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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:57 am 
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That is truly sad. I'm one of those who missed the chance to get the space dwarves I really wanted.
I will support a crowdfunding campaign for someone to pick up the slack.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:04 am 
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Dude, in my eyes it was yourself and DRM that led the re-invigoration of 6mm sci fi. You pushed for quality and proved not only what could be done, but that there was a market for it and lead directly to the proliferation of great 6mm ranges there are today. For your passion in that, I thank you.

This must have been a hell of a decision to make, but health and yourself have to come first. I raise my glass to all you achieved, and the best of luck for all futures mate. Take care.

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Hi Tom,

So sorry to have heard this terrible news. Like everyone here I very much respect all of your achievements with SCP and am genuinely sad to hear it will close. That said, you do have to put your health first and I wish you well, it sounds like a horrible horrible condition to live with.

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Tom,

Sad news, always liked the product you had to offer.

But all the best and hope your health improves

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Darn it. Well I hope that you stick around here and I'll miss the models.

I'll raise a glass to you and all involved tonight.

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Sad news

All the best to Tom and everyone involved

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:30 am 
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Bugger, I had a necron order I wanted to place.... should have got in earlier!

I know you guys have had some troubles in the the recent past but I'm sorry to see you go like this, your models were great and I feel the EPIC community has lost another asset.

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I got my first Proxy minis from Steel Crown, you guys let me build a Necron army. As I later signed up as Necron army champ for a while that was a pretty significant step!

You guys have done a lot for the hobby, it's sad to see it end like this.


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I'm both saddened and surprised by this news.

Without Steel Crown's existence, I doubt I'd have been inspired to start TMG.

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This is really sad news. Thanks for the heat models over the years. I now regret not picking up a whole load of things last week. Was just waiting for pay day.

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As we talked about earlier I have complete understanding for your decision. Health comes first in all matters and you've done a tremendous ammount of hard work for the community. Thank you for bearing the financial burden and taking on all the troublesome work of running a business while letting me have all the fun seeing my weird ideas being turned into actual miniatures. Thank you for the confidence to give Todd and me free reign designing stuff. I have many fond memories of those early pioneering days figuring out how to make the CAD and 3d print work for actual mass produced miniatures. (Altso a big thanks to Todd for his patience and sound advice when he was turning my sketches and their imposssible geometry into something that could actually be printed and cast).

What impressed my most in the beginning was your attention to detail and focus on quality. I was used to GW and FWs mediocre quality control with lots of flash, poorly alligned moulds and miscasts. But those early Khazari and Guild units were excellent sculpts and cast with no flash or mould lines. I had never seen anything like it. That staple of quality was definitely what made EW in the golden days. The fact that some suppliers closed shop has obviously been the cause of many headaches, but I think it speaks volumes about your desire to deliver a good product that you have held back releases of products, which turned out to to be sub par prints or casts in later years. I am sure many customers were frustrated that the Hoplon mkII and Squires never got released - especially when production casts had already been made. It takes a firm commitment to stick to your priniciples and say: "Sorry. We cannot release this product as the quality is not up to our standard - even if we're gonna loose a load of money right now". A company with less focus on quality would have been sorely tempted to release that stock of sub par casts and make a quick buck anyway.
I think this sums up the idealism that drove EW. An idealism that is all too rare in business these days. It was never about making money. It was about doing what felt right, and having a quality product that was available to everyone interested in the hobby.

It is beyond doubt that the Epic community is in your debt - not only for picking up the mantle when it became clear that GW was dropping support for Epic, but also for paving the way with CAD design and inspireing an entire scene of new 6mm manufacturers.

I think you made the right decision. It might still be possible to find a way to keep the entire product line available, but making the CAD designs available at Shapeways is an excellent way to keep the miniatures on life support. Like I mentioned earlier: It is only a matter of a very few years before print on demand (and home print) becomes competitive with traditional casts in terms of price and quality :)

Thanks for everything buddy! It's been both a fun and educational ride! :)

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Grateful I got to purchase lots of necron proxies from you when I could. Wish I could purchase more to keep you alive!

Will you be transfering them to shapeways? I know there is some Exodus Wars stuff on shapeways as it right now. Doing that saves you a lot of time/cost. Only issue is price. Zho infantry are 5 guys it looks like for 7.89 unless thats a pack of 40?


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I'm sorry to hear this Tom. You've been a great mentor to me when I first made my steps into this industry and I can honestly say that without your advice Onslaught may have never gotten off the ground. You were also a great business partner once Onslaught Miniatures became a reality.

I wish you the best of luck with your future endeavours.

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Having only recently got back into 6mm gaming I only got to make a few orders from you but meeting you to collect one of them was a pleasure. Your passion for the hobby was inspiring and it was great chatting to you about your vision.

Really sad to hear this news but along with everyone that knew you better it I wanted to wish you the best.


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