In the desert realm of Tharaa, summer’s heat lies as heavily upon the lavish court of the Sultana as it does upon the simple shops and homes of her subjects. Yet they are the ones who rejoice with the cool evening zephyrs that race refreshingly through their markets stalls, tents, and villas; breezes that never seem to reach the perfumed halls of the Sultana’s court. On those stifling, windless, near endless days; comfort, pleasure, and even mere distraction elude the powerful ruler. Her great wealth, her many servants, and her countless possessions seem more burden than blessing. On those days when clothing itself seems a pointless effort, the beauty and power of the human form acts as reminder that modesty can be a needless vanity.
The figures in the Sultana’s court are part story, part artistic expression. For the collector and creator of miniature dioramas, they present a scene of fantastic splendor, reminiscent of lavish settings from familiar heroic tales. For role play gamers, they can represent countless exotic characters and story hooks.
Expertly cast in lead-free pewter, each 32mm scale figure might become an eye-catching lead-in for a scene from a game story, be it a bard, servant, cultist, courtesan, or more complex encounter. Will the adventuring party be able to keep their eyes to the task at hand, or show their weakness for alluring beauty and precious gems? The unique décor pieces will enhance the court setting or add extra lavish detail to any table top dungeon or terrain settings.
The figures in the Court of the Sultana have been sculpted in house at Effincool Miniatures using digital tools. The images here represent digital renders of works in progress. Appearance of the final figures may be subject to change.
Your support for this Kickstarter will become the encouragement we need to further flesh out the story of the Sultana’s Court. We look forward to creating and sharing more of that story.
Below are the rewards you may receive as part of one of our pledge levels.
For this project we are providing a set of pledge levels that include shipping costs for those in the USA and reduced for our fans abroad. The "SHIPPING INCLUDED" pledges do not have an option for Add-Ons due to the uncertainty of weight and dimension changes affecting overall shipping cost.
The "SHIPPING INCLUDED" options are the following pledge levels:
- LADIES OF THE COURT
- THE COURT AWAITS THE SULTANA
- THE SULTANA ENTERS THE COURT
- THE POWER OF THE SULTANA"S COURT
If you want to be able to customize your reward you will need to select a pledge with the "-Option to Select Add-Ons". They are as follows:
- ADD-ONS ONLY
- INVITED BY THE SULTANA
- THE WHOLE COURT
To select any of the Add-On Options from below:
- Select a pledge that includes "-Option to Select Add-Ons" as part of the pledge rewards.
- Increase your pledge amount according to the listed value.
- Once the Kickstarter has finished you will need to answer a survey selecting which Add-Ons you would like to receive for your increased pledge amount.
UNLOCKED STRETCH GOALS:
- Female Water Bearer +7
- 1st Female Palace Guard +7
- Female Drummer +7
- Kodo Style Drum +3
- Female Vizier +7
- 1st Nude Male Slave +7
- Female Cloth Dancer +7
- Sultana's Attendant +7
- Female Fire Breather +7
- Palace Gong +3
- Female Crystal Ball Juggler +7
- Female Lounging Hetaira +7
- 2nd Female Palace Guard +7
- 3rd Female Palace Guard +7
- Female Drumming Partner +7
- Alternate pose of Kas Khan the big cat +7
- 2nd Nude Male Slave +7
- 3rd Nude Male Slave +7
- Seated Female Sitarist +7
- Levitating Air Priestess $7
- Tri-Part Room Divider +3
- Female Gong player +7
- Female Snake Dancer/Charmer +7
Below are several more ADD-ONS that are not included in any of the pledge groups. To receive any of these you will need to increase your pledge by the amount listed above. Throughout the course of this Kickstarter keep an eye on this area as we intend to add more pieces here!
We have processed a lot of the ideas that have been presented to us, and have come up with the first 4 STRETCH GOALS. We are doing this a bit different from most other Kickstarters though, and we hope it makes this project even more fun for our backers.
Each unlocked STRETCH GOAL will actually do two things:
The first is that we will unlock a figure that will be included for "THE WHOLE COURT" backers. This miniature will also be assigned an ADD-ON value so that anyone else who is elligible to ADD-ON miniatures to their pledge may adjust their pledge to cover getting the new figure.
The second is that we will also unlock additional figures for the ADD-ONS section. These figures will not be automatically included in any of the current pledge groups, but may be added to any pledge that is eligible for ADD-ONS.
The following list represents the order, as well as funding level needed to unlock each figure:
$6000 - Female Water Bearer: with a +7 add-on price (unlocking the Female Lounging Hetaira as a +7 add-on option) -UNLOCKED
$7000 - Female Palace Guard: with a +7 add-on price (unlocking 2 other Female Guards in different poses each available as +7 add-on options) -UNLOCKED
$8000 Female Palace Musician-Drummer with drum with a +7 add on price (unlocking Female Drumming Partner as $7 add on option) -UNLOCKED
$9000 Female Vizier with a +7 add on price (unlocking an alternate pose of Kas Khan the big cat for $7 add on option) -UNLOCKED
$10,000 Nude Male Slave with a +7 add on price (unlocking two alternate posed Nude Male Slaves each available as $7 add on options) -UNLOCKED
$11,000 Female Cloth Dancer with a +7 add on price (unlocking a Seated Female Sitarist for $7 add on option) -UNLOCKED
$12,000 Sultana's Attendant (foot washer) with a +7 add on price (unlocking a Levitating Air Priestess for $7 add on option)-UNLOCKED
$13,000 Female Fire Breather/Dancer with a +7 add on price (unlocking a Tri-Part Room Divider for $3 add on option)-UNLOCKED
$14,000 A Palace Gong with a +3 add on price (unlocking a Female Gong player for $7 add on option)-UNLOCKED
$15,000 Female Crystal Ball Juggler/Dancer with a +7 add on price (unlocking a Female Snake Dancer/Charmer for $7 add on option)-UNLOCKED
$25,000 Nude Female Bather and Bath piece with a +10 add on price (unlocking 2 Nude Female Bathers in different poses each available as +7 add-on options)
Please feel free to make comments in the COMMENT SECTION of the project regarding any suggestions you might have.
A few of the metal test casts from this project.
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Q-How do I get "X" miniature?
A-Once you have pledged to a group, increase your pledge by adding the $ value of a miniature to your pledge amount total. Once the Kickstarter has finished we will send a survey to get the details of which miniatures you want to receive as your rewards for your pledge.
Q-What size are these miniatures?
A-The miniatures are scaled at 32mm.
Q-What material will these items be available in?
A-All items will be done in 100% lead free pewter. Except, the throne that is shipped with the sultana will be shaped to fit her, and made in resin.
Q-When do you expect to ship the rewards?
A-Summer is a busy time for us, so we hope to start shipping before then but are allowing till October of 2017. If this project adds a large quantity of stretch goals we will see what really happens.
Q-How will I be billed for shipping if I selected a Pledge Level that includes "-Option to select Add-Ons"?
A-At the completion of the project you will receive a survey from Backerkit. Once that is complete and your package is ready to be shipped you will be emailed a link to purchase shipping from our website Effincoolminis.com.
Q-What can I expect for United States shipping charges?
A-Our experience is that Priority Shipping is the best method for domestic miniature shipping. The rates for Priority are given at USPS.com and will vary based on the number of miniatures you are getting. We anticipate that this project at 20 miniatures should fit in a Small Priority box.
Q-What can I expect for foreign shipping charges?
A-We hunt for the best possible shipping rates for each of our projects. Having said that, foreign shipping is very tough to estimate as we do not have finished weights on many of these models; hence, why we created pledge levels with set shipping amounts for certain pre-selected rewards. We decided to take a bit of risk on shipping in order to make it more available to share our creation with the world.
Risks and challenges
This is our 5th miniatures project using Kickstarter.
We are aimed at designing this project completely in-house, and have currently been able to produce two figures from concept to print per week. Assuming that life events remain manageable this is a faster turnaround then other small projects that can find shipping delays from outsourced sculptors. We do have a few sculptors who are very reliable in this area who are available should anything happen on our side, and we will be able to inform you if anything will cause delays on this project.
The risks on the miniatures production side are minimal since unlike many miniatures companies, we own our own casting facility for both 100% lead free pewter and resin. This allows us to produce finished product without having to wait on a third party's production schedule, which can delay any project.
We have a decent amount of the Main Court designed at this time, but we are hoping the Community is interested in backing us to continue to move this project forward and flesh out this theme! Thanks for taking time to consider funding our project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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