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State of the Microworld 2022

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2022 5:19 am 
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Its rapidly approaching mid-year, so time for another State of the Microworld update, albeit a fairly short one.
Between December of last year and This May, I have been able to push out the 3mm Goblins and Dwarves, as well as a hefty 6mm Bronze Age line. I’m proud of that level of output, and definitely one of the big goals for me this year was to push out some of the releases that have been languishing in a half-ready state for literally years. That being said, sales are way down, and I can’t really keep that pace of releases for the rest of the year.

I kind of expect a bit of a continual downward trend going forward as I am gradually superseded by 3D printers and 3D printing services. I have made peace with it. I have no interest in setting up a print farm, nor do I really feel like selling stl files. As a consequence, all major releases going forward will be Kickstarter-based. I was hoping to avoid that, because it is a ton easier to just sell from my site + Etsy, but most of this stuff just isn’t remotely covering a third of its cost. I’m hoping the KS’s perform around as well as my last one, as that will enable me to meet the release goals I have in mind. I will definitely still have the odd straight to retail release here and there to bulk up lines etc.

June is going to be the 6mm Chinese Warring States Kickstarter. Almost everything is mastered, I just need to do some test prints of the various chariots for pictures and I will start constructing the campaign page. I’m not going to be casting this one myself, so I am hoping I can get it fulfilled pretty quick.

I would love to try to squeeze 2 additional KS’s in this year after the Warring States stuff, but I doubt I will have the time. The next one is likely to be 3mm Fantasy Imperials, perhaps with Vampiric undead as stretch goals.
Other than that, the rest of the year is pretty up in the air. In terms of straight to retail releases, probably some 3mm scifi that has been sitting for a while, some additions to the Bronze Age line (Gutian barbarians, early bronze age missile troops) and the Insect Nomads faction for the Dieselpunk line.

I do have a pretty large backlog of 6mm scifi items…I might do one last straight to retail release there this year, just to use as a point of comparison for future KS’s.

In terms of KS’s for next year, it will look something like:
1. 6mm Old / Middle Kingdom Egyptians + Libyans and Nubians
2. 6mm Scifi Grav tank force (big one), including some Siocast tanks I had done out of curiosity
3. 6mm Fantasy Expansion

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 Post subject: Re: State of the Microworld 2022
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2022 1:05 pm 
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I do find it a bit silly just how much sales a KS brings in. I ran a pre-order for my Polish-Lithuanian Winged Hussars, advertised on the same forums and groups, and didn't get nearly the response from a KS even with better deal.

Where'd you get the Siocast done? I saw a video for it. At $80K for a machine though it's a *bit* beyond me.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2022 5:05 am 
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Yeah, its wild how much more you grab via KS. I'm curious to see if it persists over time and multiple campaigns.

I'm getting the Siocast done at Moddler.com. I actually did business with them a decade ago for some of my first 3d prints, so they have been around for a while. They are super new to the Siocast game though, so I think they are still learning. Currently they offer only the softer siocast material, but have plans to get the harder stuff as well, which I under stand is a bit easier to clean up in the case of mold lines and what not.

Because it is contract casting, its really not cheaper than metal castings, even at these crazy metal prices. As you say, the machines are insanely expensive and they have to make it back somehow. For 6mm tanks it sort of makes sense money-wise.
I inquired about some 6mm cavalry though and we couldn't really get to a price that was workable, although they were willing to work with me quite a bit on it.

I'm eager to see what the quality is like, if there are mold lines etc.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2022 7:39 pm 
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As long as you’re making them, I’m buying your miniatures.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2022 8:35 pm 
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Thanks man, appreciate it!

Taking some pics for the WS Chinese kickstarter, here are a few previews:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2022 6:21 pm 
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Have to say those look absolutely fantastic, stunning level of detail for that scale.


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