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About

How about a nice game of chess?

Hello and thanks for stopping by!

I'll start this off by saying I've always been a rabid fan of all things horror. Along with that, as far back as I
can remember... Gaming in all its forms. A few years ago I sculpted a "one-off" chess set for a client.
Since then I've sculpted a few more pieces [prototypes] to see if it was something I would want to do again.
Short answer- Yes, yes I do! And with your help, we can make a chess set that will be not only be cool to look at,
but cater to a genre that in my opinion has been largely neglected from a gaming standpoint. Ive tried finding a chess set
that would fit into my horror themed life to no avail...Time to make one!

What will set this set apart from others is the pieces will be interchangeable. Don't like the pawns? Cool, switch them out with a variant or swap with your opponent. [ we wont get mad ] There will be variants offered for all pieces by the end of the year, some will be included towards the end of this campaign!! 

These also double as collectable mini busts for those who don't play chess or just want a few pieces

There will be Two tiers for production, Resin and Metal [resin is much cheaper] This set will not be LARGE as were going to try and keep costs down.

Pieces will measure 3/4 at base and be up to 2.5 to 3.5

in tall

Unlike the prototypes they will not be painted. [you can paint them though :)]

We will be offering a "painted tier" the quality of the paint jobs will match the prototypes shown below. That tier will be quite limited due to time constraints.

As the project progresses, [And hopefully funding along with it] I will be posting updates every couple days to show
new pieces as they are done in every stage.

Here is how the prototypes that final pieces will be based on look like

Proposed pieces under way are as follows:

Monster chess piece list

King 1: Frankenstein [possible steam punk look]
King 2: Vampire ["bat-like" face]

Queen 1: Bride
Queen 2: Female vampire [laughing/arrogant expression]

Knight 1: Phantom [steam punk?]
Knight 2: Wolf-man

Bishop 1: Mummy
Bishop 2: Werewolf or Demon

Rook 1: Mutant [think along the line of "The hills have eyes"]
Rook 2: Evil Clown

Pawn 1: Zombie [You just KNEW there would be one...right?]
Pawn 2: Ghoul [Female]

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Possible variants [to be decided by top contributors]

Cthulhu
Hockey mask killer
Burn victim
Baby doll mask killer
Themed versions of any of the above
Reaper/Wraith
Reptile/possible Kaiju type monsters

The first Phase is to have bases machined in metal so all the bases are uniform. that part is already under way,
so the first finished sculpts will be up shortly. I could have gone full "hand made" for bases, but the the time involved with creating
24 identical bases from sculpting resin was a bit more than I wanted to spend. Having the bases machined insures
the quality I'm looking to produce is where it needs to be by keeping them all uniform/identical. 

Phase 1: complete
Phase 1: complete



Second phase: Sculpting

I apologize in advance for photos, I am a terrible photographer. The pieces look so much nicer in hand. Pictures will not be posted of original sculpts until all clean up work is complete. all sculpts are finished at this point and new ones will be posted every few days!

Minion of C'thulu [demon]
Minion of C'thulu [demon]
Steam Punk Phantom
Steam Punk Phantom
inspired by "The Thing"
inspired by "The Thing"
Clown- there will also be a variant clown a bit more twisted
Clown- there will also be a variant clown a bit more twisted
Ghoul - pawn
Ghoul - pawn

Third phase: Once the sculptures are complete they will be sent off for casting. Several molds will have to be made of
each piece , one for cold casting [resin] and then a set of vulcanized molds [Metal]
Trollforged Miniatures will be doing all casting and main production, so you know the quality will be there.
The actual chess boards will be ordered at this time as well.

*To lower the goal needed to make this happen, we will be going with PVC boards to start.

Fourth phase: Once cast, the sorting and and shipping begins for the main sets that require no finishing.

Fifth phase: I go cross eyed for a few weeks painting and polishing the pieces for top teir contributors. Sets will
ship as they are finished. Please note, this could take up to 2 months to complete them all. Polished metal will be
done first, followed by painted resin, then painted metal.

"Vanity" piece for the very top tier contributor will be produced last and separately from the rest,
expect to wait a bit longer, You will still receive main set when everyone else does, but the vanity piece will be
ONE OF A KIND

*Two stretch goals have already been decided on- once goal is met, stretch goals will be added!

* In spite of delivery dates shown, we will make every effort possible to to deliver by Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!


NOTE: ALL are welcome to contact me directly with any questions!

Thanks again for stopping by - John

Risks and challenges

The only possible problem I foresee here is time. I have made sure to set enough time aside to cover everything I could think of in almost any situation to prevent that from being an issue and have a staff on standby to fulfill all orders and rewards just in case its needed .

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    The ultimate player! You receive 2 full sets in metal, one polished, one painted. Plus the ability to help choose the variants to be done first. The final bonus will be a one of a kind piece [king or queen] in YOUR likeness as whatever creature/monster we are offering. this will be a one of a kind piece, you will receive any molds or masters associate with its production. It will ship separately from the rest and a few weeks behind.

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