First of all, thanks to everyone who backed our project!
If you missed out on our Kickstarter, head over to our website for all the latest news and updates: http://www.militiaminiatures.co.uk/ Once we have fulfilled all of our pledges, the figures will be given a proper release, and will be available through Minibits: http://www.minibits.net/
So, what is Militia Miniatures?
Militia Miniatures is a new miniatures company, part of Minibits (www.minibits.net), with our aim being to produce a range of modern mercenary character figures, suitable for wargaming, roleplaying, or simply collecting and painting.
We've taken inspiration from various sources, from real life combat troops through to computer games, and then we've added a dash of Hollywood as well! We've put together a group of interesting characters, all with different personalities, that you'll enjoy adding to your games.
What's the project?
For this project, we'll initially be producing 8 unique character figures. If we can hit and exceed our target, we will add 2 more sculpts, one at the £2000 mark and one at the £2500 mark. These will be added as freebies to certain pledges. If we break through even higher, we've got some extra goodies on hand that we can include as Add-Ons.
So why Kickstarter?
We've invested enough so far to cover the initial sculpts, but there are a lot more costs involved in bringing any range to market, such as moulding, production, packaging etc. Launching these through Kickstarter allows us to get all the moulds done in one go, and also potentially allows us to add more items to the range up front. Releasing these figures by the traditional methods would mean one or two at a time, the sales from each one hopefully paying for the next mould, and so on.
The bonus to you the customer, is that you'll be the first to get your hands on these figures, and at a greatly discounted rate as well, up to 40% off RRP!
What are the pledge levels?
We're keeping things as nice and simple as possible, so simply decide how many of the figures you would like to receive and pledge the corresponding amount:
Any 1 figure = £5 pledge - Pick any figure from the available selection.
Any 3 figures = £10 pledge - Pick any 3 figures from the available selection.
Any 5 figures = £14 pledge - Pick any 5 figures from the available selection.
All 8 figures (one of each) = £20 pledge - One of every sculpt in the range, plus each of the unlocked sculpts will be added FREE to this pledge (potentially 10 figures at over 40% discount on RRP!).
Any 10 figures = £24 pledge - Pick any 10 figures from the available selection.
Any 20 figures = £40 pledge - Pick any 20 figures from the available selection, perfect for groups of friends or club members to share.
NOTE: For all pledges except 'FULL SQUAD', you can mix and match any of the sculpts!
All pledge levels include UK shipping, anyone from outside the UK will need to add £2 to their pledge (£3 for the 'BULK DEAL' pledge).
We are also proud to announce that Brent Spivey of Bombshell Games has agreed to give us 20 free electronic copies of his 'The Battlefield' rules, bringing tactical first and third person modern combat shooter experiences to the tabletop! More info on these rules can be found here: http://bombshell-games.com/battlefield/
These were only available through the 'FIRST TO FIGHT' pledge level, but have all sold out!
Brent at Bombshell Games has kindly agreed for us to offer a discounted pdf of his 'The Battlefield' rules for those who missed out on the freebie pledge level. This offer is available for the bargain price of £3 (usual RRP - $9.99 / £6) and to take advantage of this, simply add £3 to your pledge!
Why should I pledge?
Aside from the fantastic sculpts shown below, there are 3 big reasons:
1. Low funding target - We've set a realistic target to ensure that we can hit funding and get these figures into production. Any pledges over our target will unlock extra goodies!
2. Low pledge levels - We've set sensible pledge levels so that more people can get involved. The 'FULL SQUAD' pledge equates to over 40% discount on RRP, so offers great value.
3. Quick turnaround - We've worked hard to make sure that everything we need is in place and ready to go once we hit funding. We've worked in the wargames industry for many years now, so we've got all the know-how at hand to get these into production and into your hands within 8-10 weeks of the Kickstarter finishing.
So, what do I do next?
Have a look through the excellent sculpts below, decide how many you want, and get pledging!
Every team needs someone to look after the money and keep the jobs coming in. With contacts around the world, Goldman can always find another tricky situation to throw the team into.
The most senior member of the team, Granger is a respected veteran who has been there, done it and gone back for more.
Trained in a variety of hand-to-hand combat techniques, he's still a dangerous prospect even when disarmed. He's also second-in-command to Granger and is deathly serious about what he does.
Intelligent and careful, Andersen can always be relied on in a tight spot. Easygoing and laid back, he'll take the time to assess the situation before going in.
Bennett has one motto in life: 'The bigger the problem, the bigger the gun.' He might not be the sharpest tool in the box, but you'll certainly want him around when the bullets are flying!
Connor is a bit of a practical joker and enjoys winding the others up whenever he can. When it's time to work though, he is efficient and reliable.
Sullen and moody on the outside, this skilled knifeman is certainly not to be messed with. He doesn't stand for any nonsense at work and is fiercely loyal to his friends.
Strike is the techguy, and one of the few in the group who knows what a 'Tweet' is. It's taken a while, but he's slowly dragging the group into the 21st century with some handy gadgets.
£2000 - Achieved!
We've now added Charlie to the line up! She will be added FREE to any 'FULL SQUAD' pledges, and is available for selection on all other pledge levels.
Being the only girl in the group could have been a difficult job for Charlie, but from the minute she gave Bennett a wedgie she was accepted as one of the guys.
£2500 - Achieved!
We've now added the fantastic Ghost sculpt to the line up! He will be added FREE to any 'FULL SQUAD' pledges, and is available for selection on all other pledge levels.
A master of field craft, Ghost can disappear into his surroundings easily and keep himself concealed for days on end. His patience and precision make him a highly valued member of the team.
We've also got some cool accessories available, which can be added either as Freebies or Add-On's!
Boxes and Sacks
These are a freebie option and every pledge level at 'FULL SQUAD' or above will receive 1 FREE pack of Boxes (contains 6 different boxes) AND 1 FREE pack of Sacks (contains 6 sacks, in 3 different sizes). If you would like extra Boxes or Sacks, please add £1 per pack to your pledge.
Drums and Crates
These are now available on all pledge levels, simply increase your pledge by £1 for every pack of Drums or Crates you would like. So:
- If you want 1 x Drums, simply add £1 to your pledge.
- If you want 3 x Drums and 1 x Crates, simply add £4 to your pledge.
£3000 - Objective Marker!
Our Objective Marker is now unlocked and available, simply add £2 to your pledge for each 70mm wide marker you would like:
As an extra bonus, we will now be adding free bases to every pledge level. Lasercut from 2mm MDF, we'll have either 20mm or 25mm widths, in either square or circular options. (If some folk need a different size, I'm sure we can sort that out!)
- And as a final bonus for everyone who has pledged into this project, we're giving everyone 20% off anything they want from the Minibits website:
If you've got any questions at all, please let us know!
Risks and challenges
The potential risks and challenges on this project are few. We have already paid out for the sculpts, and they are with us here in the UK. The next step will be the moulding, but with my work for Pendraken Miniatures, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience at hand, and all of the moulding and casting will be dealt with by professionals.
We have always taken a huge amount of pride in customer service, and we are extremely confident that we will not only deliver a quality product, but that we will also have it in your hands very quickly!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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