Post by flipfriddle on Mar 7, 2010 20:10:12 GMT -5
Here's a modified Ram Python mini that I put together years ago. Added a helmet to the stock figure as well as missile racks, more gear, and extended the gun barrel. The sphere thing in the back right is a killer satellite or K-Sat, a small anti-grav weapon or surveillance bot.
Post by flipfriddle on Mar 7, 2010 20:13:09 GMT -5
Here's a couple of pics of the unreleased minis that Simtac/Bob Olley started working on for ODS in 1994 (I think that's when it was). Front and back. The Python Lizard is my fave. I wish there was some way to produce that, but the mold must be long gone.
Post by flipfriddle on Mar 8, 2010 14:15:16 GMT -5
Either would be fine. The idea is that the head should "look" tall, but it isn't a totally set proportion; there is some room for variety. I think what you have going on, and what I have in the paper minis is closer to what I envision them to look like, but it shouldn't be taken as an absolute.
So, what happened to them? did you ever sell /market them on your site or did they just not get off the ground? that was quite a ways back. you weren't kidding when you said you've been with them for 20 some odd years.
Post by flipfriddle on Mar 8, 2010 16:31:11 GMT -5
To be fair, I had about a four year break where I had nothing to do with the game (I had to get a real job to start making some money), but yeah, it's been a long time.
That latest batch that I posted was never mass produced or sold. The business relationship Simtac had with ODS went sour about the same time ODS (and everyone else but WotC) was getting hammered by the Magic: The Gathering juggernaut and it took that second batch of minis with it. I have one of the two sets that exist as far as I know. I wish I knew what happened to the molds or the originals, but alas, I think Simtac is gone too. Maybe Bob Olley has the original sculpts. I always loved that Python Lizard in armor...
The other set (the painted ones I posted) were sold at cons, in stores, and directly through the ODS store, but some never sold well, because they were a strange selection and there weren't enough of them. We did nearly run out of Ram Pythons and Eridani, those were popular. I still have a few left in the original blister packaging, mostly Arachnid warriors I think. If Ed wants some I can send a few in to look at.
hold on to those little ebay gold nuggets. When the new generation of Battlelords minis hit the scene you'll have all the diehards frothing at the bit for those classics. big money ensues. How's your revamping of the goola-goolas going? I was thinking...down the line we( as in troll forge and you) should do some illustrations based off of minis and/or minis based off of illustrations. Once you have a group that you're happy with.
I haven't had much luck with the Goola-Goola, but I may give our illustrator in Berlin a crack at it. He's the one that did the new Fott, and he did a ton of creatures which are way awesome. I'll post something when I have it.
I'd love to have Wayne Barlowe do the Arachnid Lords, but I don't think we can afford him, even for a concept sketch.
Post by flipfriddle on Mar 9, 2010 11:43:02 GMT -5
Thanks. I checked that Infinity out. They have some nice stuff.
Actually I don't want the Arachnid Lords to look too buggy; it makes them seem too dumb (and too ordinary to me). Their race is as old and as sophisticated as the Mutzachans, so I want them to be a bit more elegant. The word "Arachnid" is a bit of a misnomer offered by the Alliance press to make them seem more primitive and simple so as not to frighten the masses. If the people knew they were like the Mutzachans everyone would freak out.