Project Update Video #1
On to the good stuff, your rewards for participation:
Wai Kee Hui, the owner of WGF and manufacturer, is as excited about this project as I am. He has graciously offered to produce a Kickstarter special item as a way to say thank you to the supporters. All backers at the $20.00 level or above will receive an exclusive 28mm figure of a Feral Shadokesh and Handler.
Add additional Shadokesh, two miniature set. +$4.00 each set (limit of five total sets) (Stage 1 delivery: November)
The Shadokesh are the mortal enemies of the Eisenkern faction. The first human contact with the Shadokesh was made by a delegation from Eisenkern. The Shadokesh met with the human delegation, studied them and when they were satisfied they were of no use to the Shadokesh Empire they were violently dispatched. The Dhar-Hazier were given a similar reception over seven hundred years before. The outcome was quite different, the Shadokesh were forced to re-evaluate the danger this race may pose to the Shadokesh Empire. The Dhar-Hazier have now been at war with the Shadokesh for 753 years.
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1 free miniature for each backer at the $20.00 level or above.
Leviathan model at Wargames Factory Gencon booth?
The quest to produce a quality product at an affordable price led me to talks with Wargames Factory LLC and its parent company. If you have your eyes on recent events in the gaming world, you will have noticed Wargames Factory’s most recent kits and the attention they are receiving for detail and quality. Wargames Factory’s parent company is also responsible for the sculpting and manufacturing of the new plastic Malifaux line by Wyrd Miniatures. If you’re attending Gencon this year you will see firsthand what I am talking about, one word, AMAZING!
Why did we bring this project to Kickstarter?
A great deal of time and effort has been invested preparing this model for hard tooling. Issues such as undercuts could be ignored when we were using soft tooling (rubber molds), however this was not an option when moving to metal tooling. In order to preserve the details you have seen in the resin kit, it was necessary to utilize Slide Core Tooling, a very impressive and expensive form of metal tooling that allows the mold to open in four directions, up and down as well as side to side. This will allow for details in multiple directions of pull!
As you can imagine, the initial startup costs involved with this production method are substantial. The tooling costs for this kit will exceed $100k, but moving in this direction is the best and most logical choice not only for my company but for my customers. We are offering this project in order to pay for the tooling, an expense far outside the ability for most small companies (such as DreamForge-Games) to absorb. With all this in mind, you can see why the starting pledge is higher than you may be accustomed to in a Kickstarter.
Great, but what about the kit?
The Leviathan Crusader is 8 .5” tall (215mm) assembled at the top of its shoulders. 1/56 scale (28mm gaming scale)
We have taken great care with the reworking of the Leviathan Crusader, improving the engineering of the components while staying true to the appearance and scale of the resin kit you know and love.
What I am referring to when I speak of “engineering” is working hydraulics, tight fitting ball joints and tolerances far tighter than I could ever hope to achieve in a resin kit and an overall repeatable quality that is sure to amaze. This is all made possible through top quality machining on granite bed CnC mills. When all is said and done it might be possible to assemble the kit, pose it and then use superglue to lock all of the components into a pose. A huge improvement over cutting hydraulics to length and trimming away any resin vents and gates.
If you have ever looked at this model and thought “that’s a great kit, but the price….” Or“’Cool, but its resin, I hate resin…” Here is your chance to purchase a much improved version in durable plastic at less than one quarter or even one fifth the price of the resin kits.
Working hydraulics and ball joints allow for an amazing range of motion and pose options, ensuring no two Leviathans will be identical.
Even after you have chosen your final pose, the arms will remain movable!
Simple twist on and off arms allow for easy main weapon swaps with all future Leviathan releases.
Who is DreamForge-Games?
Dreamforge-Games, a small company located in California, produces resin and pewter miniatures for the tabletop gaming community and for miniature collectors around the world. We have delivered our miniatures and models to hundreds of customers and pride ourselves on the quality and creative design of our products. Although our miniatures fit into many 28mm game systems, we have been working hard to complete the Iron-Core Universe and game system to support our wonderful products. One of our largest stumbling blocks has been keeping up with customer demand for our resin kits. We have found it increasingly difficult to produce our large kits in a quality, quantity and price point to meet my high standards. The constant search for a suitable service provider and manufacturing method for our resin kits has stifled design and production, taking me away from the important work of product design and game development.
Several months ago, I started searching for a way to improve the quality, lower the price and bump the production level to meet my customers’ expectations. I am happy to say that I have met and exceeded these goals. The Leviathan Crusader has made it to the pre-production phase (mold draft and parting line establishment for metal tooling) and is ready to become a plastic injected model kit. Not Resin, not Restic, not some soft plastic hybrid, but injected high impact polystyrene. The same kind of model kit you will find in any hobby store.
What can I expect from DreamForge in the future?
Words cannot express how exited I am about this, our second Kickstarter project, and what doors this will open for future releases.
Plastic Eisenkern Stormtroopers? Yes.
More vehicles, Tanks, APC’s etc.? Yes.
More factions for the Iron-Core universe? Yes.
More Leviathan variants? Yes.
Optional arms for your Leviathans? Yes.
15mm scale kits? Yes.
All in plastic? Yes, yes and YES!
Many of these are in the pre-production phase (mold drafting and part line establishment for metal tooling) Many units for other factions and the Iron-Core game system to support them are in the design phase and all can see the light of day, with your help. It is my hope that I can release at least one new box set each month until we have all the factions core sets, infantry and vehicles ready for your gaming enjoyment.
What is Iron-Core?
Iron-Core has been designed to be modular and infinitely expandable, so whether you’re a beer-n-nuts casual gamer or a micro-managing shell counter, your play style and time limitations can shape the game you decide to play.
The game system, Iron-Core has many of the “bones” of the core system rules completed but still needs polishing, illustration and play testing. All those who contribute will be invited to the development group, where your participation will directly affect the final product. Those who contribute at the “Armored Lance” or “All your bases are ours level” will also receive a free PDF of the completed and illustrated Iron-Core game system, which you the gaming community helped to create.
This is your chance to help Kickstart not only this project but many others. If you enjoy our products, and our vision, please vote with your wallets and help this become a reality.
I sincerely thank you for your time and your support.
I thought I should share some video form Gencon. Daisy at WGF was kind enough to cross promote this project.
In order to offer all the new stretch goals it became quite apparent that we would need to focus on implementing a staged delivery and tighten up our shipping costs. The manufacturer can only make so many cool things at once and we are putting them hard to work at getting you your pledges ASAP. With the addition of all these new toys, we need to consolidate the deliveries into two or possibly three stages. Please note, that you will be responsible for all VAT or import fees or taxes levied by your country of origin.
We are offering two options for shipping; the first and least expensive is to have us hold your order until all the items are in stock and available to ship. Please see the Stage 1 through 3 below for an estimate of how long you would need to wait based on what items you pledge for. The “hold my order until it is complete” option uses the shipping charges as previously listed. (See the FAQ at the bottom of the page. (International shipping for multiple rewards)
Note: There is no mix and match, you must choose whether you wish to wait and save shipping charges or have all items shipped as soon as they are in the WGF warehouse.
The second option, and most expensive, is for those who would love to have their toys as soon as possible. This will entail additional fees for both domestic and international deliveries.
Domestic shipping: All stage 1 is still free. Stage 2 will require the addition of a $7.00 delivery fee and if you pledge for stage 3 items this will require another $7.00 delivery fee.
International shipping: Each stage will require a base $15.00 fee plus the additional listed, per box cost. (ignore the shipping totals in the pledge field, use the costs listed under each item) See the FAQ for an example.
The Stormtrooper Accessory Pack, the Capacitor Cooler, the Excalibur sword and the free Vulkan have no additional shipping charges when included with an existing order!
We have made available a web based calculator; you just plug in what you want and the delivery option you have chosen and you will receive a tally of the pledge and delivery fees for these options.
The delivery dates below are estimates for each stage, we are working to get these to you ASAP, but we also need to factor in transit time for shipping between China and the USA.
Stage 1: (November)
Stage 2: (March 2013)
Stage 3: (May 2013)
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