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#26965
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
I have one hopefully constructive comment on the pictures used in the newsletter.

Personally I do not like the photoshopped "black"of the hole(s) surround used to represent the chasm. It's too... dead and flat plus it is unrealistic for what your typical gaming table would use.

I would have preffered to see some black felt under these area. I *think* it would make it more "lively" as well as giving a better visual representation of what the pieces would look like on a gamers typical table.

I do not know if you all tried that first before going for the photoshopped black area, but in the future you may want to consider taking a few pictures using felt to see if it is visually any better.
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#26966
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
The more elaborate the sculpt, the more difficult it is going to be to cast. The more detailed, the more effort has to be made to painting. Both of these factors could drive the costs up. (I think -- if someone can speak to this issue and show that I'm wrong, please do! I actually want to be wrong in this particular instance.)
Being an amateur sculptor, mold maker, and resin casting person I can say that being elaborate does not necessarily translate to more expensive- at least from the viewpoint of a silicon mold maker. The mold when created will shape itself to whatever details one puts into it. Where it would get expensive from a hobbyist viewpoint is the more elaborate the master the more places there are for voids to occur due ot air bubbles getting trapped. At this point one would have to drop about $800+ dollars for a decent home resin casting center (dual pump (vacuum/pressure), a pressure pot and a vacuum chamber) to eliminate air bubbles.

Painting wise the DF stuff actually appears to be easy to paint. Most of it appears to be a 3 or 4 color dry brush over a base color. Then a few special areas are picked out to give some spots of contrasting color. :D
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#26967
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
I have one hopefully constructive comment on the pictures used in the newsletter.

Personally I do not like the photoshopped "black"of the hole(s) surround used to represent the chasm. It's too... dead and flat plus it is unrealistic for what your typical gaming table would use.

I would have preffered to see some black felt under these area. I *think* it would make it more "lively" as well as giving a better visual representation of what the pieces would look like on a gamers typical table.

I do not know if you all tried that first before going for the photoshopped black area, but in the future you may want to consider taking a few pictures using felt to see if it is visually any better.

Unfortunately, I did not have any flat black material to use -- but I did try some satin black material. Unfortunately, it looked too shiny in the photos, and so I had to go in and mask it out. Believe me, I would have preferred to have missed that step. Good idea about the felt. I will get some for later photos. Or at least, I will get some flat black fabric.
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#26968
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
I rarely use the bowties. I prefer the look without them (ie the new way...and I'm just too lazy to use them with the current pieces..). I'll mix and match (as i already do when I use DOE stuff...) and I'm sure neither I nor my players will even notice. OK OK - we always drink a few bottles of wine prior to playing...but really now...it doesn't bother me a bit...perhaps I will fill them in one day...or better yet... get my kids to do it...
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#26969
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
BTW - multi-level caverns will be awesome (we now really need those waterfall pieces BTW). I've got so many ideas of what I want to do - I just can't wait for the new pieces...
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#26970
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
Hello Jeff, Stefan,

Why oh Why did you do this sale when I am on vacation. I hope that you have what I want when I get back so I can put my order in.... 60 sets here I come. Calm.... Breathe.... Must have more sets.... Need to fill garage floor with multi layer big dungeon.... Calm.... Breathe.... Dear what were you going to get me for christmas? Forget it. Get me more DF. Yes I have room. I know the guest room is getting full... We have an attic above the garage. I will move some of it in there... Must have more.... Need multilayer dungeon to fill my garage floor....

Happy Thanksgiving

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#26971
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
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#26972
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
Bye bye little bow tie... ;-}~

Used them once, didn't really think they made a difference in keeping things together (I always setup my DF pieces on an old army blanket or on top of terrain board) because of what they were sitting on. After the first use I thought they were a PITA to keep track of and remove (and bag)...

I think overall the pieces look much better without the bow tie cutouts and I won't be bothered personally by having two "different looking" sets. It's a non-issue.

What I am bothered by is that I'm seriously going to be divorced soon if I keep planning on purchasing more sets! ha ha....
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#26973
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
I am excited about the new bow-tie-less sets. The only problem is that I already own too many sets to stock up with as many of the new ones as I'd like, so I'll have to find a way to slowly sell off the old sets to replace them with new sets over time.
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#26974
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
I think going without the bow ties is a good idea. Keeping the pieces locked together is nice, but it is fairly time consuming to put down bow ties for a large layout. With the weight of the pieces (rock solid stuff!) and the felt lining on the bottom (yet another quality touch!), the bow ties have been largely unneeded anyway.

I have no idea if I'll ever have the time to fill in the gaps on my pieces, but I'll not lose any sleep over it. They're gorgeous as is.
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#26975
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
Ditto what Kradlo said.

I only ever used the bow ties once then decided they were not needed. I won't bother to fill in the gaps as I have a mountain of other modelling projects I'd like to do before I die (and at this rate, I'll live to 150!!).
The bow tie is dead, long live the smoother floor!

Oh, and I'll be buying 3 or 4 of the new set as well. Awesome versatility.

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#26976
Newsletter Sneak Peak 6 Years, 9 Months ago  
NOOOOooooooooooooooo!!!! I command their return! I guess mixing them up will not mater " only to me " Takes too much talent and time to fill them in but I use them all the time though I have not made a set up lately. Problem I have it any new fantasy stuff that will come out now will not have them. I can always try to do the revers and add them with a dremel tool.... Some one mentioned there will be many sets available with bow ties and that is true enough. BTW.. Who if fighting??? L you mentioned WOTC and I agree. Nobody asked for what they did but many have asked for this " no bow ties ".
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