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Friday, April 11, 2014

Newsflash 1.2/1.3: Secret Stretchgoals



Newsflash 1.2/1.3: Secret Stretch-goals

A late post?

Frodo: "Your post is late, Mr. President!"
Zaphod: "A president never posts late, Mr. Frodo! He always posts precisely when he intends too!"

It's still Stretchgoal Thursday in Honolulu! For another 2 hours and 42 minutes!

Super Secret Stretchgoals

You all know Kickstarter & Co where, with the more money you raise, the more stretch-goals you unlock.

Well, our 'Early Beard' specials actually save you money. By pre-ordering, you all are able to get our products cheaper than at normal retail. The 'Early Beard' deals will be available until we can ship our new Season 1.2/1.3 DVD sets - so it is not a bad idea to support us now rather than, let's say in 3 weeks...
Just sayin'...

But of course, we wanted to thank all of you who put their trust in us by pre-ordering their sets. So we came up with the idea of super-secret stretch-goals!

Two of the stretch-goals made it into the 'standard' product, even after the Early Beard Phase:

Postcards & Stickers

We have designed the first 21 of 42 collectible stickers - for the standard order you will receive 4 stickers - one of them will have a special, still secret function (look at the postcard and you might find out what it is). Pre-orders will receive 7 stickers, including the magical one!

The postcard to the right has a very special function - you may guess it - and it will unlock some awesome free loot for you in the future.

Plus it will be fun! :D Our 100 pre-orders goal.

Here is what every person who pre-orders before the release date will receive. Not available for sale, not available outside of pre-orders or special events.

In short - stuff, money can't buy. Ever.

The revolutionary new sculpting putty

BeeSPutty Sample


Our buddy Stefan, inventor of the brand-new BeeSPutty, the new - and I want to say 'superior' sculpting putty - has created a special Painting Buddha Sample for all of you who pre-ordered.

It could be the beginning of a beautiful sculpting career!

Mati, our in-house sculptor and fire prevention officer says this about BeeSPutty: "BeeSPutty holds details and sharp edges better than other sculpting putties. The biggest advantage over all other putties is that you don't need to cover your armatures with any other putty first. BeeSPutty goes all the way! I really like working with it!"

This stretch-goal was unlocked by reaching 210 pre-orders. 

Since it is a free sample, you won't be able to sculpt a whole army with it. But certainly enough to sculpt something like our next stretchgoal:

First Batch of our special event
miniature "Randalf Streisand"
Exclusive Randalf Streisand miniature

We decided that - if we were to reach 4242 likes on Facebook before we release the DVDs, we will offer a free miniature to you as our Special Thank You to all of you who SHARE & ENJOY what we do!

We reached 4242 last week. Now we are at 4889 likes.
THANK YOU so much for SHARING & ENJOYING!

So here he is: Introducing Randalf Streisand!

This friendly little Goblin in 32mm scale will be a joy to paint - and might even join your favorite army as the chief mechanic!

And we wouldn't be Painting Buddhas, if there wasn't a biiiig secret surrounding Randalf.

We are sure this is not the last time you hear of him!

That's how we roll

We were overwhelmed with your support of our Season 1.1 - which is almost sold out and not available in the shop anymore (we needed to reserve some for our Bundle pre-orders, but even those are going fast now!).

We were ever more overwhelmed with your support of our Season 1.2 and 1.3 DVD sets. We did not expect that kind of feedback and encouragement!

So we try to be a little bit like the Spanish Inquisition: No-body expects a company to add free stuff after the customer already paid!" :D

We hope you like these little stretch-goals. They all come from our nerdy hearts!
Thank you for your support and for making everything we do possible!

And thank you for SHARING & ENJOYING! That is what probably supports us the most!



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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Newsflash 1.2/1.3 #6: Sÿbtitôlædowyç


Newsflash 1.2/1.3 #5: Sÿbtitôlædowyç

Exciting update for our upcoming release of the Season 1.2 and 1.3 DVD sets (both available for pre-order at www.paintingbuddha.com)!

Thanks to our glorious Captains who manned (or fished) their Galactic Battleships with swarms of translating Bable-Fishes, we are happy to confirm the following subtitles for our DVD sets.

We are not 100% sure, but we think this might be the Painting DVDs with the most subtitles in the history of Painting DVDs!

We will introduce the remaining Captains, their Galactic Battle Ships and their Bablefishes next week - we owe it all to them. They spent WEEKS getting the subtitles ready for all of you - believe me, it was a lot of work!

"Season 1.3 - Base Alchemy 1: Earth with Ben Komets and Matt Cexwish" language options:
Audio: English
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish and Swedish!

"Season 1.2 - Banners & Freehands with Stephan Rath" language options:

Audio: German, English (dubbed)
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Swedish and Hungarian!


Here a sneak peek of one of our Subtitle Screens for our DVD:



Soon™


The decision to go for three DVDs for Season 1.3 instead of the advertised two DVDs as well as the decision to introduce more subtitles meant about a month of extra work for four people full time (don't forget to add all the work of our Captains and Bable Fishes!).

Was it worth delaying the release by about a month? Hell, yes! You will get way more than you expected! (secret Stretchgoals still to be announced :D)


We are going through the final quality control of everything right now - you can trust that we will take our time making everything as close to perfect as we can.

Maybe we'll put the release date in your Easter Egg basket...
Soon™.


Only a few more days - then the early beard special will be gone!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

4242! THANK YOU!


4242 Likes on Facebook THANK YOU!

Full on double 42 all the way across the Universe!

Many of you know that not only everything we do at Painting Buddha revolves around the number 42, but for me personally, 42 is a very special number. If you don't know why 42 is special in any way, you should read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams!

But what does it all mean?

Well, it really doesn't mean anything, BUT since we eat, sleep and breath 42, reaching 4242 like-minded friends on Facebook is actually a mark that we were looking forward to for weeks now. And now it's here! THANK YOU so much! 

We <3 You! :D

So, is there a party going on now or something?

Matt & Ben during the Interview on Season 1.3.
Not really. We are too busy!

We are finalizing our Season 1.2 and 1.3 DVD sets right now - we are in the middle of Quality Control - and we simply have got no time for celebrations :D 

The DVDs are scheduled to be sent to the manufacturer next week, and as soon as we hear back from them, we can finally tell you the release date!

As we wrote on this blog earlier, we decided to include THREE and not two DVDs on Season 1.3 - Base Alchemy 1: Earth with Ben Komets & Matt Cexwish. We had too much cool material and did not dare to cut it from your final DVD set! The price stayed the same, we just decided to add 50% more content! :D

Right now, you can still save money on the pre-order "Early BEARD Special". As soon as the DVDs are released you would have to pay the full retail. Just sayin' ;)

Season 1.1 sold out?

We received quite a few emails asking about where the Season 1.1 sets in our shop went. In short, the Supporter Box and Budget Box are 'sold out' right now

Having said that, we have reserved a certain amount for the pre-orders of either of the Bundles (Mega-Bundle and Bundle of Love). Some more have been reserved for the many retailers that contacted us, interested in carrying our DVDs. 

If you are a brick-and-mortar retailer, you can contact us here.

After the release of 1.2 and 1.3 we will check whether we can have the remaining few DVD sets for Season 1.1 released in its Budget/Supporter form again - and of course will do so, if possible!

But wait, there's more!

Season 1.2 and 1.3 are a technological step up from 1.1!
Thanks to all of YOU who sent us their Feedback on 1.1!
Unlike crowdfunding campaigns, we have 'secret' stretchgoals. And by hitting 4242 likes on Facebook, you have already unlocked another major one! 
We wanted to thank you for your incredible support over the last year and for your continued friendship! So on Tuesday next week, we'll tell you what you will get on top of your pre-orders!

"So you are saying that we don't only get the 1.2 and 1.3 DVD sets, but more?"

That is EXACTLY what we are saying. ;) 

Great things are afoot. 
  • Tonight at 7pm CET: BEEBLE・BABBLE #3 with Creature Caster Jeremy Glen.
    You do NOT want to miss this as Jeremy and I have a VERY special announcement to make for his April 19th Kickstarter campaign.
  • Wednesday: We will reveal which languages we have subtitled for our 1.2 and 1.3 DVD sets, the names of Captains & Bablefishes and their glorious spaceships!
  • Thursday: STRETCHGOAL time! What you will get with your pre-orders!!!
  • Friday: Announcement of Release Date for Season 1.2 and 1.3. 
  • Next week: Trailer & Teaser videos for Season 1.2 and 1.3. 
We are getting very excited!!! Are you?


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BEEBLE・BABBLE 3: Creature Caster Kickstarter Kick-Off Special


BEEBLE・BABBLE 3: Creature Caster Kickstarter Kick-Off
With Jeremy Glen - This Friday!

Creature Caster Kickstarter starting April 19

When Jeremy says 'Creature' what
he means is 'CREATURE'!
If you have seen our first BEEBLE・BABBLE ever, you know why we are happy to support Jeremy's new Company "Creature Caster". He is a really nice guy with a passion for miniatures. Or rather, Maxiatures.

Since our little talk-show, I have been in contact with Jeremy regularly and I can only tell you that supporting someone who eats, sleeps and breathes our hobby like Jeremy is an honor and a privilege.

This won't be one of those 'pay-now-and-get-everything-a-year-later-maybe' Kickstarter campaigns. Jeremy has a very fresh and healthy approach on how to run his own Kickstarter - and I like it! We'll talk about this more in our show.

In our show, we promised that Jeremy would be back as soon as we knew when the Kickstarter campaign would start. He announced it this morning and we immediately scheduled our next show!

So let's listen to Jeremy as he announces the Launch Date for the Kickstarter campaign on his Youtube Channel



Friday Night - time to be announced.

So this Friday we will give you all the latest news about this extraordinary Kickstarter, irresistible stretch goals, pledge levels and - of course - talk about everything that you won't find anywhere else: Exclusive behind-the-scenes details and secrets!

ALSO we will be telling you for the first time about our very own SECRET stretch-goals that all of our pre-order supporters for Season 1.2 and 1.3 will receive with their order! That's right! Everyone will get more than they expect - not only the 3 instead of 2 DVDs for Season 1.3! More on that on Friday! 

The time of the show is not 100% decided yet, but it will be between 6pm and 8pm CET (7pm/9pm GMT). I will announced the final time here and on our Facebook page

UPDATE Show-time: Friday, April 4th, 7pm
As always, we will take live questions during the show! It will be entertaining and I am sure you don't want to miss it ;) 

And we have a VERY SPECIAL announcement that I just confirmed with Jeremy this morning.

Oh. And please remember the numbers 210, 420 and 2560. 


Of course, it would be very hoopy of you, if you considered supporting us, too! :D
Pre-order 'Early BEARD' special still available!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April 7th: The glorious rebirth of Games Workshop? A nerd's prayer.

The Future of Games Days and Games Workshop 
Part 13 - A Nerds Prayer

Thanks for 4200 Likes!
4200 like special will follow soonishly™
And no, we won't shut down our Page ;)


April 7th: The glorious rebirth of GW? A nerd's prayer

We are putting the finishing touches on our Season 1.2 and Season 1.3 DVD sets now. To say we are busy would be an understatement. But when Games Workshop calls, we answer! Ain't nobody too busy for that!

The story so far

Sales down? "Shut all communication channels!"
From the book: "The 42 biggest marketing
blunders in history"
In another surprising and incomprehensible move, Games Workshop has shut down all major Facebook pages and Twitter accounts yesterday. Forge World's FB page is gone. Black Library's FB is gone. Warhammer World's FB page is gone. Comments on their own YouTube videos remain disabled, of course.

Rumor has it, that all of the individual GW store pages on Facebook will follow suit. At the time of writing, the ones I sampled are still available, so we'll have to wait and see.

In summary, a company who just had a 12% decline in sales followed by a 25% drop of their share prices decides to shut down their only remaining direct lines for communication with their fan-base. 

It's make or break time for GW. I am sure they won't mess this up. Nothing I saw so far would indicate any form of failure.

Sparta? No. This is GW.

Today: No-GW-Bashing inside. 

After the glorious rework of the White Dwarf in combination with Warhammer Visions, the shut-down of all (or at least most) Games Days and the general sad headshaking following all of that, it would be too easy to state the obvious: "Go home, Games Workshop, you are drunk! (And even that you are doing wrong)". 

I like to turn the Universe upside-down every now and then. And I will do this today.

Let's assume for a moment, we are all crazy and evil and Games Workshop is sane and doing everything right. Like someone listened to a Nerd's Prayer. 

Mr T pities the fool who
thinks this is a joke!
April 7th, fools! No joke.

What is happening on April 7th?

Well, from April 7th on there are a few changes coming our way regarding Games Workshop. 

Forge World products will finally be available in GW stores - it's about time! YAAAY!

And the new Games Workshop Website will go live. (see Faeit 212 et al). 



Y'all come back now, you here? 

I am not a religious man, but I believe that on April 7th, Forge World, Black Library, Warhammer World and other now missing pages will be back, consolidated in one site to rule them all. 

Actually, I think I know. Need proof?

So, what will it be? A glorified store? A reference site with tutorials and reports? A blog? Or - dare I say it... a community site? Maybe all of the above?

Let's think what April 7th could mean for us, if all the sites are combined. 

The shop(s)

Combining the FW/BL/GW shops on one site definitely makes sense. I always hated having to go to three sites to order my stuff, paying shipping and handling on two of them. 

The current GW website, or rather web-store, is functional and does what it should. I prefer the FW one for it's speed and looks, but I am sure GW will conjure up something nice there. I wish the new store will remember the format of my address without me having to manually type it every time I use it, but maybe that's just me. 

So that prayer seems to have been answered already. I hope.

One site to rule them all - and in goodness bind them.

The blog(s)

Forge World started their little blog a couple of weeks ago. I personally found it a little bit boring, there are dozens of better hobby blogs out there. But it was a start.

In general, I like the idea of blogs. (D'oh!) It is so much better to access information on a blog then to, let's say, find it on FB.

My nerd's prayer would include the desire for a professional blog WITH community interaction. 

Community Interaction

Sometimes you reach for the stars. And wanting community interaction from GW seems like a futile request, but then again, there's always hope.

I would like to have open communication channels for the community. But history shows that by shutting down their FB sites and disabling comments on YouTube videos GW might not be that interested in our opinion. 

So what do I think GW could do as far as Community Interaction is concerned? No communications? No more Games Days? What gives? After all they have a drop-down menu called 'Community and Events' even today!


Show us your work, so we can sell it to you!

One of the things I liked about the FW page was that fans from all over the world posted their works on FW models there. I found that very inspiring. I think, the new GW site will (continue to) have something along these lines. 

Who doesn't feel good about being featured in the 'What's New Today' section on their site? Hell, even I bought a Vision magazine for the guys (not for me of course!), because it featured our and our friends entries from the GD US 2013 on dozens of pages.

But how is GW going to fill the Vision magazine when there are no more GDs? Just recycle studio photos that you saw in the White Dwarf flyers? 

Well, you guessed it, YOU send them your pictures! You may not use GW's IP to make money, but they sure don't mind selling you your own works ;) Genius! I would totally by my own works from GW if they published them. Kinda like the Coolminiornot Annuals...

If GW spiced this up with some sort of recognition (a badge, a pin, a medal or whatnot) I would even not frown upon that. 

Filtered Forums?

Good ol' days. :P
Everything was better. Or was it?
If you are old enough to remember the old GW site, you probably have fond memories of downloadable how-to's, gaming scenarios or modelling tips.

We kinda expect GW not to pay for such nonsense in the future, so why not have the community supply these? That's the way forums work(ed) for the most time. All GW would have to do is to format the files or even provide authors with a template and they would be done.

Not that I think that this is coming our way, though. 

My free, yet dangerous wish

Bring SKULLZ back!
Here is a free tip for you, GW. One that will increase your sales immediately, secure your sales in the online world and will pretty much piss off every non-GW store in existance.Do you remember how people at GDs hunted for stickers, buttons and freebies? Yes? Make money with that, dudes!

Reintroduce SKULLZ for web-shop-purchases only. Won't cost you much. Make some worthless trinkets like keychains, bathing caps or towels (especially towels) in exchange for skullz points. 

I would buy my 10000th mini from you and put it on the pile of future projects for after when I am dead only to get that towel. I am serious people!

If you implement this, why not send me a 10000 point DKK army courtesy of your shareholders?

Beware of what you wish for!

What would you wish for for the mysterious upcoming April 7th sites? Do you think it will be 'a site to rule them all?'

What would be your wishlist for a new, world-dominating GW site?

Let us know in the comments. 

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's official. Games Workshop is anti-social! Or is it?


This just in: It's official. Games Workshop is anti-social!
Or is it?

RUMOR TIME!

Actually, it's not really rumor time as the evidence is quite clear. 

First we heard about it was through our always well informed buddy at PinsofWar.

After the official GW Facebook page had already been gone for quite a while now, as of today Forgeworld and Black Library are gone as well , both with 46k+ subscribers. Twitter accounts are dead, too. The YouTube account, unfortunately, is still up. If this is following a strategy, I would call it insanity. 

On top of that it is said that the local store Facebook pages will also be removed. The German stores are still accessible as of now. We'll see.

So all we have left now are the glorious product teasers that Games Workshop puts on YouTube, I guess. Comments disabled, of course, because every 5 year old with an Internet connection can make better teasers.

There is really not much more to say other than someone seems to be dismantling Games Workshop. From the inside, it seems. 

Shutting off 46k fans (!) from their beloved companies is about the dumbest thing I have heard of in recent history. Just when you thought they could not possibly do anything more mindbogglingly stupid, they do. 





Or do they?

Maybe, just maybe there is a masterplan. Everything will come back in one glorious site, one glorious page, one to RULE THEM ALL. 

Now THAT would be cool. 

Maybe some big player is buying them / has bought them already and is preparing the biggest marketing comeback of the millenium.

That would also be cool. 

Maybe someone looked at the cost of the community team and said: How much do they make us? What do you mean they make us no money? Cut them off. 

Now that is more likely than scenario a or b.

What do you think?

I am dying to know what you think about this? Masterplan? Insanity? Failure? 

Let us know in the comments and: SHARE & ENJOY

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

World-Exclusive Newsflash: New Release for Heroes and Villains!


World-Exclusive Newsflash: 
New Release for Heroes and Villains!


Two nerds, one mind. 

Heroes & Villains' Fernando Ruiz Ceano
Some of you may have watched our epic 2h37m 'Beeble・Babble #2' with Heroes and Villains' Fernando Ruiz Ceano last week. I know Fernando since I met him at the Euromilitaire 2013 in Folkstone and we immediately identified each other as birds-of-a-feather. Two nerds, one mission: Grow the hobby!

I would like to thank all of you for your many messages we have received following the video and I would like to anonymously quote one of them, which, once you read it, will let you understand how that really made my day.
"Hi Fernando & Michael,
Hope you guys are both well! I suddenly realised today that I missed your Beeble-Babble event last Friday, but I found the link and listened to your entire conversation today during my morning and evening painting sessions.
I just wanted to tell you it was very nice to be able to listen to you guys shooting the breeze for 2.5 hours about our beloved hobby, whilst I was sitting doing it.
I was moved and inspired by how you expressed so openly the depth of your passion for what we do (a passion and joy I feel for it but seldom manage to express other than through my work) and how selflessly you are both committed to engaging and helping others without the typical preoccupation with self-gain that one so often encounters in the world outside the hobby. Of course, it was not a total revelation to me that you felt that way since I've had the privilege of meeting and speaking to you both."
- A mysterious stranger
I only can say that it was my privilege to meet this legendary painter at Euromilitaire 2013 again, so the pleasure was all mine. 

I spent a total of about 4 hours (probably 4h20) on Skype with Fernando and we had the best time. Both of us are huge Monty Python fans and I can confirm that some of the conversation was slightly silly...  In short, Fernando is a hoopy frood who really knows where his towel is. 




And now for something completely different: 
Awesome new release from H&V: "Spirit of Adventure"

"Spirit of Adventure" by H&V
If you know me for a really, really long time, you know that my first competition miniature was the famous Yarri (by Enigma) which even got me Gold in a small local competition. I was the King of the World for a day or two!

This probably explains why I fell in love with what I call "Yarri's new friend", right away. 

Sculpted by Jonatán Monerris, this little Hobbit comes in 54mm scale but, like Yarri, is probably about 30 mm high. It's an absolute beauty and will be a pleasure to paint!


Check it out. SHARE. (And ENJOY ^^).




2014 - The Year of the Pirate

It is fair to say that Masterminis and Paintingbuddha are at least involved in setting two trends in the miniature scene. First of all, there are much more people who openly admit they have a beard now. Beards are socially accepted and have turned into a fashion statement. :D

Secondly, since we proclaimed the "Year of the Miniature" last year and the "Year of the Pirate" for 2014, we see a lot of other Blogs starting their own 'Year of the <insert here>'. We think it's great that people dedicate their year to a certain aspects of the hobby. If you cross the spirit and ruthless efficiency of true pirates with our motto 'Share & Enjoy' then we can only support that. 

As the eccentric writer Charles Caleb Colton once said: "Imitation is the highest form of flattery", so who are we to complain about it ;) more power to you!


Jonatán Monerris,
Sculptor of the
"Spirit of Adventure"
In the last couple of weeks a lot of people have asked us about which software we use, which equipment we have, what our 'little secrets' are and so on. As much as we could we answer all these questions. We promised full transparency of what we do and so you can trust that, when we say "Share & Enjoy" - we mean it! We are so thankful that others are inspired by what we do.

Your "Year of the <win>"

So we challenge you to proclaim your own personal "Year of the <whatever>" in the comments below. Tell us WHY this year is THE year for you and your hobby! And win the Bruddha of the Coast, Tortuga, 1668 (image above) - sponsored by Fernando Ruiz of Heroes & Villains! 




Workshop with Fernando Ruiz 
Blumberg, Germany; June 20-22nd, 2014

Fernando is widely recognized as one of the 'great' painters. His workshops have taken him all over the world from locations in Europe to Brazil, and the US. 

And on June 20th-22nd you can join him for one of his rare workshops in Germany. Blumberg is not that far from the Swiss/Austrian border, so if you are interested check the reservation list (English) on the German Bemalforum.

All the details about the workshop can be found in the above link. 

Disclaimer: We are in no way shape or form paid for this. Fernando is just a hoopy frood who we think deserves our support. 



Now if YOU think we could use a little support, too, then why not check this out: Season 1.2 (Freehands & Banners with Stephan Rath) and Season 1.3 (Base Alchemy Volume 1: Earth - with Ben Komets & Matt Cexwish) are almost ready for release! Check our 'Early BEARD Specials', pre-order and save some money!

Oh, and we will announce our STRETCH GOALS for pre-orders next week. Just so much: The sooner™ you pre-order, the better!


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