Cubeamajigs Series 2

Created by Hit Point Press

Reusable Gaming packs and storage solutions for Magic the Gathering (MtG), Cube, and TCGs.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

February Update + Artist Spotlight: Ralph Horsley
4 months ago – Tue, Mar 29, 2022 at 12:12:09 PM

Hey backers!

Here’s our update for this month, featuring an Artist Spotlight from the goblin kingmaker himself, Ralph Horsley! Check it out!

Rewards Progress

  • Production is occurring for the Cubeamajigs themselves, as well as the Podamajigs, lifepads and playmats
  • Dragon Shield sleeves and pencils have completed production and are en route to our warehouse! They're looking pretty good, we can't wait to get them into your hands!

The current estimate for production to be completed on all rewards is end of March, with an estimate of sometime in May to begin fulfillment of this project.

Artist Spotlight - Ralph Horsley

Twitter: @ralphhorsley

Instagram: ralph_horsley

Website: www.ralphhorsley.co.uk

“I was excited to receive the brief for this piece. A Goblin King paraded aloft on his palanquin throne in a coliseum full of an enthusiastic Goblin horde. It contained a lot of elements I really enjoy working with. Crowd scenes, an interesting technical spec, and Goblins. Lots of Goblins!

The technical aspect came from the requirement to work in multiple ways, e.g. wrap around the cube, crop to be a playmat, and other functions. I was provided with a clear template of how this would work, and that was my starting point. I drew out my own, approximately 33% scaled, template onto toned board. This would be the basis for my composition studies.

The first study places the King close-up and central. We are looking up slightly to help make him appear more powerful and the curve of the arena helps keep the focus on him. The subsequent studies try out different ideas. In the second he is framed by the crowd, where we are placed as the viewer. The last has a strong tramline perspective drawing our eye to him, whilst also placing him in the middle distance to get a greater sense of the scale of the crowd and arena. The studies allow me to take the key elements, and mess around with them in different configurations. All the time checking how they work within the template. The studies are created using brushpen, sepia ink and acrylic paint. Working against the toned background, these tools allow me to focus on the value range and lighting.

The first study was chosen to go forward and I then worked this up into a full scale graphite drawing on the same toned board. Brian, the art director on the project, observed that he’d like a bit more chaos and action amongst the goblins. In the revised sketch you can see how I brought in these additional elements, pushing the anarchic humour that we all love about Goblins.

With the revised sketch approved I printed out a scaled down version. This laser print was glued onto board and primed with acrylic matte medium. I then applied acrylic paint to make a colour study. In this instance I had a clear idea of how I wanted to approach the image, and was happy to settle on my palette choices after this first iteration.

Having a colour study makes approaching the oil painting a lot easier as a large number of the decisions have been made, and I can focus on the rendering. The final sketch is prepared by inking the linework using a brushpen, then applying several coats of clear gesso. The inking helps maintain the integrity of the sketch as I paint over it.

My approach is to do a first pass blocking in all colours using a medium mix of walnut oil and drying linseed oil. I like using this combination with oils as it gives a nice fluidity to the paint as it’s applied. Leaving this overnight I then go in for a second and subsequent passes refining the blending and adding more detail. I now use Liquin as a medium. This is to accelerate the drying, which allows me to do some glazing tweaks to the colour and value range at the end.

I really enjoyed working on this piece, and I like to think it shows.. All hail the Goblin King! Or at least lob a fizzing bomb his way…"

Last Day to back Seeds of Decay!

Seeds of Decay is a new campaign setting for 5th Edition by acclaimed fantasy artist and game designer Darryl T. Jones.

Rot and decay are spreading at an alarming rate, threatening the lives of all who live there. Terrible creatures twisted by decay hunt any who call the light their friend.

Seeds of Decay features dozens of new hero options, rules for playing tiny characters, a new foraging and contraption building system, wondrous new magic items and much more!

Don't miss out!

Have questions? Check out the FAQ here! 

Have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQ? Leave a comment, e-mail us at kickstarter@hitpointpress.com or join the Discord!

Cheers,

The Hit Point Press Team

January Update + Artist Spotlight: Milivoj Ćeran
7 months ago – Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 01:02:48 PM

Hey backers!

We hope you had a safe and happy new year and a great start to 2022! Here’s our update for January as well as another Artist Spotlight!

Production Progress

Aside from the sleeves (which are already in production!), the remainder of items will be starting production when Lunar New Year ends! (Approximately Feb 10)

We’re making some small tweaks to the files to optimize them for this process at which point we’ll be able to begin final proofing. From there, we’ll have a more detailed timeline!

Based on our estimated timeline from the last update, we anticipate all production will be completed by the end March! From there rewards will ship to us, then the team will process rewards to ship out to backers. We anticipate fulfillment to occur in May, 2022.

We know this is a change from our original projected date and we apologize for the delay! Thank you for your patience and we can’t wait to get your rewards in your hands.

Artist Spotlight - Milivoj Ćeran

You can find Milivoj Ćeran on Twitter, Instagram, and at mceran-art.com!

I enjoyed working on this piece, because it has that melancholic and deeper mood than my other artworks, which is usually some action scene or characters in fantasy surroundings. Making it closer to the mystic or even surreal paintings is getting out of the box in some way. Especially with the inputting element of time and passing of time, and "memento mori" elements. I enjoyed the unreal dreamy fantastical landscape, with a giant ruined watch which presents time. Also the personalisation of time in 3 figures - which represent 3 stages of life (childhood, middle age and old age), and a veiled mystical eerie figure woman with a death face.

What made you decide to do it the way you did?

In a technical way, I worked on this painting the same way I work on my other paintings/illustrations. So the same principles of composition, light, colors, values, and textures which I love to put in my art. But the expression of the piece and the mood was different, and a bit closer to the 19th century artworks connected with spirituality, subconscious, dreams, and man's desire to understand the passing of time. I was excited to paint such a piece and I must say I liked it.

Was there something you enjoyed about the piece?

One detail was very special to me - the figure of the little girl is actually my daughter Leda. I took many photos of my family, as well as thousands of references wherever we went. So last year - in 2020, my son Jan and daughter Leda were playing on one small hill near the supermarket, while my wife was in the store. They were completely in the game, and I took a few fantastic photos of Leda's dress that looked fantastic on the wind (that was one of her favourite dresses). She was very happy, and for me she looked more like she was in the "Sound of Music" movie from 1965. So when I worked on this piece (after the sketch was approved),I remembered that particular photo, her "singing" pose and the dress, and searched for it in the hard drive. I used it for reference, redrew the little girl figure, and it was a perfect fit. My wife Marina posed for the woman (in one of our reenactment medieval dresses).

Project We Love: Seeds of Decay 

Seeds of Decay is a new campaign setting for 5th Edition by acclaimed fantasy artist and game designer Darryl T. Jones.

Rot and decay are spreading at an alarming rate, threatening the lives of all who live there. Terrible creatures twisted by decay hunt any who call the light their friend.

Seeds of Decay features dozens of new hero options, rules for playing tiny characters, a new foraging and contraption building system, wondrous new magic items and much more!

Check it out!

 Have questions? Check out the FAQ here! 

Have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQ? Leave a comment, e-mail us at kickstarter@hitpointpress.com or join the Discord!

Production Timeline Update, Holiday Hours + Artist Spotlight: Livia Prima!
8 months ago – Mon, Dec 20, 2021 at 11:03:51 PM

Hey backers!

We hope everyone is staying safe and warm during the holiday season! We have an update on what you can expect regarding our production timeline and fulfillment, holiday hours, as well as another Artist Spotlight, this time featuring Livia Prima!

Check it out!

Production Timeline Update

Here is a rundown of where we are in the process and what we expect the rest of the project to look like. We’re a little behind where we anticipated, but we’re making good headway! This timeline also takes into account Lunar New Year since our manufacturers are overseas and will experience closures to celebrate.

Below is what we’re working on as we enter the new year!

  •  Cubeamajigs - Final prototyping is complete and we’re finalizing exports for production
  •  Podamajigs - Final prototyping is complete and we’re finalizing exports for production
  •  Sleeves - Proofing is complete and they are in production! Currently slated to complete in March
  •  Playmats - Final prototyping is complete and we’re finalizing exports for production

Based on the timeline, we anticipate all production will be completed in March! From there rewards will ship to us, then the team will process rewards to ship out to backers. We anticipate fulfillment to occur in May, 2022.

We know this is a change from our original projected date and we apologize for the delay! Thank you for your patience and we can’t wait to get your rewards in your hands.

Mosaic Box Mock Up

A few of you have been interested in what the final mosaic boxes will look like! We've found it's a tough decision between being accurate and making a good looking box. Below is the current iteration of what we're proposing! The top and front will showcase a snippet of each design included, with the sides featuring a collage of the pieces.

Mosaic: Mock Up

Podamajigs Final Iteration

Prototyping the Podamajig is complete! Take a look at the following video and list of improvements we were able to make.

1) Subtle spot UV logo

2) Angular cut hand holds for easier opening

3) Crisp edges/corners on top box

4) Patterned interior


Artist Spotlight - Livia Prima

Livia is an Art Director at Polar Engine studio and paints illustrations for Magic: The Gathering, Riot, Dota 2, Plarium, Square Enix, and more! You can find her at @dopaprime on Twitter and Instagram.

It is such an exciting chance to design and illustrate your own Necromancer. It reminds me a lot of my 'Liliana, the Necromancer' MTG card illustration. During the process of creating this character, I was imagining as if she was Liliana in an alternate universe. I wanted her to have long silver hair, and to wear a classic fantasy black dress, with a little touch of modern design.

Thinking about her ability to bring the dead to life, I was reminded of how the Night King in Game of Thrones resurrects the dragon, Viserion, into an ice zombie dragon. It’s always super cool to have a dragon as a part of your entourage, am I right? :)

Holiday Hours

The holidays are upon us! Please be aware that Hit Point Press is closing between Christmas and New Year. From December 24th until the 31st, both the warehouse and support operations will cease until we return January 3rd. Our team will respond to all inquiries as soon as we’re able in the new year, thank you for your patience!

This is also the last update of 2021! Have a wonderful holiday season and we’ll see you in 2022!

 Have questions? Check out the FAQ here! 

Have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQ? Leave a comment, e-mail us at kickstarter@hitpointpress.com or join the Discord!

Mini Update + Artist Spotlight: Jarel Threat
10 months ago – Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 06:04:35 PM

Hey backers!

We have a mini update for you! Design is being finalized and proofing is occurring for most items from the campaign. We’ll update you when there’s more movement! In the meantime, please check out this Artist Spotlight on Jarel Threat!

Artist Spotlight - Jarel Threat on the process of creating Spirits for the campaign

"I have always been a fan of painting ghosts, spectres and spirits so getting the opportunity to create one for Cubeamajigs was exciting. When I initially got the brief, I was relieved and anxious with how open it was. A double edged sword sometimes. Having an open description gave me a chance to think freely, with no restrictions of action but on the other hand, it makes it harder to focus and narrow down an intent and concept. After thinking on it for a couple of days, I found my focus and made a few thumbnails.

The first thing I always consider when making a piece the way that I do is the size and crop. Since this piece was a square and had to be cropped, it was important to keep all the relevant information in the center. The sketches I submitted fulfilled this purpose. With a sketch selected, the next decision in question was the painting itself.

Most of the time, I keep the size of my paintings on the smaller side, 11x14” - 18x24”. Recently, I’ve had the urge to work bigger. Not only that but the specs of the file had to be 20x20 with 450dpi. This is a huge file so working small would not be advantageous. With those factors in mind, I decided to work on a 30x30 canvas.

I enjoy each part of the painting process because each layer has a purpose and adds to whole. With my process, every layer is seen in one way or another. From the underpainting to the final glaze. One thing I particularly enjoyed was the color scheme. This was a new experience for me. Every night time scene I’ve done previously always had a blue or cyan cast to it. The main focus would either be a warm or a dark value accent. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone so I pretty much reversed the effect. A warm, yellow cast with a light value, cool green accent. I was very pleased to find that it still reads as a night scene. Overall, a very eye opening experience."

Fool's Gold: Into the Bellowing Wilds Kickstarter is live!

Fool's Gold: Into the Bellowing Wilds is a 5th edition campaign setting based on the hit Youtube series by Dingo Doodles and Felix Irnich. Are you ready to delve into the world's deadliest jungle, where everything wants to kill you?

Check it out!

 Have questions? Check out the FAQ here! 

Have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQ? Leave a comment, e-mail us at kickstarter@hitpointpress.com or join the Discord!


Cheers,

The Hit Point Press Team

PLEASE READ: Surveys Are Live + Commonly Asked Questions + Product Previews
11 months ago – Thu, Sep 02, 2021 at 01:58:22 PM

Set Sail! Surveys are on their way!

Surveys have been sent out, thank you for your patience!

We ask that you complete it as soon as possible so we can start to prepare our orders with the production facility. The longer this step takes the longer we have to wait for the product! We’re looking to get 80% of the surveys filled before production starts so we can ensure we have enough for everyone.


COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You’ve sent the surveys out but I didn’t get it. What do I do?

Double-check what e-mail you used to back the Kickstarter at the time of your pledge! That’s what gets pulled to BackerKit and where the survey will be sent to.

Check your junk folder! Sometimes the surveys get swept up by spam filters and removed from your primary inbox.

Use this link to send your survey again! Ensure you submit the email you used to make your original pledge.

If you still can’t locate the survey and don’t receive it by the end of the month, send a message to support at kickstarter@hitpointpress.com and we’ll look into the issue further.


 I can't see what I've selected in my survey!

Sadly, the way that BackerKit allows us to bundle items is through the survey - which doesn't show what you've selected as you're going through it. 

Good news! You'll be able to review your selection on the confirmation page on the bottom left side --> https://cubeamajigs-series-2.backerkit.com/backer/confirm


Why did I get credit on BackerKit?

To make things easier for you when selecting your rewards in BackerKit, every backer gets credit equal to the amount they pledged minus shipping. This will allow you to select any product or bundle with ease!

Please note: That if you ordered a bundle, please select the appropriate bundle at the top of the Add-Ons page to get that discount.

 Can I upgrade my pledge through the survey?

Yes! When you get your survey hit the button below "Get Started". This will enable you to up your pledge tier in case you've decided you want a different deal!

My payment didn’t go through and I was dropped from the Kickstarter. What do I do?

Don’t panic! You should still receive the BackerKit survey and you’ll be able to pay for your pledge there.


When will my card be charged?

Cards won’t be charged for pledge upgrades or add-ons right away when you complete the survey. We will start charging when we know product is en route to the warehouse. We'll be sure to post updates regarding this.


I missed the campaign. When will late pledges be open? 

Late pledges are now live! If someone you know missed out, they can place an order through this link!: https://cubeamajigs-series-2.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders


Product Previews

Here's a preview of what the products will look like! Layouts aren't final and subject to change, but this is really close to the final product.



Have questions? Reach out!

Leave a comment, e-mail us at kickstarter@hitpointpress.com or join the Discord!

Cheers,

The Cubeamajigs Team