"The great powers of human colonized space battle amongst themselves, trampling lesser nations under their soles, but those times are coming to an end. From beyond colonized space something has come, history lost to time that will shift the balance of human space, forever."
What is Rangers Project: The Protectorate Wars?
A 100 page digital art book of new illustrations and background literature that will develop a broad look at the setting of Rangers Project.
The Setting: With Earth's resources dwindling mankind has dispersed into the stars, bringing their material greed and lust for power with them. Many powers have established themselves, from great empires and dictatorships to pirate states and economic zones. The need to develop entire planets in colonization efforts and having to defend seemingly infinite stretches of space has seen a sleek vision of the future give way to industrialization and efficiency. Meanwhile the diversity of planetary environments settled has given rise to a variety of military force compositions in play.
The Protectorate Wars will outline this future, detailing the many factions involved, the star systems and worlds they control, and the military forces they command.
A point to make for clarity: This kickstarter is to fund the production of a digital edition of the book only, to be distributed in PDF format. The task of creating new artwork and writing is considerable, requiring time from myself, my writer Enrique Castro, and any collaborative artists I bring into this project. A printed edition is the logical next step, but pure content creation is the focus right now in order to keep goals achievable.
Illustration: If you like scifi soldiers, vehicles, mechs, aircraft, dropships, interstellar warships, fortified orbital and land bases, battle scenes, and even a little peaceful landscape shrubbery, you'll probably enjoy this art book.
Because I want to deliver largely new content I can't quite offer a direct peek into the book's pages, but the below examples of my past work on the setting carry what you can expect, though with distinctly more variety as this book aims to branch out and develop what I've yet to explore in addition to my past focuses.
Fiction and Index Preview: A book full of artwork is nice, but despite a picture being worth a thousand words they leave a lot of questions unanswered. That's why plenty of writing will come along side the illustrations, describing the setting to the reader in a level of detail previously untold.
Here's a look at the book's index as it stands now (very subject to change). We want to have multiple aspects of the setting on display without resorting to typical subject matter being confined to typical chapter themes. Instead, most sections in the book will focus on a time period or significant occurrence and within that will be related subjects and material.
- The Age of Exile
- The Exile Century (The Lost Fleets)
- The Expansion Years (The Crux-Prostor War, Youshu Ascendant, The Endless Unite, The Protectorate Wars)
- Consolidation (The Dominion, The Arcturian Wars of Independence, The Antares War, Homecoming)
- The Great Game Rigged
- Powers Among the Stars
- Youshu Republic
- Haenkel-Parvam Conglomerate
- Prostor Dominion
- Uzdima wa Wasi
- Isles Protectorate
- Republic of the Crux
- Antares Free Economic Sector (AFES)
- Seijaku Confederation
- Arcturian Territory
- Battles and Warriors
- The Arcturian Wars of Independence
- The Antares War
- Operation Clean Sweep
- The Homecoming War
- Behind the Stars (Out of setting material, including artwork breakdowns, WIP's, tutorials etc)
Once funded, backers will be able to watch much of the production process unfold through livestreaming and regular updates posted online. I plan to work on this project for 4 to 5 months. I understand this is a lengthy amount of time to have to wait for the end result, but I consider the show along the way part of the package.
The level of funding achieved should have a very direct effect on the size and quality of the book. The starting goal is a 100 page book with artwork on most of those pages. Should we raise over our initial goal, funding will be applied to all aspects for more pages, more artwork, and a higher level of finish on that artwork. To fill any need for more artwork without bloating production times I can commission work from fellow artists who share similar design aesthetics with myself. I'm excited for that prospect of collaboration, so I hope we can push funding to that point.
Let's take a look at what you can get for your pledge. As with the art book PDF itself, rewards are focused on digital content to maintain focus and ease of delivery.
$1 Energy Particle Even the smallest bit of support deserves a reward, so every backer down to the $1 amount will be credited in the PDF.
$5 Transmission Interception As illustration of the book gets underway I will select 5 quality pieces to deliver as computer desktop wallpapers. Some may be delivered midway in production, but all 5 will arrive by completion of the book.
$15 Hardened Marine - The core package At this pledge level you will receive the main product of this kickstarter, the Rangers Project: The Protectorate Wars Art Book. This also includes the wallpaper pack and your name in the credits.
$35 Covert Scout This pledge level comes with the Core Package and you will also be able to pitch us an idea to be included in the book as a sketch. Due to the fast nature of sketch work only an initial idea will be used, lacking any mid process feedback opportunity. Proposals must be setting and vision appropriate.
$90 Fleet Captain - $100 Specialist Soldier - and $125 Mechanized Unit Along with containing the Core Package, these 3 pledge options provide a limited opportunity to collaborate in the design process beyond the typical fan input that most artwork accounts for. Your design ideas will be taken into serious consideration, provided the ideas themself are serious and fitting with the setting. Our right is reserved to refuse any unfitting requests, but our best efforts will be made to agree on a design and deliver something awesome. The resulting design will be featured in the book and also be delivered as a wallpaper. Some examples of what each subject covers:
- Specialist Soldier: Light scouting infantry all the way through heavy power armor and small scale exo suits, including Elemental suits. Basic grunts, specialists, to the hardened elite.
- Fleet Captain: Small aircraft and drop ships all the way up to capital ships. Conventional or space faring. Civilian or military.
- Mechanized Unit: Tanks, transport vehicles, rugged blocky mechs through to experimental neural mechs. Light units up to giant city block leveling beasts.
$200 Ranger Elite - and $350 Elemental These two rewards, much like the unit design options, come with the Core Package and have you working with us in the design an illustration for use in the book. Your ideas will be taken into serious consideration, again provided the ideas are serious and fitting. Along with it being featured in the book you will receive the resulting illustration as a wallpaper. What is possible with these illustrations varies greatly but an impressive result is sure.
- Ranger Elite: HALF page illustration. A limited scene featuring infantry, vehicles, or ships. In or out of combat, or even forgo a unit focus completely and come up with an environment.
- Elemental: FULL page illustration. A large scene showing multiple units and moderate environment. Ground combat, landing operations, space naval engagements, or a peaceful vista. The possibilities are many.
Risks and challenges
I've done my best to reduce unknown variables for this project. The idea is simple, generate quality and cohesive content and deliver that within this book. Months of planning and writing have been completed getting here, and now completing this kickstarter to shift production into high gear.
Managing an acceptable pace for production is a concern. I'm confident I can deliver the initially planned content in a timely manner. In the case of excessive project funding I have a list of artist contacts that can contribute toward a larger book without drawing out production times significantly.
Everyone involved in the project is professional and motivated. We're itching to make this awesome art book and we're ready to deliver.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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