Mini Mondays: A Torrid Love Affair
I’ve mentioned previously that this year was a big year for miniatures and Kickstarter. Though that is certainly true (and they have a strong start going in to the new year,) it might be possible that my opinion is distorted by my own biases. You see – I love miniatures, I have for a long time. Sticking with my new years resolutions, you can expect news on the subject pretty regularly for at least the next five weeks. Don’t worry though, I’ll find a way to keep talking about Kickstarter too.
Want to see how I manage to talk about both subjects without boring you to tears? Read on.
I keep tabs on almost every mini-centric Kickstarter project to appear on the website.Currently, I have my eye on:
- Kingdom Death – I think this project is currently the biggest thing on Kickstarter, at well over a million dollars and rising, but I recently unbacked it. Why? Because the game seems remarkably flawed, and the prospect of buying just for the miniatures has remarkably little value. There was a point just below half a million level where the creator was adding extra models to the $155 level, and the project seemed like it might be a good buy just for the sculpts, but since then the rewards have been dominated by $30 and $40 add-on’s that add even more game mechanics to what feels like a very clumsy system. I wish that project the best, but I am very dubious.
- Wargaming Terrain – This project is interesting, with a great idea. Currently I have thrown a couple bucks his way, though the 0 projects backed, and inflexibility with responding to his backers requests leaves me a little cold.
- Rivet Wars – This project looks great – and it hits 225K than it will be a real bargain to its backers. Currently they have my money, but I am deeply conflicted about this company going back to the well over and over again – especially given that they have several other projects yet unfulfilled Kickstarter is not a store, and if CoolMiniorNot persist in treating it like one, they will lose my investment in its projects in short order.
I’ve been playing with miniatures for a very long time. think I first became interested in 1992 with some old Ral Partha mini’s for D&D; by 1996 I had an Eldar army, and by 1998, I had sold it. That was the year I joined the military you see, and I foolishly believed that I had put that part of my life, and those toys behind me. By 2001 though, I had started purchasing mini’s once more. That sure didn’t last long.
Still, over the last year or so, my interest has languished at times. Last year I picked up a Warmachine Army, and it was only then that I discovered how much I missed it – both the gaming and arts and crafts part. This year is the first one since the ’90s though, where I will have a playable army painted before year’s end – I can feel it.
The above picture shows the quality of my painting over the years. Don’t worry too much about the bad photo quality – you aren’t missing all that much. I thought I had gotten rid of my old mini’s, but while searching through some old boxes for paint, I discovered a small box of guardians with a heavy weapons platform, a vyper jetbike, and a metal dreadnought inside. From left to right, these were painted in ’96, ’01, and ’11 – just imagine how much better I could have gotten if I had actually done some practicing in between.
To help stay motivated in my goal of 52 mini’s in 52 weeks, I have enlisted my good friend Clint. Where as I dabble in the medium mini’s he is a real aficionado; some day I am going to have him write a post about mini’s just to show off his arts and crafts room. He has agreed to graciously spare a few minis from the unpainted section of his catalog so he and I can play a little game. After finding five duplicate or near duplicate models, we are going to each paint an identical model at the rate of one a week, for the next five weeks. Nothing motivates like a little friendly competition, and though I fully expect to lose every time, as I have seen how well he paints, it should be a lot of fun. First up?