Welcome back to our 6th campaign here on Kickstarter. Sorry we took so long! ;)
This campaign is about 3 robot busts with a human touch. We also have some guest stars from the CP Yakuza range later in the campaign, but let's focus on the robots first!
The range is called A.I. which stands for artificial intelligence. There is no doubt that robots will play more important roles in our future at some point. But what if these robots start evolving on their own? Gain more sentient thoughts than might be good for them? It's a theme that rises up in a lot of films and books and I guess this range ties into that.
The busts have been created by Oleg Aleinikov, a genius from Russia. He came up with the concepts and sculpts and then digitally colored them in so realistically that it looks like they walked straight out of a movie!
Below you see the pictures I fell in love with as soon as I saw them. I just knew we had to try to get permission and the rights to make them into busts! Luckily, we did!
While these are digitally painted and not done by hand and paintbrush, the sculpts are so good that they resemble the art above very well! Only Fractured has been slightly altered to make it possible to cast (see examples of the renders, prints and casts below!) and Alpha got a new sword as the one printed was just way too thin. Other than that, every detail has been carried over to the prints and casts and the quality is amazing!
As mentioned, the busts have been created by Oleg Aleinikov. A brilliant digital sculptor hailing from Russia. Oleg's sculpts are hyper realistic and while his subjects are mostly fantasy and sci-fi orientated he makes them look so real that you'd almost start to believe they are! Good thing that in some cases they aren't! ;)
You can check out more of his work on his Artstation page;
Here you can see the various phases of what work is involved during the creative process. That it's a lengthy process is needless to say but in the end... so worth it!!!
Add-ons and new Pledges
You can mix any of the busts shown in the Duo and Combo pledges if you want! We will sort out in the surveys what exactly you want to get.
Shipping will be charged during the Kickstarter and is €10,- for all single bust pledges while the combo pledge of all three A.I. busts is €15,-. It includes tracking, signed for delivery and insurance.
We have set the date for delivery at the end of September. After speaking with the caster for this campaign, Darkstar Miniatures, we believe this is a realistic date.
The company who handles our shipping proved he does a good job with our last five Kickstarters and shipping in general. We have every faith we can deliver on time once again. We don't think there will be a delay in packages going out to backers but would just like to add that delays can happen. Once the shipping company has your parcels it is out of our control. However we will do everything possible again to fulfill this Kickstarter on time.
Please note that we are not responsible for any customs or other fees that might occur.
As always there are a few people I want to thank! The following people who's help and hard work has made it possible to do this campaign!
Dark Star Miniatures
Figure Painting Magazine
I also really want to thank the backers of our previous campaign for this opportunity and their support. Letting us launch this campaign even though our previous one is still in fullfilment stage! You people are AWESOME!!!
One thing that is very important if you want to help us fund is to please take a moment to share the project. You can do this by sharing the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, your blog, forums and on any other Social media you might know! Tell your friends who might be interested and with your help we can make this project as successful as possible, ensuring we can make many more wonderful miniatures in the near future!
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Risks and challenges
The busts have already been sculpted, printed and the masters have been moulded and test cast. Depending on how many we need, casting should take a few months. Once we receive them we will process them and make ready the packages. Out of experience, packaging doesn't take us very take long. We have a reliable shipping company who does the distribution and therefor we have good confidence that we will be able to deliver on time.
Please note though that the estimated delivery time is based upon a certain number of expected backers. In case of a highly succesful campaign, the delivery could take a bit longer.
This is our sixth campaign and the first four Kickstarters were all shipped on time or even ahead of the estimated delivery times. The fifth one unfortunately took longer due to health issues of the casting company that was used. Still, we have great confidence that we can deliver yet another project succesfully and on time!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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