The model is sculpted in 32mm scale and the Chieftain is a big goblin, as befits his rank. The total height of the rider and mount is 60mm and the kit comes in 13 pieces (there will also be a set of alternate arms for the mount if the 'bird of prey' stretch goal is passed).
The Chieftain has been designed to sit in your fantasy army of choice or take pride of place in a display cabinet. With the latter option in mind, Mr Zak has poured many hours of work and every last drop of his sculpting skill into this model. The result is something quite awesome! From the intricate detailing on the armour to the rider's evil sneering face, from the folds and textures of the mount's powerful musculature to the tiniest bird skull trophies, this is a model I have no hesitation in calling a masterpiece.
I will calculate shipping costs after the Kickstarter and if you back at Chieftain you will need to pay for it through the post-campaign BackerKit. This will ensure you are charged correctly for the pledge you purchase, no matter what add-ons you choose, and it allows me to offer additional tracked shipping options if that is desired by backers.
I estimate that shipping will be around £4 to the UK, £5 to Europe and £6 to the rest of the world.
Backers are guaranteed to get the Goblin Chieftain shipped to them at least two months before it goes on its limited availability general release (except for those choosing the Painted reward).
If the campaign is particularly successful the Goblin Chieftain will never get a general release (see the 'Kickstarter club' Stretch Goal) so this will be the only place to purchase it!
Why make a new range?
I'm a passionate hobbyist and I love collecting cool miniatures. That's why I started Infamy and I'm proud of what has been achieved since then. Developing the game and alternate London of The Big Smoke has resulted in an awesome range of steampunk models... but I've started to crave an opportunity to explore other genres and styles.
The One Shots let me try something different. Some future models may be related to the steampunk world and characters of The Big Smoke but this is a chance to get more creative, explore other genres and push into new territory.
It is my hope that the models will find their way into the hands of collectors all over the world and I'm excited to see what the amazing painters and converters out there will do with them!
How does the limited edition part work?
Once the One Shots go on general release they will only be available in a limited number and once that stock is gone there will never be another chance to get a copy.
Didn't you just finish a Kickstarter? Why do another one?
I did indeed and I have no desire to spend a load of time fulfilling another campaign. That's why this campaign has been structured very differently and if this wasn't the best way to get the One Shots range started I wouldn't be doing it!
The Big Smoke Kickstarter I ran previously was a huge project and I reinvested every bit of money back into that range. That leaves me with the need for a quick injection of funds to produce this model and another Kickstarter is the best way to raise that!
What are the benefits for backers?
The main benefit is that the campaign gives you the chance to get in early and grab the first One Shot model before it goes on general release.
By backing the campaign you guarantee that One Shot Number One will be shipped to you at least two months before I put it on general sale. Should the campaign be particularly successful the Goblin Chieftain will never go on general sale - this Kickstarter will be the only place that you can get it!
If you back at the Insiders level you can even become a part of the design process on the next One Shot releases.
When is the general release for these models?
I intend to release a new One Shot every two or three months, starting at least two months after this campaign's Chieftain pledges have been shipped to backers.
The Goblin Chieftain will be the first One Shot on sale unless the 'Kickstarter Club' Stretch Goal is unlocked. If that happens the Chieftain will never get a general release and One Shot Number Two (whatever that may be) will be the first general released model for the range.
This means backers will get the models way ahead of anyone else.
Are there any other plans for the One Shot range?
I'm glad you asked! Yes, there will be extra benefits added to One Shot shipments, such as extra freebies, previews and vouchers. There will also be a painting competition for each One Shot model.
How will the painting competition work?
I'll give more details when the range is properly launched but here are the basics! The closing date will be twelve weeks after the One Shot model goes on general sale. The model can be painted however entrants want, it can be converted, added to a scene with other models, whatever gets your creative juices flowing. All you have to do is make and paint a cool entry, take some photographs and send them to me. After the submission deadline a team of judges will go through the images and pick our favourites to make a top three. These will win some funky prizes. The launch of each new One Shot will bring about a new competition.
While running my previous Kickstarter campaign I saw that backers wanted to know what was going on at all times. With that in mind I will be running this campaign with full transparency. This means that as a backer you need never fear that you will be left in the dark or that I will go silent.
I will, of course, post updates throughout the running of the campaign when it is relevant. Beyond that I will make a fixed schedule for updates during the fulfilment period (that includes the running of the BackerKit, the production period and shipping) and stick to it. In every update I will let backers know what is on schedule and if anything is moving ahead or falling behind. It may mean that there's not a lot to say in some posts but at least you'll know things are still on track!
Risks and challenges
I have run my own Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/infamyminis/infamy-welcome-to-the-big-smoke) and project managed or advised on other campaigns. This experience made me aware of the many and varied pitfalls that can hit a crowdfunding campaign, especially during the fulfilment period.
This One-Shots campaign has been constructed with these learning experiences in mind. The previous Infamy campaign grew into something far beyond my expectations and that made it more challenging to fulfil. This project is a simpler and tighter creation to drive things successfully to the May 2016 fulfilment date.
● The rewards are restricted to a small number of core elements and there is a clear outline of when backers should expect to get them.
● Production is ready to go and a casting slot is booked. I have prepared in advance for any stretch goal items that may be unlocked and kept their number to a minimum. Production is ready to begin on any required stretch goal items at the start of 2016.
● Full transparency will ensure backers are informed of every stage of the fulfilment process. At the start of 2016 I will provide the production plan, lock-off dates and a schedule of when campaign updates will be posted. This guarantees backers will know what progress to expect and when I will report on it. Backers will know of any problems, delays or advanced progress pretty much as soon as I do through the regular updates!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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