Just got back into town. A couple of responses:
1. The raptor looks very dark right now because of the shader I created for her, which I need to update to be better. It's a WIP in some respects.
2. Regarding the unprofessionalism of delays, I can't argue with that or defend it. I'm not looking to try to, either. However, finances are super tight and we're trying to walk a fine line between getting things out in time and getting things out well. In the end I've wound up putting in a bunch more money than I had intended or thought I was able to ($45k in the end of extra personal funds to make it to the revised deadlines, overall at this point). I really did not want to spend this personal buffer money, and thought that we could get around that. However, I looked at the project and felt like it was not where I wanted to release at the time, and so we have a delay and yet more money drain on my end.
Is that what I want? Of course not. And talking about doing things differently next time is a bit silly, since I am not doing it this time by choice. "Next time you go down the stairs, it's a good idea not to trip and fall down the stairs." Thanks... I'll keep that in mind.
In other words, this is a product of still being in recovery mode from events earlier in the year. Hopefully with time and balance on this, we'll even out and not have to do this again. It's certainly not something that I've been doing for the hell of it, though, I can tell you that!