Drum Roll Please! 4x Mod File Stretch Goal Part 1 of 2 (Mod STLs)
about 1 month ago
– Thu, Feb 08, 2018 at 10:06:33 PM
Good 'Morrow Fam!
It is crazy how you can ease yourself into something and after a while it normalizes... like stepping into a hot shower and feeling like it has just melted the flesh from your bones versus slowly turning up the heat until you can't see your towel through the steam, or slowly turning the speed up on your audio book until you are a pro at 2.5x and turning it back to 1x make it sounds like the reader was hit with the slow spell XD I bring this up because slowly getting less sleep over the last few month I am able look at the clock and be like "Oh nice, it is only 3 a.m.; if I get to bed soon I get like 4 hours of sleep. Score!" This is also my excuse for the weird greeting up there o.O
But I digress.
The 4x Mod File STLs Are Ready!
I have been tweaking these and running test prints over the last few weeks and the Mod File STLs are all done. I am uploading them and you should be receiving an email from BackerKit shortly! I am still finishing up the 4X Mod File Plans and am aiming to release those early next week, so keep an eye out for THAT BackerKit email.
I will be adding physical copies of the Mods to the Game Envy store in Resin, ABS and PLA soon, if you don't have a printer and want the printed versions. I am also uploading them to Shapeways; they are more expensive there, but they have great finishing and all kinds of colors and materials such as metal.
Without further adieu, your Mod File Stretch Goal Rewards.
The Hobby Holder Handle and Grip Stands
The Hobby Holder Base Extenders
The Hobby Holder Cap Mods
The Hobby Holder Tripod Mount
More details and more photos!
Because resolution when 3D printing, the threads and 3mm rods needed to make the grip mods work weren't feasible beyond expensive resin on expensive SLA printers, so I set them up to accept standard nuts and bolts of the correct size to ensure your Hobby Holder and Grip Mods work flawlessly together! Physical orders will come with the nut and bolt pre-attached and I will have singles in stock if needed.
Setting up your Grip Mods
Grip Mod #1 and #2 just need a #6x32 nut superglued into the hole on the bottom of the grip mod then, if you printed it in two pieces, the two halves are glued together. Once dry, you can thread a 1-1/4" #6x32 bolt through your Hobby Holder and into the nut. Tighten and start painting!
Grip Mod #3 follows all the same instructions except there are two slots for #6x32 nuts, one in the top and one if the bottom, so it can be used in both directions
Setting up your Tripod Mod
Once printed, simply glue in a #6x32 nut in the deep hole and a 1/4-20 nut in the shallow hole. Thread in a 1-1/4" #6x32 bolt through the center of the Hobby Holder, tighten to the mod, attache to the tripod of your choice, and you are ready to start painting!
Regional Cap Adapters
If you would like me to look into making a cap adapter to fit your regional larger cap size send me a message and I will see what I can do!
I decided on the storefront for my online store, and will be launching that in a few days. This way we can process orders through a retail platform as opposed to through BackerKit moving forward, so keep an eye out for that. All the same good Hobby Holder stuff will be available and some new goodies and physical copies of the Mod Files will also be available!
Last but not least, be sure to follow Hobby Holder on Facebook and Instagram and keep tagging those photos #hobbyholder and/or #theorderoftheminiature so I can see the cool stuff everyone is up to! I post on social media much more often and I am gearing up to run some sweet giveaways, so you don't want to miss that :D Also feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or just want to share something cool!
Thank you all so much for the continued support!
Your Scrolled All The Way: A View From My Air Space Unlocked!
Shipping is Complete, Moving Forward and The Order Gains a New Member!
about 2 months ago
– Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:17:17 AM
Hello Family! At this point I can call us that :P
We did it in 114 days!
That is how many days it has been since The Hobby Holder campaign launched. Today my wife, my mom and I dropped the last 12 boxes (3 cars full) of pledges into the mail nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. I want to thank them and my friend Derek all of whom spent MANY hours in the living room watching Psych and Would I Lie to You packing caps and tack and many more hours in the basement listening to books and podcasts (and one night steel drum covers) packing pledges with me. I could not have done this without the support of ALL my friends and family! That includes each and every one of you now. Thanks so much!
I'm comfortable sharing this story because, like I said, we are family now :D I did not realize how much weight I had been carrying around until Sunday morning after the last bag was packed and my wife and I took turns watching the boys while trying to get a few catch up hours of sleep and I come downstairs to thank her and I start getting choked up and, I'm not going to lie, teary. Not in a sad way but in a "holy crap I cannot believe we did this what do you mean there aren't 100 more bags to pack wait I get to go to sleep earlier wow people in 50 countries are going to be using The Hobby Holder someone in Japan and Russia and New Zealand and and and actually cares about something I did i can't wait to see what happens next SIGH" way. Every time I started to talk about it I kept getting choked up. Coffee and breakfast cured me, but it was eye opening to feel the impact it has had (in a good way) hit me all at once.
If you have an idea you should run with it! Don't know about xyz? Learn about it! Can't draw? My neither haha, that's why Justin is helping. Don't have 8 arms? I'm sure you know a few people with some that can help :D
Cool Story Bro. Now What?
First things first I am working on completing the 4x Mod Files so you all can start printing and building those. I just stopped at the store to grab some drinks to make sure the larger cap adapter (surprise) works with the likes of Gatorade, Poweraid, Lifewater, Bai etc. caps! I am planning on having those ready by the end of next week, but I might need Sat. and Sun. to get them all set up for dissemination through BackerKit.
For now The Official Hobby Holder Store is through BackerKit. These orders are filled daily as everything is now in stock. I also have stock set aside for game stores who would like to carry The Hobby Holder. I will also be looking into the logistics of adding the mods printed on a Form 2 with Tough Resin to the The Hobby Holder Store. When I have time I will build out the store on my site gameenvy.net to save some processing fees.
I have 19 more miniatures to paint and post videos for! I will start back up on these soon. I haven't had time to paint in 3-4 weeks, so I REALLY want to get on this and back to my painting station. Night Terror from Shadows of Brimstone is next if you forgot.
I love The Order of the Miniature, so I am running with it. I LOVE all the character suggestions and I have been writing them down. I made a Facebook group (that I need to spruce up) that I want to be a place where we can share cool stuff; I will be adding more Order goodies to the store like stickers, t-shirts, posters and The Order of the Miniature minis themselves; and there has also been some talk about a comic book campaign :O
Speaking of The Order...
The Sorceress of Superglue Joins Your Party!
I want to give a shout out Paul D Harruff for naming our new party member! I was wanting to add a magic character and his idea stuck *ba dum ch* Once again the talented Justin has brought my truly horrible sketches to life. Without further adieu, The Sorceress of Superglue, Bondcaster for The Order of the Miniature.
As of Saturday she was sent off to Adler at 3eight Interactive to do his modeling magic and bring her into three dimensions. I ordered clear resin to print and cast her from so that her dress and spells can actually be transparent! VERY EXCITED FOR THIS!
I have already begun concepting the first adversary of The Order of the Miniature, The Sprue Beast, so keep a lookout for that.
Thank you all so much for the amazing support during the campaign and beyond! Remember, I am posting photos and news on Facebook and Instagram as well. And don't forget to add #hobbyholder #theorderoftheminiature to your related posts, so I can see all the cool stuff you are painting :D
You Scrolled All The Way: Horrible Sketch Unlocked!
Bonus Unlock: The Last 114 Days of My Audible History
Tracking Numbers, Deliveries and Printed Miniatures
2 months ago
– Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 12:34:17 AM
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! My family and friends spent a good chunk of their weekend in the basement packing orders with me :D (Thank you so much!!!)
We are over halfway through the orders, so I am still confident all of the packages will be in the mail by Saturday. Which leads us to...
Tracking Numbers On Their Way
I wanted to send out this announcement as I am hitting the Send Tracking Numbers button. You should receive an email with your tracking number from BackerKit in a bit. As not all of the packages are in the mail yet you might need to wait until later in the week to see your order's whereabouts (if it says nothing, it is in my car or basement still :P). Close to 500 of you will currently be able to see where your Hobby Holders are right now and many more of you, tomorrow. Some of you might even already have yours in hand!
Well, what do you think!? :D :D
I am so excited to hear what everyone thinks about The Hobby Holder as you start to use it! Once the packages start to roll in please let me know :D :D here or shout out on Facebook or Instagram and use the #hobbyholder or #theorderoftheminiature tags so that I can see all of the cool minis you all are painting!
The Miniature Knight and Xacto Rogue Prints ROCK!!!
I am so pleased with Adler's and Justin's work on these and I can't wait to see The Sorceress of Superglue come together and join the party. I'd share my concept sketch for her, but I don't want to get laughed off Kickstarter >.< so you will have to wait for Justin's artwork :P
4X Mod Files ETA
I got asked a bunch about when the 4x Mod files would be ready after the last update, so I thought I better include my answer in this update. Because production was ahead of schedule I used a lot of the time that was budgeted to work on the 4x Mod Files to instead pack caps and tac and get organized. That said, I have been working on them periodically, and they should be ready shortly after the Hobby Holders are all out.
That is all I have for now; back to printing labels!
Thank you all so much for the amazing support and enthusiasm throughout the campaign!
You Scrolled All The Way! Hideout UNLOCKED!
It looks like I busted into a hidey-hole and something is going to go down...
The Time Has Come! Shipping, Notes and a GIF showing the best way to take apart The Hobby Holder
3 months ago
– Sat, Jan 06, 2018 at 12:48:27 AM
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a happy new year! Other than bagging and organizing this past week, we have been trying to keep warm...
I realize it is as cold or colder where some of you live, but we are not used to this >.<
Address Finalization and Shipping!
As you hopefully saw, I sent out a 48 hour notice through BackerKit to make sure your addresses are how they should be for shipping. I am planning on printing packing lists and labels starting this weekend and working over the next two weeks to get everyone's Hobby Holders in the mail. Like I mentioned before I will be sending these out in a rolling style as they are packed for logistical and space reasons. Once they are in the mail, US supporters should be receiving theirs in 3-4 days, and international supporters shortly after they make it through customs is their countries.
Some minor notes on plexi base extenders, caps and tac:
The plexi base extenders have a protective paper attached which peels off.
The caps have a foam insert that can be removed if you would like.
After cutting a portion of the sticky tac into separate tabs, it was going to take way too long, so a majority are shipping still connected. It is all the same amount measured.
The Best Way To Take Apart The Hobby Holder
I thought it would be a good time to share how I remove The Hobby Holder handle from the base! I put The Hobby Holder between my middle and pointer fingers, hold the handle nubs with my thumb, pull the handle to the side and off it pops! You can also just pull them, but this makes it a lot easier :D
Thanks to the suggestion of one of you amazing people, Justin and Adler are going to be working on The Sorceress of Superglue soon!
I am SO EXCITED to get The Hobby Holders into the mail so you can experiences the awesomeness!!! Thanks so much for your amazing support!
You Scrolled All The Way: Our Living Room UNLOCKED!
The Hobby Holders Are Here! The Order of the Miniature Gets a New Member :O
3 months ago
– Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 12:52:50 AM
We have gotten SO MANY boxes this week! The Hobby Holder parts arrived over 5 days as the various colors finished running. At an average mold time of 37.5 seconds, the 12200 Hobby Holder pieces took approximately 127 hours STRAIGHT on the injection molder. That doesn't even include the time it took for each of the fill sprues to be manually chopped off! HUGE thanks and shout out ProtoLabs and my rep Evan for managing this crazy order! Can't beat 10-day parts turn around on even this many pieces :D
Here are The Hobby Holders in the order they were unlocked...
Feast Your Eyes on The Hobby Holder!
I tried to get the colors as accurate as possible on screen and they are in person. If not exact they are very close. There are also two unreleased colors that will be available via special means I will share later :D
Introducing The Xacto Rogue!
I had so much fun with The Miniature Knight I decided to have the talented Justin illustrate another member of The Order of the Miniature. This time we have The Xacto Rogue, Emissary for The Order of the Miniature.
As a side note, I'm thinking about getting The Order of the Miniature T-shirts made with the button image. I had one done to wear at PAX Unplugged, and I thought it looked great. Maybe there will be two options—one for each illustration.
The Storm Before the Storm?
In between various Christmas related activities I am working on getting everything organized, so as soon as the holiday parties have stopped, I can jump right into packing. To help with that, I am also taking a week off from my full-time job to dedicate to getting Hobby Holders in the mail.
Our garage has been taken over with bubble mailers and Hobby Holders :O
Thank you all for your continued support! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!