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Our 3D Printing Experimental Program.

We have been experimenting to find the best materials and printer for the job. We had determined that high resolution resins are the best material to produce high quality creatures, but the start up cost was high and that is why our earlier attempt failed.  In this kickstarter we are reducing the number of models and using a newly developed Nylon 3D printer product.  The resolution is a bit lower (barely detectable); the texture is different; the cost of material is much lower: BUT they are much stronger and we have a low start up cost.

Sprue of 12 stage3 Legionnaire Alien Bugs
Sprue of 12 stage3 Legionnaire Alien Bugs
Sprue of Stage 2 Soldier Alien Bugs
Sprue of Stage 2 Soldier Alien Bugs

Four stages of Legionnaire Bugs with  28mm British Minis (by RAFM).  Bugs have been had primer paint applied to make them easier to photograph.
Four stages of Legionnaire Bugs with 28mm British Minis (by RAFM). Bugs have been had primer paint applied to make them easier to photograph.

HIVE QUEEN and COUNTRY

Oh Son's of England; for the first time since the Armada was driven from our shores an enemy has invaded our homeland. The Nation is in peril!The Enemy is most foul. However, we shall persevere; we shall avenge the Duke of Cambridge and Exeter.Arise Son's of England; the enemy is there and we shall drive the vermin from our sacred shores!

Welcome to the Hive, Queen and Country universe as envisioned by Terry Sofian and the members of the Hivequeen Yahoo! group.  Hive, Queen and Country is set in a modified   Victorian history  with a number of “conceits”; technologies that are added to increase the excitement of an already fascinating era.  Changes include economically viable space travel to Luna, Mars and Venus, as well as widespread heavy life air flight. The new worlds of the solar system are not lifeless orbs but are spheres populated with strange and dangerous life. A race of aliens inhabits Mars and has used enslaved humans to terraform that world, Venus is also home to transplanted Earthers.  And in 1892 giant "BUGS" invade England in Devonshire. Thus in this universe "Tommy" will not only face Zulus and Dervishes, but alien invaders and exotic creatures on Venus and Mars.  Luckily for our "Tommy" weapons technology is advancing rapidly under the influence of alien technology and the pressure to defend the homeland. 

Why do we need your support?In July 2013 we formed Rosa Miniatures and Games to develop miniatures for the Hive Queen and Country universe using the latest technology 3D printing.This technology provide more details and permits overhanging parts, thus you will receive "bugs" of exceptional quality. Since the Hive Queen and Country universe is played as both a table top war-game (Hive and the Flame) and as a role-playing game (Stars of Empire), our miniature line for this game will be produced in both 15mm and 25mm. At this time we need your help to move for development into production.

THE HIVE

When The Hive broke out into Devon and Cornwall in the spring of 1891 it was a threat of unknown nature and capabilities. In parallel with direct military efforts designed to contain and destroy the aliens scientists worked to study and understand them. Initially humans were able to dissect the remains of individual Hive animals and make observations about their physiology. Increased contact with the aliens brought additional data about their life cycles, both of the individual workers, warriors, queens and kings and the Hive super-organism itself. Through the entire Hive War the aliens continuously bred new warriors of increasing size and capabilities, the ability to identify these new castes became critical. Like a human society the Hive is far more than the sum of its parts and the behavior of the entire colony is what in the final analysis made the Hive such a deadly opponent.

Like terrestrial social insects the members of the Hive are divided into castes, groups whose bodies are designed to fulfill certain functions within the Hive structure. The Queen herself, and her King are members of the reproductive caste. The vast majority of Hive individuals are workers and these perform a variety of functions, from building the Hive to caring for eggs and the Queen to harvesting, growing or transporting resources. The Hive is defended and territory gained by the warrior caste; the warriors; are designed to fight the enemies of the Hive and bring them back as food.  Drones are needed to control workers and warriors, without these individuals other Hive members do not cooperate effectively. 

Renderings of bugs
Renderings of bugs

The worker and warrior castes are further subdivided. The worker caste consists of many types from nursemaids, to diggers to tumblebugs. The warriors are by far the most individually specialized. There are almost twenty known types of warriors in several different sub-castes. Each type has different functions and each deserves to be described on their own.

Drone (rendering)
Drone (rendering)

The warrior caste has a large number of sub-castes. The following sub-castes have been identified: Lancers, Soldier,  Legionaries, and Shooters. Within each sub-caste there are four growth stages: sizes of warrior from the numerous minors to the rare but terrifying super-majors. Each sub-caste has its own tactical role to play on the battlefield. 

Legionaries are the most generalized of the warrior castes and are often used as scouts. They slash their enemies with mantis like appendages causing gaping wounds. 


Stages of the Alien Legionnaire Bug (miniatures have had primer paint applied)
Stages of the Alien Legionnaire Bug (miniatures have had primer paint applied)
Side view of Legionnaire Bugs (primer paint applied)
Side view of Legionnaire Bugs (primer paint applied)
New photo by pro
New photo by pro

Soldiers have enlarged heads with powerful mandibles. Even the smallest of these Creatures can remove a limb with a single bite. 

Four stages of Soldier Bugs (primer paint applied)
Four stages of Soldier Bugs (primer paint applied)
New photo by pro (who laughed at my poor camera's focal length)
New photo by pro (who laughed at my poor camera's focal length)

Side view of Soldier Bugs (primer paint applied)
Side view of Soldier Bugs (primer paint applied)

Lancers are fast moving and hard hitting. They strike quickly, charging across open fields or from ambush. 


New photo of lancer family
New photo of lancer family

In Hive Queen and Country Flying Lancer are the "air force" of alien invaders.  This rendering is our latest model which we hope to test print shortly. 

Renderig of the Flying Lancer
Renderig of the Flying Lancer

Shooters are the most exotic of the warriors and the only ones that can operate without the control of a drone. They are biological volley guns, cannons, rockets or bombs. Medium and smaller shooters use the power of compressed air to launch volleys of quills. The Shooter Major and super major produce chemicals within their bodies that when mixed fire heavy projectiles from a tube on their abdomen.

Renderings of Shooters:  not scaled
Renderings of Shooters: not scaled

Workers:  PICKERS and HAULERS

Every hive has a wide variety of worker bugs that collect food and maintain the hive. The Hauler is a the Bug-Truck moving resources where ever directed: . It is often encounters outside the hive.  The Picker is a general worker which was named by humans because the often encounter it collecting (picking) food. 

Rendering of Pickers and Haulers
Rendering of Pickers and Haulers

The KILLERS are the fifth warrior class we designed, but we are having issues with printing these as the tentacles that rise off the abdomen are rather fragile.  This is the reason we have not yet added them to this Kickstarter: we do send out bad models.  The experiments continue.    

Renderings of Killer Warrior Caste
Renderings of Killer Warrior Caste

What Rules Can I use?

What game system cannot use giant insectiods? These high quality miniatures can be used with any game system.  Of course we do think our rules are the best, but then again we are a little bit bias.

Stars of Empire (by Terry Sofian)

 Stars of Empire is a hard science science fiction role playing game in which the Victorian Powers have discovered space flight and are striking out across the vast darkness of interplanetary space. As they explore frontiers on Earth, Luna, Mars and Venus, they encounter transplanted populations of humans, ancient and terrible alien races, and ferocious exotic beasts. Until 1892 each considered the other Great Powers to be their biggest rivals. It was in that year The Hive broke free in Devon and threatened more than just the balance of power on Earth. The Hive put the very existence of mankind at stake.  

The Victorian in Our Time Line was a period of exploration and scientific achievement, military conflict and colonial conquest and social upheaval. In Stars of Empire aerial and space travel have been cleverly grafted into this historical fabric. Players will be able to interact on not only Earth but other worlds as well.   Mars is home to a race of ancient aliens, powerful dangerous and unpredictable to the minds of men. Their true powers and purposes are shrouded in mystery. It is know that for many thousands of years they have harvested humans from Earth for use as slaves. With this human workforce Mars has been transformed from a lifeless rock into a tropical greenhouse of a world. Venus, beneath its thick atmosphere is a strange mix of dark basalt plains and humid cloud forests.

Stars of Empire is a stand alone game book. It contains the core role playing rules, and a detailed and dangerous universe setting. Rules include character generation, combat and detailed sections allowing characters to develop engineering projects, scientific theories or inventions.

Hive and the Flame (by Terry Sofian)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION GAME SUPPLEMENT 2011! as voted by the membership of The Miniatures Page.

In The Hive and the Flame, alien invaders meet the thin red line of the British army. Using the well-tested Sword and the Flame British colonial game engine and Eight Hundred Fighting Englishmen's mechanics for larger scale battles, The Hive and The Flame brings in the alien arthropods from Terry Sofian's Hive, Queen and Country setting.

Advanced Victorian technology, backed up by the guts of rough British Tommies, faces off against giant arthropods armed with claws and mandibles. Even Zulus and Dervishes can't match the selfless devotion these creatures show to the Hive. Can the humans, with their science and courage, match biological killing machines bred to cleanse a planet of all life? Steam-powered airships and land machines help to even the contest between the alien invaders and the soft, physically weak humans, who are badly outnumbered by the rapidly breeding creatures.

Larry Brom's original and inventive rules are smoothly integrated with both the alien menace and steampunk technology. Rules and background are included for numerous insectoid invaders, as well as many new weapons and technologies for the Imperial defenders.

The Sword and The Flame and/or Eight Hundred Fighting Englishmen is required to use this product.

For more information on the Hive-Queen and Country Universe see:http://hivequeenandcountry.com/home/

Other Rules (Adaptability):

What game system cannot use giant insectiods? These high quality miniatures can be used with any game system. Our Steam Land-ships and human troops can be used with any Victorian Sci-fi game. Of course we do think our rules are the best, but then again we are a little bit bias.

Investment Plans and Breakdown.

The breakdown on your investment will roughly be 30% towards material cost;  30%to recover artist fees and R&D, 20% shipping and 10% overhead (Kickstarter & Amazon fees). As we reach stretch goal percentage of funding will be shift towards increasing more R&D. We anticipate a delivery date in early December 2019, this time is based on the printer schedule and packaging time. 

Stretch Goals

Our stretched goal are designed to expand the play options, by expanding the diversity of the bugs with additional caste.  As we reach a stretch goal you will receive the additional rewards starting with Tier 1.  Each reward will provide items free of charge to the respective tiers.

600   Bug "Lancer" will be unlocked.

Starter: We will provide a "Lancer" miniature of stage 1 and 2 miniatures (2 miniatures).

Horde: We will provide a half sprue of Lancer miniature of stage 1 and 2 miniatures.(12 miniatures).

King:  We will provide a half sprue of Lancer of miniatures of stage 1, 2  and 3 miniatures.(18 miniatures).

Hive Queen:  We will provide a half sprue of your choice of miniature of stage 1, 2  and 3 miniatures and a sprue stage 4.  (24 miniatures).

750 Bug "Shooters" will be unlocked.

Starter: We will provide a "Shooter" miniature of stage 1 and 2 miniatures (2 miniatures).

Horde: We will provide a half sprue of Shooter of miniature of stage 1 and 2 miniatures.(12 miniatures).

King:  We will provide a half sprue of Shooter of miniature of stage 1, 2  and 3 miniatures.(18 miniatures).

Hive Queen:  We will provide a sprue of your choice of Hauler or a Flying Lancer  (24 miniatures). 

1000 Bug "Workers and Flying Lancer" will be unlocked.

Starter: We will provide your choice of a Hauler or a Flying Lancer (1 miniatures).

Horde: We will provide a half sprue of Hauler or a Flying Lancer(6 miniatures).

King:  We will provide a half sprue of both Hauler or a Flying Lancer(12 miniatures).

Hive Queen:  We will provide a half sprue of your choice of miniature of stage 1, 2  and 3 miniatures and a sprue stage 4.  (24 miniatures). 

1500  FIVE New Poses will be unlocked.  Our backers will choose five bugs to repose, the new poses will be added to bug sprues to increase diversity in your collection. 

2000 TEN New Poses will be unlocked.  The number of poses selected by our backers will be increased to ten:  new poses will be added to bug sprues to increase diversity in your collection. 

2500 FIFTEEN New Poses will be unlocked.  The number of poses selected by our backers will be increased to ten:  new poses will be added to bug sprues to increase diversity in your collection. 

3000 TWENTY New Poses will be unlocked.  The number of poses selected by our backers will be increased to ten:  new poses will be added to bug sprues to increase diversity in your collection. 


CREDITS:

Terry Sofian:  author of Hive Queen and Country

Adler Romero: artist the designed converted our art work into 3D models

Risks and challenges

Our greatest challenge at this point is going to be clean and package the miniatures quickly. 3D printers offer superior detail, but are fairly slow. So if we have exceptionally high campaign we could face delays. But since we have tested all but the "Shooters" using the Nylon printing process, we are confident that there will be few issues with the models. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality and I hope that our supporters will not be disappointed.

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    Horde (Soldiers)

    This reward level allows one to field four units of Soldier bugs. You will receive twelve Stage1, twelve Stage 2, twelve stage 3, six Stage 4 and eight drone models. A total of 50 miniatures and includes first class postage in the USA.

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    Horde (Legionnaire)

    This reward level allows one to field four units of Legionnaire bugs. You will receive twelve Stage1, twelve Stage 2, twelve stage 3, six Stage 4 and eight drone models. A total of 50 miniatures and includes first class postage in the USA.

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    Horde (Lord)

    With is level of support you will be able to field a proper horde with both soldiers and legionnaires. Your bugs will eat you way though the country side. You will receive twenty-four Stage1, twenty-four Stage 2, twenty-four stage 3, twelve Stage 4 and sixteen drone models. A total of 100 miniatures and includes first class postage in the USA.

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    The KING's Guard

    It is good to be the KING: you command your offspring to victory over the pesky locals ensuring you kind will dominate the planet. You will receive forty-eight Stage1, forty-eight Stage 2, forty-eight stage 3, twenty-four Stage 4 and thirty-two drone models. A total of 200 miniatures and includes first class postage in the USA.

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    • Sprue of Stage 2 (media) soldier bugs
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    The HIVE Queen's Brood

    The Hive Queen rules the hive. Her brood goes forth to conquer a new world. This support level will help support expanding our line of bugs and includes all the bugs we intend to develop in this Kickstarter. The Lancer and Shooter bugs will be issued in a limited edition if they are not unlocked during the campaign. You will receive eight-eight Stage1, eight-eight Stage 2,eight-eight stage 3, thirty Stage 4 and thirty-two drone models. A total of 352 miniatures and includes first class postage in the USA.

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    • Sprue of stage 1 (minor) soldier bugs
    • Sprue of stage 3 (major) soldier bugs
    • Sprue of Stage 2 (media) soldier bugs
    • Sprue of stage 4 (super-major) legionnaire bugs
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    • Sprue of stage 1 (minor) legionnaire bugs
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    • Sprue of stage 2 (media) Lancers
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    • Sprue of stage 1 (minor) shooters
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