About this project
Welcome to the third Weapons Grade Funk Kickstarter! With the successfully funded launch of HC SVNT DRACONES and the work on additional expansions and editions well underway, I figured it was time to give players a way to represent their characters on an actual game mat. So this is it, folks: paintable, modular miniature kits for custom anthro characters!
Our goal is to sculpt a variety of different components, from heads to torsos to legs, wings, tails, you name it, and allow the buyer to select what they want, so their figure can be assembled looking more like what they see in their head, rather than what they see in a rulebook. Using Imagine3Dminiatures' Visor system, you'll be able to select from the wide collection of bodyparts produced by this kickstarter to assemble a custom figure, made to order.
WGF has a partner in this endeavor: the great folks at Imagine 3D miniatures, who already have an established miniature design line. We've been working together for months now to figure out prices, distribution, and order systems to best facilitate this operation.
Test models have already been sculpted, printed, delivered, painted, and played with, just to make sure l the detail and material is up to snuff. Our test models are the same scale as the models that will be made available to you, but you'll have the ability to hand-pick heads, arms, legs, torsos and other components to make your hero completely your own. The results are beautiful and affordable in the small order numbers we expect from individual consumers.
3D printing technology has advanced by leaps and bounds recently, and now allows for the creation of extremely high detail, smooth figures at the 28mm (and sometimes even smaller) scale. This allows for high quality, rapid construction at comparatively low startup cost next to traditional mold injection. 3D printed mini's are more expensive per-unit on the consumer side (the material costs more than resin or mold injected plastic and takes longer to create), but the set-up costs are phenomenally cheaper. Brand new, from-scratch models can be created in a matter of days for a few hundred dollars, whereas injection plastic molds cost tens of thousands to produce and are then locked in shape, without allowing for customization unless every component is included in the same mold (resulting in more plastic use and a higher cost, which limits the major benefit of that method to begin with).
By working with 3D printers, we can afford to maximize the number of new sculpts in this miniature line, which in turn grants the greatest variety of options for you, the customer. Since the primary goal of this line is to create custom "heroes" and not necessarily full platoons of troops, the slightly more expensive per-unit price is mitigated by the fact that most people will only be buying one or two of them, rather than a dozen or more at a time. When we looked at the balance between saving you 5 dollars per figure, but only being able to afford to sculpt 5 different figure options, vs. the figures costing 5-10 dollars more, but having dozens and dozens of available options to chose from with the same funding goal, 3D stood out as the clear choice for custom, heroic figures for character representation. With this, you can make YOUR hero, instead of just selecting A hero.
When the project is complete, a line of interchangeable miniature parts will exist that you can mix and match to assemble a custom figure. Imagine 3D miniatures uses a web based GUI called Visor to allow people to customize their figures before ordering. The HSD line will have a lighter weight (but still functional) version of this system to allow customers to assemble the mini they want out of the available components.
The figures you order will be made of high quality 3D printed plastic and shipped to your door. The amount of available body parts depends entirely on how far we can stretch the funding! Initial goals have been established all the way up to the 40,000 dollar mark, but there are tons of opportunities beyond that. As funding moves on and we can be confident about reaching certain goals, we'll go ahead and pre-order the 3D models and begin posting them here for people to see!
Everyone! HC SVNT DRACONES is a tabletop role playing game, and naturally, we'd like to have a miniatures line that reflects our environment. However, care was taken in the stretch goals and options to create a mini line that works well in a multitude of environments. These minis are scaled to work with most tabletop war games, other role playing game figures, and the 28-30mm scale most miniature painters are familiar with. The body options will include armor that fits well in sci-fi settings, or street cloths that would mesh well in urban environments. The minis come sans base, allowing you to affix them to whatever base style you want to use (HSD uses hexes, but your mini will sit fine on round, lipped, square, or whatever other base you like to play in). In short, while you may see a few terms in this kickstarter that are unfamiliar to you if you're not an HSD player, don't let it worry you. If you were looking for an anthro miniatures line, you've found it. No previous play experience required.
The initial goal! This will cover the production of a solid start for an anthro miniature line. It gives us a few torsos in a variety of armor, several leg options, a bucket of heads from 5 different animal types, a solid collection of tails, and a couple weapons to toss in there too. A good beginning, but only for a limited number of animals. The more options we get through extended funding, the further we can take this project!
This tier will expand the line considerably by adding bears, sharks, dolphins, and a variety of rodents and hoofed animals like horses from the Core:Extended book. It also adds new torso options with lightweight armor and bat-wing arms for bats.
This tier offers some alternatives for people who would rather portray their characters in non-combat situations. Taking the armor off allows us to sculpt actual body shape better too, so both the dress and suit option in this tier will include body types ranging from thin to heavy, with a muscular option as well. A variety of chest options are also available here, allowing you to create full or flat characters regardless of what body-type you chose. These particular sculpts include the arms and legs to make the clothing more seamless, but you can still swap on any head or tail you want to.
The morphism expansion goal. This one's a personal favorite, as it introduces many of the atypical bodytypes HSD allows. In here are tauric lower bodies for 8 different species, actual non-morphics in armor and equipment, unique lever-stanced lower bodies, and a new set of torsos for characters with four arms. The non-morphic "laterals" as they're called in HSD will be in dynamic poses featuring armor and weapons of their own, and will be a whimsical addition to any collection.
This will introduce a whole new set of bodies. Cogs are HSD's robotic player option, and this tier will include Cog styled robot bodies with a variety of torso and leg options. They'll be great for Cog characters of course, but should stand in beautifully in any area where you'd like a unique robot figure.
There are tons of additional options available for tiers beyond the 35,000 dollar level, and as we approach this mark, we'll post those up! New bodies, expanded options, armor, unique characters and monsters are all potential directions to continue growing.
Risks and challenges
This is a big project with lots of moving parts. I'll be communicating with Imagine 3D miniatures' Spanish facility as they design the figures, who will in turn be communicating with Shapeways' American facility to print them, and then back to me for quality control and accuracy. Thankfully, we've already tried this process twice over, so that line of communication is well established. I've handled the models personally, seen them painted and unpainted, and can attest to the quality of both the sculpting and the 3D printing, which is completely devoid of the classic "stepping" a lot of people still associate with this manufacturing method. The figures are smooth and neat and clean, and will work great next to others you own.
The Visor interface Imagine 3D uses for their currently existing miniature lines is a wonderful system that allows you to look at a full 3D model of your mini with all the pieces you want for it, before you order. Think of it like building a character in a video game. Pretty neat. Unfortunately, this system requires a lot of coding and asset control, and pairing it with this project in its existing form could add years to the process. That's why we're going with a lighter weight version of the Visor for the HSD minis. The sheer number of options involved necessitates a more efficient system lest we have to dedicate thousands of dollars and additional hours just to making the online interface, rather than the minis themselves. I have every assurance that the lightweight visor will be up to the task, I just felt it important to explain why the original system isn't being used.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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