that her ghostly/possessed appearance will perfectly work in most any types of settings.

→ Santa Dolores, The Lady of Sorrow, Psychic Seer (Sisters – Fantasy/SciFi – Heroine) 


→ Minions Galore! 

Truly, TGG2 may just be the Kickstarter that keeps on giving :) 

Indeed, after an additional bonus unlock with the DE and VE Sorceresses, you are now getting an additional Minion for free! 

That's because when we started sculpting the Minions, there was a slight mix-up with the concepts, and an additional one was sent to the sculptor. And so, we ended with 7 Minions, instead of the 6 originally planned... Well, we were not going to simply ignore the extra one, now, were we? So there will be now be a box containing 7 Minions instead of the original 6.

So, meet Otto, Nope, Kwapek, Beedle, Krudle, Babush, and Kapok. Please, do tell us which one is your favourite and how you plan to use them in the Comments below!


And here is a strong suggestion of how the Minions might act:

Yep, that's the Minions for you...


More Renders

→ Sister Trematta, Field Resurectrix (Sisters – Fantasy – Heroine)


→ Lady Darkryss (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine)


→ Lady Darkryss (Void Elves – SciFi – Heroine)


→ Onyx, Master Assassin (Dark Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine)


→ Kraash (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine)


→ Kraash (Void Elves – SciFi – Heroine)


→ Silkeeriss Hunter Pack Leader (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine)


→ Shaliah, Death Dancer Soloist (Lust Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 


→ Silkeeriss Hunter Pack Leader (Void Elves – SciFi – Heroine)

  
→Vanvyssah, Lust Elves General (Lust Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine)


Production Queue Update

In our previous update, we shared with you a list of the sculpts that were to be dealt with in the second batch. However, for the sake of practicality, you need to know that such lists are always somewhat fluid. 

This proved to be the case this month: as we added new sculptors to the team (and, unfortunately, had to remove some as well), we played up to their strengths to maximise productivity. This means that while several models have progressed but are still in the Near Completion queue, new sculpts are now In Progress or Near Completion, and one got Completed ahead of time. 

Keep reading to see what's going on in each sculpting category.

Bonus Complete

The Standard Bearer of the Daughters of the Orphanage is one of the very first idea/concept stemming from the early days of Raging Heroes. It's really great to see it come to life. As you'll see later on in this Update, the Cook is not far behind and  the rest of the Daughters should soon follow.

Close-up on the Daughters of the Orphanage's Standard Bearer
Close-up on the Daughters of the Orphanage's Standard Bearer

Close-up on the Daughters of the Orphanage's Standard Bearer
Close-up on the Daughters of the Orphanage's Standard Bearer

Close-up on the Daughters of the Orphanage's Standard Bearer
Close-up on the Daughters of the Orphanage's Standard Bearer

Close-up on the Daughters of the Orphanage's Standard Bearer
Close-up on the Daughters of the Orphanage's Standard Bearer


Sculpts Near Completion

  • Asharah (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine)
  • Asharah (Void Elves – SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Liligrith, Exsanguinatrix (Lust Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • Sister Altarii (Sisters – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Sister Altarii (Sisters – SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Sister Ardanna, Pillar of the Faith (Sisters – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine)
  • Templar Ela Seraqui, Demon Slayer (Sisters – Fantasy – Heroine)
  • Templar Ela Seraqui, Demon Slayer (Sisters – SciFi – Heroine)

New Sculpts Near Completion

We did not want to delay the Update waiting for their renders, but this sculpts should be finished within the next few days:

  • Lady Kashala, Dark Elf General (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Lady Kashala, Void Elf General (Void Elves – SciFi – Heroine)
  • Sister Trematta, Field Resurectrix (Sisters – Fantasy – Heroine)

New Sculpts in Progress

And here are the sculpts that the team is working on at the moment...

The Daughters of the Orphanage's Cook - Work In Progress
The Daughters of the Orphanage's Cook - Work In Progress

It does not mean that all of these will be finished by the time the next Update (next month) rolls around, but they should see good progress.

The Throne of the Succubi - Work in progress
The Throne of the Succubi - Work in progress

Here's the list of sculpts currently moving forward:

  • The Davidians (mostly the SciFi version) 
  • The Blood Vestals (first the Sci-Fi version, then the Fantasy) 
  • The Daughters of the Crucible 
  • The Cook for the Daughters of the Orphanage (see WIP above) 
  • All the remaining Freebies: Xarsiss, Sephea, Rithali-in, Liligrith, Lady Melith, Tobias, Violet, and Sinzirith 
  • The Throne of the Succubi (see WIP above) 
  • The War Pulpit

Err... Speaking of the Sisters...

I guess it's clear... No one messes with the Sisters!

3D Printing the Sculpts

So, what happens once a sculpt is fully completed? Well, that's when we prepare it for 3D printing. This preparation includes making sure that there are no holes in the mesh, that all angles are sharp and well-defined, that details are large enough to look good in a 28mm mini, etc. Once it meets all of those requirements, it is ready to go to 3D printing.

The 3D printing service takes from one to two weeks to send back the prints. When we receive a print, we immediately review it. If it's not good, it goes back for fixing. If it's good, then we sit down to clean this master. Once that's done, we can then send it to the foundry to be placed in the casting queue. If it is a sculpt that will be produced in both metal and resin, then it first goes to the metal foundry before moving on to the resin one.

Unfortunately, we don't have 3D print photos for you for this Update, as it so happens that our 3D printer took his yearly vacations during the month of June. Therefore, we have a batch of sculpts awaiting 3D printing. They will be processed as soon as he's back.

Updated Doralys

After reviewing your comments, and our personal preference notwithstanding, we agree with you that Doralys would be more versatile without the tears and the fleur-de-lys, as these can indeed be added as paint work. We'll be sharing with you the render of her new version in an upcoming Update.

Visiting the Foundries

As mentioned earlier, our key activity this month was visiting our partner foundries, which meant travelling abroad.

Spin-cast resin minis from TGG1
Spin-cast resin minis from TGG1

We first went to the United States to visit our spin-cast resin foundry. We stayed there several days and got to know each other and learned more about each other's processes. We then moved on to the United Kingdom and visited our metal foundry.

Preserving the 3D-printed masters with a cold-cure silicon mouldPreserving the 3D-printed masters with a cold-cure silicon mould

We cannot thank them enough for the warm welcome with which we were greeted. It was great to finally meet in the flesh the people who've all worked so hard to produce all the TGG1 miniatures, and it was quite special to see our creations be cast and be removed from the moulds before us. 

Explaining why the Raging Heroes metal casts have virtually no flashExplaining why the Raging Heroes metal casts have virtually no flash

Here's how: many tightening points for a tight fitting mould
Here's how: many tightening points for a tight fitting mould

Our visits were also a wonderful opportunity to discuss and evaluate many new ideas and opportunities for workflow improvement throughout the entire process.

Metal casts quality control
Metal casts quality control

We had never before allowed ourselves the time away from the studio to make this trip. In the end, it was incredibly worth it, and just a few days later, now that we are back, we are already seeing positive results. 

The TGG1 moulds are all carefully stored at the foundry
The TGG1 moulds are all carefully stored at the foundry

We are already planning a follow-up trip later this year.


AMA (Ask Me Anything)

In our last Update, we said we'd answer your questions posted in the Update's comments section on sculpting Raging Heroes minis.

David Gerig asked this one: "During the sculpting process, how much thought is put into how the sculpt is going to be printed, as in, can it be printed, will it have to be printed in separate parts etc. And does this cause issues when you are trying to bring the design in your mind to life?"

This is a very good and complex question. The short answer would be Yes, we give much through to the manufacturing process (printing and casting) while we work on the sculpt.

Most of the time, we start by blocking out the pose and the main shapes of the miniature. It can look something like this:

This helps us see how we can translate the 2D images of the concept in 3D volumes. At this very first stage, we are already thinking about how many parts the mini will have, how and where it will be cut in several pieces, and how those pieces will need to lay inside the mould. This can go as far as trying to anticipate where bubbles might form on a resin cast.

Regarding the 3D printing, you should know that mostly anything, any shape, can be 3D printed. However, we have to make sure that parts like weapons, hair strands, antennas, etc. are thick enough to be castable and also, thick enough to ensure that they don't easily break when gaming.

You can see for example, on the very rough 3D sketch of Lady Melith above, that her “tail” has been laid flat against the inside of her skirt so that these 2 elements can be cast in a single part.

So, designs usually need to be altered in some way in order to meet real life constraints. However, when we work with new or less experienced sculptors, we will often let some problems slip at the beginning so that their work is not overly constrained, because we know right away how we will fix things that are not compatible with the manufacturing process. This is actually one of the main reason why some sculpts need to go through the Awaiting Completion category before they can be prepared for 3D printing.


More AMA

If you have other questions on our creative and manufacturing processes, don't hesitate to Comment this Update.

And if you want to know more about what else is going on at Raging Heroes, we just posted anew update (#108) on the TGG1 Kickstarter, with new painted minis from the first Kickstarter. Several TGG1 minis are already available on our website, and we'll be releasing new ones throughout 2015.

And finally, remember that you can see all the TGG2 images on our Pinterest (bit.ly/TGG2-Pinterest), and that you can play around with your Rewards Selection with the PLEDGE CALCULATOR (http://bit.ly/TGG2PCal), a nifty little tool to help you compute your pledge, created by Ivo Ilic, one of our backers. It is NOT an official tool, but it does the job very nicely.

De-greasing and priming your TGG resin miniatures

As many of you asked us about the best way to de-grease and prime their resin TGG minis, we directly asked our foundry what was the best way to do it and here's their recommendation.

First, use dishwashing liquid and let soak for 5 minutes. Do NOT use regular soap which is not enough to de-grease the resin.

After that you can apply your primer. Our foundry recommended this one: Krylon All-Purpose Black Spray Aerosol Spray Decorator Primer. Another option is mr.resin surfacer primer (mr hobby).

Please note that applying primer to a resin miniature is not the same as for a metal one. You need to apply the primer in a very fine mist, and let dry, and then do it again. You might have to do 4 or 5 passes of very light spray. Otherwise, the layer underneath stays wet, which causes the eventual flaking.

Using an airbrush is also a good way to apply primer, but you'll want to use a Badger primer for it.

If you have any question, never hesitate to contact us via email or on the chat window below.

TGG1 - UPDATE #107 – Production & Shipping Update + New Painted Minis + Packing your Rewards Selection + Open-the-box Videos

Production is going well. New models are being cast regularly now, and as soon as we receive new casts which can complete your Rewards Selection, we pack it and ship it right away.

Don't forget that you can always keep an eye on the status of the production on this page:http://www.tggks.com/what-is-in-each-wave/   
On it, you will see the date on which the document was last updated. We update it whenever we get new stuff in.
Then, simply scroll down to Wave 3. Everything that's in green is ready to ship.

The foundry is smoking hot. The latest production schedule is now quite firm. Keep reading to see where things stand as of today.

New Available Minis

We have received the following minis in spin-cast resin, which means all the Heroines have now been produced and cast in both metal and spin-cast resin:

  • Arushka (KST Yaga)
  • Baba Yaga (KST Yaga)
  • Aleksandr Kurganov, Chief Commander of the KST
  • Nepharya, Necro-Priestess (IE)
  • Doctor von X, Field Medic (IE)
  • General Ilsa Wolfenstein, Army Commander (IE)

And 2 new sets of 5 minis also came in and are being shipped out to backers right now:

  • The 5 Cyberzombies (IE)
  • The 5 Jet-Pack Girls (IE)
Keep reading to learn how to create a dynamic squad
Keep reading to learn how to create a dynamic squad

Regarding the Jet Pack Girls, we wanted to share a tip with you regarding their basing:

When you'll receive them, you'll notice that the rocks they stand on is never completely flat underneath. This was done on purpose, to help you create different flight angles for the girls. 

To do this:

  • 1. Be sure to cut off the tab that is located under the rock. 
  • 2. Visually test the angle you prefer. 
  • 3. File the underside of the rock to implement the angle that you chose. 

This way, you can create a dynamic and unique flight formation for your squad. If you don't do this, the Jet Pack Girls will simply stand upright in a very neutral attitude, which would be a shame for such a team of sky aces.

Casts in Progress

We've approved the prototypes for the following kits, and so they are currently being cast: 

  • All JB Artillery
  • All KST Artillery
  • All IE Artillery

Upcoming Prototypes

The following models are being prototyped right now, and should be ready for approval this and next week. As soon as they are approved, they will be cast right after the Artilleries. They are:

  • The Jailbirds Bikes
  • The Jailbirds Mecha
  • The KST Mecha
  • The Iron Empire Mecha
  • The WereSheWolves (KST)

The Remaining Items

So this leaves us with:

  • The IE and KST Bikes and Trikes
  • The Jailbirds Trike
  • The 54mm models

The prototyping for these models will happen throughout the month of June. Casting is likely to run into July, but we'll push hard to make things happen as quickly as we can. We will keep you informed as soon as we have more news on this.

3D printed Harry in large size (about 45mm tall / 1.8 inches)
3D printed Harry in large size (about 45mm tall / 1.8 inches)

New Painted Minis

We've got two Russian and one Spanish painter hard-at-work on the TGG models, but painting models with this quality takes time, and so we will continue to expand our painting team. Painters who can meet our quality expectations are welcome to send us an email with a link to their portfolio at jobs 'at' ragingheroes 'dot' com.

Packing and Shipping the TGG

The packing team has been working like mad and will continue non-stop until fulfilment ends. Every day, they prepare and ship out 40 to 80 packages. Here's a few snapshots I grabbed while they were working, so that you can get a better feel for how your parcel is being prepared.

Large Rewards Selection are processed by 2 packers: one reads the list out loud while the other picks the minis; we also note the number of bases needed for the complete package.
Large Rewards Selection are processed by 2 packers: one reads the list out loud while the other picks the minis; we also note the number of bases needed for the complete package.
The picker places all the selected minis in a bin. You will notice that some bags are colour-coded...
The picker places all the selected minis in a bin. You will notice that some bags are colour-coded...
Colours on the Troops bags facilitate and speed up the re-check/re-count we do before we transfer the models into the shipping box in order to eliminate mis-packs.
Colours on the Troops bags facilitate and speed up the re-check/re-count we do before we transfer the models into the shipping box in order to eliminate mis-packs.
Here, we carefully layer the minis in a shipping box.
Here, we carefully layer the minis in a shipping box.
Almost done! All that's left to add are the free drink mats, the blurb on preparing resin minis, our thank you note and your packing slip.
Almost done! All that's left to add are the free drink mats, the blurb on preparing resin minis, our thank you note and your packing slip.

Open-the-box Videos

We want to take this opportunity to shout out a big THANK YOU to The Beasts Of War, who recently did two great Open-the-Box videos on the TGG!
Here they are in case you missed them. 

  • Here's the first one, which covers the Lulus.
  
  • And this one covers the Jailbirds' Mad Nurse Bernadette, Yoko the Psycho, One-Shot Blondie and Harry the Baby Hippo:

TGG2 - UPDATE #25 – Sculpting Progress + Test Prints + New Renders + Bonus Unlocks + AMA

As promised, here is our monthly Update, and things are moving well!

But first, unlock the Sorceress! Simply go to our Facebook page, and share the post with this image of the Sorceress. If the post gets 300 shares, we will unlock The Sorceress for both Dark Elves (Fantasy) and Void Elves (SciFi)!

You can unlock this!You can unlock this!

Sculpting Progress

By the end of next week, these sculpts will be finished:

  • 5 Mantis Warriors – Command Group (Lust Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Troops) 
  • 5 Mantis Warriors – Troops (Lust Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Troops) 
  • Doralys, Virgin Oracle (Sisters – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • Kraash (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Kraash (Void Elves – SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Lady Darkryss (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Lady Darkryss (Void Elves – SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Santa Dolores, The Lady of Sorrow, Psychic Seer (Sisters – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Santa Dolores, The Lady of Sorrow, Psychic Seer (Sisters – SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Shaliah, Death Dancer Soloist (Lust Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • Silkeeriss Hunter Pack Leader (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Silkeeriss Hunter Pack Leader (Void Elves – SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Sister Celenia, Scout (Sisters – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • The Minions of the Sisters of the Orphanage (Sisters – Fantasy/SciFi)
  • Vanvyssah, Lust Elves General (Lust Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • Vladimir the Virtous (Sisters' Mascot/Freebie)

The batch to be printed immediately afterwards will feature:

  • Asharah (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Asharah (Void Elves – SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Liligrith, Exsanguinatrix (Lust Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • Onyx, Master Assassin (Dark Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • Sister Altarii (Sisters – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Sister Altarii (Sisters – SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Sister Ardanna, Pillar of the Faith (Sisters – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • Sister Trematta, Field Resurectrix (Sisters – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Templar Ela Seraqui, Demon Slayer (Sisters – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Templar Ela Seraqui, Demon Slayer (Sisters – SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Zailith, Blood Vestal Secultrix (Dark Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine)

Renders:

We all wanted to share more renders with you, but I did not want to hold back this Update. Properly preparing renders takes a lot of time and can easily delay an Update by several days. But this only means that we'll have more to share with you in our next Update :)













































Another view of the second Mantis above, the one we call Doe
Another view of the second Mantis above, the one we call Doe

More Sculpting News

So the lists above total 27 references that are going to the printer within the next two weeks. (A reference represents either a Heroine or a box of Troops.)

We also have about the same amount of references that are currently in a fairly advanced state. They will make up the following batches.

Another very big part of our work now is recruiting and training new sculptors to our methods. But that takes a lot of time, and can be quite frustrating.

Obviously, in general terms, the larger the team, the faster the sculpting of the full project. And so we are continually seeking new sculptors to work with us. But the work is challenging and, for various reasons, few are those who actually manage to meet the Raging Heroes miniatures needs, which requires a combination of sculpting skills, attention to details, technical proficiency, and an artistic eye. It's a lot of trail and error for us and for them, but as the team grows, it makes the completion of the project faster and more efficient.

New Test Prints

Because a 3D model is shown on a 2D screen and in a large size, it can never quite perfectly represent how the actual miniature will be. And so, as part of our sculpting process, we are now doing more test prints to better assess scale and tweak details. Because of the small size of the final miniature, 3D renders tend to create optical illusions that can cloud our perception. For example, most models look fatter and squatter in 3D.

We wanted to share with you a few of the test prints that we've done over the past few weeks. Some of them are really not showable, but we have selected a few that are close enough to the final thing. Please keep in mind that you'll see some strange stuff going on here, like missing details, snapped off elements, imperfect ball-joint connexions, etc.

As much as they are work-on-progress however, we do think that these pics are pretty exciting, and we just had to share them with you.

Our old Mantis are already very popular. We've sold many of them, and we're very found of these older sculpts. But when we compare them to the new version, well... the new ones are SO much better. They are also a bit larger than before, as the general consensus was that the older sculpts are a bit on the small side.



Shaliah, Death Dancer Soloist (Lust Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine)
Shaliah, Death Dancer Soloist (Lust Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine)

Test prints with a light coat of white primer
Test prints with a light coat of white primer

Bonus Unlocks

Want to unlock the Dark Sorceress? Well, you can!

If you haven't yet done so, please do go to our Facebook page, and SHARE the post with the image of the Sorceress. As soon as the post gets 300 shares, the two models for the Sorceress will be unlocked, one for the Dark Elves (Fantasy) and one for the Void Elves (SciFi)!

AMA – Ask Me Anything on Sculpting

Sculpting the minis is our main focus these days, so we thought we'd ask you to join in the fun! So, if you have any questions on sculpting Raging Heroes minis, please do write them in theComments under this Update, and we'll address them in a next Update.

Remember that you can see all the TGG2 images on our Pinterest (bit.ly/TGG2-Pinterest).

TGG1 - UPDATE #106 – Production Update + Photos + Ilsa + New Painted Minis + Video Tutorials + What's Happening Now

New Available Minis

In metal:

Baba Yaga (KST)

In spin-cast resin: 

  •  Kiki Bulldozer (JB)
  • Ludmilla Magdanova, Strategist (KST)
  • Commander Elektra Eisenstein - Armored Division (KST)
  • Lieutenant Parker (JB)
  • Keela Krupps, Transmission Coordinator (IE)

All the casts are really cool. Parker is so expressive, Keela is swinging into action, Ludmilla is her usual hieratic self, Elektra, well, she looks like a 40's movies star. But the one who steals the show is definitely Kiki. As is often the case, it's hard to fully translate how cool a mini is with just a photograph. But truly, Kiki Bulldozer is absolutely amazing. You can see here under all angles in the tutorial videos in this Update (see below), but there is so much detail on the sculpt that she's a little diorama all by herself!

The following resin minis are all almost done being cast:

  • Arushka (KST Yaga)
  • Baba Yaga (KST)
  • Aleksandr Kurganov, Chief Commander of the KST
  • Nepharya, Necro-Priestess (IE)
  • Doctor von X, Field Medic (IE)
  • General Ilsa Wolfenstein, Army Commander (IE)

What else:

The Cyberzombies prototypes have been approved, and casting is underway. The prototypes for the Jet-Pack Girls are being reviewed this week.

What's next:

The Artillery and the Bikes are next. They will be followed by the Trikes, the WereSheWolves and the Mechas. We will finish with the 54mm items.

Link to everything currently available: http://www.tggks.com/what-is-in-each-wave/

Shipping of Wave 3 Is Continuous

As mentioned previously, the shipping of Wave 3 has already begun. But, there is no Wave 3 per se. Wave 3 is in fact “everything that is remaining”. This means that as soon as we receive new cast models from the foundry and we can ship you your full Rewards Selection, we do that.

Now, you may recall that the plan from the beginning was that there would be no resin Heroines. But when the demand for them grew strong, we altered our plans and agreed to include them in the spin-cast resin casting process. The idea was to make all the Freebies, the Troops and Support first, and then finish with the added resin Heroines. But we've come to learn that production is a vile and treacherous beast that must be fed continuously. And so, many Heroines somehow cut in the production queue right off the bat. And they continues to this day: they again managed to slip in before the Support items. So somehow, it's made some of you happy, but delayed the shipping for others.

We are now in the final production stretch, and we are doing everything in our power to make things as fast as possible, without any compromise on quality. In fact, we're about to hop on a plane to meet with the foundries directly, and we are pretty sure this will give us and them even more insights on improving the production workflows.

The Problem with Ilsa

But just because we are pushing hard to finish the production of the TGG as quickly as possible doesn't mean that we are cutting corners on quality and attention to details.

Mould-making may seem a pretty straightforward thing: slap a mini between two slabs of silicon or rubber, and presto, there's your mould! But things are actually more complex, especially when you get the crazy Raging Heroes team designing such complex minis as the TGG and then choose to do them in spin-cast resin.

For example, the splitting of miniatures in several parts can sometimes be quite tricky (you may remember the hand-poured resin Nepharya issue from the previous Update). And then, the foundry needs to find the correct way to create entry points for the material to flow into the mould and to position the pieces in the best way in order to optimise this flow. And this process is made much much more complex with resin spin-cast (which is the reason why nearly no one does it).

Here is a little behind-the-scene example of the day-to-day production issues that need resolving.

We were pretty excited to include Ilsa Wolfenstein in the list of available resin minis. We had reviewed the prototype cast, and were happy with it. So we gave the go ahead for production.

But when the casts arrived, we realised that there had been a misunderstanding somewhere, and that a gate (that is, the path that lets the resin flow into the mould to the cavity in which the miniature will be made) had been inappropriately placed. That is messing up a bunch of tiny details. But the complexity of the part was not leaving many options open. So, what we decided to do is to cut the problematic arm in two pieces, and have it recast separately and cleanly. 

This is already in progress. As soon as we get the new arms, we will add them to the Ilsa casts that we've already received. So don't be surprised when you get Ilsa with a spare arm.

Of course, it's a bit of an extra cost for us to do this. But we don't want you to be disappointed with Ilsa Wolfenstein, who makes a crazy cool army leader miniature.

New Painted Minis

It's truly great to see the Toughest Girls of the Galaxy getting painted. Most of the times, it also brings a new perspective to each of them. Some of them which we thought we'd prefer with the helmeted head version suddenly become so beautiful and expressive we can no longer decide whether we prefer the naked head or the helmeted head. The weapons also get a whole new look. And all this give us new ideas for future releases, as well as for the profiles we are creating for the upcoming game.

Tutorials on Preparing and Assembling a TGG Miniature

We've been meaning to do this for quite some time now, and here a series of video tutorials on how to prepare your TGG miniatures before painting. The videos cover the preparation of a resin miniature, but you can do pretty much the same with a metal one.

You'll see how to clean it so that the paint adheres correctly, how to remove mould lines and other unpleasantries, how to fill tiny bubbles in resin casts, how to easily glue your mini, etc.

The six videos are shown below. If you prefer to watch all 6 together in a single run, click here.

 1/6: Get them off that sprue!

 2/6: Never fear the possible thin mould line.

 3/6 Is that a tiny bubble, or are you happy to see me?

 4/6: Better clean than sorry...

 5/6: Glueing time - no sniffing allowed!

6/6: Back to basing...

What Are We Up To?

As far as fulfilling this Kickstarter, our work is mostly done, and the foundries have completely taken over. We speak daily with the foundries on the remaining casts. When we get new shipments from the foundries, we sort, quality control and pack (for example, the troops all arrive packed separately, and so we need to combine them in bags of 5). We also prepare shipments ready to go, and of course review and reply to all your messages.

But your backing the TGG Kickstarter is more than about the minis and so, for those interested, we thought we'd also share what else is happening at the Raging Heroes offices. 

As you may know, we very successfully completed the TGG2 Kickstarter, ending with $801,057 in only 15 days! We unlocked a lot of minis. If you are interested, there is still a little bit of time topledge with Paypal/credit card.

We took a few days off before getting back in the office, and currently, our biggest task is to recruit more people for the team.

First, right after the end of the TGG2 campaign, you may have noticed that there's been a lot less news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... That's because we said goodbye to our friend Bruno, who had partnered with us on our communications for over a year. He left for Montreal to fulfil his true destiny as a heavy metal rockstar.

He is currently touring in Canada and will be touring in Europe in May with his band Rusted (onReverbNation and on Facebook), an up-and-coming name of the New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal (nwothm) along with other Canadian bands like Striker or Skull Fist. If you have the chance to see them live, you are in for a great evening of rock’n roll. And don’t hesitate to buy him a beer after the show, Bruno is the nicest guy you can imagine. Here's the message he wrote us on the day he left:

Bruno, we all wish you the greatest possible rock’n roll life! Have fun and go rock the world!

While he'll probably pitch in from time to time, his departure means that we need to beef up our communications department. If you love the hobby, if you have the qualifications and experience, and if you are interested, drop us a note at jobs@ragingheroes.com.

The sculpting team is about to get much bigger too. We are spending the coming weeks recruiting and testing new 3D sculptors.

We are also working on the recruiting of a Sales and Marketing Manager and a Logistics Manager. Then we'll be flying to the USA to meet with our resin foundry and work together on production planning and scheduling. So as you can see the bulk of our work in the next few weeks will be mostly devoted to management and organisation.

We Welcome your Feedback on the Freebies

We've already received some very cool comments on the freebies shipment we made a few weeks ago. But we'd love to hear from more of you. Did you get them? How do you like them? Do you have a favourite? Do you already know how you want to use them in-game? Let us know you feelings and your thoughts :)

Also, we are creating a Pinterest board dedicated to 

  • your best TGG paint jobs, 
  • your TGG dioramas,
  • your in-game photos featuring the TGG! 

So select your best images and send them to RagingHeroesTeam@gmail.com, and we'll soon start posting them :)

TGG2 - UPDATE #24 – New Unlocks & Goodies & Sculpts + Upping your Pledge + Growing the Team + 666,666...

So we are back in full swing after a few days of rest. And we have some great news :)

New Unlocks

First, you’ll probably be happy to know that we have a few additional unlocks that we are able to add. And we might even add a few more in the coming weeks. 

As we mentioned in a previous Update, unlocking additional stuff is something we really have to weigh carefully. Just like you, we would like to see all the minis off TGG2 come to life, but we really have to proceed with care. 

But today, as the sculpt schedule is looking good and we have a good momentum going, we feel it is safe to unlock a few more minis and make everyone happy :)

And here they are:

  • Tremata Fantasy (Sisters Fantasy)
  • Asharah SF (Dark Elves SF)
  • Daughters of the Orphanage All-Star Troops go up to 5 instead of 4 (Sisters Fantasy)
  • Daughters of the Crucible All-Star Troops go up to 5 instead of 4 (Sisters SF)

New Sculpts

The sculpting team is hard at work and has been producing some pretty cool stuff. These images are still work-in-progress, and they all need some more touch-ups, but we thought you would want to see them anyway. We also have other sculpts in the works, but they're still at a too early stage to show at the moment.

You’ll notice that we have been mostly focusing on the Freebies. That's because most of you will have them in their rewards list. Therefore, it makes sense to create them first because this way, when you are ready to ask for your first shipment, no matter what you have selected, you'll get a big load of minis right off the bat.

Paypal Option

We received many requests of backers who will get their pay at the end of the month and who would like to increase their pledge at that time. So we are leaving the Paypal (and credit card) option active for an additional short period of time. During that time you will also be able to up your pledge level (to move from Lieutenant to Commander, for example).

If you wish to move to a new Pledge Level, please make sure you do the following: 

  • Use our Paypal page to top the amount you've already pledged (either with your Paypal account or with a credit card and no Paypal account).
  • As you are processing your payment, please use the "message to seller" option to
    1 - tell us you want to move from pledge level 'x' to pledge level 'y'
    AND
    2 - give us your Kickstarter email address so that we can track your original kickstarter pledge and make a note on it.
  • You should also send us a Kickstarter message to tell us about your additional payment on Paypal, and if you want to up to another Pledge Level.

Pledge Calculator

Ivo Ilic has kindly updated the Pledge Calculator with the latest unlocks, so if you want to play around with it and see how you can spend your Pledge, here's the link: http://bit.ly/TGG2PCal

Pledge Manager

As a reminder, please note that the Pledge Manager will not open until we have a first wave of pledge rewards ready to ship.

What Are We Up To?

Currently, our biggest task is to recruit more people for the team.

First, right after the end of the TGG2 campaign, we said goodbye to our friend Bruno, who had partnered with us on our communications for over a year. He left for Montreal to fulfil his true destiny as a heavy metal rockstar.

He is currently touring in Canada and will be touring in Europe in May with his band Rusted (onFacebook), an up-and-coming name of the New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal (nwothm) along with other Canadian bands like Striker or Skull Fist. If you have the chance to see them live, you are in for a great evening of rock’n roll. And don’t hesitate to buy him a beer after the show, Bruno is the nicest guy you can imagine. Here's the message he wrote us on the day he left:

Bruno, we all wish you the greatest possible rock’n roll life! Have fun and go rock the world!

While he'll probably pitch in from time to time, his departure means that we need to beef up our communications department. If you love the hobby, if you have the qualifications and experience, and if you are interested, drop us a note at jobs@ragingheroes.com.

The sculpting team is about to get much bigger too. We are spending the coming weeks recruiting and testing new 3D sculptors.

We are also working on the recruiting of a Sales and Marketing Manager and a Logistics Manager. Then we'll be flying to the USA to meet with our resin foundry and work together on production planning and scheduling. So as you can see the bulk of our work in the next few weeks will be mostly devoted to management and organisation.

Could this be the true face of Raging Heroes?

You may have missed this during the campaign but a funny thing happened. Backer Christopher Kowalski decided to reveal what may just be our true nature...

So for a short while, it was there for everyone to see...

And then, Luke Roberts, another backer, pointed out that not only had we reached a fateful number, but we had also exceeded our funding goal by 2222%. And that there were 44 hours left.

$666,666
2222%
44 hours

Coincidence? I think not. 

But what does it MEAN?????

New Graphic Goodies

And meanwhile, our graphic design team has been working on new graphics, posters, and the likes. We would very much like to get your feedback: do you like them? Would you purchase them, or should we not bother? Also, would you be interested in getting yourself T-shirts, coasters or other goodies based on those designs?

Please do let us know your thoughts :)

TGG2 - UPDATE #23 – $800,000+: This is only the Beginning!

Our first Kickstarter was insane, and this one has been even more amazing!!!! We were over $300,000 in less than three hours!!!!!!! We topped the previous one and we did it in just 15 days!!!! Once again, thank you for your ongoing and outstanding support!!! #BestBackersEver!

What's next?

We are going now to take some well-earned time off, as the team has been working without any day off for almost two months now... So please don't be concerned our worried if you don't immediately get replies to your emails and messages.

As you probably know, we opened a Paypal option a couple of days ago, and we will be leaving it open until at least the end of the month of April.

As mentioned on the front page, the Pledge Manager will only open when we are ready to send a first batch of miniatures to the foundry, so this will not happen right away.

Once we get back, our first task will be to add new people to the team to make the production process more efficient. We will also take some time to go visit our partner foundries. We haven't had the opportunity to do it before, and this will help us to all better understand each others' work, methods, and needs, and will have a direct positive impact on the production.

We will of course keep you posted on this. As noted in the FAQ at the bottom of the front page, we will publish about one Update every month now that the campaign is over.

We love to hear from you. You can always contact us via the Kickstarter messaging system, our on our Live Chat (it prompts you to leave a message when we're not available), or via email at RagingHeroesTeam@gmail.com.

Once again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your wonderful support. We are very excited to bring all the TGG2 concepts to your tabletop, and we are grateful that you gave us the opportunity to do so!

TGG2 - UPDATE #22 – Over $780,000 already + Fracas + New Stretch Goals + Posters and More...

Ending this Campaign with a Punch!

Yes, it actually happened. 

We went off for a fast-food dinner break an hour ago. And on the parking lot, a beefy young chap came from nowhere to come pick a fight our cheery little gang.

Muscles bulged. Punches were thrown. A fracas, as some might say ;)

Well, everyone's fine and now back to work with nary a split lip in sight, but that's probably because, quite frankly, as we approach the final 2 hours of this campaign, we have no more adrenalin left...

Last-minute Surge!

The Surge is on! These 2 remaining hours are sure to unlock more stretch goals!

Here's what's up on deck now:

Posters and More...

Several people have asked us if we'd sell our “Nuns Strike Back” poster, and if we'd do T-shirts and more drink coasters too. Well, we will! We've already begun work on this, and we'll likely include them in the Add-ons section later on.

Here's where we're at so far...

Recent Unlocks

In case you missed them:

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of our concepts in larger size. We are continuing to update our TGG2 Pinterest board as well, where you'll find loads of TGG2 images all in one place to see and share them easily. 

TGG2 - UPDATE#21 - 5 Hours Left + Bonus Unlock + Kraash in 3D + Nearly 300 Sculpts! + The '3 Faves' Challenge

Less than 6 hours left to go, and we still have new stuff for you :)

Bonus Unlock

Everything is awesome! Everything is great!

OK, we may have been listening to the Lego song too much, but we do think that optimism begets happiness! 

And look what just happened: the team did a putsch and overruled the campaign manager. 

So boom! Bonus unlock, because the team WANTS TO DO THAT ONE (no double entendre meant).

So here we go: Sister Trematta SF is now unlocked!

3D-Sculpted Kraash

And look what just came in from the 3D sculpting team:

We hope you like it :) Please keep in mind that we will likely do additional touch-ups before it goes out for 3D printing.

WOW – Nearly 300 sculpts!

So, in just 15 days, look at all that's been accomplished! In total, there have been 300 sculpts unlocked! This is totally amazing!!!!!!! (cue the Lego song in French)

Larger size image link: http://i.imgur.com/OqvaAbC.jpg

We thought it would be handy for you to have all the concepts in one place for quick reference, so we've made this big chart wit everything that's been unlocked to date. (We'll of course update it later for the last unlocks).

The '3-Faves' Challenge

Just a few more hours!!! So we thought we'd kill 3 birds with one stone: Spread the word one last time, find out about your favourite TGG2 models, and find out about where you like to hang out.

So here's The '3-Faves' Challenge:

1- Go through the Pinterest TGG2 board and CHOOSE your 3 favourite models (http://bit.ly/TGG2-Pinterest).

2- SHARE these 3 images on your favourite social network, blog, forum, email, ... 

3- Come back on the TGG2 Comments Thread and tell us WHICH 3 images you shared andWHERE you shared them.

Ready? Let's do this!!!!!

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