This is the first release of a range of 28mm metal historical wargames figures and has everything you need to create a core Mongol warband or army for tabletop gaming. At the same time I’m launching a new business, under the name The Emperors Little Soldiers, and I plan to do further releases if this one is successful.
There are 31 mounted figures in total, seven of which are command/character figures, and the remainder are 24 “rank and file” figures (horse archer and heavy cavalry) in 8 different poses each with 3 different head variants. There are also eight different horse poses.
Just over a year ago I commissioned Martin Buck to sculpt the master figures. Martin has sculpted for many well known figure manufacturers including Wargames Foundry, and more recently fantasy figures such as the Nightfolk and Time Robbers (from Northumbrian Tinsoldiers) and the Noggin the Nog Kickstarter. Martins style is unique and characterful, and has worked hard to recreate the look and feel of the period.
Since then, I have worked with Griffin Moulds, who have done a fantastic job of producing all the necessary rubber molds with the “greens” (Martins original sculpts). Griffin have also provided the initial test castings and will do all of the casting for this project. I then invited Shaun Watson, a professional figure painter (Redzed) to paint all 31 of the figures for the images in this campaign (below) so that everyone can see the fantastic details Martin has put into the original designs
All of the figures are cast in metal, are supplied unpainted, and are not suitable for children under 14.
Archers: All of the rank and file figures have bows, bow cases and a quiver full of arrows. The figures that are shooting their bows are cast in two parts so you can have them shooting in different directions. Others are open handed (designed to carry javelins/spears/lances) - these weapons are not included in the sets but you will be able to purchase them seperately if the campaign is succesfull.
Horses: Mongol cavalry rode short stocky ponies - these are six variants of unarmoured ponies and for each set there will be a random mix - so they won’t always be the ones shown in the pictures of the sets available
Shields: None of the figures carry shields; reliable sources state they didn’t carry them into battle while mounted, and it would inhibit their ability to shoot their bows. Evidence suggests shields may have been used by figures on foot during seiges.
Detail: here are some close up shots to help you get a better idea of the detail.
Rewards - Set by Set
Command set A
Ghengis Khan leads your troops into battle with this pack that includes one additional general and a Naccara drummer to urge your troops on!
Command set B
Subutai the mongol commander most trusted by Ghengis Khan leads this group of three figures with his golden eagle perched on his arm. The pack includes the famous 9-horsetail standard and an additional leader figure.
Horse Archers (set 1)
Set 1 consists of six horse archers wearing a plain “Deel” coat which could be made of animal skin or perhaps silk. These rank and file cavalry are your basic nomads that emerged from the harsh environment to form the backbone of Ghengis khans army. They are mounted on unarmoured mongol ponies - strurdy and tough little animals. The figures shown shooting their composite bows are cast as two pieces, split at the waist, so you can position the upper body so that the figure is shooting forward, to the side, or to the rear.
Horse Archers (set 2)
The second set of horse archers depict those men that have been able to make, steal or plunder some leather armour or iron helmets. There was no uniformity within the armies of the mongol conquest, so these figures mix in well with set 1 to give a greater amount of variation in your army. In addition to figures firing bow (also split at the waist) this pack also comes with some open handed figures so that they can be depicted throwing or thrusting javelins or spears. They ride unarmoured ponies. (Spears, javelins and lances are not included in this pack)
Heavy Cavalry (set 3)
This set consists of 6 figures all open handed to carry lances or spears in an upright position, wearing lamellar armour which may be made up of iron or leather scales. They have bows in their bow cases attached to the figure, and a quiver full of arrows. Some figures wear sleeveless Deel coats over some of their armour, and as these figures are more fortunate the coat could be made of exquisite chinese silk. They ride unarmoured ponies. (Lances are not included in this pack)
Heavy Cavalry (set 4)
These guys are intended to mix in with all three previous sets to give greater variety. Half of the figures are wearing lamellar armour and waving a sword is cast into the hand) above his head. The rest are wearing chainmail shirts and metal or leather breastplates, and are open handed so could be equipped with javelins, spears or lances. They ride unarmourd mongol ponies
The Mongol Touman - all 31 figures together
Shipping costs are not included in the rewards and will be added after the campaign ends, here’s what it will cost:
Posting figures within the U.K. will be by Royal Mail Signed for service at a flat cost of £3.95 for however many rewards you may choose
Shipping outside the UK will be by international tracked airmail:
- For Europe add 15% of your total pledge
- For USA, Australia and other worldwide destinations outside of Europe add 20%
Risks and challenges
Every project has risks, but I have mitigated this as far as possible by having all the figures sculpted and cast before the campaign begins. If the campaign is successful, then there’s a high degree of certainty that the figures can be dispatched in April 2019.
This is my first kickstarter campaign, so throughout I have been cautious in approach. I have previous experience and understand the process of casting and selling Wargaming figures, which should give backers extra confidence.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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