CURRENT Stretch Goals:
We need to make enough miniatures to support our game and are so dedicated to our goal that we would only need time to bring this to life. Unfortunately that would mean decades since plastic sprue tooling costs a lot (several tenths of thousands of pounds per kit) and our funding capability currently allows us to keep on producing resin miniatures and only after a few years to release a new plastic regiment.
Shieldwolf:War is Coming (TM) however is an army game and oppositely to skirmish games it is a much more demanding and ambitious project. We are going to need a lot of miniatures! In order to avoid casting every regiment in resin or changing our plastic production methods into more economical -but of worse quality- manufacturing procedures, we need additional funding to speed things up from the very people this has been designed for — that would be you!
FIXED STRETCH GOALS & COSTS (WAVE-1)
"...In times of darkness and despair, some races perish and others -somehow- survive. The Race of Humans was one of these. Although they were numerous, they lacked physical strength and were often picked on like the weaklings they were. Ogres did as they pleased with them, Orcs often raided and plundered their villages in the south while the Barbaric tribes pillaged their small towns up north. The neighboring Elves were the only ones who didn't bother them nor were they willing however to assist them. The Humans saw their lives dominated by fear and their numbers kept dangerously thinning. As times went by, they inevitably realized they stood better chances through unity. That was a hard step for Humans are very hard to overcome their personal weaknesses, and have more often than any other Race challenged reasonable thinking due to their arrogance and pride. Their will to survive however overcame all vanity and personal ambitions, creating overcrowded centers which later formed huge cities. The Humans were lucky enough to have strong and wise leaders who created the Law, imposed taxes and used them to build huge fortifications and outposts, while for the first time regular patrols guarded their borders and exterminated the numerous thieving warbands that had long ravaged their lands.The Kingdom of Talliareum had been formed and with it the Race of Humans survived..."
"...At times the King himself would take a handfull of faithful warriors and head over to the Kingdom of Talliareum to pilage the villages. But what made this Orc different, was that instead of killing everyone in his path, he kidnapped Humans of certain crafts, like blacksmiths and architects. He enslaved them and had them work for him. This was very strange behaviour for the Orcs and they initially thought the King was going mad. Aburgoth wasn't called The Terrible for no reason however and obviously no-one dared challenge him.
As time passed, the Valley Orcs came to appreciate what they were learning. Their weaponry became better and their towers didn't risk crumbling any longer when a fierce storm hit their settlements. With time, the greenskinned warriors developed such an arsenal that no other Orc faction could match. Heavy armored warriors who would create an impenetratable thick shieldwall and when close enough would engage the enemy to deliver them death... "
"...No one remembers how long ago these huge brutes decided to live among the Humans in the Kingdom of Talliareum. The Ogres do not go unnoticed, standing more than 8 feet tall and weighing some 400 pounds each! It comes as no surprise that they took advantage in the past of their natural strength and physical structure to beat people up, steal, abuse; there was a time they practically did as they pleased. But as the Kingdom of Talliareum slowly formed, the Ogres soon found out they couldn't deal with the better organised Humans. Highly outnumbered, they consistently got arrested, beaten, imprisoned and even executed. Some Ogres left for far away lands, but many stayed, choosing to obey the Law. Well, in a certain sense at least..."
"...they had long defied their male counterparts and exiled themselves to the coldest territories. At first, these were but a handfull of women that had stood up, they had confronted the men and resisted their destiny; after having been beaten up and abused for centuries, there came a time they decided to face the lethal wilderness of the Northern Alliance Territories than endure the puny life the Gods had designed for them. Many of them got captured or killed, while others simply perished in the perilous journey, their corpses still preserved in the ever-lasting ice. The few that survived however gave birth to one of the toughest factions the Shieldwolf world ever knew. And after so many centuries of total isolation these female warriors are seen ever more often, having enhanced their breed to a point they can field entire armies. And they can match up to anyone..."
"Goblins in the Shieldwolf World may have a very little bit of clumsiness but there's nothing funny about it! They are definitely not dumb or silly; quite the opposite. Shieldwolf goblins can better be described with words like "demented", "psycho", "aggresive", "evil", "twisted", "thieving", "cunning", "malicious". Some have surprisingly shown signs of courage other races would normally envy, and they are known not to have good relations with any other race, they trust no-one and they especially hate Humans and Orcs. Apart from these 2 races, they willingly join as mercenary armies and follow others for coin and loot. They wage war only if it is in their favor, theirs is a war of attrition, where their superior numbers overwhelm the enemy. And it is known that it best to die a swift death than be imprisoned by goblins, where the worst awaits you..."
The more this Campaign succeeds, the more we accelerate the completion of our game and the sooner -than planned- rules will be made available with which to play it.
ALL plastic kits via this Campaign will have a -30% to -48% discount from the MSRP. Shieldwolf Miniatures produces all its plastic kits at Renedra Ltd in the U.K.
Shieldwolf Miniatures (TM) is the most important 28mm fantasy miniatures producer in Southeast Europe and one of the very few worldwide to have produced multi-part plastic and resin miniature regiments. It is also only one out of two companies globally producing 28mm "heroic" scale miniatures that keep on tooling their plastic products in HIPS (and not PVC, restic or any other type of plastic). Even so, we still remain a small company that has big dreams, set out to create the best 28mm "heroic" scale army game worldwide, working hard and with passion contemporaneously on rules and simply stunning miniatures to play the game with.
If you help this project succeed, you will be promoting a respected manufacturer to produce more plastic kits on sprues and some of the best 28mm resin miniatures ever conceived.
Our private facilities for in-house resin casting makes production 100% secure without involving 3rd parties (unless a natural disaster takes place). For the plastic sprue tooling we have collaborated before with Renedra Ltd, so again we believe unless some catastrophic event takes place, they'll be able to deliver as planned.
We will try our best to keep you updated with the progress in a regular basis, with as much photographic material as possible. Packaging and distribution depends on the Shieldwolf Team, we have a flawless track-record and dealt with massive sales in the past with 100% success.
The only thing that is currently out of our hands is the well-being of our Sculpting Team and them meeting their deadlines. We have however worked together with most of them for more than a year and we have little doubt they will deliver in the time-frames we have discussed with them. Some of the names recruited to form this wolrd-class sculpting team include the evolving talents Paolo Fabiani and Davide Tedeschi from Italy, the experienced Olivier Nkweti, Olivier Bouchet and MIKH from France, the veterans Patrick Keith and Sean Bullough from the USA, etc.
The initial part of what this project/campaign offers has not only been sculpted but professionally high-quality painted examples with 360 views are and will be available once their stretch goals are met -so pledgers will know EXACTLY what they are pledging for. We have also already completed ALL the necessary -very high quality and detailed- artwork with which our sculptors will continue working on. We have planned for all plastic kits and have already FULLY completed the sculpting of the 3-ups for the 1st kit (Valley Orc Infantry). WE BELIEVE IN THIS! In addition to that, we have sculpted some of the miniatures designed for resin production destined to be shown as stretch goals get unlocked (from all 3 Waves, should this project go ballistic and funding goals reached, we still have lots to show you!)
To further put at ease any person who places their faith in us (and from what some of the people may already know judging from the low pledge levels this campaign requires), we are happy to inform that this project will be heavily co-funded by Shieldwolf Miniatures(TM) in the initial part of the campaign (Wave-1). We commit to further co-fund waves 2 and 3, but as the stretch goals pile up the funding from our part will (inevitably and unfortunately) diminish. Another thing we'd like to point out is that when Wave-3 is completely funded, there will be NO MORE STRETCH GOALS. We have not planned for any and are not willing to take the risk not to deliver everything as promised (meaning both on time and quality terms) to all of you wonderful supporters.
A last thing we have to write down for all to see, is that if we ever create a 2nd project, we will NOT be launching any other crowdfunding campaign until the very last one of you has received his/hers pledge from this campaign first. We find it irresponsible to do otherwise.
This has been a very planned out crowdfunding project as we were very hesitant in doing this. We took courage however that people have continuously urged us to augment faster our range even if it meant doing so via a crowdfunding campaign. We have the facilities, the manpower, the experience, a simply-perfect track record of customer assistance, hyper-speed shipping and proven superb quality casts. All of our customers can confirm that! We've made our share of mistakes in the past, but nothing notorious and NEVER damaging a client's interests. We've learned from them and came out standing strong & firm. We have dedicated ourselves the past 9 months to calculate everything (deadlines, expenses, support, communication etc) for this project. So YES, we think we are ready... :-)
Shipping has already been calculated for all pledges and truth be told, is as low as it gets. We comprehend crowdfunding creators "hide"/include the shipping costs in the pledges, but apart the fact in the end it's the same thing, we decided not to cover that up. We will take a 36% loss at the overall P&P costs! We have crunched the numbers and know what the costs are. A last thing to note, we also find it unfair not to try to reward as much as possible the highest pledges, that's why we offer an even larger discount by offering the FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE option.
Unlike crowdfunding campaigns that want to start a business, Shieldwolf Miniatures is a known manufacturer in the Industry that risks ruining it's reputation through this campaign. We would not be launching this project if we didn't believe we would prove our backers right. Also, as many of you will see with the incoming low-funding requiring stretch goals, this is definitely NOT a pre-sale, marketing avenue or anything such, the funds are needed to cover mostly resin+ plastic production's tooling & materials . We genuinely need your support to speed things up, without this crowdfunding campaign all this will take a VERY long time to be produced and become available for our game. This is the -only- truth! If you want to support a small company with big dreams and help us become a gaming leader, Shieldwolf Miniatures is currently one of the few options available with the potential to expand that much.
What we are currently producing may not interest you but allowing Shieldwolf Miniatures to grow and speed up the creation of their game, would allow future releases that may then grab your attention and be to your taste. What can you do to help? Spread the word! Share, comment... anything that may let more people know.
Risks and challenges
Every project may meet unexpected problems, we have worked hard to provide a reasonable date of delivery. As with any campaign, falling short of the goal is the n.1 risk. Risk n.2 is delays in shipping that according to our research tend to be pretty common, that's why the delivery date given is to be seen as an estimate.
December 2015 has been estimated due to the sheer number of minis planned and the plastic sprue tooling that is very time-consuming. If we barely reach our funding goal however, or the number of stretch goals we have planned doesn't reach our expectations, we may be able to fulfill all pledges as early as June 2015 instead, due to our commissioning a lot of the sculpting prior to final results of the campaign.
This is our first crowdfunding campaign so please bear with us if any problems arise, we have every intent of being serious -and even take a loss- as long as it doesn't damage our customer/supporter base. We wouldn't like that and therefore plan our best to avoid it :-)
As we stated above, by backing this campaign you will allow a stupendous game to be formed, and/or even use these miniatures in other 28mm scale games or simply painting them. We love the fantasy world we are creating, we support and will keep on supporting table-top miniature army games (we have sponsored and keep on sponsoring various competitions & tournaments, even sci-fi that we have no commercial interest in), we are collectors ourselves and would be honored if you shared our passion. To our knowledge, no other campaign from a well-known manufacturer combining both plastic sprue tooling and high quality resin miniatures has ever been launched for 28mm "heroic" scale. With your help, this is the opportunity to make this real!
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