About this project
How you think about gaming miniatures is about to change
Hand of Glory is a new type of gaming miniature with a very cool twist: each Hand of Glory figure and accessory is magnetized using tiny rare-earth magnets. This means for the first time, you will be able to change your character on the fly. This will literally change the game!
Since everything in the Hand of Glory line is magnetized, your character can swap out weapons and items to use whatever your adventure calls for. Since all accessories work with all figures, you can easily customize your character’s loadout and pick up new items along your journey. You can level up your character, swap weapons with allies, and steal items from foes. Use Hand of Glory to tell your own story.
This project is inspired by open-world RPG video games, such as Skyrim and The Witcher (which, of course are based on D&D and other classic tabletop RPGs!). In the video game world, we love collecting and trading weapons, customizing loadouts for specific battles, managing inventory, experimenting with powerful dual-wielded weapon combinations, and searching for unique items along the way. We're super excited to bring this open-world video game feel back to tabletop gaming!
Modularity and magnetism
Hand of Glory puts a new spin on traditional gaming miniatures. To achieve maximum modularity, Hand of Glory uses our proprietary rare-earth magnet system. First, Neodymium rare-earth magnets are installed into the figure’s arms. Then, magnetic steel plugs are installed into each accessory. This way, the polarity of the magnet does not matter, and the magnetism is just right: strong yet easy to swap while you play.
High-detailed cast pewter
All of our highly detailed characters and accessories are cast in the US from the finest lead-free pewter and are easily paintable. Since the figures and items are cast separately, we can create unique character poses and highly ornate accessories that are not always possible with traditional miniature castings. The separated items also allow for easier painting.
There are 9 Heroes in this first collection, and 2 add-on figures. They are Heroic scale (32mm) and range in size from 25mm to 40mm. Each figure is made from pewter (unpainted) and includes a 25mm slotted base and rare-earth magnets to install into the arms.
Each highly detailed pewter accessory universally fits on ALL of the figures. In our first line, we are offering 3 different weapon and item series, and a handful of add-on items. There are swords, axes, shields, warhammers, magical items, potions, crossbows, torches, and even a dragon familiar! We have over 100 unique items, and all of them can be used by ANY of the figures.
- The Basic Pledge includes Series 1 weapons & items (15 total accessories)
- The Advanced Pledge includes BOTH Series 1 and Series 2 weapons & items (45 total accessories)
- The Heroic and Legendary Pledges include ALL THREE Series (over 105 total accessories!)
*Each figure includes a 25mm base and rare-earth magnets, and each accessory set includes magnetic steel plugs. Figures and accessories come unpainted and unassembled and require just a bit of superglue to install. Each shipment will include a tool to help with installation.
We need your help to spread the word about Hand of Glory, and the more we raise, the more stuff you will get for your pledge! Help unlock all of the free extras and additional add-on options by sharing HoG on social media, your favorite gaming forum, Reddit, etc.
Hand of Glory kits include everything you need to build your arsenal. Each pewter figure includes a plastic 25mm base, and rare-earth magnets to install into the arms. Each pewter accessory includes a steel plug to install into the hand (the direction of the magnet and steel plug does not matter during installation). Each shipment will also include a tool to help with installation.
We worked very hard to ensure that the parts are accurate and very simple and fun to assemble. They require only a small amount of superglue (we recommend using superglue gel!).
Hand of Glory is made to be universally modular, which means that ALL current and future weapons and items will work with ALL current and future figures, and that will ALWAYS be the case! If we’re successful, we have lots of additional figures, weapons, and items in mind for future expansions, and we’d love to explore creating a game that incorporates the unique swappability of the HoG figures. Let us know in the comments what you’d like to see for version 2!
Select which reward tier you would like and follow the pledge instructions. After the campaign we will send you a survey to get your Hero choices and your shipping information, and collect shipping payment (see below).
Add-On Figures and Add-On Items
The Legendary Pledge includes all add-ons for free but to purchase add-on figures or add-on items a la carte, just total the amount and add it to your pledge. You will also have the option to purchase add-on figures, add-on items, and duplicate Heroes and weapon sets after the campaign.
A note about shipping
The price of shipping is not included in the pledge, we will collect shipping after the campaign through a pledge manager. Hand of Glory kits can be shipped to anywhere in the world.
Current pricing estimates are:
USA: $3 - $5
CANADA: $11 - $15
EUROPE: $12 - $18
REST OF WORLD: $15 - $20
(At this point we plan on shipping everything from the US and cannot be responsible for any customs or VAT fees. This policy could be adjusted based on the success of the campaign.)
The HoG team is Jason Bakutis and Matt Kroner. They are part of the team that created Fire & Bone, which has run several super-successful Kickstarter campaigns and sold thousands of tiny skulls to customers and prestigious museum stores all over the world. (You may notice a few F&B skulls in this collection!)
Jason is a former FX makeup artist and has many film credits to his name. He also has worked for many years as a professional sculptor, which he does both by hand and digitally. He designed and created all the creatures and miniatures for the infamous "Zelda's Adventure" in the 90s. He has tons of experience with casting and with many kinds of production and manufacturing. Jason also has a line of miniature horror dioramas called MicroFear.
Matt is a graduate of the Industrial Design program at the University of Cincinnati. He is an expert in designing products for manufacturing using rapid prototyping technologies like 3D printing, and he has used his skills as a designer in the toy industry.
Risks and challenges
We know there can be production challenges associated with any manufacturing project (delays, equipment failure, etc.), so we have built relationships with two separate foundries to fulfill orders. We have contingency plans in other locations, just in case.
Another unique challenge for us is that this project requires specific tolerances so that the rare-earth magnets and magnetic steel plugs can be installed by the user. We have worked very hard to create excellent proof of concept prototypes (and final molds in some cases) that meet all the specifications that are required. There is always a risk of quality issues arising with larger scale production, so we will be sure to stay on top of this during the manufacturing phase.
As many people have discovered, 3D design, creating molds from 3D prints, and metal casting all require expertise. We are veteran users of these technologies and have worked in many high-stress situations to develop high-quality product lines, and we’re excited to bring the HoG line to life.
*Please note that finalized pieces may require changes from what is shown for this campaign in order to meet quality and production requirements.
*Hand of Glory model kits are NOT TOYS and are not intended to be used by children. They contain very small parts and magnets and should be kept away from children and pets at all times.
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