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28mm Merchant and his six Sentries - four of them in various stages of falling asleep!  Suitable for RPG's and tabletop wargaming.
28mm Merchant and his six Sentries - four of them in various stages of falling asleep! Suitable for RPG's and tabletop wargaming.
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Sleepy Sentries & Sleazy Merchant by Forge of Ice

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Gamers, comics fans, and readers of fantasy fiction have probably seen this scenario before:

The intrepid heroes are sneaking into an enemy stronghold, an evil lair, or a hidden fortress.

The villain, corrupt and corpulent, has placed guards at all the gates.

But, because he's a terrible boss, the guards don't try very hard, and they've fallen asleep at their posts!

Sleepy Sentries, sculpted by Bobby Jackson, painted by Andrew Taylor.
Sleepy Sentries, sculpted by Bobby Jackson, painted by Andrew Taylor.


Hi, I'm Alex, and I run the Forge of Ice. For eight years now, I've been making miniatures for my setting, Azor. Azor is a 'Lost World', complete with all the classic Lost World elements - ancient ruins, pre-human races, dinosaurs, monsters, and the degenerate descendants of a once-great civilization. 

This Sleazy Merchant and his Sleepy Sentries are a fun and characterful addition to the human figures in my line.

The Sleazy Merchant, sculpted by Kev White and painted by Andrew Taylor.
The Sleazy Merchant, sculpted by Kev White and painted by Andrew Taylor.

These 28mm scale figures have been sculpted by Kev White of Hasslefree Miniatures and Bobby Jackson of Reaper Miniatures (and many other companies!).  They are two of the top sculptors in the industry, and I believe that the quality of their work speaks for itself.  The miniatures have all been sculpted and mastered and are ready to go!  This campaign is to cover the final costs - production molds, casting, and shipping the figures to you!

These figures were designed with the Minoan-influenced Azor setting in mind, but they would be right at home in Conan's Hyborea, D&D, Melniboné, Tekumel, or even in "historical" wargames scenarios taking place around the ancient Mediterranean.

Alert Sentries, these are the original sculptures by Bobby Jackson.
Alert Sentries, these are the original sculptures by Bobby Jackson.

The figures are cast on small, low-profile 'historical miniature style' bases, easily suitable to be free standing, or mounted on washers or slottabases.  They'll be easy to incorporate into the rest of your collection, no matter how you base your figures.

Sentry and Merchant, mounted on 25mm round slottabases, painted by Jason Huffman and me!
Sentry and Merchant, mounted on 25mm round slottabases, painted by Jason Huffman and me!

STRETCH GOALS!

$3000 - UNLOCKED! GOAL ALREADY REACHED!

Shields!

Shield design by Des Hanley, art by me!
Shield design by Des Hanley, art by me!

At $3000, Patrick Keith of Bombshell Miniatures will sculpt a shield for the sentries. Every pledge of $45 and above will get two FREE shields for their alert guards, and additional shields are purchasable as add-ons for $1.50 each!

Pet Lizard sculpt in progress from Dave Cauley
Pet Lizard sculpt in progress from Dave Cauley

At $4000, a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE free pet lizard has been unlocked!  Goal achieved!

Whether you plan to use the Sleazy Merchant as a slave trader, a corrupt nobleman, crooked politician or whatever role fits your scenarios, he looks like the type of fellow who'd keep a pet lizard nearby. Of course, the lizard is overfed & lazy, but he's spiteful, too - don't try to pet him or he might take your finger off!

Every pledge at the $21 level on up will get a FREE pet lizard for the merchant - this 20mm tall figure will only be available at events or through Kickstarter.

At $5000, a Leaping Boar treasure piece was unlocked!  Goal achieved!

Sletch by me!
Sletch by me!

The Skull Pigs of Azor (known as Entelodonts to modern paleontologists) are belligerent and dangerous animals, but they are popular in local art as symbols of strength and power. This 15mm statue is one such representation, and should make for a nice terrain accent, treasure item, or objective counter on the table.  Something for the Sentries to guard... or to fail at guarding!

Very early stage of the sculpt by Dave Cauley
Very early stage of the sculpt by Dave Cauley

This statue will be included FREE with every pledge at the $21 level ("The Merchant and the Alert Sentries") on up, and extra copies of the statue can be purchased at $2 each.

PURCHASABLE ADD-ONS:

I am adding some options to purchase figures from the rest of my line here, as well as additional copies of the KS figures.  These figures are already in stock & ready to go.  If you want to purchase something from this list, simply add that dollar amount to your pledge.  If you want to buy multiples, then add that dollar amount to the pledge  - for example, if you want three extra merchants, then add $21 to your pledge.

I will contact you after the campaign with a checklist to get your order.  For US-based customers, I will be doing most of my shipping in flat-rate boxes - shipping to the USA will never exceed $7 total.  Unfortunately for my overseas customers, I live in Alaska and international shipping can be very expensive & will vary depending on how many extra figures you add to your pledge.  I will contact you after the campaign to sort out the exact shipping cost. 

Thanks to Brian Roe for putting this graphic together!
Thanks to Brian Roe for putting this graphic together!

 Photos of the figures individually:

Sculpted by Patrick Keith, painted by Andrew Taylor
Sculpted by Patrick Keith, painted by Andrew Taylor

Snake Priestess #1 - $7

Sculpted by Patrick Keith, painted by Andrew Taylor
Sculpted by Patrick Keith, painted by Andrew Taylor

Snake Priestess #2 - $7

Lord of the Jungle - $7

Queen of the Jungle - $7

Queen of the Jungle, sculpted by Mark Evans, painted by Andrew Taylor
Queen of the Jungle, sculpted by Mark Evans, painted by Andrew Taylor



Histath, Snakeman - $9

Sculpted by the legendary John Dennett, painted by Andrew Taylor.
Sculpted by the legendary John Dennett, painted by Andrew Taylor.

Set of three Peafowl - $11

Peafowl, sculpted by Sandra Garrity, painted by Vesa Makela.  Merchant included in the photo for scale reference.
Peafowl, sculpted by Sandra Garrity, painted by Vesa Makela. Merchant included in the photo for scale reference.

 

With some gold paint & mounted on a stand, the peacock makes for an interesting treasure item for the Sleepy Sentries to "guard".
With some gold paint & mounted on a stand, the peacock makes for an interesting treasure item for the Sleepy Sentries to "guard".


The Lion Women of Azor - set of four miniatures, two warriors and two lions - $34

Sculpted by Tre Manor
Sculpted by Tre Manor

This set of four figures is at the caster right now, and I'm offering them here as an add-on at a discount over their regular price (they will be $38 for the set when they are released).

Azor is also home to many mighty beasts!

An Entelodont - the terrible predatory Skull Pigs of the forest! - $15 each (shipped with one random body and one random head type, as well as one random resin ruins base)

Sculpted by Matt Gubser, painted by Martin Jones.
Sculpted by Matt Gubser, painted by Martin Jones.

 

Armored Crocodiles, sculpted by Jason Wiebe, painted by Rochie Rochfort.
Armored Crocodiles, sculpted by Jason Wiebe, painted by Rochie Rochfort.

Set of four armored crocodiles - $28

The armored crocs - there are four in the set, only three are pictured here.
The armored crocs - there are four in the set, only three are pictured here.



PURCHASABLE ADD-ONS LIST:

The Sleazy Merchant - $7
The two Alert Sentries - $14
The four Sleepy Sentries - $27
Merchant & all six Sentries - $45
Snake Priestess #1 - $7
Snake Priestess #2 - $7
Lord of the Jungle - $7
Queen of the Jungle - $7
Histath, Snakeman - $9
Set of three Peafowl - $11
Entelodont, "Skull Pig" - $15
Lion Women of Azor four-model set - $34
Set of four armored crocodiles - $28

Some of the stretch goals are also available to purchase as add-ons:

Extra shields - $1.50 each
Extra leaping boar statues - $2 each

PLEASE REMEMBER - purchasing add-ons for non-US pledges will result in increased shipping charges, to be determined individually after the campaign ends.

The $150 "Painted Set" option:

At the top end of the rewards, I've included an option to get a set of the figures painted by me!  As I mention in the pledge description, I'm a solid tabletop quality painter, but I am not competition level.  Here are a couple of examples of my recent work:

Foundry Orc and Wargods Satyr, painted by me.  They're just here to show off what my painted figures look like, they are not part of the campaign.
Foundry Orc and Wargods Satyr, painted by me. They're just here to show off what my painted figures look like, they are not part of the campaign.

If you want a set of miniatures painted by their designer, this reward allows you to get something a little bit unique - after the campaign is over I will get in touch & we will discuss exactly how you want the figures painted.

Thank you all for taking a look at my first Kickstarter! I'm excited to finally get these miniatures into production.

Risks and challenges

Barring natural disaster or catastrophe, the risks on this Kickstarter are minimal. The miniatures are already sculpted, master molds & master castings are complete. The only thing remaining to do is to make the production molds, cast the figures, and mail them out!

The only potential for delay that I can foresee would be if I'm WILDLY successful. If numerous stretch goals are unlocked, finishing them could possibly add some time to the production process. If it looks like that might happen, I will give detailed updates regularly on the process.

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    If don't want the miniatures, but want to support me & Forge of Ice, this is the pledge for you! Pay as much as you want, you will get my thanks in return!

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    All four Sleepy Sentries

    Just the four Sleepy Sentries, one of each pose. This pledge is also the first with the figures available for slightly below what their regular price will be.

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    The full set - one of everything!

    The full set of seven figures - The Sleazy Merchant, two alert Sentries, and all four sleepy sentries. You'll also get any stretch goals that might be unlocked.

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    More fully painted sets!

    Since the 'fully painted set' option was so popular, I've added a few more with a slightly extended deadline to give me more time to paint them. Other than that, same details as the $150 option.

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    I will paint a full set of the figures for you! I am a solid painter, not 'win an award at a national competition' level, but decent. You'll get all seven miniatures painted to the best quality I can manage, and also any stretch rewards that might be unlocked.

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