You do get a good range of minis, including things like trees for a Druid grove (complete with gnarled bark that looks a little face-like, for instance), ships and terrain features - if it's on the book's cover, you'll get it inside, certainly - and the artwork's impeccable. However, the layout's not helpful in either, running much too close to the edge of the printed paper for a typical flatbed scan, so you end up either having to do two, or live with losing a small part of the artwork near the page edges. Remember these pages are also A4, not US Letter sized, so that will create more problems if you're not using A4 paper. Of course, you could just cut out the minis from the printed book, but that isn't what even the books themselves tell you to do - copy and print as many as you need is the preferred option. So you're stuck with a lot of work before you ever get to do anything with the minis. I think the wrongly-sized problem may have been silently amended in the more recent titles, but haven't seen any to be sure of that.
I contacted the publishers directly when the earliest books were issued to request they also provided watermarked PDFs to get round all these difficulties. They didn't even deign to acknowledge that request, so I have very mixed views about these overall. It's almost like the publisher just wants your cash, and doesn't really care about the product or how it's presented (otherwise, why would they have published a book you can't even copy the pages from at the full size?).
Post by belisarius2ca on Oct 31, 2018 12:33:14 GMT -9
I have five of the books and like the miniatures. I have a scanner at home that is able to scan a4. I then go up to staples and have what I want printed off. I set it to fit to page. I loose a little bit in size but not enough to make any difference. When you use a photo copier set it to 95 percent and you will be okay. If you have access to a black and white copier play with it to see what percentage you find the best for you. Peter on his Facebook page mentions he is not allowed to do pdf version as long as the publisher wants to sell books.
Anyone who has one or more of these books may be interested to know there are now paid-for downloadable PDF extras for some of the sets available from this website, run by the artist who prepares all the minis and models, Peter Dennis.
Unfortunately, all these seem to be prepared for A4 page layouts only, and cost 1 GBP each (that'll be around $1.26 to $1.30 at today's exchange rates (10 Dec 2018), depending on how you arrange the money transfer). By contrast to the printed books, this is expensive. Of the half-dozen of the books I have here, there are between 29 and 32 full pages of minis and models per volume, plus you also get wargame rules, historical notes and instructions in that, around 48 pages in total. The Helion website price per volume of those I have is currently 15.26 GBP (though the publisher runs multibuy discounts at shows and sometimes online too), which works out around 0.50 GBP per A4 page of minis and models (and ignores the fact almost half the book consists of text and other information which you don't get from these new paid-for pages; using the full 48 pages for this price, the contrast's even worse, at just 0.32 GBP per printed page!). OK, so you don't have to scan these download pages or create your own PDF from them, but there are hundreds of paper mini sets on the OBS sites right now that that's true for as well.
It's also not clear from the website information just what you're getting for your money. From the images, I'd guess at one page per purchase. Plus you only seem to get one, one-off download link (sent by e-mail) for each item, so if that fails... Why these aren't on the OBS sites, where at least you'd be able to see a proper preview image without having to save the one from the website first, and be covered for computer failures and the need to re-download (or if the file gets updated) I can't explain. I'd guess the artist doesn't know about, or understand, how OBS works, or is perhaps too terrified of copyright problems to use it. Unlike the hundreds of other artists and manufacturers who make a living this way, that is...
I imagine many of us will have run into problems with some of these private download sites before too (let's not mention World Works Games...), as they can come and go without warning. However, as long as you make plenty of back-up copies as soon as you've downloaded these, if any are of interest, it may be worth the risk.
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9