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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Counterblast Production Update 8



The rulebook printing is complete and has been shipped from the printer. According to the email update, the finished books will arrive Wednesday by FedEx ground.

Vicky has finished packing Edo Core Faction sets and has also assembled the "Bomb Kits" for all of the backer levels that receive the freebies of Helen, Particle Beam Guns and the prototype models.




More masters have been shipped out from the foundry and will be arriving on Monday. We received a partial shipment yesterday and everything looks great!
















We have assembled a few of the masters and primed them for painting. Some of the other production castings of the Lancers and Edo have been assembled and are ready to receive a primer coat. These production models will be used for demo games at conventions.




More news as we get more stuff in.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Counterblast Progress for July

The BIGGEST NEWS is we have received the prototype parts of the helmet visor domes. They are in the actual clear injection molded styrene EXACTLY as they will be produced!




The sample parts have been test fitted to the existing GDF model sculpts and their collars are keyed to fit the dome visors. All of these sculpts will go off to mold with this batch for mastering. As of this posting, Bombshell Miniatures will be the only miniatures company producing 8mm clear styrene plastic hemisphere helmet domes for individual sale.



All of the parts for the Mekkus and the Hopper bot have been printed and cleaned. They will be included with the other completed sculpts for mastering as well.

Edokin Trapper A

Edokin Trapper B
Edokin Eyespy
Another example of the bioengineered Edokin, the Eyespy looks like a spawnling with a prominent mass of eyes in its brain textured head. The Eyespy has a superior chameleon ability, capable of altering the color of its skin to avoid detection by the unaided eye. Its psi powers enable it to float swiftly about, searching for enemy troops or strongholds. Upon discovering a foe, the Eyespy uses its enhanced optical organs to report what it sees to its fellow Edo to assist with targeting enemy positions. It also uses its Mind Probe ability to learn strategies and secrets from opposing forces. To defend itself, the Eyespy can generate a biocharged electrical field which can stun opponents similar to a Neuralizer pistol.

Lancer Brute
Lancer Clipper (Sniper/Scout)
Neiran Jamad Warleader

Neiran Scythesister

Neiran Clansister

Neiran Acolyte

This completes the sculpts funded on the project.

Production casting have already been returned for all of the Officer Helen, Particle Gun Sprues and the Illyrian/Edo prototypes.

Vicky and I have been hard at work on assembling the rulebook. She has been going through each section of the Faction lists and writing new content as well as extensively editing the previous content she had written in the background overviews, force list entries, and narratives to bring it all in line.



Most of the work I have been doing on the layout has been to whip the rules section into shape. Brett has finished writing pretty much all of the rules section and now it's just down to formatting the container. This still involves creating diagram graphics and placing spot illustrations along with border designs for the various sections.

The bow on the whole package, though, is Matt Dixon's fantastic cover art! We described to him what we wanted and as a big fan of classic pulp sci-fi he dove in with both feet.



He faithfully recreated the look and feel we were going for - totally reminiscent of the pulp digest covers from the 40s! We are very excited to have this art to represent the first look into the Outer Reaches.

As it stands, we expect to finish the book layout over the next week or so and get that off to the printer as soon as possible.


Jean Lee is designing several of the Neiran selections as well as a few large critters for the Edo and a Mekkus character. You can see more of Jean's work here!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Preorder Counterblast!


All of the items funded on the Counterblast Kickstarter project have been added to our web store and are now live this week. If you are a Kickstarter backer, you will be able to select your rewards as well as add items if you wish for an additional charge. If you missed the Kickstarter project, you will be able to preorder all the available items that were offered at the Kickstarter prices for a limited time only! Please note: the estimated shipping date for all Kickstarter rewards is August. Preordered items are estimated to ship in September.

Visit the store here to see all of the Preorder Items!

Production Update #4



This week we have really made some progress on the project. Out of 289 backers 3 were dropped, 5 selected no reward, and 245 have responded to the survey. We are still awaiting 36 backers to complete their surveys. This is fantastic and really helps us move along!

IMPORTANT PLEDGE MANAGEMENT INSTRUCTIONS!!!


We will be posting a SPECIAL UPDATE this week that will have step-by-step instructions on how to redeem your gift code to select your rewards items. Be aware that if you do not respond to the Kickstarter survey with a current active email address, we will be unable to send your gift code to redeem your items.

The web store will have all of the items offered on the Counterblast Kickstarter project, so if you missed out on pledging or want to add items and pay the additional amount, you will be able to do so when you check out.



After a series of arduous nights chained to ZBrush, I have been able to extract ALL of the digital files for the various pieces offered on the Kickstarter project. These 30 files have been sent to print and as soon as they come in I'll post pics. This includes all of the Mekkus parts along with their various weapon options and also the plucky HOpR Bot for the Lancers Faction Core Set.



The HOpR Bot will come equipped with what is shown. He will have a separate head and arms for posing and future releases will allow us to offer variants such as Med Bots, Tech Bots and an all new posable HLpR Bot.

This week we received our first round of masters from Valiant and they look terrific. We have approved them for production and the moldmakers are currently hard at work cleaning masters and making molds.




Vicky and I got quite a bit of work done laying out the preliminary files for the rulebook. We have all of the sections listed and placeholders for all the elements. We received a sample from the printer for the type of book we will be making and the quality of the cover and paper selection is top notch. We are very excited that the book will be as close to having the feel of the early pulp anthology serials, but with an “upgraded” aesthetic.



In other exciting news, Matt Dixon has provided us with a rough layout sketch of what he has planned for the cover art. We are really looking forward to seeing the final version and will post that as soon as it comes in.

GenCon Events for 2014!

Sculpting Classes and COUNTERBLAST Creators!

GenCon badge registration has opened. Event registration opens May 18th and we will be hosting three events this year. I will be teaching two introductory sculpting classes and we will be having our first Counterblast creator’s panel on Sunday. Check out the details at the links below, you will need to be logged into the GenCon web site in order to view them.

Come learn the fundamentals of figure sculpting with Patrick Keith. A wide range of techniques will be covered starting with making a wire armature for your figures, poses and anatomy, and textures like fur, chainmail and more! Tools and supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own.

MHE1453862 - Introduction to Sculpting Miniatures - Friday 2pm

MHE1453863 - Introduction to Sculpting Miniatures - Saturday 2pm

See the process involved in creating the COUNTERBLAST: Adventure Battle Game, learn what is involved in production, the Kickstarter project, and fulfillment from the creators Brett Amundson, Vicky Morgan-Keith and Patrick Keith. Upcoming releases, concept art and other surprises will be offered along with Q&A.

SEM1453861 - Counterblast Future Past - Sunday 2pm

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Aces of Painting

Bombshell Miniatures is very proud to sponsor the GenCon Aces of Painting Event as the manufacturer contributor providing Babes models for the charity auction. Aces are all award-winners and international competitors with a large appeal to collectors.  Each year, 10 painters from the group volunteer, miniatures are received and prepped in secret, and everyone prepares to fight it out in the Arena!

Sculptor Patrick Keith will be on hand to co-emcee the event and taunt the participants.

Friday, April 25, 2014

April News!

April's new releases are now in stock!




We received our shipment of castings from Valiant this week and preorders have been shipped. If you haven't ordered yours yet, check them out here.




Masters for over twenty Babes, thirteen Sidekicks, and three of our Epic models have been shipped to Great Britain this week to begin a licensing agreement between Bombshell Miniatures and West Wind Games. Once a production pipeline is established, West Wind will be able to supply Bombshell products to the UK and EU. We are very pleased and excited to be working with West Wind to make Bombshell Miniatures more readily available in Europe.






We have managed to reserve a table at the upcoming Dallas Comic Con, May 16-18, at the Dallas Convention Center. We will be in the Small Business Expo/Artist Alley section of the vendor hall with all kinds of Bombshell goodies, so stop by and say 'hi'!




We are also pleased to be helping support this year's annual Kublacon, May 23-26, in Burlingame, CA. If you're attending this year, you may glimpse a Bombshell mini or two at the paint and take and speed painting events.

Monday, March 31, 2014

April is Bot Month!!!

April Special!!!


Do you remember the movie ‘Forbidden Planet’ with Robby the Robot? It premiered on April 1, 1956, and in honor of this sci-fi classic, all our bots are 10% off for the month of April! So if you’re looking for a helpful robot pal or a maniacal, mechanical menace, be sure check them out! We have several bots to choose from including the GhNT Security Bot, GhNT EMT Bot, GhnT Fire Bot, MaC Bot, BdE Bots, GhNT Spy Bot, HLpR Bot, and even a limited selection of the Maelee Special Edition set! Just enter the code APRILBOT at checkout to receive your discount!


Bombshell Miniatures will be attending the brand new, first annual G33K3 Con this coming Saturday, April 5th in our home town of McKinney, Texas! So if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and say “hi”. We’d love to meet you!




April New Releases



We received the masters for our April releases from Valiant last week and they were approved for production. We should have castings in about two weeks. Preorders will be shipping out shortly after. If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check them out here.


Counterblast News!



The first batch of figures for our upcoming adventure battle game, Counterblast, have been sent off to Valiant to be mastered in preparation for production. Funding for this project was generated through Kickstarter and our backers did an awesome job in aiding us in establishing this new game and miniature line of pulp sci-fi adventure. Production and fulfillment for Counterblast is under way, and we are planning to have it ready for release in time for GenCon 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. We at Bombshell would like to thank all our backers for their support to make this new game line possible!