Miniature Mondays: Post Christmas Surge

Imbrian Update

This week, the floodgates seem to have burst on Kickstarter. Granted, a couple of the mini-centric projects I want to discuss have been going strong for a couple weeks now, and slipped under my radar, but there is definitely a surge of interest underway. For me, it started with the above pictured sculpt, an update from one of the many projects I have previously backed (Imbrian Arts.)

I love getting updates showing the work on some project or another slowly proceeding; it reminds me that not only will I eventually get something pretty cool, but the creator is hard at work on their dream – something I think we can all agree is pretty awesome. Anyway, this little guy (jungle goblin #2) rekindled my interest in going through Kickstarter with a fine tooth comb to see what cool projects are out there, in spite of the somewhat lackluster offerings we have been getting the last few weeks.

What I found was that 20% of Kicktraq’s top 20 is currently occupied by miniature heavy projects. Want to know which? Follow me.

This week there are four projects worth mentioning:

  • Rivet Wars – This project was discussed last week, but having raised a quarter of a million dollars at it’s half way point, it is still going strong. Stretch goals continue to be unlocked at a prodigious pace, so be sure to check this one out before it ends; even if you aren’t interested now, you might be later.
  • Beyond the Gates of Antares – Started by some war game heavyweights, this game could be a big one. Currently they have raised 30% of their total goal, which would allow them to create a d10 based sci-fi wargame. This project is still a bit light on details, and I am looking forward to finding out more before the end of the project.
  • Gnomish Adventurer’s Boxed Set – This project is an analog to the projects previous dwarven offering which did gangbusters. I have no intention of supporting it because they have raised over $100k so far, and backed no projects, but you still might want to take a look – I expect this one to do very well. Also, I don’t like gnomes; does that make me a racist?
  • Darklands: World of War – The miniatures in this project are beautiful, but the value proposition seems a bit low. Anyone looking for variety in some flavor of evil/chaos/beast man army might be interested in some of the bits listed here.

This week I have had blessed little time to paint, as I have been completely tied up with work, but I did have time to paint a couple things. Most of them I am keeping under wraps for a little while longer, until I get the basing supplies I ordered in, but this weeks mini paint off was fun. Which one is mine? The one that isn’t awesome (the top one.)

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Pit Fighter


Two down, three to go. Next week?

Dark Eldar

This entry was posted by David Winchester.

11 thoughts on “Miniature Mondays: Post Christmas Surge

  1. Well, I think Clint beat you on technique, but I love the eighties color scheme of buff-dudes with blue pants and purple mohawks. Very Necromunda-appropriate.

    • I read an article on camouflage last night, which paraphrased, said “don’t paint camo, paint the suggestion of camo, or your mini will come out muddled and messy looking.” I think that same point applies to painting a mini ugly. Going forward, I will try to paint the suggestion of ugly so the finished project comes out looking cleaner.

      Speaking of clean finish – you did an awesome job on this week’s mini, clint.

      • Psst… I think Clint meant the ugly-ass monster you posted in the first pic.

      • Why are you racist against spider-centaur-goblin-jungle-thingies. It’s not ugly, it’s aesthetically-challenged.

        Ugly or not, the sculpts that artist does are amazing.

    • I use my phone camera at 6-8″ with a touch of digital zoom; if it is too close, it can’t focus. I find the key is sufficient lighting. In this case that means two table lamps.

      Clint has a homemade light box, though, and a much nicer setup, in general. Maybe we could convince him to write a post on the subject…

  2. Hey Jeff,

    My secret is photoshop. I’m taking the pic about 8 inches away, then cropping the hell out it later. My digital camera has a “close-up” setting that I rely on heavily. Getting the camera to pull focus correctly is a pain… if it gets the torso in focus, the gun barrel isn’t, and vice versa. I take dozens of pics, hoping one will turn out nice.

    I’ll write a post for the blog, sure. Show off my ghetto lightbox. 🙂

    • And Grayson was correct. I was referring to the Goblin-spider-mutant Ugly. I like David’s Pit Fighter.

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