This doesn't make much sense to me. Here's why:Saintmac99 wrote:Although I think DF could and would rock at making minis, I think that their focus on terrain is where its at. I mean, why take on all the trouble of sculpting unique minis, casting, painting, packaging....not worth the cost don't you think? Personally, I would rather they focus on creating new accessories.
Yes, DF is mainly in the business of selling terrain. However, that terrain needs to be populated with stuff. Who better to provide that other stuff than DF? Stuff can not only be accessories but also denizens that fit perfectly with that terrain. I also know (from personal experience) that DF gets other artists who are skilled in their particular fields to create those pieces, whether it be miniatures (Sandra Garrity is one of the artists), Elye Alexander from Griffin Tamer Studios, Lady Sabelle for accessories, or myself for the LED pieces. This allows Stefan to focus on what he knows best - designing terrain.
There's another important factor, now, especially with the Kickstarters - many new people have been introduced to DF terrain. A lot of those people are in the same boat as I was in KS1; I now had all this terrain, but really nothing to populate it with so I began searching everywhere else for pieces to poputate my terrain with. If DF had offered a greater selection of dwarvenite pieces to do that with then I would have mainly kept my purchasing with DF. This also would have the added benefit of keeping my shipping costs down, too.
This whole idea of creating more accessories and miniatures is something I've brought up before in the forums so I'm 100% behind their decision to do it.
One other thing that's very exciting for the future is that DF really understands that there are people like me who are modifying pieces and they wholly embrace that. In KS3 they have taken it to the next level by recruiting active members like myself, Elye and Lady Sabelle to help expand their offerings. That's almost unheard of in any industry and I very much think people need to understand how much of a paradigm shift that is.