August 4th, 2008

Big Damn Wolves

Coming in 2009: Officially Licensed Goblin Miniatures

A Klausner review just popped up about the anthology Imaginary Friends [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], which includes this bit: "Person [sic] favorites include ... “Images of Death” by Jim C. Hines as the title character is a best friend who reminds the little girl of a Muppet". Except for the fact that the best friend is a fairly scary, never-really-seen creature, and the little girl is a boy. Otherwise though, yay for being a favorite!

And now, on to the announcement. Contracts have been received and signed, which means I can finally share that Garden Ninja Painting Studio will be making miniatures based on my goblin books. According to the contract, there will be as many as six different miniatures, and they'll be available for sale by this time next year. I believe they'll be available in painted and unpainted forms.

Check out their display galleries. I was quite impressed, and I can't wait to see what they do with the goblin crew.

This was an interesting experience. Garden Ninja contacted me, and I put them in touch with my agent, who then proceeded to do what agents do. I don't think my agent has ever negotiated miniatures rights before, but we came away with something I'm very happy with. I get to approve the designs before they go into production, and more importantly, I get samples of each mini they make :-)

I'm not going to put my kids through college with this deal or anything like that, but that's okay. This is less about the money and much more about the sheer niftiness. I started painting my own gaming miniatures more than 20 years ago. They were really really bad, of course, but it's always fun to give that warrior a scary black-bladed sword, then dip the blade into the red paint for the blood. Heh... And of course, Darnak the dwarf even has his own miniatures, which he uses in one scene in Goblin War [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy].

In conclusion, sometimes being a writer rocks. Also, I think I deserve bonus points for finding a LOL book that fit with today's news :-)

I wonder if Garden Ninja will want to do princess miniatures...

ETA: They've also painted at least one miniature for Schlock Mercenaries, though I'm told someone else did the sculpt on that one.
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Big Damn Wolves

Goblin Mini-Poll

The folks at Garden Ninja asked for suggestions from me and my fans as to which goblin characters should be immortalized as miniatures.

For those of you who don't have an LJ account, please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments. And it goes without saying that Jig Dragonslayer will be one of the minis.

All total, they plan to do 4 or 5 for the first set, though the contract gives them the rights to make up to 6 if they're feeling "particularly inspired" :-)

So what do you think? Who would make the best miniatures? (And of course, which characters would people be willing to shell out a few bucks for?) Feel free to vote for up to 4.

Which characters from the goblin books should be made into miniatures?

Golaka (goblin chef)
2(2.6%)
Braf (goblin warrior)
0(0.0%)
Veka (goblin and would-be wizard)
0(0.0%)
Relka (goblin kitchen drudge and Jig's #1 fan)
0(0.0%)
Grell (elderly goblin chief)
0(0.0%)
Darnak the dwarf (from Goblin Quest & Goblin War)
0(0.0%)
Riana the elf (from Goblin Quest)
1(1.3%)
Kralk (heavily armed goblin chief, from Goblin Hero)
0(0.0%)
Tymalous Shadowstar (forgotten god)
1(1.3%)
Trok with Wolf (goblin wolf rider, from Goblin War)
1(1.3%)
Princess Genevieve Wendelson (from Goblin War)
0(0.0%)
Prince Barius Wendelson (from Goblin Quest)
0(0.0%)
Prince Ryslind Wendelson (from Goblin Quest)
0(0.0%)