Monday, September 1, 2014

September Babes™ Sale!

It’s been two years since the launch of our Babes™ Kickstarter! In honor of this, all our Babes™ will be 20% off their regular price until the end of the month!!! Check out the entire range here.

Tepeyollatla painted by Mary Profitt

Evelyn the Explorer painted by Mary Profitt

Friday, August 29, 2014

GenCon 2014 Aces of Painting

Bombshell Miniatures was honored this year to sponsor the Aces of Painting Event at GenCon 2014. Ten world-class painters had one hour to slather a bevy of Bombshell Babes™ with emulsified pigment. I got to pester and distract them while they did so.




Congratulations to Marike Reimer, our 2014 ACE of ACES! A huge thank you to Dawn and Scott Farris cutting through the slow bidding and standing up to say "$750.00!" for the set at the charity auction.

Marike Reimer painted Victoriana



Noel Meyer painted Vivian Gale


Jessica Rich painted Prof. Karrick


Matt DiPietro painted The Girl


James Wappel painted Artie the Zombie Hunter


Sue Wachowski painted Tepeollotla


Rhonda Bender painted Tillie the Pilot


Michael Proctor painted Sally Starfield


Amy Stegmann painted Geirahod the Spear of Battle


James Craig painted Ronja the Barbarian

A big thanks goes out to Jimbo Stone's Photography who covered the event and provided these photographs!




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fulfillment Update 2




Fulfillment has begun in earnest. Vicky has been combing through all of the rewards orders and has been packing and packaging them for shipment. As of last Friday (8/22) we have shipped out another 40 packages.


HELMET DOMES


Here is the update I received by email from GPI regarding the shipment of the plastic helmet dome sprues:

The shipment arrived in North America by boat on 8/11 and had not been loaded to the rail as of Tues 8/19. The “dwell time” (the time between leaving the ship and moving out on the rail on the train) has been exceeding 14 days recently. This is slower than normal. So…with that being said – Worst case scenario is it could get to GPI the first week of September. Best case scenario is it could get to GPI before September. We will do a quality inspection here before reshipping by truck to you.



Evidently our order is packed in a shipping container along with other parts GPI has produced for other clients and will be delivered as soon as they can get them.

Many of the orders we have received include GDF (Galactic Defense Force) models that require the plastic helmet domes. Once we receive these from GPI, we will begin processing the orders that include them and start shipping those rewards packages right away.

In the meantime, Vicky has been busy sorting the orders for domestic and international packages to ship what we are able from the stock of castings we have already received from Valiant.

WEST WIND UK/EU FULFILLMENT


We will be talking with West Wind later this week to go over details of fulfillment to the UK and EU. We will ship out the remaining batch of masters and additional product to fulfill those backers rewards, along with additional stock so they may handle that for future sales. Please be aware that this is also affected by the bubble helmet delay.

We sincerely appreciate your patience as we work to get your rewards to you as quickly as possible.

HOpR and HLpR Bots


There is actually a correction regarding how these models are supposed to be kitted out.



The renders shown with both the arm and the gun on the HoPR Bot were for placement and sizing on the digital prints. It was supposed to be swapped out before the images were posted. This error in the render also shows up on the Faction Core Set art on the main project page in addition to their entries in the Core Rulebook. Logistics dictated that we package the HOpR Bots with the weapon arms and the upcoming release of the new HLpR Bots with the regular arms. That is not to say that once both models are available that you couldn't convert your models to have one of each, but this is how we have to package them for sale.

So - you should actually be receiving HOpR Bots with TWO weapon arms and a jump pack in your backer rewards.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fulfillment Update 1


THE FIRST TRANSPORT IS AWAY!


Vicky has combed through the initial batch of orders and we delivered the first little bundle of rewards packages to the post office on Friday.

Some of you have already reported over the internet that you have received your items and have been very pleased with them.

For those who have not checked it out yet, we are building a great community over on our Facebook group for the game. Jump in and check it out.




Unfortunately we can't be in two places at once and GenCon will have us until after next weekend. When we return, fulfillment will continue and we will be shipping out more rewards packages at that time.



As I mentioned in an earlier update, all that remains is receiving the plastic visor domes for the GDF models. They have been shipped from China and are expected to arrive at GPI later this month. As soon as they QC the parts, they will ship them to us and then we will send out those packages.


The big ticket item this week is GenCon. We have rented an 15' passenger van and have just finished stuffing it full of as much Bombshell goodness as will fit. We wil be hitting the road at 5am in order to get to the far side of Nashville by a decent hour tomorrow.

We will try to post updates to our Facebook page so those who are unable to attend can still check out all the cool goings on.

More news when we return!

Patrick
The Sculptdude

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Production Update 9




So far we are awaiting 48 more responses for backers to select their rewards items. If you have already placed orders for your rewards items we appreciate your input!

On July 31st we will be revising the web storeand all codes for the pledged amounts will expire. After that date, in order to select your rewards items, you will need to email us directly at support@bombshellminis.com with your selections. This may significantly delay you receiving your items as we have to sort these late orders separately. Thanks for your understanding. We look forward to shipping your items!




The remaining masters arrived from Valiant this week. Aside from just a couple of tiny issues, everything in the batch looked great!




Production molds and castings are already underway and they assured us we will have our order by the end of the month.

The rulebooks have been delivered and they look really great!







They weigh in at 256 b&w pages and are like a special double-sized pulp sci-fi digest! We are very excited to have them and they turned out exactly as we expected!

Next week we will be making the PDFs of the Core Rulebook available for download to all our backers whose rewards include either the printed book or PDF as a reward item. We will be sending a set of links through the Kickstarter message system in order to download the files.




Along with the main PDF file for the Core Rulebook we will also offer additional FREE files! These extra PDFs contain pages with all of the available stat cards for the models by faction, plus a Template & Counters PDF that will have printable tokens, templates, and a Gameplay Summary card you can use for reference in your games! That way you can get started checking out all of the awesome COUNTERBLAST™ goodness while you are waiting for your minis and printed book to arrive.

In addition to packing TONS of product, Vicky has also been able to paint up a few Lancer models for the studio.




She's got most of the base colors blocked out on some of them and will be detailing and highlighting them next. Between now and GenCon we'll be posting more pics of the painted studio models for you to see as we get them completed!

More for you next week!
Patrick
The Sculptdude

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!