This post will be in two parts, a short sum up and then a longer part with details and explanations of the first part, so you can safely skip that part if everything you wanted is in the first bit
First Part. I'm sorry. The lack of information here is completely and utterly my fault. It wasn't fair to the people who took the time to enter the competition and I can assure you my apology is heartfelt. However, it was (mostly) just a lack of information, we hadn't ever forgotten it, it got pushed back for various reasons but was always going to be resolved and each time there was an update in the newsletter that's actually what we did.
The current status of it is that everything that could be cast has been cast. That's the good news. The bad news is twofold a) lots of stuff simply couldn't be cast (I think maybe a third was rejected straight out) and b) some of the stuff that was cast didn't make it through intact and some of 'that' didn't end up with a good mould either.
This coming week all participants will be emailed by Jenn. That email will include the info about your own entry, what you will be receiving as a reward for entering and a code that you can use to order anything else either from the contest or in general. Over the next 2-3 weeks this will be completely resolved and you should all have received your entries back along with the rewards for entering
Right, the long part.
First, the apology. It's is real, but it does come with some future conversations attached. I am guilty of sometimes forgetting the FoD exists. There'll be a longer conversation about that soon in a thread of it's own so please don't reply to this bit right now
It means I sometimes miss it when someone asks a question on a thread like this (If I miss the first notification then I don't get any more). The move has also eaten up way more of my time than you'd think, we've been back and fore to Wales numerous times, meetings with banks and accountants and lease agents etc.
As for the time taken itself, the simple fact is that the contest as designed was inherently flawed in that it couldn't easily take into account the snowballing of entries. We had to work around this. The number of entries meant the number of moulds needed to sort things was higher and the gap needed to fix those moulds into our moulding schedule was bigger. We never found that gap. We've been gearing up for the premises move for quite some time as it will be reasonably expensive and whenever a gap looked like it would appear something else came along, Salute, The Trip to the States etc. Things we had to handle to make sure business stayed even more strong than usual to enable this current premises move to happen. To coin a cliche, it wasn't personal, it was business. Instead what we did was, in a simplistic manner, save up little gaps and use them all together this past 2 months.
Right, as for the minis themselves. The ones that didn't get moulded, mostly, had 2 things in common. The first was that they had parts of the mini on the wrong plane e.g a gun facing straight forward. These simply can't go into a mould as they would never come out. The second was that the green stuff, or other putties/clays, weren't adhered to the armature well enough e.g. gaps down behind boots or under clothing etc. again, that would just tear out the mould when you pulled the first one.
The ones that were moulded also had a few issues like that, but mostly survived casting. What we did find was a fair amount of them came back with mould lines as parts had been squashed during the moulding process (maybe there was some air under the green stuff or the putty uses didn't hold up to standard casting). For these freebies going to you gus there's not much we can do about that I'm afraid. There 'will' be some clean up necessary.
Some of the minis we will clean up some copies of ouselves and make production moulds and add them to our website, in a similar way to the 'Dress a Kevs'. They may not be all the winners as it will depend on what survived the mould and how and a few other things. We'll inform the entrants of the ones that get made shopworthy in person.
I think that's everything, if I remember other things (or you remind me with questions) I shall be checking this regularly to make sure that the contest is wrapped up in a timely manner.
Lastly, I thought, some of you especially, would like to see this...