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About this project

The idea behind this project is to develop a Steam Horse for Victorian Science Fiction (VSF) based games also known as Steampunk. As well as developing the steam horses it makes sense to create a faction of riders, starting with the Stodden family. 

Hopefully this is the start of a exciting range of 28mm VSF figures to come from my new company Copper Mine Miniatures over the next few years. I have several ideas for other factions to come if this one works out. Copper Mine Miniatures also intends to produce individual characters as well as factions both mounted and not.

These horses are not just aimed at VSF / Steampunk but are also suitable for Fantasy and Post- Apocalypse such as alternate WWI, WWII and 3rd Reich .

Delivery has been scheduled for early 2016 as the steam horses and at least 1 rider has already been sculpted. This is hopefully a worst case scenario as I am working with people who are experienced in this field (more below).

The Figures

I have recruited top sculptors for this project in Duncan Louca and Russ Charles of Elemental Miniatures. The figures will be designed to fit in with other VSF game ranges in both height and look. I have been advised that these figures may be to small for Wild West Exodus, as this game uses larger models. The renders and images show work in progress; we may need to make minor alterations as the project develops to aid production as issues arise.

The Mitchell Mechanical Steam Horses

The pictures above and below show the 3 body poses with the 3 heads. To keep the project simple we have decided to create 3 horses which will each come with 3 heads. Horse A, B and C will all be available once the project gets funded.

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Masters and Production

The masters are being 3D printed by Clockwork Goblin and prepared for casting. We are still in the process of gathering quotes for the casting work, but the final figures will be cast in white metal.

Design your own Rider £850 Pledge Level

You will get 20 horses and riders of your choice from the options unlocked during this campaign. We will work with you and our designer to design your own figure that will ride one of the horse types unlocked by this project. The riding figure must fit in with the general VSF theme and ideally the other figures being produced. You will receive 10 of your own figure including your chosen mounts. This figure will be exclusive to you until November 2016, when it will be released into our main range. Please email us with your ideas before pledging to get approval from our sculpting team and us. (30 horses and riders in total, 20 from campaign 10 from your design)

Design your own Rider & Modified Steam Horse £1250 Pledge Level

You will get 20 horses and riders of your choice from the options unlocked during this campaign. We will work with you and our designer to design your own figure that will ride a steam horse adjusted to your specification. The riding figure must fit in with the general VSF theme and ideally the other figures being produced. The acceptable changes to the horse can cover pose, saddle position and other minor details. You will receive 10 of your own figure including your mount. These figures will be exclusive to you until November 2016, when there will be released into our main range. Please email us with your ideas before pledging to get approval from our sculpting team and us.  (30 horses and riders in total, 20 from campaign 10 from your design).

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Risks and challenges

Having run a campaign before in model railways I know the biggest risk are delays in manufacture. I have also backed over fifty projects and seen how many of them experience delays in signing off the product or packaging through to being let down by the manufacturer prioritising a bigger contract.

To alleviate these issues I am working with Clockwork Goblin , who already have a proven track record of designing, sculpting, manufacturing , packaging and distributing wargaming figures funded through Kickstarter. As I have also run my own internet based retail business I know how to deal with customer queries and orders efficiently.

The other risk is biting off more than I can chew, which is why I have broken the range down into clear bands and funding goals.

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