The Kickstarter campaign for Combat Armor Mecha will create a set of new, 1/285th-scale pewter mecha miniatures which appeal to wargamers and hobbyists alike. The models are designed to be played at 1/285th scale, resulting in a physical size of around 40-45mm tall. Some models may be shorter due to the particulars of the torso and leg assemblies.
The Combat Armor Mecha product line will make available two different kinds of miniature model: "Combat Armors" and "Multi-Role Fighters."
COMBAT ARMOR – modular miniatures
The Combat Armors are designed with modular ball and socket style construction and universal joints, allowing you to mix and match heads, arms, legs, and accessories with whichever torso you choose. This modular approach to the models will allow you to create your own, unique mecha units. Some accessories may not fit every joint on every model (because certain combinations of heads and arms may interfere) but at the same time creative modelers will be free to devise new, unexpected combinations.
MULTI-ROLE FIGHTERS – multiple forms, multiple models
The Multi-Role Fighters (MRFs) are a series of mecha models compatible with the most prevalent Mecha combat games of this time. An MRF has three distinct models, each representing one of the three modes that the mecha can be played in: Fighter Mode is based on modern and future aircraft; Mecha Mode is based on the awesome concept of giant fighting robots with a variety of weapons; Hybrid Mode is a mix of the two, combining some of the strengths of both.
Talented artists are working on this project. The MRF-RT1 was designed by MSW, who brings an interesting and dynamic new style to your tabletop gaming. Most of the mecha in the product line are being designed by Benjamin Wright, whose designs have previously been published in the Mekton roleplaying game from R. Talsorian Games. His original mecha designs make for versatile and fun modeling projects.
MRF-RT1 - $30
Set of three models; one for each mode.
CAM-1RA - $10
Complete set of parts, plus weapons.
$10: Additional CA
Add a single Combat Armor of your choice (which is currently unlocked) to your order.
$30: Additonal MRF
Add any Multi-Role Fighter model (which is currently unlocked) to your order.
$20: Parts Bag
This will give you a random mix of Combat Armor components. I'll take as many figures as I can, break up the parts, mix them up, and then grab the weight equivalent of two Combat Armors. This is random, meaning you may get a bunch of legs, or arms and weapons, or even just torsos (though that shouldn't happen, it might). It's a great way to ensure that you can make some unique mecha models. I won't accept requests for specific parts in a $20 Parts Bag, so please don't ask.
What would a Kickstarter campaign be without Stretch Goals? If the base funding is exceeded more new models can be brought to light — models which wouldn't make it otherwise. There are many more MRFs and CAs waiting in the wings to be rolled out, as well as optional components that can be added in. There is also a series of alien mecha that can be brought out if we do really well.
$5k EXPANSION GOAL: CAM-T1 ($10)
Complete set of parts, plus weapons.
If this Kickstarter campaign raises $5,000 in funds, a new model will be unlocked and made available for sale. The CAM-T1 is a defensive unit with devastating long range weaponry. It is very useful on evenly-surfaced areas, where its treaded leg-base grants it superior stability and allows it to function well as a self-propelled mobile weapons platform.
Even though the models in this product line are modular, components will not be split up beforehand and sold individually. (At least, not at first.) This means no ordering, for example, a CAM-1RA with the torso of a CAM-T1. At this point such custom parts ordering would be impractical. However, in the future the possibility of offering components separately should open up. The better this Kickstarter campaign does, the faster that will happen.
It's also important to note that if this Kickstarter effort is very successful, and a lot of stretch goals are met, shipping will likely be delayed. More funding will result in more models to produce, and more production takes more time. However, more models also means more goodies to buy and enjoy, so your patience will be well rewarded.
Finally, a note on fulfillment: Order fulfillment will be done based on the models I have. Assuming I get the MRF-RT1 in first, orders consisting of just that unit will be shipped first. Then, as the other figures come into stock, I'll fulfill orders that use them. So if you order a little of everything, keep in mind that your order will probably be shipped later than one which consists of 10 copies of the models that were designed first... even if your order consists of less models. It's just an economic thing. This approach will improve total shipping time and get models into the hands of everyone as quickly as possible. I won't be able to provide shipping in waves (even if you pay for the extra shipping costs) because the shipping is being done solely by my wife and I; adding complexities to the shipping will make errors far more likely.
Thanks for understanding these potential issues. I'm trying to be upfront and honest, as I've participated in Kickstarters where these issues have been vague and confusing. I want my backers to understand my limitations so that we don't have any problems.
Risks and challenges
I have secured an artist, sculptors and a caster who are fully prepared for the work that follows. However, like any Kickstarter there are all always certain risks. Delays in production can occur from any number of problems, though I have given myself excess time on the shipping estimate to help account for that. Nevertheless, severe overfunding may cause the release to be delayed based on the amount of time it takes to make the new sculpts and the new molds... but that wouldn't be an awful problem to have, would it?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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