About this project
Axe and Brimstone is a project to create a new range of 28mm fantasy miniatures representing Demon Possessed Dwarfs and Halflings for the popular ADVANCED SONG of BLADES and HEROES game system. Of course, the miniatures can be used with any game system, including RPGs, or even just collected for the joy of painting them.
AXE and BRIMSTONE is a narrative campaign for you to use these miniatures in ADVANCED SONG of BLADES and HEROES. It will tell the story of the Possessed (a group of evil, demon-worshipping dwarves) that are trying to summon their dark masters to the material world. In order to gather enough magical energies to open the gates to Zo, the region of the Netherwhere (Hell) where the demons are confined, the Possessed must offer a number of innocent souls in sacrifice. And what is more innocent than a village full of peace-loving, land tilling Halfling farmers?
ADVANCED SONG of BLADES and HEROES is the updated incarnation of the award-winning Song of Blades and Heroes miniatures system, which was funded in our previous Kickstarter, Hammer and Forge. With these rules, you can play fantasy skirmishes in any scale, with any models you already own. With an easy to use magic system, an exciting turn sequence, an optional background setting, weapon rules, an open-source point system, and combat mechanics that keep players involved at all times, there is no limit to the epic stories you can create. If you do not already own the rules, you can get them as part of this Kickstarter.
The sculpts for the initial 14 miniatures have been completed. The funds from this Kickstarter will be used for production molds, materials cost and to print the AXE and BRIMSTONE book and game mat. If we exceed our funding goal, we will expand the number of miniatures and scenarios in the campaign.
The AXE and BRIMSTONE reward level contains all this for $65!
- 24 28mm scale detailed Pewter miniatures
- 3'x3' game neoprene 'mousepad' game mat
- 6"x9" Full Color Printed campaign book and PDF version
- Tarot size printable stat cards for all miniatures
- Free worldwide shipping
THE POSSESSED WARBAND
The possessed warband contains twelve 28mm scale, pewter miniatures and plastic slot bases. The miniatures are supplied unpainted and some may require assembly as noted below.
- 1 x Champion with Runesword (separate head option require assembly)
- 1 x Painblade Wielder (separate head option require assembly)
- 1 x Hellchain Fanatic (separate head option require assembly)
- 1 x Assassin
- 1 x Hellfire Fusilier
- 1 x Hellfire Caster
- 1x Screaming face Axemen (separate head option require assembly)
- 1x Screaming face Axemen with Vorpal blade (separate head option require assembly)
- 1 x Demon Hound (2 pieces requires assembly)
- 1 x Fungi Assassin
- 1 x Dolmen Warrior
- 1 x Dolmen Stone Thrower
Stretch goals will include an alternate sculpt for the 2nd Screaming face Axeman and new miniatures types.
SWAPPABLE HEAD SYSTEM
The Possessed usually wear a demon mask resembling the appearance of the demon which possesses them. By donning the mask, they allow the demon to enter their body and control them. Although the dwarf's body can be killed normally, the demonic spirit is tied to the mask. Another living person wearing the mask will allow the demon to control them as well. The demon can only be expelled by destroying the mask.
We give you SIX different heads to make each possessed look unique. Even the same body can look very different with a different mask. Five masks are shown below on the Hellchain Fanatic and Screaming Face infantry.
INTERCHANGEABLE HEADS TO CREATE MANY UNIQUE MODELS
THE HALFLING DEFENDERS
The Halfling warband contains thirteen, 28mm scale, pewter miniatures and plastic slot bases. The miniatures are supplied unpainted and some may require assembly as noted below.
- 1 x Halfling Trapper
- 2 x Militiamen in Leafsteel armor
- 1 x Halfling Cook
- 1 x Halfling Female Adventurer
- 1 x Halfling Heroic leader in Elven plate armor
- 2 x Halfling female Archers
- 1 x Halfling Mastiff Rider (2 parts requires assembly)
- 1 x Halfling Mage
- 1 x Dwarf Pelter, Aspect of the Panther
- 1 x Dwarf Demon Slayer wearing Demonskull headgear
- 1 x Fungus Paladin
- 1 x Halfling Thief
Stretch goals will include a alternate sculpts for the militiamen and archer and several new miniatures types.
3' x 3' and 6' x 4 MOUSEPAD GAMING MAT
Regular games of Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes are played on a 3’ x3’ gaming surface covered with terrain. As part of this project, we have made an ideal gaming surface from durable, lightweight, and wrinkle-resistant neoprene rubber mat, the same material used for mousepads. The mat is only 1.5mm thick and is easy to fold or roll up for easy storage and transport. The surface is soft, so your minis do not get damaged when they fall, and the ‘grippy’ bottom makes sure the mat does not move around during play. This mat is included with all Deluxe Axe and Brimstone pledges, but may be added on to any pledge for $25.00.
6' x 4 MOUSEPAD GAMING MAT
Due to a large interest in a bigger mat, we are also making a larger 6'x4' surface available as a $70.00(inlcudes shipping) add on.
THE STORY SO FAR…
For most dwarves, the existence of the Possessed (a whole clan of demon worshippers) is just a rumor. Unfortunately, the halflings who live in the southern portion of Kestar Kell known as Elvenfell know that these are a horrible reality. First animals, then women and children, have disappeared from the halfling settlements, and weird sigils have been painted in black ichor on the standing stones of Hyria. A few clerics from the Miners clan and druids from the Pelters clan believe that the demonic menace is real, but so far they haven’t managed to persuade their peoples to intervene. These clerics and druids, ignoring the enmity between their respective clans, have joined in an uneasy alliance, forming a fellowship of demon hunters and moving to help the halflings. Will they manage to confront the demonic sect before the Possessed wipe out the halflings and use them as sacrifice to open the gates of Zo? Will the halfling be able to summon their courage and defend their villages, buying time while the demon hunting fellowship arrives?
You will determine this by playing this campaign. One participant will play the role of the raiding Possessed, and he or she will win if the Possessed manage to summon a major demon in the last episode. The Possessed player will have to keep a tally of the innocent souls sacrificed to this end. The other participant will play the halfling villagers, more numerous but less powerful than the evil dwarves. The halflings will win the campaign if they repel the Possessed forces.
AXE AND BRIMSTONE BOOK
Axe and Brimstone is a campaign supplement for Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes. In its pages, you will find:
● Background information and profiles for the Possessed, demon-worshipping dwarves who aim to unleash their dark masters upon Norindaal.
● The valiant, peaceful halflings who oppose them.
● A complete campaign in five scenarios.
● Plenty of new Traits: demonic seals, hellfire chain weapons, hellfire muskets, hellfire grenades
● New group action: Dark Ritual
● New spells
● Rules for halfling banquet magic and wise women’s remedies.
● Profiles for all characters for Advanced Song of Blades
We will be including a download of full color character cards for each miniature in this project. This makes it easy to select characters for each mission and provides a summary of all the model special rules so you don’t need to flip through the rulebook during play. Ideal for new players and veterans alike. If we get enough funding, we will be able to offer these as pre-printed deck as well.
MATERIALS USED TO MAKE GANESHA MINIATURES
The majority of Ganesha’s miniatures are cast in lead-free pewter instead of lead-based white metal alloys. This is a bit more expensive, but means the miniature are safe for handling, hold detail better, and are more rigid and can better withstand use as gaming pieces. They also look nice as metal display pieces on their own.
Some of our larger, heavier, miniatures, or miniatures with a lot of undercut in the design, are cast in urethane resin to reduce weight. Urethane is a very durable material stronger than styrene plastics and able to capture very fine detail. Resin models are hand cast and cannot be mass produced. A mold typically only lasts for 35-50 castings as opposed to a spin cast metal mold which can last for 1000’s of castings. Because of the labor-intensive nature of casting resin and the need to make new molds frequently, resin is typically much more expensive than metal, unless the object being cast is large.
We strive to make most models single piece, but some complicated poses require the model to be broken down in pieces to cast. We will identify any models that are anticipated to be Multi Part as we know not all people like the process of assembly of metal or resin kits.
Below is a picture showing how our miniature scale compares to a few other manufacturers.
POSSESSED Screaming Face with Demon Glaive (Replaces a duplicate Screaming Face with Axe)
HALFLINGS Dwarf Pelter Aspect of the Panther (Replaces a duplicate Militia Spearman)
POSSESSED Champion - Added FREE to POSSESED Warband
HALFLINGS Dwarf Demon Slayer - Added FREE to Halfling Warband
THE SUN-KISSED VALE FUNGI FOLK JOIN THE FIGHT!
POSSESSED Fungal Assassin- Added FREE to POSSESSED warband
HALFLINGS - Fungal Paladin - Added FREE to HALFLING Warband
THE MYSTERIOUS ONES JOIN THE FIGHT!!
POSSESSED Dolmen Warrior- Added FREE to POSSESSED warband
HALFLING Mage - Added FREE to HALFLING Warband
POSSESSED Dolmen Rock Thrower- Added FREE to POSSESSED warband
HALFLING Thief - Added FREE to HALFLING warband
THE POWERFUL SHADOW STRETCH GOALS BEGIN TO UNLOCK
UNLOCKED AT $19,000 - POSSESSED Berserker- Added FREE to POSSESSED Warband
UNLOCKED AT $20,000 - HALFLING Alternate Militia Pose - Replaces duplicate Militiaman in Halfling Warband
UNLOCKED AT $21,000 - POSSESSED Female Crossbow - Added FREE to POSSESSED Warband
UNLOCKED AT $22,000 - HALFLING Ranger- Replaces duplicate Archer in Halfling Warband
UNLOCKED AT $23,000 - POSSESSED High Priestess on Helldisc - Added FREE to POSSESSED Warband
UNLOCKED AT $24,000 - HALFLING Elder Wisewoman - Added FREE to Halfling Warband
MORE TO COME IF WE CAN MAKE IT THIS FAR.....
Ganesha Games has successfully produced a range of Dwarfs in previous Kickstarters. For those who missed that project, we have assembled a pre-made dwarf warband with these miniatures ready to use in any ADVANCED SONG of BLADES game. You may also get the core rules, dwarf rules expansion, or game mat if they are not already included in your pledge.
To receive any of these items, simply add the amount to your pledge.
EXTRA FUNGI AND DOLMEN ADD ONS
Some people are interested in getting all the Dolmen and Fungus Miniatures, but are only pledging on one Warband. So we are going ahead and making the Fungus and Dolmen available as individual add on. You may purchase any number of individual Fungi or dolmen miniatures for $5.00 each. Just add $5.00 to your pledge for each individual miniature you with to add.
Dolmen Stone Thrower
+$18 ADVANCED SONG of BLADES and HEROES RULES
Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes is the updated incarnation of the award-winning Song of Blades miniatures system. Play fantasy skirmishes in any scale, with any models you already own. With an expanded magic system, an exciting turn sequence, an optional setting, weapon rules, an open-source point system, and combat mechanics that keep players involved at all times, there is no limit to the epic stories you can create.
You can check out this how to play video made by a Ganesha fan; https://youtu.be/KJaQFo7ZLm8
+$18 HAMMER and FORGE
An exciting expansion for ADVANCED SONG of BLADES and HEROES focusing on the many different clans of dwarfs. An 80 page, full color, 6"x9" softcover book. The book contains background information and profiles for the dwarves of Kestar Kell:
● Miners, Pelters, and the dread Thralls of the Lich King.
● Enemies of the dwarves: goblins, orcs, scimitar monsters, undead dwarves, dragons, and hobgoblins.
● Dwarven magic: runestones, runic blessings, feral gifts, magic items, and seven new spells.
● New Traits: handguns, arquebuses, duck's foot guns, cannons, arbalests, repeating crossbows, battle giants, ball and chain weapons, and many more.
● Four scenarios, including a brawl in an alehouse and a feud between dwarven kings.
● New group actions: Steelwall, Spearwall, Lift the King, Artillery Fire, Drums and Pipes, and Dragon Hunting.
● Magical beverages and a small dictionary of the dwarven language.
+$15 FIGHTIN' FUNGI RULES
An incarnation of the Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes fantasy skirmish rules — with a side serving of mushrooms. This stand-alone miniatures game features:
- Plenty of special rules including weapon-based and martial arts traits;
- A detailed magic system with 36 spells;
- Hundreds of ready-to-play profiles, with a point system to add your own;
- A dedicated 28mm miniatures line; www.songofblades.com
- A unique setting in a valley populated by mushroom creatures.
Produced through Kickstarter with the help of over 290 backers and supporters, Fightin' Fungi is the first line of miniatures produced by Ganesha.
+$30 DWARF WARBAND
In our last Kickstarter we produced a range of dwarfs. If you missed out on that project, this gives you an opportunity to get a complete warband ready to use with Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes.
- 1 x Dwarf Leader
- 1 x Dwarf Cleric
- 1 x Mole Cavalry (2 pieces requires assembly, resin mole)
- 1 x Runestone Grenadier
- 1 x Axeman
- 1 x Maceman
- 1 x Arbalestier
+$30.00 Fungi Warband
- 1 x Fungal Mage
- 1 x Large Matanagar
- 3 x Multi option Fungi Infantry
- 2 x Fungi Archers
- 3 x Sporelings
+$20.00 Pelter Warband
- 1x Sabertooth Aspect pelter
- 1x Bear Aspect Pelter
- 1x Bearwolf Aspect Archer Pelter
- 1x Shaman Priestess
- 1x Pelter Infantry with Gemstone War Staff
- 1x Raven Aspect Pelter
+$70.00 (Includes Shipping) LARGE 6' x 4' Neoprene Mouspad Game Mat
+$25.00 3' x 3' Neoprene grasslands gaming mat
Regular games of Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes are played on a 3’ x3’ gaming surface covered with terrain. As part of this project, we have made an ideal gaming surface from durable, lightweight, and wrinkle-resistant neoprene rubber mat, the same material used to make mouse pads. The mat is only 1.5mm thick and is easy to fold or roll up for easy storage and transport. The surface is soft so your minis do not get damaged when they fall and the ‘grippy’ bottom makes sure the mat does not move around during play. This mat is included with all Deluxe Axe and Brimstone pledges, but may be added on to any pledge for $25.00.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING 6' x 4' mat
The cost of the mat is $55.00 USD and you must include $15.00 USD worldwide shipping, even if you add it to another pledge level. Therefore the full cost is $70 USD.
Because it is so large, The mat will ship separately from any other rewards you have pledged.
The mat will likely be ready earlier than the rest of the pledges as it can be printed in November
The mat will be shipped rolled and not folded with a central hard cardboard support. The outside layer will be wrapped in heavy shipping paper and then a shrink wrap layer to prevent moisture.
It will ship directly to you from our manufacturing location in Malaysia to minimize shipping cost, this means (The LARGE GAME MAT IS NOT EURO FRIENDLY (SORRY, but it adds a lot and we still pay import duties to ship to an EU country for distribution, so at the end of the day, it doesn’t save anybody any money)
Risks and challenges
We have already successfully delivered three successful Kickstarter projects since last year. We firmly believe that the majority of the risk for a Kickstarter should be with the creator and not the backers. For this reason, we have already paid for the main sculpting and are ready to go into production if project is funded.
The primary risk is there will be delays in sculpting any new miniatures added as a result of stretch goals. We have three very capable and talented sculptors who all have a consistent track record of delivering on time, but one can never predict unforeseen circumstances which could cause delays. To ensure the project is fulfilled, we also have a list of back up sculptors, in the very unlikely event the primary sculptor is unable to deliver.
We also work with well known and established casting companies that have been in the miniature industry for decades and have never missed a deadline.
We are very confident, that should the project fund we will be able to fulfill the project as described and within a reasonable time frame to our backers. We also ensure we have enough reserve funds for contingency to deal with any unexpected additional costs. If you backed our previous projects, you know we deliver and are a trustworthy company.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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