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The Icarus Project is a science fiction skirmish wargame, set over 700 years in the future.

Players take control of small groups of elite soldiers, called Strike Forces, as they try and accomplish a variety of objectives; such as assassinations, bomb disposals, or prisoner captures.

With a simple to learn core set of rules, you'll be up and playing in no time at all. While the advanced rules, special rules, and characters will give you tactical depth and a system that is easy to learn, but hard to master.

 How can you know whether the Icarus Project is right for you before you pledge? Download a full copy of our beta rules to try out here!

We want as many people to try out the rules as possible, so are offering the rules for free. The basic rules to the game will always free, but you can pledge as little as £1 to get a full PDF of the rule book at launch, including full background on the universe and races, as well as any elements we unlock for the rule book through stretch goals.

 Over the past year I have spent close to £6,000 of personal investment to develop the artwork, begin the sculpting process, and start to shape this world.

Kickstarter is an amazing platform that connects creators to supporters and gets projects started. I chose to use kickstarter so that we can all have the Icarus Project in 2016, rather than who knows when!

Without Kickstarter, I would continue to build the range and universe, but it would mean releasing 1-2 models a year rather than launching with two starter sets and a physical rulebook.

Using Kickstarter also increases exposure for the game and will hopefully get more people involved in the universe.

The Icarus Project is played using groups of finely detailed resin miniatures.

The Icarus Project miniatures are incredibly sharp and detailed pieces sculpted by the top talent in the industry.

We are committed to world class miniatures, and as you can see below, our miniatures are very faithful to the incredible concept art.

The Gunslinger Art and Render Comparison
The Gunslinger Art and Render Comparison

The resin we are using is premium quality; there won't be any of that hybrid material from China in sight!

We've already had a miniature made from this material, Gabriel Cross, and as you can see from the images below, the Quality is excellent.

Gabriel Cross; Our First Miniature
Gabriel Cross; Our First Miniature

Here's what people have been saying about Gabriel:

"Fantastic miniature!!

Very dynamic, definitely good, real, proportions. Everything fit perfectly with each part, so there is little to none work to do in the miniature. The material is very crisp, maintaining the detail excellent. Also, as a resin, it’s not brittle, so, very nice for a wargame miniature which could suffer on the tabletop."

"Absolutely amazing! The detail on this model is better than most others out there, and comes packaged very neat and tidy. This is by far the highest quality of model I have bought."


You can also read a detailed review on him here: http://bit.ly/1Nd5qQY

As you can see in the comparison above, the amazing details in our sculpts is perfectly carried over into the 3D print, and then the cast, giving you amazing quality miniatures just as detailed and crisp as their renders!


This kickstarter will fund the first two starter sets, along with the rule book for the Icarus Project.

The two starter sets, focusing on the Galactic Alliance of Humanity, (Alliance) and the Nexus Separatist Movement (Nexus) each have 6 miniatures in them.

Below are some of the renders for the contents of the starter sets. We haven't finished sculpting all the miniatures yet, so there's artwork for those who have not been sculpted:

 The Galactic Alliance of Humanity is the ruling body for most of mankind. A utilitarian behemoth, the Alliance has the largest military in the galaxy; more than 60% of its worlds have standing fleets constantly in orbit to defend them.

Quality of life in Alliance varies massively. The closer to the galactic center you are, the higher standard of living you're likely to enjoy - while those on the fringe live in poverty.

Many crucial industries in the Alliance, such as healthcare, transport, and energy are controlled by massive corporations, who don't operate in the poorer parts of space - where profits are lower - meaning people on the fringe are often forced to use outdated technology and substandard medicine.

Every copy of the Alliance starter set contains the following:

1x Gunslinger
1x Female Outrider Scout with Sniper Rifle
1x Male Trooper with LMG
2x Male Troopers With Assault Rifles in two unique poses
1x Female Trooper with Assault Rifle.

Lets take a close look at the characters you'll be getting:


You'll get a total of 4 troopers in the starter set: 2 x Male troopers with assault rifles (2 unique poses), 1 x female trooper, and 1 x male trooper with light machine gun. The arms and heads of the male troopers will all be interchangeable, and the arms and head of the female trooper will be compatible with the Outrider:

 The Nexus have been responsible for two galactic wars in their attempts to wipe humanity from the galactic stage. The Second Nexus War saw some of the largest battles in history, and resulted in the Council of Systems breaking apart and many of its members forming their own governments and claiming their own spaces.

The Nexus are brutal, and their culture is built upon strength and war. The weak do not survive in Nexus society.

Most Nexus are now members of the Nexus Separatist Movement, an independent faction led by the Butcher of Aros, General Varakos. the NSM are waging war across the galaxy, claiming new territories and raiding vessels small and large as they travel the stars.

Every copy of the Nexus starter set contains the following:

1x Nexus Assassin With Sniper Rifle.
2x Nexus Grunts with assault rifles in unique Poses.
2x Feral Nexus with pistol and knives in Unique Poses.
1x Nexus Brawler with axe and knives.

Lets take a close look at the characters you'll be getting:

Nexus Grunts - Showing off the different posing options
Nexus Grunts - Showing off the different posing options

 The Nexus Grunt. You'll get two of these in the set, one body in a standing pose, one body in a running pose, and two unique sets of arms and heads. The arms and heads are interchangeable, meaning you will have plenty of posing options.


 The Icarus Project is a 35mm wargame. Human miniatures are on average 35mm to the eye, or 38mm to the top of the head. In actual scale terms, this makes them 1/48 scale.

As you can see in the image above, they fit nicely with a variety of other science fiction games if you want to use them as proxies.

 Our miniatures will also have real variety in sizes when it comes to the aliens. Every miniature will not be the same size!

Once we have fleshed out the two starting factions, that's when we can start introducing some of the other races in the Icarus Project.

Races like:

The Praesidians, the oldest race in the galaxy, founders of the Council, builders of the Light Gates, and masters of foldspace travel.

Praesidian Warrior
Praesidian Warrior
Praesidian Spirit Warrior
Praesidian Spirit Warrior

The Ji'tar; one of the richest factions in the galaxy thanks to a rare metal found only in their territory. Even the smallest amounts of it added to regular armour creates far stronger material. This makes the Ji'tar military, though small, incredibly powerful.

Ji'tar Warrior
Ji'tar Warrior

Or the Mercenaries; Criminals and guns for hire that can be added to any strike force.

Spectre, a mercenary sniper.
Spectre, a mercenary sniper.
Kara Mariasha. An ex-Alliance soldier who was abandoned and is now seeking revenge.
Kara Mariasha. An ex-Alliance soldier who was abandoned and is now seeking revenge.

Shipping will be charged separately via Paypal after the Kickstarter, close to the shipping date, based on actual costs.

Calculating shipping this way is fairer to all backers, as some pledges will be much heavier than others. By not including shipping in the pledge level, it also means we can give you more stretch goal rewards!

Below is a table that breaks the world into several different zones and shows you the estimated cost of shipping the different pledge levels to these locations at today's prices and the base weights of the pledges. As we unlock stretch goals this may alter the prices, but I will post regular updates to the estimated costs of shipping as the campaign goes on so you can be as informed as possible. 

Please do not add any shipping costs to your pledge now, you'll be invoiced closer to the time of shipping for the costs of delivery.

The project will ship in April 2016, this includes a buffer to account for some delays. However, if we over-fund dramatically there will obviously be more miniatures to design and produce which could delay fulfillment, but that will mean there's more miniature goodness for you to enjoy!

Risks and challenges

The main risk facing this project is any delays caused by over funding.

I've worked with all the artists, sculptors, printers, and casters previously so am confident in not only their skills, but also their ability to deliver on time.

Production is taking place wholly within the UK meaning there are no long waits on product coming from China, and all the risks that go along with that.

Really, the only thing that can slow the fillfilment process down, outside of an "act of God", is if we fund well beyond expectations and therefor our partners have more units to design and produce. We've worked a reasonable buffer into the timeframe which should account for this, but it is always a risk.

WHAT IF THE PROJECT DOESN'T FUND?

The other main risk is that the project fails to raise it's funding. I think it's important to talk about this so you all know what will happen.

In short, it will not be the end of the Icarus Project. If we fail to meet our goal, development work will continue behind the scenes and we'll try to release individual models as and when we can.

If this happens, we will review what went wrong and what we can improve on, and we will return to Kickstarter in 2016.

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