About this project
Help Cold War Miniatures to launch a new range of Resin Wargame Minis for Gamers, Collectors and Painters.
Inspired by the old black and white serials but with a modern twist, these minis are an imagining of a range from a "rediscovered lost serial".
Adversarial Aliens, Despotic Dictators and Rampaging Robot Legions are all planned, the range launches with the Heroic Hawkmen.
The range is scaled at "Heroic 28" (32mm) which is a standard size for current Sci-Fi and Fantasy Minis. At this size they are slightly taller than some older 28mm ranges and slightly shorter than some newer ranges but should sit well alongside both. They are also proportioned to be "fairly chunky" like traditional putty sculpted minis.
(Picture of other manufactures products for comparison purposes only)
The Hawkmen are sculpted digitally and will be produced in Resin as the lighter weight allows for more dynamic poses and makes the flying poses more stable on a stand. The minis will be supplied with plastic bases and flying stands where appropriate.
To start with there is 1 Kickstarter Exclusive Mini plus a further 10 designs available, half in flight and half on the ground with more designs, optional extras, specials (Medic, Rocket Cycle and King) and more exclusives available to unlock if they are popular and the campaign progresses. Getting in on the "Early Bird" Pledge not only guarantees you the 3 Specials but gets them at a discounted price.
The initial target has now been reached and as a Thank You Backers who pledge £30 (Pick a Wing) or more will receive an exclusive Kickstarter mini, that won't be included in the retail range.
BUT WE WANT WINGS!
Came the cry across the sky, I asked, you replied and so an option for wings instead of jets is now included as standard. The standard wings will fit any mini in the range, larger unfurled wings suitable for flying poses are part of the stretch goals.
Now we can turn to the fun extras to increase the variety of minis and options available in the range. I've been listening to your comments and here are the first two.
Stretch Goal 1 - First up is a deadly duo of ladies to boost the squad choices, a female Wing Commander and Trooper.
Stretch Goal 2 - Next up is one for the modellers, new options for Jet Plumes or larger flying wings and a FREE Bitz pack of hands, weapons and other cool bits to add to your Hawkmen for more variety, see the Wing Commanders in the Sketch Wing picture for an example of how they could be used. The Bitz Kit will contain at least 4 hands and a couple of other items. These aren't made up yet so I may well make more than 1 type.
Stretch Goal 3 - Bomber Boys. The Hawkmen Bombardiers forego the long range of the HawkBow for a deadly payload of bombs. Whether raining death from above or supporting their Wingmen on the ground with a throw that rivals any quarterback, these Flyboys pack a powerful punch. Another 2 minis available for selection as part of any of the pledges.
Stretch Goal 4 - Hawkman Rocket Cycle. An absolute beast of a machine the Rocket Cycle hurtles towards it's prey at breathtaking speed. Packing twin mounted Laser Cannon, it is the Hawkmen's heavy support and more than a match for most opponents. A £20 add on when unlocked or a unit of 3 for £50
Stretch Goal 5 - The King and more Hawkmen. It's time to unleash the Beard!
The final Stretch Goal - and it's a big one. A final 3 Hawkmen poses bringing the total to 20 + the medic and casualties add on + a sinister Kickstarter Exclusive.
Adding Extras to your Pledges
If you have already pledged for a "Solo Flight", "Wing" or more and want to add an additional single trooper mini (standard Hawkmen and exclusives only, excludes specials) to your pledge, increase your pledge by £7 and you will be able to choose the mini when the pledge manager opens at the end of the campaign. (if for any reason this is problematic for non UK customers through KS, just let me know and I will have to try it another way)
Extra Wings, if you would like extra sets of wings for your Hawkmen (1 set of your choice is included with every Hawkman) then add £1.50 per set to your pledge and you can select the exact numbers of each type when the pledge manager opens at the end of the campaign.
Manufacture and Shipping will be from the UK and will ship worldwide. Shipping costs are currently an estimate and will be fully calculated and confirmed after the KS ends as every backer could have different requirements depending on chosen options and location. It will be upfront based on the Royal Mail's Pricing (http://www.royalmail.com/price-finder) + a small packaging charge with options for regular or tracked shipping. For a basic pledge with freebies it will be as shown, this clause is added here just in case the automatic calculations over/undercharge if/when you purchase additional stretch goal options.
A quick note on the Video
All images and visual elements made by Cold War Minis, the soundtrack is lifted from the 1934 movie "The Evil Mind" under Creative Commons as it is now in the public domain, for anyone interested the full movie is available to view here https://archive.org/details/The_Evil_Mind
Risks and challenges
This is Cold War Miniatures first Kickstarter but Cold War has been producing Wargames Minis for 15 years and has longer experience in taking projects from concept to production.
This range is the first by Cold War to be sculpted digitally and produced in Resin however nothing in the process is unfamiliar or daunting and the project is costed to cover using leading external casting contractors if demand requires it.
There are always potential problems that may crop up along the way leading to minor changes to design or delays but the majority of the preparation work for this range has already been completed so the risks are minimal.
Most of the range has already been test printed and master moulds made and are ready to move to production. For those that are still in development a conservative timescale has been quoted. If everything goes smoothly it is expected that final items should ship well ahead of the quoted dates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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