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The Day I Have Been Waiting For 6 Months ago  
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5 sets, 8 Addons (1 of each and 2 sets of floors), All Unpainted, 2 Paint Sets

Shipping to: Bay Area, CA (30 miles or so from Oakland)

Did not receive confirmation until this morning, after I had them, and I even checked the Fundafull site yesterday, and they were marked as not shipped.

Initial Thoughts:

First, the packaging was impressive. I have been trying to figure out the best way to store these...and I may pretty much use them as is. They take up less room than 2 R&P Sets, so now I need to buy less storage containers, IF I choose to do that.

Next thing I thought was: Dear God, I got a LOT of stuff!



Order Accuracy:

I am still in process of making sure every piece is accounted for. I only have to go through the 5 stretch goal boxes, and will be doing that tonight, but so far, nothing is missing out of my 5 sets, and 8 add-ons.

Color and Sculpture:

They are darker than I was expecting them to be, even after reading multiple posts about how dark they were. Picture "charcoal," or a Dell Laptop.

The details, even unpainted, show up very well, and I can only assume they will pop more once I begin applying paint. These show the same level of sculpture and craftsmanship I have come to expect from DF.





Weight:

Definitely lighter than resin, but still very strong and solid feeling, like a wind isn't going to knock these over, and that slipping would be hard to occur. If it does, I will just buy 2 shelf liners and lay them on the table beforehand, before placing the DF on top of it.

Durability:

I took 2 of the 20x30 floor tiles and wacked them together, repeatedly. No dings, no scuffs, no scratches. This is, obviously, something I would NEVER do with my resin. These feel very "kid-proof." I really like this aspect of the tiles, simply because now, even painted, when I toss them into a container and they are all together, banging around during transport, I don't have an immediate feeling that I will chip or damage these. Dwarvenite really IS durable.

Paint:

I really do appreciate the bottle tops on these, and while I have not yet used the paints (I'll be beginning on Saturday,) I have a good feeling about the brushes, which I received 2 sets of (one for each paint set I purchased.) Thank you for this extra freebie, Stefan - your father would be proud.





Issues:

Again, I have not yet opened all of the stretch goal packs, so this might change.

I have exactly one door that was slightly stuck.

With reading about all of the issues with the 20x30 floors being warped, I was concerned about this the most, especially because I bought 2 packs of them. I am happy to announce that the "warping" issue does not seem to affect my own tiles,and all 4 corners hit the surface, however, there is a SLIGHT gapping issue when all tiles are placed next to each other.



Overall: The low cost, and extra stretch goals really made this a KS you wanted to be part of. The durability of the new Dwarvenite is very high, and the sculptures are very high quality. For the amount of pieces that needed to be created and shipped to 5200ish people all across the world, to be delivered on time, states to me that this was a very well run Kickstarter, which is exactly what I have come to expect from Dwarven Forge. Congrats, guys, on a job well done!

This thread will continue to be updated, and I actually have a painting thread on a different forum if you would like to watch along with painting progression. If anyone has specific questions, or picture requests, please feel free to ask, and I will see what I can do for you. :)

In short: Call me a very satisfied, and pleased backer, and I will happily be backing you guys come DF KS 2 - The Return of Dwarvenite!
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#57812
Re:The Day I Have Been Waiting For 6 Months ago  
congratulations Galladril have fun taking off all the little baggies (i have a few more sets to do, but i am savoring them - saving my COS for last) - looking forward to following your painting
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#57829
Re:The Day I Have Been Waiting For 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Congrats on recieving your shipment, just want to say "kid-proof" is a bit of a misnomer...I'd say regardless of age your Dwarven forge is gonna get knocked around...by accident of course but I doubt resin DF would stand a chance with us (ages 19-32)...I dunno maybe were just a rowdy group
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#57841
Re:The Day I Have Been Waiting For 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Thanks for the comments, Guys. :) I'm usually pretty gentle with my stuff (I'm a D&D collector) but I just liked the fact that I was tossing them back in the boxes and not needing to worry about "dinging" them up.

Got my 5 stretch goal boxes counted last night - nothing missing. There is something to be said for that.

I got lucky, and managed to get exactly 30 minutes of time in to paint last night, so the journey has started.

I am planning on doing these in a pseudo assembly-line fashion, so you might just be seeing grey for a while...but then again, I want to have some finished pieces, so I may take one or 2 sets, and complete them first....we all know how painting goes.



You can BARELY see it, in this picture, but I laid down a long strip of wax paper on the right side of my workbench to put pieces down, just so I wasn't slopping paint all over.







Yes, I am using latex gloves. I paint with my right hand, and hold with my left, and simply because you are spinning these around, and need to try to get every surface, instead of putting them on a painting base with putty, I figured it would just be easier to do it this way, and so far, it's working well.



"Pretty Maids All In a Row"



Admittedly, not a whole lot to see here, with just one color being applied, but you really can see the difference 1 coat makes.

For the paint itself, it seems to be a little more fluid than Reaper, and WAY more than Vallejo. I have to admit, it was nice to just go on autopilot for a little while, and not need to mess around with color mixing.

The brushes themselves aren't Kolinsky Sables, but they aren't the Tester's black plastic bristles mounted into a white plastic handle, either. I like them.

Fair warning to anyone who got a brush set: When I removed the drybrush from its protector, the bristles seemed VERY stiff, almost like there was glue (or I would guess, brush conditioner) in them. I just ran mine through some water, and they began to function as expected.

Yes, Stefan, I take care of my brushes, and yours will be no different. :)

More to come as the journey progresses...tomorrow will be a good day.
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#58072
Re:The Day I Have Been Waiting For 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Painting update continued here.

I'm not sure if I will keep updating in both places - the image formatting just takes way too long to do it twice...but if enough people comment, I might be swayed.
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#58074
Re:The Day I Have Been Waiting For 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Wow! That is some incredible work!
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#58077
Re:The Day I Have Been Waiting For 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Thanks, Xav. :)
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#58397
Re:The Day I Have Been Waiting For 5 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Couple more updates here.
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#58420
Re:The Day I Have Been Waiting For 5 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
You DF is looking great! Thanks for sharing :)
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#58423
Re:The Day I Have Been Waiting For 5 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
thanks for sharing galladril - i have been following regularly

in my one brief painting attempt (sort of failed altar) i experienced the same thing with the stone edge drybrush - it almost seems like it clings to the olive drybrush more than anything else - i thought maybe i didn't let it dry enough and so it was a tackier surface - i need a LOT more practice to get my touch as light with that as i would like
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#58442
Re:The Day I Have Been Waiting For 5 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Glad you guys are digging it, and I really do appreciate all comments - helps make the time expenditure a little more "worth it" when you can get some feedback.

I know I am being pretty heavy with my Stone Edge drybrushing, but I also know I am drying the %^$! out of the brush before doing that step. It's just a REALLY bright color, and it's gonna stand out no matter what you do.

I kinda like though that when the OD gets covered up, you can just see faint little traces of it.

I know someone who backed this KS and got painted sets. He sent me pics of the "official DF Paintjob," and I think it is close enough, or at least became that way after I stopped adding so much Earth Stone to the individual stones.

However, I've said it before, and I'll say it again: no 2 paintjobs are going to be the same. They will be SIMILAR, simply based on the fact that we are all (assuming) using the same colors and doing the same techniques, but it comes down to the painter's technique.
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#58452
Re:The Day I Have Been Waiting For 5 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
As has been discussed ad nauseam in other places on this forum even the factory paints vary from batch to batch or painter to painter. The variety helps the dungeons not look repitious.

Toward that end i think having some walls with lots of earth stones and others with fewer will be a bonus for you - certainly no issues with pattern repetition for you ;)
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