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, 15mm and 6mm scales. As the campaign progresses we are going to attempt to fund more miniatures and options for them.
All our products follow a simple production pipeline;
- Concept Art
- 3d Sculpting
-3d Printing / Prototyping
-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.
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 choose 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.
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.
3d printable Defences
Why not print your own Brute and UEF themed defencive structures and bring your battlefields to life? With this unlock you will receive all the files that allow you to print all of these structures. The files are scaled for 28mm so if you wish to print a 15mm version all you have to do is print it at 50% of the original size.
UEF Barracks Doodads
With this unlock you will be able to pledge for a neat set of UEF Barracks doodads. Three different lockers, a gun rack with three rifles and a LMG, and a RPG wall rack.
UEF Infantry Gear
This kit brings a complete range of the gear found in UEF Fire teams. From the standard issue Assault Rifle to utility backpacks, this kit is a perfect resource for dioramas, conversions and and anything in between. Available in 28mm.
Tecton Order Minotaur APC
The wheeled Minotaur variant is predominantly used as an all terrain armoured personnel carrier. Unlike its cousin, the tracked IFV, the role of the APC variant is to operate around the edges of the combat zone, delivering and evacuating troops while providing light artillery support with its automatic grenade launcher. The Minotaur APC has been known to scale terrain angled up to 80 degrees littered with debris and coupled with its speed and acceleration it is hands down the best APC known to man.
Minotaur Precision Short Range Bomber
One of the latest additions to the Minotaur combat capacity is the Precision Short Range Bomber drone. Capable of maneuvering at low altitude around the ruins of the old cities, the Bomber drone can deliver its high explosive free-fall bombs with precision accuracy in a range of up to 2 kilometers. The drone is remotely piloted by the co-driver or gunner of the Minotaur.
Once this stretch goal is unlocked all Minotaur pledges (all variants for all scales) will receive one free Drone Platform and Bomber Drone.
Big, mean and hungy.
UEF Heavy Hulk
By popular demand. Missiles, Autocannons and legs. What can go wrong?
Brute Field Gun
An antiquated weapon, dragged around the battlefield by a couple of Brutes. These weapons can provide both direct and indirect fire.
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.
3dHUB.gr is our 3d printing partner. All our prototypes are produced in their state of the art 3d printers and post processed in their lab in Piraeus, Greece. Apart from 3d printing services with a plethora of different technologies, the lads at 3dHUB are the leading retailers of 3d printers in Greece!
You can find them at http://www.3dhub.gr/
The wonderful people at Tagged Events are supplying us with the customised dog tags. We've collaborated recently with them in their succesful Unarmoured Marine Squads kickstarter (which you can find here). Based in Australia, Tagged Events also organises some amazing wargaming events so check them out!
Horizon Creation 3d is a US based company that has specialised in 3d printed wargaming terrain and we are happy to announce our collaboration with them! All our 3d printable items will soon be availalbe at their store so that all of you out there can have a reliable source to get your Black Earth themed terrain!
You dont even need to have the 3d printable files for that. You can just pop to their store and purchase them directly from there!
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 models 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.
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 last 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 :)
- (30 days)