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Personal logo mmitchell Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member writes:

Thornhammer: No, not to my knowledge. Although he did say he liked that it had that kind of "feel" to it. His original logo, by the way, is not part of our deal. He retains ownership of that design (but not the Arnica name, of course). That actually worked well for us because we wanted to create something that blended better with our advertising and product line.

Thanks again, everyone! We're very pumped up about producing these buildings. As I said in the story, we always wanted to go down this line, and Murphy and I had actually been learning how to work with resin when all of this came together.

We're VERY excited about this.



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Personal logo mmitchell Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member of Hawgleg Publishing writes:

Hawgleg Publishing is pleased - and proud - to announce that it has acquired the rights to the Arnica Montana Real Estate 25mm resin buildings. The deal includes the name, website, and worldwide distribution rights to about 30 buildings and accessories for gaming in the Wild West.

Arnica moves to Texas!

Within the week, ownership of the Arnica website - arnicarealestate.com - will be transferred to Hawgleg. When that happens, a new website will be launched and sales will be suspended for 1-2 months while the molds, masters, and other materials are shipped to Texas and Hawgleg completes setting up its casting facilities.

"We've been talking about this for a while, now, working out details that would make this an easy transition for us and for the many fans of the Arnica Montana products," said Hawgleg co-founder Mike Mitchell. "Now that it's finally happening, we're ready to bust out whoopin' and hollerin' with excitement."

Arnica creator Mike McGraw is in the last stages of packaging and shipping all outstanding orders. The deal does not include transferring any customer lists or sales information - this will be a straight-up change of ownership, with Hawgleg taking full charge and being responsible for casting and shipping all future orders.

McGraw will continue to work with Hawgleg as an adviser and consultant, especially as Hawgleg ramps up its casting operations. Additionally, he will now be free to create new building designs that can be added to the line in the future.

"Mike McGraw has done a great job with the line and we look forward to maintaining the tradition of quality that he established," added Hawgleg co-founder Mike Murphy. "This will be a great chance to keep a fine line going and even expanding in the future as demand grows and we release new kits."

All members of the Hawgleg team expressed admiration for McGraw's work, and an appreciation for why he wanted to move on to other ventures.

"We like his work a lot," said Hawgleg partner Paul Mauer. "That's why we decided to buy Arnica. It's good stuff and we think it will be a good fit for Gutshot and our other products."

Arnica: Moving from Montana to Texas

The trail from Montana to Texas has been an exciting one for the Hawgleg partners.

"Mike McGraw approached us last year and wanted to know if we would be interested in buying Arnica from him… and we were all intrigued and a bit overwhelmed at the thought of the work this expansion would entail," Mitchell said.

Mitchell explained that, from the very beginning, the three of them had imagined eventually becoming a one-stop-shop for everything Western: miniatures rules, RPG rules, miniatures, buildings, terrain. In their wildest dreams, they even imagined a Gutshot video game.

"It's easy to dream," Mitchell said. "But it takes a lot of hard work to make those dreams come true, which is why we've been careful and taken our time to develop quality products and focus on each item one step at a time."

Paul echoed those sentiments.

"We always wanted to do our own buildings. And the two Mikes have both spent the last year working on resin projects on the side. That way, we would be ready when we decided to start on the buildings. But we didn't think that would be for another three to five years," Paul said.

Main street: brought to you by Arnica Real Estate

Then McGraw approached them with an offer that was too good to refuse. He said that Arnica had become so successful that it was taking over all of his spare time. He didn't have time for his family, or to design new buildings or do other gaming-related projects.

"In a way, he was a victim of his own success," Mitchell said. "He made such a great product that he started getting more orders than he could handle in his spare time. He finally reached the point where he needed to do something: either close shop or see if someone else wanted to carry on with it. We're very happy that he decided to give us a call."

McGraw and Mitchell had communicated frequently over the past few years (Mitchell had bought several Arnica buildings over the year, and McGraw was even one of the sponsors of Hawgleg's Showdowns & Shootouts contest), and he later told Mitchell that Hawgleg was his first choice to take over the reins on Arnica Montana because "it seems like a good fit."

The Two Mikes (as some folks call Mitchell and Murphy) and Paul couldn't have agreed more.

"I've always admired the work that he put into Arnica buildings. Between the Whitewash City buildings and Arnica, Western game players have a wonderful choice of how to go with the setups on their table, and I find myself using both frequently," Murphy said.

Still, deciding to expand their business into resin casting was a big decision. There were already a lot of irons in the fire and most of the discussions were not about the details of the transfer, but were about what Hawgleg would need to do to manufacture quality products that maintained the high standards of the originals, and about how to upgrade their shipping and fulfillment operations to handle these new products.

Finally, they decided they had worked out enough of the details and decided to move forward with the deal.

What's next fer them Hawgleg boys

As stated previously, McGraw needs to pack up everything and ship it to Texas. Hawgleg needs to set up its resin casting facilities and make changes to its bookkeeping and inventory management systems to handle a more diverse product line. This means that Arnica products will not be available for sale for about 1-2 months.

"We will not take any orders until everything is ready," Paul said. "We'll let everyone know when that is."

Immediate plans call for getting all existing buildings into production at the same time. Future plans call for new buildings and more products. Additional information will be released at hawgleg.com and arnicarealestate.com as it available.

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