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!

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.