TGG2 - Update #44: There Must Be An Angel (or 10)...

Welcome to Update #44 for the TGG2: Light & Darkness Kickstarter campaign!
(You can still Pledge on our special page, but hurry, there's little time left).

Here is our last Update on our first series of Troops. Actually, the images for this particular Update were finished last week, but various things interrupted our workflow yet allowed us to enrich today's post with more info for you.

This Update features 24 images from the sublime Angels unit (Sisters – Fantasy). Make sure your e-mail message is not cut off before you see them all.

On our end, we are already hard at work on a new series of Troops, and we expect to have new Updates for you very soon to showcase each unit. I will not commit to an exact date for those images because I will be allocating resources dynamically to maximise production, and, for example, rather than finishing and rendering each unit one after the other, we may have 2 or 4 units finishing on the same day, but at a later date. But you can be certain that rarely has a team worked so hard and is producing so much in so little time!

One of the upcoming unit will be the Knights of the Chalice (Sisters – SF). Here is a test 3D Print of what we are working on right now.

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We make this kind of test to ensure that the proportions are correct and the castability of the various parts works well. However, please note that this is still a very rough sculpt. None of the details have been sculpted yet, and several parts, such as the weaponry, are still only placeholders.

Pledge Manager

Some of you have contacted us in the last few days, asking “Have I missed the Pledge Manager?”. When we replied that they had not missed it as it was not yet released, they suggested that we include in each new Update a little note saying whether the Pledge Manager had launched, so that they would know for sure where they stood. So we will try to make a note on this in future Updates from now on.

And if you're wondering what's the delay, there are 2 key things holding it up. One, we are still investigating 2 different providers for the Pledge Manager. Each of them has its pros and cons, but they are finishing to develop new functionalities that could could make a big difference for us and for you. Two, I know that you tend to prefer making your selection based on sculpts rather than designs, so we want to wait for at least the next batch of Troops sculpts to be done before we release the Pledge Manager. My personal goal is to open it in May (I actually wanted to open it last month). But I am not the only one who can make this happen and I don't control everything (which drives me nuts...). Therefore, the Pledge Manager might be a bit delayed again. But I sincerely hope not.

Upcoming Fixes

That being said, the entire team is working non-stop on finishing all the sculpts, with huge commitment and energy. The process that we developed with the first Troops is paying off and is constantly evolving and improving. But it requires a high level of skills and attention, and even then, occasionally, some things slip through.

By slipping through, I don't mean that we don't see the problems, but rather, that we cannot fix them all before we produce the renders for you. Case in point is the case of the rubbery ankles...

It is true that some of the models we showed last week have strange looking ankles. And so you could feel like some of them have a hard time standing up, creating the feeling that the heels look impractical.

When we noticed the problem, the rendering pipeline was already running at full speed and so, it was not the time to go back and fix everything then. This is a problem that shows in both Sisters and Dark Eves Troops , and it will be fixed.

More specifically, for the Sisters, to correct this problem, we will reposition the armour correctly and we will add an extra plate at the connexion of the foot and the shin, a bit like what we've done for the Daughters of the Crucible.

Please note that the Fantasy Angels images that we are posting below do not have this correction yet, but don't worry, it will be done and we plan to show you the changes at that time.

Stability of the Models (continued)

We received an email from backer Joseph Dimmock which we thought might interest some of you. Here's his question followed by our reply:

His Question: “You've mentioned having people comment to you about stability on the models. I too am concerned about this. It's not about the centre of gravity being on the base.. it's about how fragile a model can be. Resin (which is my favourite material for the record by the way), can be broken in thin joints, and again heels make an already thin joint (the ankles and feet, attached to the base) even smaller. The stability issue is more about attaching the model to the base without it snapping off... Some people also don't use the base rail... we cut it off to attach to a scenic base instead... and tbh even with it attached, a very thin joint (created by heels) can become broken. This applies to metal too, and becomes all the harder to reattach in metal :( ”

Our Answer: “I hear you on this, yet knowing what we've done with our previous minis, and the resin that we use, I am certain robustness won't be a problem. About cutting of the tab, the best option (the one we use for our own stuff) is to cut the tabs on each side of the feet and use the small remaining tab portions as a plug that you will fit into your home-made base. We have many test casts here lying around which get tossed around pretty badly all the time because they are used for all kinds of things, and even the ones standing on the tip of their toes have yet to break off at the ankle.”

Joe also had another good point to make: we had forgotten the quivers to hold the arrows for the Dark Elves CrossbowWomen. We will create them and include them as an additional accessory.

And now, the Angels!


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And that's it for now! Hope you'll get as much enjoyment seeing and sharing them as we did creating them. As for me, it's back to the grinder :)

Best,
Mireille

TGG2 - Update #43: CrossbowWomen (Dark Elves - Fantasy)

Welcome to Update #43 for the TGG2: Light & Darkness Kickstarter campaign!
(You can still Pledge on our special page, but hurry, there's little time left).

Oh my... Another day, another TGG2 Update!

Meet the Crossbow Unit, with 23 images. The message ends with our Flash Sale, which is kinda turning into a full-week sale event!

A few of you have written to us with questions concerning the stability of the miniatures: please know that we are always very careful about this. The center of gravity will be placed right over the base to ensure stability. Also, please note that all of our miniatures always have either a tab or a plug to make sure that they are easy to put on a base (except for the ones that have a flat bottom like Harry, Charlie and Jinx, of course).

Also, just so you know, when we did all the renders you saw for the troops these last few days, we had not had quite the chance to finish all the different bare heads and faces required, so some of the ones presented in this and previous Updates will be updated to give you more diversity.


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FLASH SALE still on!

There's still a bit of time to get yourself Raging Heroes' champions and troops with 10€ OFF all orders over 69€ Euros. Just enter the following Coupon Code when you checkout: tenOFF69


TGG2 - Update #42: the Update for Life, the Universe, and Everything (and the Icariates, too)

Welcome to Update #42 for the TGG2: Light & Darkness Kickstarter campaign!
(You can still Pledge on our special page, but hurry, there's little time left).

So, regarding the title of this Update, I said to one of our younger teammates: "You may not get this reference..."

Him (insulted): "Of course I do! It's from a wonderful Sci-Fi film! Wasn't the robot's name H2G2?"

Me: "As Marvin would say, I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed..."

Please feel free to propose a suitable punishment in the Comments below :)


Because we've already done all we could think of: he's the intern for whom we named the Little Alex character, the prisoner on Kiki Bulldozer's pole... 


And now, onwards with this Update!

The Icariates (Sci-Fi Angels)

By now, you know the drill: 24 images for this new Unit, we begin with 2 line-ups (Command Group and Troops), and this Update ends with our Flash Sale (yes, it's still on!).


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Stay tuned for another Update tomorrow!

FLASH SALE !

Someone once said that sometimes, people don't need a reason to buy, they need an excuse to buy. 

Well, we're happy to oblige! Here's an excellent excuse to get your hands right now on Raging Heroes minis: get 10€ OFF all orders over 69€ Euros at check out with Coupon Code tenOFF69

But hurry, this flash offer won't last...

TGG2 - Update #41 - Wicked Sword-Bearing Lady Elves

Welcome to Update #42 for the TGG2: Light & Darkness Kickstarter campaign!
(You can still Pledge on our special page, but hurry, there's little time left).

This one features 10 Female Dark Elves with Swords.

There are 21 images and a Flash Sale Coupon in this Update.

As before, you'll see the line-up for the Command Group and for the Troops boxes, followed by individual views and close-ups.

And yes, we have still more Updates in the pipeline, so stay tuned!!

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FLASH SALE !

And here's an excellent excuse to get your hands right now on new Raging Heroes minis: we're running a Flash Sale right now in our shop: 10€ OFF all orders over 69€ Euros with Coupon Code tenOFF69

Hurry, this offer won't last long...

TGG2 - Update #40 - And now, check out the Sci-Fi Regular Sisters

Welcome to Update #40 for the TGG2: Light & Darkness Kickstarter campaign!
(You can still Pledge on our special page, but hurry, there's little time left).

There are 31 images in this Update (make sure your email provider is not clipping this message before its end).

As before, you'll see the line-up for the Command Group and for the Troops boxes, followed by individual views and close-ups.

And yes, we have still more Updates to come!!



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More Updates are in the pipeline., so watch you mailbox!

TGG2 - Update #39 - Spare Spears, Anyone?

Welcome to Update #39 for the TGG2: Light & Darkness Kickstarter campaign!
(You can still Pledge on our special page, but hurry, there's little time left).

And we're back, this time, with the SpearWomen Unit  from the Dark Elves Fantasy army.

There are 23 images in this Update, so again, you may want to make sure your email provider is not clipping this message before the end.

More Updates are still in the pipeline. As noted before, there will be a separate Update for each unit.

First, you'll see the line-up for the Command Group and for the Troops boxes, followed by individual views and close-ups.

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Stay tuned for more Update goodness very soon :)

TGG2 - Update #38 - Here are the Regular Sisters (Fantasy)!

Welcome to Update #38 for the TGG2: Light & Darkness Kickstarter campaign!
(You can still Pledge on our special page, but hurry, there's little time left).

And we're back, this time, with the Regular Sisters Unit in Fantasy.

There are 26 images in this Update, so again, you may want to make sure your email provider is not clipping this message before the end.

More Updates are in the pipeline. As noted before, there will be a separate Update for each unit.

First, you'll see the line-up for the Command Group and for the Troops boxes, followed by individual views and close-ups. 

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So, do you already have a favourite? Which one?

TGG2 - Update #37 - TROOOPS incoming!!!! - We come bearing Halberds

Hi! Welcome to Update #37 for the TGG2: Light & Darkness Kickstarter campaign!
(You can still Pledge on our special page, but hurry, there's little time left).

After another non-stop marathon week-end, we've got loads of images to show you!
There are so many that we will spread them over several Updates. So watch your mailbox because there's more on the way!

And now, here comes the first series, with 31 images.These are all about the Fantasy Dark Elves Halberd unit. There will be a separate Update for each unit.

You might want to make sure your email provider is not clipping this message before the end

Enjoy!

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Well, that's it for now! Stay tuned for the Sisters in our next Update... 

GMorts Chaotica - Nepharya Unboxing

Hello Folks,

The mighty GMorts Chaotica has turned his gaze to everyone's favourite NecroPriestess, with an unboxing of Nepharya on his blog!

As always, GMorts does an excellent job and features loads of great photos, which really show off the detail of the model. Thanks dude!

Check it out the complete unboxing here GMorts Chaotica - Nepharya Unboxing

Have you got a machine worshipping cult in need of a new leader? Maybe a legion of metal skeletons looking for a suitably awesome god-like figure to follow? Whatever proxy role you have in mind, Nepharya is waiting for you in our store: Nepharya, NecroPriestess

 

Thanks for reading and happy gaming,

Jon Simpson

TGG2 Update #36 – Production Update

Welcome to Update 36 for the TGG2: Light & Darkness Kickstarter campaign!
(You can still Pledge on our special page, but hurry, there's little time left).

Sister Ardanna, Pillar of the Faith

So finally, here she is!

With Ardanna now finished, we now have 52 out of 63 Heroines whose sculpting is complete! And out of the remaining 11, the majority are almost done.

Furthermore, you probably also know that Sister Ardanna was the last remaining Freebie to be sculpted.

This is very good news, because it now means that all the Freebies are now done, and they will be included in with your first TGG2 shipment, if you're at Lieutenant Box Pledge Level or above!

In our eyes, this set of 16 TGG2 Freebies is really special. Indeed, the fact that a mini is also a Freebie does not translate into a quick and dirty job. On the contrary, we designed and crafted each Freebie with the same loving attention as any other sculpts of this Kickstarter. In fact, we think that characters like Sister Ardanna, Lady Melith, or Xarsiss, are among the very strong characters of the TGG line.

And as you know, we are currently working on a TGG game, and the Freebies will be as important as the other characters in the gameplay!

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Which reminds me: if your Pledge Level does not give you access to the TGG2 incredible Freebie pack (worth $282,50 at retail), remember that you there's still time for you to increase your Pledge for a few more days. Soon we will open the Pledge Manager, and it will then be too late to jump to another Pledge Level.

Upcoming Renders

Earlier today, on the Comments thread, Lwarren posted this:
"How funny would it be if they update later today (April fools day), with 150 broken links to pictures, complete with descriptions of how awesome the models we can't see are. Now that would be a good prank :)"

That could have been tempting... If a tiny bit sadistic... However, while, in the last Update, we told you that we should have a lot of renders of the Troops for you in this Update, as it turned out, our new Troops workflow actually got in the way. 

But in a good way, though.

Usually, what we do is that we make a sculpt, then we do a 3D render that we share with you in Updates. Then and only then, after you've seen it, do we prepare the 3D sculpt for 3D printing. This means that the sculpts go to the 3D printer 2 to 4 weeks AFTER you've seen the render.

But our Troops workflow is so radical that the 3D print preparation is now incorporated directly into the sculpting process. So that means that the renders that we will be showing you now come in the very last stage.

This means that, unfortunately, the renders have been slightly delayed. But looking at where we're at today, we should be showing you a first series of Troops renders them later next week. And another good chunk of Troops renders just a few days after that, even though renders are so time-consuming to create and prepare.

AND the very good news is that when you see those renders, it will mean that the sculpts will already be in the 3D printing queue at the 3D printer shop!

So, while we all wait for those Troops renders, I thought that you might have a use for these cool DE and Fantasy Sisters wallpapers.

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Shipping and the Pledge Manager

Speaking of the Pledge Manager, this may seem surprising, but setting up an effective Pledge Manager platform is an incredibly complex task because the various logistical needs it has to address are unusual, and simple off-the-shelf solutions don't actually exist. So we have to twist and tweak what does exist to achieve our ends.

We were pretty happy with the system we had for TGG1. And yet, it required a massive amount of manual and non-automated work, and you can bet that we'd rather spend it on creating gorgeous minis and new projects instead. So for TGG2, we've been working on making the new Pledge Manager more efficient.

Yet right now, we still have problems setting up the shipping exactly as we had planned. As you know, we did not collect the shipping fees during the Kickstarter, because we wanted to use a weight-based system and the option for you to get as many shipments as you wanted as often as you wanted.

So, we still have to collect your shipping costs. But after very long conversations, back and forth, and lots of hair pulling with various commercial platforms we've been working with, it appears that something that looks so simple is in fact hindered by many technical considerations for which, at this point in time, there are no workarounds. In this digital age, it seems rather crazy that this cannot be done but, right now, this is where we're at.

So, unless there's a breakthrough with one of our vendors, we may have to devise another approach for shipping than what we originally had in mind.

To make up for this, I am studying the possibility of getting you 2 shipments for the price of one. This way, you'd be able to quickly get your hands on all the Freebies together with everything else that's already available in Wave 1, and you'd get a second shipment when the rest of your Rewards Selection is ready.

And of course, I would try and include an option to add more shipments later if that's what you'd want.

So that's where I'm at right now. There's still a bit of smoke coming out of my ears, but the doctor said it should get better in time... I'll be able to share more in the next Update.

In case you missed it, there is more info on the Pledge Manager in Update #35.

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Casts and Stocks

Sprinkled throughout this Update are the latest production casts that we received from the foundry.

Indeed, while we are working like crazy to finish the sculpts, the foundry is not slacking off either, and the team is committed to produce as many models as possible with Wave 1. We've already received massive boxes full of minis. Most of them are already stacked on our shelves patiently waiting for the next step.

For example, as soon as we have received all the Freebies, we'll gather the whole team and have a beer and pizza (well, this being France, it might be wine and cheese) packing week-end to put together all 16 Freebie models in over 2500 individual little plastic bags.

We had a banker visit our stock room last week, and he very innocently asked where our minis where packaged before shipment. We could not decide if he were impressed or thought us crazy when we told him it was done in our offices, and not by little hands in faraway countries... But you won't be surprised when we tell you that one of the reasons why we do this ourselves is also because it gives us one more chance to quality control the minis before they get into your hands.

And here's the beautiful Manticore we talk to you about, now in its cast version:

Wish Nope and Beedle could help out with the packing, too...

Base size and shape

This question was posted on the Comments thread by Jonathan Holt:
"It will be unfortunate if these models don't fit on 20mm square bases. LnR said that these models are supposed to be proxies for different games but when the models don't fit for the more obvious choices for games to proxy (KoW/WH)...that is a problem. I am obviously speaking from the Fantasy side of things. These may work fine for Warpath/40k."

I was going to prepare a reply for this, but John Wolf jumped in and did it extremely well, so it made more sense to simply quote him:
John Wolf: "You are thinking about the numbers wrong. A 20mm square base is only smaller then a 25mm round base when compared to the 20mm side. The diagonal is a pinch over 28mm. The problem with basing on squares is not whether the feet will fit, but how the arms and weapons interact. One way to limit this is by making something similar to the 80mm x 20mm bases GW made (for four models a cross). The models can still mess with the placement in front of and behind them but each rank is uniform. You still use single bases in the last rank, to make "change" as your troops are taken off (Yes, you will be removing models... If you don't want your troops to die, you shouldn't be playing war...)"

I would also add that by doing what John Wolf talks about and putting them in a line-up on a larger base, you get the best possible effect of what we're trying to do, which is to aim at making each unit look like a small diorama.

Hot Deals!

We had new releases this week, and we want you to enjoy them as much as we do, so I am reactivating the BestBackerEver10 Discount Code which will give you 10% OFF across our entire store until next Friday April 8, 2016, including on our latest releases:

And check out our great DEALS section, including these brand-new boxes:

So, get 10% OFF the entire shop with this DISCOUNT CODE: BestBackerEver10

But hurry, this offer expires next Friday April 8. To use it, simply visit our webshop as normal and enter the code in the Discount box during checkout.

Oh, and one more thing: Order now and be the first ones to get yourself a free exclusive TGG2 bookmark (while quantities last)!

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