Loud Ninja Games is a new miniatures company that I decided to start to bring out some amazing ideas that have been trapped in the recesses of my imagination for years. To kick off the company I chose to run with one of my oldest and most dear concepts - science fiction Velociraptor style aliens.
These "Space Raptors" have been a dream of mine for over a decade now. I had doodled them, thought about them, planned them, even used them in role-playing games and so it only seemed natural that, when I decided to start my own miniatures line, they be the flagship release.
When it comes down to it, how can you not love the idea of one of prehistory's most efficient and thrilling predators, tricked out with armor, guns, gear and zooming through the cosmos. What is more evocative than the image of armored raptor warriors darting across the battlefield, raining down a hail of energy bolts from their advanced weapons, eventually closing with their enemies to put them under a sickle claw.
Called the Chuhuac (CHOO-hwok), the initial project release includes to packs, each made up of six unique poses of 15mm scale metal miniatures -
PACK #1 TROOPERS - six poses of battle ready soldiers equipped with standard weapons.
PACK #2 COMMAND/HEAVIES - six unique poses depicting 2 x plasma gunners, 2 x squad automatic gunners, and 2 s alpha leaders.
Also planned are a pack of four unique herd command types - commander, data officer, medic, and recon drone. In addition to these command figures there will be a single high command figure called a Herdmaster.
At this time, the original 12 miniatures are in the green stages with dollies and weapon masters ready to go to final sculpting. The designs for the herd command and Herdmaster are still in the works but they will be consistent with the existing style of the infantry poses depicted in the concept art below.
WHY AM I USING KICKSTARTER
TIME: With Kickstarter funding we can release our range much faster than if the funding came solely from our team. Instead of the miniatures range taking three years to complete and release, we can finish the whole range by next year.
FEEDBACK: Running our Kickstarter campaign allows us to get some meaningful feedback during and after the project. The flurry of interest surrounding a Kickstarter drive also allows us to engage directly with the players and so make our line the best it can possibly be.
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NOTES ON REWARDS
Most of the rewards are pretty self-explanatory but there were a few that I thought needed a bit of clarification that would be easier to write separately than in the rewards listings.
REWARDS WITH PAINTED FIGURES: The paint jobs being offered are what is commonly known as "table quality". This is a nice paint job that you won't be afraid to handle and play with. If you would prefer to have a higher level of detail and painting, we can negotiate that.
NOTES ON COLLABORATIVE REWARDS: Collaboration and the creation of a new miniature design takes time. If you back at the Apex Predator ($500) level, we'll begin working on your ideas starting on the dates where you jumped in. This will give us a lead in on the ultimate production of your ideas and reduce the amount of wait time after the campaign ends. In the event that the campaign does not fund (Star Mother forbid!), your ideas will remain yours (unless you want me to hold on to them).
The new items that you and I will develop together must fit with the overall feel of the Chuhuac style and theme. I am willing to make most any design idea work but this is a collaboration and some ideas are really just not going to work. Before we begin our collaboration, I will provide you with as much background and concept information as I can so that you and i can both have a fun and productive collaboration.
STRETCH GOAL REWARDS HAVE BEEN CLOSED ON THIS CAMPAIGN AS OF 10/25/11. THE TEXT BELOW REMAINS FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES ONLY BUT DOES NOT APPLY TO NEW PLEDGES FROM THIS DATE FORWARD.
Every good Kickstarter has these and this project is no different. In the case of the Loud Ninja Games Chuhuac project these goals will focus on expanding the troop options and combat assets available to the Chuhuac. These are ideas that I already have in mind and that you, as interested backers, will help bring to fruition faster.
I have tried to create stretch goals that fit the common troop types that one finds on miniatures wargames tables. While not every troop type is represented, these are types that I feel fit my vision of the Chuhuac.
Stretch goal reward items will be automatically accessible to those who fund at the Herd Elder ($50) level or above. Those who backed at this level will receive a single copy of these items. Backers who entered at the Apex Predator ($500) levels will receive two copies of each stretch goal. Add-on prices will be posted and established as stretch goals are unlocked. These will allow those who backed in at a lower level to get a hold of the new items with a limit of one of each reward item per backer.
$1,500: SPECIAL OPERATIONS - UNLOCKED
Six (6) new poses depicting Chuhuac special operations troops. Alpha, SAW gunner, 3 troopers with heavy assault rifles, and sniper.
$2,000: TROOPERS IN ASSAULT POSES - UNLOCKED
Six (6) new poses depicting Chuhuac in close combat poses. Possible poses will include kicking, biting, leaping, tail swiping. All will be equipped as standard troopers with assault rifles.
$2,500: BATTLESUITS - UNLOCKED
At this stetch goal, I'll add four (4) Chuhuac armored battlesuits. These will be something like a power armor, but accounting for the anatomy of the Chuhuac.
$3,000 GRAV APC - UNLOCKED
An armored personnel carrier designed to transport the Chuhuac through hostile fire zones. I will be uniquely tailored to the anatomy and fast shock tactics of the Chuhuac.
$3,500 ATTACK BIKES - UNLOCKED
Streaking across the battlefield to bring heavy weapon support fire whereever it is needed, At this stretch goal I'll add a trio of Chuhuac attack bikes. These will sleek, high-tech looking fast attack vehicles.
$5,000 28MM CHUHUAC - UNLOCKED
At this goal, we'll have a squad of six 28mm Chuhuac made. This will comprise a squad including - 3 Trooper w/assault rifle, 1 SAW, 1 Plasma Gunner, 1 Alpha Leader. These figures will be perfect for squad-level skirmish games and collectors.
To include add-ons in your pledge, simply increase your pledge by the cost associated with the particular add-ons, including any additional postage. At the end of the pledge a survey will be sent out and you will then be able to specify what add-ons you want.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INCREASE YOUR PLEDGE BEFORE THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN AS YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MODIFY IT AFTER THE END.
SINGLE CODE ADD-ONS
US and International customers, if you select more than five of the Single Code Add-Ons, please add an additional $5 for additional shipping.
- CRA-001 Troopers (6 fig) - $6.00
- CRA-002 Leaders/Weapons (6 fig) - $6.00
- CRA-003 Command Section (4 fig) - $5.00
- CRA-004 Herdmaster (1 fig) - $1.25
- CRA-005 Spec Ops (6 fig) - $6.00
- CRA-006 Troopers Assaulting (6 fig) - $6.00
- CRA-007 Attack Bikes (3 fig) - $10.00
- CRA-008 Battlesuits (2 fig) - $10.00
- CRA-2801 28mm Squad (6 fig) - $25.00
- CVE-001 Sirrus APC (1) - $10.00
US and International customers please add $5.00 for additional shipping if you add any of the items below. Please add additional shipping ONLY ONCE.
15MM UNIT ADD-ONS
- PLATOON: 28 MINIATURES - $25.00
- COMPANY: 67 MINIATURES - $50.00
- BATTALION: 134 MINIATURES - $100
- BATTLESUIT SECTION: 6 MINIATURES - $28
- APC PLATOON: 3 VEHICLES - $28
- ATTACK BIKE WING: 9 BIKES - $28
Risks and challenges
In any situation where you are utilizing contracted talent and experts, there is the possibility of unforeseen circumstances. Sculptors, mold-makers, casting and even shipping of product are all potential points where these problems can appear.
I am using contracted sculptors for the design of these figures. Many of these artists have existing backlogs of work and there may be delays in getting to the work they are doing for me.
Mold-making can be tricky. Sometimes molds don't come out right and sometimes there is damage to the original sculpts in the process. In these cases new molds and even new sculpts may need to be done, but this is just a matter of time.
The casting process is also a tricky biz. Even the most seasoned professionals have bad runs. They usually take care of this on their end but it can cause delays.
When it comes down to it, there are many routes to have the steps of this projects accomplished. I've been working with folks in the industry for a bit now and if one mold-maker can't do it, there are others who might be able to. I already have the supply routes figured out, including alternatives.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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