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We aim to produce a range of 28mm WW1 French Halflings to provide opposition to our existing WW1 German Goblins.
32 backers pledged £1,871 to help bring this project to life.

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We recently bought the WW1 German Goblin range from Goblin Garrison.  This provides a large range of goblins in WW1 dress (both with Pickelhaube and Stalhelm) and were originally visualised as opposition to Hasslefree Miniatures' Kindred WW1 British Halflings and Russian Dwarves.

Goblin Flame Thrower Team
Goblin Flame Thrower Team

We want to produce a range of WW1 French Halflings to complement the Kindred and to provide a complete range for Black Hat Miniatures with two races to fight each other.

We could release the range slowly over the next year (as we've have done with other ranges) but are hoping that Kickstarter will provide the funds to produce the range in one go and thus provide people with a complete range of WW1 French Halfling troops.

The initial greens for the first release in the range have already been produced by our sculptor Adam Gayford (better known as Whiffwaff) providing 5 different riflemen figures, a sergeant and an officer and an LMG team.

Here is the squad painted by Shakespeare Studios - figures come unopainted unless you buy a painted reward.

Riflemen
Riflemen
LMG team, sergeant and Officer
LMG team, sergeant and Officer
French General painted by Shakespeare Studio
French General painted by Shakespeare Studio

Pledges of £28 and above will also receive our exclusive Kickstarter only figure of a French General (unpainted). The picture shows the painting standard from Jez at Shakespeare Studio for our painted rewards.

The initial Kickstarter funds will pay for the sculpting and the costs of producing the moulds and the initial production run.

After the initial run is funded then we will add additional stretch goals to add extra figures to the range.

Available Squads

The following squads are available as choices for the £28 and above pledge levels:

French In Kepi

WW1 French Riflemen in Kepi
WW1 French Riflemen in Kepi

German Goblins in Pickelhaube

German Goblin Riflemen in Pickelhaube
German Goblin Riflemen in Pickelhaube

German Goblins in Stalhelm

German Goblin Riflemen in Stalhelm
German Goblin Riflemen in Stalhelm

French Halflings in Adrian Helmet

Not yet sculpted.... Available!

Each Squad consists of 5 Riflemen, 1 Officer, 1 Sergeant and a 2 strong LMG team.

ADDONS

You can add any of the existing WW1 German Goblin packs from our online_shop here:

http://www.blackhat.co.uk/online_shop/index.php?cPath=121_196_197

by totaling the amount you wish to spend and adding that total to your pledge. For example, if you wanted to add a Sniper and a Flamethrower team you would add £2+£8 = £10.00 to your pledge amount.

You can also add extra copies of the figures listed in the WW1 Halfling Squads for £2.00 a figure (a maximum of 10 of any one figure) to your pledge.  This enables you to add an extra officer or LMG team if you want them.

Add-ons are only available for pledges of £15 and over.

You can either contact me with the details of what you want adding, or you can enter these in the survey which will be set out when the Kickstarter campaign has finished.

STRETCH GOALS

Once we have raised funds for the initial squad of Halflings we want to expand the range with extras:

£1,000 - ACHIEVED!

We will produce an HMG team comprising off one HMG and three crew in Kepi. This will be available to anyone who has pledged £15 or more for a £6 additional pledge.
Expected Delivery April 2013

£1250 - ACHIEVED!

We will produce a French Trench Mortar and 3 crew in Kepi. This will be available to anyone who has pledged £15 or more for a £6 additional pledge.
Expected Delivery April 2013

£1500- ACHIEVED

We will produce the initial Squad of 9 figures in Adrian Helmets for the later war period. At this point they can be chosen as an option for the £28 and above pledge levels as one of your squads or as an addon for £15.
Expected Delivery April 2013

£1750- ACHIEVED

We will produce an HMG team comprising off one HMG and three crew in Adrian Helmet. This will be available to anyone who has pledged £15 or more for a £6 additional pledge.
Expected Delivery May 2013

£2000

We will produce a French Trench Mortar and 3 crew in Adrian Helmet. This will be available to anyone who has pledged £15 or more for a £6 additional pledge.
Expected Delivery May 2013

£2250

We will produce a Sniper and a trooper with an anti-tank Rifle Grenade in Adrian Helmet. These will be available to anyone who has pledged £15 or more for a £3 additional pledge.
Expected Delivery May 2013

£2750

We will produce a 37mm Trench Gun with 3 crew in Adrian Helmet. These will be available to anyone who has pledged £15 or more for a £12 additional pledge. Expected Delivery May 2013.

£3000

We will produce a team of 4 Trench Raiders equipped with spades, grenades and shotguns in Adrian Helmet. These will be available to anyone who has pledged £15 or more for a £6 additional pledge.
Expected Delivery May 2013.

£3500

We will produce a French Halfling Field Kitchen with Cook and Assistant. This will be available to anyone who has pledged £15 or more for a £15 additional pledge.
Expected Delivery June 2013.

£4000

We will produce a squad of pony mounted Halfling Cavalry comprising of 3 troopers, an officer and a bugler. These will be available to anyone who has pledged £15 or more for a £15 additional pledge.
Expected Delivery June 2013

About Black Hat Miniatures

Black Hat Miniatures is a well established, but small miniatures company based in Woking, England run by Mike Lewis. Black Hat was started in 2004 in order to produce the Martian Empires Range of 18mm Victorian Science Fiction figures and the associated game.

In 2006 we bought Gladiator Games and their historical miniatures ranges as well as Coat D'arms paints.

Over the last 6 years we have added a number of ranges to the Black Hat Catalogue; particularly expanding on the Science Fiction and Fantasy ranges.

Black Hat Miniatures has a good reputation for customer service, which is something we work hard to maintain.

Credits

Images in the video are courtesy of Akula and feature the Frothers Unite WW1 Salute game.

Music written by Tom Cusack from www.freemusicforvideos.com

The Kindred (WW1 British Halflings) and the Russian Dwarves are both available from Hasslefree Miniatures

The German Goblins are available from us at our Black Hat Online Shop

Risks and challenges

All moulding and casting is done in-house, so we am not reliant on external companies to produce the figures.

The figures are being sculpted by WhiffWaff but are being produced based on dollies which means that another sculptor could complete the range is really necessary.

The major risks are the unforeseen such as an illness or machinery breakdown that could delay the production of the figures. However, there is nothing I can envisage that should stop the project being completed.

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.28

    A pledge of support to help the project along even if you can't afford more or just want to encourage the production of more halflings. We very much appreciate your support.

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    You can choose 3 figures from the initial squad of the 5 Riflemen, Sergeant or Officer all in Kepi.

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    You receive one squad of 9 halflings comprising of:

    5 x Riflemen,

    1 x Sergeant,

    1 x Officer,
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    2 x LMG team

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    Pledge £28 or more About US$ 36

    You receive two squads of 9 figures and can choose between the initial French Kepi Wearing Halflings, our existing German Goblins or squads which are added later in the Kick Starter campaign.

    You will also receive the Kickstarter only French General figure.

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    Pledge £42 or more About US$ 54

    You receive three squads of 9 figures and can choose between the initial French Kepi wearing Halflings, our existing German Goblins or squads which are added later in the Kick Starter campaign.

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    Pledge £54 or more About US$ 69

    You receive four squads of 9 figures and can choose between the initial French Kepi wearing Halflings, our existing German Goblins or squads which are added later in the Kick Starter campaign.

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    Pledge £80 or more About US$ 102

    Receive a professionally painted squad of 9 figures painted by Shakespeare Studios who paint Black Hat Miniature's display figures

    You will also receive the Kickstarter only French General figure.

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    Receive two professionally painted squads of 9 figures each of your choice painted by Shakespeare Studios who paint Black Hat Miniature's display figures

    You will also receive the Kickstarter only French General figure.

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