About this project
PayPal special A lot of people have expressed an interest in backing this project using PayPal as they do not have a credit card. When this Kickstarter ends, a special PayPal page will be added to the store at this URL; http://trollforged.com/kickstarter-paypal-1.html Here you’ll be able to buy pledge levels, and add-ons, along with regular store items. This is a limited time offer. Notice: you will not be able to trade in miniatures when using this PayPal special. Also please note that the page uses the store’s shipping costs, please check shipping costs here; http://trollforged.com/index_info_delivery.html
The main factor driving this project is my lack of time for sculpting due to the success of Trollcast. While the new process is fantastic I have found most of my time is now used on production for other companies. My passion has always been sculpting and this Kickstarter is designed to allow me the time set aside for my own sculpting and create for the first time a full core force for Troll Forged Miniatures.
To get started I broke this force into several main creatures and have several more in the works. Being the owner and the production operator is going to allow me to bring you some fantastic value as well as product for your support. The other large advantage here is that these would be the first product designed specifically for my new Trollcast system. This means superior product for the value, lets look at a few items.
I have now added the addition of a free egg to all backers no matter where you are in our pledge line. The first 200 still get their reward and also this egg. This is a small thank you to all pledge levels for helping support the project and I wish I could do more as I know everyone has a different budget. Thanks to all of you. Below is a wip shot of the egg design.
I also decided first 200 backers will have the choice of 5 trollcast bases free or 1 Grub worm of their choice. Grub worm will have 3 head styles with 3 body styles so 9 total worm to choose from. The free backer can only be taken one time and I have this in my backer list.
Here are a few pledge badges to help with a quick glance of the options. I'll add in your extras and bonus figures as we go through the stretch goals. Also remember the first 200 people get the choice of a free grub worm, or 5 bases as well.
You can check progress here as well. Philip the web site tech. has been upgrading it on our blog every time we reach a goal as well.
The Grub worm:
The Grub worms will be a smaller re-sculpt of an earlier version available in the store http://trollforged.com/shelf_sci-fi_Aliens.html. I wish to revisit them, to improve their quality, while also reducing their size so they can be Trollcast http://trollforged.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/getting-the-plastic-ball-rolling/ . The new worms will also be a much better cast product. I did however add a TFM store pledge allowing those of you who wish to support the cause the ability to buy these old grub at the current price. Kickstarter does not allow sale prices so only way to reap rewards in some of the pledge levels is to make our stretch goals.
Here Is the new design for the worm grubs by Des Hanley:
Below is the new worm sculpt which I want to follow up on and do 8 more worm variations from the heads above. I may add a few more little spikes or tiny grub legs but for now feel it's a matter of taste so there might be some small variations for extra variety.
The worm grub are nasty creatures that enter a host capable of altering and building with the creatures DNA as well as using it's own body to twist the creature into a Host form and finally a swarm adult, hound, or other mutation.
The Hosts then become a combination of worm and "host" creature while the grub feeds from the host or uses it's new body to feed with. Below is the art work to show off the mutating grub.
This is a Limited edition Host sculpt for the Kickstarter only. It will be offered when we reach the first stretch goal as an add on for $6 and free to Host, Queen, and swarm pledge levels.
The Swarm Adults:
The Swarm Adults are fully grown grub that are now functional and developed. They use a blind sight which forms during the host phase. These creatures tend to change during their growth cycle to perform certain tasks. The species in general uses less food as they become adults and their main goal is impregnation of queen grub. Below is a shot of the concept art for the 28mm miniatures.
The alien grubs have the ability to build and absorb what is needed from hosts to create many types of specialized creatures, some of these will become options as the stretch goals over the Kickstarter.
I'd also like to introduce our new series of bases during this Kickstarter, below are several painted bases which will be lower level pledge ranges. These are cast in Trollcast and created by one of the team members from Troll Forged Miniatures. Bases are supplied unpainted.
Series of bases that are included in this offer. We will figure out your selections at the end of the kickstarter through the interview process.
Kickstarter Limited Miniature #1:
I felt it was time to offer everyone a little reward for getting us funded so the Grub worm design here will be offered only to you Kickstarter supporters. Everyone can add this to their pledge now at $6 a miniature while Host, Swarm, and Queen pledge levels will get it free. This will be a bigger sized grub, right between the Alien Wyrm and normal sized grubs. Around 50mm tall. I'm sculpting the limited Host figure this weekend might run into early next week for you all as another gift later on.
Add On #1:
Alien Hunter Troops: These are military trained troops with the mind set and gear to hunt down and destroy alien forces. The fight in small well armed groups with a wide range of gear and weaponry. Padded armor to protect from harsh elements and other nasty things such as acids, saliva, etc. Light armor means rapid movement and deployment while heavily armed weapons cut down the alien hordes. Add a unit of Alien Hunters at $29 for 15 or the amazing deal of $40 for 30 troopers. If you just want to pick up a couple of these minis you can add them at $3 a trooper as well. For those not interested in alien I've also added a pledge level for some troops in smaller numbers than those listed and a large bundle deal. Stretch goal reached for 6 total variations.
Stretch Goal #1 12,000:
The hound miniature also the 3rd garage kit figure. At this level all pledges will be able to add a hound to their Kickstarter for $4, Grub Worms for $2 per miniature, and Hosts can be added at $5. Host pledge levels will get 1 free hound, the Swarm level will get a 2 free hounds and the queen level 3 hounds for free. I have also added the limited edition Host as an add for $6 while host, swarm, and queen level pledges will get a free copy.
The bases have been so popular I will let you add the same pledge level for the bases to your total for another set. This will mean people buying bases can pick up a mini or two pledging extra OR those picking up the minis can grab some bases for them. Please note these goals will stack!
Stretch Goal #2 15,000:
This stretch goal will add the addition of the sky hunter for $8 per miniature. This will be a large flying creature and again I'll post the concept art as we close on this goal. Also at this goal Host level pledges will get 3 free grubs while swarm level add 5 additional grub and 2 swarm adults. Queen Levels will get a free flyer and also 2 more hounds and 3 more grubs. All other pledge levels will now add a Host miniature for $2 per miniature and a swarm adult for $3.
Stretch Goal #18,000:
The addition of a Queen is possible for $15 at all levels. Host level pledges will have an additional 3 hosts added to their level while swarm levels will get the bonus of a free flyer, 1 hound and 3 more swarm adults. The Queen level pledges will get a free queen and 3 more swarm adults at this goal. The Queen will be a large sculpt 54mm tall and around 80mm long. All other pledge levels can add a hound at $3 and a flyer at $6. I will also drop the price to buy a worm grub down to $1!
At this goal I'll also unlock 3 more variations of the Alien Hunters for a total of 6 total trooper variations. These figures will be sculpted by another artist so thus the extra funding to reach our goal.
Stretch Goal #4 $21,000:
The Alien Wyrm will be an option at $20 a kit. This monster will be able to replace a lot of creatures for people in their games and sand at a massive 4-5 inches tall. Host level pledges will now get a free flyer while swarm levels get a free Queen. The Queen level pledge will get a free Wyrm. I will also reduce the host miniature as an add on to your pledge per $1 while reducing the swarm adult to $2 per miniature!
Here is a wip of the wyrm now.
Add on #2:
Alien Hunters Dreadnought. With the addition of 2 large alien the hunters are going to need some extra firepower as well as armor. Pick up a dreadnought for $25. He will be on a 50mm base and have options for close combat or ranged weapons. When we reach stretch goal #4 it will be unlocked.
Stretch Goal #5 $24,000:
The massive Fiend will be added to pledges for $20 a kit. This monster is even more alien than the rest a pure prehistoric beast. Some grubs grow beyond that of the wyrm and become fiends. 5-6 inches tall. Host Level pledges will get a free queen and 3 more swarm adults. Swarm Level pledges will get a free alien wyrm and 5 more grub. While queen levels will get a free fiend and 2 more flyers.
Also at this stage I'll allow the host level to replace all their slotta bases with decorative bases for $25, swarm level can do the same for $30, and queen level for $35. That will be a ton of extra bases cheaper than the base pledges.
Stretch Goal #6 $27,000:
This will unlock the alien swarm adult warrior as an add on at $4 a miniature. Host Level pledges will now get a free wyrm, swarm level a free fiend, and queen will get 5 more swarm warriors. I will also add 1 free hound to the collector level pledge.
Free gift for all who pledge, bases, collector, host, even the garage kit it does not matter at this stretch goal I'll send everyone the limited edition kickstarter base with eggs attached. Green shown here before adding the custom lip:
Add on # 4:
Egg nests. The egg nests will be a series of single eggs you can use to build your own terrain features. 20 eggs for $15 allows you to customize the creatures nest.
I will also add 5 additional bases to every order that buy's 2 or more pledge level worth of bases.
We will also unlock the additional arms for the dreadnought! Alien Hunters get some serious firepower. Cost will be free! No additional charge to your $25 pledge.
Stretch Goal #7 $30,000:
The stealth swarm adult is unlocked. This miniature will be an add on at $4 a miniature. Host Level Pledges will now get a Fiend, swarm level pledges get 5 swarm warriors, and queen level add 5 stealth swarms.
I will also drop the add on price for the Queen to $12 a kit. This is a big miniature 54mm in scale.
Unlock the Heavy weapon Alien Hunter as an add on for $3.
We also unlock the second set of dreadnought arms creating a bundle deal with all the arm options and 2 bodies for $45. A single dreadnought remains $25 but has 4 weapon arms.
Stretch Goal #8 $33,000:
Drone and larva swarm, 3 items unlocked.
The Larva swarm is unleashed. Massive numbers of very tiny grub occupy a large base and swarm the enemies. Add on at $5 a base swarm. Hosts level pledges now get 3 swarm warriors, swarm level add 5 stealth swarms, and the queen levels 1 drone add 5 larva swarms.
I'm also now unlocking the drone. The drone is a massive multiple legged creature capable of high speed due to it's leg span. It quickly scutters across the field while warriors drop from it's back or underside. The Drone is also a veritable killing machine making use of it's many limbs. Add the Drone at $30 a kit queen are getting this added free.
Swarm Warrior as an add on drops to $3.
Add on #3:
"Alien" Alien hunters. These feral monsters are cunning hunters capable of hunting down single prey or creating traps to catch several in one go. These will be unlocked at $4 a miniature with 2 poses possible, one more sci-fi the other a bit more fantasy.
Stretch Goal #9 $36,000:
The Overlord opens up the option of a massive flying commander for your army. The overlord is as alien to our minds as anything yet discovered. It's intelligence and mass make it the most dangerous of all the alien species and rare as well. Host Level pledges now add 1 stealth warrior and 2 more swarm warriors. Swarm level pledges get 6 larva swarms and 1 swarm leader and the Queen pledge get a swarm leader and the overlord free. Add on to your pledge at $30 or buy just an overlord pledge at $45 if we do not unlock this goal.
Add on #5:
Swarm Master is the final infantry soldier. The swarm master is the brains behind the numerous alien and uses them to achieve the goal of the queen. Some swarm masters grow into even larger behemoths the Overlords. The Swarm Masters can be added at $10 a miniature. Swarm and Queen level Pledges will get one of this figure free.
Revised version of swarm master. I'll make 2 head options for this add on.
Stretch Goal #10 $38,000
I will unlock and get the design fleshed out more for the massive Artillery beast. The Cannon drone will be massive at 3-4 inches long and need a 120mm base. The kit as an add will be $30 for everyone while swarm level pledges add a drone free while the queen gets a free Cannon drone!
Stretch Goal #11 $40,000:
Goliath wyrm surfaces. Huge beast, 120mm base 6-8 inches tall. Monstrous maw to swallow whole even the Fiend! Add on at $40 while swarm level adds a cannon drone and queen adds the goliath wyrm free! I will also give everyone in the kickstarter a free limited grub worm!
Ok, ok as requested I'll sculpt both and you choose Hydra or single stalk head. Can add either at $40.
Stretch Goal #12 $42,000:
Carnage hound. The carnage hound is a massive bloated muscled beast. It requires a 80mm base. The creature has grown massive eating and absorbing alien DNA from many variations of creatures and the bursts of speed from the creature are surprising due to it's size. Add a carnage hound at $15. Swarm level adds a Goliath wyrm while queen levels add 2 carnage hounds!
Stretch Goal #13 $44,000:
Queen Guard deploy. These are a grub body with torso of a smaller queen torso and very mobile protectors of the queen. The concept art is rough placeholder while Des works this up for all of you. Add on at $6, this is a larger creature to guard the queen. I will add 2 carnage hounds to the swarm level, Queen will get 6 of the queen guard, and as a bonus to everyone in the kickstarter I'll give everyone involved in a $25 level pledge or higher either 10 bases or choice of 3 alien in the 30-40mm base size range. This would include swarm adults, swarm warriors, stealth warrios, hosts, grubs, alien hunters of both type, you choose your gift.
Stretch Goal #14 $50,000:
Alien hunters power armored troops. I will get a set of 5 different troopers sculpted in a heavy power armor style for you. Right now art will not make it in time as this was one of the very, very last ideas I had planned and Des just does not have time to get the art in 4 hours. I will however get the art developed with all of you as an update so your input will be part of the design and I'll give Des plenty of time to make these excellent figures. Add on at $25 for 5 troopers. 10 troopers for $45. a single trooper at $5.
If we reach this goal I'll also add $10 worth of credit to everyone's pledge level. And an extra $20 to queen level pledges. This is a per person credit.
Stretch Goal $54,000:
Power armor weapon team. Add on a team for $10. I'll also give everyone another additional $10 credit and another additional $20 to queen!
Add on Summary:
Grub Worms $1
Queen Guard $6
KS Grub Worm $6
KS Host $6
Swarm Adult $2
Swarm Warrior $3
Swarm Stealth Warrior $4
Sky Hunter Flyer $6
Larva Swarm $5
Swarm Master $10
20 Alien Eggs $15
Alien Hunter (Human) $3
Heavy Weapon Alien Hunter (Humans) $3
Dreadnought bundle 2 for $45
Alien Hunter (Alien) $4
Cannon Drone $30
Goliath wyrm $40
Carnage hound $15
Queen Guard $6
Host Base upgrade all bases are custom trollcast $25
Swarm Base upgrade all bases are custom trollcast $30
Queen Base upgrade all bases are custom trollcast $35
Garage Kits Garage kits are aimed for collectors/ painters. They are not 28mm scale, being much larger, around 150mm/ 6" tall. This size allows for highly complex paint jobs, airbrush finishes, special effects etc. - they are very fun to paint. The limited run special molds allow me do some things with them that do not work so well with traditional molding. If you are 28mm fan you may wish to consider using the Garage kits as gigantic monsters in tabletop skirmish and wargames, and RPGs (like AD&D)
Sculpting tutorial from scratch building the armature to the final product. I'll cover several phases of the system sculpting a miniature from scratch and even cover basic mold systems for polymer clay sculpts. This will show the conversion from clay to resin then full on metal production.
I will also share some of my special techniques to create skin textures and other forms of details using polymer clay mixes. I also have several mixes for polyclay sculpting.
This link will take you to a few sculpting tutorials and other videos of materials I have been playing with:
Review of main Pledge levels:
You can check progress here as well. Philip the web site tech. has been upgrading it on our blog every time we reach a goal as well.
First 200 backers get a free grub worm or 5 free bases of their choice regardless of pledge level chosen. Every pledge gets an alien egg.
Grub Level 1: 1 worm grub $5
Grub Level 2: 5 alien grub worms $15
Collector: 1 of each grub worm (3 variations of heads so 3 worm), 1 host, and 1 adult swarm. $25
Grub Level 3: 8 alien grub worms, and 3 swarm adults $30
Grub Level 4: 40 grub worm $50
Host Level: 13 alien grub worms, 5 swarm adults, 6 Hosts and 1 Limited Edition Grub. Stretch add: 1 Hound, 1 flyer, 1 queen, 1 fiend, 5 swarm warrior, 1 stealth swarm and 1 limited edition host. $50 Notice only one host pledge can be used per customer for trade in value. Multiple trades of this pledge will not be allowed.
Swarm Level: 25 alien grub worms, 15 adult swarm miniatures, 10 Hosts, and 1 Limited Edition Grub. Stretch add: 3 hounds, 1 flyer, 1 queen, 1 alien wyrm, 5 swarm warriors, 5 stealth swarm, 6 larva swarm, 1 swarm leader, 1 drone, 1 cannon drone, 1 goliath wyrm, 2 carnage hounds and 1 limited edition host. $110
Queen Level: 43 alien grub, 10 swarm warriors, 15 adult swarm, 15 hosts, and 1 Limited Edition Grub. Stretch add: 5 hounds, 1 flyer, 1 Queen, 1 Alien Wyrm, 1 fiend, 5 stealth swarm, 5 larva bases, 1 drone, 1 swarm leader, 1 overlord, 1 cannon drone, 1 goliath wyrm, 2 carnage hounds, 6 queen guard and 1 limited edition host. $200
Multiple pledges are allowed. Add the total pledge to your current level and it will be figured up in the survey for you. Notice the one rule for the trade in value for Host levels above.
Due to trade in abuse I'm adding the 1/2 a pledge trade only. This means you can only trade 1/2 the value of the pledge in to swap items. Many of you are not abusing this but a few want to and it's not fair to limit the host pledge but also abuses the trade in values.
I am charging the base price for shipping in the reward but people adding multiple pledges do not have to pay this fee every time. To keep it simple for every pledge added international pay the base cost then add $2 per shipping per level added. This avoids confusion. The Queen pledge cancels shipping as well if combined with other pledges.
Stretch goals add additional free items which stack on the previous goals as well. If we reach into the higher goals I will unlock options for more free items as well as options for upgrading your armies with bases for free as well. Being the owner of the production process I can offer more items the further we move up the ladder thanks to all of you and I hope this alien series is enjoyed..
Risks and challenges
The main risk of this project is me getting sculpting time. If I fund the alien sets I will be able to accomplish this task. I will inquire other artists help if the Kickstarter breaks beyond the other planned stretch goals.
The second reason for this kickstarter is the fact my sculpting in batches here or there creates a gap between quality. Each sculpt improves and when I jump from figure to figure the designs begin to show this. I will be able to sit back and fill these all in a comfortable series with little breaks and thus unified miniatures.
Production of the 28mm system has been designed by me and is currently in use for Red Box Games and many other companies out there on the market. These miniatures will be sculpted in the most professional manner and designed to use my system to it's fullest potential.
You may have noticed a delay in delivery of the garage kits vs the Trollcast materials. This is due to the size and restrictions using more traditional mold making processes and thus slower production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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