Stretch Goal #5 - $9,855
One $5 add-on miniature of your choice will be added to all rewards of $24 or more.
For a long time I have been a fan of the Knights of the Dinner Table (KODT) comic book. In fact, my wife bought me KODT #1 as an anniversary present for our 2nd anniversary. In 2015, I had a chance to talk to Jolly Blackburn (writer of KODT) at length via email and chat due to a mutual event (story below) and told him how much I would like to run a KickStarter using the KODT license. This began a one year conversation that happily resulted in this KickStarter for these miniatures.
This is Impact!'s SIXTH chibi miniatures project. These miniatures will be the full set of the characters from KODT dressing up as their characters they roleplay in the comic. For those that read the KODT comics ... it is the KODT characters dressed as their KODT Illustrated characters. The set has Sara dressed as Zayre, Bob dressed as Knuckles, Brian dressed as Teflon Billy and Dave dressed as El Ravager. Finally B.A. since he is normally gamemaster, Jolly and I decided he would best be presented as the wise (yet sinister) all knowing monk that so many fantasy characters encounter on journeys.
The initial KickStarter goal will fund making these 5 miniatures. Stretch Goals are planned to offer alternate version of the miniatures as the actual KODT Illustrated characters (ie miniatures of Zayre, Knuckles, Teflon Billy and El Ravager) as well as a Life/Score Counter that could be used to display your KODT chibi character while playing games several other games.
The Important Legal Stuff
Knights of the Dinner Table is the Copyright 2016 of Kenzer and Company. All Rights Reserved. Logos and characters likeness used with permission but not contested.
The above shows the artwork for the designs of all 9 of the KODT miniatures. Offered as either a set of the KODT members dressed as their roleplaying characters or a set of the Untouchable Trio + 1 and B.A. the Monk. The miniatures are provided unpainted in spincast resin. The miniatures will require light clean up and some assembly (although all the KODT miniatures should be no more than attaching a head to a body and all the add-on miniatures should be one piece). The miniatures will normally be 30mm tall to the top of the figurine's head. As stated the miniatures in your reward will be unpainted but we had Sara as Zayre sculpted, molded, cast and painted just to give you a picture of what one of the miniatures will look like when completed.
The KODT characters will need some monsters to fight as they venture forth. This add-on list gives you a selection of one piece Chibi monsters to use with the KODT chibi characters. You can get as many as you want (and more than one of a specific model) just by increasing your amount pledged by $5 for each miniature selection (note the small monsters are a Set of 3 for $5). For example if you wanted the KODT set of 5 ($24) and 1 Lich and 2 Skeletons you would just pledge $39 for the $24 reward level ($24+$5+$10).
One of the most iconic "monsters" the Untouchable Trio ever faced (http://www.kodtweb.com/2011/05/20/lair-of-the-gazebo-3/). You can now include this foul beast in your reward, by adding $15 on to your pledge. The Gazebo will be approximately 3 inches wide and 4 inches tall. If you only want the Gazebo for your reward, you can pledge $15 for the $5 reward level and be able to select the Gazebo.
Gazebo Mimic ($20)
Maybe, just maybe that was not a normal Gazebo that faced the Untouchable Trio. This is a normal Gazebo but will also include an extra wall piece to turn your Gazebo into a Mimic waiting to devour those that come near it. You can now include this hidden beast in your reward, by adding $20 on to your pledge. The Gazebo Mimic will be approximately 3 inches wide and 4 inches tall. If you only want the Gazebo Mimic for your reward, you can pledge $20 for the $5 reward level and be able to select the Gazebo Mimic.
Life/Score Counter Add-on ($9 unpainted or $24 painted)
Have Sara, Brian, Bob, Dave or B.A. watch over your life or score with this double sided resin dial score life/counter numbered from 1 to 40. The center dial is a slotted base that will hold your favorite fantasy or chibi miniature to keep you alive or help you score the winning point.
Just increase your total amount pledged by $9 for each dial counter you wanted unpainted and/or $24 for each one you want painted. (Painted life/score dial counters are provided without a chibi miniature. Painting will be done by Andy Wilson (who painted the life counter shown above) and is wiling to customize the counter colors to your request).
KODT set of 5 add-on - $24
KODT ILLUSTRATED set of 5 add-on - $24
KODT ILLUSTRATED set of 4 add-on - $19
Stretch Goals will add on KODT Illustrated chibi minis and will be discussed once we fund!
Stretch Goal #5 - $9855 (LOCKED) - A free $5 add-on miniature will be added to all reward levels of $24 or more.
Stretch Goal #4 - $7500 (UNLOCKED) - El Ravager was be unlocked as a chibi miniature and added to the list of Add-on miniatures. In addition, a new set of 5 of Zayre, Telfon Billy, Knuckles, El Ravager and B.A. as Wise Monk can be selected for any reward level offering a KODT set of 5 instead of the players as their characters (or allowing a mix of the 2 sets if you have a reward level with more than one KODT set).
Stretch Goal #3 - $7025 (UNLOCKED) - Knuckles was unlocked as a chibi miniature and added to the list of Add-on miniatures.
Stretch Goal #2 - $6650 (UNLOCKED) - Zayre was unlocked as a chibi miniature and added to the list of Add-on miniatures.
Stretch Goal #1 - $6,225 (UNLOCKED) - Teflon Billy as a chibi miniature was unlocked and added to the list of Add-on miniatures. Voting for who will unlock is being collected in the comments of Update #2.
Stretch Goal #0 (UNLOCKED) - Backers who joined the KickStarter up until it funds will receive get 2 free $5 figures from the Add-on list.
Tom Anders handles all the nuts and bolts to make Impact! Miniatures run (web development, taxes, bookkeeping, inventory, shipping, etc.) When you speak in the comments you will normally be speaking to him.
Chris Adkerson is a logistical and product development partner at Impact! It was a decision by Chris for Impact! to begin designing Chibi miniatures.
Lorraine Schleter is the amazingly talented artist who turns our descriptions into the incredible Chibi art that we use to design the sculptures. If you would like art by Lorraine you can reach her at: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.schleter
Juan Miguel López Barea is the equally talented digital artist who creates the 3-D sculpts based on Lorraine's art that are mastered into the miniatures. If you'd like to contact Juan you can reach him at: http://zelldweller.deviantart.com/
Jason Turner painted Sara as Zayre for us. Jason is a gifted chibi painter. If you would like to speak to Jason about painting your chibi miniatures from this KickStarter, you can reach him at: https://www.facebook.com/IndyMiniPainting
Jolly Blackburn from KenzerCo whoes incredible comic was a source of delight for me for many years and who had great patience with me as I worked through this contact. Many thanks for all the assistance Jolly! (also thank you to Steven Johansson, Managing Partner at KenzerCo, for taking the hours to work through the details of the wording and lock down the final contract).
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!
DISCLAIMER and spincast resin details
(Trollcast): Specs: Trollcast is a hard (75D) heat resistant plastic resin. You might find some small bubbles on the underneath side of the miniatures from the spincast process but we do our best to keep them away from the miniature. Trollcast is much harder, and tougher, than normal resin. While it is resistant to almost all brush on primers, we have no issues with priming Trollcast miniatures with self-etching spray primers after being washed in a degreaser (like Dawn or Dasty). 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 after priming. Safety: Trollcast is very safe ... so why you ask do we include a safety section to our KickStarter? We had a person buy a Trollcast figure and stick it into direct flame over his kitchen stove to "soften" it so he could modify it. As would be expected with any item you stick into flame ... it caught fire ... which resulted in him reporting the product to the United States Consumer Product Saftey Commission and us promising that on all future sales we would make sure we tell our customers to please not light their toys on fire. So here goes: 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 heat is safe (say on a piece of foil on a cookie sheet in an oven), and a good way to soften the material in order to reposition/bend 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.
Because of my love for KODT, I was an eager backer of the KODT: LAS KickStarter. If you know the drama behind that KickStarter ... very sorry to hear that. If you do not ... it is a KickStarter gone wrong. The Creator spent the money poorly and then did not have enough funds to finish the project. Which in this case means Jolly Blackburn's wonderful IP was left in the dust of a KickStarter gone off the tracks. This upset me for several reasons. 1) Jolly is a great individual and known benefactor of the gaming community. 2) KickStarter is a major investment tool of my company and when one goes badly in the fantasy/gaming realm it means my possible future backers might not want to back another KickStarter and 3) The Creator has been regularly abusing the backers.
As a result of all this ... I've done what I could to help. I've helped get data on the backers to assist verifying claims by the Creator. When it was revealed he had sold backer rewards to a retail outlet instead of sending them to the backers, I sent free product to the retail outlet that they could sell to cover the cost of shipping those items as rewards to the backers who should have received them.
During all of this, I mentioned to Jolly in July 2015 that I would love to run a KickStarter with the KODT IP so that I could give him what I believe would be a very positive experience with a KickStarter of his licensed IP. Jolly let me know he was not against trying another KODT KickStarter. This led to a year of conversations about what the design of the miniatures would be, art proof of concepts for approval and even a Kenzer & Co employee sucking on a prototype model at Gen Con 2016 to try and figure out what chemicals were in the model when Jolly wondered. All events leading to a license contract signed on September 26, 2016 to bring you this project!
Risks and challenges
The largest challenges have already been overcome. We have finished the concept art and have a reservation for the time of the sculptor for the project. The only remaining obstacle would be something disastrous happening to our resin caster, which would require finding a new caster. However, given our multi-year working relationship, that should be in the long odds category.
Given that we already successfully handled 5 previous Chibi miniatures projects (225+ new figurines) delivering all rewards to our backers. We have already learned the most important lessons we needed to ensure this project is a success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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