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Help bring this new Stephanie Law Masterworks Miniature Range to market! These are all lead-free Pewter Miniatures - not plastic. They come unpainted and the miniatures shown are the actual original sculpts.
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Dark Sword Miniatures has been producing critically acclaimed tabletop gaming scale pewter miniatures for the past 12+ years. Our award-winning miniature ranges include the George R.R. Martin Masterworks, Elmore Masterworks, Parkinson Masterworks, Easley Masterworks, Caldwell Masterworks, and the Visions in Fantasy ranges. Dark Sword Miniatures has a proven track record with our licensed ranges and with our customers. With your backing and support on this project, we would like to release a new licensed miniature range based on the outstanding artwork of Stephanie Law. Stephanie and I have been friends since 2003 when I first discovered her wonderful artwork. Stephanie’s otherworldly artwork really struck a chord with me personally due to the whimsical and ethereal nature of it. It was so different than the Fab Four from TSR of Elmore, Easley, Caldwell and Parkinson, but I loved it in a whole other way. And so did many of the folks I worked with from sculptors to painters. It has this precious sense of wonder to it that brought me back to the early 1980’s when I first discovered the artwork of the Fab Four of TSR I mentioned above.Stephanie is a big fan of pewter fantasy miniatures and has been collecting them since she was young.So she was thrilled when I approached her about creating a range of miniatures based on her artwork. She has been involved in the creative process with us every step of the way on these miniatures. Stephanie and I are happy to present to you what we hope is the start of a wonderful new Dark Sword miniature range that we need your help on launching.
Patrick Keith has sculpted up the wonderful new miniatures for this range. Patrick has a proven track record with Dark Sword Miniatures, Reaper Miniatures and his own company Bombshell Miniatures.
For those of you unfamiliar with Dark Sword Miniatures and the style of our gaming scale miniatures (what would be referred to as 28mm Heroic Scale from many companies), you can check us out on our Web site at: www.DarkSwordMiniatures.com You can also scroll down the page to some gallery pictures of a small sampling of the miniatures we have released over the past 12+ years. Please note - these are painted studio model examples – all of our miniatures come in bare pewter or resin and will require minor assembly. You the hobbyist will get the pleasure of assembling and painting our miniatures in whatever color schemes you wish to see them in. It is a wonderful hobby indeed..
Dark Sword has already run and fully delivered on two Kickstarter projects we ran back in July/August 2013 and February/March 2014. We aim to once again exceed expectations on delivery of this project both on the quality of our miniatures and speed of delivery for our backer rewards. Like our last Kickstarter projects, we have a very simple campaign backer structure you can see over to your right. Early Bird Core Set and Core Set Backers will be rewarded for their support with special Kickstarter pricing. Other perks will include stretch goals that can be unlocked along the way for more free bonus miniatures added into the core set and access to other cool add-ons after the initial funding goal is exceeded. Once again, we already have the core set fully sculpted and have been running test castings of these miniatures to ensure everything is ready to crank into high gear on the production front once we get underway. Everything is cast in lead-free pewter. We aim to have backer rewards delivered very quickly after this campaign is finished so people can enjoy these amazing miniatures.
Below is a small sampling of our existing George R.R. Martin Masterworks Pewter Miniature range from the Song of Ice and Fire Book Series that inspired the hit HBO show Game of Thrones. These miniatures were created working closely with GRRM himself from how he envisioned the characters from the books in his mind - they are not from the HBO series. Please note - these are painted studio models - all of our miniatures come in bare pewter or bare resin and require minor assembly and of course painting.
Below is a small sampling of our Elmore Masterworks Pewter Miniature range. Please note - these are painted studio models - all of our miniatures come in bare pewter or bare resin and require minor assembly and of course painting.
Below is a small sampling of our Visions in Fantasy Pewter Miniature range. Please note - these are painted studio models - all of our miniatures come in bare pewter or bare resin and require minor assembly and of course painting.
Below is a small sampling of our Visions in Fantasy Anthropomorphic Animal (I call them critters) Pewter Miniature range. Please note - these are painted studio models - all of our miniatures come in bare pewter or bare resin and require minor assembly and of course painting.
We have included the above galleries of images to showcase a small sampling of what Dark Sword Miniatures has delivered over the past 12+ years as we approach 600 miniatures produced. You can see for yourself the quality and care we put into every aspect of our small boutique miniature company. You can check out our Web site at: www.DarkSwordMiniatures.com to see more examples of what we have done and also read customer testimonials about the quality of our miniature ranges and the speed of our shipments all over the world. I bring these things up to call attention to our proven track record of delivering on projects in a consistent methodical manner.
Some folks asked for size comparison pictures next to Reaper Miniatures during our last Kickstarter project. So I have taken some pictures (forgive the rough lighting here as it was simply sun coming in the window for our light source) of some of our new and existing GRRM miniatures next to some Reaper Bones and Reaper Metal minis.
Please keep in mind that GRRM goes to great lengths to differentiate and describe his characters in regards to their heights and overall sizes/shapes. You have the extremes from Tyrion up to Ser Gregor "The Mountain That Rides" and a good number of very tall strong men in between like Jaime Lannister, The Black Fish and the Old Bear. Tom Meier and Jeff Grace go into exacting detail to get this across on very small miniatures. Even differences between Dany and Sansa compared to the much taller Cersei or Melisandre are evident in these minis.
Thank you very much for checking out our Kickstarter Project!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we face is getting the backer rewards shipped in a timely and affordable fashion. I want to exceed expectations on this front once again like we did on our first two Kickstarter projects. So to once again help support this goal, we have already completed sculpting and initial master molding on the core set of miniatures. We have also performed test castings to ensure everything is dialed in from a pewter quality perspective. We have already had our pewter miniature caster set aside casting time and packing time so we can quickly get a head start on production as this campaign is underway. Just like with our first two Kickstarter projects, we will keep our backers in the loop with frequent updates throughout the run of this new Kickstarter project. All of our production and packing/shipping will take place in/from the Midwest USA.
Many Kickstarter campaigns also run into shipping issues – especially international shipping issues. We are in our 12th year of business and have shipped orders out all over the world in the past 12+ years. We also completed and fully delivered on our first two Kickstarter projects. International shipping is expensive and this large release will be no exception. Dark Sword Miniatures has built a reputation of top notch quality and dependability over the years in regards to both our miniatures and our shipping turn times. And we aim to build upon that reputation once again with this new Kickstarter.
Another challenge many Kickstarters face is sorting the surveys after the project completes. Just like our last two Kickstarter projects, we have purposely built our project with simplified backer levels in order to simplify surveys so they are easy to complete and return quickly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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