Pendraken Plans for 2022!

Started by Leon, 10 January 2022, 08:59:01 AM

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Leon

10 January 2022, 08:59:01 AM Last Edit: 10 January 2022, 09:11:18 AM by Leon


2021 was a bit of a mixed bag for our plans with some big things ticked off and others lagging by the wayside.  But with our new premises almost complete, the show calendar almost back to normal and a pile of releases sitting here at Pendraken HQ, 2022 looks a lot brighter!

I'll run through our new ranges/releases plans in a roughly chronological list:

Peninsular Napoleonics
This is one of two main priorities for this year and with the Portuguese pledges all sent out last week we've started well.  The Spanish are being sculpted at the moment and we should have the first batch of those with us before the end of the month.  We'll pop some pics up for everyone to look at and then they'll be going straight into the moulding queue.

The Spanish was a big batch of sculpts so it should be 2-3 months work for Tony and then that's everything completed finally.  We'll get them moulded asap and I'd hope to have the final batch of packages sent out in March/April.

And then we can get the ranges on general sale as well!

Cold War Commander II
Priority number 2 is the new edition of Cold War Commander, which is also making some good progress finally.  The edits have all been done to the document so I'll be sending it out to all of the proofreaders/playtesters later this week.  We'll be looking at a 2-month feedback period and then aiming to go to print at the end of March. 

Sadly with Salute cancelled this year our big launch plans have been scuppered somewhat so I'll need to have a think about what else we can do.

New Releases
There's been a whole load of odds and ends stacking up over the past 6-9 months so I'm planning to do 10 days of 10mm releases, starting on Saturday 15th January.  There's all sorts in there so keep an eye out for those...

Arab-Isaeli
In between work on the Peninsular project we'll be starting to mould all of the Arab-Israeli figures, with a rough release target of April I think.  You can see pics of all the sculpts here: https://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,21386.0.html

Sci-Fi Expansion!
This one was missed last year but it'll definitely be arriving this year!  The vehicles are being designed digitally and we'll be starting to mould those around April/May I think, and then we'll just need to get some infantry sculpted to go with them.  Potential release is probably summer time, so June/July I'd expect.

More Fantasy
Another one that was missed from last year was our new Fantasy ranges, with Ratmen, Amazons and Fomorians on the cards.  We started work on these in 2020 but they've been back-burner'ed a few times unfortunately.  We'll get back on track with them soon and aim for a release towards the end of the year probably.

TB Line
The TB Line Mongols are a small range but a big job, so these will probably get squeezed in once the shop is open and I can do the clean-up work while I'm sat behind the counter.

The Ancients ranges will be a longer-term fix as we'll need to get those down to Techno to do some tweaks to them and make moulding a lot easier.

Korean War Supplement
We've shelved this temporarily but we'll revisit once CWC-2 has been released. 

New Army Builder Software
The new Army Builder was severely impacted by Covid but we're back on with our weekly meetings now and aiming for April as our launch point.  Again we'd hoped to do something for Salute but with that gone we'll need to do something else.

Dungeon World
The unfortunate Dungeon revamp has been bumped for a few years running now but I'm determined to sort it out this year.  We've had some new Dungeon pieces designed digitally so we'll get those into production around April/May time and then we'll make some new moulds for all of the monsters and furniture.  The rules just need some fine-tuning and they'll be good to go.

Red Vectors
There's still about 70 new MDF products waiting to be put into production so we'll be talking to our design guys to get those all checked over and ready for release.  There's a huge amount of stuff in there, from 10mm to 28mm and Medieval to Sci-Fi, so we'll just get it all done asap.


Moving on to other areas:

Pendraken Shop!
Work is ongoing in the shop and we're getting close now.  The counter needs a top and the stock is being produced by the guys at the moment.  Then we just need some branding/header boards adding in and we're good to go!  We'd like to do some kind of an opening day but with Covid it might not be possible to do much sadly.

Painting Competition 2022!
The Painting Competition will be back again in February so get your brushes out and get those entries ready!  As usual the competition will run throughout February and we'll have some Pendraken prizes on offer for you. 

Website Photos
We've currently got 396 products awaiting photos but there's 98 new photos coming later this week, so that's 25% of them done in one sweep!  We're mainly missing WWI ranges now so that's where the focus will be and we've got several of the ranges away with painters. 

We'll also be continuing to send various ranges off to our painters to add painted pics to the website as well.

Pendraken 30th Birthday!
And finally, this year is our 30th birthday!  For our 20th we had a big party in a local hotel but with the pandemic ongoing I'm not sure what we'll be able/allowed to do, so we'll have a look at the options in a couple of months time.  We can certainly run an big open day here at Pendraken HQ with some games and then maybe have something elsewhere in the country as well.  We'll have a think...


So, I think that's about it but I'm sure I'll have missed something in there somewhere!  Give me a shout if there's any queries and we'll get busy!
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Steve J

Well a lot to look forward to on many fronts :) . It seems only yesterday you did the 20th birthday bash!!! Now I have to figure out what I might be able to achieve for the painting competition... :-\ .
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Ithoriel

So, Leon, what are you doing after lunch? :D :D :D

I'm  exhausted just thinking about all that!

All the best with this.
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fsn

10 days of releases? is that really fair? Some of us may be susceptible to so much excitement.


Love to see some more of those Red Vector goodies in 10mm.  :D

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fred.

Wow, so much stuff. I love the enthusiasm and scope of what you are aiming to do!

Looking forward to 10 days on 10mm - which is just a few days away. And lots of interesting items too.

30th Birthday - would be a good chance to do something at the new premises. 
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fsn

Quote from: fred. on 10 January 2022, 12:44:04 PM30th Birthday - would be a good chance to do something at the new premises.
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
11 votes in the 2022 Painting Competition (Double figures!)

Lord Speedy of Leighton

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Raider4

ISO 3103 Certified

fsn

Yeah, but we'll say it was like the first one.
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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
11 votes in the 2022 Painting Competition (Double figures!)

pierre the shy

Quote from: fsn on 10 January 2022, 04:38:03 PM

Quote from: Raider4 on 10 January 2022, 06:39:37 PM

I think purhaps the top photo is from the company launch party back in 1992 and the second one is from the 20th anniversary bash (everyone's 20 years older and needs a seat?  :-\ )

I like your "ISO 3103 Certified" quote Raider. I'll put a couple of ISO 3103 break cards in the deck next time we play a TFL rules based game, that should confuse the heck out of the players!  ;)     
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Itinerant Hobbyist

Leon,
Are there any plans to reprint BKC?

In the army builder, will there be an option for free build, ie no limits on units vs points so that you can build lists based on historical OOB. I remember the old Army Builder had this option in the paid version.

Not sure when I would get a game in, but looking forward to adding CWC to my collection. I know several locals are excited about its release.

Leon

Quote from: Itinerant Hobbyist on 11 January 2022, 04:48:56 PMLeon,
Are there any plans to reprint BKC?

In the army builder, will there be an option for free build, ie no limits on units vs points so that you can build lists based on historical OOB. I remember the old Army Builder had this option in the paid version.

We'll definitely be getting another print run for BKC but most of the quotes I've had for printing are far too high, so it's taking longer than planned to get them into stock again.  I'm talking to a printer at the moment that might be able to do us a better price so hopefully that works out. 

On the army builder, I'd need to check with Chris about that but I think it shouldn't be a problem.
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Orcs

Quote from: fsn on 10 January 2022, 12:13:17 PM10 days of releases? is that really fair? Some of us may be susceptible to so much excitement.


This is Nobbys way of saying he has wet himself already at the thought of 10 Days of releases.  :) 
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Itinerant Hobbyist

Thank you Leon. I should've also asked if all errata will be incorporated in the new printing?

That's a shame on pricing - the way of the world at the moment. Could you get a discount if it printed at the same time as CWC? As I type, it doesn't sound like an option, just curious.

Thank you for answering my questions btw.

Quote from: Leon on 11 January 2022, 05:08:38 PMWe'll definitely be getting another print run for BKC but most of the quotes I've had for printing are far too high, so it's taking longer than planned to get them into stock again.  I'm talking to a printer at the moment that might be able to do us a better price so hopefully that works out. 

On the army builder, I'd need to check with Chris about that but I think it shouldn't be a problem.

Leon

Quote from: Itinerant Hobbyist on 11 January 2022, 06:12:59 PMThank you Leon. I should've also asked if all errata will be incorporated in the new printing?

That's a shame on pricing - the way of the world at the moment. Could you get a discount if it printed at the same time as CWC? As I type, it doesn't sound like an option, just curious.

All of the updates that made upto the latest Errata document will be in the new print run, so no worries there.  Sadly there's no discount if you get another book printed at the same time, as there's separate setup costs involved for each publication. 
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