Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on June 29, 2014.
About this project
As miniatures become more and more expensive, new players shy away from the hobby, and even longtime enthusiasts find it difficult to fund their armies. Kingmaker Games wants to change that. With War Prime, we want to level the playing field by producing great miniatures at affordable prices.
Our miniatures will be scaled to the same size as the most popular 28mm miniatures games. This means that most humans will be approximately 28mm to eye level while other units like our heavy armored Lancers will be closer to 32mm.
Our miniatures will represent a wide range of iconic types--humans decked out in futuristic power armor, enigmatic beings from the far reaches of space, savage alien races, and many more types to come.
Our team includes some of the best 3D modelers in the games industry from all over the world. Now we want to offer their world-class digital models to you as high-quality plastic miniatures you can use to play any tabletop game, as well as the War Prime tabletop game. We have worked hard to find a manufacture in the USA that makes miniatures and we are happy to say we have succeeded.
Our Process: We work very closely with the artists along the entire production path to come to the final detailed 3D model. That model is then sent to the manufacturing company for tooling and production.
3D Printed Prototypes: To test the size and detail quality we had 3D Prints made of the miniatures. The printed result shows us where we need to make changes and fixes before we have the expensive molds made. Here are the 3D printed results.
Painting: The minis are made with plastic so it is recommended that you buy a hobby primer that is safe to use on plastic. For painting it is recommended that you use a non-toxic water based paint. Both paint and primer are available at your local hobby store.
Modding and Kit-Bashing! All of our miniatures will be segmented and distributed on in parts to allow for customization. Assemble your army any way you like, including "kit-bashing" by mixing and matching miniatures and parts to create unique, never-before-seen creatures and units.
Plastic Bases: We will provide round black plastic bases for each miniature. Human sized units will get standard 25mm bases while larger units will receive 30mm or in some cases 50mm bases.
You can use War Prime miniatures to play all your favorite tabletop games, or you can grab our own rule set. When War Prime is funded (and it is ready) our game rules will be available online for FREE, so anyone can join the intergalactic war without spending a ton of extra cash.
We will have more information about our game in upcoming newsletters and future videos.
A massive cosmic anomaly of unknown origin is ripping its way through the Galaxy. Composed of exotic matter this destructive force has unpredictable interactions with the ordinary matter that makes up our galaxy. Collisions with the cosmic anomaly have caused stars to have massive planet sterilizing solar flares, collapse into black holes, or go supernova.
The devastation to the Paxia Empire was absolute. Their draconian imperial conquest had forged a nation that spanned thousands of star systems, and made an equal number of enemies. Under the strain of the cataclysm, Human civilization fractured. A hundred different factions led by various warlords, religious leaders, pirates, and fringe groups rebelled against the Empire. With humanity in disarray, other aliens and fiends position their forces to deal a deathblow to the Human race.
The alien Kelk, an old rival of mankind, seized this opportunity to launch an offensive against Sol, the bastion of the Paxia Empire of mankind. Jupiter High Command was turned to slag, the orbital palaces over Venus were ransacked, and Earth was bathed in the blood of the Empire's ruling aristocracy.
In the wake of the cosmic anomaly explorers have been able to harvest negative-mass exotic matter. These energy dense substances have led to scientific breakthroughs radically advancing technology beyond its prior limitations. Exotic weapon systems, ballistic reflecting armor, and Wormhole space travel are just a few of the latest inventions that are poised to reshape all conflict to come.
The galaxy is once again primed for war.
As we gain more support and unlock stretch goals, we will announce new miniatures and all new alien races made up of their own unique units. We can't wait to show you all we have planned. To kick things off, we are showing what the next unlocks will be, and look forward to your support as we announce what comes next.
Upon successful funding of War Prime we will release a $40 "Starter Set" that includes a small set of both Human and the alien Kelk units. In addition we will release $20 Small Sets and larger $100 Army Sets.
Each Small Set will consist of 1-12 miniatures depending on the size and scope of the individual miniatures in each Set. Small Sets are indicated by the $20 price point.
For $100 the Army Set is an AWESOME deal with tons of extra Sets not available on their own. Each Army Sets will always have one additional Commander Model that is ONLY available in the Army Sets. Future unlocks may include weapon upgrades, variant armor and head options for the ARMY SETS only.
We have many alien races in the concept stage. We will start revealing them at later stages of the campaign.
The Next Level: We have big plans for the universe of War Prime. If we can achieve the more impressive funding levels we will announce and unlock some additional alien races and vehicles.
With your help, we can move forward to the next stage of our project: Mold casting and manufacturing. Once we manufacture our miniatures, we will ship them to our fulfillment partner, and then to you, our backers.
Our initial $40,000 will go toward producing the first run of miniatures including all of the Human Army and first Small Set of Kelk. Thats molds for the Kelk Clansman Set and the full Human Army Set ( the Elite Set, Infiltrator Set, the Heavy Walker Set, and the Lancers and Human Commander).
Your support will allow us to build high-quality minis that you can use to play all of your favorite tabletop games. It will allow us to build and maintain free game rules for everyone to download and play. And every stretch goal opens the door to more cool miniatures.
More than anything, we ask for your help to change the landscape of tabletop gaming by proving that miniatures can be awesome and affordable at the same time.
Exceeding the target goal: Additional funding will go toward designing, building, manufacturing, and shipping more miniatures from the additional sets and races we have planed.
As we add miniatures, we will require additional staff to stay ahead of the increased workload. Some of future funds will go towards hiring additional employees and contractors.
At some point in life, everyone needs some help from their friends. We here at Kingmaker Games have some awesome friends who have helped us make War Prime a reality. We would like to acknowledge them for their friendship, help, and support.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge will be managing coordination and communication between our team of designers, artists, 3D sculptors, and the manufacturers. Fortunately, we have years of experience working with remote teams that mitigate this risk.
Once the miniatures are complete, getting them packaged and shipped to the backers on time will be the second biggest challenge. Building any product can involve unforeseen delays, especially when it comes to manufacturing and shipping. We have set our expected ship goal well in advance of when we think we can get this project complete. With that in mind we will stay in constant communication with our production partners to solve any problems quickly and ensure smooth delivery of your miniatures.
Most importantly, we will keep you up-to-date on any news, developments, issues, and the solutions implemented to solve them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We love games of all types and don’t limit our enjoyment of gaming to video games alone. As a long time fan of painting miniatures and tabletop wargames, I have always loved tabletop wargaming. I wanted to build a digital turn based game for longer than you can imagine. But getting a turn based game funded is almost impossible. So we thought if we started small, built a tabletop miniatures game first, then we would have the brand and fan loyalty that would let us make the game ourselves.
As video game developers, it would be crazy for us to not be thinking about the long term development of a video game set in the universe of War Prime. That said, video games are incredibly expensive and require millions of dollars to build. Because of this, it is not realistic to expect that the funds brought in from this Kickstarter will be used to build a video game version of War Prime. This kickstarter is about build the War Prime miniatures.
I took our 3D Model files and sent them to a 3D Printer. They made one high quality miniature of each of the files I sent them. So these are the prototypes. This helped me to see the scale and potential issues with the final manufacturing. It also allowed me to paint the miniatures to see how they look painted and show everyone else what they looked like painted.
We need the money to move forward with the next stage of making this line of miniatures a reality. To manufacture the molds and make the miniatures from plastic we need a lot of money up front. This is more that we can afford to do on our own so we are asking for you help.
While 3D Printing is the future. The cost per miniature is still too high. The prototypes I had made cost several hundred dollars for the high detail prints of 6 miniatures. I also took to the file to a loca 3D Print place and each miniature cost me over $10 for one miniature and the quality was not good enough for me to want to paint.
3D Printing is coming. But its not there yet.
While it is true that War Prime is influenced by our competitors and we share some similarities, there are several key differences.
Free: Our game will always be free to download and play.
Stability: As game designers we believe the game comes first. We will never alter the rules of our game to drive miniature sales.
Balance: Because we believe in great game play, we will always do our best to balance the game and release frequent updates to the web so you never have to wait for a new printed book.
Cost: We are doing everything we can to keep costs low and pass the savings on to the fans of the hobby. This means cutting out some of the nice (but unnessisary to the game) things like full color boxes that get thrown away (or chopped up to be used on bases).
Competition: We believe that competition is good. No one questions why there are dozens of different car manufacturers. But those companies competing for your business drive each other to do better and provide better service.
Yes we will be shipping our miniatures to Backers around the world, but there is additional charge for the shipping.
We are investigating what it will take to make our project EU friendly so our backers dont have to worry about the VAT Tax.
When the rules are ready they will be released for free to anyone around the world who wants to download them.
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