Triumph of Death: 28mm Renaissance skeleton army miniatures cast in white metal for gamers and collectors, by Skull and Crown Stratagem, Inc.
Every idea or mad scheme starts with a back story...
The first miniatures wargame I played in was an epic battle between a Renaissance skeleton army vs. Romans. The miniatures were old Minifigs models from the late 70's or early 80's, with stylized Romans and a fantastic undead/skeleton army. They were possibly the first skeleton minis ever made and modeled after Hans Holbein's Dance of Death, or "Totentanz" renaissance wood block prints from the 1500’s. They weren't the best sculpts, but man - did they catch the essence of the period. Those skeleton hordes and that "Totentanz" style stuck with me like a first crush. Older than Oldhammer, my bell had been rung!
I've always wanted to recreate an updated line of minis in the Totentanz style, but never had the sculpting chops to pull it off. Last year I became friends with an amazing sculptor, Drew Day Williams, who shared my passion to create a range of 28mm skeletons in the vein of Renaissance artists like Holbein, Dürer and Peter Breugel. This is how the "Triumph of Death" (or ToD for short) range of miniatures came about.
The goal of Triumph of Death is to create a line of Renaissance-inspired 28mm white metal undead skeletal miniatures for collectors and for use in RPGs and table top wargames. In a word, Skeleton Landsknechts!
Here's the Hook
I've worked hard to get the Triumph of Death project well underway, with over 14 miniatures designed, and sculpted. A good share of them have also been molded and some prototypes cast- but not enough to share with you all.
That’s where you come in! With your help we can get these models out onto the battlefields, and start up a war chest to create the reinforcing units to support them!
Triumph of Death miniatures are designed by yours truly (Thomas Foss) of Skull and Crown Stratagems, Inc. I've been designing miniatures and games for over 3 decades, and like I said this project has been in my mind and heart for a long while. Sculpting comes courtesy of the talented and aforementioned Drew Day Williams, who has also done work for Wizkids, Dwarven Forge, and Privateer Press - to name a few. Steve Phillips of Firing Line Miniatures, has been my chief caster and mold maker for almost two decades, and is taking on the title of "Master Caster" of these miniatures.
This is my second Kickstarter. The project, the sculptors and the production are all located in the USA.
The Pledge Guide
The campaign starts with a basic pledge level of $1. All the pledge levels above $1 will allow you to make a custom pledge and lets you include items from the "add-ons" list into your pledge. Free models, unlocked based upon achieving stretch goals, will be added in after your pledge has been a totaled. That’s another way of saying "they won’t cost you"…
For the pledges which are set up to include units as rewards - the unit selections are below the Pledge Rewards in the "Unit Choices" section.
Shipping will be applied to your total once you make a pledge. This is always a hard one to balance, and we've worked hard to bring the shipping costs, especially overseas, down to something manageable without losing our shirts.
Unit Scale Stuff
It's always important, especially these days, to know how your miniatures measure up. When designing my ToD line, I knew that they would be going up against many of my human troops and mixing in with undead from other manufacturers, so we've made them to a scale that would fit in well with most companies. Here's a series of scale shots.
Gallery of Death and Resource Inspiration.
Here are some more pictures of painted and unpainted minis to whet your imagination and help answer questions you might have. As to questions and comments, I look forward with talking with you!
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I've painted up some master castings! Here's mounted death and the musician horn player
For more gallery pictures, concept drawings and shots of greens, shamble on over to the Skull and Crown Blog!
Risks and challenges
All the models of the range including initial stretch goals have already been sculpted, with master mold castings vetted and approved. My caster makes master molds from RTV instead of vulcanized rubber which greatly mitigates any chances of the master models getting wrecked in the process. I have my own laser cutter (thanks to my last KS backers- thank you!) and will be cutting all the bases.
Other than things outside of my control (like a postal strike) we should be good to go! Remember that Kickstarter does not unlock funds until 3 weeks after the Kickstarter succeeds, so that adds to the time I can get models out to you. That is why shipping is projected at 8 weeks after the KS ends. UK and EU folks - may have to wait a week or two longer.
PLEASE NOTE: These miniatures are not toys and are not recommended for children under 14 years of age. These miniatures may contain lead which may be harmful if chewed or swallowed.
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