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An entire army's worth of badass women for your dark age & fantasy wargaming.
An entire army's worth of badass women for your dark age & fantasy wargaming.
574 backers pledged £36,625 to help bring this project to life.

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ALL STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED! SCROLL DOWN TO SEE FREYJA ON HER MIGHTY BOAR!

We are shipping from the UK!
We are shipping from the UK!

WHAT IS IT

We exploded onto the miniatures scene in 2015 (following years of trading as The Dice Bag Lady) with Viking shieldmaidens. Since then we have released a huge amount of miniatures from WW2, Feudal Japan, Fantasy, Sci Fi and more. This is a return to our roots in a grand and dramatic way. Something we haven’t offered (up until now) is the option to build an entire army. You want a whole army of kick arse shieldmaidens? Well, hello. These are suitable for both Dark Ages and Fantasy wargaming, with some of the units and characters also being versatile for a whole number of uses. The core troops are historical dark age (but cool and interesting enough to be used with fantasy) with a mythological twist with some of the characters. All the crazy stuff is rooted in Norse Mythology.

And following Bad Squiddo tradition - yes we have some adorable critters!

You’re not even reading this though, you’ve already scrolled to drool over the images, so let’s do that!

BORING STUFF - The miniatures are 28mm scale and cast in extremely high quality pewter or resin. See the description on each pack for the specifics of material and number of parts. They come without bases supplied but with moulded on puddle bases. And of course - they are compatible with the male vikings from other manufacturers. Side by side compatibility photo to come very soon.

Shipping is charged AFTER in addition to your pledge, scroll to the bottom for more information.

THE MINIS

CHARACTERS

A one peice 28mm metal pewter casting. The seer, or vǫlva is a mysterious elderly lady who has come to aid the warband with her sorcery.
A one peice 28mm metal pewter casting. The seer, or vǫlva is a mysterious elderly lady who has come to aid the warband with her sorcery.

 

Dagmar is a one piece pewter casting. Classic pose! She makes a super Jarl or perhaps just a hero in a unit. Or a victory diorama!
Dagmar is a one piece pewter casting. Classic pose! She makes a super Jarl or perhaps just a hero in a unit. Or a victory diorama!

 

A one peice pewter casting. Skalmöld is a mythical valykrie, an otherworldy being sent by Odin to determine the fates of the dead.
A one peice pewter casting. Skalmöld is a mythical valykrie, an otherworldy being sent by Odin to determine the fates of the dead.

 

A single peice pewter cast. Dwarfs guard the mountain doors, often spoken of as the door between worlds.
A single peice pewter cast. Dwarfs guard the mountain doors, often spoken of as the door between worlds.

 

Hel is two parts and the hound is one, both cast in pewter. Available as a set or individually. Stunning centrepieces!
Hel is two parts and the hound is one, both cast in pewter. Available as a set or individually. Stunning centrepieces!

UNITS

Four single piece individual pewter casts. You can even string the bows if you are feeling fancy.
Four single piece individual pewter casts. You can even string the bows if you are feeling fancy.

 

Four different single piece figures with separate shields (one requires the arm attached, but it is very easy and clean).
Four different single piece figures with separate shields (one requires the arm attached, but it is very easy and clean).

 

Four single piece pewter miniatures (with shields that attach seperately).
Four single piece pewter miniatures (with shields that attach seperately).

 

Four individual single piece pewter figures with separate shields. Amazing to represent your elite troops!
Four individual single piece pewter figures with separate shields. Amazing to represent your elite troops!

 

4 individual single piece pewter miniatures with seperate shields.
4 individual single piece pewter miniatures with seperate shields.

 

4 individual one peice pewter casts. The berserkers, clad in bearskins (and wolf if you paint them that way!) in a furious frenzy to hack the enemy to bits.
4 individual one peice pewter casts. The berserkers, clad in bearskins (and wolf if you paint them that way!) in a furious frenzy to hack the enemy to bits.

 Note - spears are included with the two spear packs!

Four different single piece figures, with separate spears and shields. Closed fists require a simple drilling for the spears. Spears are North Star wire spears.
Four different single piece figures, with separate spears and shields. Closed fists require a simple drilling for the spears. Spears are North Star wire spears.

 

Four different single peice figures, with separate spears and shields. Closed fists require a simple drilling for the spears. Spears are North Star wire spears. Painted picture to come soon!
Four different single peice figures, with separate spears and shields. Closed fists require a simple drilling for the spears. Spears are North Star wire spears. Painted picture to come soon!

 

Four different single piece figures cast in pewter. These are less trained than the professional shieldmaidens, but still pack a deadly whack!
Four different single piece figures cast in pewter. These are less trained than the professional shieldmaidens, but still pack a deadly whack!

 

4 x 2 piece figures cast in pewter. Whilst the use of crossbows is disputed for Vikings, they crop up around the world & of course later on. Or use them for fantasy gaming!
4 x 2 piece figures cast in pewter. Whilst the use of crossbows is disputed for Vikings, they crop up around the world & of course later on. Or use them for fantasy gaming!

CRITTERS

Three bears cast in resin (technically four bears if we count the joyrider!). There's enough scary bears, so why not some sweeties, look at that little blep!
Three bears cast in resin (technically four bears if we count the joyrider!). There's enough scary bears, so why not some sweeties, look at that little blep!

 

Six adorable and pretty hefty beavers, cast in pewter. Quirky and characterful, they are a wonderful addition to the tabletop.
Six adorable and pretty hefty beavers, cast in pewter. Quirky and characterful, they are a wonderful addition to the tabletop.

 

A set of 2 Wild Cats, cast in pewter. There is evidence for these cute meowers travelling on the Viking ships! Who else is going to catch the mice? Go on, indulge the dark ages' crazy cat ladies.
A set of 2 Wild Cats, cast in pewter. There is evidence for these cute meowers travelling on the Viking ships! Who else is going to catch the mice? Go on, indulge the dark ages' crazy cat ladies.

 

Three moose cast in pewter. Four peices total, the antlers fit on top of the head. These are some hefty chunks of metal & so characterful.
Three moose cast in pewter. Four peices total, the antlers fit on top of the head. These are some hefty chunks of metal & so characterful.

 

Eight ravens (4 different sculpts) cast in pewter. These work great as swarms in many different games or even just dotted around the board or bases.
Eight ravens (4 different sculpts) cast in pewter. These work great as swarms in many different games or even just dotted around the board or bases.

THE PLEDGES

Remember you can pledge for multiple levels. For example you could pledge for "Fluffy Chums" (£38) in the selection process but add the value (£65) for "Lick my Hand". Just pledge the total (£103 in this example) and I'll ask afterwards for the breakdown. Please do message if you have any confusion.

ADD ONS

Please note, prices are "per pack" (denoted by the labels), not "per section", they're grouped so there aren't a million price labels crowded everywhere! For example the Seer is £4 and the Ravens are £6.

 

 

 

 

STRETCH GOALS

Stretch goals for this campaign are unlocked add ons. They are not added automatically* to your pledge so you must increase your pledge amount to include them, and they can be specified after the campaign in the pledge manager.

* UNLESS! Unless you have pledged for Mighty Jarl or Ticket to Vahalla - then every single unlock is automatically added for no extra cost. So you should totally go for those pledges, tasty.

 

Four different one piece pewter castings. One large "swarm" and three individual fairies.
Four different one piece pewter castings. One large "swarm" and three individual fairies.

 

One piece pewter casting. A shieldmaiden needs a break from all that hacking and slashing for a nice mug of ale.
One piece pewter casting. A shieldmaiden needs a break from all that hacking and slashing for a nice mug of ale.

 

Three piece pewter casting - moose in two pieces and a one piece rider. Better photos with close up of detail to come very soon!
Three piece pewter casting - moose in two pieces and a one piece rider. Better photos with close up of detail to come very soon!

 

A one piece pewter casting depicting a shieldmaiden rescuing a villager, or perhaps carrying her over the threshold!
A one piece pewter casting depicting a shieldmaiden rescuing a villager, or perhaps carrying her over the threshold!

 

 

 

£8,000 - Fairy Swarm UNLOCKED

£14,000 - Fatigue Vignette UNLOCKED

£18,000 - Moose Mounted Seer UNLOCKED

£20,000 - Freyja on Foot UNLOCKED

£22,000 - My Heroine Vignette UNLOCKED

£24,000 - Freyja on Boar UNLOCKED

BONUS UNLOCKS

These are extra unlocks as the campaign is going so well. They aren't included in the estimated RRP value for the "Mighty Jarl" and "Ticket to Valhalla" pledges which means that your pledge is even more of a saving than you originally thought, as these too will be added free (for all other pledges you can add them by increasing the value of your pledge)

£25,000 - Skogkatts UNLOCKED

£??,000 - Vallhunds UNLOCKED

£??,000 - Mjölkhare (milk hare) UNLOCKED


THE TEAM

This Kickstarter has a dream team of sculptors involved, all long term sculptors for Bad Squiddo. The characters are a mixture of Shane Hoyle and John Morris, and the troops are all by Alan Marsh. Animals by Shane Hoyle, Ross Whitehorn and Phil Hynes. They have a combined sculpting years experience of at least twice my age (Annie). They are all highly professional, creating miniatures that cast brilliantly, stand up to tabletop abuse, and are an utter joy to paint.

The miniatures are being cast by the professionals at CMA Creative Solutions, who produce the highest quality miniatures we have yet to experience. They are also expert mouldmakers who can turn even the trickiest of minis into a perfect cast.

To show off the figures in a beautiful glory and make you want to snap your own paintbrushes we have Paul Sanderson, Andrew Taylor, John Morris and Paul Cubbin. All wargames household names who's work you will have seen all over the place - we all hire them as they are outstanding!

The project is created and managed by me, Annie Norman! More on me later.

WHY KICKSTARTER

Kickstarter has been great for three large (large for us!) projects so far - Ghosts of Gaia, Ghosts of Gaia II and My Last Sunrise. These have been a super success and created many happy backers across the world. We’ve found Kickstarters to be a good tool to get the word out there, as well as the obvious funds to put a range into production. The reach of Kickstarter is very large, and it will be a better way to introduce the range to a wider audience. Manufacturing is an incredibly expensive endeavour, so the more people we can net in – the better! Since using Kickstarter we have found the “cash injection” to be amazing at helping the company grow much faster than it was before – and that means many more miniatures for you – sooner. So even if shieldmaidens aren’t your thing, the bigger this KS gets – the faster other of the subranges are expanded and released, such as the World War Two or Feudal Japan.

WHO AM I?

My name is Annie and I run Bad Squiddo Games. I first became known in the industry as “The Dice Bag Lady” in 2011 and built up a solid reputation and customer base by providing high quality, unique dice bags to the world, creating a brand new style. This only came to an end when the endless needlework caused my hands to stop working, and I ended up diversifying into miniatures. Two years later, Bad Squiddo Games sells the largest collection of 28mm female miniatures in the world. As well as manufacturing the ever growing Bad Squiddo line, we stock female figures from around the globe, focusing on those which are practically dressed (which doesn’t ALWAYS mean covered from head to toe!) and suited to the job. It gained momentum exceedingly quickly with a wide demographic of people, from little girls to army veterans. We sell online as well as at trade shows around the UK and mainland Europe, and focus heavily on a strong customer service as well as adding what many have referred to as a breath of fresh air in a sometimes dusty industry.

SHIPPING

As a business with a successful web shop, we ship a lot of packages every day to all over the world, so you can rest assured we are more than familiar with safe packaging, customs and methods.

The shipping is going to be added AFTER the Kickstarter, so is not inlcuded in your pledge. It's going to be worked out via weight through the Bad Squiddo web store. Click HERE to see the weight and price brackets.


There will be a postage calculator VERY SOON to help you gauge your add ons. It won't be much though, we keep it as low as possible.

(ROTW means rest of the world - ie anywhere outside the EU)

Here is a 99% accurate estimate regarding the pledges.

Fluffy Chums - UK £2.95, EU £5.50, ROTW £5.50

Lick My Hand - UK £2.95, EU £5.50, ROTW £5.50

Freyja's Blessing - UK £4.95, EU £6.50, ROTW £6.50

Shieldwall - UK £4.95, EU £8.50, ROTW £10.50

Mighty Jarl - UK £4.95, EU £8.50, ROTW £10.50

Ticket to Valhalla - UK £7.95, EU £12.50, ROTW £15.50

 

Risks and challenges

Bad Squiddo Games is successful manufacturer of miniatures as well as stockist of others, so along the way we have learnt how to deal with [hopefully] anything that can be thrown at us, in the most professional way possible. The sculptors, mouldmakers and casters are all highly experienced. Most of the figures are mastered and proofed to check for any production casting issues, and approved. So as soon as the funds are in, they can put into production moulds and spun spun spun! In the case of any delays, which could be due to sickness, bereavement - anything really outside of control - rest assured your money is in safe and professional hands, and you will be updated regularly as to the situation. Fingers and toes crossed it should all be fine. I'd never say never, as it promised me to be honest in this section, and I can't promise I won't come down with rabies tomorrow, but I don't plan on it. (Annie)

PREVIOUS KICKSTARTERS
Previous Kickstarters are Ghosts of Gaia, Ghosts of Gaia II and My Last Sunrise. All have gone way over target, been a huge success and delivered on time or a teeny bit late. Ghosts of Gaia II is still shipping (a month late) as it was delayed due to illness but this will be rounded up shortly, and the majority of pledges were shipped on time.

Whilst priding ourselves on doing a huge amount of research, budgeting and planning, there are always things to learn along the way, so we are confident that this will be the most successful yet, and smoothest. And the others were smoooooth.

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.32

    A Gift to the Gods

    The Gods thank you and will reward you in Valhalla.

    This is a "pick n mix" option. You can choose whatever you like, add it up from the add ons and pledge for that amount. It's useful if you want just one figure or a combination of packs not covered by the other pledges.

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    Fluffy Chums

    RRP £46

    Ok so you don't want shieldmaidens. That's ok. You just want cute and cool animals?

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    This pledge does NOT include Fenrir or the Fairies (if unlocked) , you can add them separately though.

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    • Bears x 3
    • Beavers x 6
    • Ravens x 8
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    Lick My Hand

    RRP £76

    Any SIX packs of RRP £12 Shieldmaidens packs of 4, plus any RRP £4 Character.

    See the add ons section for the full list of characters!

    This gets you a 4 point starter Viking Warband to use in a popular skirmish game! Recommended troops advised in pledge manager and updates.

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    Freyja's Blessing

    RRP £120

    Any TEN packs of RRP £12 Shieldmaiden packs of 4.

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    Shieldwall

    RRP £240

    Any TWENTY packs of RRP £12 Shieldmaiden packs of 4.

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    Mighty Jarl

    RRP up to £256

    ONE OF EVERYTHING.

    This is the ultimate "I want all the things" pledge.

    One of each of everything new from Freyja's Wrath. Not including any older models from the add ons (check out Ticket to Valhalla if you are tempted!)

    Every single thing that gets unlocked during the campaign will be added to this pledge automatically for no extra charge.

    You can of course add even more in the pledge manager afterwards too.

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    Ticket to Valhalla

    RRP up to £372

    Everything from the Mighty Jarl pledge (ie the entire KS) as well as this selection from the add ons (RRP £116 by themselves)

    And of course access to the pledge manager if you still want more!

    A perfect way to drive right into the world of kick ass shieldmaidens.

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    Includes:
    • Jarl Lathgertha
    • Mounted Hearthguard
    • Mounted Warriors
    • Defending Villagers
    • Zombie Shieldmaidens
    • Inga, Shieldmaiden Musician
    • Svala, Shieldmaiden Standard Bearer
    • Thorrun, Shieldmaiden Champion
    • Brynhildr, Shieldmaiden Champion
    • Hulda the Herbalist
    • Jarl Letty
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