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Create a full line of Snakemen inspired infantry models suitable for 15mm Sci-fi games, along with supporting Mecha, Vehicles and VTOLs
Create a full line of Snakemen inspired infantry models suitable for 15mm Sci-fi games, along with supporting Mecha, Vehicles and VTOLs
89 backers pledged £5,262 to help bring this project to life.

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Project Background

The Astagar, along with many of the 15mm Mercs in the Critical Mass Games line up first came into being in 2010 as five unique serpentine miniatures sculpted by the talented frenchman Pierre Francois.  

Original 5 Astagar Mercs sculpted in 2010
Original 5 Astagar Mercs sculpted in 2010

They have since proved to be one of the enduring packs in the Mercs lineup and we have been working over the last couple years to see them expanded into a full product range.

The originals suited the Mercs line up perfectly but for a complete range we felt a more consistent military look would be required and turned to our concept artist Rob Parkinson to re-invent the look of the Astagar.

Early Astagar Development Sketches
Early Astagar Development Sketches

Moving forward these concepts became the base from which Steve "Cool Hand" Tyler would render the Astagar in 3d form and legendary John Bear Ross could create the supporting Mecha, Vehicle and VTOL ranges.

Rendered Astagar Infantry Miniatures
Rendered Astagar Infantry Miniatures
JBR's Power Armour and Mecha Designs next to the Astagar Infantry
JBR's Power Armour and Mecha Designs next to the Astagar Infantry

We have taken this project as far as we can on our own, but now need your help Kickstarter to make the Astagar range everything we envisage it to be.

The Plan

Our initial funding goal will allow us to put the following into production;

  • Astagar Infantry Squad (Comprising of 1 Commander, 1 SAW and 6 Rifle Infantry)
Astagar Squad 1
Astagar Squad 1
  • Astagar Heavy Cannon and Mortar Weapon Teams
Astagar Heavy Cannon
Astagar Heavy Cannon
Astagar Mortar
Astagar Mortar
  • Astagar Viperia Power Armour 
Astagar Tactical Viperia Power Armour
Astagar Tactical Viperia Power Armour
  • Astagar Volos Support Mecha
Astagar Volos Support Mecha
Astagar Volos Support Mecha

With your help we will smash our initial goal stretching to produce additional infantry miniatures, as well as vehicles, VTOL's and a Drop-ship.

The Pledges

Our entry pledge gets you guys involved in the project and gives you access to all of the additional purchases that become available throughout the campaign. Includes Free World Wide Shipping on all additional purchases.

Initially the Astagar Infantry Company Commander pledge will see you rewarded with six 8-snake Infantry Packs from those unlocked in the Campaign, a Heavy Cannon Weapons Team, a Heavy Mortar Team, plus any eligible stretch goals unlocked. Includes Free World Wide Shipping.

Initially the Astagar Heavy Infantry Company Commander pledge will see you rewarded with 6 Astagar Viperia Tactical Power Armour kits, a Volos Support Mecha Kit, plus any eligible stretch goals unlocked. Includes Free World Wide Shipping.

Initially the Astagar Strike Team Commander pledge will see you rewarded with 2 packs of infantry ( one each of Squad 1 and Squad 2 poses), 2 Astagar Drones, 1 Twin Strike Heavy Cannon Team, 1 Mortar, 2 Viperia Assault Power Armour Kits, an Astagar APC (tracked or Grav) and an Astagar MBT (Tracked of Grav) plus any eligible stretch goals that are unlocked during the campaign. Includes Free World Wide Shipping.

Initially the Astagar Mechanised Infantry Company Commander pledge will see you rewarded with 6 Astagar APC kits as well as a full Infantry Commander pledge, plus any eligible stretch goals unlocked. Includes Free World Wide Shipping. 

Initially the Astagar Armoured Company Commander pledge will see you rewarded with 6 Astagar APC kits, 1 Comms Carrier, 3 Main Battle Tanks, 3 Self Propelled Artillery Pieces as well as a full Infantry Commander pledge, plus any eligible stretch goals unlocked. Includes Free World Wide Shipping.

Stretch Goals

Whilst our initial goal for this project is £2000.00 we have many more ideas beyond our initial production offering and with your support would like to bring them into reality.

Astagar APC Grav and Tracked variants.
Astagar APC Grav and Tracked variants.
Viperia Power Armour Coms variant
Viperia Power Armour Coms variant
Astagar Main Battle Tank Grav Variant
Astagar Main Battle Tank Grav Variant
Astagar Main Battle Tank Tracked Variant
Astagar Main Battle Tank Tracked Variant
Astagar Self Propelled Artillery Tracked and Grav Variants
Astagar Self Propelled Artillery Tracked and Grav Variants
COMMS APC Tracked or Grav Variant
COMMS APC Tracked or Grav Variant

Astagar Remote Drones 

 Astagar "Venom" Class Attack VTOL WIP (Not shown to scale against dropship)

 Astagar "Vigilant" Class Dropship WIP

Additional Buys.

As the project progresses we will make additional products available to anyone who takes advantage of one of the pledge levels.

ADDING TO YOUR PLEDGE.

If you wish to add any of the additional buys to your pledge all you need to do is increase the total amount of your pledge by the amount of the additional items listed below. At the end of this campaign we will contact you with a survey to ascertain which items you require.

Example.

You have pledged £30 for the Early Bird Infantry Commander and would like an additional Heavy Infantry Company Commander pledge at £33 and an additional Squad 1 at £3.50.

Click the "manage your pledge" button and increase your pledge to the total amount.

In this case it would be;

Early Bird Infantry Company Commander £30 + Heavy Infantry Company Commander Pledge £33 + 1 x Astagar Squad 1 £3.50 for a Total of £66.50

So your new pledge amount would be £66.50. Once you have finished making your pledge alterations submit the details.

Risks and challenges

In any project where freelance talent is involved there is always the potential for unforeseen circumstances to push back the production schedule. Where possible we minimise this by conducting works in-house allowing us to rapidly respond.

Sculpting - We have an established working relationship with our freelance sculpting team and are able to work together in a timely fashion to rectify any issues that may arise.

Metal Mould Making - This work will be contracted out to professionals who we have worked with in the past and offer a reliable service.

Resin Mould Making - Dale has specialised in resin mould making for the last 21 years creating any moulds that are needed in house.

Metal Casting - Carried out by Craig in house who has 11 years experience with casting white metal.

Resin Casting - Carried out by Dale in house who has 21 years experience with vacuum and pressure casting.

Shipping - Shipping is always a concern, so we are offering free worldwide to help you help us.

Shipping Dates - Whilst we will do our very best to meet our estimated shipping dates there is always the potential with a project of this type where the required quantities involved by all the backers may exceed expectations. If this is the case we will work to keep backers informed of our progress through regular updates and expedite the work to completion.

Campaign management - Critical Mass Games has successfully completed two previously funded Kickstarter campaigns.

The ZAS 15mm Mercs and Ayame Battle Suit Mecha campaigns each successfully funded well over their initial project goals and have seen full delivery to all backers so we very confident and well practiced in Kick-starter project fulfilment.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    REQUISITION FORM. A big thanks from the CMG team and access to additional buys. Includes Worldwide shipping

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    Pledge £30 or more About $43

    EARLY BIRD - INFANTRY COMPANY COMMANDER. 6 packs of infantry, 1 heavy cannon team & 1 mortar team. Includes Worldwide shipping

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    EARLY BIRD - HEAVY INFANTRY COMPANY COMMANDER. 6 Viperia Power Armour kits & 1 Volos Support Mecha kit. Includes Worldwide shipping

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    Pledge £30 or more About $43

    TANK COMMANDER. 3 Astagar MBT kits either Grav or Tracked variants. Includes Worldwide shipping

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    Pledge £33 or more About $47

    INFANTRY COMPANY COMMANDER. 6 packs of infantry, 1 heavy cannon team & 1 mortar team. Includes Worldwide shipping

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    Pledge £33 or more About $47

    HEAVY INFANTRY COMPANY COMMANDER. 6 Viperia Power Armour kits & 1 Volos Support Mecha kit. Includes Worldwide shipping

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    Pledge £40 or more About $58

    STRIKE TEAM COMMANDER. 2 packs of infantry, 2 Astagar remote drones, 1 heavy cannon team & 1 mortar team, 2 Viperia Power Armour kits, 1 Astagar APC kit & 1 Astagar MBT kit. Includes Worldwide shipping.

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    Pledge £85 or more About $122

    MECHANISED INFANTRY COMPANY COMMANDER. 6 Astagar APC kits either Grav or Tracked variants plus a full INFANTRY COMPANY COMMANDER PLEDGE. Includes Worldwide shipping

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    Pledge £140 or more About $201

    ARMOURED COMPANY COMMANDER. 6 Astagar APC kits, 1 Comms Carrier, 3 Main Battle Tanks, 3 Self Propelled Artillery Pieces either Grav or Tracked Variants plus a full INFANTRY COMPANY COMMANDER PLEDGE. Includes Free World Wide Shipping.

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Funding period

- (30 days)