The basic concept of the game is to provide a campaign system for the I.E.A Invasion of our Solar System, starting with Pluto.
15mm Army Battles- (figures range from 13mm upwards, based on a 15mm scale) These are fought using armies on the tabletop comprised of infantry/vehicles/fliers etc.
15mm Game and Armies- The game itself plays like many other Tabletop systems, and utilizes an adapted version of the Battle Valor Fantasy rules system. A Rulebook will ultimately be available.
The figures and concepts presented here are for the first 2 Armies.Plutonian Assault Infantryman
NOTE; This is one of what will be 10 different Assault Infantry figures.
The I.E.A and Plutonian Armies are made up of the following components; Commander, Supporting Characters, Light Infantry, Infantry, Heavy Infantry, Assault Infantry, Mounted Infantry, Scout Vehicles, Walkers, Robots, Light Artillery, Heavy Artillery,Transports, Launchers, Light Tanks, Medium Tanks, Heavy Tanks, Support Aircraft, and Assault Engines
NOTE; There will be 10 different Infantry figures.
Note; This is one of what will be 5 different heavy weapon figures.
The Kickstarter Itself
This is a ground up KS, and it is being run to fund the sculpting and production of available products. It is not one of those Kickstarter's where everything has already been produced and it is simply a retailing exercise.
As a Master Mold Maker I do all the production myself, and utilize figure sculptors to make the Masters for me, which is the most expensive part of bringing projects like these to life. I work with some incredible designers, and if you have any doubt about the quality of figures we can produce, take a look at my Fantasy Range HERE.
I am fully capable of producing items in metal, resin, and many other materials, utilizing spin casters, pressure pots,and both laser and 3D Printers.
Note; This is one of what will be 10 different Light Infantry figures.
All shipping will be charged prior to shipment. I charge you only the actual shipping cost.
All pledges of $300 or more will ship for FREE.
European backers items will be shipped from within Europe. I will be paying any associated Customs & Duties Fees for you.
International backers outside of Europe will receive a 50% discount on their actual shipping costs.
BATTLE VALOR 15MM FANTASY FIGURES
During the Pledge Manager Phase, Backers will also be able to select items from the Entire Battle Valor Fantasy Line.
Campaign Length and Delivery Times
Although the Campaign has a Delivery Date of December 2019, as with my other kickstarters, items will be made available for shipping as they are ready. You will be able to choose whether you want them shipped or held for more items to become available. The first figures will be ready for shipping before Christmas of this year.
Here is the list of Products, Addons, and Unlocks available in this Kickstarter.
LASER CUT MDF ARMY TRAY
This item is FREE for anybody that pledges $300 or more.
It is super sturdy and measures 18.5 inches by 10.5 inches.
If you would like to get one, please add $25 to your pledge.
UNLOCK #1 $18,500
UNLOCK #2 $19,500
Add 1 for $20
Add 2 for $36
Add 3 for $50
UNLOCK #3 $20,500
UNLOCK #4 $22,500
Plutonian Heavy Tank Add On
Add 1 for $20
Add 2 for $36
Add 3 for $50
UNLOCK #? $30,000
I have many more Unlocks available, and will add more as required.
Here is a look at some of the concept pictures. NOTE These are simple drawings given to the sculptors for direction. They are not art pieces, that is not one of my skill sets.
A Brief Background-Everything Below is Game "fluff".
The I.E.A Wars Chapter 1 - Pluto Down
2176.157PA The Return
It is necessary to give a brief history of Mankind’s expansion within our Solar System and the events that accelerated it, to help you understand how we have arrived at the current state of Intergalactic War, and the fight for our very existence.
By the year 2019, Man had pushed the boundaries of technology on every front. We had returned to the moon, and sent robotic missions of discovery, to the planets within our Solar System. The extension of human life, due to medical breakthroughs in the prior 100 years, saw our home planet of Earth overcrowded with nearly 10 billion people. Science had maintained that the planet was only capable of supporting 3 billion for decades, and the strain was showing at every level.
War raged across the planet, driven by radical Religious beliefs for the most part, and the top One Percent of Society (or OP’s as they became known) maintained control of the population and their power over society by keeping the Ninety Nine Percent (NN’S or Numbered Non-Essentials as they became known) at one another’s throats by continually promoting and exploiting racial, religious, and class inequalities and rights. As long as the NN’S had reasons to hate one another, they would continue to be ignorant of their continual manipulation and exploitation at the hand of the OP’s.
Millions around the planet believed at this stage, that the earth had been visited in the Ancient past by extraterrestrial’s or ET’s. These ET’s were believed to have either assisted in man’s development or even created man as a slave race to mine Gold. Of course, main stream science denied this vehemently, even though the concept that there must be other life in the Universe was widely accepted at this point, and 1000’s of UFO sightings continued to be reported every year.
In the year 2013, a group of Investors started a new exploration of Oak Island, just off the Nova Scotia Coast. This treasure search had been ongoing by various individuals for over 200 years, with little or no results. The myths surrounding the island claimed it to be the resting place of everything from Pirates and Aztec Treasure, Shakespeare’s Lost Manuscripts, to incredible Religious artifacts. Whatever lay below the islands surface, it was hidden in one of the most cunningly designed and cleverly booby trapped hiding places ever devised.
In 2019, after spending millions of dollars they finally solved the mystery and discovered the Islands secret. The Ark of the Covenant. How it got there, or who put it there, remain unknown. This had implications and raised questions almost to awe inspiring to comprehend, and had there been enough time, could have set off a chain of events that would have led mankind to destroying itself from within. However, the discovery instead led to a chain of events that would lead Man into the Stars, with a sense of urgency.
The contents of the Ark had been debated for many years. Those that believed in ET’s had long speculated that it contained an incredible power source gifted to man by the alien visitors in the remote past. The Religious believed it contained the original Stone Tablets with the Ten Commandments given to Moses. All believed it was a way to communicate with God (or Gods). They were right! The Ark quickly came under the control of the OP, and after lengthy preparations they finally opened it on August 28th 2019. Everything changed forever………………
Day 1 The Opening. Not much is known of exactly what happened at the Opening, as every living thing within a ten mile radius of the site died instantly. A great boom, followed by a second, long piercing sound was heard Worldwide. Electrical equipment failed as power grids went off line instantly. The world went dark for 36 hours.
Day 3 Power restored. After complete chaos and civil disorder, power grids came back on line. SETI detected a beacon on the Moon, emitting a signal. Speculation existed for years that the Moon was an Alien Space Station placed in artificial orbit around the earth, from which the earth could be observed. Was this proof?
Day 4 Mars Beacon. SETI detected another beacon emitting a signal on Mars.
Day 5 Saturn Beacon. SETI detected another beacon emitting a signal on or near Saturn.
Day 6 Pluto Beacon. SETI detected another beacon emitting a signal on Pluto.
Day 7 Planet X Beacon. SETI detected a beacon on the edge of our Solar System, which finally pin pointed Planet X. This planet had long been deemed to exist, but up until this point had not been located. Day 8 Earth Day- At the greatest assembly of World Leaders in History, Mankind’s Leaders had to finally admit what they had secretly known for years. We were not alone. Man’s survival could only now be ensured by truly coming together as a United Civilization (the U.C.E, United Civilization of Earth), and spreading into space.
No one knew what the beacons meant, but the risk that Mankind could be taken out completely by a single military strike on one planet was too great to ignore. This started a new era, PA, or Post Ark, and as a result all dates are now recorded with 2 years. The AD year followed by the PA year, hence the current year of 2176.157PA.
Over the coming decades the world came together, and Earth at least, knew true peace for the first time ever. Science discovered the Dark Matter drive and we were off into the great unknown. No longer did we have to strap our poor astronauts and explorers onto huge firecrackers. Settlements and orbital stations were soon established on or around all of the Planets within our Solar System with the exception of Jupiter, due to its immense magnetic fields. We established U.C.E Fleet Shipyards and supply stations at Lagrange points wherever they existed and pushed the boundaries of our Solar System. It wasn’t long before we were mining asteroids, and even converting them into colonies.
While peace has reigned on Earth for 157 years, there have been many conflicts between the newly established Colonies over everything from supplies to mining rights. We have even had to battle Alien lifeforms that we did not even know existed until we attempted to settle on their home worlds. Although these were all undeveloped, planet bound lifeforms, they were none the less, dangerous. Planet X is still just beyond our reach, but we are close to launching our first expedition there. Steps were taken to locate and shut down each of the Alien Beacons, with the one on Planet X within our grasp.
To date, despite our fears, we have been left alone. It seems that the owners of the Beacons have long since forgotten them, or perhaps their civilization suffered some cataclysmic event. It is now August 28th 157PA, the Anniversary of the Opening, and we have just lost all communications with Pluto. But that is nothing unusual, Solar Flares are a bitch!
Man’s expansion into Space, and ultimately the Deep Oceans would not have been possible without A.L.I.E.N.S. I am not talking about little green or grey men, although in some part they too played a part. By the year 2040, we had spent decades trying to find ways of conquering the perils of space. Solar radiation, vacuums, electromagnetic fields, simple sustenance, muscle decay, and micro meteors were but a few of the considerations for companies involved in the development, creation and manufacturing of space faring protective gear and suits, not to mention bacterial and viral threats. Space Suits and Planetary protective wear and gear, were still too bulky and cumbersome, inhibiting movement and activity. Efforts were continually being made to make them smaller, tighter fitting, and multi-functional, allowing the wearer to be able to move more freely. Some even included bionics giving the user greater strength and speed. But none of this solved the real problem, that a human wearing a suit of any kind lost a large proportion of their dexterity, making them vulnerable. The addition of oxygen supplies, atmospheric scrubbers, waste disposal and purification systems, communications equipment, cameras, and more made a human prepped for space or planetary exploration look almost ridiculous. This all changed on September 22nd 2040.21PA. A young Engineer named Ethan, employed by the Myers-Garrod Space Corp, a leader in design and manufacturing of Space Equipment, sat toying with the finished sample of the latest MG Survival Suit. Even though it looked kind of athletic and sleek, and was even comfortable to wear, the addition of all the necessary equipment for survival, and the helmet, still made the wearer feel like a 16th Century Knight. A simple thought ran through his head “ imagine what it must be like inside this thing”. In that moment, a multi trillion industry was born, which not only conquered Space, but also conquered Earth’s Oceans finally. It also changed mankind forever. Ethan realized that they had been trying to solve the problem the wrong way. They were never going to come up with a satisfactory way of protecting people from the outside. It had to be done from the inside. The protection and functionality had to be inside the user, not outside the user. That way, none of the regular functionality of the human body and physique would be lost. Myers-Garrod changed its research direction and within a decade launched the A.L.I.E.N.S system. Artificial Life & Intelligence Enhancing Nano Symbots. These micro machines were injected directly into the users bloodstream, being genetically coded for use by them only. This ensures that should the A.L.I.E.N.S escape the users body, they simply cease to function, being reliant on their host for “life”. The applications were endless, and A.L.I.E.N.S were designed to perform everything from temperature regulation, to oxygen manufacture. For instance, a human with the right mix of A.L.I.E.N.S could walk around naked on the surface of Pluto with no breathing equipment. This is but a small slice, of the capabilities of this system. In effect, a portion of humanity has evolved into something else. As time passed the OP’S were injected with a full spectrum of A.L.I.E.N.S at birth, truly making them society’s elite in every aspect. NN’S can earn the right to receive a limited spectrum of A.L.I.E.N.S enhancement by entering either the Security or Military forces of the U.C.E for a period of 20 years, receiving upgrades based on Rank, Mission, or Service branch. Anyone attempting to breach their full Contract, simply ends.
Dark Matter Drives
Ever looked up at the night sky and wondered how all those stars and planets just kind of hang there? At the beginning of the 21st Century we all knew that every galaxy had a giant black hole at its center, the gravity of which held the surrounding celestial objects in place. But what holds all those black holes in place, to allow galaxies to form around them? Was there a single, gigantic black hole at the center of the Universe exerting a force on everything else? Well, maybe, but not that we have discovered. The answer came eventually with the discovery of Dark Matter. This strange substance for lack of a better word, turned out to make up 90% of the material in the Universe. The Big Bang Theory came under assault by the year 2015, and Gravity was still a complete mystery to scientists by 2020. How could a force be strong enough to pull us back down to earth when we jump up in the air, but not be strong enough to stop us making the jump in the first place? The speed of light as a constant was also threatened with experiments at the CERN laboratory. Time and the fabric of Space, considered for decades as intertwined, started to look more doubtful. After all, Space was real, and existed long before man. Time was an invention of man to measure his journey through, and the impact he had on the Space around him. Human arrogance knows no bounds. For instance, Black Holes remained a mystery because the “math” didn’t work inside them. Of course we thought we knew all the math there was to know, being such an Intelligent species. The lessons we would learn in the decades ahead would reduce the so called “Human Intelligence”, at the beginning of the 21st Century to the level of an Infant. Dark Matter is an odd material. It’s a kind of spongy substance. It will expand to fill gaps, but can also be pushed back to create a space, in which case it either becomes denser or displaces to fill other space. It exerts force constantly, and will push back when it is pushed on. Think of it like this. You fill fish a fish tank with custard (think of this as dark matter). You then take 10 tennis balls and immerse them in the custard (think of these as planets). The custard is dense enough to hold the balls in place, so they don’t drop to the bottom of the tank. The level of the custard rises in the tank (displacement or the expansion of space). If you remove a ball, the custard will rush in the fill the void. While gravity plays its part, it is Dark Matter, that does most of the work. Gravity doesn’t pull us back down to earth when we jump in the air. Dark matter pushes us back down to earth. This is a rather simplified explanation of everything, as I am no scientist, but it should give you enough information to understand the two types of Dark Matter Drives. These are the Atomic Dark Matter Compressors, and the Electro Magnetic Dark Matter Displacers. The Compressor works by sucking DM in through the front of the ship by creating a vacuum that the DM rushes in to fill. Once the flow starts, the DM is compressed and then released out of the back of the ship to create forward motion, which in turn forces more DM into the front of the ship. Obviously the level of compression and the speed of release is adjusted to achieve the desired momentum. This system is used by ships that require high speed or bursts of high speed, like fighters, rescue vessels, and smaller military vessels. The Displacers work by creating a Electro Magnetic Field at the front of the ship, which “repulses” Dark Matter, creating a void or a vacuum. Dark Matter behind the ship then pushes the ship forward to fill the void that exists in front of it. This system is generally used on slow moving vessels like Commercial Transports, Luxury Vessels, Automated Supply Vessels, Refineries, and more. It is even being used to move settled asteroids around. Most Military Vessels use a combination of both systems, using their Displacers when in orbit, or both Displacers and Compressors when speed is required. This technology, and the eventual understanding of how Black Holes really work, led to the current development of and experimentation with Wormhole Generators. I should point out though, that this is very new, and not completely operational or reliable. But that is a story for another day.
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Risks and challenges
There are limited risks in this undertaking. Many of the figures are already being prototyped or sculpted, some can already be seen pictured above. This is the 3rd kickstarter I have run, and now have resources and contacts set up to do everything from printing to packaging. I make all my own figures. I am a master mold maker. I provide concept art to the sculptors, and then do everything else myself including master molding, molding, casting, packaging and more. If you have any doubt about my abilities to produce fantastic figures, just check out the Fantasy range at www.battlevalorgames.comLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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