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Our first kickstarter to promote the existing Shortwars miniatures and raise funds for the next races.
Our first kickstarter to promote the existing Shortwars miniatures and raise funds for the next races.
74 backers pledged £3,460 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to our 1st campaign. Since taking on the ranges of Goblins and Halflings you see here, we have set about expanding the miniature lines with the production of new models. We are currently seeking investment to pay for a series of new sculpts and moulds to add future new ranges to the Short Wars game. This campaign is also promoting previously available retired lines which have been welcomed into the Shortwars Catalogue and are now available again for tabletop gaming and collecting.

Shortwars Art - Mustafa Bekir
Shortwars Art - Mustafa Bekir

 


Short wars is a skirmish game centered around small companies of miniatures that go off exploring and raiding their neighbors territories under orders from their local lords and kings.

You form your company around a hero and support him with champions, mages, soldiers and units for hire.

The current version of rules are available to download for free here. The rules are still in development and will change over time with play-testing and the introduction of new units.


We are making our current ranges of Goblins and Halflings available as well as a few small surprises. The Original range of miniatures was sculpted by Kev Adams (The Goblin Master).

We have Halflings and Goblins that use the same bodies and weapons but with a head swap make a completely different army. These form the core of the current Shortwars miniatures but future plans are for Dwarves, Gnomes and an otherworldly race called 'The Pestilence'.

We have also added some previously retired miniatures to our catalogue. These are miniatures that have been previously available from other companies but are now OOP and the rights to produce have been acquired by Shortwars. At 28mm scale, these miniatures are suitable for Shortwars and other tabletop war games and can be added to your pledge via the 'Add ons' section.

These miniatures are cast in white metal, with the exception of the Ogres/Trolls and Cauldron Catapult which are resin. They also have small parts and require assembly and so may not be suitable for young children.

Halflings for Frostgrave by Mustafa Bekir
Halflings for Frostgrave by Mustafa Bekir

 

Picture from White Knight Miniatures
Picture from White Knight Miniatures

 

Halberd & Flintlock by White Knight miniatures
Halberd & Flintlock by White Knight miniatures

 

Goblin packs (£8 per pack)

Goblin Packs
Goblin Packs

(More close up pictures of Goblin packs can be found at the bottom of the campaign).

  • Artillery Crew (5 miniatures)
  • Command (4 miniatures)
  • Crossbowmen (6 miniatures)
  • Halberds advancing (6 miniatures)
  • Halberds at ease (6 miniatures)
  • Wizards (3 miniatures)
  • Flintlock gunners (6 miniatures)
  • Spearmen advancing (6 miniatures)
  • Spearmen at ease (6 miniatures)
  • Swordmen advancing (6 miniatures)
  • Swordmen at ease (6 miniatures)
  • Archers (6 miniatures)
  • Heroes: Acolytes & Captain (3 miniatures)

(Note heads are supplied using a random assortment of those pictured.)

Halfling packs (£8 per pack)

Halfling Packs
Halfling Packs
  • Artillery crew (5 miniatures)
  • Command (4 miniatures)
  • Crossbowmen (6 miniatures)
  • Halberds advancing (6 miniatures)
  • Halberds at ease (6 miniatures)
  • Wizards (3 miniatures)
  • Flintlock gunners (6 miniatures)
  • Spearmen advancing (6 miniatures)
  • Spearmen at ease (6 miniatures)
  • Swordsmen advancing (6 miniatures)
  • Swordsmen at ease (6 miniatures)
  • Archers (6 miniatures)

(Note heads are supplied using a random assortment of those pictured.)

Halfling / Goblin Archers
Halfling / Goblin Archers

Mercenary 'Units for Hire!'

Goblin Cauldron Catapult

Goblin Cauldron Catapult
Goblin Cauldron Catapult

Originally sculpted by John Pickford, this 'unit for hire!' has had a resin catapult added by Ross Whitehorn. Comes with the original metal cauldron as spare ammunition.

Priced at £8, this model comes with a 40mm circular base and a 20mm square base.

Ogres and Trolls with Great Weapons

Ogres & Trolls for hire!
Ogres & Trolls for hire!

Add some muscle to your party! These 'units for hire!', have 3 Ogre & 3 Troll head variants as well as a choice of 3 weapons: Cannon, Sword & Buckler, Halberd & Shield.

Priced as a pledge at £10 each or 3 for £28. These miniatures come with 50mm lipped circular bases and require assembly.

The pledges allow you to pick from the list of packs above and add ons below. if you cannot see the combination of models that you wish to buy then don't worry. Simply select one pledge, and add the value of the extra items you wish to it. Shipping is not included in the pledge amount and is to be added separately. Worldwide shipping details are detailed below.

For example - if you are UK based and wish to buy 1 Halfling Command and 4 packs of Flintlock gunners then you can choose the halfling single pack pledge (£8) and then add 4x£8= £32 + £2.50 UK P&P (for orders over £16) to give a total of £42.50.

Important! Remember to make a note of which extras you wish to buy for when I send out the order questionnaire upon completion of the Kickstarter.

Shipping is not included in the listed prices so please remember to add the appropriate shipping method to your pledge.

If you have an order under £16 but would still like tracking - please add the amount for the tracked option.

UK

Royal Mail 2nd Class standard: £1.50 (Only for orders under £16)

Royal Mail 2nd Class Signed For: £2.50 (Orders over £16)

EUROPE

Royal Mail Standard Airmail: £3.50 (Only for orders under £16)

Royal Mail International Tracked £11 (Orders over £16)

REST OF WORLD

Royal Mail Standard Airmail: £5.25 (Only for orders under £16)

Royal Mail International Tracked: £12.50 (Orders over £16)

If we surpass our fundraising goal, there will be bonus additions to the campaign at set fundraising levels.

£1500 - All pledges of £48 and above will receive a free Goblin or Halfling prince. FUNDED!

(This can also be added to your pledge as an add on for £4)

Prince
Prince



£2000 - Halfling/Goblin Cavalry. FUNDED!

These are now available as a unit of 5 for £20 or singly for £5 each. A specific pledge has now been added to the campaign or you can simply add the price to an existing pledge.

These miniatures come with Spears and Sallet helms but can use other Shortwars heads and weapons (Halberds & Swords).

Cavalry multi
Cavalry multi

 

Cavalry components
Cavalry components

 


£2500 - Beastlings. FUNDED!

Another 'Unit for Hire!'. At this level we will release a set of 6 Beastling troops at the price of £8 per pack of 6 miniatures. Until today 10.09.16, these were previously named Beast-Dwarves. These are now available to add to your pledge!

Beastlings
Beastlings

(Above Beastlings show metal master bodies with an assortment of Shortwars weapons)

BONUS STRETCH GOAL - Nick Turnip: Halfling Bandit - FUNDED!

This miniature now comes free with all pledges over £24 (including shipping) or is available as an 'Add-on' for £4 to your pledge.

Nick Turnip - Halfling Bandit!
Nick Turnip - Halfling Bandit!

£3000 - Beastling Artillery Crew & Ramshackle Cannon - FUNDED!

Another 'Unit for Hire!'. At this level we will release a Beastling artillery crew with cannon at the price of £8 per pack of 3 miniatures & 1 cannon. (All Metal!)

Beastling Cannon
Beastling Cannon

29/09/16 This is now available as a pledge or add on. (Note, the actual crew differs from that shown).

End of Campaign Unit - Dwarven Bounty Hunter & Gargoyle Seekers!

A 'Unit for Hire!', this grizzled Dwarf Bounty hunter has specially trained Gargoyles under his control to help him catch his prey. This unit is comprised of 1 Dwarf and 3 Gargoyles and is available as a pledge or add on for £14.

Sculpted by Bob Olley, the Dwarf Bounty Hunter is a 3-part metal miniature.

The Gargoyles are being sculpted by Alessio Cisbani. There will be 3 different bodies with poseable head, weapon, tail and wing variants. These will be ready to ship in Early November. The Gargoyles are available separately as a Pledge or Add on at a price of £10 for 3 or £16 for 6.

Olley Bounty Hunter
Olley Bounty Hunter

 

Gargoyle Green 1
Gargoyle Green 1

£3500 - Gargoyles!

Another 'Unit for Hire!'. At this level we will release some Gargoyles for use as mercenaries in the Shortwars world.

£4000 - 'Je suis Mr Mystery!'

At this pledge level an envoy from one of the new races will make an appearance... Dwarves, Gnomes or 'The Pestilence'.

(Pictures for the stretch goals will be updated as the campaign progresses)

To buy any of these, simply add the value to your pledge (not forgetting p&p!). Please keep a record of your order for the post-kickstarter survey.

Sallet Helms - £3 for 6

Sallet Helms
Sallet Helms

 

Goblin Cortez - £5


Goblin 'Lady' / Floozy - £4



John Pickford Orcs - £4 each or the set for £10

 

John Pickford - Orcs
John Pickford - Orcs

John Pickford Goblin Queen Diorama - £20 

 

Kev Adams Goblins - £3 each or £20 for the set of 8.

(NB - Key: 1. Viktor, 2. Magog, 3. Mikal, 4. Csaba, 5. Dima, 6. Borak, 7. Tibor, 8. Bela)

Kev Adams Goblins
Kev Adams Goblins

 

John Pickford: Hat Wearing Rubber Duckies!

Rubber ducks in a selection of hats, sculpted in metal! £2.50 per 1 sprue. (picture shows front and reverse)

John Pickford - Rubber Ducks
John Pickford - Rubber Ducks

 

Halfling / Goblin War hound Cavalry

03/09/16 - These multi-part miniatures are now available to add to your pledge. 

These are priced at £20 for 5 or £5 for 1.

Cavalry multi 2
Cavalry multi 2

Nick Turnip: Halfling Bandit!

23/09/16 This miniature is now available to add for £4.

Nick Turnip - Halfling Bandit!
Nick Turnip - Halfling Bandit!

Gargoyles:

29/09/16 Gargoyles are available as add ons for £10 (3 Gargoyles) or £16 (6 Gargoyles.) They are multipart miniatures with separate wing, tail, head and weapon variants. The weapons are: Man Catcher, Blowpipe, Open Claws and Trident & Net. Expected date of delivery, Mid November 2016

Gargoyle Blowpipe
Gargoyle Blowpipe

 

John Pickford: Dave The Daemon Slayer.

This is currently only available free with the Pickford pledge but with sufficient demand, I may commission a new mould.

Dave the Daemon Slayer
Dave the Daemon Slayer

 

Thanks to:

Chris Nicholls (Macrocosm)

David Stafford (Artist)

Mustafa Bekir (Artist)

Kev Adams (Sculptor)

John Pickford (Sculptor)

Ross Whitehorn (Sculptor)

White Knight Miniatures

Hasslefree Miniatures

 

Goblin Mage - Mustafa Bekir
Goblin Mage - Mustafa Bekir

 

Halfling & Goblin Pack Photo Section.

Goblins:

Goblin Artillery Crew
Goblin Artillery Crew

 

Goblin Command
Goblin Command

 

Goblin Crossbowmen
Goblin Crossbowmen

 

Goblin Halberds (Advancing)
Goblin Halberds (Advancing)

 

Goblin Wizards
Goblin Wizards

 

Flintlock guns - attach to 'advancing' bodies.
Flintlock guns - attach to 'advancing' bodies.

 

Goblin Spearmen (advancing)
Goblin Spearmen (advancing)

 

Goblin Swordsmen (at ease)
Goblin Swordsmen (at ease)

 

3 Goblin & 3 Halfling Archers (assembled)
3 Goblin & 3 Halfling Archers (assembled)

 

Goblin Acolytes
Goblin Acolytes

 

Goblin Hero
Goblin Hero

 

Goblin Heads (Random selection sent with each order)
Goblin Heads (Random selection sent with each order)

 

Goblin / Halfling bodies 'at ease'
Goblin / Halfling bodies 'at ease'

 

Goblin / Halfling bodies 'advancing'
Goblin / Halfling bodies 'advancing'

 

Risks and challenges

As this is our 1st project we will be mindful of the fact that there might be things we have not planned for and in the event of any delays, we will be transparent, honest and communicative.

Development risks are minimal due to the fact that the majority of these miniatures are at the production phase and we already have a stock of nearly all the lines in this Kickstarter. This means that we can start to ship as soon as the post-Kickstarter surveys are in.
3 of the Gargoyles are at masters phase and we are waiting for the next 3 to be sculpted before putting them in a mould. These have a scheduled completion date of 2nd September.
The Beast Dwarves and cannon are at masters phase with plans to put them in a production moulds asap.

The main challenge with this campaign is that due to Kickstarters popularity and reach of a worldwide audience, there is the potential that actual orders may exceed those expected and therefore result in packaging and shipping delays.
The Shortwars staff already have experience of shipping hundreds of parcels a month worldwide and so have an organised system in place. Miniatures will be sent in boxes packed with polyester wool to prevent transit damage. In the event that there are shipping delays, customers will be kept informed every step of the way... (and probably given some freebies for their trouble!)

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    Dwarf Bounty Hunter / Beast Handler

    Sculpted by Bob olley, this grizzled 3-part metal miniature comes with a separate sword and hand holding a whip.
    Future plans to support this figure will include variant hands holding beer, a pipe and a severed head.

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    Goblin Cauldron Catapult

    Originally sculpted by John Pickford, this miniature comes with an additional resin Catapult so that it can be reposed into a 'Goblin Cauldron Catapult'. The original cauldron can be used as spare ammunition.
    Comes with a 40mm circular base and a 20mm square base.

    (Resin Catapult sculpted by Ross Whitehorn)

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    Beastling Unit Single Pack

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    Beastling Ramshackle Cannon & Crew

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    Mercenary for Hire: Ogre

    1 resin Ogre with random head and choice of weapon.
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    Mercenary for Hire: Troll

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    Dwarf Bounty Hunter & 3 Gargoyles

    A Grizzed Bob Olley Dwarf Bounty Hunter / Gargoyle Handler with 3 multi-part Gargoyles (Alessio Cisbani).
    All in beautiful metal!
    Weapons for gargoyles include:
    Mancatcher
    Blowpipe
    Trident & Net
    Open Claws

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    Gargoyle Man Hunters x6

    Enough components to make 6 metal Gargoyle Manhunters:
    3 Body variants
    3 Head variants
    4 Different Weapon variants
    3 Wing variants (1 is attached to a body)
    3 Tail variants.

    Sculpted by Alessio Cisbani, these are also available as a set of 3 in the add on section.

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    The Adams (Goblin) Family

    A single pledge for all of the Kev Adams add on Goblins and Orc champion. (8 miniatures)
    1 each of:
    Borak (Orc Boss)
    Magog (Banner)
    Viktor (Mage)
    Dima (Warrior with Spear)
    Bela (Big Sword)
    Csaba (Warrior V2)
    Tibor (Archer)
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    Goblin / Halfling War hound Cavalry

    Goblin / Halfling War hound cavalry.
    Includes enough components to create 5 units.
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    5 x Rider Torsos
    5 x Spears
    5 x War Hounds

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    Ogre/Troll Complete Weapon Set

    3 resin Trolls or Ogres with different heads and all weapon choices: Halberd, Sword and Cannon.

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    Goblin / Halfling Starter Company

    A small Halfling or Goblin War band (22 miniatures)
    1 Pack Command (4 miniatures)
    1 Pack Swordsmen at ease (6 miniatures)
    1 Pack Crossbows (6 miniatures)
    1 Pack Spearmen Advancing (6 miniatures)

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    Beastling Artillery & Troops

    1 x Beastling artillery crew (3 miniatures) & 1 multi-part cannon.
    3 x Beastling troop packs (18 miniatures)

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    Pickford Selection

    1 each of the John Pickford sculpts.
    Includes:
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    John Pickford Orcs x3
    Goblin Cauldron Catapult
    Rubber Duckies!

    As a bonus, this particular pledge will receive 'Dave the Daemon Slayer' free.

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    One of Each: Goblins (63 Miniatures)

    One of each Goblin pack. This pledge includes:
    Goblin command (4 minis)
    Halberds at Ease (6 minis)
    Halberds Advancing (6 minis)
    Rifles (6 minis)
    Spearmen at ease (6 minis)
    Spearmen Advancing (6 minis)
    Swordsmen at ease (6 minis)
    Swordsmen Advancing (6 minis)
    Archers (6 minis)
    Artillery Crew (5 minis)
    Mages (3 minis)
    Acolytes & Hero (3 minis)

    Total of 63 Miniatures!

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    One of Each: Halflings (61 miniatures)

    One of each Halfling pack. This pledge includes:
    Halfling command (4 minis)
    Halberds at Ease (6 minis)
    Halberds Advancing (6 minis)
    Rifles (6 minis)
    Spearmen at ease (6 minis)
    Spearmen Advancing (6 minis)
    Swordsmen at ease (6 minis)
    Swordsmen advancing (6 minis)
    Archers (6 minis)
    Artillery Crew (5 minis)
    Mages (3 minis)
    Hero (1 Mini)

    Total of 61 Miniatures!

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    I'll Take the Lot!

    One of everything. All of the Shortwars Goblin and Halfling miniatures, all Troll & Ogre weapon variants, and all the adopted sculpts for a total of 145 miniatures!

    Contents:
    Goblin command (4 minis)
    Goblin Halberds at Ease (6 minis)
    Goblin Halberds Advancing (6 minis)
    Goblin Rifles (6 minis)
    Goblin Spearmen at ease (6 minis)
    Goblin Spearmen Advancing (6 minis)
    Goblin Swordsmen at ease (6 minis)
    Goblin Swordsmen Advancing (6 minis)
    Goblin Archers (6 minis)
    Goblin Artillery Crew (5 minis)
    Goblin Mages (3 minis)
    Goblin Acolytes & Hero (3 minis)

    Halfling command (4 minis)
    Halberds at Ease (6 minis)
    Halberds Advancing (6 minis)
    Rifles (6 minis)
    Spearmen at ease (6 minis)
    Spearmen Advancing (6 minis)
    Swordsmen at ease (6 minis)
    Swordsmen advancing (6 minis)
    Archers (6 minis)
    Artillery Crew (5 minis)
    Mages (3 minis)
    Hero (1 Mini)

    3x Ogres (Sword, Halberd, Cannon)
    3x Trolls (Sword, Halberd, Cannon)

    Kev Adams Goblins - Full Set (9 miniatures)

    John Pickford Orcs (3 miniatures)
    John Pickford Dave Daemon Slayer
    John Pickford Goblin Cauldron Catapult
    John Pickford Goblin Queen Diorama

    That's 145 miniatures! One of everything initially for sale but this does not include stretch goals which will have to be added on

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Funding period

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