NOTE: Some of you have asked whether it was possible to order one of each figure or one each of the figures with muskets. The answer is yes. I can customize your reward at any pledge level. All you have to do is choose a pledge that offers close to the number of figures you want. We can add on individual figures to any reward. For example, if you want a mix of 20 figures with muskets, pledge at the $65 level. If you want 22 figures, pledge at the $65 level for 20 figures and we can add the two extra figures later as add-ons. The cost per figure goes down with each higher pledge level, so I will prorate the add-on cost of any extra figures to match the pledge (the price drops as the pledge gets larger).
Our previous two Kickstarters successfully funded the Dwarf Musketeers and the Mounted Dwarf Musketeers. For our third Kickstarter, the Dwarf Musketeers prepare for battle, mustering over forty poses (not counting head variants) sculpted by the very talented John Pickford.
For this campaign, we are lowering our prices and including a bonus figure with every pack. Hopefully, this will help ease the exchange rate for our international backers. Our aim is to help you build units of dwarf musketeers, pikemen, and halberdiers for your Oldhammer, Dragon Rampant, or Kings of War armies.
This release includes core infantry, command figures, and two new Mounted Dwarf Musketeer poses. We even have some superb limited-edition figures rolled into some exciting stretch goals.
Though popularized as duelists and adventurers, the Dwarf Musketeers’ battlefield record was exceptional. From the Wars of Distemper and the H’Ogrenot Wars through the War of the Spinach Succession (also known as the War of the Halfling Succession), theirs was a chronicle of valor and victory. In times of war, the Dwarf Musketeers might even be seen fighting side-by-side with their arch rivals, the Cardinal’s Guard Ogres. In fact, the Cardinal himself, as General of France, frequently chose the Dwarf Musketeers as his Forlorn Hope, the brave few chosen to lead the attack, reinforce the battle line, or assault the defended position.
The core of this release is comprised of musketeers on the battlefield: advancing, at the ready, firing, and loading.
The firing line includes figures both kneeling and standing (although, to be truthful, with fantasy dwarves it is sometimes hard to tell which is which).
To fortify the musketeers’ line of battle, we have pike-armed dwarves standing, at the ready, and advancing. These poses complement the musketeers so you can model Pike-and-Shotte units as your army requires.
We also offer halberdiers in poses that complement both the pikemen and the musketeers.
All of these poses come with separate, interchangeable heads, so there are numerous modeling options for each pose.
The Regimental Command pack includes Officers that can be modeled as standard-bearers or troop captains, a Sergeant with halberd, and a Sergeant holding his separately cast spontoon or halberd horizontally so he can poke, prod, and otherwise push his soldiers into formation and keep the ranks aligned. We also added a Senior Officer and a Halfling Drummer to the list of Personalities.
Note that the Sergeant above is facing his troops. His proper role is to keep the ranks aligned, so he is holding his spontoon horizontally to push the pikemen into formation.
Finally, we have extended the range of mounted figures with a Mounted Picket holding a musket, a Mounted Escort with both hands on the reins, and a pack of four ponies with saddles and stirrups (for situations that require saddled ponies without riders).
Of course, it takes many figures to build units for a fantasy army. For this reason, we are providing bonus figures across the entire range. For each four-pack of figures you select as a premium, you will receive a fifth figure free.
The money from your pledge will cover production costs, including 18-20 production molds. Any remaining balance will go towards the next wave of the Dwarf Musketeer range, which we are currently calling Citizens, Lackeys, and Rogues.
ABOUT THE FIGURES
The Iron Mask Miniatures Forlorn Hope are 28mm white-metal figures scaled to complement the classic dwarves of the 1980s. They are supplied unpainted. Although designed for slotted bases, the figures are well balanced and with the tabs removed can be based on solid or multi-figure bases for use with Kings of War and other stand-based rules.
Most of the poses have separate heads. The fit of the head to the neck is accomplished through a kind of ball-joint fitting which lets you rotate or tilt the head to animate the figure. No pinning is needed. Figures that come with separate heads have a letter code identifying the head set appended to their catalogue number. For example, Pikemen Standing come with separate heads and so can be ordered by three different codes. By choosing FH11A, you get four heads with Plumed Cavalier Hats as shown below:
By choosing FH11B, you get four heads with Assorted Hats as shown below:
By choosing FH11C, you get four heads with Cavalier Hats and Bare Heads as shown here:
For the poses with separate hands, the hands are sculpted in gauntlets with a hollow cuff so you can fit the cuff onto the forearm and rotate it to the desired position before gluing. Again, no pinning is necessary. Like the heads, the hands are compatible across the entire range. Appropriate hands are included with all figures that require them. In addition, you can order additional hand sets to equip your figures with different weapons, various objects (such as tankards, a pistols, bombs, or torches), or even empty hands for expressing an attitude.
CHOOSING YOUR PLEDGE LEVEL
One of the fun things about projects like this is that the premiums for your pledge are the very figures you help bring into existence. The pledge levels for this Kickstarter campaign are straightforward. For each pledge level, you can select one or more packs of figures. In addition, for each pack you select as a premium for your pledge, I will include an additional figure from the same pack.
Of course, no arbitrary list of premiums works for everyone. Some of you may want different quantities or may want to build combined-arms forces of infantry and cavalry. For this reason, the complete range is available as add-on items. At the bottom of this page, you will find a list of Dwarf Musketeers on foot and mounted, additional hand sets, personalities, and Cardinal’s Guard Ogres (now available individually). ( If you don’t see the Add-On list, be sure you click “Show full project description” at the bottom of this page. It should appear just above “Risks and Challenges.”)
To customize your premiums:
- Select any pledge level as a starting point .
- Choose any additional premiums you desire from the catalogue listings below.
- Increase your pledge by the amount needed for the additional items.
Note that the bonus figures we are giving away with the Stretch Goals (fifteen figures in all) apply for the total amount pledged, not for the pledge level.
SHIPPING AND POSTAGE
While I can lower prices to help international backers with exchange rates, there is not much I can do about postage and customs fees. To give you an idea of postage rates, the cost of a small flat rate box is $6.80 to US addresses, $24.95 to Canada, and $30.95 worldwide. (For a medium flat rate box, the fees are $13.95, $45.95, and $66.95 respectively.) A small flat-rate box holds 8-10 packs of infantry (although there is a five-pound limit for international parcels. A medium flat-rate box holds a great deal more. Flat-rate postage is not always the best deal for you, but I think it is fair to say that the flat rates represent the most you would have to pay for shipping.
I am not including postage as part of your pledge. Instead, I will contact each of you when your premiums are ready to ship and ask you to pay actual postage via PayPal. (You do not need a PayPal account to do this, just a credit card.) At that time, I will also advise international backers on the declared value of their premiums so you’ll know what to expect when your package is held hostage by your mail service. I am also happy to work with you on shipping alternatives. For example, rather than shipping a large order in one package, it may be less expensive for you to pay postage on two or more smaller parcels and avoid duties on each because of a lower declared value per parcel. For customs purposes, premiums will be valued at the replacement cost of the metal.
PRESENTING THE FORLORN HOPE...
The firelock musket is the mainstay of the Dwarf Musketeer Forlorn Hope. It was a long, heavy weapon, usually supported and steadied by the use of a musket rest.
FH01A/B/C Forlorn Hope Firing I
This group includes three poses, two kneeling and one standing (x2). All of the firing poses have the left hand gripping the musket rest. FH01B (with Assorted Hats) is shown above.
FH02A/B/C Forlorn Hope Firing II
This pack includes two poses, one kneeling (x2) and one standing (x2). These poses are similar to FH01 but the musket rest is angled further forward. This is mainly to add variety and interest to the firing line. Note, however, that the extra distance between the figure and the musket rest requires a 25mm or larger base. Alternatively, you can clip off the tabs and base the figures on deeper multi-figure bases such as used for Kings of War. FH02A (with Plumed Cavalier Hats) is shown above is based on 1” hexes.
FH03A/B/C Forlorn Hope at the Ready
This set includes three poses ready to fire, two kneeling and one standing (x2). FH03A (with Plumed Cavalier Hats) is shown above.
FH04A/B/C Forlorn Hope Loading
This group includes three poses, two priming the pan and one ramming shot (x2). The figures come with separately cast musket rests. FH01A (with Plumed Cavalier Hats) is shown above.
FH05A/B/C Forlorn Hope Advancing I
Four different poses advancing with musket and musket rest. FH05B (with Assorted Hats) is shown above.
FH06A/B/C Forlorn Hope Advancing II
This set consists of one pose advancing (x4). In addition to separate heads, these figures have separate hands, the left holding a musket rests and the right holding muskets in different positions. This versatile pose lets you add variety to your advancing unit. The set includes hand set DMH8 Muskets and Accessories. The figures can also be modeled with rapiers, pistols, command accessories, and other hands from any of the nine current hand sets. FH01A (with Plumed Cavalier Hats) is shown above.
FH07A/B/C Forlorn Hope Standing
This group consists of one pose standing (x4). FH01C Hats and bare heads is shown above.
FH08 Veteran Firelock Company
The Veteran Firelock Company is a firing line with ten different poses converted from FH01, FH03, FH04, and FH07. These figures all have longer hair and full beards in the manner of traditional fantasy dwarves. They have integral heads so the hair and beard could be properly sculpted to flow with the pose and costume. This set can be used as a unit or the figures can be mixed in with other figures to add variety and interest to your firing line.
The Stretch Goals (see below) for this Kickstarter campaign are organized around the Veteran Firelock Company. Each Stretch Goal achieved means one or more free figures for you. If we achieve all of our goals, and depending on your pledge level, you can get all fifteen figures, including four limited-edition castings, at no additional cost.
Unsupported musketeers could be vulnerable to attack from cavalry or heavy infantry, so you might want to reinforce the firing line with steadfast pikes.
FH11A/B/C Pikemen Standing
This pack has one pose standing (x4). FH11C (with Cavalier Hats and Bare Heads) is shown above.
FH12A/B/C Pikemen At the Ready
This set consists of one pose at-the-ready (x4). FH12A (with Plumed Cavalier Hats) is shown above (modeled with the heads turned to the left). FH12C (with Assorted Hats) is shown below (modeled with the heads facing front).
FH13A/B/C Pikemen Advancing
This group consists of one pose advancing (x4). FH01B (with Assorted Hats) is shown above.
In the absence of other distinctions of rank in a musket or pike unit, the halberd would identify the bearer as an officer or sergeant. However, by the time of the War of the Spinach Succession, the more manageable halberd began to replace the unwieldy pike altogether.
FH14A/B/C Halberdier Standing
This pack consists of one pose at attention (x4). FH14A (with Plumed Cavalier Hats) is shown above.
FH15A/B/C Halberdier At the Ready
This set consists of one pose at the ready (x4). As with the FH12 Pike at the Ready, these figures can be modeled with the head facing forward or turned to the left. FH15B (with Assorted Hats) is shown above.
FH16A/B/C Halberdier Advancing
This group has one pose advancing (x4). FH16C (with Cavalier Hats and bare heads) shown above.
FH20A/B/C Regimental Command
The Regimental Command pack includes 2 Officers/Ensigns, a Sergeant, and a Halberdier. The officers can be modeled as standard bearers and as troop captains with spontoon. The sergeant can be modeled holding a halberd or a spontoon in a horizontal position to keep his troops aligned. The halberdier is from FH14 Halberdier Standing. The officers shown above use heads from FH20A, FH20B, and FH20C. Note that while this pack includes the hand set DMH9 Command and Accessories, the officers shown above also use hands from the DMH4 Pistols and Empty Hands and DMH5 and DMH6 Special Hands hand sets.
SC12 Senior Officer
The Senior Officer is supplied with a right-hand spontoon and an empty left hand (either pointing, open, or making a fist -- randomly selected) as seen on the figure on the left, above. The other figures use hands from the DMH1 and DMH2 Rapiers and Daggers and DMH5 and DMH6 Special Hands hand sets.
SC12 Halfling Drummer
The brave halfling drummer is a single-piece casting.
5. NEW MOUNTED FIGURES
The previous release of Mounted Dwarf Musketeers included active battle poses that could be equipped with heavy rapiers or pistols. These new poses are less belligerent, although they could be equipped for battle or used as a second line in a combat formation.
MDM5A/B/C Mounted Pickets
The Mounted Pickets set includes right hands with muskets held in various positions. They can be used as mounted infantry or as musket armed guards or escorts. The figures can also be modeled with hands from any of the other hand sets, such as the figure below modeled with a rapier.
MDM6A/B/C Mounted Escorts
The Mounted Escorts are sculpted with both hands on the reins. This a simple riding pose suitable for march columns, escorts, or mounted command. They can also be mixed in with a battle formation or used as a second rank.
DMP2 Saddled Ponies
These saddled ponies are not for use with the Mounted Dwarf Musketeer riders (which have saddle and stirrups sculpted on). Their primary use is to serve as waiting mounts for dismounted riders.
The next Iron Mask Miniatures Dwarf Musketeer release, Citzens, Lackeys, and Rogues, will feature dwarf duelists in citizen dress and more personalities to complete the Three Musketeers theme. The inspiration for the citizen costumes will be Rembrandt’s Night Watch. (It’s not every miniature company that can claim Rembrandt as a concept artist). Personalities will include M. Treville, the Dwarf of Buckingham, a mounted version of Planchet, and mounted and dismounted versions of the lackeys Bazin, Grimaud, and Mosqueton. The swashbuckling rogues will include Alatriste, Cyrano, and La Maupin. If time and money allow, we will also produce mounted versions of the Senior Officer, the Officer/Ensign, and the halfling drummer. Following our usual practice, John Pickford will do the sculpting based on concept art by Colin Upton.
The stretch goals for this Kickstarter are planned around an expanded version of the Veteran Firelock Company. If all of the Stretch Goals are achieved, higher pledge levels will receive a complete 15-dwarf at no additional cost. Each figure will be different. This unit will be comprised of the FH08 Veteran Firelock Company, an SC13 Halfling Drummer, plus four limited-edition, uncatalogued figures: a Veteran Sergeant, a Veteran Officer/Ensign, and two marksmen.
Stretch Goal #1: $8500
If the $8500 goal is reached, all backers who have pledged $50 or more will receive the SC13 Halfling Drummer as a bonus.
Stretch Goal #2: $9000
If we reach $9000, all backers who have pledged $50 or more will receive the limited-edition Veteran Sergeant as a bonus. He is a single-piece casting limited to 250 copies and will be supplied with separately cast spontoon and halberd.
Stretch Goal #3: $9500
If we reach $9500, all backers who have pledged $100 or more will receive the limited-edition Veteran Officer/Ensign.
The Veteran Officer/Ensign has separate hands and will be supplied with standard pole, spontoon, and a selection of options for his left hand. He will be limited to 250 copies.
Stretch Goal #4: $11000
If we reach $11000, all backers who have pledged $150 or more will receive two limited-edition marksmen.
Marksman 1 is blowing out the pan of his musket. Marksman 2 is resting his cheek on his musket as he takes aim. These poses could not be achieved with separate heads so they are single-piece castings. These uncatalogued figures will be limited to 250 copies each.
Stretch Goal #5: $12000
If we reach this goal, all backers who have pledged $200 or more will receive five bonus figures comprising the Veteran Firelock Company front rank.
Stretch Goal #6: $14000
If $14000 is reached, all backers who pledged $200 or more will receive a further five bonus figures comprising the Veteran Firelock Company second rank.
To save time and space, I have not included images of the range here, but you can see the painted samples by scrolling through our previous Kickstarters (Iron Mask Miniatures Dwarf Musketeers and Mounted Dwarf Musketeers) or by visiting the Catalog Page on the Iron Mask Miniatures blog. You can also refer to the Collecting John Pickford Wiki for a breakdown of the package contents for each catalogue number.
Risks and challenges
There are no significant risks. As you can see from the images for this campaign, I prefer not to seek funding without "proof of lead": the sculpting is done, the masters are cast, and actual painted precasts are available for your review. (The painted figures on this page are the work of master painters Steve Dake and Terry Matheny.) Making the production molds, casting, sorting, packaging, and shipping will take 4-6 weeks, so your premiums should start shipping well before the end of the year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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