Did you miss backing this KickStarter? No worries you can buy the figures directly from our website starting early 2014 at http://www.impactminiatures.com/index.php?option=chibi
Current $ spent on Chibi Forts through PayPal: $225.00 (updated 11/2/2013)
Due to unlocked stretch goals, Daimyo rewards now have 33 picks; Shogun rewards now have 45 picks and Emperor rewards now have 58 picks.
Looking for an easy way to figure out what pledge level and how much to pledge? Use Kenny's great pledge calculator: http://www.skykadia.com/impact/chibi_asian/
Bring a taste of Asia to your favorite fantasy role playing or board game based Dungeon adventure.
The partners of Impact! have a deep love and respect for the history, mythology and anime of Asia. Chris has studied Japanese history and philosophy and Tom is a fanatic for the mythology and anime of the East.
Pledging for this KickStarter will help us bring to life over 40 different Asian themed Chibi figurines. The TYPE 1 figures will be around 30mm in total height and the TYPE 2 figurines will be around 50mm in total height. For those that backed our previous Chibi KickStater, the Asian TYPE 2s will be a smaller scale than the previous TYPE 2 to help them cast better. All figures will be cast in Trollcast which is a spincast resin and sent unpainted. Please note ... resin miniatures mean that the figures do require a bit of work to clean off flash when received and might require either light filing/sanding and/or an occasional bubble fill with Green Stuff or Liquid Green Stuff. If you want to see what our previously released line of Chibi look like when cleaned up and painted to get a sense of what this KickStarter is trying to create, you can see those 103 figurines here: http://www.impactminiatures.com/index.php?option=chibi. For this KickStarter, all TYPE 1 figures will come with a 25mm plastic black slotted base and all TYPE 2 figures will come with a 40mm plastic black unslotted base. Stonework bases can be obtained separately to make the figures look better if you desire.
Picking your reward
To make reward selection as easy for you as possible, this KickStarter will use a pick system. Your reward will give you a total number of picks. TYPE 1 figurines will require 1 pick to get. TYPE 2 figurines will require 2 picks to get (easy eh?). As this KickStarter grows and reaches Stretch Goals your pledged level may receive additional picks. If you want more picks than a given reward level has but not as many as the next reward level, you can add additional picks to any reward level by increasing your pledge by $5 per pick. After the KickStarter has ended we will be sending everyone a link to an external pledge manager that you can use to let us know what picks you wanted for your reward.
Enough talking ... let's see the figures already
The below chart shows the new figurines we will be making if this KickStarter successfully funds. The good news is that we have already finished all the digital sculpting for this project and what we need your help for now is to pay for all the mastering, moudling and casting expenses. You can click on the below image to get a larger look at Lorraine's artwork for each piece. The click thru link also has click thru links to show you all the 3-D sculpts in the form of YouTube videos so you can see what the miniature should look like.
In addition to the above we will have the following 9 items that you can also use a Pick to get (all of which are considered TYPE 1).
Tengu Priest, Tengu Swordmaster, Chinese Hobgoblin, Monk with Weapons, Monk Airball & Cloud, Dragon Monk and Mini O-dokuro along with our 22mm and 46mm stonework bases that give the figures a great look for tabletop play. NOTE: We have changed the Monk Airball & Cloud from the previous Chibi KickStarter and they are now in frosted clear resin instead of Trollcast. The Hanadaka-tengu, Kodama and Unmei kyubu are considered a TYPE 2 and needs 2 picks to be selected. NOTE: Tengu Priest, Dragon Monk, Monk with Weapons, all 3 Stonework bases options, Mini O-dokuro and Hanadaka-tengu are NOT included with the COLLECTOR reward level.
Mark Maxey did a great job painting up the Monk so you can see the 3 different weapons (sword, spear and shaolin spade that come with the Monk with Weapons and also showing the Monk Transportation options.
THE CHIBI FORT and TOWER
The Chibi Fort is 5 picks. The Chibi Tower is 1 pick.
If you use picks to obtain the Fort and/or Tower, it will be shipped with your normal reward in 2014. OR if you want it in time for Christmas, you can order it from the below hidden area of our online store and it will ship in late November 2013. We will add up the forts purchased this way from the online store for 2013 shipping and will report them on the front page of the KickStarter as we will count all of them towards unlocking stretch goals (ie the total of the KickStarter will be the total of the KickStarter + the 2013 shipping forts purchased). As soon as the KickStarter is over we will remove the hidden Chibi fort items from our online store and they will not return until this KickStarter is completed with shipping in 2014. Here is the link to the online store if you want to purchase one or more Chibi Fort items to ship in 2013:
The fort occupies 3x4 or 4x4 squares on a standard chibi game board. It can hold a standard sized figurine on top of each of the 4 towers and one large sized figurine in the middle (or if you add the tower it can hold a 5th normal sized figurine). This allows it to be used as an end goal to defeat or as a heavily defended monster creation / spawn point. The tower can fit with a bit of overspill in 1x1 or comfortably in 2x2 squares and makes a fun defended monster creation point or defended point in your RPG adventurer. The fort is 72mm x 80mm at the bottom and 82mm x 80mm at the top and is 55mm tall and the tower adds another 33mm in height. The fort with tower comes in 5 pieces. Front / Back and 2 smaller side walls and the tower top. The tower piece is 27mm x 29mm at the bottom and 39mm x 39mm at the top.
For more information on the Fort see Update #9 and Update #10
Images of the Fort, Fort with Tower and the Tower (with unincluded painted Chibi miniatures to show scale and possible use):
EMPEROR ADD-ON (Buy 4 get 1 free)
If you have pledged for the Emperor level, you can add 5 picks to your pledge for just $20 extra (ie if you purchase 4 extra picks you get 1 free).
What is a KickStarter campaign without some great stretch goals to reach out for?! Well we are happy to give you several that will keep making the project better.
First off .. here is a table of the number of picks for each level based on the total amount pledged for the project. As you can see the Emperor, Shogun and Daimyo levels will start getting extra miniatures soon after we reach our funding goal and just keep getting more.
Secondly ... we have 5 additional figures that will be added to the list of pickable miniatures as we reach these stretch goals.
We reached $18,000, the TYPE 1 Qilin is now unlocked. You can use 1 pick to add this figure to your reward.
We reached $21,000, the TYPE 2 Bashe is now unlocked. You can use 2 pick to add this figure to your reward.
We reached $22,000, the Baku is now unlocked as a TYPE 2 figure and can be added to your reward for 2 picks.
At $23,000 we will unlock the TYPE 1 Hsigo and this figure will be produced (see we didn't forget everyone that wanted a flying monkey from our last Chibi KickStarter)
At $24,000 we will unlock the TYPE 1 Chinese Bowman and this figure will be produced.
Chris Adkerson and Tom Anders are the owners of Impact! Chris is a logistical and product development partner and Tom handles all the nuts and bolts to make the company run (web development, taxes, bookkeeping, inventory, shipping, etc.) You may see comments from either of them from the Impact! account.
Kim Anders is Tom's wife and it is completely thanks to her that the last 3 Impact! KickStarters successfully shipped out. You may see comments from her under the Impact! account as well.
Lorraine Schleter is the amazingly talented artist who turns Chris and Tom's descriptions into the incredible Chibi art that we use to design the sculptures.
Juan Miguel López Barea is the equally talented digital artist who turns Lorraine's art into the 3-D sculpts that become the final product. Juan is the head of the miniatures design area of MKUltra Studios.
Ed Fortae is the owner of Troll Forged. His mould work and special resin compound Trollcast is what completes the circle to bring the sculptures to life.
You might be wondering what Chef Yumi is doing in the mix? Well she is the mascot of the game Fish Cook which is produced by the brillant mind of James Ernest at Cheapass Games. When Impact! did our D14/D18 KickStarter we partnered with Cheapass' Button Men and Unexploded Cow games. That partnership went so well that for this KickStarter we are working to bring Fish Cook's Chef Yumi to life. Fish Cook is a GREAT game. Chef Yumi is a French chef but she works in Japan making only Asian style seafood cuisine that you have to create at the greatest profit to win the game. Ancient family recipes (like Teriyaki Trout with Head) or just outright theft of recipes (like Fried Octopus with 100-Year Egg) from other player's restaurants can lead you to victory. So while Yumi is French we decided she was Asian enough with that background to join in this Asian themed KickStarter.
Last but definitely NOT least
There is one major way that KickStarters are successful: Social Media. If you want to help us fund and then hit all these stretch goals, please take a few moments to share the project on Facebook, send out a tweet on Twitter or start a thread on your favorite forum to discuss the project. Let the people know we are here so the project can be as successful as possible.
Finally, thank you in advance for backing and helping support our project!
Tom and Chris @ Impact!
Looking for other Anime style goodness check out the Big Story/Little Heroes video game KS:
DISCLAIMER and TROLLCAST resin details:
Specs: Trollcast is a hard (75D) heat resistant plastic resin. It is much harder, and tougher, than normal resin. Trollcast can withstand 320F, and can handle prolonged exposure at 150F with ease (so our Australian friends should not have any problems during the summer). It can be super-glued together, and takes standard miniature paints easily (we recommend you might want to wash the figures first to remove any mold release agent that might still be on the miniature.)
Safety: Trollcast should never be exposed to direct flame. Other than this , Trollcast has no special safety precautions, the dust in non- carcinogenic. However: all material dusts will irritate the lining of the lungs, and make existing conditions worse, so we recommend wearing a dust mask. Better safe than sorry!
Trollcast is safe to expose to INDIRECT heat. Unlike many plastics (PVC etc.) it does not give off toxic vapours. Heating Trollcast to 320F from indirect head is safe, and a good way to soften the material in order to reposition parts (then plunge into cold water to set). AGAIN DO NOT EXPOSE TROLLCAST to an open flame. Heck .. don't expose any resin or plastic toy from any company to direct flame. It is just a REALLY bad idea okay.
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenges have already been overcome. We have finished all the concept art and have finished and paid for the digital sculpting for the project. The biggest possible challenge left would be something disasterous happening to our resin caster and having to seek out a new caster but that should be in the long odds category.
Given that we already successfully handled a previous Chibi miniatures project for 103 new figurines, we should have learned all the most important lessons we needed to make sure this project is a success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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