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This range of 28mm Miniatures will depict the Imperial Japanese Army and their Naval counterparts the Special Naval Landing Force.
This range of 28mm Miniatures will depict the Imperial Japanese Army and their Naval counterparts the Special Naval Landing Force.
90 backers pledged AU$ 15,268 to help bring this project to life.

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 Who is WarTime Miniatures?

WarTime Miniatures is a producer of metal miniatures based in Queensland, Australia. I have been operating WarTime Miniatures for over 5 years now and began as a maker of 20mm figures for WWII, Vietnam and Modern subjects. In late 2013 I decided to expand into 28mm Miniatures with the first range being Australians for early WWII Pacific including Kokoda. The Australian range was started through an internally run crowd funding scheme which saw enough funds raised to start the range which I have continued to develop myself and have now almost finished.

I have my own casting facilities and enjoy established and productive relationships with the figure sculptor (Company D Miniatures: companyd.co.uk) in the UK as well as the artillery/mortar sculptor, who has worked for Privateer Press and Avatars of War.

WarTime Miniatures website: www.WarTimeMiniatures.com.au

Why KickStarter?

KickStarter will potentially allow WarTime Miniatures to reach a much larger audience and with that provide the opportunity to fund the entire range + addons simultaneously. It will allow me to produce a substantial range of Japanese Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF) and Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) in metal in a significantly shorter time.

Currency

All amounts listed are in Australian Dollars (AUD)

Why SNLF and Japanese Army?

The initial focus of this 28mm Miniatures project was to be SNLF, but with the SNLF uniform based on and quite similar to the IJA, it made sense to offer you the opportunity to collect either or even both. 

How will this be done?

This initial range will be based on 19 original sculpts i.e enough to provide an individual pose for a section whether SNLF or IJA. In addition there will be light mortars and command options.

Sample of IJA Figures unpainted.
Sample of IJA Figures unpainted.
Sample of IJA Figures unpainted.
Sample of IJA Figures unpainted.
Figures painted for South Pacific.
Figures painted for South Pacific.
Type92 Mountain Gun, Sample of what you can expect with the artillery/guns.
Type92 Mountain Gun, Sample of what you can expect with the artillery/guns.

The process will involve the IJA figure being sculpted, moulded & cast. A metal casting of each figure will then be converted to SNLF (3/4 sleeves, canvas helmet cover, anchor patches and gas mask etc) with the moulding and casting process repeated once more.

Conversion of master casting to SNLF.
Conversion of master casting to SNLF.
Conversion of master casting showing gas equipment..
Conversion of master casting showing gas equipment..

 Project Scope

This project will be focusing on Japanese SNLF and IJA forces who fought in the Pacific Threatre of Operations. From the Philippines, to New Guinea, Guadalcanal and Burma we will concentrate on the figures, guns and mortars that allied forces encountered.

The Pledges

Pledges for the War In The Pacific Kickstarter are outlined below.

Special Naval Landing Naval Force (SNLF)

Pledge $22 or more:

SNLF Rifle Section: 10 Figures. 1 x NCO, 1 x LMG and 8 x Riflemen in summer uniform. Includes access to Addons. Shipping worldwide.

Estimated delivery: December 2015

Pledge $105 or more:

SNLF Rifle Platoon: 47 Figures. HQ (1 x Officer, 1 x NCO), 3 x SNLF Rifle Sections, 1 x SNLF Grenadier Section (1 x NCO, 3 x 2" Mortars, 10 x Riflemen). All in summer uniform. Includes access to all Stretch Goals and Addons. Shipping worldwide.

Estimated Delivery: December 2015

SNLF Pledges
SNLF Pledges

Imperial Japanese Army (IJA)

Pledge $25 or more:

IJA Rifle Section: 13 Figures. 1 x NCO, 1 x LMG and 11 x Riflemen in summer uniform. Shipping worldwide.

Estimated delivery: December 2015

Pledge $125 or more:

IJA Rifle Platoon: 57 Figures. HQ (1 x Officer, 1 x NCO), 3 x IJA Rifle Sections, 1 x IJA Grenadier Section (1 x NCO, 3 x 2" Mortars, 12 x Riflemen). All in summer uniform. Includes access to all Stretch Goals and Addons. Shipping worldwide.

Estimated Delivery: December 2015

Stretch Goals.

The Stretch Goals for this project are aimed to provide comprehensive range of options for your SNLF or IJA force.

WarTime Miniatures wants to ensure that the stretch goals are practical, affordable and achievable within the project time frame. While a number of free stretch goals are included an excessive amount of free figures could jeopardise the above stated goals (as has happened to other KS projects). As a result I will be focusing on a manageable number of rewards for pledges and then a number "Addons" which will be cheaper than final RRP. Platoon pledges will have access to all free stretch goals as well as addons. All other pledges will have access to everything as addons only.

Simply decide on the addons you want and add the total to your pledge amount.

Project Stretch Goals
Project Stretch Goals

Stretch Goal 1: $6250 -     UNLOCKED

Type 97 Medium Mortar + 3 Crew. Choose either IJA or SNLF crew. Included free with IJA or SNLF Platoon Pledge. $9 Addon for all other pledge levels.   (weight: 50 grams)

Stretch Goal 2: $7000 -     UNLOCKED

Type 92 MMG + 3 Crew. Choose either IJA or SNLF crew to man your Type 97 MMG. $9 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 60 grams)

Stretch Goal 3: $7250 - UNLOCKED

FlameThrower Team (2 Figures). Choose either IJA or SNLF Flamethrower Team. Included free with IJA or SNLF Platoon Pledge. $4 Addon for all other pledge levels. (weight: 25 grams)

Stretch Goal 4: $7750 - UNLOCKED

Sniper Team (2 Figures). Included free with IJA or SNLF Platoon Pledge. $4 Addon for all other pledge levels. (weight: 25 grams)

Stretch Goal 5: $8500 - UNLOCKED

Tank Hunters (3 Figures). 3 Figures with Lunge Mines. Choose either IJA or SNLF. $5 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 45 grams)

Stretch Goal 6: $10,000 - UNLOCKED

Type 94/97 90mm Heavy Mortar + 4 Crew. Choose either IJA or SNLF to man your Heavy Mortar. $10 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 75 grams)

Stretch Goal 7: $10,750 - UNLOCKED

Type 41 75mm Mountain Gun + 3 Crew. Choose either IJA or SNLF crew to crew your 75mm Mountain Gun. $20 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 125 grams)

Stretch Goal 8: $11,500 - UNLOCKED

Type 38 75mm Field Gun + 4 Crew. Choose either IJA or SNLF to crew your 75mm Field Gun. $20 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 135 grams)

Stretch Goal 9: $12,000 - UNLOCKED

Type 94 37mm Anti Tank Gun + 3 Crew. Choose either IJA or SNLF to crew your 37mm Anti Tank Gun. $18 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 90 grams)

Stretch Goal 10: $12,500 - UNLOCKED

Type 97 Anti Tank Rifle Team (2 figures). Choose either IJA or SNLF Anti Tank Rifle Team. Included Free with IJA or SNLF Platoon Pledge. $4 Addon for all other pledge levels.  (weight: 40 grams)

Stretch Goal 11: $14,000 - UNLOCKED

4 Figures with Type 100 SMG. Choose either IJA or SNLF. $8 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 55 grams)

Stretch Goal 12: $16,500 - ***LOCKED***

Type 91 105mm Howitzer + 6 Crew. Choose either IJA or SNLF to crew your Field Gun. $25 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 175 grams)

Additional Addons

SLNF Rifle Section: 10 Figures. 1 x NCO, 1 x LMG and 8 x Riflemen in summer uniform. $22 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 150 grams)

IJA Rifle Section: 13 Figures. 1 x NCO, 1 x LMG and 11 x Riflemen in summer uniform. $25 Addon for all pledge levels.  (weight: 195 grams)

SNLF Rifle Platoon: 47 Figures. HQ (1 x Officer, 1 x NCO), 3 x SNLF Rifle Sections, 1 x SNLF Grenadier Section (1 x NCO, 3 x 2" Mortars, 10 x Riflemen). All in summer uniform. $105 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 700 grams)

IJA Rifle Platoon: 57 Figures. HQ (1 x Officer, 1 x NCO), 3 x IJA Rifle Sections, 1 x IJA Grenadier Section (1 x NCO, 3 x 2" Mortars, 12 x Riflemen). All in summer uniform. $125 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 850 grams)

Type 92 Mountain Gun + 3 Crew (Will come with solid as well as spoked wheels). Choose either IJA or SNLF to crew your Gun. $18 Addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 75 grams)

28mm WWII Australian Pledges and Addons.

Need an opponent for the Japanese? or would like to collect Australians instead?? For the final 2 weeks of the KickStarter WarTime Miniatures is offering their range of 28mm WWII Australians at a great price. AMF01-11 is already in production and AMF12-14 is currently being sculpted.

This detailed range of Australian figures have been specifically manufactured to accurately represent Australian Forces who fought in the early to mid stages of the Pacific Campaign. From Lewis Gun armed Militia who held the Japanese on the Kokoda Track to the battles at Buna/Gona and Milne Bay. These figures portray those Australian forces who inflicted some of the first defeats on the Imperial Japanese Army and Special Naval Landing Force.

AMF01 - Command Pack
AMF01 - Command Pack

What's more these figures will also suit the early Western Desert Battles where Australians fought as well.

How does it work?? You can simply update your current pledge with the sum of the amount for the Australian addons you want or pledge for an Australian Platoon pack separately along with any addons. If you pledge for the Australians only then shipping will be in June as all packs are nearly complete. If you add Australians to your existing Japanese then everything will be shipped together unless organised otherwise.

Postage will be adjusted and combined as required.

Pictures of the entire range and platoon pack contents can be seen here:

http://wartimeminiatures.com.au/ourshop/cat_947922-28mm-WarTime-Australians.html

AMF01 - Australian Military Command: 2 x officer figures & 1 x soldier with field telephone. $5 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 40 grams)

AMF02 - Australian Militia with Rifles: 4 x figures with rifles. $8 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 55 grams)

AMF03 - Australian Infantry with Rifles: 3 x figures in helmets with rifles. $5 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 40 grams)

AMF04 - Australian Militia Lewis Gun Team: 1 x Lewis Gunner & 1 x No 2. $4 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 25 grams)

AMF05 - Australian Leaders with Thompson SMG's: 3 x figures armed with Thompson SMG (Drum Mag). $5 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 40 grams)

AMF06 - Australian Bren Gun Teams: 2 x Bren Gunners + 2 x No2's. $8 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 55 grams)

AMF07 - Boyes ATR Team + Sticky Bombers: 2 figures Boyes ATR Team + 2 figures with Sticky Bombs. $8 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 50 grams)

AMF08 - Vickers MMG + Crew: Vickers MMG + 3 crew. $9 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 55 grams)

AMF09 - Sniper Team: 2 figure sniper team. $4 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 30 grams)

AMF10 - Australian 2 Inch Mortar Team: 2 Inch mortar + 2 crew. $4 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 30 grams)

AMF11 - Australian Infantry in Slouch Hats: 3 figures in slouch hats armed with rifles. $6 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 40 grams)

AMF12 - Australian 3 Inch Mortar + Crew: 3 Inch mortar + 3 Crew. $9 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 50 grams)

AMF13 - Australian FO Team: 2 figure FO Team. $4 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 25 grams)

AMF14 - Australian Medic Vignette: 3 figure Vignette featuring wounded soldier being assisted by PNG local helper and Australian Medic. $6 addon for all pledge levels. (weight: 45 grams)

AMF15 - Australian Platoon Pack (Early Kokoda): Platoon pack consisting of 33 figures. LMG is the Lewis Gun to represent the Australian Militia Forces who fought these early battles against the Japanese. $64 addon for any pledge level. (weight: 495 grams)

AMF16 - Australian Platoon Pack (General): Platoon pack consisting of 33 figures. LMG is the Bren to represent the Australian Forces who fought throughout the Pacific and Western Desert. $64 addon for any pledge level. (weight: 495 grams)

Shipping

Shipping will be charged at or in some cases under actual cost. WarTime Miniatures reserves the right to adjust shipping should the charge fall outside the basic guidelines below.

Pledges: 0 - 499 grams

Australia $8

NZ $13

USA $15

UK/Rest of World $20

Pledges: 500 grams - 999 grams

Australia $15

NZ $22

USA $25

UK/Rest of World $35

Pledges: 1,000 grams - 1,500 grams

Australia $15

NZ $30

USA $45

UK/Rest of World $50 

Pledges: 1,500 grams - 2,000 grams

Australia $15

NZ $35

USA $50

UK/Rest of World $65

Pledges: 2,000 grams - 2,500 grams

Australia $15

NZ $40

USA $60

UK/Rest of World $75

Pledges: 2,500 grams - 3,000 grams

Australia $15

NZ $45

USA $65

UK/Rest of World $85

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk and challenge is meeting the timetable and expectations to see this Kickstarter successfully completed. Fortunately WarTime Miniatures has the assistance of a great sculptor, weapon maker as well as reliable moulding and casting facilities. Previous experience with this type of project as well as an understanding of where other Kickstarter projects have met challenges makes me fully aware of hurdles and I believe these have been mitigated accordingly.

I am confident of being able to meet the delivery timetable, but should the unforeseen happen you will be fully informed and advised accordingly.

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    Early Bird - SLNF Rifle Section. 1 x NCO, 1 x LMG, 8 x Riflemen in summer uniform. 10 individual sculpts.

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    Early Bird - IJA Rifle Section. 1 x NCO, 1 x LMG, 11 x Riflemen in summer uniform. 13 individual sculpts.

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    Australian Platoon Pack (Early Kokoda): Platoon pack consisting of 33 figures. LMG is the Lewis Gun to represent the Australian Militia Forces who fought on the Kokoda Track in PNG against the Japanese.

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    Early Bird Special: SLNF Rifle Platoon. 1 x Officer, 5 x NCO, 4 x LMG, 3 x Light Mortar, 34 x Riflemen in summer uniform. 19 individual sculpts.

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