August is my month of birth and I confess I hate it since forever.
When I was a child, in fact, I couldn't have a proper birthday party, cause everyone was all around the world, enjoying their summer vacations.
So I had to celebrate my birthday in September, when everybody was sad because of the end of summer and the beginning of a new year of school.
Nowadays, August means to me that all my collaborators are on vacations, a huge waste of time (a full month of vacations!) in my eyes.
Probably, if I was born in Japan everything would have been better, because school doesn't start in September, there, and they are hard workers. Oh, and they have also Fumika Baba, but this is another story.
However, this post has been made not (only) to complain about August, but to take stock of the situation that, hopefully, seems to grow nicely.
First of all, I've received all the 3d prints of our new miniatures range, the Second Government of Inneath! Before going on, let's see some of the many characters we designed, finally 3d printed:
As I wrote many times before, to see our miniatures in real is for us almost a...surprise! We work on our miniatures for months and usually we have to wait years before seeing them finally on our desk!
It is only when they are printed that we can really see their potentials and true "nature": many things that, for example, don't seem to be good in 3d (where you can zoom 400x the sculpt...), once seen in real size become right and, luckily it doesn't happen frequently, many things that are great in 3d sculpt, once printed are not-so-good (for example, the decorations of the French Bulldog collar are so tiny and small!!).
However, it's always a great emotion to finally see the first, tangible, results of years of tears and sweat.
The first time I fully assembled the Iron Titan, I thought "it was worth it".
Even if its 3d print costed me about 1000€!!!
Our schedule is simple and, even if I still don't want to shout it too loudly (you know, Italians are superstitious people), everything seems to proceed as planned: I wanted to have all the 3d prints before September to start the resin production at the beginning of it, and we are on schedule: hooray!
What could possibly ruin this magic? Actually, only serious issues with the 3d prints, but at the moment that I'm writing, after having checked almost everything I have received, I see no major issues: I only decided to re-print the main body of the Titan (I want the control levers to be separated: it will cost us a bit more, but for sure it would avoid you problem of broken parts, once casted in resin!) and I'm currently investigating if the Grimorian Apprentice's backpack straps are fine to be casted in resin, or if it's better to separate them or directly re-sculpt them in order to avoid "mold issues". I think that those undercuts could be problematic, so I'm investigating because, as we say here: "it's better to blush at the beginning, than to pale at the end."
Obviously, being in August, everything is slowed down, but I'm confident that nothing would decelerate our mighty advance towards the final victory.
So, while I'm here, lovingly checking and optimizing the 3d prints for the resin production (it's an incredibly scary thing, believe me!), I'm planning the future releases of our range. Are you ready for some tasty spoilers?!