I met Adam Poots in a basement Apartment in Brooklyn New York. My cousin Shoshanna F.-I. had brought me there in the early ‘aughts on some new years eve to escape from our folks. The residents were playing a new Silent Hill game in their basement in the dark and I was excited to learn someone in the house also played Warhammer 40k. Adam’s miniature collection was awesome, and his paint work nothing short of aspirational for pubescent Ethan and the fact that he worked at Atari made this some kind of man of legend. Anyway Adam Poots would walk back into my life a few times after that point…
He had some kind of public falling out with Atari? I still don’t know this story but here it is from him: (I wouldn’t bother watching it)
One year I was attending Otakon some cosplayer walked up and handed me a business card for a competitor to Facebook (which was new at the time) it was a social media platform called “I Heart Poots” (poots.com) I couldn’t believe this was the same guy, but sure enough I called up my cousin to see what Poots was up too and it was him.
I kept an eye on the URL who’s content shifted over the years until it had become about creating and sculpting this dark, but sexy, horror miniatures game, Poots had partnered up with some artists and sculptors and began releasing one off miniatures for a board game he’d make in the future. The game was vaporware but the sculpts on the minis were good and he’d develop a following. Production runs of 150 miniatures would sell out overnight…I had to get my hands on some. So I stayed up late and ordered myself a “White Speaker’ when it became available:
and a “Grand Mother”
They were really cool…but the miniatures were TINY TINY and I didn’t feel as though my painting skills were up to snuff, and to this day they remain un-built and unpainted.
YEARS LATER I checked back in on Poots and found that his game was finally becoming a reality, in 2009 kick-starter had come into existence and was helping aspiring board game designers bring their products to market. In November 2012 Poots launched the kickstarter for Kingdom Death Monster asking for $35,000….a goal which was met 90 minutes after launching the campaign. He would go on to raise more then 2 million dollars the most successful board game on Kickstarter at the time. The Oatmeal would go on to break that record with some garbage that could barley be called a board game. (I’m not linking to it) But there is justice in the world, Kingdom Death 1.5 would break the Oatmeal’s record and raise $12.3 million dollars!!
Anyway I paid less then $90 for the Original KD: Monster box which had, through various kickstarter promises, ballooned in scope and become an unwieldy beast of a project. Poots had made a lot of promises he was unable to keep the biggest of which was thinking he be able to deliver a product by November 2013. (HA!) I didn’t see my copy of Monster till July 2015, but I had been waiting for Poots to make this game for years and years, another couple years wouldn’t hurt me.
As soon as it arrived I opened it up, everyone was thrilled, we had to play it! It was a legend! I took one look at those miniatures, so intricate, so detailed. I couldn’t do them justice with my painting experience and I put the lid back on the box and carried it around for the next two years.
But it’s finally time. Here is the starting sprue that includes the 4 basic survivors and the first boss “The White Lion”, and also “The Butcher”
I remember back then looking up painting guides for these game pieces, and seeing assembly guides for the starting figures…I scoffed, HA! Was it the first time these people had assembled a miniature before, who needs a guide?
Now I understand.
These simple characters have no fewer then 6 pieces…
The problem isn’t that they are complex, but that they have very very similar looking pieces to those around them, and only the exact right ones will fit.
Again with these also Airbrush has been a game changer. It lets me get down some subtle changes in skin tones and otherwise.
I “kit-bashed” some of the armor kits together to make a D&D miniature for a Drew I. who is leaving for Seattle. I did the miniature for him back in December but didn’t get around to painting it until the week before he left…funny how that works.
The base is from http://sciborminiatures.com a place I’m going to need to be order from again very soon. All their products are awesome.
Anyway after nearly a decade of following Adam Poots and his game I think I might finally be able to play it some time in the next few months. Only time will tell.
More updates on Kingdom Death to follow.