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.
Low-rez test print for the Knights of the Chalice
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.
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.
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.
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 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 :)