I don’t often look at Indiegigo. It’s not that I don’t like it, simply that it never crosses my mind to, so overpowering is the brilliant marketing of Kickstarter. However, every now and again I bump into something that looks like a good plan and happens to be on there. The latest of these is a painting book called Figopedia by Jérémie Bonamant Teboul of Figone.
Not long ago I bought his painting DVDs and the fact that I’ve pledged for this book too should tell you a bit about what I think of them.
There are a large number of very talented designers, sculptors and painters hiding in the obscure corners of Europe. It’s a pool of games and miniatures that doesn’t always overlap with the English-speaking world of games, and we miss out on some real gems for that reason. Jérémie in many ways is one way into one aspect of this – a continental way of thinking about painting which seems to me to be more painterly in many ways. Whether it’s useful for getting an army on the table is debatable, though that doesn’t mean there aren’t a wide selection of intriguing ideas to consider as well as plenty of eye candy.
Oh, and if you’re like me and don’t speak any useful amount of French, the English text starts half way down the project page 🙂
Very nice and some excellently painted miniatures in there!!! I watched the 6 min Youtube clip and it did a good job of conveying the layout of the book. It looks like it will be really well set out with loads of close-up pics used as examples of what to do and what not to do.
With recent blog entries you have made about miniatures being painted in skin tones other than white, I noticed the black women he has in the book and he really has nailed the skin tone perfectly and his lighting is incredible. A highly skilled painter…
A quick turn around on the funding > delivery of the book too, which is always nice 🙂
JBT has a silly number of golden demons and other prizes. However, what I find most interesting about his stuff is that he clearly thinks long and hard about the why of it as well as the how.
As you say, nice to know that it’s nearly ready to roll too 🙂
“Oh, and if you’re like me and don’t speak any useful amount of French, the English text starts half way down the project page”
Now you tell me! lol. I took a look at it the day it went live and wound up having to use my distinctly sub-par French to read it. I held off as it’s flexible funding and I’m skint, but I have my eye on it for next month.
The Figone newsletters work the same way, so I went looking…
Had my eye of this one as well, not in the least because of his impressive list of stunning and extremely diverse pieces of art (both paint- and sculpting-wise). Also helps that there’s an excellent English translator in the team with intimate knowledge of the painting side of the hobby, so it promises to be a stunning and very helpful book. Together with the upcoming Infinity painting book by Angel Giraldez the two most anticipated hobby book releases for me in quite a while. Not that it will push my painting up to their level, still great to read and stare at the shiny pictures.
As for the flexible funding, it’s already past it’s base level. So all cash that comes in now will mean more pages and a potential, extra miniature getting added.
The problem with flexible for me is that you have to pay straight away, and at the moment I can’t afford to 🙂
Quite understandable, the best crowdfunding projects to have a tendency to pop up at the worst of moments. Luckily there’s over a month left on the project.