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A photobook of the works of renowned sculptor, Jason Soles. Lead developer of WARMACHINE, influenced by Lovecraft & Giger.
A photobook of the works of renowned sculptor, Jason Soles. Lead developer of WARMACHINE, influenced by Lovecraft & Giger.
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Jason Soles is best known as the lead developer and designer of Privateer Press' award-winning miniatures war-games, WARMACHINE and HORDES, but he is also an accomplished and renowned sculptor. For almost two decades Soles has produced an array of unsettling works in a variety of mediums.

Jason Soles bronze casting. June, 2014.
Jason Soles bronze casting. June, 2014.

APOCRYPHA: The Art of Jason Soles collects hundreds of photos of his works for the first time. This premium edition art book is 9 x 12", approximately 125 pages, features a beautiful matte hardcover with spot gloss treatments, and is bound with Smyth sewn binding allowing it to be opened and lain flat to fully display its full color photographs. Created in collaboration with Strix Publishing, and including a foreword by noted artist George Higham, this book will be a stunning addition to the collection of any connoisseur of the dark arts. 

For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.

 

For over a decade Soles has tirelessly refined his craft. His earliest sculptures were assemblage pieces cobbled together from old anatomy models, wire, found objects, and, invariably, fragments of tooth and bone. Clay has long since become his favorite sculpting medium, specifically oil or wax-based clay. In time he began reproducing his works in plaster and polyurethane resin, and, ultimately, lost wax casting in bronze. 

Among his favorite subjects for artistic exploration are folklore, grave goods, and fossil remains; those things which remain hidden until discovered, and by whose discovery we are given a glimpse of a lost era of human experience. His artwork can be viewed as a kind of cryptoanthropology, reflecting an obsession with antiquity and the passage of time. Through it myth, tradition, and belief are explored and dissected. Thus within the body of his work lies a fragmentary, half mythology of lost continents and hidden people, of hellscapes and angelic remains, of chthonic gods and forgotten rituals.  

 

 



 

For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.

APOCRYPHA: The Art of Jason Soles is included with all rewards starting at the $45 reward level. This book is expected to retail for $49.99, and we are pleased to be able to make it available at a lower price for our Kickstarter backers. All rewards that include the physical book also include a digital eBook version. The digital edition is also available alone as a reward at the $30 level, and has been made available primarily for international backers who wish to support this Kickstarter but are unable to afford international shipping.

For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
Backers at the $65 reward level will receive both physical and digital eBook editions of APOCRYPHA: The Art of Jason Soles, as well as a 3.5” x 1.25” resin-cast crow skull made by Jason Soles. These crow skulls are suitable for display or can be used as pendants or other ornamentation.

Backers at the $75 reward level will receive the Cthulhu statuette without any accompanying items. This 3" x 3.375" x 7"statuette has been sculpted and newly cast by Soles for this Kickstarter campaign, and will retail for significantly more than its cost as part of this reward.

For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
Backers at the $110 reward level will receive a resin-cast statuette of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu. This 3" x 3.375" x 7"statuette has been sculpted and newly cast by Soles for this Kickstarter campaign, and will retail for significantly more than its cost as part of this reward. Backers at this level will also receive physical and digital editions of APOCRYPHA: The Art of Jason Soles
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
Backers at the $300 Mask reward level will receive their choice of either a resin-cast Leviathan Cross Mask OR a resin cast Cenotaph Mask. Sculpted and cast by Jason Soles in support of this Kickstarter campaign, the Leviathan Cross Mask measures 6.25" x 11.5" x 4" and will be a stunning addition to the collection of any connoisseur. Backers at this level will also receive physical and digital editions of APOCRYPHA: The Art of Jason Soles.

For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
Backers at the $300 reward level Bronze Cthulhu reward level will receive a limited bronze edition of the Cthulhu Statuette as well as physical and digital editions of APOCRYPHA: The Art of Jason Soles. This stunning bronze statuette is the culmination of months of work and is limited to an edition of 6 pieces.

For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
Backers at the $375 reward level will receive a limited edition copy of APOCRYPHA: The Art of Jason Soles featuring a hand-sculpted, one-of-a-kind cover. These covers will feature cast bronze centerpieces and each will be a unique work of art. Backers at this level will also receive physical and digital editions of APOCRYPHA: The Art of Jason Soles, as well as a resin Cthulhu statuette.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
Backers at the $675 reward level will receive a resin-cast Leviathan Cross Mask. Backers at this level will also receive physical and digital editions of APOCRYPHA: The Art of Jason Soles, as well as a resin crow skull, a resin Cthulhu statuette, and a copy of the book with a limited edition sculpted book cover.

For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
Backers at the $1,675 reward level will receive a bronze-cast Leviathan Cross Mask. Sculpted and cast by Jason Soles in support of this Kickstarter campaign, the Leviathan Cross Mask measures 6.25" x 11.5" x 4". A lost wax bronze cast, this is a formidable centerpiece and represents the current pinnacle of Sole's artistic ability. Backers at this level will also receive physical and digital editions of APOCRYPHA: The Art of Jason Soles, as well as a resin crow skull, a resin Cthulhu statuette, and a copy of the book with a limited edition sculpted book cover, as well as any items that may be unlocked as stretch goals over the course of this campaign.

Please note that images of the bronze Leviathan Cross mask are of a WIP piece. The final sculpture will be sanded, cleaned, and given a patina before shipping to you.
Levithan Cross mask (bronze, WIP)
Levithan Cross mask (bronze, WIP)

 

Add-ons are additional items you may purchase in addition to your chosen reward. Add-ons are only available to backers who have pledged $45 or more.

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For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.


Backers at the $45 reward and higher may choose to pledge for multiple copies of APOCRYPHA: The Art of Jason Soles, up to a total of 5, for an additional $45 per copy. 

For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.
For illustrative purposes only. Final product may vary.


Backers at the $45 reward and higher may choose to increase their pledge by $25 per skull to receive additional resin crow skulls crafted by Jason Soles. There is no limit to the number of crow skulls that may be added on.

Backers at the $45 reward and higher may choose to increase their pledge by $25 to receive a 8x10" giclée art print of A.S. Koi's painting, "Chance.” This painting is a favorite of Soles and is included in APOCRYPHA in the section devoted to his collaborations with Koi and Catalyst Studios. 

Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter finishes based on actual costs incurred to ship. We will collect shipping from you when you receive your survey from Backerkit later this year. The following shipping estimates are for your general information at this time. You will be charged for shipping via the survey later in the year, so please do not add shipping to your Kickstarter pledge!

At this time international shipping is unavoidably expensive. We're sorry we can't do more but for a small press publisher international distribution options are unrealistic.

Shipping estimates are based on projections for the 12 x 9", 125 page book. These estimates are subject to change based on final book weight, dimensions, and pledge information.

Shipping Estimates
United States: $6 - $7 (book only), $18.75+ (with sculptures)
International: $40+

 

 Jason Soles is a Seattle-based sculptor and game designer. He is the lead developer of Privateer Press’ award winning WARMACHINE and HORDES tabletop miniature war games and is the co-creator of Unhallowed Metropolis, the gas mask chic roleplaying game of Neo-Victorian horror. As a sculptor, Soles works primarily in bronze and clay. He also possesses keen interests in history, folklore, anthropology, travel, and rare spirits.

Specializing in anthology fiction and high quality art books, Strix Publishing is dedicated to producing print volumes of unusual quality and content. Strix Publishing is based in Seattle, Washington and is owned and operated by Simon Berman.


Simon Berman worked as a Social Marketing Manager and staff writer for Privateer Press from 2008-2016. He worked in both capacities for the award-winning miniatures war games, WARMACHINE and HORDES, and the Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game, winner of 4 ENnies awards. He also works on the ENnies nominated roleplaying game, Unhallowed Metropolis. He has also worked as a social media manager on Kickstarter projects for WARMACHINE: Tactics, Widower’s Wood, The Book of Starry Wisdom, and the Problem Glyphs art book.

 


Risks and challenges

Any publishing endeavor carries with it certain challenges, particularly when dealing with overseas printers. Last minute typographical errors during final proofing or shipping delays caused by weather can result in delays. However, the main work on this book has been completed and the files are nearly press ready. We expect no significant problems in the production of our print run. As well, I, as owner of Strix Publishing, have several years of experience with Kickstarter both in terms of campaigns and rewards fulfillment, and am supported by a team of professionals with decades of experience in printing and publishing. I have previously overseen four ambitious Kickstarters with thousands of satisfied backers. While I am very confident in my ability to fulfill your pledges, I will maintain transparency throughout the process and keep you informed as to any delays that may arise. I understand that you are placing not just your trust in my hands, but your hard earned dollars, and I am committed to making good on my promises. Thank you so much for your trust and support.

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