Just got a packet from Prodos with some UniCast samples in.
Interesting for a few reasons. Firstly, these look like production casts from their current line, all boxed and shrink-wrapped. Presumably that means volume is not an issue. Secondly, it would appear that I’ve not had specially selected review samples – these really are production casts. Always the best thing to check. Finally, as these are already out, you can see this new material/technique for yourself if you feel inclined.
I’ve not got the time to go through the details this morning (that’ll be tomorrow), but I’ve had a peek in the boxes, and on first impression it looks like Prodos have got themselves a very clever trick 🙂
Definitely an interesting, technical achievement. Wondering just how worthwhile it will be given the company’s current issues. But if they manage to keep production costs down and manage to actually timely produce and ship commissions, this would definitely make for a great alternative for all those miniature / boardgame hybrids that are currently more or less forces to produce in mainland China if they want to stay afloat after the first printrun.
At the same time though, this kind of product would most likely be of more interest to the more hobby-focused side of that hybrid market. Your average boardgamer who enjoys big lumps of coloured plastic would still get more value out of your average CMON-level game when it comes to in-game ease of use and the option of larger PVC models. Smaller, skirmish hybrids way be an even better market to aim etc, especially as a lot of gamers seem to stay away from those because of their dislike or metal casts or the fear of accidentally wrecking fragile, resin cast minis.
The interesting thing for me is that it offers another option to creators. As with all new tools, it’ll take a while for people to find their level and how it’s best used.