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.
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gav: seen them was thinking a bit dodgy, that's cleared up. I take it the plastic ones I am seeing are the same.
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squirmydad: Cool, thanks!
Jan 25, 2020 8:47:01 GMT -9
shep: I think, I'll point him towards the Kickstarter with bravesirkevin's designs, once it goes live...
Jan 25, 2020 6:24:04 GMT -9
shep: He basically says that he loves the flat design for being a flat, easy to store design. However, he does not like building cardboard minis, so he's very glad that he can buy these MDF versions.
Jan 25, 2020 6:22:42 GMT -9
squirmydad: Found the video, uhm, I don't speak German but I think he likes them.
Jan 23, 2020 15:03:45 GMT -9
shep: Ah, I see. Good to know.
Jan 23, 2020 0:38:27 GMT -9
squirmydad: They are the official licensee for One Monk minis, they also sell designs from Antohammer and Brave Adventures.
Jan 22, 2020 13:52:08 GMT -9
shep: I found this website (https://flatpackforces.com/collections/fantasy) via a youtube video. They are offering 2D flat MDF-minis, and they have loads of One Monk designs up for sale. I was wondering, if they licensed the minis, or if this is art theft...
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shep: old squirmydad: Editing the first post did the trick. Many thanks...
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squirmydad: Howdy Blods!
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blods: The Face book site mentioned Ebbles models and Genet models which blew me away how dam good they are. Lots of great ideas. cheers Blods
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