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The Yan'drassi in an interstellar empire made up of dozensof species presided over by the enigmatic and unseen, Yan. While most of these species contribute to the collective through economic means, several species make their contribution through military service.
This project is designed to bring that fighting force to the table. The bulk of the military is made up of the diminutive Neeks and the martial Tavshar. These aliens will form the core of the Kickstarter as well. Stretch goals will introduce the brutish Horgosi and other aspects of the Yan'drassi military.
Neeks are simple and base creatures with a very low intelligence. Due to their nearly endless numbers - a byproduct of their out of control reproductive rate - the Neeks have become the bulk of the Yan'drassi armed forces. Lack of discipline, motivation and courage requires that they be led by a higher being to perform even marginally well. Neek squads are led by low-ranked Tavshar leaders.
The Tavshar are the professional core of the Yan'drassi fighting body. Sleek and athletic, theirs is a culture of warrior prowess. Even outside of their service for the Yan, they are a proud, martial culture given to duels and the development and perfection of lethality. Squads of Tavshar form an elite backbone to the masses of Neeks and other species and are made up of a Tavshar leader and three warriors.
The miniatures for this Kickstarter are being sculpted, by the talented Sean Bullough, as the campaign begins. At the time of the launch, basic components are nearly finished and will be shipped off for casting into bits to be used for the sculpting of the final miniatures for the troopers types. At the same time, the miniatures for the Tavshar Prime is being sculpted as well.
Here are some images of the armor sculpts for the proposed miniatures types. These pictures will be changed frequently as the sculpting updates.
While this Kickstarter will be kept relatively conservative, there is still room to expand elements of the Yan'drassi. Stretch goals will be unlocked as ADD-ONS (see below).
This stretch goal will make available the powerful Horgosi shock troops. These behemoths are ill-tempered and savage but make highly effective assault troops made even more potent through the use of triggered injections of biochemicals that can send them into a frenzy. The Horgosi stretch goal will unlock two different codes - the Horgosi squad and their Prime.
The Tavshar Gun Skimmer provides rapid-response patrol and fire support to the Yan'drassi on the battlefield. The model comes with the vehicle, riders, and dismounted rider figures.
Add-ons are available at all levels. The list of add-ons will expand as the campaign goes on and various goals are met.
- NEEK SQUAD (1 Tavshar Leader and 5 Neeks) - $5.99
- TAVSHAR SQUAD (1 Tavshar Leaders and 3 Tavshar) - $5.99
- TAVSHAR PRIME (1) - $3.99
- Neek Unit Builder (5 Neeks w/o leader) - $4.99
- Tavshar Unit Builder (3 Tavshar w/o leader) - $4.99
- Horgosi Squad (4 figures) - $7.99
- Horgosi Prime (1) - $3.99
- Horgosi Unit Builder (3 Horgosi w/o leader) - $5.99
- Tavshar Gun Skimmer (1 Skimmer, 1 rider, 1 dismounted rider) - $7
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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