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$4,445
pledged of 8.000 $pledged of 8.000 $ goal
52
backers
12days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, July 1 2019 1:23 AM UTC +00:00.

About

For years now, the Ikwen have been one of my most popular ranges. These scrappy, militia fighters have captured the hearts and imaginations of gamers across the 15mm science fiction miniatures hobby and beyond. I have wanted to expand on the range for some time now but the process of doing so proved more than I was capable of on my own.

Originally sculpted by Rodrick Campbell of Highlander Studios, I sculpted a pack of additional Hardened Fighters as well as a collection of animals and natural terrain features for the Ikwen and their home world of Kwiell. These were fun and did a lot to solidify the internal lore of the Ikwen, but gamers and collectors wanted and deserved more. Thus, I have turned once again to Kickstarter and my friends and fans in the 15mm science fiction community.

RAP047 Ikwen Riflemen w/ Assault Rifles 2 WIP
RAP047 Ikwen Riflemen w/ Assault Rifles 2 WIP
RAP047 Ikwen w/ Assault Rifles 2 WIP (front) - Update 6/5/19
RAP047 Ikwen w/ Assault Rifles 2 WIP (front) - Update 6/5/19
RAP047 Ikwen w/Assault Rifles 2 WIP (back) - Updated 6/5/19
RAP047 Ikwen w/Assault Rifles 2 WIP (back) - Updated 6/5/19
RAP047 Latest refinement (6/10/19) - Grenade redone to be more practically sized for the rest of the model.
RAP047 Latest refinement (6/10/19) - Grenade redone to be more practically sized for the rest of the model.

Sculpting has already begun as we round up to the kick-off for the campaign. You can see , in the image above that the new Ikwen are well on their way to becoming welcome additions to the existing range. More work-in-progress images will be released as the campaign continues and after. Some items will not be available to show until after the end of the campaign, but I hope the images that we release will instill confidence that the new models are being handled with care and proficiency. 

Early Ikwen Concept art with more human looking guns.
Early Ikwen Concept art with more human looking guns.

WHO ARE THE IKWEN?

If you are new to the Ikwen or its been a while, let me introduce you to a race that is fighting for its own freedom and the preservation of its species. Envisioned as a range of miniatures to represent one side of an asymmetric conflict the Ikwen are intended to be pitted against any other species or faction 15mm players might have in their collections. To this end, the miniatures are depicted with mostly mid-tech weaponry, the sort that might be cobbled together or acquired in great numbers from sources outside the conflict much in the same way that we see the AK-47 used in modern day warfare. I have worked hard to make sure the Ikwen show some sort of specific culture in their sculpts, even if that is just the minimal cloths they wear between their legs and the sorts of gear they carry. The Ikwen are a miniatures range, designed to tell a story. 

Gun Quad Concept Art (Weapons and heavy turret are placeholders for more alien version)
Gun Quad Concept Art (Weapons and heavy turret are placeholders for more alien version)

WHAT DO I HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THIS KICKSTARTER?

The whole point of this project is to expand the already very well-received Ikwen range of miniatures.  At its core, this project presents 30+ new models in 15mm scale. New troops types are being added in the form of special and heavy weapon troopers, communication/ECM specialists, command, ambushing troops and even anti-armor troops. A vehicle is in the works as part of the core as well as gunners to be added to existing models and toy vehicles from gamers' collections helping to simulate technicals, pressed into service by the Ikwen.

CODES BEING MADE WITH THIS KICKSTARTER (Also use this list for calculating add-ons)

  • RAP042 Ikwen Militia Leaders (6 Ikwen Leader poses- 4 regular, 1 holy man, 1 fanatic) $4.00
  • RAP043 Ikwen Vehicle Gunners (3 Ikwen w/heavy weapons for use in the backs of vehicles or hatches) $4.00
  • RAP044 Ikwen Croakers (6 Ikwen in 3 poses w/improvised Comms/ECM packs and assault carbines $4.00
  • RAP045 Ikwen Plasma Bombers (6 Ikwen poses w/improvised anti-vehicle plasma charges in different poses - throwing, sneaking, arming) $4.00
  • RAP046 Ikwen Ambushers (6 Ikwen poses in stealth ambush poses - 2 w/advanced sniper rifles, 2 w/rocket launchers, 2 w/scoped standard assault rifles) $4.00
  • RAP047 Ikwen Militia With Assault Rifles 2 (6 NEW poses w/standard assault rifles in combat poses) $4.00
  • RAP048 Ikwen Tripod Mounted HMG (1 HMG w/2 Ikwen crew) $4.00
  • RAP049 Ikwen Heavy Rocket Launcher (1 multi-tube rocket launcher w/2 Ikwen crew) $4.00
  • RAP050 Ikwen Gun Quad (4x4 attack vehicle with open back. Comes with 2 HMGs, 1 twin HMG, crew, and driver) $13.00
  • RAP051 Ikwen Light Attack Quad w/Autocannon (Remote Turret) $13.00
  • RAP051A Ikwen Light Attack Quad w/Missile Launcher (Remote Turret) $13.00
  • RAP052 Ikwen Heavy Attack Quad (Full turret version w/heavy gun) $15.00

SINGLE PACK ADD-ON CODES (Existing codes that can be added to pledges and which are included in some pledges). To view any of the below codes, visit the Alternative Armies store page -  HERE 

RAP016 Ikwen Militia With Assault Rifles painted by Einar Olafson
RAP016 Ikwen Militia With Assault Rifles painted by Einar Olafson
  • RAP016 Ikwen Militia With Assault Rifles (6 poses w/standard assault rifles) $4.00
  • RAP017 Ikwen Militia With Missile Launchers (6 in 3 poses w/missile launchers) $4.00
  • RAP018 Ikwen Militia With Light Machine Gun (6 in 3 poses w/light machine guns) $4.00
  • RAP033 Ikwen Base Scenics (6 random small metal terrain pieces) $4.00
  • RAP034 Ikwen Diorama Scenics (4 medium metal terrain pieces) $4.00
  • RAP035 Ikwen Scatter Terrain (Set of 8 pieces of resin scatter terrain) $20.00
  • RAP037 Ikwen Hardened Militia (6 poses w/blades and guns) $5.00
  • RAP038 Zthruk (1 alien cattle) $5.00
  • RAP039 Silt Pigs (1 male, 1 female, 1 base of piglets) $3.00
  • RAP040 Small Animals of Kwiell (1 carnivore, 2 rock crawler critters) $1.50
  • RAP041 Ikwen Weapons Sprue (1 assault rifles, 1 missile launcher, 1 light MG, 1 blade, 1 two handed blade) $1.50

BUNDLE DEAL ADD-ON CODES 

  • RAP016P Ikwen Militia Platoon (24 Ikwen - 12 rifles, 6 missile launchers, 6 light MGs) $15.00
  • RAP035P The World of Kwiell (36 pieces of scenics effects and scatter terrain) $48.00

While I do like to keep my projects pretty tight and manageable, there will be the potential for a few stretch goals. The first stretch goal will introduce the wild, beast-riding tribal Ikwen from the steppes. Then I would like to expand into the Mugoda Clans - criminals who have accumulated higher tech alien technology, allowing the possibility of hi-tech weapons in an Ikwen force. Other possible stretch goals exist but will be revealed if the campaign grows enough to warrant them.

Ikwen Action Concept Sketches by Todd Ulrich
Ikwen Action Concept Sketches by Todd Ulrich

LOOKING FOR OLDER IKWEN CODES

For those of you who are just discovering the Ikwen and maybe 15mm science fiction for the first time or those returning to these scrappy space rebels, this Kickstarter will allow you to include items from the existing Ikwen range along with your pledge. Individual packs and force packs can be picked up as add-ons (SEE LISTING ABOVE).

To include add-ons in your pledge, total up the dollar amount of the add-on codes and add that to your pledge amount. Please make sure you note down what codes your were pledging for, this will need to be listed when you fill out your survey at the end of the campaign. You are not obligated to any specific add-on codes until after you submit your finished survey, but you will be asked to select add-ons of total value equal to the extra dollar amount added to your pledge. If you  do not account for all add-on items in your survey, you pledge funds will not be refunded to you.

WHAT ABOUT STRETCH GOALS?

As much as I like stretch goals and keeping the momentum going, the goal is to create a product and stretching this too far increases variables, timelines and expense. If the campaign is clearly moving at a good pace and funds itself quickly, I will announce stretch goals. Just remember, every new items means new sculpts, models and art.

PLEDGE HANDLING AND SHIPPING.

UK and EU pledges will be shipped directly from Alternative Armies in Scotland. The remainder of the pledges will be shipped from the US by me. Shipping costs reflect shipping to customers as well as the expense of picking and packing orders. Larger pledges and pledges that total more than $100 USD (pledge + addon) will have an additional $5 added to shipping to accommodate the added shipping cost. I am not trying to get rich off of shipping, but I want to avoid running short on shipping which is very easy to do with a Kickstarter.

WHY KICKSTARTER?

The simple answer is - I cannot do it on my own.

The full answer is that expanding a range of miniatures into something that can really present a playable force requires a lot of miniatures. A lot of miniatures requires a lot of work. A lot of work costs a lot of money. All of this is coordinated through Kickstarter allowing simultaneous accumulation of the needed funds, community communication and coordination and exposure to potential new players. Kickstarter turns a project by me into a project by us.

WHAT HAVE WE DONE BEFORE

As mentioned in a few places, Loud Ninja Games is not new. We have already run two successful Kickstarters based mostly off of concepts and sample. The two projects produced ranges of 15mm science fiction miniatures for two different armies, the Chuhuac and the Yan'drassi. Below are a number of samples from the two armies.

Chuhuac grav bikes
Chuhuac grav bikes
Yan'drassi Archon mecha. This model is highly posable and comes in six different variants. Pictured here with a Yan'drassi Tavshar elite at its feet.
Yan'drassi Archon mecha. This model is highly posable and comes in six different variants. Pictured here with a Yan'drassi Tavshar elite at its feet.
Chuhuac battlesuits. These battlesuits come with a number of weapon options and are designed for their dinosaur-oid pilots.
Chuhuac battlesuits. These battlesuits come with a number of weapon options and are designed for their dinosaur-oid pilots.
Chuhuac w/ plasma rifles. Six pose variants and just one of several packs available for the Chuhuac. Who doesn't like dinosaurs with guns?
Chuhuac w/ plasma rifles. Six pose variants and just one of several packs available for the Chuhuac. Who doesn't like dinosaurs with guns?

Risks and challenges

Making a miniatures project means dealing with a lot of different artists and craftsmen, usually working separately from ones another. Even the best sculptors may need to revise their work and accidents in shipping pieces around and production do happen.

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