Odyssey is a range of figures set in the distant future. Gods are real, and they’re very, very angry. The Argonauts have embarked on the voyage, led by Jason and they’re ready to fight back!
Which is a very basic background (more later!). Suffice to say this is a project to make more fantastic figures for the Odyssey range, and I need your help to produce them! The plan is pretty much in three easy steps:
So! Let's get to the good stuff and let you help me get there!
Straightforward pledge levels, with fixed postage depending on where you live! Keep an eye on the stretch goals throughout the campaign, as these WILL have significant benefits to higher level pledges - promise!
- UK: add £4.00 to your pledge
- EU: add £4.00 to your pledge
- R.O.W: add £5.00 to your pledge
I think you can see that Dave managed to take the original artwork and really run with it! Of course, the image above is merely the dolly...the fun part comes when it's posed. That's where the magic happens!
Suffice to say, I'm very happy with the end result. It's a fantastic addition to the Odyssey range. If we hit the stretch goals, the project becomes a full on set of unique soldiers to wage battle with...Or just paint up. The choice is yours!
So, this is the actual size of the Argonaut using the final printed version of the figure! As you can see, he's considerably taller than the already pretty mighty Jason...although he might need a few more in the group to tackle Hephaestus! That's were the larger pledges come in handy!
As you can hopefully see, the breakdown of the parts shows it to be a nice straightforward build, but importantly Dave's been able to do it in such a way that additional weapons, poses etc are now much easier to accomplish! Can you tell, I want more of these things!
I hand over the reins to my co-creator in this - Fet Milner (with my sincere thanks for all his work...we've been discussing Odyssey over many years now, and we always seem to have more and more stuff to create each time we do).
"Odyssey is set millions of years into the future when humanity, having finally overcome its demons, has achieved something like a utopia. There is no war, no death, no disease or age, no hunger – the very notions are laughable and incomprehensible to the truly vast number of humans that have spread across the universe. The concept of hate has been eradicated.
This has come at some cost, of course. A thousand times humanity nearly wiped itself out in wars – every weapon from sticks to hydrogen bombs to the exploitation of the stars themselves – and nearly as many times through technological misadventure. At last, man gave up on flesh itself, becoming something more than digital signatures with millions of people living in the same artificial bodies. The very idea of an 'individual' self has become simultaneously alien and mythic. All those untold trillions of people – or more, perhaps – are spread across the stars and truly free.
This utopia, then, is something worth defending, and the humans have found themselves forced to remember what war is.
In the beginning, as we all know the story to proceed, the stars formed from the swirling masses that coalesced in the eons following the Big Bang. Worlds then formed around those stars, and on some of those worlds life crawled out of the ooze.
Among the first to achieve civilisation and technological maturity were the Titans. Like the humans who followed millions of years later, they also achieved a sort of utopia. They conquered a vast swathe of the universe and bent it to their will, though, and what they could not twist to suit their desires they destroyed. Perhaps their last mistake was that, to rule this vast empire, they created the Gods.
The Gods are artificially intelligent machines of unfathomable complexity and extraordinary power. They were made to rule in the Titans' stead and, as is always the way in such stories, they believed they knew a better way to rule and they rebelled. Nearly overnight the Titans' empire crumbled and was laid waste; cities older than stars were turned to dust, stars evaporated to feed hideous machines of planetary destruction, and the Titans became little more than a note in a data file.
These are the gods that interacted with humanity in its earliest days and humanity only survived the scouring that followed the Titanomachy by virtue that it could pose no threat to the Gods. Like the mammals that survived the extinction of the dinosaurs, humanity survived simply because it was too small.
Now, however, the gods that had spent millions of years exploring became warmongers and hunted each other across the stars. Their contagious madness has burnt out the stars themselves and scorched whole systems of planets. And now, at last, the Gods' eyes have turned to the humans again."
So, aside from the usual risks/challenges bit which ends this huge amount of waffle, there's just a few other bits I just need to type out, and then I'm done (promise).
There's obviously a few folk to thank for helping me make Odyssey - it's a long term project and there'll be plenty more people to thank in the months and years to come, but primarily I do have to thank my good friend and writer buddy Fet Milner for helping me flesh out the universe. Only a very small chunk has been shown off so far, but over those same months and years to come, it's going to get bigger and bigger. Without Fet, nothing would have happened, so it's good to have him on board. He works for peanuts. Mostly cashews.
Thanks also have to go out to a most amazing concept artist that is Roberto Cirillo. How he fits me into his busy schedule is a mystery, but he's the one who has to work out what the devil me and Fet are talking about, and I think he's done a rather fantastic job so far!
Just as important are my sculptor chums who do great work to really flesh out the art - my fantastic regular 'Hex-Master' Robby Crawforth, 'Bombshell Babe' Patrick Keith, Valentin 'Ammon' Zak, last but not least - Dave Kidd -who without his digital fingers, the Argonauts would not have happened. Also, he realised early on that I knew sweet ****-all about the 3d world, so made things much easier for me to digest!
The extra thanks that I've never done before goes to the nice folks at Clockwork Goblin for working on the printing of the sculpt!
Thanks also to the casters involved making wonderful resin copies of these miniature masterpieces. They know who they are, and I love them all!
Finally - thank YOU. As ever, without support from the public, I'd never even dream of doing stuff like this. I hope you'll carry on the support, and I promise I'll do my best to deliver more fun things!
Risks and challenges
I've been producing and selling miniatures since 2010 (eep!), and by now I've got a pretty good handle on production times and how long things do tend to take in order to get them out in a pretty accurate timescale. The good part of this is that the main figure of the kickstarter - the initial Argonaut has been sculpted, 3d printed and master cast, so all that remains is to find out just how many I need to make and get my casters to do the necessary. I believe I've given enough of a lead time on fulfilment to get things out by then.
The stretch goals have been designed to work within the same fulfilment date - at the time of typing this, they HAVE NOT been sculpted, as I'm using Kickstarter precisely to raise funds in order to do them, however sculptors and artists have all been booked, and we'll all be working to make sure we hit the timescales within the pledge levels.
Delays in mini production do happen. It's never fun, and I know how disappointing these things can be. However, this is a small scale KS, and I'm confident that things should go pretty smoothly. I promise you that I will be posting up updates frequently (I get rather excited to show off progress!), so any delays will be broadcast to you early on.
I've also had the good fortune to have run a similar scale Kickstarter before - (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1113411001/paul-bonners-trolls-of-trudvang) - and this was a succesful campaign which shipped on time, so hopefully that gives you some confidence! It gives me some confidence for sure!
Trust me, I'm rather risk-averse when it comes to these things. There's very much a fixed limit to the stretch goals - I'm afraid I won't be offering you guys the moon on a stick. I'd like to, but it probably wouldn't work out.
The only thing aside from acts of god that might cause minor delays is if the Kickstarter does something unfeasibly weird and takes far more pledges than I dream about (and to be honest, I dream fairly big...). That could possibly lead to delays in production as all my figures are cast in resin (which is a manual, hands-on process for the most part). But aside from that, I think we're good to go!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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