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A guide to successfully completing wargaming armies and other large wargaming projects.
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The Campaign

10,000 miniatures and more! That’s how many wargaming models Dave Taylor has painted over the last 27 years. That’s dozens of armies, for some of the most popular wargames systems (and some of the most obscure, too!) Some of these have been commissions and others have been personal projects. During that time, he has had a LOT of conversations about the “what”, “why”, and “how” of the inspiration, preparation, and motivation for such large projects.

Last year, Dave decided it was high time he wrote all these things down,  compiling decades of knowledge about completing wargaming armies on a regular basis. He also thought it would be cool to include detailed photographs of his more popular projects such as the Genswick 33rd Rifles, his Warlord Titan, and his Nuln Empire army.

This Kickstarter campaign is to fund a printed version of the book - ARMIES & LEGIONS & HORDES – a 100+ page hardback just perfect for sitting next to your hobby area for easy reference. There will also be an electronic version of the book created at the same time.

The Content of ARMIES & LEGIONS & HORDES

Dave is well underway with the writing of the book, and is covering topics like: 
• Inspiration
• Aims
• Expectations
• Planning
• Motivation
• Triumph! 

The book will also contain contributions from some of his favorite army painters including: Brandon Palmer from GMM Studios, Ash Barker from Guerrilla Miniature Games, Teri Litorco from That Teri Girl, Mel Bose from The Terrain Tutor, Joel Moon from the Mordian 7th blog, John Cadice from Ninja Division, Brian Carlson from the Brian Carlson Miniatures blog, and John Lyons from Beasts of War

ARMIES & LEGIONS & HORDES will feature some of Dave’s favorite army/collection projects. The photo showcases will also function as specific examples of the army painting process described in the first half of the book. These projects will include:
• Sci-fi Mass Battle – 40K Genswick 33rd Rifles
• Sci-fi Skirmish – Dark Age collection and terrain
• Sci-fi Big Project – 40K Warlord Titan
• Fantasy Mass Battle – Warhammer Nuln Empire army
• Fantasy Skirmish – Fabled Realms collection and terrain
• Historical Mass Battle – Napoleonic British collection
• Historical Skirmish – WW2 American collection and terrain
• Post-apocalyptic Skirmish – This Is Not A Test collection and terrain 

Sample Army Feature

Dave thought it might be a good idea to put together an example of what he's thinking for these Project Features, so he chose an army that he converted from Warhammer 40,000 to The Horus Heresy - his Vespasian Fusiliers. You can download the 8-page PDF for free from this link HERE.

Rewards 

Stretch Goals

Media Coverage

Dave has been talking with some great media outlets about the ARMIES & LEGIONS & HORDES project, as well as his love of toy soldiers and how that love has helped shape his career. If you'd like to learn more, please check out the links below:

Beasts of War

Cast Dice Podcast

In The Garage Podcast

Command Hand Podcast

Adequate Painter YouTube Channel

Add-Ons 

At the moment, no add-ons are planned. This may change during the campaign. 

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Why Kickstarter?

Dave Taylor Miniatures has created graphic assets and provided campaign advice for a number of other successful Kickstarter campaigns, so it seemed like the right place to launch his very first book.

Risks and challenges

The writing for this book is well underway. Many of the projects are already completed and ready for photography, and the others will be completed by September. Dave works incredibly well with deadlines, and would really hate to let anyone down. This will be his primary motivator during the entire project.

Should something unforeseen happen, Dave will be able to call upon a great network of industry professionals to ensure any problems are dealt with swiftly.

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    This reward level includes a copy of both the printed, hardback version AND an electronic version of the book, and up to seven (7) consultation calls of up to one hour via Skype with Dave to guide you through your next army-building project and its progress over a six-month period. Additional support will be provided via email.
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