Black Earth: HEAVY METAL

by Nuclear Shrimp Games

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      Benjamin Ramos 1 day ago

      The Bulldog tank model look amazing when exactly is this kick starter project starting because im ready to pledge gentlemen.

    2. Kenneth Mashburn
      Superbacker
      6 days ago

      While the Pledge idea is good for you guys, not so much for us Backers, we like Straight X product for Y currency...... Also need the rules in Print in there somewhere, free or low cost PDF helps as well...Thanks looking forward to this Hope you guys Fund in 24 hours!!!!

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      Simon on January 13

      I second the optional turret and sponson options for the Bulldog. It's not a cheap model, so you should throw those in.

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      Graham E Kobza on January 11

      The models look great. I was interested until I saw the pledge scheme. I'm just not a fan of "pick X dollars worth of stuff and we give you a trivial discount". I'll pass.

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      Paul Smithson on January 10

      An option for a plasma style turret and /or sponson weapon options for the bulldog would be greatly appreciated.

      Certainly looks great though really looking forward to it.

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      Robert Powis on January 10

      The designs look great! The only thing I can think of is that it would be nice if the second squad in the 15mm pack had different poses to the first squad, but otherwise great work!

    7. Mike Youtz
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      on January 9

      The examples look good and make sense to me. As sure as I say that there will be those with questions, hah.

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About

Black Earth : Heavy Metal is a miniatures and rules expansion to our published Black Earth tabletop wargame. This is an opportunity to update our range of miniatures, focusing on vehicles, and at the same time update our wargame ruleset.

The campaign initially focuses on one vehicle for each of the 3 factions, the Tecton Order Minotaur IFV, the Brute Monster Truck and the UEF Bulldog MBT. Along with the vehicles we are also going to attempt to fund one infantry unit for each of the factions (Tecton Stormtroopers, Brute Raiders and UEF Infantry). Furthermore, all our products are going to be available in  28mm and 15mm scales while all vehicles are also going to be available in 6mm scale. As the campaign progresses we are going to attempt to fund more miniatures and options for them.

The digital PDF version of the core rulebook is going to be free for all backers, regardless of the pledge amount.
The digital PDF version of the core rulebook is going to be free for all backers, regardless of the pledge amount.

 

Bulldog MBT size comparison with GW Leman Russ Battle Tank
Bulldog MBT size comparison with GW Leman Russ Battle Tank

 

28mm Bulldog Tank next to other Black Earth miniatures
28mm Bulldog Tank next to other Black Earth miniatures

 

28mm Bulldog Tank
28mm Bulldog Tank

 

Test castings for 15mm infantry models
Test castings for 15mm infantry models

 

 

Tecton Order Minotaur IFV - The vehicles are designed to fight alongside the infantry they carry into battle. Although not as heavily armored as battle tanks, Minotaur IFV armaments are deadly enough to threaten all targets.
Tecton Order Minotaur IFV - The vehicles are designed to fight alongside the infantry they carry into battle. Although not as heavily armored as battle tanks, Minotaur IFV armaments are deadly enough to threaten all targets.

 

 All our products follow a simple production pipeline;

- Concept Art

- 3d Sculpting 

-3d Printing / Prototyping 

-Molding 

-Pressurized Resin Casting 

At this stage all our products are at the 3d Sculpt stage, with the vast majority already been sculpted and just waiting to be 3d printed. The UEF Bulldog MBT has actually already been pushed through the entire pipeline so as to showcase what the expectations should be for the rest of the product line. As you can see, the production process did not compromise the detail on the model at all!

 This is the list of the products that are available to pledge for at the current stage of the campaign. As the campaign accumulates more funds, additional products will be unlocked and become available to pledge for.

Note that all vehicles are available in 28mm, 15mm and 6mm scales while infantry models are available in 28mm and 15mm scales. Make sure you are looking at the correct scale you are interested in. The rule of thumb is that if the price for the model you are looking at is too high or too low, then you are probably looking at the wrong scale :D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The items in this sections are free upgrades added to your pledge when certain criteria are met. Some are upgrade kits for some models that you get for free when we reach a specific goal. Others are exclusive models given for certain pledge levels. Each unlocked freebie clearly states when the freebie is added to your pledge.

 

 We have set up the pledge reward system in a way that is both fully customizable and generous. 

The best way to approach this kickstarter is to find the miniatures that you are interested in and then choose an appropriate discount bundle that offer products of equal value or less of the products you wish to receive. You can then simply add an extra amount to your pledge to cover the difference (if there is a difference of course). You can always come back and change your pledge amount and/or change a different bundle.

For pledges below €60 you can instead select the €1 pledge and add the amount that corresponds to your miniatures.

When the campaign has ended you will be able to log in to the pledge manager and pick your miniatures.

Here is a collection of pledge examples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tank Stowage 

Sometimes the best weapon is a blanket. Not often. Actually almost never. But still, blankets are rather useful. When this is unlocked, all 28mm and 15mm Bulldog tanks will receive one free Stowage kit.

Tank Commander (28mm)

Even with high tech optics, nothing beats the good ol' looking out of the commander's cuppola to get a good view of the battlefield. And while you're at it why not spread some lead with the pintle mounted light machine gun? When this is unlocked the Tank Commander & Pintle mounted machine gun 28mm kit is going to be available as an addon for €5. This bit is going to be included for free for the 15mm kit. 

Bulldog Energy Weapons  

The Bulldog comes with a set of high energy weapons that make use of the latest battery technology, unleashing huge amounts of energy in an instant. When this is unlocked, all 28mm, 15mm and 6mm Bulldogs are going to come with all these extra weapons for free!

Tecton Order Knights    

The Tecton Order Knights are an inner circle brotherhood of elite warriors. Clad in the Zeus Battlesuit and armed with the powerful Reaper Gun, Tecton Knights are the closest thing an infantry man can get to a battle tank.

Faction mini dioramas  

These 28mm mini dioramas capture the character of each faction and depict the everyday life of soldiers when they are not engaged in combat. The Tecton Knights spend a good amount of their service meticulously taking care of their wargear while the grunts of the UEF spend an equal amount of time standing at attention and being yelled at by officers. Brutes on the other hand just roam around gathering metal scrap hoping that it will come in handy.      

 

Infantry Heavy Weapons    

Infantry are nothing if not adaptable. With this stretch goal you will have access to a set of heavy weapons to equip the infantry units of all three factions.

     More stretch goals coming soon!

 

Shipping will be charged via our Pledge Manager system after the Kickstarter campaign ends based on the actual costs incurred to ship. All rewards will be shipped from Corfu, Greece using registered mail.

Disclaimer

All products come unassembled and unpainted. We will do most of the cleaning before sending the miniatures but you may have to finish some details yourself using a small knife or similar tool.

At this point we'd like to make clear that we're doing the production of the miniatures ourselves, which simplifies the process and eliminates the chances of unexpected delays to the bare minimum.

Final products may vary slightly from the 3d renders shown. In particular, the thin and tiny parts on 15mm and 6mm models will be proportionally enlarged in order to make them harder to break and prevent the model from being a nightmare to safely handle. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS  

By supporting this Kickstarter, you acknowledge that the final appearance and content of the rewards may be subject to change, and may differ slightly from what was presented during the Kickstarter campaign. You agree that our obligation to you is to ship your order as originally placed into our pledge manager. In addition you are responsible to provide us with correct address information and ensure that delivery by normal methods is possible. Also with the exception of European destinations you are solely responsible for import duties or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities.

No customs for buyers from the EU
No customs for buyers from the EU

 

 

                                             

Risks and challenges

-NO CAMPAIGN IS WITHOUT RISK, BUT WE'VE DONE OUR BEST TO MINIMIZE IT

This is our first project that will be going live on Kickstarter but as some of you may know, we attempted earlier this year an Indiegogo campaign which we canceled due to various reasons.
We in Nuclear Shrimp Games have already been producing miniatures for our own products as well as other game developers so barring extreme natural disasters, nuclear war, alien invasion and/or the earths core freezing we are confident we'll be able to bring this project to life without much trouble.
However we believe that transparency is of utmost importance and thus promise to communicate at all stages from the beginning of the campaign and until everything has been shipped out. In the event that the orders are far greater than we anticipate and can serve in the announced timeline, we'll make sure to inform you about possible delays.
We're a small team but we're dedicated and stubborn enough to make it to the end of it :)

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