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.
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
2) Austrian 6-pound cannon
3) Austrian 7-pound howitzer
4) Austrian 12-pound heavy field gun
5) Austrian Y-Frame limber
6) uniformed Austrian artillery train rider and three new limber team horses.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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