Black Sailors: Legends of the Jade sea is a project that will expand the Black Sailors 75mm resin miniature line with new and exciting models based on the myths of the Far East. Although it is aparently planned as a four miniature line-up, we have many cool surprises prepared should you help us bring this dream to life.
These miniatures have been designed, sculpted, and painted here at the Big Child Creatives studio with the collaboration of some of the most talented miniature artists out there. And what is more, they will be manufactured by our own talented team of resin casting experts. This will allow us to monitor the process closely to ensure the best quality in the market and a timely delivery.
We have learned a lot since our previous Kickstarter almost four years ago, and we wanted to see how far we could take a new campaign. We invite you to join this journey into the remote Jade Seas to discover their many wonders and some of their most iconic inhabitants.
Four years after our previous campaign, we wanted to set sail again and see where the winds would take us. We have been slowly cooking this campaign for the past few years, taking care of every little nook and cranny of these miniatures, pouring our souls into each detail and texture to make each character unique.
This campaign is designed as a journey of discovery, full of surprises in the form of custom kits to make your miniatures even more striking than they already are. Some of these kits will be Kickstarter exclusive, so those of you who choose to support us will be able to proudly show it through unique miniatures, even more full of life and character than our regular releases.
Our adventure begins with a location in a misterious map. Come with us and discover the amazing lands of the Jade seas, and meet the legendary warriors hiden under the fog. It's your turn to help to Tumaruk to discover all the locations and unlock all the treasures we have waiting for you.
We have many surprises in store, from new miniatures, to cool alternative pieces for existing miniatures, Kickstarter exclusive pieces and figures, and plenty of exciting content! How far will this journey take us? That's for you to decide!
And we have a last special goal for all backers that acquire at least one figure/add-on, a gift that consists of a cartoon-style Wukong figure, of 35mm scale.
The last strech goal!!
Add-ons are additional items you may be interested in adding to the rewards that correspond to your pledge level. To select an add-on, simply add its cost in euros to the amount of your pledge. At the end of the campaign we will send you an invitation to a pledge manager where you will be able to specify exactly which add-ons you want to receive.
We figured you could be interested in completing your Black Sailors collection with some of our previous releases, so we have decided to give you the option of getting the Pirates of the Storm Coast at a discounted price.
We have mentioned before that we handle our own production line of resin miniatures. We have been manufacturing resin miniatures for the past five years and we have developed a unique casting process that uses one of the best resins in the market, yet it ensures the best detail transference from original sculpt to mold, master copy and finally production copies.
But you don't have to take our word for it though. Just click on one of the quotes below to see what other people has to say about our resin casting:
"[...]probably the best resin cast I have ever seen, with virtually no moldlines or shift whatsoever."
All processes are done in-house, from cutting the sculpts into suitable pieces for the molding process, to 3d printing, mold production, resin casting, and packaging; so we are confident we can deliver the rewards in a timely manner and achieving the highest quality.
And that is not all! We have already manufactured a number of copies of the first miniatures, which means that even if we have other problems down the line, most of your rewards will be already produced and sent to you.
By now you may be wondering, if you have miniatures already manufactured, why use Kickstarter at all? You could, after all, simply release the miniatures for us to buy right
We could do that, but we want to do much more. We have planned many additional parts, new miniatures, painting articles.. and to do that, we need your help. Together, we can make the Black Sailors line the most epic 75mm resin miniature line ever produced, the crown jewel of any miniatures collection.
At the end of the day, we are still a group of friends working together to make the most out of our shared passion: miniatures. We are sculptors, painters, casters... but above all, we are hobbyists that have been blessed with the opportunity to make a living out of what we love most, and because of that, we want to give back to you, the people who enable our dreams and make them come true.
We pledge to you that we will sculpt the best sculpts, paint the best paint jobs, and cast the best castings to ensure that you will receive a product on par with what you've come to expect from us. Pledge your support, and you won't be disappointed!
We would like to take a moment to recognize and thank everyone who is involved in this project in one way or another. We have been blessed with the friendship of many amazing talented artists from the miniatures hobby, and we wouldn't have made it this far without them! In no particular order:
Aleksandra Tana Cvetanovski, Alfonso Giraldes, Andy Wardle, Antonio Peña, Ben Curry, Ben Komets, David Arroba, Enrique Velasco, Fabrizio Russo, Iván Hortal, Jaime de Garnica, José Manuel Palomares, Katarzyna Gorska, Kirill Kanaev, Krzysztof Kobalczyk, Luis Gómez Pradal, Marc Masclans, Marko Miladinović, Matt Cexwish, Miguel Matías, Rodrigo Ciprés, Rodrigo Hernández Chacón, Rubén Martínez, Steven García , Víctor Vera.
Adrián Rio Moure, Alejandro Muñoz Martín, Allan Carrasco, Daniel Fernández-Truchaud, Hugo Gómez Briones, Iván Santurio de la Uz, Natalia Romero Alfonso.
Adrián Prado, Antonio J. Manzanedo, Diego Gisbert Llorens, Iván Gil Fernández, Manuel Domínguez García, Pedro Núñez.
África Mir Serrat, Lola Ramilo Rodríguez, Carmen Núñez, Saúl Palacios, David Chozas Roy, Chema Ruiz, Víctor Moreira García.
Helio de Grado.
Hugo Gómez Briones, José Manuel Palomares, Rubén Martínez.
José Manuel Palomares.
Taking into account our past experience and due to the nature of this campaign (you can pretty much pick and choose exactly what miniatures you want to receive), we know shipping costs will probably vary a lot from one backer to another.
We want to be fair to all of you, rather than overcharge some and undercharge others, so we will collect funds for the actual shipping costs to each of you after the campaign ends through our pledge manager.
Please keep in mind the costs below are approximate and they may vary a little bit depending on the amount of stretch goals that we reach, but you can rest assured that we will do our best to keep them as low as possible.
All rewards will be lovingly hand packed by us at our studio in Madrid, Spain, and ship via the Spanish postal service using a tracked service. Find below the approximate shipping costs of each pledge to the most common regions.
If you plan to include many different add-ons, you can also use our SHIPPING CALCULATOR to get a more accurate estimate.
Our studio is located in Madrid, Spain; and since we will manufacture and ship all of your rewards from here, you won't have to pay any custom charges if you are in the EU.
Additionally, we are freight shipping rewards to the US and using a local company to fulfill your rewards if you are in the US, so that means our US backers won't have to pay any customs fees either!
As we have explained above, we have already manufactured some of these miniatures, and we have the capacity to rapidly manufacture a lot of additional copies while maintaining an excellent level of quality.
However, if we hit certain stretch goals further down the line and you unlock many additional figures, it may be the case that some of them incur in delays due to unforeseen pre-production and production problems.
This is why we will offer you the chance to receive your rewards in waves. If you want to receive some miniatures as soon as possible (in time for Christmas!) and don't want to wait for everything to be manufactured, you will be able to receive your Wave 1 miniatures early, and your Wave 2 miniatures later on once the production is complete.
You can also choose to receive all your miniatures in the same shipment once all Wave 2 miniatures are ready, which will allow you to save some money on shipping. However, in this case we can't guarantee you will receive your miniatures in time for Christmas.
For the time being, all of the available miniatures are Wave 1. We'll update this section as new miniatures become unlocked!
And last but not least, do you have a friend who'd love to get these as a Christmas present? Remember you can get your Wave 1 rewards on time!
If you are a retailer and you would like to carry any of the miniatures from this campaign or any of our existing releases, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to set you up with a retailer discount.
If you are one of our current retailers and you want to carry the miniatures from this campaign to support it, please get in touch with us via the usual means and we will work it out directly with you.
Risks and challenges
This is our second Kickstarter project as an independent company after successfully delivering the original Black Sailors a few years back (you can find the campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fantasyminiatures/black-sailors-pirates-orcs-fantasy-miniatures).
We are prepared to deliver a quality product again. We have learned a lot about the resin casting process during the past few years, and now we know a lot of things we should do again, and more importantly, many mistakes we shouldn't repeat.
Most of the miniatures shown in this campaign are not only designed and sculpted, but also in production and sometimes even manufactured. Pretty much all that is left is finishing up the production of all the unlockable extras from this campaign, and for that, we need your help.
We have a talented team of expert casters ready to go, with a production capability of over 15000 miniatures before the end of the year, and we have decided to book their time in case this campaign gets wildly successful, so we don't foresee any production delays.
We are aware that production problems can appear down the line, as well as logistics problems and a plethora of other risks. We have contingency plans in place to deal with those when and if they come, and we pledge to you to be transparent in our communication: if anything goes wrong, you will be the first to know.
However, we have done our best to ensure the overall risk is minimal and we will continue to do so until this project is finished and your rewards are delivered to your doorsteps. You can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to achieve that goal to your satisfaction!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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