My name is Andrew May, I have been working as a freelance sculptor of wargaming figures for the last couple of years and now also run my own miniatures business "Meridian Miniatures". Nearly two years ago I ran my first Kickstarter campaign for a "Steampunk Army" and now comes the follow up "Steampunk Militia" campaign to complement the military figures with their civilian counterparts in the "Steam & Aether" table top setting.
As you can see below the, initial miniatures are already sculpted with the pre production painted masters shown. In each of my previous campaigns I have tried to avoid leaving to much ambiguity between the miniatures promised and the actual product you will recieve, where possible I try to avoid relying on renders and "concept art". Occasionally I will illustrate an idea using either but feel I have built up the reputation for delivering on promises by this stage that you won't be dissapointed.
The above miniatures show the core figures that you can use to build up a force in the Steam and Aether setting or any table top game system of your choosing.
Now that I have experience selling miniature through an online store I have an exact costing basis to work with, I know how much they will retail and how much I can offer them to you as rewards, as an incentive to pledge towards the funding of their production. By funding the moulding and casting en mass I can afford to offer rewards at a reduced amount compared to their final reatil cost, the rewards section for details.
In the Steam & Aether setting I will be introducing rules for "benefactors", these miniatures represent rich patrons that fund expeditions into the apocalyptic ruins. This aristocrat figure is the first of them, en extremely highly detailed figure that will be cast in high quality resin providing a centerpiece to your force or a great project for the modelers and painters out there. This figure is a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE figure. I will. at a later date remodel it as a simpler one piece casting for those that missed out but this figure will never be cast again after the rewards are sent out.
I will be making various pieces and figures available as add ons during the campaign. To add anything extra to your pledge just adjust it by the appropriate amount. I will find out exactly what you pledged for when I send out the surveys after the campaign finishes.
The first add on that I am offering is resin bases for your figures. These have been CAD sculpted and hand finished before being cast in high quality resin. The surface is textured to represent cobbled streets strewn with flagstone paving. Underneath there is a recessed Meridian Miniatures logo, helping you to place the miniature on uneven surfaces without it slipping. You can see painted examples in the photos above. To add on these bases simply add 30p per miniature, for example add £3 to a 10 man squad, £2.10 to the command or just 30p to the benefactor.
10 man infantry squad.
Stretch goal figures (work in progress sculpts).
I've decided to offer either each set of 2 figures for £5 or the whole set of 6 for £12 to all pledgers, saving you £3 on the retail value, no need to add any extra for the postage either.
If you would like to add extra models to your pledge simply add the appropriate amount of money to your pledge based on the pledge levels in the rewards section, for example if you want to have two sets of 10 man squads with your "whole set" reward simply add £18 (don't worry about extra postage).
A free "thank you" sticker will be added to your reward.
£1400 Female militia "add on"
The extra £200 on top of the goal will allow me to mould and produce a "booster set" of 5 female steampunk troops. Once we have raised £1400 you will be able to add on the set for £10
£1500 Casualties freebie.
Once we have reached £1500 I will be able to offer a free set of two casualty figures to every "full set" pledge. (pictures coming soon).
£1600 Melee add on.
Once we have reached £1600 I will be able to offer a set of two melee troops as an add on for £5 (pictures coming soon).
£1700 running troops add on.
Once we have reached £1700 I will be able to offer a set of two running troops as an add on for £5 (pictures coming soon).
£1800 kneeling troops add on,
Once we have reached £1800 I will be able to offer a set of two kneeling troops as an add on for £5 (pictures coming soon).
Further stretch goals may be announced.
Risks and challenges
There is very little risk involved in my project. Once any additional sculpting is finished it is a case of having the moulds made and castings produced. It is possible that there will be complications with moulding or postal service but nothing that will delay me significantly. I feel I have developed an excellent reputation for fulfilling KS campaigns at this stage, feel free to browse my past campaigns updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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