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  • #1606290
    Rylorien
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    I am someone who for the most part lives paycheck to paycheck. It doesn’t stop me from making unreasonable purchases, but that’s also given the condition that the world at large and my job are functioning at a *normal* level. With the current situation, I do believe that it’s better for the KS to be delayed for now. Waiting to see and gauging the responses for how things turn out month to month would probably be for the best.

    I think LZ’s idea to be the most favorable: since Windstones does need to maintain a certain level of profit, they could gear their time toward more low-key items (i.e. the production line and its holes/color gaps) + whatever inspiring ebay themes Gina will toss our way.

    It’s already been put off for years and we have no idea how long this virus business is going to last or if things might get worse the longer you wait. … People don’t even have to pay for the Kickstarter til it’s over.

    It’s true that the KS has taken awhile to get up and get going but since that is the case, it shouldn’t be much harm to wait longer. One new sculpt being produced via a crowdfunding platform shouldn’t make or break an established company with as much prestige as Windstone has.

    Melody, start it April 1st, has it go the full length till the end of April.
    That gives everyone a month and a half to plan and come up with funds.

    I feel like this is a bad sentiment. Planning and finding funds is problematic when some people may not even be working much, if at all, in the coming weeks. Savings will go toward necessities, moreso if states start going into full-on lockdown mode. Beyond that, what if people DO pledge to Melody’s kickstarter, claim dragons they desperately want, Melody makes more of specific colors to meet demand…then tons of people drop the KS on the last day because they just don’t have the money? Suddenly Melody is left with a surplus of dragons that cost them time and money to produce and a lot less money coming their way than they were going to have based on initial backer numbers.

    Seeing the responses in this thread, there’s a rather broad spectrum of circumstances in which people find themselves (stay safe everyone!) but in the end, Windstone does have to decide what they feel is best for their company.

    #1604889
    Rylorien
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    Melody, are we going to be able to see pictures of all the dragons currently painted for the KS before it goes live? Or will we only see the rest when it launches? Also, were you leaning toward a morning release or an afternoon one for the KS? Thanks!

    #1604888
    Rylorien
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    “I don’t settle well. It’s a character flaw.”

    Flaw, strength, tomayto, tomahto. I don’t think snagging a fave will be too much of a problem. Melody has stated (somewhere) she was going to be working on them throughout the campaign. If 15 people try to claim X dragon and aren’t interested in others, I would imagine she’d do her best to replicate those colors onto fresh figures. They wouldn’t be identical, but similar colors in similar patterns should make most people happy. Anything not claimed would likely go into the grab bag tier option so as to not waste them.

    I’m most worried about eye colors to be honest. Eyes usually make it or break it for me.

    #1604618
    Rylorien
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    Some one that yells that much probably isn’t a very good–let alone competent–attorney. It’s also a little ridiculous that her father is the one in there complaining and causing trouble, considering that he wasn’t the purchaser (even if he is the installer).

    Sorry you’re dealing with the dredges of humanity. Yet again. >_<

    #1601378
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    It took me awhile to get decent pics of this boy. He’s a bit of a handful, and finally my sister came to the rescue with her lightbox.

    I will say I was very trepidatious about this sculpt since I’m not a huge fan of the young unis (and this one is basically a mini-me clone + feathers), but I’m pleasantly surprised by how much more charming I find the sculpt over that of a young. I can see them outpacing youngs in the long run, except for perhaps more intricate silhouette patterns. As for the grab, I do try and gamble on a new sculpt when I can, and this one was a winner. I typically dislike dark eyes but he has won me over, and how! His feathers are colorshift and my only real “complaint” would be that it’s hard to see the gems, due to their color profile on a black mane, but tis a minor thing when he’s this pretty.

    For now, he’s staying with me. ^_^

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    #1600927
    Rylorien
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    Pin & Tonic has a whole series of dragon pins, some via kickstarter or regular production, some from a Patreon pin club.

    Some pics from her site:

    constellation
    wyvern

    key hoarder
    key

    patreon seasonal unicorn
    uni

    patreon seasonal dragon
    storm

    #1600833
    Rylorien
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    I think Melody & Co did a marvelous job managing the first Kickstarter, which was a new experience for them with lots of bumps and bruises due to the variance in the sculpted products–you had so many differently-sized poads, lots of paint patterns (paired adult/young, the regulars which were patterns on black bases, and special adults/babies) AND the stylization of the poads changed with each batch (a natural occurrence, since the artist is going to paint based on mood and intention; the very first batch of special adults, for example, felt simpler to me as they had more uniform colors and less flamboyant plant combos).

    Long story short: this one should be a lot easier for them as it’s just the hoarder + pins + whatever other merch they might make (more patches?).

    Personally, I think they should still allow for switching out a piece, within reason. Speaking as someone with limited funds, it’s extremely difficult to make choices when Melody does amazing work across the color spectrum. You also have to remember we’re (presumably) only seeing one side of the dragons via pics–granted, for the most part the colors will likely be symmetrical unless they’re intentionally painted otherwise, but sometimes little details can be off-putting. What if the dragon you love has bicolor eyes and you didn’t know about it? Or if you’re in a rush to pick and the eyes you thought were burgundy are actually brown? Maybe the color phasing just isn’t to your taste on the non-display side? Yes, I *know* I’m nitpicking. But I know I’m also not the only one here that goes over pieces with a fine-tooth comb (when they can) before investing.

    Susie had a heck of a time with the switching pieces last KS, but I think a lot of that was a result of how long the campaign went for coupled with just how much variance in the poads there was. I don’t imagine it will be nearly as bad, especially since they have a stronger grasp of how to handle it. Additionally, poads that were swapped went right back into the pool for others to pick. If they don’t want to put the “returned” dragons back into the mix right away, they could always set them aside into a “leftover” photo set or just save them for people that want a random pull (assuming that’s an option on this KS).

    I do think that splitting things into color batches will help, both with choices and with them streamlining the overall process so it’s not as much of a madhouse.

    I’m curious to know if there will only be airbrushed solid color blends, or something more patterned for the dragons (like snake scaling, stripes, cosmic, etc)? I wasn’t here for the minikeeper GB, but when I first rediscovered Windstone I remember photos showing quite a bit of difference. Some were simple color blends whereas others had emphasis on hand-drawn or sculpt-specific details (ex/butterfly spots on wings, or highlighting the wing “ribs” with metallics).

    Regardless, I’m excited to see how it all unfolds!

    #1587633
    Rylorien
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    These pics are some of mine that didn’t win. Yes, the kirin pics are similar, but different because sometimes a shot needs that “drama” lol. I can only show these because I don’t want to spoil the winning pic (I submitted a few different angles of that piece and not sure which one specifically won). XD

    I really love the idea behind your bean + ori shot, Lisa (so many colors!). Ferlin, the kirin mama is so pretty, and the Xmas red-nose colts is such an adorable idea. It’s been amazing seeing what people came up with for the new calendar.

    Super excited right now!

    P.S. Dragonfeathers, I *love* those purple striped tiger griffin babies. Pardon my grabby hands lol.

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    pic-2-gb-kirin-wanderers

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    #1586155
    Rylorien
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    I’d like to be entered, thanks!

    #1582562
    Rylorien
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    It’ll be exciting to see these as they start arriving! I couldn’t justify the cost when most of them were leaf themes (I really dislike the leaves >_<), while my favorites were the blue night + cat + pumpkin (especially the jack-o-lantern one!) that only amounted to a handful of the batch. Breaks my heart (and my wallet!) when there are oddballs in the batch but not an oddball batch in and of itself; sometimes you just have to say no.

    #1578419
    Rylorien
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    Hey everyone! I know I’m mostly AWOL from the forums these days so I feel a little awkward poking my nose out like this, but my family and I could really use some prayers and well-wishing sent our way. As some of you know, at the end of July we had an emergency vet visit for one of our cats. Long story short, his lungs had to be drained and he had to stay overnight on oxygen. Presumably he has heart failure but it’s stil another three weeks before he is able to see the cardiologist for an echocardiogram (seriously…he’s in a precarious condition and even though it’s an emergency, it’ll have been two months before he gets the visit he needs).

    The first medication they gave him was a water pill, for helping to keep his lungs clean. But it made him severly dehydrated and he’d lost his appetite. We took him in for another vet visit about a week and a half after the initial return home since he was losing weight due to not eating/drinking but instead of addressing the problem other than an ultrasound to check his heart (which seemed fine according to her) + liquid in the lungs (a little accumulation but still doing good), the vet prescribed him a motion sickness/nausea pill in addition to a heart pill (she was not the cardiologist nor has he had his heart scan). After being on these meds he’s declined badly. No wonder since this particular heart pill is NOT recommended for use in cats and the nausea pills were for dogs only. -_-

    We’ve finally got him drinking water and sometimes eating a mouthful of food a few times a day, but it’s not looking great. He barely walks (paralysis was one side effect of the medication, the equivalent of deep-vein leg thrombosis a symptom of heart failure–two Xs). I know situations like this are hard–you want your pets to live forever–but it’s breaking our hearts. Especially since he never really got his “snoot” back (he’s a sweet gentle cat but definitely has a snooty side). He seemed to be doing better his first two nights back from the initial vet overstay, but his personality never quite got where it used to be and it’s just been downhill for various reasons since then.

    Just very sad times right now.

    #1565236
    Rylorien
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    I haven’t posted in awhile–between computer, phone, and car trouble + normal life kerfluffles, I just haven’t been feeling optimistic or motivated.

    I did want to thank the two lovely ladies that enabled me to “recently” add these two beauties to my collection: a flion (and a special one at that, Bronze Copper Spot) and my top pic out of the “white-bellied” gb orientals. The pic of the CoA is not one I took, but I’m sharing because of the adorable purrbody. Roarbody? Rumblepurr!

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    #1565234
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    Double-posted, whoops.

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    #1563065
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    Thank you for the help ladies! Much appreciated!

    #1561648
    Rylorien
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    Yus! Bare feet! (Yeah, I know. I look at everything except what I’m supposed to…)

    Beautiful paint job on the rooster, and extraordinarily kind of you to paint one for Amy. Bravo!

    On another note, reading this thread has been great. Very informative about things I feel like I should have known but I really didn’t have a clue.

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