Pendraken Miniatures Forum
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
19 April 2021, 01:00:11 AM

Login with username, password and session length
Search:     Advanced search
Check our 2020 Releases Summary to see f you've missed anything!
321927 Posts in 18513 Topics by 2312 Members
Latest Member: Zookie
* Home Help Search Calendar Login Register
+  Pendraken Miniatures Forum
|-+  Pendraken News & Info!
| |-+  General Pendraken
| | |-+  Review of 2020!
« previous next »
Pages: [1] 2 Go Down Print
Author Topic: Review of 2020!  (Read 1933 times)
Leon
Viscount
******
*
*
Posts: 17011



WWW
« on: 29 December 2020, 10:06:31 PM »

Way back in the mists of time, when 2020 felt like an exciting new decade (see Plans for 2020 for the new/not new decade argument), and before the world was flipped upside down by a dodgy bat sandwich, we made some optimistic predictions for all of the things we'd like to achieve over the coming 12 months.  Many of those plans have been completely scuppered by the pandemic but we've still managed to make progress on some of them!


Greeks/Persians
These were all released as planned, so that's a nice tick to start things off!

Revamped Samurai
Another new range all moulded and released as scheduled, so another big tick.  It's easy this 2020 lark...!

TB Line
We'll give ourselves half a tick here as we managed to get the TB Line Islamics back into production but we didn't have time to get the Mongols done as well.  These will be on the cards for 2021 along with the TB Ancients ranges.

Not-Kickstarter
This is another half-tick I think, as the pledging for the Peninsular project went fantastically well and we achieved much higher sales pledged than we were ever expecting.  As most of you will be aware though, the project then stalled as our sculptor had to take some time off to take care of his father.  The good news is that work has restarted and Tony has done the smaller Misc items for us.  He's then moving on to the Brits and we should have that batch with us in the first few weeks of the new year.  We'll be prioritising these moulds throughout Jan/Feb and we can start sending out batches to our backers, rather than a single big box.

Other Ranges
Potential new ranges that we'd hoped to squeeze in:
Crimean revamp - These lost out to the same issues as the Peninsular project so we've had to shelve this range until we've got the Naps sorted out. 
Napoleonic French Guard infantry - These will be our first release of 2021 as all of the moulds are done and ready to go. 
Post-1950 MBT's and trucks - We're still waiting on this batch from Mart but hopefully we'll have something soon.
Korean artillery - Most of these have been sculpted during this year so we just need to get them all into moulds and then these can be released.  We're hoping to add a few extra infantry codes to the Korean range to fill some gaps as well.
Fantasy - A half-tick again here with the first batch of Fantasy figures moulded and released.  The second wave will be ready by the end of January I think.

SCW Supplement
The launch of Libertad! is a big tick for this year and was very well received with over 150 copies sold so far.  It's also given our SCW ranges a nice little boost and we've picked up some extra sales off the back of the supplement.

Korean War Supplement
No tick here sadly, we've not been able to focus much time to get this completed this year.  Work continues behind the scenes though and we should have something ready by Mar/Apr time I'd hope.

BKC Online Army Builder
Unfortunately this one is a complete Covid casualty as one of our developers was pulled out of retirement to help his old company deal with the pandemic so our coding team have been halved.  The database engineer has been doing extra work to keep things moving along but it'll be a little while before everything is finished and tested properly.  We'll keep everyone updated as we move along and we might be looking for some testers at some point as well.

Cold War Commander II
Another Covid casualty here but this one is much closer I think.  The text is here with me and I'm getting it all formatted over our Christmas break.  Once that's done we can put it out to some proofreaders while I finish putting the army lists together as well.  I'm wary of underestimating the final stages of this so all being well we should be OK to look at a Feb/Mar print run and release.

Dungeon World
Complete fail on this one I'm afraid, I need to get the other rulesets done and out there before looking at the Dungeons and we also need to make a few new moulds for the monsters/furniture.  I won't put a timescale on this as there's so much going on at the moment that I don't know where it will fit in.

Forum
We've got good news on this as we've found a new webguy to look after the forum for us.  We're just waiting on Matt to transfer the domain and files over and then we can get this place upgraded, fix that apostrophe bug, start sending newsletters again, etc.  I really want this done asap as we'll be bringing the Painting Competition back for 2021 and we need the forum working properly for that!

Website Photos
We've got a big tick here!  With the shows all cancelled this year I've been able to spend a lot more time blackwashing and photo'ing the ranges.  At the start of the year we had 1375 codes needing photos and at current count we've got 771 still awaiting a picture, so that's 604 new photos added!  That's the most pictures we've ever added in a 12 month period so I'm really happy with it.  It also means that we're a lot closer to getting 100% of our catalogue photo'd, a job that's been frustrating me for nearly a decade now.  Currently we've got:
- The 1812 Naps ranges are over with Kev Rouse being painted up.
- The WWI British range was with a chap in Spain but he's gone AWOL and I'll need to blackwash those instead.
- The WWII artillery is next on my list with the American and British codes on the side at work to be done as soon as we're back in the workshop.
- The rest of the WWII vehicles are with JAD Designs and will be back with us in the next few months.

Minibits
We had a good year on the Minibits side of things with the purchase of RedVectors bringing almost 100 MDF designs into our hands and new stocked ranges like the Raiden aircraft.  We've got a few more plans coming this year and we've finally managed to make some headway in finding a new 28mm sculptor for our modern mercenaries. 


So it's a bit of a mixed bag this year, as you'd expect with everything that's been going on.  We've made some real positive steps with new ranges, new rules and more web photos but we've missed a few key targets with the Naps project, the Korean supplement and the BKC Builder software.  It's always disappointing to miss our goals but if I'm honest I think that just surviving as a business has to be taken as a win this year.  So many people have suffered so much during 2020 that I'm just thankful that we've been able to weather the storm and keep ticking over. 

All of those leftover jobs will of course carry over into 2021 and I'll be putting up a thread for our '2021 Plans' in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that!
Logged

www.pendraken.co.uk - Home to over 4200 products of shiny 10mm goodness!
www.minibits.net - MDF bases, Vallejo paints, I-94 decals, Red Vectors MDF buildings, Raiden Miniatures, Militia Miniatures and more!
Orcs
Lieutenant General
*
Posts: 5136

Thread Derailment Specialist


« Reply #1 on: 29 December 2020, 10:20:58 PM »

Excellent progress Leon, given the issues you had.

Looking forward to the buildings from the Peninsular non-kickstarter.

Do you have someone working on more buildings/ converting existing ones to different scales  for the Red Vectors stuff?

Still waiting for the WW2 Armored train.

(I know ! - Typical bloody wargamer - loads of stuff released and still asking "when are we getting  such and such)  Smiley
Logged

My aim in life was to P*ss off one person a day. I am so far ahead of schedule I will have to live to 97 even if I stop now.

The cynics are right nine times out of ten. -Mencken, H. L.
mmcv
Brigadier
*
Posts: 2166


WWW
« Reply #2 on: 29 December 2020, 10:32:20 PM »

Just a quiet year then Grin
Logged

Ithoriel
General
*
Posts: 7531



« Reply #3 on: 29 December 2020, 10:33:13 PM »

"No plan survives contact with the enemy" Smiley

Well done on what you have achieved, all things considered.

"I've found that just surviving was a noble fight" - Billy Joel Angry Young Man
Logged

Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!
paulr
Field Marshal
*
Posts: 10770


« Reply #4 on: 30 December 2020, 01:01:21 AM »

As you say "just surviving as a business has to be taken as a win this year", a definite win  Thumbs up Applause Thumbs up Applause Thumbs up

You've neglected to mention the 6,000 PPE visors you produced at a time of great need

So much more than just surviving, helping the community and expanding the business with additional ranges and new supplements

All at Pendraken should be incredibly proud of their achievements in this peculiar year
Logged

Lord Lensman of Wellington

2018 Painting Competition - Runner-Up!
ianrs54
Playtester
General
*
Posts: 9617



WWW
« Reply #5 on: 30 December 2020, 06:53:18 AM »

Good stuff given the year we've had.
Logged

FOG IN CHANNEL - EUROPE CUT OFF HURRAY
Lord Kermit of Birkenhead
Muppet of the year 2019, 2020 and 2021
Techno II
Colonel
*
*
Posts: 1215



« Reply #6 on: 30 December 2020, 07:54:18 AM »

Totally agree !  Smiley

Cheers - Phil
Logged

I really shouldn't press buttons...before I know what will happen.
Probably STILL the most picked on member of the forum since the year dot.
fsn
General
*
Posts: 9780



« Reply #7 on: 30 December 2020, 08:43:49 AM »

I think you also forgot that you have by your existence kept some very peculiar characters (and I am proud to include myself in that description) entertained and focused in what would otherwise have been a very difficult year.

Well done Pendraken!


Logged

Lord Oik of Runcorn
(You may refer to me as Milord Oik)

Oik of the Year 2013, 2014
Prize for originality and 'having a go, bless him', 2015
3 votes in the 2016 Painting Competition!
2017-2019 The Wilderness years
Oik of the Year 2020
7 votes in the 2021 Painting Competition

15mm is dead. It just doesn't know it yet.
Steve J
General
*
Posts: 9363


« Reply #8 on: 30 December 2020, 09:20:33 AM »

Well done to all invovled in what has certainly been an unusual year to say the least. As Paul says, you really should add in the PPE equipment, as that was more important than any toy soldier stuff!
Logged

http://wwiiwargaming.blogspot.co.uk/

2017 Paint-Off - 2 x Winner!
Leon
Viscount
******
*
*
Posts: 17011



WWW
« Reply #9 on: 30 December 2020, 09:27:38 AM »

Thanks for the replies, I wasn't sure whether to put the PPE in as it wasn't on our 'Plans for 2020' thread!

Do you have someone working on more buildings/ converting existing ones to different scales  for the Red Vectors stuff?

Kinda...  We've got so many new RedVectors designs to get into production that I've got the guys prioritising those first, but there is a growing list of designs that I want to rescale for 10mm.  We'll be putting together a schedule for all of the Vectors products once we get back after the new year, so I'll see what we can fit in.


Still waiting for the WW2 Armored train.

I might have some good news on that in the next month or so, we've acquired some 3D designs for an armoured train so I just need to sort out getting it printed up and into production.
Logged

www.pendraken.co.uk - Home to over 4200 products of shiny 10mm goodness!
www.minibits.net - MDF bases, Vallejo paints, I-94 decals, Red Vectors MDF buildings, Raiden Miniatures, Militia Miniatures and more!
fsn
General
*
Posts: 9780



« Reply #10 on: 30 December 2020, 09:34:36 AM »

Are you going to unveil your plans for 2021?   Smiley

Logged

Lord Oik of Runcorn
(You may refer to me as Milord Oik)

Oik of the Year 2013, 2014
Prize for originality and 'having a go, bless him', 2015
3 votes in the 2016 Painting Competition!
2017-2019 The Wilderness years
Oik of the Year 2020
7 votes in the 2021 Painting Competition

15mm is dead. It just doesn't know it yet.
FierceKitty
Field Marshal
*
Posts: 11618


The dog is a peasant. The cat is a gentleman.


« Reply #11 on: 30 December 2020, 09:38:43 AM »

T'ang Chinese, of course.
Logged

I have not the pleasure of understanding you. Of what are you talking?
Scorpio_Rocks
Lieutenant
*
Posts: 189



« Reply #12 on: 30 December 2020, 10:07:47 AM »

As you say "just surviving as a business has to be taken as a win this year", a definite win  Thumbs up Applause Thumbs up Applause Thumbs up

You've neglected to mention the 6,000 PPE visors you produced at a time of great need

So much more than just surviving, helping the community and expanding the business with additional ranges and new supplements

All at Pendraken should be incredibly proud of their achievements in this peculiar year

THIS... with bells on! Fantastic work by all at Pendraken towers, Thank you!
Logged

"Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake - we must not interrupt him too soon."
Horatio Nelson.
Leon
Viscount
******
*
*
Posts: 17011



WWW
« Reply #13 on: 30 December 2020, 10:09:14 AM »

Are you going to unveil your plans for 2021?   Smiley

All of those leftover jobs will of course carry over into 2021 and I'll be putting up a thread for our '2021 Plans' in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that!

 Wink Cheesy
Logged

www.pendraken.co.uk - Home to over 4200 products of shiny 10mm goodness!
www.minibits.net - MDF bases, Vallejo paints, I-94 decals, Red Vectors MDF buildings, Raiden Miniatures, Militia Miniatures and more!
FierceKitty
Field Marshal
*
Posts: 11618


The dog is a peasant. The cat is a gentleman.


« Reply #14 on: 30 December 2020, 10:11:51 AM »

Hmmm, Leon didn't deny the T'ang report. Interesting....
Logged

I have not the pleasure of understanding you. Of what are you talking?
Pages: [1] 2 Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!