The funds raised throughout this campaign will allow me to produce this fantastic sculpt by Roberto Chaudon. The set is based on Fantasy artist Paul Bonner's original artwork commissioned by Swedish games maker RIOTMINDS. Paul's artwork has been a constant source of inspiration for me, and it's a great honour to have his blessing. Together with Riotminds, I'm proud to be able to be in a position to launch this Kickstarter.
This isn't a complicated Kickstarter! The aim is (and has always been) to fund the production of the Trolls of Trudvang for folk who are fans of Paul's work. You can pledge for either of the two trolls separately, or you can pledge for the set. The complete set is the main star of this Kickstarter and is the culmination of months of work getting everything just right! The set is a limited edition run, and will only be available as a Kickstarter exclusive! I want this to be a special product!
All parts of the set are being cast in high quality resin by one of the best casters in the business - Model Design Construction. They have a fantastic reputation for quality and reliability, and have been my casters of choice since I began JoeK Minis
So, let's have a look at the individual parts (click on the images to see them bigger).
I want to thank three people in particular. I want to thank Roberto Chaudon for being able to squeeze me into his incredibly busy schedule and sculpt these pieces for me. It was sheer enthusiasm for the artwork that made him do it, and I’m proud to say he’s been up to the task!
I want to say thanks to Theo Bergqvist at Riotminds. This whole thing would have been for nothing unless he’d given me his backing right at the start. His generosity in allowing me to create this piece was amazing, and I’ll be forever grateful to him.
Finally, a thank you to Paul Bonner, without whom none of this would have happened. His work has inspired so many people, and I was just lucky enough to get a positive response to one of those emails I send out to potential artists in the vague hope of collaborating on projects. I really did have a good day when he said ‘yes’.
The best thing I could have done was to ensure that the creators were kept happy. Paul and Theo's words at the beginning of the page suggest I've done that!
Thank YOU! Whether you're a long time supporter of JoeK Minis or stumbled across this campaign by way of being a fan of Paul Bonner or Riotminds it doesn't matter one bit! Thank you ALL for your support, and hope you like the Trolls of Trudvang as much as I do!
Joe Karame (Owner, JoeK Minis)
Risks and challenges
I didn't want to commence any Kickstarter without all the elements sorted out beforehand, so as you can see from the images above, all the parts for the set are fully sculpted and master moulds have been created and cast from! Until the end of the Kickstarter, everything has been funded by myself, and quite honestly it's in my best interests to get it right otherwise I'll be living under a bridge with the trolls for the forseeable future!
The casts are fantastic, easy to clean and above all I know that the project *will* go forward!
I'm using one of the very best resin casters in the business - Model Design Construction, who are well used to casting in large numbers, but also with casting to the high quality that I require. So fulfilment of all the basic items should be well on schedule. I have given myself enough time after the Kickstarter to ensure that - as near as I can estimate - posting out of the figures should fall well within the fulfilment date I've set!
There are obviously times when delays can be inevitable - if we have more pledges than I thought, then we're going to get through the moulds far more rapidly, and we will then have to make more. If there's ever a time when I think delays might occur, I will update often and quickly to let you know. The main priority for me is to get out the best product I possibly can, and I believe we'll achieve this!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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