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Nameless Design: 15mm Lovecraftian Horror Miniatures

15mm scaled miniatures featuring creatures from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.

Nameless Design: 15mm Lovecraftian Horror Miniatures

15mm scaled miniatures featuring creatures from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.

$932
pledged of $2,000pledged of $2,000 goal
34
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 6 2019 7:38 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 6, 2019

About

"Warfare, largely civil for the last few millennia though sometimes waged against reptilian or octopodic invaders, or against the winged, star-headed Old Ones who centered in the antarctic, was infrequent though infinitely devastating."~ H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out of Time.

In his stories, H. P. Lovecraft describes several wars between the various intelligent species that inhabited Earth long before the arrival of Humanity. These uncanny beings exhibited physical traits that were truly alien as well as sensory and psychic powers far beyond the abilities of Earth's later hominid masters. And although Lovecraft often proclaims that these horrors are "indescribable", he actually gave relatively detailed descriptions of their size, appearance, and abilities.

A Yithian towers over a pair of Elder Things. Its massive claws are able to damage even the famously tough Elder Things.
A Yithian towers over a pair of Elder Things. Its massive claws are able to damage even these famously tough creatures.

Nameless Design Miniatures were created to capture Lovecraft's bizarre concepts as well as to provide miniature models suitable for collecting and tabletop gaming. They are sculpted in 15mm scale so that they are compatible with a variety of existing miniature lines, from historical to science fiction. This scale also allows for massed units of giant beings, something difficult with larger scale models. Even the massive Shoggoths or Great Race of Yith can be used in full units to play out epic battles.

(These miniatures will require assembly and painting to achieve the best appearance and are meant for hobbyists of a moderate skill level.) 

Each Elder Thing miniature is made of multiple parts to allow for their five-sided symmetry.
Each Elder Thing miniature is made of multiple parts to allow for their five-sided symmetry.

"Objects are eight feet long all over. Six-foot, five-ridged barrel torso three and five-tenths feet central diameter, one foot end diameters. Dark gray, flexible, and infinitely tough. Seven-foot membranous wings of same color, found folded, spread out of furrows between ridges. Wing framework tubular or glandular, of lighter gray, with orifices at wing tips. Spread wings have serrated edge. Around equator, one at central apex of each of the five vertical, stave-like ridges are five systems of light gray flexible arms or tentacles found tightly folded to torso but expansible to maximum length of over three feet. Like arms of primitive crinoid. Single stalks three inches diameter branch after six inches into five substalks, each of which branches after eight inches into small, tapering tentacles or tendrils, giving each stalk a total of twenty-five tentacles.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness.

These are the Elder Things, scientists and soldiers, the early masters of a newly formed Earth. Although their fivefold symmetry hearkens back to more primitive life, the Elder Things represent an apex of physical and mental development. Their outer skins are notably tough and resilient, they are able to withstand incredibly long periods of dormancy in horribly cold conditions, and can fly between worlds across the blackest depths of space. In exquisite counterpoint to these physical strengths, they are gifted with dozens of fine yet powerful tendrils that can both rend strong materials asunder and perform intensely delicate tasks. As a final boon they possess senses both physical and psychic that allow them a perception that is truly incredible to lesser beings.

(The Elder Thing miniatures are made of eight pieces and are cast in lead-free pewter. A pin vise or very small drill is required for assembly. Bases are not included.)

A Yithian with all of it's limbs extended.
A Yithian with all of it's limbs extended. (Note: This is a prototype model. The final castings will have a few, subtle differences.)

"They seemed to be enormous, iridescent cones, about ten feet high and ten feet wide at the base, and made up of some ridgy, scaly, semi-elastic matter. From their apexes projected four flexible, cylindrical members, each a foot thick, and of a ridgy substance like that of the cones themselves.

These members were sometimes contracted almost to nothing, and sometimes extended to any distance up to about ten feet. Terminating two of them were enormous claws or nippers. At the end of a third were four red, trumpet-like appendages. The fourth terminated in an irregular yellowish globe some two feet in diameter and having three great dark eyes ranged along its central circumference.

Surmounting this head were four slender grey stalks bearing flowerlike appendages, whilst from its nether side dangled eight greenish antennae or tentacles. The great base of the central cone was fringed with a rubbery, grey substance which moved the whole entity through expansion and contraction."~ H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out of Time. 

The Great Race is so called because of their ability to travel forward and backwards in time by means of arcane sciences. They use this ability to see into their own futures and make plans to allow for their continued existence as a species. This continuation is possible due to their willingness to travel in mind only, using and then discarding physical forms as necessary. These cone shaped forms were how they appeared when encountered by Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee in The Shadow Out of Time.

These physical forms are enormous and intensely robust. Two long and flexible arms that end in powerful claws are used for communication by clicking and scraping as well as for combat and work. Like the Elder Things, the Great Race are an unreal balance of physical power and mental ability, their millennia of travel and study making them masters of every art and science. In combat they use "camera-like" weapons that produce violent electrical discharges like massive continual bolts of lightning.

( The Great Race of Yith miniatures will be cast in spin-cast resin and will be made of five parts. Assembly is required. Bases are not included.)

Propelled forward by an Elder Thing minder, this Shoggoth juggernaut is eager to overwhelm and devour these hapless troopers.
Propelled forward by an Elder Thing minder, this Shoggoth juggernaut is eager to overwhelm and devour these hapless troopers. (Trooper figures are to show scale and are unavailable at this time.)

"They were normally shapeless entities composed of a viscous jelly which looked like an agglutination of bubbles, and each averaged about fifteen feet in diameter when a sphere. They had, however, a constantly shifting shape and volume - throwing out temporary developments or forming apparent organs of sight, hearing, and speech in imitation of their masters, either spontaneously or according to suggestion." ~ H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness.

Created as a powerful and untiring slave-race, the Shoggoth is one of Lovecraft's most abhorrent and fearsome creatures. Basically a mass of ever-shifting bubbles and slimy protoplasm, Shoggoths were nearly unstoppable when they revolted against their masters, the Elder Things. And even when well under control, a wounded Shoggoth is an unpredictable beast, haphazardly striking out at anything near it, be they friend or foe. In battle the Elder Things drive the Shoggoths toward enemy lines, both as assault troops and living shields that soak up incoming fire while allowing the Elder Thing soldiers time to advance.

The Shoggoth miniatures will be offered in two finishes, a normal resin and a Super Deluxe Glow-in-the-Dark coating. This technique actually embeds glow powder into the surface to create a truly stunning glow effect. Then the Shoggoth is painted with black enamel and wiped to add dark shadows while maintaining the glow. It's really cool in person, trust me.

Super bright glow effect makes this super creepy.
Super bright glow effect makes this super creepy.
This is a casting of the Shoggoth with embedded glow powder prior to being wipe painted with black.
This is a casting of the Shoggoth with embedded glow powder prior to being wipe painted with black.

Stretch Goals!

At $2,500 I'll add Electric Weapons for the Great Race of Yith. These "camera-like" weapons fire devastating bolts of intense lightning that are used to suppress the Flying Polypous Beings.

At $3000 I'll add Disruptor Weapons for The Elder Things. These weapons literally rip apart matter and were developed to subdue and sometimes destroy wayward Shoggoths.

At $3500 Each pledge will include 1 Proto-Shoggoth. The most insidious and invasive creation of the Elder Things, these writhing masses of ropey protoplasm are able to insinuate themselves into other beings and take control of them, becoming incredibly powerful but also destroying the unwitting host organism from within.

At $4500 I will make the dreaded Flying Polypous Being available! At 3.5cm tall in 15mm scale, these flying behemoths are the most truly alien of Lovecraft's creations. Beasts of pure dark and able to rend and destroy using the power of wind, they are in a constant vendetta war with the Great Race of Yith. 

If you want an amount of miniatures that is different from the reward levels listed, just pledge the amount you would need to make that amount. So if you want a Sampler Pack and 3 Yithians just pledge $40 ($20 for the Sampler Pack and $20 for the Yithian Unit.)

Casting for the Elder Things and Great Race of Yith miniatures will be handled by industry stalwarts, Fortress Figures. This means great casting and fast turnaround time.

I'll be casting the Shoggoths myself as well as painting the Super Glow Finish versions.

IMPORTANT!!! I will be collecting postage separately from the Kickstarter campaign after the campaign is finished. Please take this into account when deciding to back this project. 

Risks and challenges

One of the issues I have had with my past Kickstarters have been because of postage increases in the time it took to produce the products. This is why I will be collecting shipping fees after the campaign ends.

I will admit that I have made mistakes in these early campaigns but I have worked to learn from these mistakes. Keeping the campaign simple and not over-promising is the main thing that I came away with.

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