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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #570 on: 16 March 2018, 15:59:48 »
I agree wholeheartedly. Plenty of TRO units that have wanted for minis for years.

nominate and vote for them in the polls. thats how many of the AoW units got a sculpt.

the 2018 retail release schedule currently contains one (1) sculpt that isn't from TRO: Project Phoenix or later (the Mongoose from XTRO: Gunslingers). Sculpts scheduled for retail release in the future aren't eligible for the fan funding option. These niche units are why this sculpting pathway exists.

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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #571 on: 16 March 2018, 18:31:24 »
First, I'm not knocking the people who've put their money where their mouths are. I've contributed to some fan-fundings myself; mainly primitives to replace Reseens.

But I suspect the interest for these obscure 'Mechs come from what I'd call the "pokemon collectors" - gotta get them all! I'm largely in that camp myself. Just my battalion making makes me more inclined to back things that can actually be fielded outside one narrow slice of time & place.

But to each their own. As long as the process is contributing to IWM's success, I shall try and cultivate patience ;)
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #572 on: 16 March 2018, 19:32:25 »
Did we ever get a photo of the Anzu mini?  I am sort of curious . . .
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #573 on: 16 March 2018, 21:06:40 »
Now I like the look of the Bellerephon ... but how many are likely to be sold, ever? Likewise, the Von Rohr? Even with fan funding, is it worth IWM's time & effort?

Which is why it's IWM's call, not mine.

I would argue quite a few for the Bellerophron.  it may have been a failed prototype during the Age of War, but during the Jihad it came back and served as a cheap heavy hitter in the mercenary market.  it will never be a top 20 seller for the line, but I think it has a respectable niche

now the Von Rhors...yeah I only want one cause it looks like a good "Megatron" for a Decepticons side project I have had brewing for a while. THAT is a limited run piece.
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #574 on: 17 March 2018, 12:39:49 »
Did we ever get a photo of the Anzu mini?  I am sort of curious . . .

Anzu is set for 2nd Quarter...but no pictures yet.

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The 1st Quarter releases just got to my store and are available but was short the Catapult II due to a sculptor dropping the project. It will be released later this year as another sculptor will pick it up. Not sure if the delay on the 1st Quarter released (they had intended to be out mid-February) will impact the 2nd Quarter releases or not. Speck can probably answer that one.
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #575 on: 17 March 2018, 22:39:27 »
That is too bad on the catapult II. But if I am honest it was going to be setting on my pegboard for awhile before I could get to it.

I look forward to that mongoose, that thing looks mean in the art.
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #576 on: 18 March 2018, 11:01:55 »
That is too bad on the catapult II. But if I am honest it was going to be setting on my pegboard for awhile before I could get to it.

I look forward to that mongoose, that thing looks mean in the art.

Yeah, really diggin the Mongoose. I wish IWM could use it for another "Clear Resin" mini at GenCon due to its specs. I'd love to have one.
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #577 on: 18 March 2018, 11:04:48 »
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #578 on: 19 March 2018, 14:56:15 »
Do we know much about the Dasher II 3 yet? Like, piece count or any teaser pics? Same question for the Mongoose.

I'm curious how much work it might be to mod the Dasher II back into one of it's other variants. I'm sure the arms will be all kinds of wrong with their claws and no lasers, but the PPC in the chest...is it molded into the torso piece, or is it a separate add-on part? I'm guessing it is molded-in, but you never know.

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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #579 on: 21 March 2018, 19:56:33 »
Do we know much about the Dasher II 3 yet? Like, piece count or any teaser pics? Same question for the Mongoose.

I'm curious how much work it might be to mod the Dasher II back into one of it's other variants. I'm sure the arms will be all kinds of wrong with their claws and no lasers, but the PPC in the chest...is it molded into the torso piece, or is it a separate add-on part? I'm guessing it is molded-in, but you never know.

No word yet...not sure who is doing them either. If/when I find out I will try to remember to post here.
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #580 on: 21 March 2018, 23:25:22 »
IIRC Dave is handling the Dasher. I've got the Mongoose. 4 pieces (legs, torso, arms). Running pose, because a Mongoose really shouldn't be standing still when it can be seen.  ;)

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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #581 on: 22 March 2018, 10:23:09 »
IIRC Dave is handling the Dasher. I've got the Mongoose. 4 pieces (legs, torso, arms). Running pose, because a Mongoose really shouldn't be standing still when it can be seen.  ;)

Thanks Dave Psycho. Please make the head better. The single piece with torso with no neck just looks....tired.

Edit: Was too early when I posted this.
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #582 on: 22 March 2018, 10:39:06 »
Thanks Dave. Please make the head better. The single piece with torso with no neck just looks....tired.

The Dasher has a neck?  ???
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #583 on: 22 March 2018, 12:03:36 »
IIRC Dave is handling the Dasher. I've got the Mongoose. 4 pieces (legs, torso, arms). Running pose, because a Mongoose really shouldn't be standing still when it can be seen.  ;)

Who is this 'Dave' of which you speak, and how do I woo him into making 1/2 variant arms with little laser barrels and a 'clean' torso? Does he, perhaps, like beer?

Oh, and thanks for the info on the Mongoose. I was disappointed when it didn't make the fan-funding list and I'm glad to see it will make it into metal after all. What sort of arm connections are you doing with the little guy? Post/Hole? Ball/Socket? Flat surface with a locating bump/pin?

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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #584 on: 22 March 2018, 13:45:25 »
Who is this 'Dave' of which you speak, and how do I woo him into making 1/2 variant arms with little laser barrels and a 'clean' torso? Does he, perhaps, like beer?

Oh, and thanks for the info on the Mongoose. I was disappointed when it didn't make the fan-funding list and I'm glad to see it will make it into metal after all. What sort of arm connections are you doing with the little guy? Post/Hole? Ball/Socket? Flat surface with a locating bump/pin?

looks like a candidate for the first two depending whether the shoulder joint is sculpted into the arm or torso respectively
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #585 on: 22 March 2018, 19:08:24 »
What's the Bellerephon from?  I tried looking it up on the MUL but there wasn't an entry.

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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #586 on: 22 March 2018, 19:12:15 »
What's the Bellerephon from?  I tried looking it up on the MUL but there wasn't an entry.
Probably because you misspelled the name.
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #587 on: 23 March 2018, 07:45:40 »
I've been away from the forum for a good long while, but i saw this post and had to ask if there was update on this? Which armors do you think we'll get and do you think fan funding will open up for some BAs? There are a bunch from 3145 that i'm dying to add to my collection (i'm looking at you Grey Death Infiltrator  ;) )

Speck said a while ago that there could be a few BAs in the pipeline soon. Does anyone have an answer to my question above?
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #588 on: 23 March 2018, 10:50:04 »
Who is this 'Dave' of which you speak, and how do I woo him into making 1/2 variant arms with little laser barrels and a 'clean' torso? Does he, perhaps, like beer?

Oh, and thanks for the info on the Mongoose. I was disappointed when it didn't make the fan-funding list and I'm glad to see it will make it into metal after all. What sort of arm connections are you doing with the little guy? Post/Hole? Ball/Socket? Flat surface with a locating bump/pin?

Summers; he's far less active now, but you may remember pieces like the resculpted Huron Warrior and Battle Hawk. I can't speak for what may motivate him, though I will also note that the variant choice was a directive and not his call.

Post and hole is what's working out. Those extra shoulder plates need to fit tight to look right. To get the flexibility for a ball and socket you need space for the joint to move, and that's the conflict here. I like to strike a balance between ease of assembly and giving the player options when building. Sometimes that works out, sometimes it doesn't. With a small mini, keeping the number of parts down is a priority.

Speck said a while ago that there could be a few BAs in the pipeline soon. Does anyone have an answer to my question above?

There is interest by an individual who wishes to fund some BA. I have no information beyond that.

Thanks Dave Psycho. Please make the head better. The single piece with torso with no neck just looks....tired.

No problem. When tasked with sculpting a mini, I have to work with the art and direction that's provided; the Mongoose's head is not one that's meant to articulate. Any changes going from provided artwork to the mini are discussed beforehand among the QC group. I'm not at liberty to make changes based on outside input. Your opinion is valid, but so is the next person's. To avoid being caught up with opposing viewpoints, I've got to stick with what Brent and co. say.

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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #589 on: 23 March 2018, 14:33:00 »
Summers; he's far less active now, but you may remember pieces like the resculpted Huron Warrior and Battle Hawk. I can't speak for what may motivate him, though I will also note that the variant choice was a directive and not his call.

Post and hole is what's working out. Those extra shoulder plates need to fit tight to look right. To get the flexibility for a ball and socket you need space for the joint to move, and that's the conflict here. I like to strike a balance between ease of assembly and giving the player options when building. Sometimes that works out, sometimes it doesn't. With a small mini, keeping the number of parts down is a priority.

There is interest by an individual who wishes to fund some BA. I have no information beyond that.

No problem. When tasked with sculpting a mini, I have to work with the art and direction that's provided; the Mongoose's head is not one that's meant to articulate. Any changes going from provided artwork to the mini are discussed beforehand among the QC group. I'm not at liberty to make changes based on outside input. Your opinion is valid, but so is the next person's. To avoid being caught up with opposing viewpoints, I've got to stick with what Brent and co. say.

Ah.  I mean more this:
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But the mini sinks the head down between the shoulders a fair amount.

I'm more talking about the head should look like it can rotate, not stuck down.
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #590 on: 23 March 2018, 17:08:31 »
Bear in mind, the upcoming mini is specifically of the Mongoose Gunslinger, so there's only that one piece of art that can be referenced.
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #591 on: 23 March 2018, 21:28:31 »
Personally, I don’t mind a no-neck Mongoose. I’m not the best at gluing tiny heads on anyway! I like the rather helmet-and-pads look of the TRO art actually. Maybe I’m boring, but I don’t tend to do a whole lot with separate heads anyway. I mostly just try to keep them from looking disjointed or drunk. Anyway, I’m pretty excited about these releases. The Anzu, Dasher II, and Mongoose Gunslinger are ALL mechs I want to own.

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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #592 on: 23 March 2018, 21:36:35 »


Not to be mean, but that guy's kinda ugly and looks like a Mongoose' deformed cousin.

Bear in mind, the upcoming mini is specifically of the Mongoose Gunslinger, so there's only that one piece of art that can be referenced.

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« Reply #593 on: 24 March 2018, 08:12:13 »
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #594 on: 24 March 2018, 17:45:21 »
But the mini sinks the head down between the shoulders a fair amount. https://s3.amazonaws.com/cso-images/schemes/40_foxbatcomstar97hmongoose01.jpg

I'm more talking about the head should look like it can rotate, not stuck down.

The current mini is based on the TRO:2750 art, which it replicates quite well. I see what you mean about the Gunslinger, it's quite different. From my perspective I don't think the head could rotate because the front of the cockpit curves down the chest a bit, but the majority does appear to sit atop a flat upper torso.

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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #595 on: 26 March 2018, 12:52:49 »
Since the Testudo has been assigned the Catalog Number once reserved for the WSP-1, might the Wasp still be released at a future time (whether in the "current" sculpt, or otherwise)?
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #596 on: 26 March 2018, 14:30:25 »
Were properly going end up having to use the Primitive Wasp until they clear up problems with HG.  HBS Novels even used the Primitive Wasp for one of their novelette covers if i remember right.
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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #597 on: 26 March 2018, 16:54:37 »
Since the Testudo has been assigned the Catalog Number once reserved for the WSP-1, might the Wasp still be released at a future time (whether in the "current" sculpt, or otherwise)?

That BT code for wasp was dropped when it released due to all three variants making it into the district release.

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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #598 on: 15 April 2018, 13:32:46 »
Speck said a while ago that there could be a few BAs in the pipeline soon. Does anyone have an answer to my question above?

Sorry for the delay, I had to get things finalized. But below are three BA that will be coming later this year.

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Re: What's in the pipeline?
« Reply #599 on: 15 April 2018, 15:44:47 »
When do you think we will see 2Q releases?  I have a Anzu calling my name . . .
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