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28mm scale army for traditional fantasy tabletop or other wargames
28mm scale army for traditional fantasy tabletop or other wargames
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The Alpine Gnomes 

Gnomes are a diminutive, austere, and productive alpine people. They share a similar cultural background, language, and temperament with their dwarf cousins. Though also mountain dwelling, gnome settlements are isolated and distinct from the dwarves, and hidden by illusory magics. Gnomish towns are semi-subterranean more akin to the mining towns of men or forest hamlets. Gnomes are not skilled metalworkers like the dwarves. Most are humble craftsmen who would rather bake, coop, cobble, mill or farm than face a hoard of gibbering goblins. These productive trades have put the gnomes in significant contact with the men of the lowlands. Because gnomes are less doughty than the dwarves they have taken to the cooperative drill and tactics of these men to face foes greater than themselves. This combination of isolated settlements, humble guilds, and teamwork-driven tactics has led to the gnomes having very close knit communities and a democratic society. Gnomish military decisions are heatedly debated and eventually agreed upon by a council of senior guild leaders and learned wizards. Gnomish armies, though made up of citizen craftsmen, are known for their discipline and lack of generals.

What the gnomes are up to

We present out first installment of Gnomes sculpted by the Gnome master - Byron Harmon.  The goal of this campaign is to produce a range of gnomish miniatures that can be fielded in a traditional fantasy tabletop game. In this first installment we aim to fill out the common needs of wargamers: spearmen, halberdiers, crossbowmen, along with the standard fill of command models and a hero. Should we get enough funding, future installments will include spell casters, more heroes, warmachines, mounted troops, casualties, and an assortment of less orthodox gnome troop types to fill all the needs of today's tabletop gamer. Let us know in the comments what types of gnomes you would like to see.

The gnomely aesthetic

There has been a growing trend toward escalating super-epic legendary HIGH fantasy covered in pauldrons, spikes, and gold. This has made us old grumblers scratch our beards, harrumph, and all manner of nostalgic murmurings for the "good old days." Our goal is to make a range of gnomes that hearkens to the golden age of metal miniatures. Consequently, our gnomes are low fantasy with a playful aesthetic that alludes to the high medieval period Swiss, with a gnomely twist. 

Our sculptor showing off his growing Gnomish Army in the traditional manner.
Our sculptor showing off his growing Gnomish Army in the traditional manner.

 About Us

The Old School Miniature Company was setup on 2016 focusing on developing a line of models specifically reflecting the golden age of metal 28mm miniatures from the 1980's.  This is our first army to be launched and we are also launching our Legions of Legend which will be unit deals for minis so collectors can get a whole unit in one box.  Eventually we hope to introduce packaging to again reflect the golden era.  We are active on facebook

Close-ups of the Gnomes

Spearman Command
Spearman Command

 

Rear rank spearmen
Rear rank spearmen

 

Front rank spearmen
Front rank spearmen

 

Halberdier Command
Halberdier Command

 

Halberdiers
Halberdiers

 

Halberdiers
Halberdiers

 

Crossbowmen
Crossbowmen

 

Crossbowmen
Crossbowmen

 

Warmachine Crew
Warmachine Crew

 

Camp Workers
Camp Workers

 

Camp Followers
Camp Followers

 

Hero
Hero

 

Stretch Goals!


If we achieve £1000 UNLOCKED!
The Wizard will be unlocked - he will be included with every army/host at no additional cost and available separate!

The Wizard
The Wizard

If we achieve £1250 UNLOCKED
The Casualty will be unlocked - He will be included with every army/host and villagers pack at no additional cost!

The Woeful Casualty
The Woeful Casualty

 If we achieve £1500 UNLOCKED
The Heroine will be unlocked - she will be included with every army/host at no additional cost and available separate!

The Brave Heroine
The Brave Heroine

If we hit £2000 UNLOCKED!

The Gnomes will get some firepower.  A multi barrel organ gun and  3 crew.

It's still a prototype at the moment and Byron is working on finishing it.

All for just £12 as an add on or £15 on its own however the first 5 who message us get it for the back to the 80s price of £10

The Gnome Organ Gun
The Gnome Organ Gun

If we achieve £2250
Swallow and Fox riders will be unlocked. More details to follow.

Concept sketch of the Swallow riders
Concept sketch of the Swallow riders

 

Fox Rider concept doodle
Fox Rider concept doodle

 

Extras and add-ons

We have had a few questions about add ons and extras.  So after some thinking we can offer the following

If you want any of the strech goals that aren't free with your pledge level add the amount to your pledge and confirm what you want in the survey we will send out at the end of Kickstarter.

If you want an extra unit or extra troops for a unit the following prices 

Extra 5 troops to any pledge level £7

Extra 10 troops to any pledge level £13 

The boring bit

All miniatures are cast in white metal which may include some lead.   These are not toys and are not suitable for small children.  All miniatures are supplied unpainted and without bases.  

Risks and challenges

This is our second kickstarter after the Daemon Cannon last year (still available on facebook)

There is no risk of non-delivery but time scales could slip.

If the project has significant number of strech goals reached these could be on longer shipping time scale due to needing to be sculpted and master moulds made. We will offer options for part shipping at additional cost if this means we will miss our initial timelines.

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