August 06, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #27 – Bonus Unlock + Production Update + Sculpting Workshop + Drink Mats + Angels' Weaponry...

We know how you are all eagerly awaiting the monthly Update, and it may seem like we're taking a cruel pleasure in making you linger for a few extra days before releasing this. And on top of this, this Update comes with very few images! We are really sorry about that... The truth is that the summer months are always a bit hard on the planning and scheduling. A big part of the creative team is currently on holidays, and 2 of our sculptors, Andrea and Francesca, just welcomed Gino, their very first baby, last Thursday!

Nevertheless, a lot of work has been accomplished in July. The only thing missing are the images to share with you. That's because preparing the renders takes about a full week of work for 2 to 3 people, and we chose to keep the focus on the sculpting work since we're operating with a reduced crew until the end of August.

The good news is that you'll get a double dose of images in the September Update! And the other good news is that we have a very special surprise for you this month...

Bonus Unlock – The Huntress!

“Can we work towards unlocking the Huntress next? The concept art is fantastic and both the Fantasy and Sci-Fi versions would work for a very wide variety of games/settings.” – Arthur Monteath-Car

We know that this one has been a favourite of yours since the beginning, and we received many messages like this one :) 

Not to mention the fact that you're not the only ones to like this gal. Alex, one of our sculptors, started working on her in his spare time, so eager was he to convince us that we had to unlock her! His work was so good, we could only agree with him. We then passed on his work to Svetlana, another one of our freelance sculptors, and boy did she deliver!

So now, both Sci-Fi and Fantasy versions of The Huntress are UNLOCKED and will be available for our backers.

But who is this girl exactly? Why does she look so different than the rest of the Sisters? Some say that she is the blade in the shadows. Others swear that she's the one Sister who does the dirty deeds. Most agree that she's the one without a name. She's just The Huntress.

→ The Huntress (Sisters – Fantasy – Heroine)



 
→ The Huntress (Sisters – SciFi – Heroine)


And, guys, just so you know: please do NOT expect more bonus unlocks in every Update :)

3D Print Preview

The 3D prints are arriving to our office at a steady pace. Here's a sneak peak of the most recent ones.

Sister Celenia
Sister Celenia

Kraash, the Beastmaster

Kraash, the Beastmaster

One of the beasts
One of the beasts

Beedle, one of the Sisters' Minions
Beedle, one of the Sisters' Minions

Krudle, one of the Sisters' Minions
Krudle, one of the Sisters' Minions

Nope, probably everyone's favourite Minion
Nope, probably everyone's favourite Minion

Vladimir the Virtuous
Vladimir the Virtuous

Doralys minus her tears
Doralys minus her tears

Shalia
Shalia

Sorceress Shiveryah
Sorceress Shiveryah

Silkeeriss
Silkeeriss

Sister Trematta
Sister Trematta

Completed Sculpts

Below are all the sculpts that were finished this month and are about to be sent to the 3D printer.

A lot of great stuff here. One of our favourite is probably Lady Melith, who turned out extremely and will probably become a painter's favourite. 

Also, we know that some of you were not too keen on Violet, the Dark Elf Mascot, as even if we put much effort in the concept, a lot of what we were looking for was not there yet. So we put a lot of work on the sculpt, going through three versions before finalising her. In the end, she now has that old lady haughty and nasty look that we were looking for. 

Finally, you'll notice that we added back Zailith to this list: despite showing here as completed in Update #26, we were not completely happy with her posing. So we tweaked her pose a bit and we now feel that she has the regal look she was supposed to have.

Again, as mentioned above, there are no renders to show for this Update, due to lack of manpower this summer. We plan to have them for our next monthly Update.

  • Arkiish, The Black Reaper (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Lady Kashala, Dark Elf General (Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Lady Kashala, Void Elf General (SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Lady Melith, Courtesan (Dark Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • Liligrith, Exsanguinatrix (Dark Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • Sephea, Executrix Champion (Dark Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • Sister Trematta, Field Resurectrix (Sisters – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Tobias (Sisters Mascot – Freebie) 
  • Violet (Dark Elves Mascot – Freebie) 
  • Zailith (Dark Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) – Updated version (see above)
  • Zaraya, Pilgrim Priestess (Sisters – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Zaraya, Pilgrim Priestess (Sisters – SciFi – Heroine)

Sculpts Still in the Completion Queue

You might notice that the sculpts in this list have been here for some time. The reason for this is because some of these sculpts were in the hands of Andrea and Francesca, and they've been busy bringing to life a little miniature of their own these past few weeks. Other sculpts actually need special attention from the Art Director, and with so many other sculpts getting done at this time, he's got less time than he would like to directly work on these sculpts. But don't worry, they will get time for their close-up too.

  • Asharah (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Asharah (Void Elves – SciFi – 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

Quite a few sculpts are now almost done:

  • Senshyrha, Slave Master (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Senshyrha, Slave Master (Lust Elves – SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Sinzirith, Blood Vestal High Priestess (Dark Elves – Fantasy/SciFi – Freebie/Heroine) 
  • The Daughters of the Orphanage (Sisters – Fantasy – Command and Troops) 
  • The Daughters of the Crucible (Sisters – SciFi – Command and Troops)

Sculpts in Progress

These Sculpts were started up several weeks ago, and are continuing to move forward.

  • The Blood Vestals (first the Sci-Fi version, then the Fantasy) 
  • The Davidians (mostly the SciFi version) 
  • The remaining Freebies Xarsiss and Rithali-in 
  • The Throne of the Succubi 
  • The War Pulpit

New Sculpts in Progress

Here is are the new sculpts that we started working on since our previous Update. It does not mean that all will be finished by the time the next Update (next month) rolls around, but significant progress will have been made on these characters.

  • Ascended Sister Erzebel, Great Seraphim (Sisters – Fantasy/SciFi – Heroine) 
  • Varaseesh, The Venomous (Dark Elves – Fantasy – Heroine) 
  • Varaseesh, The Venomous (Lust Elves – Sci-Fi – Heroine) 
  • 3 Stingrays - Command Group (Lust Elves – Fantasy – Troops) 
  • 3 Stingrays - Command Group (Void Elves – SciFi – Troops)

Sculpting Workshop

In the previous Update, you may remember us saying that we had added new sculptors to the team. To get them up and running as fast as possible, and also to refine our workflow once more, we invited 3 of them to the studio for an intensive week-long training session. 

So from Madrid, Oslo and Helsinki they came, and it was an absolute blast. Everybody learned a lot during that week. And on our end, we saw how working together in the same room for a time had a impact even on the sculpts that we have yet to meet in person. But we worked so intently all week that none of us thought to snap a picture of our time together!

We will definitely do more sculpting workshops in the future, so that we can bring in other members of the sculpting team in the next coming months and continue to raise the bar.

Drink Mats

As we had to reprint more beer coasters mats for the TGG1, we took this opportunity to assemble a first series of TGG2 Drink Mats! This series is all about the Daughters of the crucible, but I'm sure you'll agree this is not a bad choice :) And just like we did in the TGG1 shipments, we'll include random drink mats in your parcels when we ship you your Rewards. We'll also soon add them to our webshop, in case you're planning a TGG party at your place or gaming club!

The TGG2 Drink Mats, featuring the Daughters of the Crucible
The TGG2 Drink Mats, featuring the Daughters of the Crucible

Angels' Weaponry

In the last few weeks, we've received a significant amount of questions about the Sisters' Angels, especially concerning their weaponry. As you saw in the campaign, we've planned them with lances, but many of you have asked if we could provide other weapon options.

As you know, while we work on production, nothing is really set in stone, and so there's always time to make things evolve. But if we choose a specific kind of equipment, let's say, the lance, or a sword + shield, we probably won't be able to put both options in the same box. 

So, given this, what would be your favoured choice?

Well, that's all for now. Feel free to browse over to our latest TGG1 update, for more pretty pictures and a couple of images for our upcoming TGG1 Artbook.

August 05, 2015

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TGG1 - UPDATE #109 – Production Update + New Painted Minis + Artbook News + FAQ + Address Changes + Assembling Nepharya + ...

Dear TGG backer, with this 109th Update, the shore is in sight and we are nearing the conclusion of this first adventure together... Next month's Update should bring you the news that the last few remaining minis have been manufactured and shipped, but with this Update, already, the bulk of Rewards Selection have been shipped out to backers.

If you got everything but are still waiting for the Digital Artbook, please scroll down below to the Artbook section.

Don't forget that you can always keep an eye on the status of the production on this page. We update it whenever we get new stuff in, and note the date it was last modified as well. Scroll down to Wave 3: everything that's in green is in stock and shipping. 

New Available Minis

Here are the models that became available this month and are currently being shipped.

  • The Jailbirds Bikes became available earlier this month and shippable
  • The KST Bikes
  • The IE Bikes
    → So all the Bikes are now in stock.
  • The Jailbirds Trike (became available earlier this month)
  • The IE Trike
  • The KST Trike (will arrive this Friday)
    → So by August 7, all the Trikes will be in stock and shippable.
  • The Mecha KST became available earlier this month
  • The Mecha JB became available earlier this month
  • The Mecha IE came in this past Monday.
    → So all the Mechas are in stock and shippable.

You will see that the Bikes, the Trikes and the Mechas are quite massive miniatures.

Regarding the Mechas, we strongly suggest that you really take your time and plan their assembly. The great thing about the joint system we created for the Mechas is that it gives you a lot of latitude for posing. But the downside is that, with so many parts, you won't be able to assemble everything to preview the pose without some elements together first... So make sure you work carefully and patiently, and possibly enlist a second pair of hands before getting out the glue...

And look for photos of the KST Bikes and IE Bikes in our next Update!

Casts in Progress

  • The KST Trike will arrive no later than Friday August 7, which means that all the Trikes will then be available.
  • The WereSheWolves (KST) are planned for around the middle of the month.

We are very excited to have the WereSheWolves at the casting stage. If you recall, they were released in the campaign as Uber-Stretch Goals, so they were not really planned to be included in the campaign at first, and even if we had had the idea for these characters way back, the concepts were actually created in the heat of the last few days of the campaign, with Alex the concept artist and Benoit the art director going back and forth like mad to finally nail down the look they were after.

We should have received their cast several weeks ago, but they proved much harder to cast than expected. So we ended up having to go back to the 3D models, split them in a new way, and send them out to the 3D printer a second time before sending them back again to the foundry for casting!

But things are not proceeding smoothly and we should be receiving the WereSheWolves casts within the next 7-10 days.

Upcoming Prototypes

This is the very last time you get to see this section on the TGG campaign, as the large size models were the very last to go into production.

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.

  • Freedom Fighter Raven (JB) in 54mm
  • Freedom Fighter Svetlana (KST) in 54mm
  • Freedom Fighter Nertha (IE) in 54mm
  • Mascot Harry (JB) in Large Size
  • Mascot Charlie (KST) in Large Size
  • Mascot Jinx (IE) in Large Size

In fact, all accessories and separate elements are already cast for all 6 models! Only the bodies remain to be approved and cast, which should be done within the next 10-14 days, so we should have them in stock and shippable a few days later in August.

Bigger is better!

When we received the 3D prints of the 54mm versions of the 3 Freedom Fighters and of Nepharya, we realised that, for some obscure reason, they had come out a bit larger than what we had originally measured. They were closer to the 64mm mark than the 54mm mark...

So we had a quick debate on whether to reprint them smaller, but we could not bring ourselves to do that. They looked way too cool at this larger size and, truth be said, we would probably have enjoyed having them even bigger. So we kept them as is. They are definitely EPIC!

Primed Master of 54 mm Raven
Primed Master of 54 mm Raven

The hand-poured resin 54mm Nepharya with a numbered certificate of authenticity is reserved for the Connoisseur Box pledge/add-on.
The hand-poured resin 54mm Nepharya with a numbered certificate of authenticity is reserved for the Connoisseur Box pledge/add-on.  

Assembling Nepharya 

We received an email message last week on how to assemble Nepharya 28mm, and we thought many of you might also find some use for this, so here goes:

You can save the image above, or grab this pdf (1Mb) (http://bit.ly/nepharya) for a handy reference.

The Artbook

We are currently hard at work on the Artbook. It will be quite a unique book as it will be composed mainly of colour double-spreads. It will provide a unique way not only to see the TGG in full fighting action, but also to get a peak into a more intimate side of their lives and culture. 

Nearly every time we work on a double spread, we say to ourselves that it would make a cool T-shirt or a cool poster, so we'll be waiting for you to tell us if it is something we should do. We'll get back to this conversation as soon as we have more to show you.

Meanwhile, here's a sample of what we're currently working on.

Cruz at rest...
Cruz at rest...

Iron Empire's Lady Sigrith
Iron Empire's Lady Sigrith

New Painted Minis

Here is the latest set of minis to come out of the nimble brushes of our painters. As you can see, there are fewer new models than in previous updates, as part of the painting team is currently on summer holidays.

 If you are interested to know how we paint the TGG minis, the colours we use, etc., you'll be happy to know that we are currently working on this. We will provide you with all this information soon, so that you can replicate the looks we've created for the TGG, if you so do wish.

FAQ

Here are some of the questions we are frequently asked via email:

What is the size of the bases? 

Most TGG minis come in with 25mm bases. The details for the base are noted on on the Pledge Manager. Please note that Aleksandr Kurganov got moved up to a 40mm base instead of 25.

Are there bases with bikes, trikes and mechas?

No :( As clearly noted in the Pledge Manager, there are no bases included with those models. One of the reasons for that is that since we don't have our own game yet, and since you'll likely use these minis in various game settings, the bases we might have provided would not have done the job on many occasions.

I don't remember what's in my Rewards Selection... 

No problem. Simply go to the Pledge Manager and log in. If you forgot your password, no worries, you can create another one. Then, simply go to My account>View Order Status>View Order Details.

I moved and made the address change in the Pledge Manager... 

NOOOOOO!!!! WRONG MOVE!!!! As mentioned in previous Updates, you MUST contact us directly with your address change, either via Kickstarter or via email at RagingHeroesTeam@gmail.com. The changes made in the Pledge Manager are NOT automatically pushed out to the shipping department, so it is imperative that we change your address directly in our shipping software...

I'm in the Drop Ship Programme, when do I get my stuff? 

If you are part of the Drop Ship Programme, it is possible that your Rewards Selection is ready to ship, but has not been dispatched yet, because the Rewards Selection of other members of the same Drop Ship location are not yet complete.

However, some of you will be happy to know that we have dispatched earlier today the Rewards Selection for the following Drop Ship locations:

  • CollecZéjeux
  • Hobby Town USA
  • Rocambole
  • Trollune
  • Uchronies
  • Vanaheim
  • Excalibur
  • Subcultures
  • TableTopShop

I have another question!

If you have any questions or concerns, the most efficient way to get them addressed is to contact us directly, either via Kickstarter or by email at RagingHeroesTeam@gmail.com. We usually respond within a day or two, except on week-ends.

Please share your thoughts on the future of your TGG

So, with the TGG campaign coming very close to the end, we want to once again thank you for your amazing support and the great feedback that continues to fill our mailbox.

We also want to start looking at the future with you. Of course, there is the TGG2 campaign, which has benefitted from all we learned in this first TGG campaign, and for which sculpting is moving along at a brisk pace. But we also want to ask you about what you want next:

How do you want to see your most favourite characters evolve? What types of new troops would you like to see come to life? Would you like us to make bigger vehicles, or do you already find what you want elsewhere?

We know that many of you want to see a TGG wargame, and we are working on one. But would you be interested in a role playing game? Or would you like a board game? (We actually already have several ideas for that, but we'd love to hear your wishes).

We look forward to your feedback!

July 01, 2015

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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.

July 01, 2015

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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.

June 05, 2015

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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.
June 02, 2015

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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:
May 25, 2015

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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).

April 28, 2015

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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 :)

April 23, 2015

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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 :)

April 09, 2015

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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!

April 08, 2015

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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. 

April 08, 2015

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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!!!!!

April 08, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #18 – 24 Hours Left + Already $700,000 + How to Unlock the Minis that you Want + New 3D Sculpt Wip + New Freebie + More Images

Already a $700,000!

What an amazing campaign! We are extremely excited about the success of this campaign so far. From the outside, it may seem that since we did around $700,000 with our first Kickstarter TGG1, it was obvious that we'd do the same with TGG2. But hey, this is Kickstarter. Nothing is ever certain :)

What we presented in TGG2 is in some ways much more daring than in TGG1, and we really did not know how you guys would react to that. But you've proven to us that you definitely enjoy and want more creative and, sometimes, more adult designs. And you've also showed us that you yourselves can be quite creative: we have been impressed by the high number of different games and settings you will be using the TGG2 minis in.

It is very rare for a miniatures-only Kickstarter campaign with no game attached reaches such high goals, and it keeps on growing! Thank you again so much for your support, you are truly amazing!

24 hours left to go!

We're now entering the last 24 hours of the TGG2 kickstarter campaign, and we need you more than ever to push it even higher. Typically, there is last-minute “surge” on most campaigns, but we do need YOU to make it happen!

So tell all your friends!

Also, please share the campaign's images: we've got loads of images sprinkled all over theUpdates, or all in one place on Pinterest.

And go to the front page, and check out what's now unlocked, as well as what's coming.

Oh, by the way, you can do a lot to help unlock the minis that you want:

How to Unlock the Minis that you Want

If you hear or see people saying things like “since I'm not sure that some of the minis that I want might not be unlocked, I'm reducing my pledge”, please tell them that this is definitely NOT the way to get unlock minis in this Kickstarter.

Remind them that they have until the last minute of the Kickstarter to revise the value of their pledge.

You are much better pledging the total amount you have in mind if everything you want as unlocked, because this will move the campaign forward and make new unlocks happen.

And this creates a snowball effect, as more unlocks attract more pledgers and higher pledges. And this will make everybody happy in the end :)

Otherwise, people sitting on the fence, lowering their pledge, and fearing that unlocks won't happen create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Backers can always pull back at the last moment if they feel that they won't get what they're looking for.

Soon to be Unlocked...Soon to be Unlocked...

3D Sculpt Work-In-Progress

Look what we got in our mailbox yesterday. This is a work-in-progress sculpt of Silkeeriss, the Dark Elves Hunter Pack Leader (SF). We think she is already truly epic, and we hope you'll feel the same!

New Freebie: Violet a.k.a. The Duchess

The mascots have been a huge success in our TGG1 Kickstarter. In fact, to this day, they are among our bestsellers. Since the beginning, we've wanted to add a little fun to some otherwise very dark universes and stories, and this is how characters like the mascots, the Lulus, the Minions were born. In fact, we definitely plan to have a board game starring all these little characters.

Today's mascot is the vulture of Lady Kashala. Violet is an old lady vulture with precious mannerisms. She has a very high view of herself and looks down on everybody else. Think of the Countess Dowager of Grantham (Downton Abbey) and you'll have a pretty good idea of Violet's character... 

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of 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. 

April 07, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #17 – The Dioramas of the Connoisseur Add-on + Next Stretch Goals + More Images

The Dioramas of the Connoisseur Add-on

As detailed at the bottom of Update #16, the Connoisseur Special Add-on includes

  • the Webinars 
  • a signed and numbered PRINT edition of the TGG2 Artbook 
  • and an exclusive set of TGG2 miniatures in high-quality hand-poured resin staged in dynamic dioramas on specially design scenic bases and terrain pieces.

And now, as promised, here is a description of the 7 dioramas for the Connoisseur Add-on.

  • A Blade Maiden arming her sword to stop dead the charge of a Blood Vestal Rider
  • Mother Superior Augusta facing three hissing Mantis Warriors ready to jump her
  • Arkiish the Black Reaper standing on a hill as 3 Long Sword troopers charge past her and towards a band of 3 Regular Sister Warriors bracing for impact
  • Santa Dolores blasting a wave of Psychic energy that carves a crater in the ground and leaves the Centaur Heroin screaming in pain
  • The Daughters of the Orphanage command group facing Kraash about to launch her war beasts on the orphans
  • A recreation of The Daughters of the Crucible movie poster in live diorama action including the full command group and the title ‘The Nuns Strike Back’ in a ‘Hollywood Sign’ style at the bottom of the base
  • An Angel Warrior flying high in the sky vengefully striking 3 Harpies soaring up towards her

Next Stretch Goals

Unlocked Stretch Goals

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of 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.

April 07, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #16 – New Freebie + Paypal BONUS UNLOCKS + NEW: The Add-ons (Webinars & Male Dark Elves Kits & Freebies & The Connoisseur Special)

New Freebie: Lady Melith, Lust Elf Courtesan

By nature, the Lust Elves are shape shifter, continuously altering their form, growing or losing limbs at will, and able to move like no other living thing. Some of them use this ability as an infiltration tool to walk among humans undetected. And when they revert back to their preferred form, it is usually too late for their prey. 

Lady Melith enjoys the power plays and intrigues that fill the Humans corridors of powers. Haunting ceremonies, balls, and festivities, she uses her otherworldly charms to seduce even the most hermetic, until she lets her mask down and terror seizes their heart.

The Paypal Option

As mentioned earlier, we have now created our Paypal Pledge page, for those who prefer to use Paypal for pledging.

And on the Comments Thread, we saw that Justin Christensen very kindly explained to fellow backers why the Paypal option is there, etc.:

"For people not understanding the paypal thing:

Some people wanted the paypal option because you can link paypal directly to your bank account, so it is a way to pledge if you don't have a credit card.

The paypal pledges will not show up on the kickstarter tally, as they are not part of kickstarter. Because of this it is impossible to make the EB (Early Birds) function work with the paypal pledges. So no EBs with Paypal.

Due to the paypal pledges not showing in the kickstarter tally, the folks at Raging Heroes will be unlocking things via 'bonus unlocks', based on the amount pledged. So the paypal pledges are helping with unlocks, just in a different way. That is a good thing, as last time they didn't count toward unlocks at all.

So we will still have our stretch goals here, as well as an increasing number of bonus unlocks via the paypal tally."

Thanks Justin!!

Paypal Bonus Unlocks

We launched the Paypal option yesterday, and things are moving very well! So, again, we're going to trust our backers to come through! Based on what's already come in, we've made an estimate of what's to come and decided to immediately unlock 5 new Stretch Goals instead of waiting for the funds to come in hour by hour.

ADD-ONS

In this Kickstarter, you have the possibility to pledge for Add-ons. They are additional Rewards that you can also pick from. We are listing all the add-ons at the bottom of the Campaign page. Here are the ones we have prepared for you:

Webinars Add-On

Like with TGG1, we will be streaming a live Webinar about Designing and Sculpting 3D miniatures. From the feedback we received last time, people really enjoyed the content we provided, so we thought it would be cool to do it again this time. It will be presented by Jean-Romain, our Sculpt Supervisor, and Benoit, our Art Director. Benoit has been a teacher in a VFX school and delivered talks at prestigious international conferences, so he's quite used to demonstrate and explain to an audience that is not necessarily well-versed in the topics covered.

The webinars will be delivered in 2 segments of 2h30 hours each, for a total of 5 hours. Although last time, the 5 hours, ended up closer to 8 hours, actually :)

Male Dark Elves Add-Ons

For several years now, Raging Heroes' signature has been female characters. But as we develop our world and our games, it is obvious that make characters will also have a place there. And by popular request, here is a first step towards this evolution.

We are now adding four expansion kits to customise your Dark Elves Troops:

  • Light Troopers heads and torsos: 5 male heads and 5 light-armoured torsos compatible with the Spearmen/Crossbowmen/Swordsmen.
  • Light Command Group heads and torsos: 3 Champions male torsos and 3 male heads compatible with the Spearmen/Crossbowmen/Swordsmen.
  • Heavy Troopers heads and torsos: 5 male heads and 5 heavy-armoured torsos compatible with the Halberds/Long Swords/Draahks Riders.
  • Heavy Command Group heads and torsos: 3 Champions male torsos and 3 male heads compatible with the Halberds/Long Swords/Draahks Riders.

Freebies Add-Ons

As in TGG1, you are now also able to add Freebies to your pledge, either because you want more than one, or because your pledge does not grant you the Freebies pack (below Lieutenant Box Pledge). We'll update this image on the front page as we unveil the remaining Freebies.

The Connoisseur Special Add-on

We have also planned a very special add-on for those of you who want the most exclusive stuff... Please keep in mind that this is an add-on. You can pledge for this and choose No Rewards, and you'll be able to assign your funds to this add-on, or you can increase your Pledge (or jump to a higher Pledge Level, which gives you more funds to play with) to cover the cost of this Connoisseur Reward.

This add-on will contain the following:

  • The webinars (see above for details).
  • A signed and numbered PRINT edition of the TGG2 Artbook.
  • An exclusive set of TGG2 miniatures in high-quality hand-poured resin staged in 7 dynamic dioramas on specially design scenic bases and terrain pieces (details below)

We call this an exclusive set because we will be taking the miniatures listed below and flip their sculpts. This means that their right side becomes their left side. And so, you get a special version of these miniatures that won't be available anywhere else in this Kickstarter but in the Connoisseur Special Add-on. 

The full set will come complete with a special numbered and signed certificate. 

There will be 7 dioramas in total, showcasing 30 Heroines and Troopers in full action. And some of the minis will actually be slightly different than what is otherwise available in the Kickstarter, as their poses, accessories and expressions will be reworked to fit the action of the scene in the most effective way.

We'll provide more details on this in our next Update. 

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of 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.

April 07, 2015

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TGG1 - UPDATE #105 – Shipping Update + TGG2 Kickstarter FINAL HOURS + Videos + WereSheWolves 3D Prints

Shipping Update

Everything is printed, and casting is moving well. Check out What's in each wave to see where we're at. We will continue to update this page regularly.

News from the spin-cast resin foundry

We received last week several videos from the foundry - this is how we first review the initial master casts for new models, and everything pretty much was approved for production.

We also received new physical prototypes in the mail last week for approval, which as granted.

The foundry is continuing to cast the full volume of troops to fulfil the entire Kickstarter, and I've got new packers in every day assembling them in bags of 5...

The foundry has also started casting the Cyberzombies, the Artilleries, and new resin Heroines.

And from the metal foundry...

We also in the past weeks, we also received 3 heavy boxes of metal to complete our metal Heroine casts. We now have Aleksandr Kurganov (KST), Kiki Bulldozer (JB) and the fabulous Nepharya (IE). We should be sent Baba Yaga, the final one, by the end of the week.

Wave 3 Shipments are continuing

As new models come in, we are continually sorting and preparing the Rewards Selection that are becoming complete, so shipping notices are going out every week.

The Connoisseur pledge/add-on

The very last 28mm heroines are  being worked on now. 

But we had an unexpected technical problem with the master of Nepharya. The original master that we used for metal and spincast resin turned out to be hard to work with for Hand-Poured Resin. In some very rare occasions, the way a mini is split in several parts has to be different depending on the type of material it will be cast in. So we are reprinting the problematic parts and it will be sorted very quickly.

Once we have all the 28mm heroines in hand-poured resin, we will then get a nice packaging for them, and ship that out.

Nepharya 54mm and the Printed Art Book will be shipped out separately, unless you ask us otherwise.

The Artbook

As mentioned in Update #95, we asked you if we should wait until the minis are painted before producing the Artbook, and your answer was a firm yes. We may not have every single one of them, but we'll feature as many as we can without delaying the project too much. We now have 3 painters working on them, so the work is moving well, and we'll show you more of those in our next Update.

Our TGG2: Darkness & Light KICKSTARTER is NOW in its FINAL HOURS! 

CHECK IT OUT NOW!!
The TGG2 Kickstarter is coming to an end and it is still going strong. We just passed the $700,000 mark and we have TONS of unlocked stretch goals BOTH in SciFi and Fantasy. See our TGG2 Pinterest Board for images.
Click to access loads of TGG2 images
Click to access loads of TGG2 images

GREAT DEALS for YOU 

At this point you can get:

  • $250+ of FREE minis (if you pledge at Lieutenant Box Level or above)
  • Since you are a TGG backer, 1 additional free heroine of your choice to choose amongst our TGG2 Kickstarter specially priced $10 Heroines (this will added in at Pledge Manager time)
Freebie #15 will be unveiled in just a few hours
Freebie #15 will be unveiled in just a few hours

Great Weekender Video on Beasts of War

The nice people at Beasts of War did a very cool feature on TGG and TGG2, you might want to check it out, it's pretty neat :)

This is a great show! Enjoy :)

The Ball-Joint System

We did a short video for TGG2 were we explain our ball-joint system, we thought you might want to see it:

https://youtu.be/oxloHz3pNTc?list=PLYMUnpxgp2F1mq2XFqh21P-fadWblZ3Gx

3D Print Photos

And here are some cool pics of the WereSheWolves 3D prints. They are pretty epic!

April 06, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #15 – NEW Stretch Goals!!!

Here is a NEW Stretch Goals List.

And as mentioned in our previous Update, if the Paypal Pledge option starts moving well, expect some serious BONUS UNLOCKS on Troops Boxes and All-Star Boxes very soon!

April 06, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #14 – Paypal Option is LIVE + OVERLORD Pledge: New Time & Details + more!

OK, guys, we've been doing a lot of work today, and so, we are continuing to stagger the info in several Updates. Here's one now. There will be another one up shortly, on the NEW UPCOMING STRETCH GOALS!!!

Paypal Option is now open!

As promised, and as requested by many, we have now created our Paypal Pledge page, for those who prefer to use Paypal for pledging.

So, pass on the message: the TGG2 Kickstarter Paypal pledging is here: http://bit.ly/TGG2-Paypal

Bonus Unlocks

If Paypal starts moving well, expect some serious BONUS UNLOCKS on Troops Boxes and All-Star Boxes very soon!

The Overlord Pledge Launches Earlier – Time Changed!

The Overlord Pledge which will be launched in just a few hours: It will be a $2000 Pledge:

OVERLORD BOX (a $3,600 retail value & $200+ of retail value Freebies!): Choose $2,400 worth of any TGG2 minis + get the Digital Artbook + ALL FREEBIES and FREE UPGRADES!

But, we changed the time!!! See the new countdown.  So watch for it: we are launching it Monday at 2:30PM! With Early Bird Deals, too! That's 1:30 P in the UK time, 8:30 AM on the US East Coast, etc. More times around the world.
See our countdown, or share it. 

Vladimir and Tobias vs the Minions

Oh, and by the way, we kind of feel this is how the Minions scatter when Vladimir and Tobias (see Update #13) show up...

Can you think of other links?

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of 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.

 

April 05, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #13 – New Freebies: The Terrible Twos + Add-Ons Coming + Countdown to New Overlord Pledge

New Freebies: The Terrible Twos!

So we said you'd get 15 Freebies. Well, we lied. In fact, you'll be getting 16! Because today is double-freebie day!

Meet Vladimir the Virtuous and Tobias the Tenacious, the Sisters' mascots. Vladimir is a little owl-griffin with a twitchy eye, and Tobias is Wolpertinger with a perpetual frown.

It is hard to be small and fluffy and cute when all you want is to be a mighty creature that instills fear and respect in the heart of your enemies.

Vladimir and Tobias ardently wish they could be gigantic beasts who kick ass on the battlefield, and nothing gets them more annoyed than when the Sisters and the Orphans squish and squeeze them and ruffle their feathers and call them cute.

The only way they found to vent their frustration and live their dream of grandeur is to boss the Minions, the small subdued demons who perform the Sisters' lowly tasks.

You can often see gangs of Minions scatter in terror whenever the Terrible Twos appear.

Add-ons Coming

In most Kickstarters, you have the possibility to pledge for Add-ons. They are additional Rewards that you can also pick from. We will give you a detailed list of our Add-ons in another Update later today, which will include webinars and a Connoisseur pack...

Countdown to Overlord Pledge

A New Pledge Level is coming in on Monday!!! The countdown has started! 

Yes! Backers have been asking for new OVERLORD BOX pledge level! This will be the highest we'll have. And as usual, the higher the Pledge Level, the better the deal! 

So watch for it: we are launching it Monday April 6, and to make it even more tempting, it will come with Early Bird Specials too! 

It will launch at 8PM French time, so 7PM on UK time, 2PM on the US East Coast, etc. Moretimes around the world here.  See our countdown, or share it. 

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of 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.

April 05, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #12 – New Freebie + 3D Prints + New Sisters' Backgrounds & Poster + New Images + Unlocks Logic + Heavy Weapons Design + Avatars + Beasts of War Webcast + more...

The 11th Freebie: Vanvyissah, Lust Elves General

It is really hard to understand the motives behind the actions of the Lust Elves. Do they really have an agenda, or are they just having “fun” playing some very twisted games?

Whatever the answer, a few things can be ascertained about them. For example, they do seem to have some sort of hierarchy, together with some kind of military organisation.

And Vanvyssah is one of their most feared generals.

3D Prints!

During the process of sculpting, as we get close to the final version, we very frequently make test prints. And we thought you'd like to get a peak at what's going on now...

Here is one we are pretty satisfied with, although we will likely add a few more touch-ups before we call it complete and ready to go into production. And so, please allow us to introduce the work-in-progress 3D printed Lady Darkryss in Fantasy version.

Work-in-progress: 3D printed Lady DarkryssWork-in-progress: 3D printed Lady Darkryss Work-in-progress: 3D printed Lady DarkryssWork-in-progress: 3D printed Lady Darkryss

New Background Info on the Sisters

As we explained earlier, the All Star Boxes for the Daughters of the Orphanage and the Daughters of the Crucible are a unit made of Heroines. So we thought we would tell you more about them..

Daughters of the Crucible (Sci-Fi)

When they built Cathedra, their original settlement, the life of the people of the Seven Mothers was paradisiac. And for centuries, the Order of Eternal Mercy mainly comprised law-abiding citizens and nobles.

But that was a long time ago. Things changed. When they began colonising other planets and went to war with the Iron Empire, everything became darker. Far away from Cathedra, the Sisters faced new perils and new enemies. Some Sisters started to fight dirty. The farther they were from Cathedra, the less support they received from their hierarchy. And so, many Sisters ended up fighting on their own to protect the innocents.

Facing street gangs, racketeers, corruption, a small group of Sisters went rogue so as to fight back on their own terms. They went underground, switch to less restricting uniforms, and developed a very unique fighting style , using two guns connected by a long chain that they would use as both range and melee weapons.

Despite being disowned by the Ecclesiarchy, they quickly gained a tremendous support from the poor and the weak.

Daughters of the Orphanage (Fantasy)

The Order of the Sisters of the Orphanage, their Fantasy counterpart, grew in the opposite direction.

At first, they were a small religious non-fighting order dedicated to helping the poor and teaching the illiterates. Most of them were organised in small churches and took care of street urchins and orphans, which is how the order became known as the Sisters of the Orphanage.

But when times grew hard, these women, who were mostly teachers, nurses and pacific religious souls were left to fend for themselves. Some got serious about their weapons training and gradually, the order developed into a full-blown knighthood order.

Today, it is a gigantic military force. Yet a few nuns still live among the common people and have maintained their tradition of protecting, teaching and fighting. The All-Star Boxes feature the most famous of them. Their founder was Mother Superior Augusta, a woman you don’t want to mess with. Augusta has now joined the ranks of the Regular forces, but she'll sometime come back and side with her fellow nuns when they are in dire need of extra striking power.

New Images for the Knights of the Chalice

Here are a few new drawings for your viewing pleasure :)

Please note that the weaponry for the Knights of the Chalice are still very much a work-in-progress... We are still debating what kind of weapons they should have, and we'd very much like your input on that. Please keep in mind that the Knight are to be considered as super-heavy troops!

On Unlocking Command Groups Before Troopers

We've been asked several times why, for some units, we are unlocking the Command Groups before the Troopers. There is a very good reason for this.

While this may not be needed, we have planned for the event of the Kickstarter not reaching high enough to unlock both the Command Group and the Troops for certain units: we'll make sure to give the Command Group box a Free Upgrade so that you can customise it either as a Troops box or as a Command Group box.

Heavy Weapons Design

As we did in TGG1, we have mainly focussed our efforts upon developing characters more than weaponry, because we know that we'll have more time to do this after the campaign. This is especially true for the Void Elves. For the Sisters, we've already begun work on their weapons.

You may or may not have noticed that in TGG1, part of the inspiration for the weaponry came from old motors and locomotives. For example, the KST Missile Launcher design is based on a streamliner train, whereas the Iron Empire Missile Launcher is based on a steam locomotive.

Below, you can see our process for the Sisters' weapons. Our main influence was gothic architecture and the decorative arts. And so, in the weapons themselves, you will find bits and pieces that come from gothic arches, pipe organs, reliquaries, etc. On this image, we've put them next to several TGG1 guns as a reference, and we've even put two of them in the hands of our KST troopers to get a feel for their size and proportion.

If you're not exactly sure if you should choose a Command Group box or a Troops box regarding their weaponry, you'll have plenty of time to make your final choice in the Pledge Manager based on the 3D renders of the final versions.

Add-Ons Coming Tomorrow

Add-Ons that you can add to your Pledge. To keep the excitement going, We've planned a few of them for the campaign, so make sure you don't miss tomorrow's Update for a taste of a brand-new Connoisseur pledge, webinars, and more...

Avatars

Better late than never! We've been so busy with other aspects of the campaign we almost forgot to share with you this series of Avatars you can use to support the TGG2 campaign on KS, your favourite blogs and forums, on Facebook

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of 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.

Beasts of War Weekender Webcast

We had planned to go and pay a visit to the great people of Beasts of War, who kindly invited us to come and chat about TGG2 and our future game plans on their famous Weekender webcast. Unfortunately, as the days went by, we realised that it would take us away too long from the campaign to get ourselves from the South of France to their headquarters. Nevertheless, they did very well without us, in fact, probably better ;)

They perfectly nailed what we are striving for with the Raging Heroes minis. We are very excited about their coverage, so here's a big thank you to the entire Beasts of War team. You'll also see a lot of the TGG1 minis featured in it.

Check it out, you're sure to enjoy it. Plus, they are giving you a chance to win the Raging Heroes Jailbirds box that they review if you comment on YouTube. And if you want to convince other people to join the TGG2 campaign (http://bit.ly/TGG2KSlive) (and unlock more stretch goals), don't hesitate to SHARE their webcast! The Raging Heroes coverage starts at 39m45s.

April 04, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #11 – Freebie #10 + How We Upgrade the Concepts + Unlocked Stretch Goals to Date

New Freebie: Onyx, Master Assassin

It would not have made sense to have a Dark Elves Kickstarter without a proper Assassin character, so here is Onyx, Master Assassin for the Dark Elves.

Upgrading the Concepts

Creating a Raging Heroes mini in an ongoing process. From the very first idea to the last version of the file we send to the 3D printer, we continually keep on refining the characters. To give you an idea of what you can expect here are a few examples of this process, taken from the TGG1 Kickstarter...

Dr VonX

Dr VonX is a renowned Iron Empire medical researcher and field medic.

As always, I created a mood board for her as part of the preliminary work (more on Creating the Concepts in Update 07).

The very first concept we made for Dr von X was definitely not quite here yet. For example, the face and the body language were not good.

So, I made a very rough drawing to give more precise direction to Alex, our concept artist.

His updated version was much better but the face was still not right. 

We wanted her gas mask to have a very distinctive, somehow lady-like look, but in a creepy way However, we could not get that in time for the launch of the Kickstarter, so here is the image we showed in the campaign:

After the campaign was over, we went back to work on the concept, specifically to get the face right. The real game changer was to find the right shape of her gas mask’s eyes. Believe it or not, it took nearly a full day of work!

Also, the rest of the team had a great idea: to have a cyber arm with a teapot and a cup. It was the perfect way to express Von X's personality.

So here is what we ended up with:

And here's the final sculpt:

 

TGG1 Freebies

We had similar reworks on several other minis, like for example for some of the TGG1 Freebies.

At first, some of the Freebies had been planned to be be tank operators, so they were designed as just torsos to be placed in tank turrets. But since there was a high demand to have them as full characters, we quickly added legs to their concepts to show in the campaign. So, of course, a few lacked a bit of character and life-like poses needed for truly distinctive miniatures. So we reworked them and here is one exemple with Kristina Karlstein:

Here is the concept we shown during the campaign:

 

 

Here is a complete redraw we did after the campaign, just before sculpting

 

and here is the final sculpt


 

Baba Yaga

Finally, let's talk about Baba Yaga, the matriarch of the KST Yaga Soul Weavers. 

Her concept was really cool, but when we turned it into a sculpt, we felt that it was lacking strength. The sculpt needed more motion to evoke the swirling power of her magic. Her right hand really needed to look like something that would grab you no matter how fast you would try to flee. Her long hair had to feel like something that would move around her as if it had a life of its own. So here is the concept, followed by the first sculpt, and then by the resculpt and final version.



We hope this gives you an insight of the kind of work we are about to do on the TGG2 minis. We think they should look pretty cool in the end ;)

All the Unlocked Stretch Goals To Date

This campaign is going smashingly, with more good things to come. And so, as we're entering this long week-end, we thought we'd do a bit of a look back on what's been accomplished so far. 

Also, if you're doing your shopping list, we thought you would enjoy seeing everything that's been unlocked after we funded this campaign.

Please note that on top of all these unlocks, you also have available everything that was unlocked from the start when we funded:

  • Sci-Fi Sisters: Regular Troopers 
  • Sci-Fi Void Elves: Executrix Regular Troopers 
  • Sci-Fi Lust Elves: Skinners Troopers 
  • Fantasy Sisters: Blade Maidens Troopers 
  • Fantasy Dark Elves: Harpy Troopers 
  • Fantasy Lust Elves: Flesh Eaters Troopers

These images are also going to our TGG2 Pinterest board, where you'll find loads of TGG2 images all in one place to see and share easily.










April 03, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #10 – New Freebie + Cool Stretch Goals + Free Upgrades to the DE Spear(wo)men + more ...

New Freebie: Zailith, Blood Vestal Secultrix


Zailith is one of the highest ranking Dark Elves Blood Vestals. You can look, but don't touch!

Upcoming Stretch Goals

Here are the upcoming Stretch Goals. We think they are pretty sexy... Let's get all your friends and fellow gamers, collectors, painters and role-players involved to make this the most exciting week-end of the campaign!

Here are the upcoming Stretch Goals`

Free Upgrades for Dark Elves Spearmen



You will see that in the upcoming Stretch Goals, there are Free Upgrades for the Dark Elves Spearmen (shouldn't we really be calling them Spearwomen, by the way?). With these Free Upgrades, the Spearmen will become available in 2 additional alternative versions: Crossbowmen and Swordsmen!

So, in the upcoming Pledge Manager, you will be able to select different boxes, as each version will come in its own box of 5. So, to be clear, a single box will not contain the 3 different options.

Lust Elves Mascot Update

Thank you to all those who participated in our LE Mascot survey. We saw a bunch of very cool ideas! When we read all of them, the most appropriate choice for us was to make it a sort of preying mantis.



However, the design will require a certain amount of work... She could be a tricky one to handle... So please bear with us, as we may be able to show you the final concept a wee bit after the end of the campaign...

Backers portraits

After our call for backer profiles, we've received nearly 200 replies to date! And it was even more exciting than we had originally expected. We are so far from the usual stereotypes the media try to slap on wargames , miniature painters, and geeks of all colours. It was exiting and very touching to be in contact with the diversity uniqueness of so many people's life.

We definitely want to do something cool with all this info and all these stories. We're thinking of including some in the TGG2 artbook. We're also thinking of featuring them on our blog.



The first thing we've already done is compile some of them into a press release for various blogs and news outlet. We thought it would be a good way to let people know about the TGG2 kickstarter by sharing who are the people who are making a Kickstarter reach achieve over half a million dollar about little toy soldiers :)

However, despite the way the survey tool has been presented to us, it appears that we may be unable to match your personal information (name, email, gender, …) with the profile you wrote. As you can imagine, we are not very happy about this, and are still trying to sort this out. So anyway, at the moment, we can tell you that this survey is a lot more anonymous than we even expected...

Haven't completed the survey yet? Come on down and share your story :) 

Feedback on the TGG1 Freebies

I saw this on the Comments Thread, and wanted to share it with you:

Andy Culver: “I just received my box of freebies from the first Kickstarter. Wow. To say I'm impressed is an understatement. The detail on these figures is amazing and there's little to no flash on the accessory sprues. Mould lines, what are they???? After seeing how well these turned out, the hardest part of the current KS is what figures I'll choose. Awesome stuff guys”

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Clarification on the New Retail Value for the Freebies



On Facebook, Ben Alchin asked me this question: “I assume it's just a lost-in-translation but the new update mentions the freebie value going from 200-250 in a way that at first glance just reads like you're upping the estimated retail price of the miniatures instead of adding/removing anything”.

So here's our reply: From Asharah Raging – “Yes, lost-in-translation it is... As mentioned in the Update, when we saw how well the KS launched, we immediately decided to put more expensive minis in the Freebies set as compared to our original plan. That will be very easy to verify when we show the add-on list of freebies, with their in-Kickstarter and their retail prices next to each. We however decided to not announce right away and instead, save the info to lift the spirits during the mid-campaign slump.”

Pledge Calculator 

Chuck has kindly sent us a link to the pledge calculator he created

We thank him warmly. Don't hesitate to play around with it :) Please note that this is NOT an official tool, and we have not been able to test it ourselves yet, but we hoped it would be helpful anyway.

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of 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.









April 03, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #9 – Five Instant Bonus Unlocks + Freebies Retail Value Shoots Up past $250 + New Pledge Levels with Early Birds on Thursday! + ...

Five Bonus Unlocks!

Just like we had faith in our TGG2 KS project and guaranteed you Freebies right off the bat, we're doing it again: we have complete confidence that this Kickstarter has still got a good long way to go. But we know how hard it is for backers to wait for more stuff to happen. And so, we're immediately unlocking 5 new miniatures.

However, we took the time to make sure this could be done responsibly, because we are essentially unlocking $50,000 worth of Stretch Goals in one fell swoop. This is not something we are doing lightly but, like we said, we truly have faith in you and in TGG2. So we went deep into our production numbers and scheduling to see what could be exciting and realistic at the same time. And this what we came up with:






Freebies Retail Value Shoots Up past $250

But this is not the only good news of the day!

At the beginning of the campaign, we offered anybody pledging at Lieutenant Box or above $200 worth of Freebies (retail value). But the truth is, we had a secret plan up our sleeve...

We knew that if the KS went well, we would not necessarily increase the number of Freebies (because of various production reasons), however, we figured we could put more expensive ones in the Freebies set. This means that at this point in time, the complete Freebies Pack has officially increase in retail value to over $250. (Several of the already unveiled freebies are also part of this increase)

If you think this is cool, then please share this Freebie image, add the link to the TGG2 campaign http://bit.ly/TGG2KSlive, and let's get more backers and funds to this campaign :)

http://bit.ly/TGG2KSlive

New Pledge Levels Coming in just a few Hours!!!

The countdown has started!

Several backers have been asking for new EMINENCE BOX pledge level, the highest yet. As usual, the higher the Pledge Level, the better the deal!

So watch for it: we are launching it tomorrow at 2PM! And to make it even more tempting, it will come with Early Bird Specials too! It will launch at 2PM French time, so 1PM on UK time, 8AM on the US East Coast, etc. More times around the world here

See our countdown, or share it.

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Some light reading...
Beasts of War has just published a Q&A with Raging Heroes' Art Director. Also, don't miss this coming Sunday's Beasts-of-War Weekender webcast, which they tell us will feature the unboxing of many Raging Heroes miniatures from our first Kickstarter...

Cool Feedback
Noticed this cool comment by Rascarcapac on the Comments Thread earlier today, and wanted to share it with you: “I've just received all the minis of my TGG1 pledge today. They are just amazing, either metal or resin. The amount of detail is great, not many mould lines. The characters poses are stunning. I just regret I haven't pledged for more. For me, that is a clear incentive to pledge for this new KS. What I like about RH minis is their radicality. You have not seen any other minis like these on the market. I've been following this company since the beginning and I've witnessed their huge progress in the sculpts. Now I can say they can easily vie with other famous brands. (...)”

Conversations
Want to talk with us? Need a quick answer or want to pass on a comment? You can catch us regularly and directly on our Live Chat, which appears in the bottom right corner of our Raging Heroes website. And if we're not online, you can always leave a message, we reply to most within 24 hours.

Other conversations are taking place on Facebook. Here's an interesting one, started on our Facebook Asharah Raging page by Raymond Raymond. Feel free to chime in or to start other posts.

New Concepts + Pinterest
Here are new images of 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.




April 01, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #8 – New Freebie + Coming Bonus Unlocks + Resin and Metal + ...

New Freebie: Ardanna, Pillar of the Faith

Here's a new one for the Sisters! Here, she is shown with a heavy pistol, but it will be detachable so that you can use Ardanna in Sci-Fi or in Fantasy settings.

Ardanna is without a doubt the most loyal Servant of the Chalice.
She will never fail you.

Bonus Unlocks

It's April 1st, but we're not fooling: we're busy planning BONUS UNLOCKS!!!

We'll announce them in a new Update later today, so stay tuned and get the word out :)

Request for help

Anyone has built or is about to build an online pledge calculator to help them figure how much they can spend? If yes, do drop us a line at RagingHeroesTeam@gmail.com, and we'll share them in our Updates.

Resin or metal?

As mentioned in our FAQ, all the TGG2 minis will be cast in spin-cast resin. Most Heroines (excluding the Freebies) will also be available in metal. You'll get to choose which you want in the Pledge Manager.

You may want to check out what we wrote about the differences between the 2 in the TGG1 Pledge Manager.

And here's a short comment (lifted from the Comment Thread) on this topic, from backer Alexander Tschersich: "The freebies from the first KS where among the finest resin casts that I have ever seen. After reading "spincast resin", I was afraid that it wasn' real resin but some kind of soft and bendy vinyl-hybrid(?) like the DUST figures, but nope, they are hard and the detail is amazingly sharp."

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of 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.

The TGG2 Pinterest board is here: https://fr.pinterest.com/ragingheroes/tgg-2-darkness-light/

March 31, 2015

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TGG2 - UPDATE #7 – Open for Interviews + New Freebie + the Birth of a Concept + More Portrait Requests + Large Images on Pinterest Board

It's interview time!!

For the next 24 hours, we will quickly respond to most interview requests for blog, podcast, webcast, newsletter who wish to feature Raging Heroes, TGG1, TGG2, and can ensure publication by this coming Monday!

To save time, our responses will be made in audio or video form rather than in writing.

So, got some questions? Want some insider info? As long as you can guarantee some eyeballs to propel the campaign forward, get in touch! Simply contact us at RagingHeroesTeam@gmail.com with a link to your media. To save time, you can also include questions directly in your email.

Let's spread the good word and get new backers! We've got Stretch Goals to unlock!!!

7th Freebie Unveiled: Rythali-in, Expiatrix

Repentant sinners are often rigged with weaponised pillories and dispatched to the front lines of the battlefield to see if they have earned the chance to be forgiven. Expiatrixes like Rythali-in are at their side to make sure they stay in line and do their penance...

The Birth of a Concept (an Interview with Raging Heroes' Art Director)

Most of our characters or creatures begin with a simple idea, a fairly general description. It can be an emotion, a personality trait, or a simple sketch.

From there, I begin to do research. I spend a lot of time on the Internet visiting sites like Pinterest, or rummaging through my personal archives. From this research I assemble what is called a mood board. It brings together a large number of images. Some refer to the shapes of the creatures and characters, others have a more vague link but will inspire me for various aspects of the new miniature.

The Worm Riders Inspiration

For example, to create the Worm Riders, I began from several very specific ideas. First, I wanted these creatures to have a look that would be related to monster drawn by medieval artists like Brueghel, Durer or Martin Shoengauer. The engraving of the Temptation of St. Anthony by Martin Shoengauer was one of my key references. 

I wanted these creatures to be like a giant kind of worm combining elements inspired from dragons, sea monsters and demons as they were represented in the 15th -16th centuries. I also referred to the art of Hieronimus Bosh, who depicted a large number of fantastical creatures.

These artists were among the firsts to depict the fantastic bestiary that has served as inspiration for most of the fantasy creatures that we all know today.

Finally I looked for strange animals like deep sea fish, or a small salamander (axolotl) whose gills are on the outside, as well as lampreys and even microscopic animals.

The general idea that guided the search for the Worm Rider references was to imagine predators that would have some sort of a shark head combined with a worm body and various freakish appendages. On top of that base would be added all the other elements described above.

Getting to the final concept

After I've gathered all of these references, I scribble a few sketches or a do a mock-up in Photoshop or just write down a description and I send that to Alex, our concept artist. Often, after one drawing, the concept is already there. Other times, the process is slower and we work closely together: he'll send me new drawings, I'll edit them or give some feedback then send them back, he'll work on them again, and on and on we go, back and forth until we get it right.

The work is almost always done in this manner. For example for the Minions, these cute little demons who accompany the Sisters, we used illustrations from Brueghel and Jerome Bosch as inspiration to create our own little characters.

For the Altar of the Succubi, I wanted the effect of a swarm of harpies surrounding the giant vehicle and creating a strong, surreal composition. To provide Alex with some inspiration on how to arrange the harpies, I looked to Gustave Doré's many woodcuts featuring clouds of angels in tormented skies. It helped him to instantly get were I was going.

For Heroines and other key characters however, the work is often even longer and also more complex. I do a lot of research to find the physical features and accessories that will enhance their personality. In the case of the mascots for example, I compiled a huge number of animals pictures as well as cartoon references to be able to find expressions that would make Vladimir and Tobias at the same time cute, funny and aggressive (you'll find about them very soon...). For with such characters, everything matters: body shape, facial expressions, body language, and more. It often takes several iterations to get that kind of character right.

More Backer Portraits!

You have been sending us your backer portraits, and they are a joy to read! Keep' em coming, getting to know you is absolutely great! We'll start sharing some very soon!

If you haven't done so, why not complete this survey and tell us a bit about who you are? As noted yesterday, we particularly want to hear about your unusual experiences / career choices / life events. We're curious to learn more about you, and we'll share that through blog posts and other articles.

Direct Survey link: https://www.quicksurveys.com/s/p5J3Cqm

Large TGG2 Images on one of our Pinterest Boards

We've now opened a Pinterest board featuring the TGG2 images. We will continue to populate it every day, so you can see large TGG2 images all in one place, and share them easily.

The TGG2 Pinterest board is here: https://fr.pinterest.com/ragingheroes/tgg-2-darkness-light/

Here are some of them:

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