Bygone Days of High Adventure
Above the Fray Miniatures produces small-batch casts of pulp-era inspired sword & sorcery miniatures as homages to the types of heroes and villains found in the works of writers such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Fritz Leiber, H.P. Lovecraft, R.E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and others.
We're commissioning the types of miniatures we want to see on our own gaming tables and are launching this Kickstarter believing that kindred spirits in the gaming community would enjoy including these figures in their own role playing and tabletop miniatures games.
SUPPORT FROM TOP NAMES IN TABLETOP SKIRMISH GAMES
To make this endeavor even more fun for us, and hopefully you, we've reached out to some of our favorite miniatures game creators for special material so players can immediately put these Icons of Pulp Fantasy to use in their games. To that end, David Phipps, creator of the wonderful game Pulp Alley, has provided statted profiles for all eight personalities in this set of miniatures, even creating some new traits for the game. And perennial favorite Andrea Sfiligoi, creator of the popular Song of Blades and Heroes series and the recent Sellswords & Spellslingers, has statted up profiles for these miniatures to use them in both of these games, creating new traits as well as providing alternate versions of each profile at different stages in their careers. (See the stretch goals listed below.)
PREP WORK COMPLETE AND READY TO CAST
The good news? About 85% of the work is finished! As you can see from both the video and the photos below, the miniatures have been sculpted and master molds created. This Kickstarter will cover the remaining costs of creating production molds and then casting the miniatures we want to share with you. We partnered with veteran miniatures caster John Popson and his Effin Cool Miniatures to ensure the quality of these casts is of a caliber we can be proud of.
This will be the first set in what we anticipate to be an annual release of miniatures in the Icons of Pulp Fantasy line. Like you, we are gamers, and this is our way of trying to contribute something to the community that has inspired us over a lifetime. So ask yourself one important question when pledging:
What is stronger, the miniature or the hand that wields it?
We're looking forward to putting these miniatures in your hands and seeing how you and your imaginations wield them!
Pledge now...with just a little more help we can make this happen!
Want to drop the miniatures right into the action? The following stretch goals let you do just that!
All unlocked stretch goals are free to every backer!
UNLOCKED! ($700 Stretch Goal)
Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes printed profile cards by the game's creator Andrea Sfiligoi! A deck of professionally printed character profile cards statted up by Andrea Sfiligoi himself for each of the eight miniatures specifically for use in his tabletop skirmish game, Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes. Sfiligoi will be introducing new character traits as well as providing multiple profiles to reflect characters' experience progressions (e.g., Barbarian, Pirate Barbarian, Barbarian King). This deck will be formatted and printed to blend in perfectly with other card decks used in this game.
UNLOCKED! ($850 Stretch Goal)
Pulp Alley printed profile cards by the game's creator, David Phipps!
A deck of professionally printed character profiles statted up by David Phipps himself for each of the eight miniatures specifically for use in his tabletop skirmish game, Pulp Alley. This deck will be formatted and printed to blend in perfectly with other card decks used in this game.
UNLOCKED! ($1,000 Stretch Goal)
Sellswords & Spellslingers printed profile cards by the game's creator, Andrea Sfiligoi! A deck of professionally printed character profiles statted up by Andrea Sfligoli for each of the eight miniatures specifically for use in his tabletop skirmish game, Sellswords & Spellslingers. Sfiligoi will be introducing new character traits as well as providing multiple profiles to reflect characters' experience progressions (e.g., Barbarian, Pirate Barbarian, Barbarian King). This deck will be formatted and printed to blend in perfectly with other card decks used in this game.
UNLOCKED! ($1,200 Stretch Goal)
"The Lions Ate Him?!?" Scenario: A custom, system-neutral scenario artfully presented with a map to provide the setting for players to sneak into the Tower of Set, filch what they can, and make it out of the surrounding gardens alive. Printed on double-sided card stock. Written by Jared Smith, publisher of Bayt al Azif, the magazine for Cthulhu mythos role playing.
UNLOCKED! ($1,400 Stretch Goal)
"The Night of the Orgy" Scenario: Another custom, system-neutral scenario artfully presented with a map to provide the setting for players to sneak into the Harbinger of Doom's compound and rescue the king's only daughter from his clutches. Printed on double-sided card stock.
UNLOCKED! ($1,600 Stretch Goal)
Upgrade: A Four-Scenario Booklet
A booklet containing the scenarios and maps for the already unlocked scenarios as well as two more scenarios custom designed to put your new miniatures into action.
Sculptor: Deeper Reach Miniatures
Murun Thornton is a freelance miniatures sculptor who takes custom commissions through his Etsy store as well as sells casts of his original miniatures creations.
John Popson and Effin Cool Minis is a miniatures and gaming company with a focus on developing several categories of miniatures for use in your games and dioramas. They've been producing miniatures for their own line and casting for other gaming companies since 2013.
Stretch Goal Contributor: Ganesha Games' Andrea Sfiligoi
Ganesha Games has been producing award-winning tabletop miniatures wargames, pen-and-paper role playing games, and board games since 2007. Visit their home page or Lulu store.
Stretch Goal Contributor: Pulp Alley's David Phipps
Pulp Alley captures the fast-paced excitement of our favorite action and adventure stories. Pulp Alley is jam-packed with heroes, villains, and plenty of unexpected perils. Designed primarily as a tabletop miniatures game for 2 to 4 players, Pulp Alley covers any time period, any setting, and any genre—science fiction, fantasy, horror, westerns, war tales, and many more!
* All figures come unpainted.
* All figures, cards, and booklets are manufactured in the United States.
Risks and challenges
The risks for this project are minimal. The sculpts are completed, and a master mold and master casts have been made by Effin' Cool Miniatures, who have years of experience with casting miniatures for numerous companies and Kickstarters.
At this point, we are simply raising the funds to make a production mold so that we can cast these fun miniatures to get them in your hands and on your tables.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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