The aim of this project is to produce a new range of 28mm white metal fantasy miniatures for collectors and for use in rpg and tabletop wargames.
The figures have been sculpted by Igor Karpov, known for his work on the Ratnik/Lead Adventure Astropolis, Dwarves, Post-Apocalyptic and previous Bruegelburg ranges.
Somewhere in the rainy North, not too far from the coast of the Great Ocean, lies a bustling city state. Sitting on a crossroads of highways and rivers, it has become a major trade nexus for the continent. The dark of the Middle Ages has not yet fully vanished, and the light of the Renaissance does not yet reach all the shady spots found in the shadows of the great merchant houses. The name of this place: Bruegelburg.
“Are you going to Bruegelburg Fair?” rings out the call once the harvest season is done. As the great traders convene from near and far to close deals, purchase and sell wares and renew acquaintances, a great market springs up around the Grand Hall of the Traders’ Guild. People from all over town and the surrounding villages and countryside travel to the city for work, groceries and leisure. Springing up from a handful of villages at the confluence of the Mussel River to the mighty Rhâus, Bruegelburg had been a nexus of trade in the western lands since its early days. It is here that the land-bound trade routes to the Dwarven fiefs of the Hazy Hills start, which then go on beyond that mighty mountain range to cross the steppes towards the fortress-towns of the Gardariki and the fabled realm of Noresmi; to the north and west, vessels sail down the Rhâus towards the great sea, ultimately bound for the Norskelag and the newly-discovered countries beyond the ocean. Still, trade caravans and sailing ships are slow, and travel from town to town takes days, weeks or even months. For this, the Bruegelburg Fair provides an annual meeting venue worth the long and arduous voyage; traders from all over the known world gather to strike deals to be completed over the coming months, some before the winter storms prevent ocean travel, others to set out in spring on calmer seas and snow-free roads. A lot of local goods, from small farmers to wealthy weavers are offered as well, and the populace of the Bruegelland takes the opportunity to stock up on supplies. The Grand Hall of the Traders’ Guild becomes a busy place. The venerable stone basilica has seen many fairs over the years, but given recent discoveries and inventions, its greatest days of trade may yet be to come.
Balalaika Maiden: The Gardariki Trade Caravans always include entertainers, poets and the like as well as the more pecuniary-inclined. When the day’s work is done, they string up a tune to entertain at the banquet table.
Set 01 – Market Women: Although the actual Fair focuses on the trade of commodities and precious goods from near and far, supplies for daily life in the bustling town is provided by the peasants and small craftsmen from the city’s bailiwick. In many cases, it is the women who man the stalls and wander the market square proffering their goods.
Set 02 – No time to chat!: As the market opens, there is always a jostle for the best spots. No time for a friendly chat then, although once the hunting grounds have been staked out, call and chatter fills the various market areas.
Set 03 – Georg von Würstenberg, Master of the Butchers’ Guild: Formerly a mere butcher, Georg von Würstenberg made his way to the top of the prestigious Butchers’ Guild, his paunch equalling his influence and power. Some say that, along the way, various rivals ended up in his product, but not to his face! Wherever he goes, he is announced by his herald, Peter Pfefferbeis.
Set 04 – Guardsmen of the Butchers’ Guild: The Guilds of Bruegelburg always vie for the prime spot in the City Council, and many are not above using nefarious means to advance their own position. Hence, prominent Guild members are escorted by armed guards, who also make up militias policing various areas of the town where the Town Guards cannot or will not go.
Set 05 – Patricians: The richest and most powerful merchants of Bruegelburg are commonly called “Patricians”, and it is they who head the various factions in the City Council. As the Fair opens, they can be seen ambulating across the Grand Hall, sampling wares and making deals.
Set 06 – Country Nobles: The City of Bruegelburg is surrounded by various small villages and fiefs, some loyal to regional potentates, some allied with the city. The heads of these fiefs invariably visit the city for the great Fair to see and be seen.
Set 07 – Paupers of Bruegelburg: At the bottom of the social ladder, a teeming mass of paupers and beggars, pickpockets and thugs makes a living in the meaner parts of town. As the market opens, they venture forth to profit from charity and carelessness, respectively.
Set 08 – A Word in Jest: Entertainment is a key aspect of the Market Day, and Jesters from near and far are happy to provide. Just don’t forget to guard your purse as you watch their antics on the stage!
Set 09 – A jesting Tjost: An increasingly popular pageant in recent years is the “Jesters’ Tjost”, a parody of the grand tournaments that hail back to the great days of knights long past, with the entertainers striving for the most amusing way to “unhorse” each other and poke fun at their betters.
Set 10 – Days of Childhood: Market Day is a welcome diversion from the often dull and dreary life of kids in Bruegelburg, and gaggles of children can be seen everywhere.
Set 11 – The Games Children play: Kids being kids, when there is time, they will find games to play.
Set 12 – Scribe and City Guardsman: Order must be kept, in a fashion – stalls on the market are subject to fees and tariffs, and city officials, accompanied by guardsmen are tasked with raking in the dues.
Gardariki Fur Traders: The Gardariki hail from lands far in the east, further away still than the Hazy Hills where the Dwarves used to live. Once a year, a great caravan sets forth from their walled cities and travels along the great rivers and the Northmere to sell their wares, mainly precious furs of various species long extinct in the lands of Bruegelburg. The great caravan is usually made up of men, but the more adventurous of Gardariki women join up as well, some being established and shrewd traders themselves.
Noresmian Traders and Magnates: Even further beyond the realms of the Gardariki lies the Chanate of Noresmi, a land of fables and tall tales. Maybe once a decade, Noresmian traders take the long journey to the west. These expeditions are commonly headed by experienced travellers and potentates from the Chanate. Trade, of course, is the key objective of the great Noresmian expeditions. They provide most exotic goods such as silk, spices and exotic objects of art.
Georg von Würstenberg (mounted) : For his great entrance (and for greater distances, due to his consummate circumference), Georg von Würstenberg maintains a stable of powerful steeds, the breed being related to the strong carthorses used by the Beer Guilds to transport their wares.
Duke Magnus of Protzingen: Magnus of Protzingen is one of the great rivals of Bruegelburg, having coveted the city’s wealth for many years. In public, he is aloof, but affable, yet behind the scenes he is always trying to garner support from other nobles to curtail the success of Bruegelburg.
We are sure you want rather spend your money at the Bruegelburg Fair instead of paying expensive shipping. So we did our best to keep shipping costs low and transparent for everybody.
Germany - 5 Euro
Rest of World - 9 Euro
The diorama pictures are mainly featuring models from the existing Bruegelburg miniatures range. The pictures also show scenery from Elladan and Tabletop World.
Risks and challenges
Risk is minimal. We are an experienced miniatures company who have operated successfully for more than five years and are well-known for our reliability. Our previous Kickstarter Campaigns, Dwarven Gold Fever, Astropolis and Astropolis II were funded, produced and delivered well within the planned time schedule, and the experience gathered with these campaigns was used to further improve our fulfilment process.
As illustrated by the pictures, the figures have already been sculpted. The master moulds are already produced. If this project is funded, we can immediately initiate creation of the production moulds, so that we will be able to commence the initial production run right after completion of the Kickstarter. Based on previous experience with our suppliers, we expect the first miniatures to be delivered six to eight weeks following completion of the campaign. This means that you may already receive your figures as early as October 2017. In any case, we will continuously publish updates on progress and project steps and milestones.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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