About this project
Welcome to DGS Games' Kickstarter Project featuring the ECLIPSE SISTERHOOD from the Freeblades fantasy skirmish miniatures game.
(SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON STRETCH GOALS! - STRETCH GOALS ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX AND SEVEN HAVE BEEN UNLOCKED!!!)
This project’s main objective is to fund the creation and production of the new Eclipse faction models for use in our tabletop skirmish game, Freeblades (www.dgsgames.com). These models will expand your play experience in both existing and soon to be released scenarios. Your backing will take this new faction from concept art, to masterful sculptures and then into production to be delivered to customers like you.
The members of the Eclipse Sisterhood are in rebellion against the patriarchal Traazorite Empire. Women cannot hold political office, run a business or serve in the military. The time has come for that to change! Across the Empire a clandestine rebellion has formed of women who oppose the Empire of the Sun's treatment of them. Naturally, they have taken the Eclipse as their symbol and inspiration!
Let's meet these brave and dangerous women...
Nemesis is the code name given to an Eclipse cell leader. This one is a former noblewoman of the city of Arajan. Aspiring rebels who pass through their training with an Eclipse Blademistress and are noted as having leadership skills are groomed for command. They are deadly, unforgiving and fanatically loyal to the sisters of their cell.
While most Traazorite misogyny is limiting rather than directly harmful, their misguided ways produce special horrors for those young women who are born with the talent to cast spells. Specially trained men known as Revelators scour the countryside looking for girls with this talent to enslave to the Emperor's wishes. Women join the Eclipse for a host of reasons, but for the Suneaters it is a matter of life or death.
Secret Sisters move among the populace, recruiting new members, manipulating political decision makers and sowing confusion and discord. They are well trained warriors in their own right, but only reveal themselves with direct action at precisely the opportune moment.
Inevitably, rebellions require combat. Shadow Dancers are the main line warriors of the Sisterhood. Forced to make do without heavy armor and large shields, they learn the art of bladedancing earlier than their male counterparts. This one hails from the province of Azarim, which produces some of the Empire's finest warriors, both male, and now female.
The core of any Eclipse cell is its recent recruits. These women, from all corners of the Empire, join the rebellion to force change at the risk of their lives. This Rebel Maiden hails from the arid plains of the Sunnedai. She brings with her skill with the long whip of her native land, where many are beast trainers and rustlers. She has no qualms about using it on men who would stand in the way of her and her sisters’ ambitions.
The women known as Throatseekers are recruited from the streets of the teeming cities of Mishdad, the southernmost province of the Empire. They are already streetwise and agile in urban environments. They need very little in terms of prompting when it comes to using those skills to harass the merchants, politicians and generals that perpetuate the system that keeps them down.
You amazing people have taken us in ten hours where it took our last kickstarter project two weeks to reach. So, we need to talk stretch goals now on day one!
Below are images for the first four stretch goals and the funding targets required to unlock them. They can be taken as individual add ons, but a pledge of $60 or more gets you all stretch goals we reach, no matter how many that is. Last time it was four - let's do better! UPDATE: If we go beyond four stretch goals, we are going to give you a brand new faction - the Shadow Demons! Make us work for you!
DGS Games is proud to be a Made in the USA company. We work hard to validate our supply chain to ensure compliance with our business philosophy and also go a step farther to use local suppliers when able. We feel this allows us to deliver great products while minimizing risks to either quality or deadlines.
We collaborate with top caliber talent to bring our players highly detailed and amazing miniatures. The Eclipse Sisterhood kickstarter project will have figures sculpted by Gael Goumon and Patrick Keith. By backing our project you will enable us to continue partnering with this talent and make the best products a gamer could want.
What folks are saying about our miniatures: "One of the most interesting new sculpts I have seen - I need this!" - Barbaric Splendor about the Lioness on FaceBook
"Freeblades is a fantastic game - my favorite minis game to date. The miniatures are beautiful, and continue to impress with each release! Every Kickstarter I've backed with DGS has shipped on time (often early), and the staff is great to work with, always ready to help, whether it's a rules question or the rare product issue (mispacked starter set, in our case - resolved in less than an hour)." - Keith from Fun Factory
"These are the models that get gamers to buy figures for a game they have yet to discover. Another fantastic model." - Bryan about the Questing Knight of Sylvia on Facebook
Not familiar with our game?......check these out:
Basic Game Concepts: http://boardgamegeek.com/video/43548/freeblades/freeblades-game-concepts
Skirimish Supremacy Podcast with our Lead Designer: http://www.podcasts.com/skirmish-supremacy-390d39dc6/episode/Skirmish-Supremacy-Episode-35-Jon-Cleaves-of-DGS-Games-2604
Game Overview by Blue Table Painting: http://boardgamegeek.com/video/43782/freeblades/game-overview-by-blue-table-painting
In our exciting and dangerous World of Faelon seventeen glorious factions exist (well I should say announced….could be that we have others in the works….shhhh). Since the release of the Freeblades rulebook in 2012, 9 factions have been released. Your backing will allow DGS to expand our product line and greatly increase the speed to market of these models for your enjoyment. We have so much excitement and great gaming to share!
Jon = firstname.lastname@example.org for info about this project, Freeblades, the World of Faelon or info about DGS Games the company.
Julie = email@example.com for sales inquiries.
A word on Scale and Material:
All our 32mm models are cast in white metal (lead free) alloy with the exception of a few of the larger models which will be in resin, or a mix of resin and white metal components. They are designed to match favorably in size with what has become known as “28mm heroic scale." Heroic scale models are not just taller than 28mm, they are also aggressively proportioned with large hands, heads, muscles and weapons. Our models are typically as tall as current “28mm” models, but reflect typical anatomical proportions and compare in scale with those by Reaper and other top manufacturers. They are superbly sculpted to allow strong character identification and a fun and rewarding painting surface. Whether used with DGS’s games, in role-playing or any other miniatures experience, our figures will enhance your gaming pleasure.
International Shipping Rates
We tried using flat rate international shipping in the past, but found it simply unfair in 90% of the cases. So in order to try to be more fair, we've broken up the world into zones. Please add the appropriate amount to your pledge for the area in which you live. If you have any questions please let us know and we will get you an answer.
•Mexico/Canada - add $12
•United Kingdom - - add $20
•Mainland Europe - add $28
•Anywhere else - add $40
About Painted Rewards
We offer both a reward level, "I'll Take Mine Painted," and add-ons that include our models coming to you already painted by accomplished hobbyists. The reward level is $250 for the six models of the project, painted to a high quality standard. You also have the ability to add on as many painted models as you like at $45 for each for 25mm base models and $80 for the larger 50mm base models. This, just like the base add-ons, can include any stretch goal models that become available. Please note, if you select any painted models as part of your reward package, in order to meet the delivery timeline, you MUST communicate with us early and often. At a minimum you must submit a timely survey once the campaign has ended that includes which models you want to have painted and any special requests. You will get your models one way or another, but we cannot guarantee the stated delivery date if you submit a late or incomplete survey. And you do not have to wait - you can communicate with us at any time through the campaigns message board or directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We strongly suggest you do so the moment you decide to select any amount of painted reward. Also, if your painted shipment is much larger than a 6 model starter, we will have to collect additional money to cover insuring your shipment. We will totally work with you to get you what you want!
Here is an example of a painted Eclipse model by Chris Zeigler who will be handling our painted rewards:
When selecting an Add-on(s), simply add the cost of the Add-on(s) to your Pledge amount. Details of which Add-on(s) you want will be gathered at the successful completion of the project when you fill out your Kickstarter Survey.
New Creature Pack Add-ons!
Bag of Beasts (for the Beast Hunt scenario)
$58 - Ar-Grush, Golat, Vekul, Young Grush
Pack of Plakhra (for the Demon Infestation scenario)
$26 – Alpha Plakhra, 4 x Plakhra
Dryad Infestation (for the Demon Infestation scenario)
$26 – Saryad, 4 x Dryad
Shalkarak Nest (for The Nest scenario)
$70 – 4 x Shalkarak
To add on individual models from the project:
- Add $21 for the Izchaki Chaser
- Add $6 for each Nemesis, Suneater, Secret Sister, Shadow Dancer, Rebel Maiden, Throatseeker, Manslayer, Untamed, Manhunter,
Demon Stretch Goals as add ons:
- Add $21 for Azalakar
- Add $6 for the Skrot
From our webstore
Pick and Choose
Add $6 and choose any model on our website listed at $6.49 MSRP
Add $7 and choose any model on our website listed at $7.99 MSRP
Add $8 and choose any model on our website listed at $8.49 or $8.99 MSRP
Add $9 and choose any model on our website listed at $9.99 MSRP
Add $10 and choose any model on our website listed at $11.49 MSRP
Add $11 and choose any model on our website listed at $12.99 MSRP
Add $19 and choose any model on our website listed at $21.99 MSRP
Add $21 and choose any model on our website listed at $24.99 MSRP
Mass the Forces
$32 – Add any Freeblades faction starter set (Black Rose, Black Thorn, Eclipse, Falkaraan, Grular, Haradelan, Traazorite, Trilian, Urdaggar or Kuzaarik) (MSRP $36.99).
$45 - add any one 25mm base model, fully painted.
$80 - add any one 50mm base model, fully painted.
Tiered Dice Set
$20 – Add a 12 dice set (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d14, d16, d18, d20, d22, d24, d30). Available in red, green, yellow, black, purple, blue, orange, white, or multi-colored (MSRP $24.99)
$22 – Add a Freeblades Token Set (MSRP $27.99).
$25 – Add a Freeblades Rulebook (MSRP $31.99)
$18- AoE template, Cone template, Wall or Barrier template and 6 tokens. Fire or Ice. (MSRP $23.99)
Trial Stone Set
$10 - Add a set of three Trialstones (MSRP $11.99)
Loot Marker Set
$6 - Add a set of six loot markers (MSRP $6.49)
Risks and challenges
The risks to completion are very low. We have successfully completed FIVE similar Kickstarter Projects and delivered on time. We have been producing 32mm metal fantasy miniatures for 7 years and are lucky to work with some of the best people in the business. Our experience with the 5 previous Kickstarter projects taught us a lot and we have established realistic timelines for our rewards and project completion. Our collaborating artists, sculptors and casters are proven reliable in their delivery of both concept and timeline. It's always true that something unforeseen can happen, and *that* is where our planning has gone. We have shown we can bring you a model according to our established Kickstarter timeline. Let's do it again!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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