Sprawl Gangers (& Miniatures!) Update

Shadowrun 5 Sprawl Gangers Logo

Been a number of months since the last update on Sprawl Gangers. Since it has been a while, gonna be a big update here…so brace yourself…

Why the long delay…production issues. We haven’t been able to produce the miniatures and without that, the game simply has been in a holding pattern.

We are excellent at making books. We are just starting to reach a points where we do card games and boardgames. But miniatures, particularly high quality miniatures, have kicked us in the teeth for years. For those that have following our BattleTech problems (which have finally been fixed!) and especially our Leviathans troubles (which are still unresolved), you know this has dogged us for a while.

Despite this, caught up in the enthusiasm of trying to do a plethora of crazy cool stuff for Shadowrun, we moved forward with Sprawl Gangers thinking we had a solution for miniatures. Not only did that burn out, but we’ve since gone through several other aborted attempts to find the appropriate combination of cost vs. quality.

That being said, we do appear to have finally met a team that may just be the ones we’ve been searching for for years. I was waiting to reach a few milestones with this company before I started talking about this. And since we’ve reached those milestones, well, I can start talking.

First, the team we’re working with is Jeff Gracia and Jed Wahl at Green Brier Games. If you’ve not heard of them before, feel free to check ’em out.

Second, as I’ve previously mentioned, we love being audacious and challenging ourself with aggressive schedules and really cool, big games. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. After spinning our wheels for far too long on Sprawl Gangers, part of this process has been to scale way back on what we want to do “right now”, and instead take the entire process in steady but bite-sized chunks.

What exactly does that mean? We are hard at work on an “experiment” of just a few miniatures to ensure that neither side is taxed too far and there’s not too much of a commitment to get anyone into trouble should things go sideways (its Shadowrun after all). The miniatures ultimately will be released as a “roleplaying game aid” boxed set (no, no dates or anything yet this early in the process).

However, one part of the experiment is to produce a single Sprawl Ganger miniature and move it through the entire process to a rapid prototype.

We just received rapid prototypes of two miniatures, which I immediately shipped off to Peter Wort, one of our fantastic camospecs.com artists, who’ll clean up the burs on the miniature and base coat it so we can really see what it will look like.

While I don’t have photos of that rapid prototype just yet, I can share the details that moved us from concept sketches into a miniature on my table (and when I get the miniature back, have no fear I’ll share photos right away!).

So first of all, the Sprawl Ganger. Here’s the fantastic concept sketches for a Halloweener that I’ve been sitting on for over a year…

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And here’s the 70% render:

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And then the near final renders came in:

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Almost leapt out of my chair with a shout. So amazing…and funny thing is, I think her hair might be the best part…so much motion captured in that hair. Brings the model to life in a fantastic way.

But remember, this isn’t just about Sprawl Gangers at this stage. It’s about those small bite-sized chunks, so it’s about creating a pack of 5 “RPG Game Aid” miniatures. We’ve been creating a cast of characters that will visually bridge between Shadowrun, Fifth Edition, Shadowrun: Beginner Box Set, Shadowrun Runner’s Toolkit: Alphaware, Shadowrun: Crossfire and even into Shadowrun: Hostile Takeover and Shadowrun: Sprawl Gangers. So it was logical to start with those images as the basis for our first pack of miniatures.

First out of the gate is our Dwarf rigger, Hardpoint. Here’s the reference art from both the Beginner Box Set and Runner’s Toolkit: Alphaware:

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Brent then turned that into an appropriate orthographic that Jed could use to start his render process:

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Jed took that and turned over an initial render:

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Obviously the first attempt to create “smoke” for the drone wasn’t working well, so some good brainstorming resulted in this near final render:

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Obviously we are incredibly excited about reaching this place and so far working with Jeff and Jed at Green Brier Games has been fantastic. Can’t wait to see what the final rapid-prototypes look like once they’re cleaned up and show them off (fingers crossed we’ll have them at Origins for those attending…and I’ll share photos as soon as I have them).

“So, those are really awesome looking, and RPG game aid miniatures is a cool idea, but what does this mean for Sprawl Gangers?” It means that we can potentially have an end in sight for production. However, this does not mean we’ll suddenly see Sprawl Gangers by Gen Con. Remember, this is about taking it slow and then appropriately spinning up to the type of production that Sprawl Gangers will require. This will ensure that the game gets the quality miniatures it deserves, while also helping to ensure that once we announce that “this is the date”, we’ll be able to hit it and support it.

Thanks to everyone that have continued to wait patiently for this update. It’s perhaps further out than you’d like, but we are still completely committed to getting this game out and ensuring that not only will it be well worth the wait but that we’ll be able to fully support the game.

Thanks!

Randall

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17 Comments

  1. StCptMara
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Randall, very glad to see this progress. This is awesome! I continue to look forward to Sprawl Gangers. I very much hope that we can see some concept art and renders of Trolls and Orks soon. (Also..please! Show more Female Trolls! I know you guys love your female elves and cute Orkesses, but..the Troll Ladies need some attention, too!)

  2. Posted June 2, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to add them to my SR collection. By the way, I’ve read a rumour that the minis will be pre-painted. Is it true?

  3. randall
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great comments! The current plan is they will not be pre-painted. However, we’ve still a ways to go to get there and that may change.

  4. Tom Ryan
    Posted December 24, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    …and dead?
    real waste of a great looking game concept…don’t know why you didn’t try crowd funding.

  5. Mike
    Posted January 19, 2015 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    Any word on this? i’d like to see some new Minis as i’m a new player and enjoy using them. Any good resources where i can find some that fit SR in the mean time?

  6. Kaede
    Posted February 16, 2015 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m ALL in! Sign me up. When, where, how…! I SO want to buy this and get Sprawl Gangers going and use them also in my SR5 Tabletop! Gimme Gimme Gimme. LOL

    Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!

    ~K~

  7. Dulcinea
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Can’t WAIT! I LOVE the two designers. i am SO excited!!!

  8. Harleigh
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Any word on progress for these?

  9. sebastian weidmann
    Posted May 14, 2015 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Since HINT Kickstarter i’m freaking mad about a shadowrun themed miniature game!! Any new progress status updates? Pls don’t say it is stopped… *fingerscrossed*

  10. René
    Posted May 31, 2015 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Any News or is it dead?

  11. Wiktor
    Posted June 5, 2015 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    these look fantastic but are they ever going to see the light of day?

  12. S. Dudley
    Posted July 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Saw some prototypes of your minis at GenCon. Fell inlove with the Troll with the minigun. Really looking forward to seeing all of those minis on my table. Keep it up. There’s definitely a market for these Sgadowrun-type minis. Take care.

  13. Drake
    Posted July 15, 2015 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Any news on this? Been a really long time since the last post. Update please!

  14. darin
    Posted August 29, 2015 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    those are great but that was back in 2014. Any updates since than?
    would love to get my hands on some new shadowrun minatures like those above.

  15. Tantis
    Posted September 6, 2015 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Any News about Sprawl Ganger, http://www.miniaturemarket.com/cat27800.html has it for preorder!
    Is it real oder fake?

  16. Tantis
    Posted October 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Any News about it?

  17. Posted October 18, 2015 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    This is so darn awesome…..

    any chance of releasing the 3D Models themselves for people to buy and print? Also if interested, I am happy to assist in bringing these things to life with our 3D printing service!

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