Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Difficult Decisions

Hi!

Well I have had a rather enlightening lecture as part of my course about copyright. Despite being a rather dry subject it did raise a few points which need addressing with my own business plans.

Essentially I had been planning on sculpting and casting a range of 15mm scale bits and bobs suitable for playing Leviathan. Following the lecture I came to realise how naive this was as not only do two companies currently hold the license for the game but theres one range in production and a second in development. I do not want to step on any toes or take money away from these companies so have decided to go for something completely different with my own work.

This has been an incredibly difficult decision as I know folks have expressed quite a bit of interest in Leviathan and even the possibility of me selling some models. I also have a real passion for the Leviathan setting and dont want it to fade into obscurity. Therefore I have decided to keep this blog running to cover my Leviathan hobby but to refrain from getting any of my current stuff cast.

I will be keeping up the progress of the updates and playing as much of Leviathan as possible but will be beginning development on a new setting to act as a basis for a new range I will develop over the coming weeks. I will also sadly be removing my Aeroth at War blog in a few days time as I just dont have the resources or time to keep developing it. I want to say a big thankyou to Qalpha for his sterling work in posting some truly fascinating articles on it and they will be copied over to here tonight to allow folks to access them if they wish.

Worry not! This is not the end of this blog. I still plan on playing lots of games and generally having fun!

All the best

Richard

7 comments:

  1. Oh damn, Well if ifs any consolation, I like your sculpts better then any other range currently out. And if you ever decided to market them as some thing other then Leviathan I would still be interested in them.
    there what got me interested in doing research on the game in the first place honestly.
    Keep up the good work.

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  2. when I say range I mean in 15mm fantasy that is lol.

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  3. Hi!

    Thanks for the comments! Dont worry though, as I will be producing some new sculpts which will be getting cast in the next month or so!

    Leviathan is such a great setting its just such a shame that the company that owns it doesn't do anything with it!

    All the best!

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  4. Hell yeah! keep up the good work :D

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  5. You know i am actually pretty sure, since you are not making the mins for actually profit. And marketing them as official sculpts your still in the clear as far as copyright laws are concerned. I mean look at all the knock off brand not GW sculpts there are out there. Also how many of the official lines are covering 15mm? I'll have to look into it but i think your in the clear.

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  6. Hi!

    Alas I am planning on releasing my own miniature range though which would be run as a business so cant get away with it! Also the not GW stuff tends to vanish quite regularly after a Cease and Desist order from GW.

    I have begun work on a new setting entirely with its own range of figures which would be suited to any setting (ie Leviathan!) but will be original designs. For example there will be orcs with large warbeasts but they will be significantly different from the Leviathan warbeasts!

    Theres no reason not to use them for any other system!

    The new setting will encompass all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures too as well as the more traditional fantasy fare!

    All the best!

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  7. Quote "I have begun work on a new setting entirely with its own range of figures which would be suited to any setting (ie Leviathan!) but will be original designs. For example there will be orcs with large war beasts but they will be significantly different from the Leviathan war beasts"
    I was actually thinking the exact same thing, honestly, Sorry I didn't put it into words. I hope to see some of the sculpts you have already completed, i mean I am pretty sure there isn't a pattern on fully armored tusk helmeted dwarfs and asian step style orcs. LOL

    I also like the idea of seeing orcs as more then just mindless killing machines anyways. It will give me an excuse to use them as the decadent race of conquers in my own fantasy settings.

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