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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Heavy Cannon and Mortar Weapon Teams
- Astagar Viperia Power Armour
- 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.
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.
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 Remote Drones
Astagar "Venom" Class Attack VTOL WIP (Not shown to scale against dropship)
Astagar "Vigilant" Class Dropship WIP
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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