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Art/printing budget for FASA 1879 Miniatures Wargame British and Samsut Forcebooks, create entrypoint to game line, new minis.
Art/printing budget for FASA 1879 Miniatures Wargame British and Samsut Forcebooks, create entrypoint to game line, new minis.
Art/printing budget for FASA 1879 Miniatures Wargame British and Samsut Forcebooks, create entrypoint to game line, new minis.
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1879 Minis: British and Samsut Army Books

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Welcome to 1879! The British Empire, passing through an interdimensional portal, has found a new world, the Gruv, chock-full of resources and land to be exploited. In the process, though, they've run headlong into the Samsut, descendants of ancient Babylonians who've been living there for over three thousand years. Now the might of the Empire clashes with the weird science of the Samsut. The Saurids, a reptilian race native to the new world, contest with both empires to retain their ancestral lands. Who will control the Gruv? That's up to your battles to decide! The 1879 Miniatures product line is proud to introduce the British and Samsut Forcebooks, and new minis to go with them!

Samsut Light Cavalry Lancer and Railgunner
Samsut Light Cavalry Lancer and Railgunner

We’ve completed the writing and layout of the British and Samsut Forcebooks, and are Kickstarting the art and printing costs, using the same model we’ve applied successfully to three previous books for the 1879 roleplaying product line. This time, we’re also offering the minis you need to play the game as part of the Reward structure.

This volume describes the British military in an alternate world, where an interdimensional portal has given the Empire access to a new land, the Gruv. All the details you'll need to field advanced steam technology, special forces units such as the Marines and the Shock Troopers, a broad range of artillery, and military spellcasters are contained herein. Unleash the full might of the Empire against the weird science of the Samsut, and the primitive but effective weaponry of the Saurids!

Cover Mock-Up for British Forcebook
Cover Mock-Up for British Forcebook

Descendants of the ancient Babylonians, the Samsut came to the Gruv thousands of years ago through an interdimensional portal from our world, long since closed. In their new home, they found the remains of another civilization, which gave them weird science technology ranging from rail guns to contra-gravity to the use of life itself as an energy source. Herein are all the details you'll need to field regiments of technological zombies and skeleton warriors, airborne cavalry riding pteranodons, contra-gravity sleds that ignore terrain modifiers, and terrifying creations of the immortal Amelites who rule the Samsut city-states. The Children of Samsuditana shall not relinquish their home to the British invaders without a fight!

Cover Mock-up for Samsut Forcebook
Cover Mock-up for Samsut Forcebook

Victoria and Albert rule over a steam-powered British Empire that spans two worlds. Thanks to the portal known as the Rabbit Hole, a train ride away from London lies the Grosvenor Land (“The Gruv”), a new world of fertile plains, towering mountains, giant insects, and Babylonians with weird science zombies. Seems they got there first, three thousand years ago, and they're not exactly the welcoming sort. The Saurid tribes, lizard-like folk who ride theropods and pteranodons, complicate matters further. Back home on Earth, clockwork engineering has brought mechanical computing to the world, and micro-steam engines drive airships through the sky. Stranger things are afoot, too, as a bit of magic seems to have come into the world with the opening of the portal. People are changing. Secret societies are finding their ancient occult practices a bit more effective. Who knows what might be lurking in the forests these days, or in that shipment from China?

British Troops with Miasma Masks
British Troops with Miasma Masks

The British Empire, expanding into the Gruv, has run headlong into the Samsut, who’ve been there for three thousand years give or take. The Samsut have battery powered undead, and take the idea of “waste not, want not” to its logical extreme. The British get twitchy about what they see as desecration of the dead. The Samsut call the British halayqirim, or ravagers, based on British technology and its ecological impact. The British call the Samsut, well, let’s keep this family friendly and say that “burking” is a term you might want to look up. Of course they went to war. There’s territory for colonization at stake for the British, defense of their homeland for the Samsut, and deeper issues of culture that diplomacy has thus far totally failed to resolve. Each side is bringing successively greater forces to bear on the conflict. What started out with infantry and cavalry is now reaching the level of artillery and troop carriers. Soon there will be armoured vehicles on the battlefield, airborne cavalry, and who knows what else?

Further plans for the line include a Vehicles Sourcebook, to detail the steam-powered mobile armour and airships of the British, and the sky chariots of the Samsut. We’ll be bringing out Forcebooks for the Prussians, as they enter the battle ostensibly in support of the British but of course with their own agenda. The Saurids, the native race of the Gruv, will get their own Forcebook, along with a new line of minis. Later on, additional factions will include the Ottoman Empire and the Russians, and of course the Gruv’s inimical wildlife will get a Creatures book so that the giant fleas that destroyed New Wigan can get their turn on the battlefield.

Samsut Heavy Gunner with Six-Legged War Pig
Samsut Heavy Gunner with Six-Legged War Pig

Yes, there will be Stretch Goals. The first will be revealed at $4000.

In addition to the listed reward levels, we are happy to offer several add-ons to our generous backers. As mentioned before, the Core Rules Book is in print and ready to ship, and the basic armies are in metal. This means you can add on both books and minis! Just bump up your pledge the appropriate amount, and tell us what you're adding on, and hey presto, more stuff arrives!

Books

All Books add-ons are Print+PDF and include shipping. This assumes that you've already ordered a physical product. If you haven't, add another US$6.00 to the prices below.

Minis Corebook: $32.00
Minis British FB: $20.00
Minis Samsut FB: $21.00
RPG Players Guide: $42.00
RPG GM’s Guide: $42.00
RPG London SB: $30.00
RPG Big Trouble: $12.00

Minis

Need reinforcements? Here you go. Same caveat applies to shipping as with the books above.

Skeleton Crew $49.00
79-2001 Skeleton with swords (12)
79-2002 Skeleton with two handed swords (12)
79-2105 Zombie with rail gun (12) (2 packs)
79-2213 Sedan Chair Controller (1)

79-2105 Zombies with Rail Guns
79-2105 Zombies with Rail Guns

Charge!: British cavalry $64.00
79-1101 British Cavalry with lance (6)
79-1102 British Cavalry with carbine (6)
79-1105 Sikh Cavalry with lance (6)
79-1106 Sikh Cavalry with carbine (6)
79-1150 Cavalry Leaders (3)

79-1106 Sikh Cavalry with Carbines
79-1106 Sikh Cavalry with Carbines

Samsut Expendable Grunts $34.00
79-2201 Ardites with rail guns (12)
79-2202 Ardites with rail guns (12) (2 packs)
79-2221 Leaders on foot (3)

79-2201 Ardites with Rail Guns
79-2201 Ardites with Rail Guns

Samsut Heavy Grunts $34.00
79-2301 Mushkenite with rail guns (12) (2 packs)
79-2302 Mushkenite with rail guns (12)
79-2321 Mushkenite leaders on foot (3)

79-2302 Mushkenites with Rail Guns
79-2302 Mushkenites with Rail Guns

Rapid Fire: Samsut Cavalry $51.00
79-2501 Mushkenite with Lance (6)
79-2502 Mushkenite with Railguns (6)
79-2504 Mushkenite Heavy with Railguns (6)
Special Single Cavalry Leader

Heavy Fire: Samsut cavalry (gunner) units $34.00
2x 79-2513 Heavy Gunner (2) + Samsut cavalry (cargo) unit
Special Single Cavalry Leader

Doubling Up: Samsut cavalry (troop carrier) units $61.00 
2x 79-2514 Double Riders with Lance & Rail Gun
Special Single Cavalry Leader

Risks and challenges

As mentioned above, both of the books have been written, edited, and laid out, and the cover art is done. The minis are in metal and production molds. All that remains to complete these products is to complete the minis photography, finish the art, and print the books.
We've worked with these artists before. They're proven. Ral Partha Europe is well established with a solid reputation. Our printer is reliable. We've delivered three books for the 1879 role-playing line using this exact same model.
While there is always the possibility of something unexpected cropping up, we believe that the probability of completion and delivery of these books is very high.

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    Hold The Line: British Book+Army

    * Softcover and PDF copies of the 1879 Minis British Forcebook. The PDF will deliver in October 2018, while the softcover will not deliver until late December or early January, depending on the printer.

    * British starter army:
    79-1001 British Line Infantry with masks (pack of 12)
    79-1002 British Line Infantry (pack of 12)
    79-1101 British Cavalry with Lance (pack of 6)
    Foot Commander (1 ea)
    Mounted Commander (1 ea)

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    Ain't I A Stinker: Samsut Book+Army

    * Softcover and PDF copies of the 1879 Minis Samsut Forcebook. The PDF will deliver in October 2018, while the softcover will not deliver until late December or early January, depending on the printer.

    *Samsut starter army:
    79-2001 Skeletons with Swords (pack of 12)
    79-2105 Zombies with Rail Guns (pack of 12)
    Foot Undead Controller (1 ea)
    79-2501 Samsut Cavalry with Lance (pack of 6)
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    * Softcover and PDF copies of the 1879 Minis Corebook, British Forcebook, and Samsut Forcebook. The PDFs will deliver in October 2018, while the softcovers will not deliver until late December or early January, depending on the printer.
    * British starter army (from Hold The Line)
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    Fully Loaded: All Books, Both Armies

    * Softcover and PDF copies of the 1879 Minis Corebook, British Forcebook, and Samsut Forcebook. The PDFs will deliver in October 2018, while the softcovers will not deliver until late December or early January, depending on the printer.
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    Massively Fielded: The Big Army

    * Softcover and PDF copies of the 1879 Minis Corebook, British Forcebook, and Samsut Forcebook. The PDFs will deliver in October 2018, while the softcovers will not deliver until late December or early January, depending on the printer.
    * British starter army (from Hold the Line)
    * British Reinforcements:
    79-1002 British Line Troopers (pack of 12)
    79-1003 British Line Troopers with forage cap (pack of 12)
    79-1004 British Line Trooper with visored cap (pack of 12)
    Special Foot Leader (1 ea)
    2x 79-1102 British Cavalry with Carbine (pack of 6)
    Special Cavalry Leader (1 ea)
    79-1304 9 Pounder Artillery with 5 crew

    * Samsut starter army (from Ain't I a Stinker)
    * Samsut Reinforcements:
    79-2201 Ardites with railgun Female (pack of 12)
    79-2202 Ardites with railgun Male (pack of 12)
    79-2302 Mushkenites with railgun Male (pack of 12)
    Special Foot Leader (1 ea)
    79-2503 Heavy Cavalry with lance (pack of 6)
    79-2504 Heavy Cavalry with Railgun (pack of 6)
    Special Cavalry Leader (1 ea)
    79-2213 Sedan Chair Controller with 2 bearers (1)

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