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Detail of the Triumph of Death, by Peter Breugel. His hordes of death are the inspiration!
Detail of the Triumph of Death, by Peter Breugel. His hordes of death are the inspiration!

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!

GW Landsknechts vs Triumph of Death minis  "Late" Landsknechts
GW Landsknechts vs Triumph of Death minis "Late" 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!

The Team

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

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.

 

 

 

 

One of my favorites. The only old school Minifig mini I have.
One of my favorites. The only old school Minifig mini I have.

 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!

Thank you!

Thomas Foss
Skull and Crown Stratagems, Inc.

This Hans Holbein piece was the inspiration for the commander with armor
This Hans Holbein piece was the inspiration for the commander with armor

 

A shot of the skeleton marching, unassembled and unpainted with accessories
A shot of the skeleton marching, unassembled and unpainted with accessories

 

Albrecht Durer's sketch of Death was all the concept needed for our mounted commander
Albrecht Durer's sketch of Death was all the concept needed for our mounted commander

 

More Holbein from his Totentanz series. You'll recognize some "faces" from this woodblock.
More Holbein from his Totentanz series. You'll recognize some "faces" from this woodblock.

 

And this is what a proper horde looks like!
And this is what a proper horde looks like!

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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.

All miniatures are supplied unpainted, except in noted pledges.

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    This pledge is for 10 models,1 each type of the white metal renaissance skeletons listed below, and individual MDF bases. These are ideal for collectors, and for use in games like D&D, Frostgrave, Mordheim, etc.

    • Commander with Zwiehänder
    • Commander with hourglass and sword
    • Hurdy Gurdy player musician
    • Horn player musician
    • Flames of Death standard bearer
    • Halberdier marching
    • Halberdier attacking - high
    • Halberdier attacking - thrust
    • Javelin Marching (with coffin lid pavise shield)
    • Javelin ready to throw

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    • Skeletons with Halberds attacking

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    • 1 mounted Death commander
    • 5 coffin lid pavise shields per javelin unit picked
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    • Skeletons with Halberds, attacking

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    • Choice of 8 command set packs
    • 2 mounted Death commanders
    • 5 coffin lid pavise shields per javelin unit picked
    • 8 MDF deckled edged 100x 40mm base or 4 deckled edged 100 x 80 “regiment” bases
    • unlocks add-ons
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    Painted Regiment of Dread Halberdiers

    This level gets you 2 painted and based troops of halberdier models, models with command, painted and signed by Thomas Foss (shown in the pledge image). Each unit is jam packed with 12 models and includes a hand painted flag. These models are prototypes, and as such are unique!

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    A Collection of Death - Early Bird

    The Early Bird gets the skull! This pledge is for 10 models,1 each-type of the white metal Renaissance skeletons listed below, and individual MDF bases. These are ideal for collectors, and for use in games like D&D, Frostgrave, Mordheim, etc.

    • Commander with Zwiehänder
    • Commander with hourglass and sword
    • Hurdy Gurdy player musician
    • Horn player musician
    • Flames of Death standard bearer
    • Halberdier marching
    • Halberdier attacking - high
    • Halberdier attacking - thrust
    • Javelin Marching (with coffin lid pavise shield)
    • Javelin ready to throw

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    • unlocks add-ons

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    At this level you get your choice of 1 single unit and 1 command pack for a total of 13 models. You also get a single deckled 100 x 40 MDF unit base.

    Pick from the unit the options below:
    • Skeletons with Javelins, marching
    • Skeletons with Javelins, attacking
    • Skeletons with Halberds advancing
    • Skeletons with Halberds attacking

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    • javelins and coffin shields
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    • Skeletons with Javelins, marching
    • Skeletons with Javelins, attacking
    • Skeletons with Halberds, advancing
    • Skeletons with Halberds, attacking

    This pledge level also includes:
    • Choice of 1 command set pack
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    • 2 MDF deckled edged 100x 40mm base
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    Collection of Death - Painted Set

    One each of the Collection of Death set, including 3 converted models and one Mounted Death Commander, all painted, individually based, and signed by Thomas Foss (shown in the pledge image; currently at 13 models).
    But wait - there’s more!
    Any unlocked miniatures for this Kickstarter will also be painted and added to the set. With current unlocks available - that could bring it up to 16+ models.

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    • Eligible for all Stretch Goal rewards – painted and based to match where appropriate!
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    Painted Regiment of Doom with Javelins

    This regiment is ready for action! This level gets you 1 fully painted and based Regiment of 20 javelinier models with command (shown in the pledge image), painted and signed by Thomas Foss. The front rank are deftly using the coffin lid pavise shields, a la Pieter Bruegel’s Triumph of Death painting. These models are prototypes, and as such are unique!

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