with this, my second project in the world of Steam & Aether, I invite you to contribute towards the moulding and casting of a monstrous 28mm scaled creature and more!
As expeditions into post-catastrophe France increased in frequency, so too did the discovery of bizarre and monstrous forms of life inhabiting the Aetheric wasteland. Whether these creatures are divergent mutant strains of life corrupted by the Aether explosion, or are not of this world at all, remains to be seen. The Prussian science ministry and British Royal Society demanded military missions into the wasteland carry out research and bring back samples, both mineral and biological. The Prussian Guildmasters and British regimental commanders were initially reticent to endanger their men by subduing some of the more ferocious beasts of the Wasteland, but as soon they saw the rewards offered by the authorities, they danced to a different tune.
Just over a year ago, with the help of many generous backers, I successfully funded my "Steampunk Army" campaign to produce miniatures for my Steam & Aether game setting. Since then the backstory for my Victorian sci fi world has grown, unveiling a rich setting that demmands to be populated!
After the Aetheric catastrophe, much of Western Europe was permeated with cosmic emanations, transdimensional elements and particles were strewn about the land, wreaking chaos everywhere. While the Consulate's portals remained open, stranger things still crawled, strode, slithered and floated through into our dimension.
The first monster that I have chosen to create is this horrifically tentacled maritime mass, dubbed "Aequatherium Magnus", of the many concepts and sketches that I have compliled I felt that it was the most versatile in that it has plenty of scope for use outside of the Steam & Aether setting. I can imagine it being used in plenty of other sci fi/fantasy/mythos games.
Many soldiers and collectors have lost their lives in the pursuit of these terrifying monsters, but their high demand and sky-rocketing value ensures that there are always others willing to risk life and limb for the sake of the hunt.
Of course, in the Steam & Aether setting someone needs to step up to the challenge of defeating such a monster, each side needs it's steampunk monster hunters to take to the tabletop! Both of these 28mm scale miniatures are cast in high quality resin and are timed limited figures available for the KS campaign, only seeing general release one year from campaign end.
Hanne Haas is an infamous maritime hunter, renown across Prussia for her explosive exploits since the Aether catastrophe.
William Scoresby III is an avaricious British whaler turned monster hunter, leading expeditions deep into the northern teaches of former France in pursuit of riches.
Stretch goals and add ons.
Stickers, two free stickers to say thanks for helping bring these figures to the tabletop, free to all pledgers.
Eggs, every backer at or above "completist" level gets a free metal cluster of Aequatherium eggs to use in you Steam & Aether games. Further eggs can be added to you pledge if required for £2 each.
Spawn, every backer at or above "completist" level gets 3 metal Aequatherium spawn added to their pledge for free. Additional spawn figures can be added to your pledge if required at £1.50 per model.
Harpoon guns, free to all pledges at completest level or higher, not availible as an add on.
New add ons.
Casualties are now unlocked, you can add them for £5 per three figure set, choose Prussian (left) or British (right) (heads may vary sightly from pictured).
Divers are now unlocked, you can add them for £10 per set, these figures are KS exclusives and will never be cast again.
Risks and challenges
Once funding is reached, there is very little risk involved with the project, the figures are in the hands of the mould makers ready to have production moulds made. Barring an accident with the master model or postal problems I can't foresee any real issues, I just need the funds to get everything under way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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