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JohnBy John
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backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 11 2016

About

 

We are expanding our sci-fi 28mm miniature range with new sculpts for our Dweorg (Space Dwarf) miniatures. This will bring 15 new 28mm miniatures, excluding Stretch Goals, to our web store and a whole host of possible extras as and when they are unlocked.

What will you get if you support this Kickstarter? There are various tiers of awards available for our backers. The most basic being our Kickstarter/show exclusive miniature only pledge level where you will receive only the Kickstarter/show exclusive miniature. This option also allows you to upgrade your pledge to include any of the add-ons that may become available when we successfully reach our funding level by just adding the add-on amount to your pledge. By making a pledge to help us achieve this campaign you can opt to have any of the tiered pledge levels available.

ABOUT US

At Gydran Miniatures Studio we have over 20 years of experience with small scale sculpting ranging from 1:56 scale (28mm gaming figures) up to life size live action props for film and television. In the last 7 years we have been slowly working on our miniatures for tabletop-games and it's now that we feel confident with our range to bring it to Kickstarter.

With a talented group of creatives on board to help the process we are bringing to you the combined artistic skills of Megan Tupper, Amanda Blatch and John Bryan. John has been sculpting our miniatures since we started on this journey and it is his Science Fiction Fantasy world that these miniatures come from. Megan has worked on many projects in the gaming industry as a concept artist and illustrator. Amanda works as a concept artist and illustrator predominantly in the gaming industry. With backgrounds in concept design, game design, animation and sculpture Megan, Amanda and John bring the skills required to this project. They all studied Animation at University and it is here that they first met. Now, years later, they have reunited to work together on this project.

We have the designers, and the sculptor... now we just need the money to make the moulds so that we can bring this set to life. This is where you guys come in.

CONCEPT VS SCULPT

What will the miniatures look like? We have already partially sculpted some of the miniatures and are completing them as we go, but what about the ones coming from the concept art? Well, we have some of the sculpted images to show you here. If you've been following the campaign then you may have seen them in a past or current update, but for those of you who are new you can see them here. We will be updating them regularly so don't be surprised if they're not the same ones from before. You can always see the past images and follow their progress int he updates section of the campaign!

Atlahua, blocked out and fired. Ready for the next phase. He stands at 42mm tall.
Atlahua, blocked out and fired. Ready for the next phase. He stands at 42mm tall.

 

Soledad, blocked out with the armour and face. ongoing sculpt.
Soledad, blocked out with the armour and face. ongoing sculpt.
 

THE KICKSTARTER/SHOW EXCLUSIVE MINIATURE

The Kickstarter exclusive miniature will be cast in polyurethane resin and included in every pledge level except for the 'initiate' tier pledge which includes no rewards at all. This model will only be available through our Kickstarter campaigns and shows and not available in our web-store.

The sculpt of Claude in different angles. Sculpted in various materials including Brass, Greenstuff, and Beesputty.
The sculpt of Claude in different angles. Sculpted in various materials including Brass, Greenstuff, and Beesputty.

 

The Green compared to the first resin cast of Claude.
The Green compared to the first resin cast of Claude.

 

Claude, our Kickstarter/show exclusive miniature, all painted up.
Claude, our Kickstarter/show exclusive miniature, all painted up.

THE MINIATURE SETS

The miniatures we are creating are usable in many gaming systems and could also be used in role-playing games for both NPC (non-player character) and PC (player character) representative figures. The miniatures will be sculpted based on the images by Megan Tupper, John Bryan, Amanda Blatch and sculpted by John Bryan.

Miniatures are also available as add-ons at the price shown in the add-on section. Miniatures will be cast in White Metal or Pewter
Miniatures are also available as add-ons at the price shown in the add-on section. Miniatures will be cast in White Metal or Pewter

 

Miniatures are also available as add-ons at the price shown in the add-on section. Miniatures will be cast in White Metal or Pewter
Miniatures are also available as add-ons at the price shown in the add-on section. Miniatures will be cast in White Metal or Pewter

 

Miniatures are also available as add-ons at the price shown in the add-on section. Miniatures will be cast in White Metal or Pewter. Miniatures will all be holding either Laser or Pulse weapons.
Miniatures are also available as add-ons at the price shown in the add-on section. Miniatures will be cast in White Metal or Pewter. Miniatures will all be holding either Laser or Pulse weapons.

 

Miniatures are also available as add-ons at the price shown in the add-on section. Miniatures will be cast in White Metal or Pewter. This set contains one large miniature. The components for Bamboo will be cast in both White Metal/Pewter and Resin.
Miniatures are also available as add-ons at the price shown in the add-on section. Miniatures will be cast in White Metal or Pewter. This set contains one large miniature. The components for Bamboo will be cast in both White Metal/Pewter and Resin.

 

Miniatures are also available as add-ons at the price shown in the add-on section. Miniatures will be cast in White Metal or Pewter. This set contains one large miniature.
Miniatures are also available as add-ons at the price shown in the add-on section. Miniatures will be cast in White Metal or Pewter. This set contains one large miniature.

We have already started sculpting some of the miniatures from the concepts and we will be posting updates to their progress as the campaign goes on.

The image below shows some of our previous miniatures, and our Kickstarter/show exclusive, compared to other companies miniatures. We sculpt in 1:56 scale which is equivalent to 28mm scale

THE ART AND STORY BOOK

As a part of this campaign we are also offering up a digital copy of the Art and Story book which is currently being made to accompany our miniatures. These stories are being written by published writer Peter Grehan who has work on such things as Commando, The Sontarans radio dramas, his own Novels and Novellas as well as scripts for screen and stage. The book will contain pages of background information on the miniature characters, artwork from Megan Tupper, Amanda Blatch, John Bryan, and Benjamin Mounsey bringing the pages to life. There will be two stories to introduce you to this fantasy universe too.

The cover art on this image is only for illustrative purposes. The final cover art will be by Benjimin Mounsey.
The cover art on this image is only for illustrative purposes. The final cover art will be by Benjimin Mounsey.

As a reward, this PDF is only available at the Commander tier, but is available as an add-on if you want to get a copy added to your pledge level. We may also be making a hard-copy available as a mini stretch goal later on in the campaign.

THE PLEDGE LEVELS

These 15 miniatures are available in separate sets or as a whole bundle depending on the pledge tier you have selected. Once the initial funding phase is complete we can think about what stretch goals we can deliver to you, our supporters.

At the ‘Initiate’ tier there are no rewards except the fuzzy warm glow that you have contributed to make this campaign a success. At the ‘Novice’ tier you will receive one of our Kickstarter/show exclusive miniatures, Claude. The images below show the rest of the pledge levels and what you will receive when you select each one.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the first couple of stretch goals for the campaign. We have more planned, but we will make more of them visible as we go along.

 

 

 

 

Once we reach the £4,510 stretch goal we will open up the next few planned stretch goals with images to show what you can expect. As we go along we may also be throwing in some mini stretch goals so keep checking to see what the newest update is.

All the items in this Kickstarter will be available as add-ons that you can increase your pledge to receive. All you need to do is add the amount shown in the list below to your pledge and when we send out the survey questionnaires you can let us know which add-ons you would like. If you have not pledged enough to cover any extra add-ons we will contact you to let you know so that we can rectify the issue. Postage and packaging will be calculated on an individual basis before we ship the rewards out to those of you who have pledged to make sure we are only charging you only what you need to pay for postage and packaging to your location.

Exclusives

  •  1 - Kickstarter/show exclusive miniature - £6

Counters and markers

  • 3 - Dwarf casualty marker / objective marker - £1.50
  • 4 - 3x Brick objective marker  - £1.50
  • 5 - Dwarf casualty marker / objective marker type B - £1.50
  • 6 - 40mm Robot Objective Marker  - £1.50
  • 7 - 32mm Drone Objective Marker  - £1.50
  • 8 - 3x 25mm Drone Objective Marker - £1.50
  • 9 - 50mm Drone Objective Marker - £1.50

Mecha and robots

  • 26 - Heavy Battle Robot (body only) - £8.50
  • 27 - Heavy Battle Robot with assault weapons - £11
  • 28 - Heavy Battle Robot Destroyer - £11
  • 29 - Heavy Laser Drone - £5
  • 30 - 2x Laser Drones - £3.50
  • 31 - 3x Scout Drone - £3.50
  • 32 - Seige Robot full kit - £18

Dwarfs

  • 33 - Mine Guard Trooper Robot/Drone Controller - £5
  • 37 - Mick: pilot - £4
  • 36 - Engineer with wrench V2 - £5
  • 35 - Mine Guard Sergeant A - £5
  • 34 - Sven Troll Hunter alternate - £5
  • 38 - Mine Guard Armoured Bear mount  - £8
  • 39 - Mercenary Captain, Soledad V1 - £5

Bundles/sets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 40 - 5 Dwarf Squad with Pulse Carbines or Laser Rifles - £19.50
  • 41 - Drone and Markers Set  - £6.50
  • 42 - Drones and Drone Controller Set - £11.50
  • 43 - Battle Force - £65
  • 44 - Heavy Battle Robot squad set - £25
  • 45 - Drone Set - £9.50
  • 46 - Drone and Robot Objective Marker Set - £11.50
  • 47 - Core set 1 - £15
  • 48 - Core set 2 - £15
  • 49 - Core set 3 - £15
  • 50 - Core set 4 - £18
  • 51 - Core set 5 - £18

Other

  •  52 - Sci-fi Space Critters Feline spy - £6

Kickstarter core add-ons 

  • 53 - SVEN  - £6
  • 54 - Beia - £6
  • 55 - Atlahua - £12
  • 56 - Brutus - £6
  • 57 - Mercenary Captain Soledad - £6
  • 58 - S.A.L. - £6
  • 59 - Bamboo - £12
  • 60 - Ruben - £6
  • 61 - Ulrik - £6
  • 62 - Sona - £6
  • 63 - Sgt. Mathius - £6
  • 64 - Troll Hunter Heavy Support - £6
  • 65 - Raider 1 - £6
  • 66 - Raider 2 - £6
  • 67 - Raider 3 - £6
  • 68 - PDF book - £6

Kickstarter Stretch goal Add-ons

  • 69 - Exo-suit 1 - LOCKED - £12
  • 70 - Hunting Hound A - LOCKED - £4
  • 71 - Hunting Hound B -LOCKED - £4
  • 72 - Robot Trooper A - LOCKED - £6
  • 73 - Robot Trooper B - LOCKED - £6
  • 74 - Robot Trooper C - LOCKED - £6

More stretch goal add-ons will become available as the campaign progresses.

This campaign is aimed at an international audience and as such we are aware that charging a flat rate to everyone isn’t fair. With this in mind we have decided to charge the postage and packaging after the campaign has been completed and you have received the link to our pledge manager. All our domestic parcels will be shipped via Royal Mail and International parcels will be shipped via Parcel Force or other courier service. By doing this we hope to reduce the amount of cost for all our backers in receiving their rewards.

The image shows the cost of postage for Royal Mail. These numbers include the cost of packaging.
The image shows the cost of postage for Royal Mail. These numbers include the cost of packaging.

 

We are lucky to have a small team working together to make this project come to life. We have briefly mentioned about the Sculptor and Artist, but here’s a bit more about the them and the other two team members.

John Bryan is a model and puppet maker with a background in animation. In the last 7 years he has been making models for the miniature gaming industry. This includes working on his own miniature range at Gydran Miniatures Studio, and freelance work for World of Twilight and Wytchfire Studio. Prior to that he has worked for the BBC, DMA Media and various other companies creating props for film and television.

Examples of Johns work.
Examples of Johns work.

You can find more examples of johns work over on his website at: http://www.johnlyntonbryan.com

Megan Tupper is a UK based freelance concept artist and Illustrator who has spent the last 3 years working in the games industry on a variety of different titles. She specialises in drawing and painting in all things colourful and quirky. In her spare time, she enjoys wholesome activities such as playing videogames and falling asleep in front of the TV.

Her portfolio is available for viewing here: http://coffeeshakes.daportfolio.com/

Bringing two of the stories from the book to life is Peter Grehan. Peter has been working as a creative writer for many years with a string of credits to his name from Audio Plays to film scripts. Examples of his work include (but not limited to) Sontarans: Silent Warrior (audio Drama), The Quarry (radio play), House of Ushers (Novella), Connecting Who: Artificial Beings (Candy Jar Books) and he has been a regular writer for Commando.

Examples of Peters work.
Examples of Peters work.

 

Every project needs to be accounted and it’s in this area where John W is involved in the project. Coming from a manufacturing background John is responsible for making sure the project goes to plan and the money flows to the right places to make it work.

 

Amanda Blatch is an experienced artist that uses her talents to visually conceptualise and illustrate characters, props and environments. With 4 years of experience in the games industry and 5 published titles on both mobile and console platforms Amanda is well versed in the game production pipeline.

Examples of Amandas work.
Examples of Amandas work.

 You can find further examples of Amandas work over on her website at:  http://www.amandablatch.com

Benjamin Mounsey is an Artist, Illustrator and Designer working in Bristol in the UK. Ben has been working across a range of design disciplines for around 6 years, including Illustration, Concept Art, Print and Marketing Design, and Web Design and Development. When he's not drawing obsessively, he likes rum, noodles, superheroes and fresh air. 

Examples of Benjamins work.
Examples of Benjamins work.

You can find examples of his work at: http://cargocollective.com/benjaminmounsey/ABOUT

 

Risks and challenges

As with any project there are always chances of things happening to hold back the progress. Our completion date is set to try and give a worst case scenario deadline. Below is a list of things that can be effected by setbacks for the miniature production.

1 – Receiving pledge payments

Once we’ve received all pledge payments we can start to move forward with some of the miniatures that have already been sculpted which includes master mould making and casting.

2 – Sculpting

This can always take a bit of time. We have a schedule, but at the same time we don’t want them to be rushed so that we can give our backers high quality miniatures.

3 – Mould making and casting

Our Master moulds and casting masters are all made in-house. We will be ordering enough materials in to be able to make all the necessary moulds as soon as the pledge money is in. However, this is affected by the previous step directly but shouldn’t take that long to complete. Once the masters have been cast they will go to the casters where a production mould will be made and the final metal parts will be cast. This is completely out of our control so if the casters have a lot of work on there may be some delays.

4 – Sorting

Once all the models have been cast up and returned we will start the process of sorting and bagging up the miniatures so that we can start the fulfilment process

5 – Fulfilment

This is the part where you guys can get excited as this means your rewards are going to be on their way to you soon. This can take some time so bear with us during this time.

These are the 5 main stages we anticipate that will hold back the completion of the miniature part of the project. There is a stretch goal of an art book in the project. If we achieve that goal too then this may take a little longer as the stories are not, at the time of writing this, completed and have tidying up to do and there is other artwork that needs to be tidied up and completed. The print run can take some time too depending on the printers work load, just like the miniature casting.

If we have unlocked the book stretch goal we will be aiming to have the book and miniatures ready to go at the same time, but if we are unable to we will ship out whichever part is finished first. All miniatures are completed, cast and sorted first? Then we send them out to our backers first, and vice versa.

Obviously none of these are things that we can predict, but we will keep all our backers advised of the progress as we go along.

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