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Pewter Waneta, Yurei and Pwwka Spectral LAM mechs in ground, hybrid and air modes from Iron Wind Metals - designed by Stephen Huda
Pewter Waneta, Yurei and Pwwka Spectral LAM mechs in ground, hybrid and air modes from Iron Wind Metals - designed by Stephen Huda
164 backers pledged $30,122 to help bring this project to life.

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INTERNATIONAL BACKERS CAN NOW PARTICIPATE.  Where permitted by Kickstarter's rules, we have added international shipping to pledge levels.  Where not permitted, we have added a new pledge level for international backers which has shipping included.  The only pledge level we can't fix is the $750 level.  Contact us if you want to pledge at this level and we will work it out with you.

Another Reward Upgrade

Update #5 · 

We have cracked the 80% funding barrier and decided to add an additional reward upgrade to show our backers how much we appreciate your support.  Every backer at the $185 level and above will get an e-coupon good for $40 of free mini's from the Iron Wind Store. http://www.ironwindmetals.com/store/index.php

You can use the coupon for Battletech, Classic Ral Partha Fantasy and Classic Ral Partha Historicals.


New Reward - Posters Featuring Steven Huda's 2D Art

Thanks to Steven Huda, we will be able to offer posters featuring his 2D art as additional rewards to our backers.The Images are at the bottom of this page.

At the $70 and up level, we will add an autographed black and white 11 x 17 poster showing all three LAMs in all three modes. 

At the $130 level we will add an autographed 11 x 17 color poster of the Waneta that we plan to use for the project packaging.

At the $185 level we will add an autographed 11 x 17 color poster of LAMs on Patrol. This image is in process, so the final will be a bit different.

Backers who don't qualify for the free upgrade rewards can add $6.00 for one poster, $10.00 for two or $12.50 for all three.  

Stretch Goals Announced - Four More Inner Sphere LAMs

Update #2 · Feb. 14, 2013 · 
 

Several folks suggested ways for us to reduce the cost of printing the LAM masters.  Special thanks to John Bear Ross http://www.johnbearross.com/ for pointing us in the right direction and to Steven Huda for offering to do yet more work to make the LAM's easily printable.

These savings will allow us to add more LAMs to the project and include them as Stretch Goal additional rewards.  The first Stretch Goal will kick in at $25,100.

Stretch Goals and Additional Rewards are listed at the bottom of the page

 

Backers will be able to buy additional copies of the LAMs

Update #1 · Feb. 11, 2013 

Many of you have asked if you can buy additional copies of the WOB LAMs.  The answer is absolutely yes.  Quantities available and pricing will vary depending on the level of backing you choose.

Backer Level                  Quantity             Price per Mech

$30 - $50                            3                     $8.80 (estimated 20% discount)

$70 - $100                          6                     $8.25 (estimated 25% discount)

$130 - $150                       18                     $7.70 (estimated 30% discount)

$185 - $275                       27                     $6.60 (estimated 40% discount)

$750 and up                      54                      $5.50 (estimated 50% discount)

Normal Iron Wind Shipping Rates apply.http://ironwindmetals.com/store/shipping.php

After the Project closes, we'll contact all of our backers and provide ordering details.

Stephen Huda designed 3-D versions of the Waneta, Yurei and Pwwka LAMs and made them available to Iron Wind Metals to produce.  You can see Stephen's work at http://stephenhuda.deviantart.com/art/Waneta-LAM-Fighter-287058569.

We have been experimenting with using 3-D printed versions of CAD designed Mechs to produce pewter - that's right pewter - not plastic - minis.  Stephen generously offered these designs to us.

Until recently, the quality of 3-D printed sculpts was significantly worse than what our sculptors could make by hand.  And the cost was much, much higher.  Although still several times more expensive, the quality is now up to our standards.

Here is a picture of the Waneta LAM ground version, in metal.  It stands about 48mm tall to the top of the cockpit (about chest high to our Atlas model).

Head on
Head on
Facing right - note the articulation of the left hand
Facing right - note the articulation of the left hand
Painted Waneta - courtesy of Adam "Smoke" Sherwood
Painted Waneta - courtesy of Adam "Smoke" Sherwood

We decided to use this opportunity to fund the project.  If we are successful in meeting our goal, our backers will have these Mechs this summer. They will be available at Origins and Gencon 2014 and on our website in the fall of 2014.  Until then, only our backers will have them. .

Shipping to an address in the United States is included. If you are outside of the United States, you can still be a backer.  If the pledge level says Ships within the US only, just look for the pledge level that says For International Backers.

In addition to being pewter, they are 100% American made (except for the pewter - which probably comes from Indonesia).  Our 3-D printing partner is in Ohio and we make these minis in Cincinnati.  So you don't have to worry about your mechs getting lost in the Pacific Ocean (or worse still, getting unaccountably delayed and missing the boat).

If you are unfamiliar with these designs, they were produced by the Word of Blake during the Jihad period of BattleTech.  More information about the Jihad period and the Word of Blake can be found at Catalyst Game Labs http://www.battlecorps.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=27 and at 

Waneta -  http://www.masterunitlist.info/Unit/Details/5380/waneta-s-wn-2lam;

Yurei - http://www.masterunitlist.info/Unit/Details/5431;

Pwwka - http://www.masterunitlist.info/Unit/Details/4882.

Here is a peek at the Waneta LAM designs:

CAD Design files for Waneta LAM
CAD Design files for Waneta LAM

Here are the Yurei LAMs:

CAD Design files for the Yurei LAM
CAD Design files for the Yurei LAM

And here are the PWWKA LAMs:

CAD Design files for the Pwwkt LAM
CAD Design files for the Pwwkt LAM

Here is a picture of the Waneta parts, straight from the 3-D printer.

All 14 parts of the Waneta - ready for the master mold
All 14 parts of the Waneta - ready for the master mold

The Iron Wind Crew

Iron Wind from left to right: Ralph, Brady, Stu, Melissa, Mike, Susan, Tim
Iron Wind from left to right: Ralph, Brady, Stu, Melissa, Mike, Susan, Tim

Iron Wind is licensed by the Topps Company which owns the rights to BattleTech.

By the way, the Waneta LAM is not connected, in any way to Waneta Lam, but you can see her Pinterest page (and some interesting pictures) here http://pinterest.com/lamhwaneta/

Stretch Goals Announced - Four More Inner Sphere LAMs

 

Stretch Goal #1 - $25,100

We will produce the Inner Sphere Wasp LAM in air, ground and hybrid modes.

$30 - $100 backers can add one more mini to their rewards

$130 - $150 backers will get Wasp air and ground modes added to their rewards

$185 - $275 backers will get all three modes of the Wasp added to their rewards

$750 backers will get two sets of the Wasp in all three modes.One set will be numbered to match.

This extra reward will be packaged to match the other mechs in your reward.

Stretch Goal #2 - $30,000

We will produce the Inner Sphere Stinger LAM in air, ground and hybrid modes

$130 - $150 backers will get Stinger air and ground modes added to their rewards

$185 - $275 backers will get all three modes of the Stinger added to their rewards

$750 backers will get two sets of the Stinger in all three modes.One set will be numbered to match.

This extra reward will be packaged to match the other mechs in your reward.

Stretch Goal #3 – 35,000

We will produce the Inner Sphere Phoenix LAM in air, ground and hybrid modes

$130 - $150 backers will get Phoenix air and ground modes added to their rewards

$185 - $275 backers will get all three modes of the Phoenix added to their rewards

$750 backers will get two sets of the Phoenix in all three modes.One set will be numbered to match.

This extra reward will be packaged to match the other mechs in your reward.

Stretch Goal #4 - $40,000

We will produce the Inner Sphere Shadow Hawk LAM in air, ground and hybrid modes

$130 - $150 backers will get Shadow Hawk air and ground modes added to their rewards

$185 - $275 backers will get all three modes of the Shadow Hawk added to their rewards

$750 backers will get two sets of the Shadow Hawk in all three modes.One set will be numbered to match.

This extra reward will be packaged to match the other mechs in your reward

Black and White Poster
Black and White Poster

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Waneta Poster
Waneta Poster
LAMs on Patrol Poster - unfinished
LAMs on Patrol Poster - unfinished

Risks and challenges

We have 37 years of experience sculpting and manufacturing pewter minis (including Battletech from its beginning). We have printed and produced one of the LAMs - the Waneta in ground mode, so we believe that we understand the differences between using green sculpts to produce mechs and using 3D CAD printed resin masters. That said, it could take us longer than expected to get suitable resin masters from our 3D printing partner. It is also possible that the CAD designs we have will need on screen modifications or hand sculpted modifications before they are producible. Either of these problems could delay the project.

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    Reward #10 plus the Iron Wind Crew (Stu, Ralph, Tim and Marc) will play a private game of BattleTech with you and up to 4 friends using LAMs only. We'll be playing with professionally painted copies of the ground version LAMs - You get to keep what you kill. Oh, and if you get shot, you can drink a shot and be reborn. Of course, we provide the adult beverages. You will be listed on the Iron Wind site as a Platinum Backer - and we will post pictures and score (shots scored and shots imbibed) after the game. Available at GenCon or Origins only. Contact us if you can't come to GenCon or Origins and we will try to make special arrangements.

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    Dinner and Drinks for 2 (our treat) at GenCon 2013 or Origins 2013 with Mike and Crazy; plus
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Funding period

- (30 days)