Counterblast – Layout Progress

There is still a bit of work to do completing the Crew Lists for the Lancers, Mekkus, and Neiran Empire sections of the Counterblast 2.0 rulebook. Frank has done a great job of setting up the lists in a comprehensive way using Google Sheets. Vicky and I are wrapping up the final details on those lists as Frank is working on completing the campaign section.

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Crew list tables

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Weapons lists

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Gear lists

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Files for the book layout

I have broken down all of the sub-sections of the book and have started the final process of adding art and graphics to the necessary pages. I will be photographing models and scenic vignettes this week to drop into the layouts.

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In Design layout of the Vehicles section in the rules

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Excerpt from the setting section

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Excerpt from the setting section

There is a new 16-page section detailing all of the setting and background titled Earth and the Outer Reaches written by Vicky. She has also written 4 to 6 page sections of new material detailing each one of the faction that will be included in the crew list sections. Those layouts are almost complete and are waiting on the finalized crew lists.

We are getting very close to publication, and the big push is to have the printed materials  in to ship out all of the pre-orders before ReaperCon over Labor Day weekend.

–Patrick

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Factory Update – Framing

Framing on the interior of the shop is complete! There are a few areas along the ceiling corners that will need additional support for drywall but that will be going up in a couple of days.

Next up, roughing in all of the electrical wiring. Lighting fixtures have been selected and HVAC options are being considered. We hope to have that all installed in the next couple of weeks.

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View from the loading dock roll-up door.

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View from the north door into the break room.

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The sculpting studio from the door.

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Shipping/Receiving and Molding/Casting looking from the break room.

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Molding and casting at the south end of the building.

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Shipping and Receiving looking out onto the loading dock.

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FREE Robots July 1st!

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Jurassic June

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Jurassic June has a couple of great offers coming up! The Jungle Elf on Raptor kit will be $15 all month and any orders of $25 or more will receive a free Tazjh Raptor Hatchling automatically!

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May’s Offer and Counterblast Layout

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Lots of progress on the Counterblast 2.0 book layout was made this week! The introduction and rules sections have been blocked out and formatted with all of the paragraph and object styles.

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I built the table of contents so that it automatically updates as pages are modified.

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Frank is still working on filling out the remaining crew list items so we’ll be formatting the stat blocks and cards soon. Blank space will be filled with diagrams and photos of models.

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The Missions section has been formatted to make it easy to print the pages from the PDF so players can cut them out for easier reference.

Later this week I will be tackling the crew list sections which will be full of tables and nested layouts so it will be pretty labor intensive. More pics as it comes along!

-Patrick

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Counterblast Page Layout begins

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We’ve unpacked and set up enough stuff to begin working on laying out the book for printing after the months of moving and listing our old house for sale. The toll has been immense but well worth all of the extra work.

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After fighting with some wi-fi connectivity issues, I finally got the Doom Bunny server for Bombshell Miniatures back up and running. I will be building digital assets over the next few weeks to layout the book for Counterblast.

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Vicky cut and nailed all of the framing section inserts. I helped with setting and anchoring them. They have a radiant barrier between the studs and metal sheeting. These will be filed with batting insulation before the sheetrock is added.

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These are some of the remaining wall stud sections that will go on the north and east ends of the building. Vicky cut and assembled all of these.

After the framing is done we can finish out the studio and I can move all of my sculpting/painting/computer gear out of the temporary setup in the house.

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Bombshell and Counterblast 2.0 Update

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Many of you are understandably chomping at the bit to get your new Counterblast stuff, and it has been very distressing to us at the huge delay in getting the game out. Many of you know our track record for fulfilling our seven Kickstarter projects in a timely and efficient manner. What we weren’t expecting this time around was to be able to move the production facilities to its new home at the time we launched the pre-order “Bookstarter” campaign last May.

Since purchasing the new property in September, there was a huge delay from the contractor in getting the building constructed in the first place. We weren’t able to start work on the interior until late November. While we were building out the interior in December and January, Vicky an I both became deathly ill thanks to the particularly resilient strain of influenza this season. That, coupled with torrential rain for the majority of February, has made any more progress on completing the interior of the shop impossible. This has been especially difficult to do since we haven’t been able to install our gravel driveway at the shop yet and access to the building has been ankle-deep mud.

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This is the view looking south from the shop. Here the water has finally receded and allowed us to get inside, rather than sinking into the mud around the building.

We have had about 3 dry days last month where we were able to continue to move boxes from the garage at the old house to the new shop.  So, we set up a temporary station for Vicky to continue to take web store orders once I got the satellite internet system installed and working.

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The contents of Bombshell Miniatures, including all of the Counterblast materials.

Satellite internet completely sucks when there is severe cloud cover and rainy conditions. Unfortunately we are at a remote location outside the city limits and there is no broadband or fiber service where we are, so we’re stuck with satellite for the foreseeable future.

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Vicky’s temporary shipping/receiving area.

As for my working area and sculpting studio, there was supposed to be walls and an HVAC system installed by now. Currently I am working from a make-shift folding table in our master bedroom of the house until we can manage to finish building the interior of the shop. This task will be even harder now since we will have to constantly move and build around the contents of the shop.

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My proposed corner of the building where the sculpting studio is to be set up.

This area is where I will also be setting up the photo pad and my computer equipment, which is still packed up at the old house and has yet to be moved to the new location. All of this will be necessary to shoot pics for the Counterblast rulebook as well as the scenic pictures and do all of the page and card layouts for the game.

So, as much as it has been stressful for you to wait as long on the Counterblast release as it has been, it’s multiplied even moreso for us here at the Bombshell Factory. Counterblast 2.0 is foremost on my mind right now and is a huge priority to get it completed and out to all of the waiting fans. It is huge disappointment that all of these delays have forced us to cancel our presence at AdeptiCon this year. We will miss seeing all of our fans and industry friends that mean so much to us.

But – hang in there. The sun is out today and March looks like it will be drying up enough for us to continue working on everything. I will do my best to post more frequent updates as progress continues both on the the Bombshell Factory, and the new Counterblast 2.0.

— Patrick “The Sculptdude”

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