ABOUT THE PROJECT
On the heels of our successful campaign for the Nymphs (2017), comes Aeon Trespass: Eschaton, a beautiful series of highly dynamic resin miniatures of powerful titans and monsters inspired by Greek mythology and the Science Fantasy genre. Each character and creature is depicted in the Heroic 35mm scale, perfect for Painters, Collectors, RPG Players and Wargamers alike. The miniatures vary in size, from 42mm for the lowliest of Titans to whopping 140mm of the colossal Alpha Temenos!
Each set comes with a scenic base (30mm, 50mm, 60mm or 100mm!), an art print with the mini’s lore printed on the back, and a hand-numbered authenticity note. Everything is enclosed in a hand-stamped kraft box.
This Kickstarter is a Limited Collector’s Run, which means the miniatures may not be available outside of this campaign or, if they are available, they will be released as an unnumbered and not discounted Encore edition.
DELUXE MINIATURE SETS
Our Titan and Primordial miniatures were inspired by Greek mythology, but we went above and beyond to provide you with a unique take on ancient Greece and it’s denizens! As a result, the models will fit into any Greek mythology collection or game, but will also feel at home in other Fantasy and Science Fantasy settings! Each of the miniatures is accompanied with a back story, so you will know how it fits into the larger world of Aeon Trespass.
Each Limited Collector’s Run deluxe Titan set costs $18 and comes with an art card, a hand-numbered and signed certificate of authenticity and a hand-stamped kraft box. MSRP is $25-30.
Icarus wish finally came true: he became so "grossly incandescent"! But Helios is long dead, his withered body sinking deeper and deeper into Persian sands. What wicked Primordial force took its place...
And he glimpsed it too, that day when he brushed against the almighty Sun. If he could only repeat those conditions… Eleven other Helionauts followed in his footsteps, yet only two returned, Alectryon and the Other. They were both differently afflicted, cases to be studied, over and over. With each Iteration Icarus grew an inch closer to finding the solution. To perfection.
Alectryon also grew… in strange, uncontrollable ways.
Killing the Nemean Lion was folly. He should have known better. But he did not care about the consequences, only about undoing his mistakes, only about bringing back his precious Megara and their sons. Selfish bastard. By slaying the beast he committed just another sin. For you see, the blood spilled lured out a different kind of predator. A Primordial that feasts on lions.
No one has seen Temenos and lived to tell the tale. It is the Cataclysm That Came to Crete. The Miracle of the Punished. The Source of the Plague. The Pyramid of the Centimanes. It is the Truth of the Labyrinth made flesh and stone and void. A Primordial of immense size and power, more force of nature than mortal creature. In the end, it will surely consume us all.
And if we somehow survive, hope still evades us. For where there is an Alpha, there is an Omega.
The thing loomed over Delphi like an omen of doom for three days straight. It did not move. From a distance, it could pass for a robed figure, maybe one of the pythian priestesses, an oracle.
Whole families went up the hill to witness it.
Yet wonderment of this rare sighting turned sour and grotesque once they came closer and realized its immense size and unearthliness. For its robe was not of cloth, but of a flowing leathery breathing skin with a lining of feathers. Its many jewels – pulsating dark orifices that consumed all light. ‘Inverted eyes’ as the acolytes of the Imperfect called them. And the face. There was no face at all.
At the end of the third day the thing outstretched its wings and looked down upon the city. And the city was no more, never to have existed.
For the thing saw all possible Futures and picked the one that suited it most. What Icarus split, the thing would put whole. Fold timeline onto timeline, re-forge defeats into triumphs,and erase the Argo. And eventually, compress all time and space into one perfect singular point.
The true Eschaton.
When the Eschaton happened, the Iron City of the cyclopean smiths melted in an instant. An entire race was gone, only a sea of metal statues frozen in agony remained. A pitiful few made it out, seared by the white-hot flames and memories of loved ones lost. A silent rage burned in them.
Chief among them was Arges, the Master Artificer. He led the survivors south, to seek asylum with wise king Leonidas. Little did he know, there was an upheaval. The Nietzschean now lorded over all Sparta and he cared not for the plight of the cyclopes, only for their raw strength and blacksmith secrets.
Arges was desperate, so he agreed to the Nietzschean’s terms, but as soon as he revealed the Secret of Transformation, he was betrayed.
"You promised!” he cried.
“The only rule of law in this new world is the will of the strong. You are weak and you will submit.”
Then, the Nietzschean gauged out his one eye and said:
"I give you sight beyond sight, for depravation brings clarity.”
And he fashioned him a helm from molten iron to mock the Argonauts, and two bronze gauntlets to administer the Lessons.
“Now go, first of the Cyclonus. Go and teach.”
Fallen priests of Demeter believe that the Primordial known as the Hekaton was in fact created here, on Crete, in the image of the long extinct Centimanes giants. The Hekaton is a biological impossibility, made entirely out of arms and hands and fingers, yet so animal-like in its behavior that you would swear it was one of Gaia’s precious children.
On its tough, stone-like skin in bears the Pattern, the sign of the labyrinthine plague. This ungodly symbol marks it as one of the Primordials serving the Labyrinth - or the Punished, who is said to have unleashed it.
Not much can withstand the full might of an Uncoiled Hekaton...
The Labyrinthians exert their influence over the rural countryside and even in cities like Knossos they have a sizable albeit secret following. Each day more and more whisper the Truth of the Labyrinth. The rulers of Crete tremble in fear of the hour when those whispers become a chant that drowns all hope and reason. The thinning legions of the Horned Guard are dispatched to remote villages and shrines to stifle the growing cult.
The Punished sees all and the Maze answers his prayer by sending the Waywatcher.
Once a clockwork automaton, a statue made by Daedalus to guard the Labyrinth, it now races across the lands of Crete, bringing terror and death wherever it shows up. They say the Metal Bull knows the hidden ways of the Labyrinth and can cut through space and time at will, but those are surely tall tales. Like the one about the true shape of the Waywatcher...
In the footsteps of Hercules follows the Beastburgeon. Thanks to the Lioneaters expansion glands, he can - albeit for a brief moment - channel the awesome power of the demigod himself.
When you see a giant wielding a 30 foot column like a sword, run.
That's right, guys! You've just crossed the $23k mark and that means another new miniature is unlocked. It's the mighty, one-winged Titan, the Dawnburner. Brandishing a quantum spear and a tentacle buckler, he's ready to face the Sun Descendant.
Knowledge without wisdom is pitiless as the Sun and as dangerous as ambition without hubris. Icarus should have known better. Maybe you should have left him for dead when he fell from heaven?
Now he’s put a curse on this land. Told us time is a flat circle and he’s just tightening the noose. Created a cage we cannot escape, save for his perfect outcome, when everything becomes one and loses all meaning.
He underestimated the forces that put our Odyssey in motion. The Returner Came Back to us on her own. Now let us travel upstream and Bring Back a Titan that was never meant to be. A hypothetical solution for a theoretical problem.
Let this Dawnburner stare down Icarus and bring him low. For time is not a circle - but a spear , thrust firmly forward, into darkness.
The Argonauts were not prepared. They had not met such ferocity before. Such hatred. They still clung to their duty, they still tried to keep the peace. But it was far too late for that. For in Sparta, it was war that greeted them.
Armies of red and green clashing over rolling hills, leaving trails of razed villages and poisoned wells, like pox marks on a once fertile land. Fields of wrecked Phalanxes, leaking quicksilver and attracting otherworldly scavengers. Temples turned strongholds or, worse, altars to the Nietzschean himself. And giant monstrous Primordials roaming the countryside, devouring all with no regards to colors, banners and loyalties.
The Argonauts needed a new kind of titan. A titan bred for war. After much deliberation, the council secluded itself for a dozen days. When the priests emerged again, they Brought Back with them a Kyclopes.
The Harpy’s body momentarily unraveled into a cluster of tentacles. The blade meant for one of its many hearts slid right through, doing minimal damage. Without losing momentum, the creature tore the titan in half.
Now it turned its attention to the city. To the fleeing vermin that dared challenge it. It saw food - and hosts for its Father. Tonight it would feast.
A giant figure emerged from behind the Temple of Zeus and stood in its path. The Harpy recognized its natural enemy, one it learned to dispatch with ruthless efficiency. It outstretched its wings. The gust of wind threw the swarming refugees to the ground.
The titan charged, swinging its megalithic hammer. The Harpy took the blow, its skull cracked like an egg, flooding the streets with dark cranial fluid. An acceptable setback. The secondary brain instantly took over.
To deal the blow, the titan had to expose itself. Predictable. In the exact moment the hammer struck, the Harpy slashed at the tender flesh. Fodder...
No. Something was different. The titan’s body hardened to the claws, sprouting a tendril-like exoskeleton. A blade - unsheathed from the head of the hammer! - cut through the Harpy’s arm, severing it at the elbow.
The Primordial backed away. Its enemy has evolved too.
On that rain-slick metal deck of the Argo, Circegard faced the Pursuer head on. The creature was to the Titan what the Titan was to us. The makeshift shield made from a trireme’s hull groaned with each blocked blow. Black ambrosia spilled left and right, scorching flesh, wood and iron with equal ease. Each flap of the gargantuan moth-like wings sent a hurricane wave of debris, sweeping the Titan from its feet and hurling dozens of sailors overboard. No chance in Hades Circegard could win.
Yet she wouldn’t stay down. Each time she got back up, there was less and less of the titan. Eventually, a bruised, bloodied wretch was all that remained, barely able to hold the shield with both hands. But that was enough. Circegard bought the council enough time to Bring Back the rest of the first ones. It took the three of them to stave of the monstrous creature long enough for the Argo to make its escape.
Solon is an enigma. He was Brought Back with the other two Dreamwalkers, yet with his gaunt physique he barely resembles them. His seemingly frail body holds copious amounts of strength and his somewhat docile demeanor can give way to unbridled fury easily. Solon has a strange fondness for brute, crude weapons and is known to abandon more sophisticated gear in favor of an uprooted great tree or a broken column. He’s also torn of his sail loincloth on numerous occasions, to the great distaste of onlookers.
One notable story involving Solon was that of the sunken temple of Helios. The Argonaut away team was cut off in the lower section of the edifice by a host of mermaid lurkers. Solon, under the command of the always jovial Telebacchus, smashed his way to the stranded sailors and made short work of the undersea predators. In memory of that event, his Antikratos Helm has been engraved with a Helios symbol.
From the original four Argonauts, Odys Zero was the last to wake up - and the first to lay claim to the title of Captain. His demand was casually rebuffed, as his recklessness and boasting would be an ill fit for the times ahead. If there was to be a captain, the outcast council argued, the role would naturally fall to Circegard.
Nicknamed ‘Nevercaptain’, Odys Zero was given Ulyssea to command. Ulyssea was the most withdrawn of the Titans and the fallen priests believed the two extremes would balance themselves out. Indeed, it proved to be a powerful joining.
Maybe too powerful. After each soul-ride, each battle hard-fought and won, Odys Zero sleeps that much more uneasily. Terrible dreams haunt him. Visions of the Zero Point Entity and its arrival in the skies above Alexandria. The blinding flash that sears the disappearing city skyline deep into one’s retinas.
Lately, those dreams became more intense. A voice accompanies them now. It whispers:
“Follow the light of Pharos.”
Inside the casket was Philoctera, the Titaness. Well, now she is called that. Then she was just a faceless, merciless monster. She tore through the marines, breaking backs and ripping bodies limb from limb. When she got out onto the deck, even Herodotus couldn’t contain her.
The rabid Titaness jumped into the shallow waters and made her way towards the launch. There she stopped. A small solitary figure rose to face her, armed only with an arc bow, yet fiercely defiant. The Titaness’ and the marine’s gazes met. After what seemed like an eternity, the giant creature slumped into the water and let itself be chained and led onboard the Argo.
That marine, an Argonaut by the name of Phenelope, became her soul-rider.
At the center of the Cretan madness lies the Labyrinth. Once the prison of the fearsome Minotaur, it decayed after brave Theseus freed the people of Athens from their gruesome fate by killing the monster. Even old Minos, consumed by grief, would not raise a hand to halt this fall to ruin.
Yet the Labyrinth stands once more, taller than ever, and none who venture return unchanged. The maze has a way of separating the wheat from the chaff: you either become one of the Labyrinthians or you do not come out at all.
So it is rare to find one, who has avoided both fates.
Even rarer to find a Titan that did. But when you do, you know you have found in it a perfect weapon against the Truth of the Labyrinth.
The Truth of the Labyrinth is hard to resist, but it can be done. There’s a way of thinking, which the fallen priests of Argo call the Narrow Path, that avoids the pitfalls of madness and reason both. Where does this path lead, no one really knows, but it may be a key to defeating the Primordials once and for all.
The Logicbreaker turns the lies of the Primordials against them. He is the embodiment of the Theseus Logic. Armed with a living sword Regenerator and Labyrinthian Cuirass and Shield, he’s ready for the Cruel Lessons of the Nietzschean.
However, aboard the Argo there are those who, in whispered tones, start to question: where does the Logicbreaker titan come from?
Woe to the Centimanes! None now live who remember the names of the Many-handed Ones. But, perhaps, their Masterwork may serve the greater good one last time...
The Earthshaker is the first Centimanes titan that was Brought Back. At 36ft, he literally stands head and shoulders above his peers. His six long arms allow him to wreak an unprecedented amount of destruction on the battlefield, though it’s almost impossible for a rider to control more than three of them at once.
The Earthshaker is capable of wearing the heaviest of armors, like the reclaimed Centimanes Dendra Canopy, and wielding the largest of slabswords, like the maze Gigan.
ENCORE NYMPH SETS
For all those of You that have missed out on our initial Kickstarter back in November 2017, we’re offering an Encore Nymph collection! Each Encore Nymph set costs $18 and comes with an art card. MSRP is $25.
DELUXE SHOWCASE SETS
Each Limited Collector’s Run Deluxe Showcase set costs $53 and comes with a 75mm resin miniature, an art card, a hand-numbered and signed certificate of authenticity and a hand-stamped kraft box. MSRP is $75. The Deluxe Showcase sets are not mere re-scaled models. A lot of work has gone into bringing them into this new scale, with added detail, slght reposing and, in some cases, a total re-work of the model from the ground up.
The only available set (for now!) is:
AEON TRESPASS: ODYSSEY EXCLUSIVE
Don't you know? We’re doing a game in the Aeon Trespass world. It’s called Odyssey and it’ll be a miniature adventure strategy campaign co-op game (yes, quite the mouthful!). Everyone who pledges at the Dreamer, Nightmarer, Showcase or higher pledge level will get an exclusive set of Aeon Trespass: Odyssey game cards, the Eschaton Survivor Card Pack, which, at the very least, will include: 6+ Gear Cards, 2+ Technology/Production cards, 2+ Mnemos (Memory) cards, 1+ Event card. The Card Pack will be delivered with the base game of Aeon Trespass: Odyssey.
HOW DO I PLEDGE?
Aeon Trespass: Eschaton offers many miniature sets: Titans, Primordials, Encore Nymphs and a 75mm Showcase Nymph to boot! For your convenience, we tried to simplify the discount system and make several flexible pledges.
There are 7 basic pledge levels: Follower, Dreamer, Showcase, Nighmarer, Collector, Monsteructor and Argonaut. All except the Follower allow you to add add-ons.
The Follower pledge is a $1 pledge for those of you who want to show symbolic support for our project and the world of Aeon Trespass. Thank you!
The Dreamer pledge gets you 3 Titan deluxe sets of your choice for $54. This option allows you to add add-ons.
The Showcase pledge gets you the 75mm Solitude deluxe showcase set for $53. This option allows you to add add-ons.
The Nighmarer pledge gets you 1 Hekaton or Labyrinthauros deluxe set for $55. This option allows you to add add-ons.
The Collector pledge gets you 7 Titan deluxe sets of your choice for $119, saving you $7-9. This option allows you to add add-ons.
The Monsteructor pledge gets you all 3 Primordial deluxe sets (2 smaller ones and 1 extra large) for $214, saving you $6. This option allows you to add add-ons.
The Argonaut pledge gets you the whole collection (7 Titan deluxe sets and 3 Primordial sets, 2 smaller and 1 extra large) for $315 plus 10 exclusive large art prints (postcard-sized, A6/6" x 4"/105 x 148 mm), saving you $33! This option allows you to add add-ons.
The Early Bird Argonaut pledge gets you the whole collection (7 Titan deluxe sets and Hekaton, Labyrinthauros and Temenos deluxe sets) for $300 plus 10 exclusive large art prints (postcard-sized, A6/6" x 4"/105 x 148 mm), saving you a massive $48. This option allows you to add add-ons. This option is limited to 30 pledges!
If you want to add additional miniature sets (add-ons) to your pledge, just add their listed price to your pledge. You don’t need to choose specific models now, you will choose which ones you want after the end of the campaign, in our Pledge Manager.
Sounds simple? It is. If you have any further questions please refer to our FAQ, ask a question in the comment or message us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The world of Aeon Trespass is wide and varied, populated by all sorts of monstrosities and Titans to match! We're working around the clock to bring you even more miniature goodness! Stay tuned, it shouldn't take long!
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
We’re a group of passionate professionals, eager to leave our mark upon the miniatures hobby world. We’ve made our debut last November with a Limited Collector’s Run of our first series, the Nymphs. The campaign was a roaring success, both critically and commercially. Now we’re expanding on that project in both quality and scale!
With this second limited collection we've doubled-down on our core values: to strive for original content of the highest quality and to provide you with the best product and customer service available on the market. Eschaton will unveil more of our fantastic world of Aeon Trespass and show you what we are capable of when given time and support of a loving community!
Bottom line: we want you to be satisfied and awed by the hard work of our fantastic artists and sculptors.
WHAT IS AEON TRESPASS?
The Titans are powerful humanoids released onto Hellas after the fall of Olympus, the titular Eschaton. At first glance, these 30ft.+ (10m+) giants seem docile, almost mindless. Argonauts control them with the help of Antikratos Technology. They desperately need them to win the war against the...
Fearsome Primordials! These gargantuan, kaiju-like creatures were also born out of the Eschaton. Their motives are unknown, but they do seem to work towards some sort of a sinister goal. The Primordials are no match for mere mortals - or even classical mythological creatures, like the Minotaur or Hydra! Hekaton wears a necklace of holy Cretan bulls, the giant lions of Nemea are but a snack for the grotesque Lioneater, while the Acid Chimera devours larger monsters whole... Only the mighty Titans, backed by advanced technology and ancient magic stand a chance.
Art doesn’t exist in a void. It needs context to be fully realized and appreciated. The great paintings and sculptures are as much a fruit of the artist’s labor, as they are of the times they were created in. So too, did we want to root our miniatures in a world that is more tangible and ‘lived-in’.
We love world-building and game design; cool giant monsters, grizzled anti-heroes and epic tales of adventure. All that – and much more! – awaits you in the world and game of Aeon Trespass. This is just a small foray into that world: a wetting of your feet, if you will.
Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter campaign concludes, through our Pledge Manager (most likely CrowdOx). You will be sent an invite to the PM, where you will fill in your shipping address and choose the models you like. Our pledge manager will use your shipping address and order size/weight to calculate your shipping cost and charge you for it.
Based on our previous experience, the estimate shipping is as follows:
The cost of shipping a basic Dreamer (3 Titan sets), Showcase or Nightmarer pledge shouldn't exceed $10, regardless of your location.
The cost of shipping a Collector or Monster Collector pledge (7 Titan sets or 3 Primordial sets) shouldn't exceed $16, regardless of your location.
The cost of shipping an Argonaut pledge (the whole initial collection!) shouldn't exceed $25, regardless of your location.
Some of the miniature sets are already in production, while the rest will go into production as soon as the funds from the Kickstarter campaign are available. We’re aiming for a late March 2019 delivery. This estimate is based on the initial miniature set offer. If we unlock a large number of stretch goals, this estimate may change - we will inform you about it at the earliest moment.
We expect to fulfill all rewards from within the EU. As a result, EU backers do not have to worry about customs or VAT costs. Please note that we cannot be responsible for any customs fees for those pledging from outside the EU.
Tracking WILL be offered through this campaign.
Please note that we cannot take any responsibility for any lost or damaged copies to Hungary, Russia, Asia, South America, Africa or Antarctica.
We are a team of entertainment industry professionals and, more importantly, a group of close friends. We created our company, Into the Unknown, to tackle ambitious, unique projects. To explore strange beautiful worlds and share those wonders with you. Over the years, we’ve been involved in almost every facet of the fantasy hobby world: we created role-playing games, written speculative fiction novels, designed and translated board games, and developed and produced video games. We have experience working in small and large teams. We have the passion and the will to create great art and games, and we invite you to participate in this odyssey with us. Our last Kickstarter campaign, Aeon Trespass: Nymphs, was a smashing success and we’re dedicated to be even better this time!
Our creative director, writer and game designer. Miniature gamer and collector, the glue that binds the team together (also, coincidentally, the one writing these bios).
Our unmatched art director with extensive experience in video games, board games and classical arts. Well, that’s selling him short: he’s also a graphics designer, 3D modeler, concept artist, visual style designer, video editor and game designer. His hard work puts us all to shame.
Production director (‘producer’ just doesn’t cut it), programmer and game designer with over 10 years of experience in the video game industry. Jovial, passionate and very much into miniature board games.
Our financial director (yes, we’re a company comprised solely of directors), game designer and passionate miniature and board gamer. His extensive knowledge of board games and economics helped shape our systems, company culture and beer tastes.
Risks and challenges
We are confident that we are very well-prepared. Our first campaign, Aeon Trespass: Nymphs, was a great success. We managed to deliver it in record time, even though we had to produce a considerable amount of stretch goals. We even provided a better shipping solution than the one we initially offered. Bottom line: we are committed to providing you with the best backer experience.
As mentioned in the “About Us” section above, we are industry professionals, with experience in art, storytelling and, most importantly, managing production. The development of the initial collection is complete, all the art pieces for the art prints are final, all the models have been sculpted, master’s created and resin molds tested. All that is left is the actual production – and development of stretch goals, if you grace us with overwhelming support that will bring us over our initial goal.
Over the course of the last two years we’ve forged a great relationship with our model manufacturer. They know our needs, we know their process, on the design stage we consult on each sculpt so it is optimized for production. Our model manufacturer is located in our home city, which facilitates faster communication. Finally, we’ve booked our printing and production equipment in advance.
The only obstacles are the ones out of our hands: production or shipping delays on account of 3rd parties. As stated above, by designing everything ahead of time, by testing the castings and by booking equipment, we’ve done everything to ensure your models will arrive on time. If the reception to our campaign is overwhelmingly positive, we may need to design and produce another set of miniatures (oh, woes!), but in that case we will offer shipment of our collection in waves.
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