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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Forward Base Unboxing

Just in time for the Holidays our Forward Base Kickstarter  pledge arrived from Antenocitis Workshop!

Which leads directly to an experiment with unboxing video ... and to a serious attempt to correctly spell Antenocitis! 

This was one of the Forward Base + pledges with a tone of extra stuff added into it... there are five forklifts for example... I really love these non militarized vehicle equipments for objectives and atmosphere, and a lot of different colors on the pre-printed MDF parts.

This Kickstarter had a lot of trouble mostly due to the loss, very early on, of the company's lead resin caster and some other serious health issues.  As a result its been about two years before delivery to the last batch of backers... which included us.

I remain very happy with both the quality of the product and the dedication of the company to seeing this project fully delivered in spite of all the obstacles they encountered.  Communication was excellent throughout the process which helps a great deal when things are not going exactly to plan!  We've since backed a few more of their projects and imagine we will continue to do so in future. 

I'll dig down on the individual sections of this as I continue to work my way through the truly massive size of this project.

 First up is one of the more interesting bits for immediate consideration is the "It's life Jim" add on which is primarily Alien Flora.

Dok Ork standing in for scale!  These fans are a really good size for obscuring LoS.
 There are two primary types of flora here... a thing that looks like a fallen log, or horizontal fungal tube, with big berries and an upright fan with spiky stamens and the big, juicy, berries.

 I'm really interested in the material Antenocitis Workshop used here.  Its translucent and rubbery.  I'm going to attempt to paint it unprimed, or spot primed.. I'll have to do some tests, and try to preserve a lot of the translucent material in the final paint state.

 So things like the Fans, other than the fringe and the base, and the bodies of the berries will get left raw, or maybe veined... hmmm... the possibilities!

This is a "Designed for Inifinty" product so a lot of scatter is included.  While I don't play Infinity myself I'm starting to get really interested in taking a look at it due, largely, to the great stuff that is being produced for it by third party suppliers under license, or with the specific consent of the IP owner Corvus Belli.  This is such a refreshing approach to IP development and product diversity.  So all of our tables can look, and be, compatible but far from identical!


  1. Playing catchup again! That is some interesting material. Is it still resin, just a new formulation? Rubbery is quite the term to describe a material!

    Make sure to get relinked over at faeit! his blog roll works again!

    1. Hey Greg!

      I totally missed you comment... I've been on the road a lot since the last post and didn't look over here.

      This clear material is really probably more accurately rubber than resin... It was described as resin but is bendable like rubber... I mean like I can make a U shape out of it! It is, however very stiff in terms of holding it's shape and stability with a really good memory for its form. Unlike... say many of the Reaper (Bones I) minis which were so soft that they wouldn't stand. These, I believe, were cast during a period where the resin casting department was in a period of transition after losing their master resin caster so I'm not sure if they are representative of all the clear cast stuff from this project. The material has some issues taking paint but less so than Bones or early RH resins.I'm working on them at the moment and we'll see how it goes!

    2. Ah...I was never a fan of how reaper bones takes paint. I am so used to metal, resin, and plastic, that it just drives me nuts!

    3. Yar! Me too! When they described the "Ready to Paint, no need for primer" Bones material as "mildly hydrophobic" I fell out laughing! Of course it was nothing that an entirely new formulation of Reaper Paints(HD) wouldn't fix... genius!

  2. Playing catchup again! That is some interesting material. Is it still resin, just a new formulation? Rubbery is quite the term to describe a material!

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