About this project
Critical Mass Games was established in 2009 by two friends Craig and Dale with a goal of releasing some exciting new 15mm Science Fiction Miniatures.
Since that time we have worked hard and launched 4 ranges of miniatures, supporting vehicles and terrain along with a set of 15mm Company level rules.
The Mercenary Infantry up until now have been an ad-hoc range of figures offered to us by some very talented sculptors, but with the help of Kickstarter we are hoping to expand some of these lines in to full ranges of regular infantry whilst still maintaining the look and feel of the originals.
We have talked to a lot of people and customer feedback has lead us to believe that several of the Mercenaries codes we currently produce have the potential to become full ranges.
The most requested of these are ZAS Infantry Sculpted by Phil Lewis in 2011, so having proven the most popular so we have decided to start here and with your help we can turn 4 figures into a full range in a short period of time.
To start the project we are aiming to have a basic infantry squad and Command sculpted, then as we hit our goals include heavy weapons in the line up. If we smash our initial goals we will start looking to introduce some VTOLs for the ZAS into the project.
The basic squad will consist of 6 miniatures;
Squad Leader - Armed with a Rifle
Squad Support Weapons - 1 Armed with a Grenade Launcher, 1 Armed with a SAW
ZAS Troopers - 3 Miniatures armed with Rifles
The Command Group will consist of;
Platoon Support Drone
The ZAS project plan
Your pledge corresponds to a specific reward level. Each pledge level gives you access to a reward, be it our gracious thanks at the base level, and then on to squads, platoons, and companies of Infantry, and for those of you that fancy it fully mechanised infantry companies.
The campaign pledges are structured around the end product that we are hoping to fund and produce. Each level has been given its own title and grants a reward. Further more if we manage to hit certain stretch goals during the campaign the contents of these pledges may increase.
Our entry pledge gets you guys involved in the project and a big thanks from the CMG team via a special mention on our website for helping fund this project.
ZAS Squad Leader pledges will see you rewarded with 12 Miniatures comprising of two 6 figure packs. Each pack will contain 1 Leader, 1 Squad Support Weapon, 1 Special Weapon, and 3 ZAS Troopers.
ZAS Platoon Leader pledges is where you will start to see more of a mix of the ZAS Mercenary miniatures created by this project. You will receive 28 Miniatures comprising of 1 Platoon Commander, 1 Communications Specialist, 1 Medic, 1 Drone, plus four 6 figure packs from the Squad Leader pledge level. Plus any stretch goals this pledge level achieves.
The ZAS Company Commander pledge gains you access to all the ZAS Infantry options created as part of this project. You will initially receive 57 Miniatures comprising of 1 Company Commander, 2 Platoon Commanders, 2 Communications Specialist, 2 Medic, 2 Drone, plus eight 6 figure packs from the Squad Leader pledge level. Plus any stretch goals this pledge level achieves (**hint this is likely to see the most**).
The ZAS Company Colours pledge will get you everything from the ZAS Company Commander pledge level including any stretch bonuses pro-painted by the CMG Team.
The ZAS Mechanised Infantry Commander pledge gains you everything from the ZAS Infantry Commander Pledge level, plus armoured support. You will initially receive 57 Miniatures comprising of 1 Company Commander, 2 Platoon Commanders, 2 Communications Specialist, 2 Medic, 2 Drone, plus eight 6 figure packs from the Squad Leader pledge level. Plus any stretch goals this pledge level achieves. Additionally your will receive 4 Bastion IFVs and 3 Havoc Tanks (these are from our existing Mercenary vehicle line, and are available in grav or tracked versions, your choice).
The ZAS Army Commander pledge combines everything from the ZAS Mechanised Commander and Airmobile Pledge. Includes Worldwide Shipping
This is currently our maximum pledge. The ZAS Parade colours will see you receive everything from the Mechanised Infantry Commander Pledge, plus any stretch goals achieved Pro-painted by the CMG Team.
The VTOLs have taken to the skies, this is our entry level pledge getting you 1 Strike Hawk Attack VTOL Kit. Each kit comprises of resin hull, wings, engines (x2), Missiles Pods (x4), Gun Pods (x2). White metal, chin gun, sensor array, gun pod inserts (x2), landing skids (x3).
For those of you needing a little extra fire support for your infantry forces we have the Strike Hawk Commander Pledge giving you 3 Strike Hawk Attack VTOL kits.
Fresh men and materiel is inbound as the skies fill with Galacia Heavy Transport VTOL's. This is our entry level pledge getting you 1 Galacia Heavy Transport VTOL Kit. Each kit comprises of resin hull, engines (x4). White metal, chin gun and landing skids (x4).
When you really want to catch your opponent flat footed you need to deliver large quantaties of men and materiel to the right place at the right time. With this in mind we have the Galacia Commander Pledge giving you 3 Galacia Heavy Transport VTOL kits.
Airmobile Commander is really 'bringing the thunder'. Everything from the Company Commander pledge plus everything from the Strike Hawk Flight Commander and the Galacia Flight Commander pledges.
As Supreme Commander you wouldn't consider entering the field of battle without your elite personal guard. Therefore the Supreme Commander pledge contains one of everything from the Mechanised Commander and Airmobile Commander pledges, plus one additional Galacia Troop Transport, after all you'll need your personal ride, also 10 additional master castings of a 15mm ZAS infantry figure sculpted to your personal specification in liaison with the CMG team.
Victory Colours, our new supreme pledge level. 1 of everything from the Mechanised Commander and Airmobile Commander Pledges, plus an additional Galacia Troop Transport, afterall you'll need your personal ride, plus 5 copies of 1 additional ZAS Infantry figure sculpted to your specification in liason with the CMG team, all Pro-painted by the CMG team. Includes Worldwide Shipping.
Whilst our initial goal for this project is £1500.00 if we can attract enough pledges to take us beyond this it will carry us all beyond the initial miniatures lineup.
At £2000.00 we will sculpt a heavy weapons platform with two different weapon options and 2 Crew members. This will be included in all pledges of Platoon Leader and above.
At £2500.00 we will sculpt a RAM (Rocket Assisted Mortar) weapons platform with 2 Crew members. This will be included in all pledges of Company Commander and above.
At £3000.000 all pledges of Company Commander and above will include 3 Heavy Weapons Teams and 3 RAM Weapons Teams instead of 1 from the previous two stretch goals.
At £4000.00 we will create the Strike Hawk Attack VTOL and add new pledge level options.
At £5000.00 we will create the Galacia Heavy Troop Transport VTOL and add new pledge level options.
At £6000.00 all pledges of Platoon Leader and Company Commander will receive an extra heavy weapon base and 2 crew per heavy weapon team, meaning you do not have to decide whether to use the gatling gun or energy cannon, you can just use both. This stretch goal effectively doubles the heavy weapons in your pledge. Note this stretch goal does not apply to additional purchases.
At £7000 the renowned designer John Bear Ross will create the Ravager Assault Mecha and Blackguard Support Mecha. New pledge levels and purchase options will be added for these vehicles.
At £8000 all pledges of Company Commander will receive 6 additional ZAS miniatures armed with a range of special weapons, including, flamer, plasma gunner, sniper, alt SAW pose, Missile Launcher, Laser Cannon. This pack will also be available as an additional purchase.
At £8500 all Mechanised Company Commander pledges will receive one extra Turret giving you the option to build a command variant vehicle. Complete Command Vehicles will be available as additional purchases.
At £9000 all pledges of Platoon Leader will receive 1 Objective marker, whilst pledges of Company Commander will receive 2 Objective markers. Objective markers will be available as additional purchases.
At £9500 all pledges of Company Commander will receive 2 supply containers. These containers will also be available as an additional purchase.
At £10K all Ravager and Blackguard mecha will come with alt weapon load outs for there arms as standard.
This is the big one people, at 12K all pledges of Company Commander or above will receive 1 Blackguard or Ravager Mecha of your choice (including any Mecha upgrades already unlocked). Army Commander, Supreme Commander, and Victory Colours Pledges will receive 2 Mecha of your choice rather than just 1.
As the project progresses we will make additional packs available to anyone pledging at Platoon Commander Level or above.
ADDING TO YOUR PLEDGE.
If you wish to add any of the additional purchases to your pledge all you need to do is increase the 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 Company commander Early Bird and wish to to add 2 Strike Hawk VTOLS listed as £11 each. Click the "manage your pledge" button and increase your pledge to the total amount.
In this case it would be;
Company Commander Early Bird £30 + Strike Hawk Attack VTOL £11 + Strike Hawk Attack VTOL £11 for a Total of £52.00
So your new pledge amount would be £52.00. Once you have finished making your pledge alterations submit the details.
Each ZAS Infantry Squad pack will contain 1 Leader, 1 Squad Support Weapon, 1 Special Weapon, and 3 ZAS Troopers.
Each ZAS Command Team pack will contain 1 Company Commander, 1 Platoon Commander, 1 Communication Specialist, 1 Medic, & 1 Support Drone.
Each ZAS Special Weapons Additional Purchase option contains 6 ZAS troopers each carrying a special weapon. You will recieve one each of the following: flamer, plasma gunner, sniper, alt SAW pose, Missile Launcher and Laser Cannon.
Each ZAS Done pack will contain a single ZAS Support Drone.
The Objective Marker additional purchase is for a single Objective Marker comprising off resin dish, white metal turret and resin base piece (not shown)
The Supply Container additional purchase is for a single Supply Container, casting size approx 28mm wide, 60mm long, 24mm high.
The pick and mix additional purchase will allow you to add specific miniatures from the ZAS miniatures line to your pledge. The pick and mix offer will include the existing ZAS Mercenary Miniatures, any newly created ZAS Mercenary Miniatures and any created Heavy Weapon Components.
The ZAS command vehicle is a multi-part kit comprising both resin and white metal components.
Each Strike Hawk Attack VTOL kit comprises of resin hull, wings, engines, Missiles Pods (x4), Gun Pods (x2). White metal, chin gun, sensor array, gun pod inserts (x2), landing skids (x3).
Each Galacia Heavy Transport VTOL kit comprises a resin hull, 4 resin engine assemblies, a white metal chin gun and 4 white metal landing skids.
Each Ravager Assault Mecha is a multipart kit.
Each Blackguard Support Mecha is a multipart kit.
The Vehicle Colours Plus has replaced the Colours Plus Additional Purchase Option. Having talked to backers they are requiring more flexibility in additional painted options so we have simplified into one option. The Vehicle Colours Plus is still only available to the "Colours" level pledges, such as "Company Colours", etc. The are no others limits to these additions for these pledge levels. Each £40 addition to your pledge will give you 1 Vehicle (VTOL, Mecha, Tanks, IFVs) of your choice available at the end of this project pro-painted by the CMG team. For example an addition of £120 would allow you 3 additional painted vehicles as part of your existing "Colours" pledge.
Thanks for your Support, Craig & Dale at Critical Mass Games
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 20 years creating any moulds that are needed in house. In regards to the ZAS project this will include vehicle parts and any rapid prototype parts that need to be made into metal.
Metal Casting - Carried out by Craig in house who has 10 years experience with casting white metal.
Resin Casting - Carried out by Dale in house who has 20 years experience with vacuum and pressure casting.
Painting - All the Pro-painted rewards offered in this project will be completed by the CMG Team (Craig and Dale) who paint all of the miniatures pictured on the Critical Mass online store. Between Craig and Dale they have a total 55 years professional painting experience. Dale Hurst won 4 Golden Demons (1988/89), whilst Craig has been a freelancer for Prince August, Harlequin Miniatures, Target Games. Both Craig and Dale have had their freelance paintwork featured on the Stuff of Legends website for user Orclord. Painted rewards will ship July 2013 giving us time to paint the miniatures to your specification and our standards of excellence.
Shipping - Shipping is always a concern, so we are offering free worldwide to help you help us. Initial releases should be shipped out in May 2013.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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