Been a while, no? Well after a host of computer issues and personal issues and just simply not giving a fuck, I’ve come back to wax rantosophical about a topic that has just this second become near and dear to my heart- rumors of the Finecast experiment. I’m sure you’ve seen it already, but some wishlisting chump has decided to stir up a whole hornet’s nest of full hornets of stupidity to bring stings of idiocy to you, your family, your loved ones, your friends, your pets, and even your mortal enemies. You’ve seen the rumor already, I’m sure, but here it is in all it’s glory copied from some other stupid blogs. Nobody has actual given a specific source to link back to the original poster, TywinLannister, or even bothered to mention which
den of stupid forum this even came from. So all I can tell you is that TywinLannister is responsible for this bullshit, which is about as impactful as saying that I heard this guy crazy Larry say that I won’t be able to have natural gas pumped into my home anymore due to the ongoing conflict between reptilians and greys over interstellar shipping tariff disputes… but I digress. Here’s the bogus rumor in its entirety:
I don’t know how reliable GW staffers are, but one has strong feelings that fine cast will be no more in a few months, something about a lack of return, and better plastic casts, apparently the new approach is to focus on the plastic blisters and to slowly but surely stop producing finecast or reserve it for truly exceptional minis.
Well, that was a huge waste of time to read. Folks, don’t buy the hype. Finecast probably isn’t going anywhere. With the amount of time, resources, and capital thrown into this project by GW they are not going to abandon it after a few months of being on the market. Even if the rumors about 100% defective product were true, they’d work on ironing out those kinks before ditching the project. Even if the return were not what was projected for investors, they would try a few more strategies before walking away. Even if the UK were hit with an earthquake and all of its stocks of resin were melted after a nuclear plant exploded, they would find a way to make Finecast work.
And that’s just it folks. This early in a product’s life, they’re going to do everything they can to make it work. Converting all the old molds for 90% or so of their metal minis and researching new materials isn’t something that any sensible company (say what you will about GW’s business practices, but they are still, all said and done, pretty sensible) would ever consider doing for an “experiment.” There were probably dozens of experiments done before the finecast launch, but probably involved other materials and methods for creating the models cheaply and with lots of details. But, these all happened well prior to any product release. And what I can tell you for damn sure is that short run miniatures will not be released in full-on plastic any time soon. I can guarantee you that any company looking for a return is not going to (and here is where I’ll require a smattering of salt as these numbers are based on off the cuff remarks from a former FASA employee with which I’m acquainted and may not reflect real world costs) see any kind of a return on selling low volume products like characters and specialty units made with injection molds costing in the tens of thousands of dollars when a resin mold can be made for a few hundred and yield a higher level of detail to boot.
So I guess what I’m saying is: dear Internet, please shut the fuck up and think before you type. Thoughts? And I mean it, share your thoughts, however wrong and moronic they may be. I haven’t gotten in a good old fashioned argument with a dumb fuck on the net in quite some time, so bring it on!