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At Slap Miniatures we're seeking the funds to hand craft a new range of 15mm (1/100) scale figures, with the retail copies cast as whole finished pieces in high quality pewter.
There are two sets of figures on offer, both containing one piece pewter castings of 30 individually posed figures. So with your help in bringing this kickstarter to life there will be 60 uniquely posed figures to choose from. I feel this is important, making every soldier in your table top army look and feel like an individual.
The most common soldier in all armies is the humble rifleman, so I've created 30 individually posed riflemen. Furthermore there will also be 30 individually posed 'specialists' to bolster the rifleman.
Amongst the specialists there will be 6 different types of soldier armed with differing weaponry. 5 Rocket troopers, 5 Communication troopers, 5 grenadiers, 5 assault troopers, 5 snipers and 5 machine gunners.
There's also rucksacks available too! Who doesn't like those? Suitable for many 15mm figures.
The following is all of our rifleman fully finished and ready for production.
And here are the specialists. All of which were sculpted and finished prior to the kickstarter ending!
Comms Troopers rear shot;
Groupshot of all 60 figures. (Yes, 60 unique figures!)
And the rucksacks. A choice of two different types.
To show our gratitude to all of our backers for getting this project Kickstarted we're including a few extra troopers and GDF weapon sprues for all rewards (apart from Citizens, sorry!) Not to forgot a life time discount for the SLAP Miniatures webstore!
Our rewards are determined by military ranks and a few specialist titles as well. Within in each rank there will be differing quantities of Rifleman sets and or specialist sets along with a slightly preferable price depending on your chosen rank.
Should you wish to have more than your reward level allows for then you can add the necessary funds to your pledge for additional platoons and ruck sacks.
Bear in mind that the price of additional platoons correlates with your chosen reward as shown above.
Also should you add funds for add-ons please send me a message including a list of what you have added funds for. That way when the time comes for your pledge to be shipped it's easier for me to get it right and you don't forget what you wanted!
Postage within Britain 1st class: £3.00
Postage to the rest of the world: £6.00
We can normally cover the cost of postage within Britain. However post destined for foreign shores is rarely covered by the above charge. However I don't mind taking a bit of a hit.
Whilst I'm not currently offering any other postal services, such as insured post I would consider it if there is enough demand.
I'd just like to explain why I've set the delivery date to July;
March: Running the Kickstarter (and attempting to finish specialist figures before the kickstarter is over).
April: Will have definitely finished the specialist figures.
May: Figures sent off for casting and production.
June: Packaging and posting of everyone's pledges.
July: A spare month, just in case the moulds don't turn out correctly, figures need remastering or the casters are a little late.
As for the Generals pledge, should anyone take one of the three on offer I shouldn't have any difficulty in finishing them when the time comes to ship everyone's pledges.
You can probably tell there is a fair bit of leeway for me to finish sending out everyone's rewards. I'd expect to get everything sent out before July. However with the last kickstarter running late I do not wish to dissapoint anyone, including myself
I have been building up my business SLAP-Minis making miniature metal figures for the past 4 years, and have already had 2 successful Kick-started launches in that time.
Kickstarter is a fantastic platform to show off a new project to a large prospective global audience, and as a result is a fast-track way of finding new customers who want to buy my products, as well as valuable comments and feedback. I have spent many months of unpaid work creating this new 15mm range, and by raising a healthy batch of advance orders it gives my modest business the cash funds needed to pay for all of the moulds to be made, plus the initial casting of the whole range of figures. It will also hopefully generate a small profit to allow me to fund the modelling of the accessories and future ranges of figures outlined in my project.
I run a humble online shop, SLAP Miniatures where I sell my creations. The GDF Figures will be made available here after everyone's pledges are sent to them.
And as a way of saying thank you every pledger recieves a lifetime 10% discount unique to this kickstarter to use on the webstore!
I've kept this kickstarter limited in scope in order to keep things easy to manage.
However I do plan to add more figures to this range to fill the more niche things a tabletop army may need. Heavy weapon emplacements, officers, combat engineers, pilots and the like. I Just think it's important to show that there's planned expansion of this range and others in the future.
As the kickstarter progresses I'll be sure to share concept sketches of future GDF figures with you.
Not only that but I do have two other armies with some of the work done and will follow the same pattern this project has taken. 30 rifleman figures and 30 specialists to fulfil the basic needs of a tabletop army.
There are also civvies, something I'd also like to expand upon.
Vehicles, mechanized combat suits and other more exotic infantry are something I want to do, but they'll have to wait.
You can have a quick peek at the other two armies that will follow should this kickstarter go well. These are Just the dollies, which I would use to sculpt arms and heads onto.
Global Defence Forces (Used for this kickstarter)
Really bad guys.
Troops without armour, to represent base staff and such.
Civilian scientists and engineers.
Guns, helmets and rucksacks.
Heavy armoured types and others.
Risks and challenges
The only potential risk to backers of this kickstarter would be late delivery and perhaps the odd missing part. Having encountered these issues before in previous kickstarters I'm aware of the problem. I can only say that I intend to get rewards out before schedule and missing pieces replaced.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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