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Fife & Drum/Minden Miniatures is adding new 1/56 scale (28mm) models of the Austrian artillery of the Seven Years War.
Fife & Drum/Minden Miniatures is adding new 1/56 scale (28mm) models of the Austrian artillery of the Seven Years War.
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Final 24 Hours Stretch Goal -- $10,000 - Wagons!

Only 24 hours to go and if we can reach the $10,000 pledge we will add these beautiful munitions wagons to the Minden artillery range. As an incentive, the General Fermor personality figure will be made available to backers at the $50 and above pledge levels.

Russian Artillery Wagons
Russian Artillery Wagons

Fife & Drum Miniatures wants to add Austrian artillery equipment to its Minden Seven Years War range of historical miniature figures. The equipment will be made in 1/56 scale and are designed to augment our existing line up of Prussian and French models.

This Kickstarter project is designed for a quick turn around and delivery of the models to all backers. We have already commissioned the work with our sculptor and the "greens" are already completed. From here they will be sent to our caster, Griffin Mould Ltd., to have the master and production moulds created, afterwhich we will commence the spinning of the metal and get products delivered within three months after the project is funded.

Products that get funded under our stretch goals will be delivered in six month increments following the release of the Austrian artillery. So the Russian artillery would be released 6 months after the Austrian artillery and the Russian artillery crew to be released 6 months after the gun models, etc.

The initial models that we are adding to the Minden range include:

1) Austrian 3-pound light regimental cannon

Austrian 3-pounder
Austrian 3-pounder

2) Austrian 6-pound cannon

Austrian 6-pounder
Austrian 6-pounder

3) Austrian 7-pound howitzer

Austrian 7-pound howitzer
Austrian 7-pound howitzer

4) Austrian 12-pound heavy field gun

Austrian 12-pounder
Austrian 12-pounder

5) Austrian Y-Frame limber

Austrian 12-pdr in travel position on limber
Austrian 12-pdr in travel position on limber

6) uniformed Austrian artillery train rider and three new limber team horses.

Austrian Artillery Train Mounted Driver
Austrian Artillery Train Mounted Driver
Austrian Artillery Train Drivers
Austrian Artillery Train Drivers

Stretch Goal - $6,000 - Prussian 12-pound Brummer - FUNDED!

FUNDED: Prussian heavy 12-pound Brummer, the famous fortress artillery cannon that the Prussians used at the Battle of Leuthen in 1757. A free Frederick the Great personality figure will be given to all backers at the $50 pledge level or above since the $6,000 stretch goal has been reached.

Stretch Goal: $7,000 - Russian Artillery - FUNDED!

In anticipation of starting a new SYW Russian range in 2015, we will commence work on the Russian artillery equipment if we hit our stretch goal of $7,000. The Russian models will include the famous Shuvalov Secret Howitzer, the 6-pound and 12-pound field pieces, and a 12-pound Unicorn cannon. A free 3-piece vignette of two artillery laborers carrying an ammo crate will be given to all backers at the $100 pledge level or above if we reach this stretch goal.

Stretch Goal: $8,500 - Russian Artillery Crew

The Minden range cannot have just the usual set of four artillery crew, not with some of the amazing gun models that we have planned. There will be a set of artillery crew loading and another set firing. A free Russian personality figure (Lt. General Fermor) will be given to all backers at the $100 pledge level or above of we reach this stretch goal.

STRETCH GOAL $10,000 - Russian Artillery Wagons!

We will add a two wheel and four wheel wagon for the artillery train if we can reach this stretch goal in the last 24 hours of the campaign.

STRETCH GOAL: $12,000 - Observation Corps Artillery Crew

We will add eight Observation Corps artillerists, loading and firing, once we reach the final stretch goal of $12,000.

Risks and challenges

How long has Fife & Drum been in business?

Fife & Drum was established in 2010 starting with a range of figures for the American Revolutionary War (or AWI) that has grown to over 130 figures in that short time span. In 2013, Fife & Drum acquired the Minden Miniatures SYW range of figures. The Minden range has well over 200 separate figures covering every major combatant in the SYW (Austria, Prussia, France, Britain and Hanover) Both ranges are sculpted by the very talented Richard Ansell.

Is there a risk that the models will not be sculpted on time?

No, the first five Austrian models have already been sculpted and only await funding for the master and production moulds before any figures can be produced. We are confident that the Austrian artillery models will be cast and shipped by the end of this year - 2014.

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    Fife & Drum Supporter. You will receive a PDF of the one page Der Alte Fritz rules for Seven Years War gaming.

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    One Austrian cannon of your choice.

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    One Austrian cannon of your choice and four Austrian artillery crew.

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    Two Austrian cannon models of your choice.

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    Three Austrian cannon models of your choice.

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    Two cannon of your choice and 8 artillery crew (4 per cannon).

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    One complete Austrian artillery section including a cannon of your choice, one limber, two limber horses, one artillery train driver and four artillery crew.

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    One of each of the four Austrian cannon models or any four models of your choice.

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    Three cannon of your choice and 12 crew figures (4 per cannon)

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    Four Austrian cannon of your choice with 16 artillery crew (4 per cannon).

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    Full Austrian Battery including two cannon, 8 crew, 4 limber horses, 2 artillery train drivers and 2 limbers. Full swap privileges allow you to swap your figures for other Minden or Fife & Drum figures at the same retail value.

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    Two complete sets of all four Austrian cannon (8 cannon models and 2 limbers in total). Swap privileges same as at $100 level plus free Lt. General von Loudon personality figure.

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    Artillery Company: 4 complete sets of artillery each including Austrian cannon of your choice, 2 limber horses, train driver and limber. Includes swap privileges and the von Loudon personality figure.

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    The Mother Lode of Artillery: 12 complete sets of cannon (6 each of Austrian and Prussian or 4 each of Austrian, Prussian and French cannon, limbers, horses, crew and train drivers). Includes swap privileges, the von Loudon personality figure and a Charles of Lorraine personality figure.

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    Benefactor: you will receive all of the figures in the Motherlode pledge level and we will commission any SYW personality figure of your choice - it could even be YOU!. The artillery figures will be shipped in December 2014 and the unique personality figure will ship approximately 6 months after that. Free international and domestic shipping.

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    Patron of the Arts: you want to be a supporter of the Minden range. You will receive a unique personality figure sculpted by Richard Ansell and you can help choose the next addition to the SYW or War of Austrian Succession range of figures. Includes all of the figures in the Mother Lode pledge level. Figures will be shipped in December 2014 but the unique personality figure wil ship within 6 months after that.

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    Grand Patron of the Arts: you receive the same rewards as the Patron of the Arts plus your unique personality figure will be painted for you by Der Alte Fritz himself.

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