About this project
Though I took time off to create a board game, that has been completed and now it's time to get back to the starship posters & miniatures! The goal of this short & fast campaign is to print an original poster, cast a fleet of matching miniatures, and get them into your hands within a month of funding. Digital documents and supporting images will also be provided to fully detail the ship and its interior.
Shipping within the US is included in the pledge prices. International orders add $15 (total, not per item). Rewards will be shipped using USPS first class mail from Pittsburgh.
The centerpiece of the campaign is a 24x36 inch, two sided, full color poster featuring complete deckplans for two versions of this ship. The maps have a 1 inch grid built into the floor and are scaled at approximately 1 inch = 5 feet. Not every ship can be sleek and shiny - some have to work for a living. This installment presents the Scarab-class bulk freighter. Named for the squat, sturdy shape of its hull and its rugged endurance, it's just a coincidence that the original scarab is a species of “dung beetle” and this class of ship is often employed moving garbage and other unseemly cargos. Cheap and dependable, they are not much respected by ambitious independent pilots or status-conscious smugglers, but are very popular with companies that need a large number of inexpensive haulers.
On the flip side of the poster is "Coprini": a Scarab just off the assembly line and still sporting that new-ship smell. This variant features individual crew cabins rather than a common barracks. And by popular demand she also has escape pods and a weapon system with a bit more oomph. The cargo bay is just as large, and this one is clear of cargo so that you can fill it up however you want, or just enjoy the wide open space (and overlapping fields of fire). Coprini was created just for this Kickstarter campaign. She hasn't been featured in any issues of Armada Codex but a digital write up will be provided to backers as a companion piece to the Scarab documents.
The Scarab/Coprini miniature was created as a digital model, 3D printed at the highest resolution, and made into a mold. From that, Trollforged Miniatures spun out the ships using their proprietary resin and professional techniques. The result is a highly detailed miniature ready to painting and play (miniatures are sold unpainted). A hexagon shaped 1-inch, clear acrylic flight stand is included.
Note that the same 3D model was also used to create the Scarab game piece in my Shadowstar Corsairs board game - though those mass produced pieces are injection-molded, machine-painted plastic rather than unpainted resin.
This ship comes from Armada Codex issue #4, currently for sale at DriveThruRPG. This product line is the successor to my Future Armada series and includes layered PDF documents with room by room descriptions and generic statistics for the ship. Several additional rendering are included as are huge digital images of the poster - perfect for use online or with a projector.
If you would like to order multiple copies of the poster or miniature, or if you would like to add older posters or ships to your order, just increase your pledge accordingly. When I send out the surveys at the end of the campaign you can specify what the extra money is for and I'll bundle everything together. Additional posters are $18 and additional miniatures are $8 each. International orders should only pay shipping once (for the original pledge).
There are more images and details on my website:0-hr.com.
As a thank you, I will create a new 3D rendering or image of these ships for every $1000 by which the goal is exceeded. These images will be included with the digital reward files exclusively for backers.
Risks and challenges
I've run half a dozen campaigns very similar to this one so I am very familiar with the process. The map images, digital documents, and several miniatures are already made; so the only real risk is that the printing process or shipping could be delayed for some reason. I am personally handling the shipping so I can insure that it will be my highest priority once things are ready. It's also possible, though not likely, that my current stockpile of Scarab miniatures could be exhausted. In that case, I will need to make more. Again, I will be doing this myself rather than trusting in a third party and so the delay, if any, will be minimal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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