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A range of 28mm figures to cover the Boxer Rebellion including the famous Siege at Peking immortalised in the film 55 days at Peking.
A range of 28mm figures to cover the Boxer Rebellion including the famous Siege at Peking immortalised in the film 55 days at Peking.
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The Setting

The Boxer Rebellion, or Boxer Uprising (1900) was a brutal campaign of retribution. Considered by some to be a critical point in modern history, the uprising was a nationalist movement motivated by violent opposition to imperialist expansion and its associated Christian missionaries. This event caused a shift in how the Western powers conducted their affairs in China, while the harsh reparations China was forced to pay as part of the Boxer Protocol would come to be associated with the concept of China's "Century of Humiliation".

This Kickstarter focuses on the the initial siege that resulted in a multi-national force coming together in defence of the Legation district of Peking. The alliance forged by the foreign powers during the 55 day siege consisting of Russians, Japanese, British, German, Americans, and many, many others has never been seen since. Opposing them were the forces of the Boxer movement, and many factions of the Imperial Chinese Army after the Qing Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi declared war.

Why Kickstarter?

We have most of the figures completed including the ones in the stretch goals. Our aim going through Kickstarter is to get the funding to produce the last of the figures and all the master and production moulds. This will allow us to get a more complete range out faster.
We had a few sample figures finished and painted as can be seen in the pictures so you can see the style of figures.

The Range

Our initial offering consists of six factions (*now 8 factions*), three Western powers plus Japan, and Imperial Chinese and Boxers. These packs contain 8 individually sculpted 28mm infantry figures or 3 cavalry figures and are available when pledges reach £400. We will also do a smaller pack of 4 infantry figures for each nation.
The standard infantry packs when released after the Kick Starter is finished will be on sale for £10.

*We have now included Italian Bersaglieri and French Marines to the factions you can choose from as well as any unlocked ones*.

French Sailors. The French and Italians mounted a heroic defence of the Northern Cathedral which sheltered over 3,000 Chinese Christian civilians.

 

 German Sea Battalion. The Germans defended the East portion of the Tartar Wall; a vital defence for the legations.

 

Japanese Sailors. A well-disciplined force, though initially reluctant to get involved in Western politics, their defence of the Fu proved critical.

 


Russians. When the Germans lost their positions on the Tartar Wall the Russians were part of the successful counter attack.

 


The Imperial Chinese were part of the force that fought inch by inch to expel the foreign invaders.

Boxers with pole arms and swords . A mixed force driven by nationalist zeal, they were not to be underestimated.

The pack of 8 Boxers can be selected as any of the following:

8 Boxers with pole arms

8 Boxers with swords

or a mixed pack of 4 with pole arms and 4 with swords

 

Stretch Goals

£800: Italian Sailors

 £1200: Austro-Hungarian Sailors 

£1600: British Marines - Locked

£2000: Boxers with Muskets - Locked

£2400: French Marines - now available

 


£2800: American Marines  - Locked

£3200: Italian Bersaglieri - now available 

 


£3600: Tiger Men - Locked

£4000: Japanese Infantry - Locked

£4400: Cossack Cavalry - Locked

£4800: Japanese Cavalry - Locked

£5200: Boxers with rifles - Locked

£6000: A four figure Western and Allied forces character pack. - Locked

£6800: A four figure Imperial and Boxer Chinese character pack. - Locked

Add-ons

You can add any 4 figure pack from any nation as an add on for £5.
Or any 8 figure infantry pack or any 3 figure cavalry pack from any nation as an add on for £9.

Just add the amount to your pledge.

Officers are now available as an add on. Each Officer is £1.75, or if you have one of each, £6 for the pack of four.

 

Risks and challenges

There are of course risks that come with everything, although with this project we have most of the greens made for the nations listed. We have also started making master moulds.
As the project goes on we will be sharing images of these greens and masters. This project is going to go ahead regardless, the funds are to help speed up the production of the moulds and to bring out extra figures faster than we would otherwise be able to.

There can of course be delays though we are hoping these will be nil or minimal.

With your help we can release a great range of figures.

You can take confidence in that Wargames Emporium is the owner of EMP Games and has been around for over 20 years. You may have seen us in the UK and Belgium at various trade shows or perhaps visited one of our shops in Sheffield or Mansfield.

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