Every since Nick Kelsch posted his Chibi Fort that he sculpted on our forums we've been working with him to see if we could get it mass produced. Nick has been great to work with and even allowed us to cut up his original green for the figure to have create the best masters possible.
I love the look of this fort. Its the type of fort I personally would expect to find in a Chibi Fantasy world ... it is still a great addition to go with Chibi figures.
If you want you can pick up the Chibi Fort as part of our Asian Chibi KickStarter. The Chibi Fort is 5 picks. The Chibi Tower is 1 pick. If you use picks to obtain the Fort and/or Tower, it will be shipped with your normal reward in 2014.
OR if you want it in time for Christmas, you can order it from the below hidden area of our online store and it will ship in late November 2013. We will add up the forts purchased this way from the online store for 2013 shipping and will report them on the front page of the Asian Chibi KickStarter as we will count all of them towards unlocking stretch goals (ie the total of the KickStarter will be the total of the KickStarter + the 2013 shipping forts purchased). As soon as the KickStarter is over we will remove the hidden Chibi fort items from our online store and they will not return until the Asian KickStarter is completed with shipping in 2014.
Here is the link to the online store if you want to purchase one or more Chibi Fort items to ship in 2013:
The fort occupies 3x4 or 4x4 squares on a standard chibi game board. It can hold a standard sized figurine on top of each of the 4 towers and one large sized figurine in the middle (or if you add the tower it can hold a 5th normal sized figurine). This allows it to be used as an end goal to defeat or as a heavily defended monster creation / spawn point. The tower can fit with a bit of overspill in 1x1 or comfortably in 2x2 squares and makes a fun defended monster creation point or defended point in your RPG adventurer.
The fort is 72mm x 80mm at the bottom and 82mm x 80mm at the top and is 55mm tall and the tower adds another 33mm in height. The fort with tower comes in 5 pieces. Front / Back and 2 smaller side walls and the tower top. The tower piece is 27mm x 29mm at the bottom and 39mm x 39mm at the top.
I assembled the fort directly from the caster. I found it assembled best by attaching a side wall to the front and then a side wall to the back. By doing this I could use my hands to squeeze the two pieces together at the top and bottom of the fort so they could be glued together with minimal gaps showing.
Okay and now a lot of pictures. I just received tonight the castings of the Fort from Ed. I took the pieces of the fort directly out to my deck and photographed them without doing any prep work at all to them. I then assembled one without doing any prep work to see if I could assemble it with just my hands, super glue and Zip Kicker (which it turns out I could) and then I took pictures of what that looked like so we could be clear of what you are getting.
Okay here are the pictures ... the pictures are of Nick's original sculpture, Nick's painted version of a resin fort he created from his original sculpture and photos of the fort and tower directly from Ed that I received today.
Quick Note: The tower will be Trollcast grey when shipped ... the above photo was a first run white resin test piece Ed sent me with the fort.
We also had a question on what the fort was like underneath for extra gaming potential. We answered that question with this video that shows the Fort off a bit more.
A Note on production quality
Finally ... we've been working with Ed to improve the quality of the entire miniatures line. We had 3 things happening with this KickStarter. Impact! had never used 3-D sculptors or Trollcast, Ed had never cast 3-D sculpts before and our 3-D sculptors had never designed figures for commerical casting before (only 3-D printing). We appreciate everyone that backed the project and have been working to take everything learned to make sure we produce quality for the Asian Chibi figures. However we are taking our lessons as well to the results of this KickStarter and are paying Trollforged to replace moulds to improve the quality for some of the problematic figure in the Dungeon Adventurers. We want this Chibi line to be a high quality line of products. To that end we know a lot of the backers received the Chimera for free and it was one of the figures we just paid to have Ed redo the masters and the production mould for ... you can see the results of the new mould work here if you want to check it out:
Exclusive KickStarter Chibi that you didn't know would be exclusive
Part of our commitment to quality is that Chris and I agree to retire any figure that just not not producing a level of quality that we want. To that end the Giant Cobra and the Orc with Polearm were retired as miniatures from the line. So if you received those figures as part of this KickStarter ... they ended up being exclusives to the KickStarter backers and a few folks at Gen Con.
Tom @ Impact!