ADB to replace miniatures with new 3D sculpts

By tgn_admin
In Sci-fi
Jun 13th, 2011

Amarillo Design Bureau today announced plans to replace their existing Starline 2400 range of miniatures with a new range , Starline 2500, which will be sculpted in 3D.

3D sculpted Federation Cruiser

From their website:

Our new joint venture deal with Mongoose includes a provision that they are going to replace (over a period of a couple of years) every existing Starline 2400 ship with a new computer-generated design. (We call this Starline 2500, but they plan to market it under another brand yet to be selected.) The first ships will appear in late 2011, and ships will then follow every month or two. This will include some entirely new ships. It may also, from time to time, including special limited-production (minor variant) ships available only for a short time, or as part of special offers.

This is truly exciting news. New production ships will be fancier, and those in the vocal and vociferous minority who constantly complained that our ships were “not good enough for the modern market” will get his wish. Everyone who has an extensive collection can keep it, or perhaps slowly replace it with new designs. (The existing 2400 line could be used for Early Years if you want, or the new 2500 designs could be used for X-ships.)

These ships will be done in resin using 1-3125 scale.

  • youlooklikeanail

    Computer design plus resin casting is working wonders for Spartan. Hearing Neil talk about the agility of their process on the d6Generation podcast, you have to wonder why everybody doesn’t do it that way, at least for ships and such.

    I have some of the existing Klingon ships and they’re okay, but not super detailed; fine for fifteen years ago but not really up to snuff compared to what’s available nowadays. I’m eager to see what the full fleet lineup looks like in resin. I will more than likely be picking up some Federation ships to lay the hurt on my poor old metal D7s.

  • Chameleon

    IIRC, the current Starline minis are 1:3788. Why switch to a larger scale? I’m happy to hear that the models will be redone, but what motivation to collect them when they won’t mesh with my current SFB ship collection?

    • youlooklikeanail

      Wait, what? They’re a different scale? Really?

    • Zac

      Any modern looking ship is going to not match with the old sculpts in any case.

      • youlooklikeanail

        I have the old Klingons and I was hoping to get new Federation to play against them. The detail difference might be workable in an opposing fleet but if they’re out of scale, then that’s a deal-breaker.

        • youlooklikeanail

          From the link:

          They wanted that scale to show details better.

          I’m sure it’s going to look great on someone else’s table.

  • Sisyphus

    I’m quite excited about this… fine with the new scale because I don’t own any of the old 2400 line. That said, I was always hesitant to buy into 2400 since it was more than a vocal “minority” concerned with the quality of the miniatures. I hope things go well since Mongoose has a reputation to recover.

  • How many “D are the current models sculpted in?

    • Zac

      1D. The analog sculptors life is a very flat one

  • Well as someone who has cast resin for over 20 years , i would like to know how they are going to handel pylons and other long thin items? resin is great for avery thing except something like a enterprise pylon , as far as breakage goes. its easyer to repair than metal that breaks , but a good mix in metal is better for such things.
    but as a fan of starships , man i am really looking forward to new minis.:)

    • Zac

      Maybe metal parts? Spartan still releases some parts of their models in metal and I suspect the issues are the ones you mention.

  • Zac

    Well I’ll be interested in seeing these when they are released. I am quite a fan of the Starmada/Star Fleet Universe books and rules but never really a fan of the Starline 2400 models. I’d love to see modern Hydra, Lyran and Kzinti models but I suspect that I will have to wait a while for those to be released.

  • Marauder

    I’m curious to see the new Romulan designs. I have a bunch of the current ones, but I’m only luke warm on them.

  • n815e

    ADB really got into a miniatures production deal with Mongoose?
    ADB is going to end up regretting that.

    • Chameleon

      ADB is going to end up regretting

      Maybe, but SVC has proven to be pretty shrewd in his business dealings. I wouldn’t be surprised if ADB ended up with the better end of the deal in the long run.