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  1. I think he's great, much better than the straight up deadpool clone of the original sculpt. I guess CB have to be more careful with homages now that A) they're a bigger player in the market and will attract more attention Disney are litigious and C) Marvel miniatures are a legit licenced thing (even though Knight have stopped doing the Marvel game, someone else will probably pick it up).
  2. Awesome! I like the Massacre redesign though he looks really short. Where are these pictures from?
  3. Hey Cho, have you any plans to split the metal versions of the Aristeia minis?
  4. There's no difference in what CB is selling direct right? It's unusual that the preorders are staggered like that.
  5. I'm surprised at the lack of hype from CB over the preorder going live, I thought they'd have done more stuff with Beasts of War at least. Does anyone have any idea what the "ten exclusive foil cards" that come in the standard edition preorder are? The collectors edition is way out of my budget and at this point I'm not sure I'll preorder at all.
  6. I'm really not feeling the Blackjack, it's exactly what I was hoping it wouldn't be. I'm glad others seem to like it so much though. I feel like CB are doing a good job of catering to different tastes and aesthetics across the factions.
  7. Andromeda is nice enough I'm tempted to get her even though I don't play Aleph. She'd make a good character for RPGs separated from the guardian.
  8. I don't know about you guys, but for me the Jager is pretty much the honorary third member of Mirage-5. That's gonna be a mean combo. See, now you made me wish he was available in MRRF he'd be genuinely useful there just as an AD specialist that isn't restricted to Parachutist.
  9. Hi Cho, how much would a Reverend Moira with HMG cost?
  10. reverend moira Thanks! I haven't got a Moira to sacrifice, I'll have to try the Alguacile.
  11. Beautiful painting! Is the HMG on the Intruder from the Alguaciles box? I was just wondering if that'd work.
  12. €125 is about right given that the base game is going to be €60. Think of it as adding 2 unit boxes to the base game. Not only that, each unit box contains three S2 minis and one S5 mini (judging by comments from people who've seen the demo sets) for €32.50 each. I was hoping it'd be €90 but I'm not surprised it isn't.
  13. Are the CKs that come with the Taskmaster the same old sculpts? Or have they finally done nice crisp modern ones?
  14. A move to plastic can work for a range but it's not always smooth sailing. From the examples you quoted. Warmahordes didn't have stellar minis to begin with (IMHO) and some of their initial attempts at plastic were pretty dire. The game survived to be sure but from my experience Warmahordes players are all about the rules and system, the minis are very much a secondary concern behind gameplay. Malifaux required an entire redesign of the range from the ground up. Wyrd have done some stellar work with their plastics to the point where I think they've surpassed GW. The only issue I have is the required complexity of the assembly to match what they want from detail leads to some madly fiddlily assembly, 11 parts for one human sized mini... Steamforged are an interesting case and one worth using for comparison. They started as all metal but have just released 2 fully plastic (PVC) teams Farmers and Engineers. The latter two teams have a slightly different asthetic to the older teams which facilitates their easier production in plastic. The older teams are still available in metal and probability will be for the foreseeable future as Steamforged dont feel they can successfully recast them in PVC. The very interesting part are two of the teams that appeared in the Kickoff Starter set. These teams (Brewers and Masons) were previously metal minis remade in coloured PVC. The comparison between the metal and PVC versions shows they are very similar but small changes were made to facilitate easier casting in PVC. In addition (and here's where it's relevant to Aristea) the kickoff minis are preassembled in China after casting from multiple parts, this means that the minis have allot of detail and dynamic poses for PVC minis since they don't have to be single piece casts. Having seen the Guild Ball plastics, the bare metal Aristea sculpts and looking at the Aristea mini previews I highly suspect CB have used the same manufacturer as Steamforged and have gone through a similar process. If they have I guarantee you that apart from some small flash issues the Aristea minis will be very high quality and you might be hard pressed to tell a primed PVC mini from a primed metal one. Steamforged have announced that all the teams will be plastic by the end of 2018. I love metal minis and don't want CB to switch so believe me when I say that in the case of Guild Ball the switch to plastic will be a huge improvement. The metal they use is so soft that it bends at the slightest knock and the connections are often tiny and poorly designed. Even the older and more awkward Infinity models I've assembled have been much better designed and cast. GB is also essentially a board game. The actual minis arent really the point, unlike Infinity where the aesthetic of the miniatures and table are a huge part of the fun, the fantastic ruleset is a nice bonus. I'm sure I'm not the only one who buys Infinity models for factions they don't play just cos they're beautiful, in fact I'd bet a majority of players have one or two. I don't think many people do that for Guild Ball.