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Title: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: crusader_alex on Fri, 15 November 2019, 18:05:24
Update: Unfortunately things were looking grim for MOQ and as a result we had no choice but to terminate the GB for GMK Sparta.Thank you all so much for your support in these past few months and I'm sorry we couldn't make it.





(https://i.postimg.cc/XYsKsMyw/banner-3.jpg)


The Spartans were some of the fiercest warriors of the ancient world,
the sound of their name alone caused fear in the hearts of their enemies.
However they were not only known for their prowess in the battlefield
but for their way of life as well.They led simple lives devoted to harsh training
in order to become soldiers of one of the greatest armies ever to walk the earth.


This set aims to capture the spirit of Sparta through the elegant yet striking colors
while staying historically true to their color palette.




Colors

(https://i.postimg.cc/wvHQ5wGx/colors1.jpg)


You can learn more about the keyset in the IC: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=101678.0





Kits:


Base Kit

(https://i.postimg.cc/Ssw0Nx2q/Kit-Base-Full.jpg)


Greek Kit
(https://i.postimg.cc/xCLGkhK2/Greek-kit.png)

Novelties

(https://i.postimg.cc/gJKQWhmX/Kit-Novelty.jpg)

Spacebars

(https://i.postimg.cc/k4FGh11W/Kit-Space.jpg)

Deskmats

(https://i.postimg.cc/vmkNqSHd/DM1.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/s2HcfnM0/DM2.jpg)



Packaging

(https://i.postimg.cc/W36FckRG/Mockup-High-Res.jpg)



Rama Cap

(https://i.postimg.cc/28Qy5zLR/RW-R1-GMK-SPARTA-R1.png)

(https://i.postimg.cc/9fMQ1Z8C/RW-R1-GMK-SPARTA-R2.png)



Artisan Collabs:

We are working with the amazing Meika from Latrialum (https://www.instagram.com/latrialum/?hl=el) to bring you some awesome caps for your GMK Sparta set!!!

(https://i.postimg.cc/gcSwkJF3/image1.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/vHK6Xm0G/image2.jpg)



More renders

(https://i.postimg.cc/SRBsPb1F/910-Top-1.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/GmJ26LDv/910-Left.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FFMj0xQz/910-Right.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fyc7mmTz/Mech27-Angle-1.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8C7hwqPn/Mech27-Top.jpg)


(https://i.postimg.cc/vTR6YLz3/Custom-Angle.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/G2J1yCY0/Custom-Close.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nznPNQs5/Custom-Top.jpg)




Many thanks to Enjoy,Tsambikos96,CandyKeys,TheKey.Company,OneCreativeMind(seriously this guy is crazy talented),Zfrontier and DailyClack.









Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: mydens on Fri, 15 November 2019, 18:30:54
so many gmk sets.......i would think all possible color combos have already been minted.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: EnjoyMyInSec on Fri, 15 November 2019, 18:40:56
Super nice theme, a lot of work behind it, I sincerly hopes it goes well, congrats !  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: cyyz on Fri, 15 November 2019, 19:00:52
Among all the GMK groupbuys these couple months, this is the one i've been saving up for. Great looking set.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: TheUpperStateOfMind on Fri, 15 November 2019, 21:15:22
Well... My wallet is in a LOT of pain now, but I'm happy lmao.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: FredBananaz on Sat, 16 November 2019, 03:11:31
I've been looking forward to this one. Although it saddens me that the deskmats aren't available through the EU proxy; I would have loved to get me one of the light deskmats.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: martensson on Sat, 16 November 2019, 07:21:29
I've been looking forward to this one. Although it saddens me that the deskmats aren't available through the EU proxy; I would have loved to get me one of the light deskmats.

I have to agree that the deskmats are really nice, too bad there is no EU proxy :/
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: ivu on Sat, 16 November 2019, 07:34:40
I've been looking forward to this one. Although it saddens me that the deskmats aren't available through the EU proxy; I would have loved to get me one of the light deskmats.

I have to agree that the deskmats are really nice, too bad there is no EU proxy :/
Yeah, i was a bit dissapointed in this too.
Was looking forward to get it but with shipping and taxes it would get at least twice more expensive.

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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: crusader_alex on Sat, 16 November 2019, 08:28:06
I've been looking forward to this one. Although it saddens me that the deskmats aren't available through the EU proxy; I would have loved to get me one of the light deskmats.

They will be up on the page by the end of the day so you'll still be able to grab them,sorry for the confusion!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: ivu on Sat, 16 November 2019, 08:45:05
Oh, good to know. Will grab one for sure.

One more question: when i look up to the "red" ral color ( https://www.ralcolorchart.com/ral-classic/ral-3011-brown-red ) it looks a bit lighter in comparison to the darker burgundy type red on the renders and kit pictures.
Is it going to be more like the link i posted or like the renders in reality ?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: crusader_alex on Sat, 16 November 2019, 09:04:30
Oh, good to know. Will grab one for sure.

One more question: when i look up to the "red" ral color ( https://www.ralcolorchart.com/ral-classic/ral-3011-brown-red ) it looks a bit lighter in comparison to the darker burgundy type red on the renders and kit pictures.
Is it going to be more like the link i posted or like the renders in reality ?

That color looks a bit lighter on screen,I have the physical color samples and It looks like the renders (i will post the samples on this thread when i can get my buddy to get decent pictures).
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: midnatwili on Sat, 16 November 2019, 09:19:04
This set looks so great with the Greek letter key caps. I am on board. I am praying that we will hit the minimum orders so they can start the production.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: rpiguy9907 on Sat, 16 November 2019, 19:22:38
Off to a slow start. Maybe we are reaching GMK saturation. The number of sets running concurrently is a little crazy right now.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: ivu on Sun, 17 November 2019, 02:10:14
Do you have any more renders which you're going to upload anytime?

Already got base+novelties+spacebars and deskmat, but would love to see how they will look on my upcoming gray iron165 or a similar colored 65% case.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: Solotov on Sun, 17 November 2019, 03:10:47
Deskmat looks dope!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: crusader_alex on Sun, 17 November 2019, 08:51:21
Do you have any more renders which you're going to upload anytime?

Already got base+novelties+spacebars and deskmat, but would love to see how they will look on my upcoming gray iron165 or a similar colored 65% case.

You're in luck actually,I have a render with a grey iron165 coming soon-ish.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: bliss on Sun, 17 November 2019, 10:17:51
Some late feedback, maybe it helps for future enterprises :thumb:

I like almost everything here:

First of all regarding the ISO compat i have gone back to baseline ISO support without having keys that lean more to some layouts without completing them.
Atlantis ISO kills the base kit for me, sorry! Considering extras only :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: crusader_alex on Sun, 17 November 2019, 11:12:41
Some late feedback, maybe it helps for future enterprises :thumb:

I like almost everything here:
  • Colors
  • Novelties
  • Spacebars (I collect GMK spacebars, escpecially custom colors)
  • Rama
  • The desk mats are dope indeed!

First of all regarding the ISO compat i have gone back to baseline ISO support without having keys that lean more to some layouts without completing them.
Atlantis ISO kills the base kit for me, sorry! Considering extras only :thumb:

That's unfortunate to hear,thank you for the kind words though!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: bliss on Sun, 17 November 2019, 13:37:40
Atlantis ISO kills the base kit for me, sorry! Considering extras only :thumb:

That's unfortunate to hear,thank you for the kind words though!

No worries, easily remedied as was discussed here before:

All you need to do is to replace R3 #~ with R3 \| and you'll have baseline ISO support without omissions.
We ISO users care!

Now I promise to ended the dreaded ISO topic; otherwise brilliant set. Thanks for your reply!

EDIT: This becomes a non-issue quickly with this particular set because of the Greek Kit: simply use the Lambda (for example, any R3 will do) as an alphanumeric novelty instead of #~ (the dual legend L / Lambda is still available) :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: dvorcol on Thu, 21 November 2019, 14:09:09
(https://i.imgur.com/BpDTEOs.png)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: Lebeaufils on Thu, 21 November 2019, 17:29:47
Looks amazing, a perfect match for assassins creed odyssey.
Are there any pictures of a keyboard on the red deskmat?
In any case, all on board this ship! :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: midnatwili on Fri, 22 November 2019, 19:26:33
pump for this keycap set. I love the color and greek letters
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - LIVE!!!
Post by: SuddenlyDonkey on Wed, 27 November 2019, 17:50:17
The set disappeared from The Key Company site.  Is this a mistake or am I out of the loop?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: Fredington on Wed, 27 November 2019, 19:32:55
Cancelled?! Don't lose hope! If Handarbeit can make MOQ, surely this can!

That said, I do believe separating the Greek from the base kit and making the child kit so large (expensive) hurt the appeal of the set. Perhaps you can make some tweaks for a rerun later. Maybe it can be run in KAT with reverse dye sub.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: click clack jack on Wed, 27 November 2019, 20:04:45
Plssssss I was gunna join after Black Friday, please please don't give up
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: Aiwanei on Wed, 27 November 2019, 20:07:31
Aww I was planning on joining in early December. So sad to see this cancelled :( Hopefully Sparta comes back to fight another day.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: infinitykw on Wed, 27 November 2019, 20:57:11
It is probably because you lose hope and the current number didnít meet your expectation.  I donít think this set canít make it by end of the gb.  Zfrontier can eat many at least
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: infinitykw on Wed, 27 November 2019, 21:00:16
I bought two full sets.  Pls
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: senryo on Wed, 27 November 2019, 22:22:01
this is the most shocking news to date. I've never thought of this being unable to get through.
I supported this set because this is outright one of the best thought out sets out there.

Sigh, I hope this will come back some day.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: Solotov on Wed, 27 November 2019, 22:53:22
How about at least the deskmat?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: ivu on Wed, 27 November 2019, 23:05:55
Really?
This was my go-to set and i believe moq was going to be reached...

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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: crusader_alex on Wed, 27 November 2019, 23:19:01
I bought two full sets.  Pls
I am truly sorry but unfortunately even with extras the number was too low.Continuing with the GB would just be a waste of everyone's time.

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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: Mcnos on Thu, 28 November 2019, 00:02:41
Rest in peace Sparta, may you be revived on another day and prosper.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: shansoft on Thu, 28 November 2019, 03:10:06
Was actually going to redo anodization for one of the keyboard specifically for this set.... :eek:

I honestly think this would pass the MOQ, itís too early to call. Usually on the last few day it will spike.

Itís a bitter sadness to see this one canceled before the deadline.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: cyyz on Thu, 28 November 2019, 04:10:42
This is disappointing. I was about to pay for 2 sets when i saw it got removed from the site. There were still more than 2 weeks left, so i am not sure why it got cancelled so early. One of the best sets i've ever seen. Hopefully it'll come back soon.

I guess lucky me as i was about to send in a board for cerakote to match this keyset.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: Hackerpilot on Thu, 28 November 2019, 04:31:43
Bummer. I was kind of thinking this would be like Shoko: overlooked during group buy and then really popular once it ships.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: Solotov on Thu, 28 November 2019, 06:09:29
Instead of dropping it completely, would you consider some adjustments on the set and put it back to IC to see if it will get any more attentions?
Personally, I would love to have the letters on alpha keys in red instead of gold.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: vicissitude on Thu, 28 November 2019, 06:28:01
Bummer. I was kind of thinking this would be like Shoko: overlooked during group buy and then really popular once it ships.

Same opinion.
Love this set.
It might like some sets to get over MOQ eventually.
Still too quick to call it cancelled.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: EnjoyMyInSec on Thu, 28 November 2019, 06:32:04
This is such a huge disapointement.

This was one of the only set atm with such dedication and work behind it, I really hope this set will be bring back to life soon.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: LeoShi on Thu, 28 November 2019, 06:42:21
 :( disappointing
this is the only gmk set I bought this month
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: Morgan3Wheeler on Thu, 28 November 2019, 07:00:35
Love this set 2.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: SuddenlyDonkey on Thu, 28 November 2019, 08:51:48
This is probably just a poorly timed run with many anticipated kits like ++, NN, and new Rama and KC boards.  Probably the largest contributor being Christmas and Black Friday / Cyber Monday.  Look at MOQ for all the other sets; I think only Terra is close.

I hope you decide to rerun this set after the holiday season.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: timbaaa on Thu, 28 November 2019, 11:36:32
Sad to hear the news.
I think calling it before the first week of December might have been premature.
I was aiming to pick this up after payday.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: kokugatsu on Fri, 29 November 2019, 03:13:20
Genuinely surprised to see this set get cancelled, I would have picked it up after payday.

My only critique would be the Rama key, personally would have preferred a spartan helmet or something more symbolic.

Hereís to hoping this GB will get restarted in a few weeks. Hell, even GMK Necro met MOQ eventually.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: ivu on Fri, 29 November 2019, 03:42:49
I hope it will be restarted soon. It would've hit moq for sure. Cancellation just before payday and when black friday is active ain't the best period in my opinion.
Only suggestionncould be the font of the alphas to be the red ral instead of the gold one in order for better contrast.

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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: midnatwili on Fri, 29 November 2019, 07:06:24
I hope one day this set will come back
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: Duplais on Fri, 29 November 2019, 07:36:10
I'm a bit bummed, was honestly waiting for aftermarket since I already applied for so many group buys already.  October - November was too much lol.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: timbaaa on Fri, 29 November 2019, 11:59:06
Initial response was surprisingly slow, but I felt confident that it would pick up especially towards the tail end of the GB.
I don't actually have any experience of running a GB, but I strongly believe that the decision was a bit hasty.  :(
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: SuddenlyDonkey on Fri, 29 November 2019, 13:13:21
I strongly believe that the decision was a bit hasty.  :(

Same.  Similar to katakanas for Terra.  I'd be interested in the decision making process for GB's.  Is it a mutual decision between the GB runner and vendors?  Is extending the GB not an option?  Are the vendors making the call because they do not want to be burdened by the refund process?

Other than issuing refunds, I don't follow how it would negatively impact anyone to keep the GB open.  Would someone in the know care to ELI5?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: Ensaum on Fri, 29 November 2019, 15:33:18
Is there an possibility of opening the GB back up at a later date? I actually really like this set and would have bought it had there not been several other sets running in addition to the holidays coming up. It was just really bad timing tbh, and I think this set could easily reach moq if it ran in Q1 or Q2 of next year.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: terrad on Fri, 29 November 2019, 16:26:46
Even though some people said they'd rather have red alpha legends, I thing the "gold" looks much better and is the main selling point of this set, at least for me.

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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: timbaaa on Sat, 30 November 2019, 06:59:47
Even though some people said they'd rather have red alpha legends, I thing the "gold" looks much better and is the main selling point of this set, at least for me.

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I like the set as it is too.. If only it was still running lol. :-\
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: Sonikbotnik on Fri, 06 December 2019, 18:08:17
For what it's worth, I thought this was a great colour pallet, and despite having virtually no Greek interests, I like the Sparta theme.

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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: runningngunning on Fri, 06 December 2019, 19:21:16
Bummed this got cut short so quick, any plans to reopen at a later date?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: SuddenlyDonkey on Sat, 07 December 2019, 18:53:32
missing out on those matching Latrialum caps is a bummer.  Hopefully, in the future, someone else will pick up this GB.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Sparta - Cancelled
Post by: long_qt_pie on Sun, 08 December 2019, 14:33:36
Will any of the deskmats be made?