Welcome to the Kickstarter Trooper project, by DreamForge-Games
My name is Mark Mondragon, I run a small…VERY small company, called DreamForge-Games. I have been making miniatures in CAD for about seven years for myself and as a gun for hire for other small companies, such as MERCS , Khurasan and many others.
You can see more about my journey, here.
I am very excited about this project; just five years ago, this kind of detail in such small miniatures was not possible. Through the advancements of CnC milling, printing and CAD software, we can now produce works of art once limited to traditional sculpting methods.
About DreamForge-Games:DreamForge-Games is a small independent company based in California. We make a conscious effort to support our local economy and choose vendors that reside within the US. As with all small companies, start up cash flow is limited and I view Kickstarter as a great way to gain the capital needed and form new relationships with my customers, while providing terrific products at a discount. If this project is successful, I will grow the line to include Light and Heavy troop choices for all the game factions as well as 15mm scale figures.
I am asking you for your support to help launch a new product line, the first of hopefully many new miniatures. Please vote with your wallets and support the art that you enjoy.
Some of you may know me for my recent release of the Leviathan Crusader and Leviathan Mortis.
This is my first venture into more sculptural aspects, the human figure. I have tried to keep fairly accurate proportions with these miniatures with some slight deviation from the normal human form. The shoulders and head are slightly larger but I think you will agree that the scaling “looks” correct. I have chosen to produce these as 32mm scale. The reason for this is that many manufacturers’ miniatures are actually 32mm tall when the figure is in an upright position and this scale allows the figures mass to be comparable to most miniatures currently available in the 28mm and 28mm “Heroic” scales. Please remember, when viewing these previews that the CAD programs perspective view cam make thing look a little squat and wonky… its best to view the pictures of the actual prototype when sizing up the proportions.
And now to the good stuff!! Sure CAD models are fine, but nothing beats a real world prototype to wet your whistle...
Based on feedback from my project supporters, I have made changes to the miniatures to bring them into a more "correct scale/proportions, these will be the final production model designs... I hope you enjoy the changes!
Who are the Sturmtruppen and Kriegsmarine?
The Sturmtruppen and Kriegsmarine are medium troop choices for the Eisenkern faction.
You can read more about Eisenkern here. The Sturmtruppen (Stormtroopers)are an elite fighting force for the Whermacht (regular army) equipped with composite armor they can withstand withering barges of fire that would wound or kill lesser armored troops. The Sturmtruppen’s main role is to secure and hold key military points and act as the armored fist of the Whermacht, grinding the opposition to dust.
The Kriegsmarine were created when the Imperial navy took to space. A merging of the Navy, Air force and Fallschirmjager, these are elite troops and medium troop choices for the Eisenkern faction. Typically assigned to planetary assault, they drop from low orbit with the use of their drop packs, a device that allows the trooper to fall at terminal velocity towards its target and stop just before impacting the planet’s surface. This is achieved by creating a micro tear into void space, encapsulating the trooper in what is essentially a bubble of reality that overrides the laws of physics for a brief moment, saving the trooper from a grizzly impact.
The effects to an observer would be a blinding flash; a two-meter ball of energy is created encapsulating the trooper, then a huge energy release that scars the earth at the point of impact. Scrambling from this crater, a Kreigsmarine, his armor popping and pinging as it cools.
The Rewards:If you're not familiar with the Kickstarter model, the way it works is you receive a reward for an accompanying pledge in support of my project. The more you pledge the better the rewards and the greater contribution you will make to this and future projects. Your positive participation will help a small independent company to grow and thrive and you gain the satisfaction of knowing you made this happen.
I have tried to make this as painless as possible by providing pictures of each reward level to assist you in your decision and choosing the correct reward. The trooper miniatures will be a fast turnaround once the project is complete. The Leviathan models will need to be shipped separately and may take 1-3 months to fill depending on my caster prior obligations. I will be paying for the additional shipment costs, so no need to worry about that end… The rewards will not be shipped in retail packaging “blister packs and box art” in order to cut down costs and get you your rewards at the lowest possible price. They will be properly packed to avoid damage.
International shipping has NOT been included in the rewards price.....Please be sure to add the correct shipping amount to your pledge.
All orders are shipped USPS Priority mail and will be filled in the order that they are received. The reward levels that include a Leviathan model may need to be shipped separately from the troop choices. The estimated wait time for the Leviathan models is 1-3 months depending on my casters obligations to other clients.
• The pledge field is editable, so if you pledge at a specific level, you can edit the field to add the additional shipping costs applicable to you pledge item. If you have already submitted your pledge, you can click the "manage your pledge" button and then add the appropriate amount to your pledge.
• Where do I enter my shipping address?
After the campaign ends, you will receive an email requesting your shipping address & any details required to fulfill your reward.
If there are any additional international duties & taxes, they are recipient’s responsibility. Please check into your countries regulations & fees if you have any concerns. If the shipping ends up being an issue, you can simply cancel your pledge before project end, no harm done.
Residents of Mexico and Canada:
Reward level “2” through “7” please add $12.00 to your pledge.
Reward level “8” through “11” please add $28.00 to your pledge.
Reward level “12” please add $35.00 to your pledge.
Residents of the rest of the world:
Reward level “2” through “7” please add $14.00 to your pledge.
Reward level “8” through “11” please add $46.00 to your pledge.
Reward level “12” please add $59.00 to your pledge.
*Figures are supplied unassembled and unpainted in lead free pewter (resin for the Leviathan kits).
Let's have a closer look at some of the components...
Mark over at Dropship Horizon once said “To hell with your fluff, tell me a story with your miniatures” . That stuck with me… With this in mind, I wanted to supply options for the miniatures to allow you to tell your story. Regrettably, these will not be available at this time, but if this project is successful, I will release two accessory packs that will be available separately.
Thank you for looking :)
- (31 days)