Saturday, July 26, 2014

Production Update 9

So far we are awaiting 48 more responses for backers to select their rewards items. If you have already placed orders for your rewards items we appreciate your input!

On July 31st we will be revising the web storeand all codes for the pledged amounts will expire. After that date, in order to select your rewards items, you will need to email us directly at with your selections. This may significantly delay you receiving your items as we have to sort these late orders separately. Thanks for your understanding. We look forward to shipping your items!

The remaining masters arrived from Valiant this week. Aside from just a couple of tiny issues, everything in the batch looked great!

Production molds and castings are already underway and they assured us we will have our order by the end of the month.

The rulebooks have been delivered and they look really great!

They weigh in at 256 b&w pages and are like a special double-sized pulp sci-fi digest! We are very excited to have them and they turned out exactly as we expected!

Next week we will be making the PDFs of the Core Rulebook available for download to all our backers whose rewards include either the printed book or PDF as a reward item. We will be sending a set of links through the Kickstarter message system in order to download the files.

Along with the main PDF file for the Core Rulebook we will also offer additional FREE files! These extra PDFs contain pages with all of the available stat cards for the models by faction, plus a Template & Counters PDF that will have printable tokens, templates, and a Gameplay Summary card you can use for reference in your games! That way you can get started checking out all of the awesome COUNTERBLAST™ goodness while you are waiting for your minis and printed book to arrive.

In addition to packing TONS of product, Vicky has also been able to paint up a few Lancer models for the studio.

She's got most of the base colors blocked out on some of them and will be detailing and highlighting them next. Between now and GenCon we'll be posting more pics of the painted studio models for you to see as we get them completed!

More for you next week!
The Sculptdude

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Counterblast Production Update 8

The rulebook printing is complete and has been shipped from the printer. According to the email update, the finished books will arrive Wednesday by FedEx ground.

Vicky has finished packing Edo Core Faction sets and has also assembled the "Bomb Kits" for all of the backer levels that receive the freebies of Helen, Particle Beam Guns and the prototype models.

More masters have been shipped out from the foundry and will be arriving on Monday. We received a partial shipment yesterday and everything looks great!

We have assembled a few of the masters and primed them for painting. Some of the other production castings of the Lancers and Edo have been assembled and are ready to receive a primer coat. These production models will be used for demo games at conventions.

More news as we get more stuff in.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Counterblast Progress for July

The BIGGEST NEWS is we have received the prototype parts of the helmet visor domes. They are in the actual clear injection molded styrene EXACTLY as they will be produced!

The sample parts have been test fitted to the existing GDF model sculpts and their collars are keyed to fit the dome visors. All of these sculpts will go off to mold with this batch for mastering. As of this posting, Bombshell Miniatures will be the only miniatures company producing 8mm clear styrene plastic hemisphere helmet domes for individual sale.

All of the parts for the Mekkus and the Hopper bot have been printed and cleaned. They will be included with the other completed sculpts for mastering as well.

Edokin Trapper A

Edokin Trapper B
Edokin Eyespy
Another example of the bioengineered Edokin, the Eyespy looks like a spawnling with a prominent mass of eyes in its brain textured head. The Eyespy has a superior chameleon ability, capable of altering the color of its skin to avoid detection by the unaided eye. Its psi powers enable it to float swiftly about, searching for enemy troops or strongholds. Upon discovering a foe, the Eyespy uses its enhanced optical organs to report what it sees to its fellow Edo to assist with targeting enemy positions. It also uses its Mind Probe ability to learn strategies and secrets from opposing forces. To defend itself, the Eyespy can generate a biocharged electrical field which can stun opponents similar to a Neuralizer pistol.

Lancer Brute
Lancer Clipper (Sniper/Scout)
Neiran Jamad Warleader

Neiran Scythesister

Neiran Clansister

Neiran Acolyte

This completes the sculpts funded on the project.

Production casting have already been returned for all of the Officer Helen, Particle Gun Sprues and the Illyrian/Edo prototypes.

Vicky and I have been hard at work on assembling the rulebook. She has been going through each section of the Faction lists and writing new content as well as extensively editing the previous content she had written in the background overviews, force list entries, and narratives to bring it all in line.

Most of the work I have been doing on the layout has been to whip the rules section into shape. Brett has finished writing pretty much all of the rules section and now it's just down to formatting the container. This still involves creating diagram graphics and placing spot illustrations along with border designs for the various sections.

The bow on the whole package, though, is Matt Dixon's fantastic cover art! We described to him what we wanted and as a big fan of classic pulp sci-fi he dove in with both feet.

He faithfully recreated the look and feel we were going for - totally reminiscent of the pulp digest covers from the 40s! We are very excited to have this art to represent the first look into the Outer Reaches.

As it stands, we expect to finish the book layout over the next week or so and get that off to the printer as soon as possible.

Jean Lee is designing several of the Neiran selections as well as a few large critters for the Edo and a Mekkus character. You can see more of Jean's work here!