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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, April 10 2019 10:47 PM UTC +00:00.

Ryan CalhounBy Ryan Calhoun
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Ryan CalhounBy Ryan Calhoun
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$15,280
pledged of $3,000pledged of $3,000 goal
117
backers
19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, April 10 2019 10:47 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Cuttlefish Colors is a hobby acrylic paint line that we here at the studio have developed.  These paints work and blend very well with other major brands of hobby paint on the market right now, but at a much cheaper price tag.

Why use Cuttlefish colors

For years we used just about every other major brand of hobby paint out there, always looking for that perfect color, the smoothest paint and the most cost effective. 

 Lets face it, if you’re into tabletop wargaming you know how expensive this hobby can be.  We were so tired of spending 5-6 dollars a bottle on paint, only to have them dry out with their flip top lids, the dropper styles were great but so difficult for us to get locally, and the consistency of the color varied greatly.  

So, ten years ago we began doing research on the properties of hobby paint, how it’s made and where we can get the materials to do this.  After hundreds of failed attempts to “make” our own paint and thousands of dollars spent on failed formulas we finally found the one that worked the best.

This formula gives you a smooth thin coat with good coverage and blends fantastically with other colors in the line, AS WELL AS other hobby paints on the market.  These paints have a matt finish and are bottled in 15 ml bottles with an agitator ball to aid in the mixing process.  All washes are bottled in 30ml bottles and have the same agitator ball.   There are a total of 9 metallic colors and 63 matt finish colors with 10 washes in the full set at this time. (12 more matt finish colors if we hit $18000 stretch goal) 

 Almost 10 years ago we began to experiment with different pigments and binders to find the perfect formula.  This formula we have used for the past 2 years with great success.  Each time measuring the consistency and coloration against the previous batch to ensure quality control. 

After  this campaign we plan on continuing production of Cuttlefish Colors and will launch a website that will allow purchases, as well as other products we have plans for in the future.  This kickstarter is to help us get a boost with our product line - not just paints!  In the future we are planning a series of weathering pigments, technical and specialty paints as well as basing materials, scenics, laser cut tokens, foam miniature trays and so much more.  Everyone starts somewhere, and we know we are a small fish in a very large pond.  

This is our first leap into the world of crowd funding, we know we are going to make mistakes - we've made a few already!  We learn from these mistakes, no one is perfect the first time for anything.  Shipping has been a big contentious point so far.  We were unsure how shipping was handled at first with Kickstarter and were under the impression that we needed to put a number.  We now know we didn't...BUT, the number shown for shipping is the MAXIMUM you would pay, we are going to get these out to everyone the quickest and cheapest way possible.  Also - If you are a member of the US armed forces and have either an APO or FPO I'm personally going to pay for your shipping!  We understand that some sets show shipping to be high for our neighbors up in Canada and we apologize for not researching this more up front.  You will only pay what the actual cost of shipping is, period.  If it costs more than the stated amount we are going to cover the rest.  If it costs less (which is a high probability) then we will refund the difference to you.    


 We are very excited to bring our line of hobby paints to everyone, and can't begin to thank you enough for checking us out and hopefully, just hopefully pledging!  


Thanks from the bottom of our hearts,

Cephalopod Studios


Below we have added pictures of the paints for each set.  Remember, the sets are progressive so some paints will appear in multiple photos.  All metallic were painted over a matt black primer while the remaining colors were painted over a white matt primer.   



Starter set with painted samples
Starter set with painted samples
Core set with painted samples
Core set with painted samples

Core + with painted samples
Core + with painted samples

additional paints added to full range
additional paints added to full range

For those that are pledging for the Serious Collector the 10 un-named paints are below.  Please remember that if you have pledged at this level we will randomly assign one of these colors to you for naming! 

10 paints with no names
10 paints with no names



Stretch Goals!!!!!

All stretch goals can be added to any pledge level unless stated otherwise.  These would not be possible without your support!  

  • $12000  -  10 additional paints to add to the Cuttlefish Colors line.  These paints will automatically be included for free if you have pledged for the Early Bird, Full Monty, or Serious Collector.  If you would like to add these on to any other level of pledge please add $20 to your pledge amount. 
  • $15000 - Brushes!  if we hit this amount we will include 2 brushes for every pledge from the starter set and up.  These are synthetic brushes, size 0 round.  
  • $18000 - 12 additional colors to the paint range.  Again, like the first stretch goal these 12 will be added free to all full sets of paint i.e. Full Monty, Early Bird and Serious Collector.
12K Stretch goal colors
12K Stretch goal colors

 Post campaign pledge manager. 

We will have a pledge manager after the campaign ends that will allow you to add other sets to your pledge as well as any additional add-ons such as the t-shirt and or washes / stretch goals.  

Speaking of T-shirts...here is the logo!

These will be printed on black t-shirts and you will be able to select your size in the pledge manager after our campaign ends.

Risks and challenges

Challenges? At first we didn't think we would face any - but we realize we have so much to learn. We have secure machinery to help with production (mixing and bottling paint) as well as packaging for the different sets. The production machinery has already been ordered and we expect delivery the 2nd week of April. Packaging and Labels will be ordered as soon as a final count of product is given after the campaign ends. These all should take between 7-14 days to arrive. While this is happening we will begin production of the paints immediately. We have secured the pigment and additives to the paint and those will also be ordered to add to the stock we currently have on hand once the campaign has ended.

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    The Starter set

    This is where it all starts, the Starter Set. You'll receive 8 bottles of Cuttlefish Colors to begin your collection with. Top that off with a Cuttlefish Colors sticker decal to represent your new favorite brand of paint and you'll soon be on your way to showing all your friends the skills you have.

    Paints included are:
    White Knight
    Black Knight
    Lush Valley Green
    Warlock Purple
    Sacrificial Red
    Bright Yellow
    Sir Rulean Blue
    Fall Harvest Orange

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    The Core set

    Want to get a good selection of Cuttlefish Colors? This may well be the pledge level for you. At this level you will receive all 8 paints in the Starter Set PLUS 8 additional paints to compliment the Starter Set. Not to mention that sweet decal sticker.

    Paints included:
    White Knight, Black Knight, Sir Rulean Blue, Bright Yellow, Lush Valley, Warlock Purple, Sacrificial Red, Fall Harvest Orange,
    *new paints*
    Happy Accident Fleshtone,
    Mud Pie Brown,
    Colonial White,
    Gun Metal,
    3rd Place Bronze,
    El Dorrado Gold,
    The Mountain Grey,
    Elder Druid Green.

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    The Shady Set

    In this pledge you will receive all 10 Washes and a single bottle of blending medium.

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    • 1 bottle of blending medium
    • Cuttlefish colors sticker decal
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    The Core+

    This is where the magic begins to happen with Cuttlefish Colors. Here you will get all the Starter Set colors, all the core set colors and an additional 15 bottles of paint. If you're looking to dive in and get busy this is the pledge for you.

    Paints included:
    White Knight, Black Knight, Sir Rulean Blue, Bright Yellow, Lush Valley, Warlock Purple, Sacrificial Red, Fall Harvest Orange,

    Happy Accident Fleshtone,
    Mud Pie Brown,
    Colonial White,
    Gun Metal,
    3rd Place Bronze,
    El Dorrado Gold,
    The Mountain Grey,
    Elder Druid Green, *New Paints* O.D. Green, Bridge Troll Blue, Deep Sea Blue, Dragons-eye Blue, Siren Green, Goblin Skin, Guac Green, Sunflower Yellow, Monkey Ball Pink, Royal Chambers, Rosie Flesh, Soft Serve Brown, Dwarven Steele, Shipwreck Bronze, Level 99 Platinum.

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    • 1 bottle of blending medium
    • Cuttlefish colors sticker decal
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    The Full Monty

    Miss out on the Early Bird special? That's not a problem, you can still get the full range of Cuttlefish Colors here! PLUS you'll get a sweet t-shirt with the Cuttlefish Colors Logo on the front. So, lets recap...62 paints, 10 washes, 2 blending mediums, decal sticker...AND a Cuttlefish Colors t-shirt? WHAT are you wanting for?

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    • Full Cuttlefish colors wash range
    • A Cuttlefish colors T-Shirt
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    The Serious Collector set

    The end all Be all of Cuttlefish Colors... Not for the faint of heart. This level not only includes the full paint range, wash range, the T-shirt, the blending medium, the decal sticker....but it also will grant 10 lucky individuals the change to name 1 of 10 random paints. That's right, go down in the history books as the one that named everyone's favorite shade of blue, or that amazing shade of red...the choice is yours!

    couple disclaimers*** we do reserve the right to turn down names that would make your mother unhappy, so lets keep it clean shall we?
    The paints will be doled out at random to those that select this pledge level. This means when the Kickstarter ends you will be contacted and sent a high quality photo of the color you'll be naming. You send us the name, it gets approved..and everyone's happy... except Ryan...he's never happy.

    Includes:
    • Full Cuttlefish colors paint range
    • Full Cuttlefish colors wash range
    • 2 Bottles of Blending medium
    • A Cuttlefish colors T-Shirt
    • Naming of one random paint color
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    The Early Bird set

    Only for those early birds to the Kickstarter!!! We are offering the FULL range of Cuttlefish Colors...that's all 62 paints, 10 washes and 2 bottles of blending medium here..PLUS the sticker decal!

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    • Full Cuttlefish colors paint range
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