We are looking to Kickstarter a brand new science fiction miniatures game based on the 2000AD comic strip, Rogue Trooper.
Rogue Trooper features a titanic clash between the Southers and the Norts, on a once paradise world, Nu-Earth. Years of war and the unrestricted use of chemical and biological weapons has resulted in the landscape being turned into a blighted ruin - but still the armies fight amidst the ruins and posioned air, each deploying more troops and secret weapons in a bid to win the strategically important planet.
You can download the first draft of the rulebook here. This rulebook will always be free as a downloadable PDF, and will be constantly updated with the latest rules and models throughout the Kickstarter process and beyond.
So, why do we need your help?
Well, we have two entire armies to fund! As well as the basic infantry squads, there are a wide variety of special units, armoured vehicles and 'secret assets' available to both the Southers and the Norts. Being an 'epic' war, we would very much like to present as many different options to players as soon as possible, so you can dive right in and have huge clashes featuring Kashan Sky Legions, Blackmare Main Battle Tanks, Chem-Strikes, Lazooka teams and all the rest of the weird and devastating weaponry that is available on Nu-Earth!
All the models in this range are metal and/or resin, and are supplied unpainted and unassembled.
We wanted to start fairly modestly with this Kickstarter, and our Goal will fund two 8-man infantry squads (one for Southers, one for Norts), and three variations of Rogue Trooper himself - one of which will see Rogue armed with a heavy Lazooka!
This will be enough to start building a platoon or two and start fighting for your corner of Nu-Earth - but we very much hope you will stick with us and start unlocking some of the more exotic units!
We will also produce a hardback rulebook. This will appear later this year when the rules have all been written, and you have all had a chance to make comments and suggestions on them!
Pledging for Rogue Trooper
In an effort to keep everything as simple as possible while allowing you to construct the armies you wish, most of the pledge levels are based around a number of 'sets.' Typically, a set will include a single squad of around 8 models, depending on their size and complexity. However, some of the really big and complex models, such as the large armoured vehicles, will count as two or more sets - this will be stated clearly for each set if they are unlocked by stretch goals and we will summarise all the sets available as they become unlocked, giving you a One-Stop Guide to the (hopefully) growing Rogue Trooper range.
Everyone pledging will get a mention in the final rulebook, no matter what pledge level they come in on.
It would, of course, not be a Kickstarter for a miniatures game without some stretch goals, and we are hoping you will stick with us on this project to unlock some very tasty units for both the Southers and the Norts!
If we can count on your support to £20,000, we will add two Nort Snipers and the dreaded Black Dome Sniper, the elite among sharpshooters! Though few in number, these snipers will stall an entire Souther platoon, picking off officers, sergeants and heavy weapons soldiers at range.
Six Snipers and a Black Dome Sniper will count as a set, but we will also add two Snipers for FREE to every pledge of Kapitan and above, and every Major pledge will also receive a Black Dome Sniper for FREE!
The Hammerfire Pillboxes used by the Norts are a superb weapon with which to spring a surpirse on the enemy! With a choice of Firebeams, Rotary Cannon, Missile Launchers and Barrage Mortars, these robotic defences can be dropped by hopper or from orbit to form an instant battleline that will resist even a platoon-strength assault!
If we can count on your support to £22,000, we will add hammerfire Pillboxes to the game, as a set of 8 Hammerfire Pillboxes, including weapon options. In addition, we will add a FREE Hammerfire Pillbox to every pledge of Leutnant or higher!
If we reach £24,000, we will add not only the Souther Staff Car, but its Scout Car variant too.
The Staff Car is the perfect transport for your officers as they zip about the battlefield in safety. However, the Staff Car offers far more than just protection, as it is equipped with an advanced communications suite that makes even complicated deployments easy to achieve.
The Scout Car, on the other hand can not only keep an eye on enemy movements, but can direct artillery strikes (and Chemstrikes!) on its own authority, making it a useful component in a force whose commander is busy or dead! The Staff and Scout Cars count as 2 sets each.
In addition to the Scout Car, we will also add a model of the Traitor General, which will be added freely to all Kapitan and Major pledges!
Risks and challenges
We have worked very hard to minimise the risks to any backers on this project, and have used a great deal of what we have learned on the (successful) Judge Dredd miniatures game Kickstarter project last year.
To this end, we have already lined up the sculptors needed for this project, and we have already committed to a large amount of the 3D design required for the vehicles in the stretch goals. This will ensure we get a good head start.
We have also somewhat increased the length of time we believe it will take us to finish all the models in this range. We are stating that we will deliver in September this year, though we are expecting to complete sending everyone's models out before then. However, this will allow for anything to go wrong - perhaps a sculpt needs re-doing, or a master mould cracks. These problems can (and do!) arise, but after having produced miniatures for many years now, we can anticipate where a lot of issues may lie and take steps to avoid them.
Finally, by allowing backers to select what sets they are after, in the quantity they want, right from the start, we have eliminated a huge amount of the admin issues that impacted the Judge Dredd project. This means we will be able to send out models as soon as they leave our forge, meaning you get models in your hands far quicker!
This also means you will not have to wait until everything is completed before you see any models. Instead, models will be sent out in 'waves' as soon as they are ready. So, when the Skorpion Battlewagon rolls off the production line, everyone who has selected one or more of these tanks will be sent them, all at the same time. Then, when the next model is ready, everyone who selected that will be sent it. The shipping for these multiple packages is all included in the amount you pledge for.
Finally, we endeavour to keep all our backers in the loop at all times, not just during the Kickstarter process. When the project is complete (hopefully with success!), you will continue to receive updates from us, giving you previews of models as they are sculpted and updates as to where we are with production and shipping. You will also have the email address to myself, the creator, so you can badger me at any time with queries, suggestions and comments!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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