Creature Caster is the new miniatures company from Jeremy Glen, award-winning sculptor and former owner of Ultraforge Miniatures. Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 11, 2014.
About this project
My name is Jeremy Glen. I started this campaign in order to kickstart my new miniatures company, called Creature Caster. I am rewarding my backers with discounted prices, beautiful models, bundle deals, free gifts, plus some really special Kickstarter exclusive parts for your models.
My professional experience includes sculpting for film and television. I have freelance sculpted dozens of wargame miniatures over the past 6 years. Upon finishing school I have become experienced in modern tools such as CG modelling and 3D printing.
I am also the original founder and sculptor for Ultraforge Miniatures, a small and successful miniatures company. This gained me valuable experience in the fields of manufacturing, retail and fulfilment.
Creature Caster miniatures are large, detailed resin-cast models. They are very well suited for painting, war gaming and display.
My style is grounded in realism, with a strong emphasis on anatomy and balance. I prefer my sculptures to have a clear silhouette, a balanced hierarchy-of-shape, and look great from every angle.
The surface detail is carefully designed to look great when painted by a beginner, after a simple basecoat, ink and drybrush.
Quality printing and casting is absolutely essential. I have the experience, knowledge and passion to make Creature Caster the Cadillac of model kits.
In order to bring a CG sculpture into reality I require 3D printing. I am experienced in sourcing out 3D printing that is normally reserved for dental and jewellery applications. This specialized process can create a print which is completely free of any build evidence such as graininess or stepping.
Our final 3D prints become the mold masters, which are then hand-cast in a solid grey resin. This material beautifully locks in every detail, while adding durability and a nice weight.
My models are carefully designed, very detailed... and big! Creature Caster makes huge models while maintaining playability and cohesiveness with the other units on the battlefield.
These are the kinds of models that turn heads from across the room and have people asking "what is that?"
I always stand my models on a small footprint. Demons are 50 x 50mm, dragons are 50mm x 75mm. The models are very well balanced, with their weight evenly distributed throughout the length of the model. This makes them very stable and playable on the tabletop.
The 28mm figure pictured above is from Arcane Factories, an emerging company that makes beautiful miniatures. Click here to visit their Facebook page.
Each model is still a work in progress and is subject to change. After the campaign is complete, there will be a final phase of sculpting to apply fan feedback and to further hone these models.
Click on the pictures below to visit creaturecaster.com, where you will find even more pictures, 360 turnarounds of the CG models, and detailed descriptions on the design of each creature.
The Treewalker is the first of the Creature Caster walkers. In the future we able to add the Swampwalker, Stonewalker, Steelwalker, Bonewalker, Steamwalker, etc. She will be in a standing pose. I am still developing the final pose and need to choose between a few options for her Kickstarter exclusive parts, so get involved in the conversation in the comments section, on the forums and on our Facebook page.
The challenge with Spider Demon was to create a creature with the appearance of an elf goddess who fell into darkness. Her design is inspired by the biomechanical renderings of HR Giger. Spider Demon is a balancing act between monster and maiden, with her skin transitioning from hard to soft. While these juxtapositions make for a very dynamic sculpt, it was the choice to subtly blend these elements and introduce grace into the model that finally brought her to life.
The Spider Demon is evolving into a beautiful beast. Her mouth in the video above has been re-sculpted into a more sly expression. This was prompted by fan interaction, and was documented in this Youtube vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBkonmC3q8E
Inspired by the song "Angel of Death", here is the Plague Angel. This is another attempt at using a new silhouette with the classic plague theme. This model also makes use of one of the pre-campaign speedsculpt busts. This model represents a lot of anatomy knowledge with this plague ridden physique. It is actually a lot of fun to sculpt this stuff and the Plague Angel is a joy to work on. We feel this model will absolutely steal the show when on the tabletop.
I am very pleased to introduce Mr.Maggot to the campaign. This was a model that was developed in the pre campaign in an effort to provide a unique silhouette to the plague theme. This pole scythe is a living weapon, with a luminous beacon on the end, similar to what you might find on an angler fish. This helps lure mortals which are food for the ever ravenous hive.
This model is a work in progress and is subject to minor changes.
Warrior Demon is our take on the "big angry demon" archetype, but we wanted to develop something unique. We knew that he would be a berserker, wearing no metal armor. His "demorganic" (demon + organic) armor instead grows from the inside out, protruding through his skin from his calcified and warped skeleton. These armored areas take on the shapes of skulls, which are all of them tortured and twisted together. He attacks with his bone sword/axe hybrid. This demon looks great both with and without his wings, and his kit provides the pieces for you to choose either option
The challenge we had with Pincer Demon was to create a creature with four arms, and then to legitimize his anatomy with a musculature that is as closely grounded in reality as we could achieve. To add to this challenge, we decided to put him in a very dynamic and asymmetrical pose, in order to add energy and agility to this complicated physique. Finally, he had to look good from every angle, as well as having a balanced weight. Pincer Demon proved to be an immense design challenge. We are very satisfied with the results and we are proud to share them with you.
Vulture Demon's nature is that of constant turmoil and anguish. To
represent this, his skin crawls with an ever changing collection of
eyes, scales, teeth and horns. His skin tears and stretches open to show
further layers of torn and stretched skin. These elements could cause a
miniature to appear cluttered and unfocused. We went to great lengths
to make sure that Vulture Demon's anatomy and silhouette was strong
enough to hold all of these elements together. To juxtapose this war
that rages across his skin, Vulture Demon's expression is that of
The Vulture Demon just recently got an overhaul on his wings. Each feather is now extremely detailed. You can see these changes on the Vulture Demon's most recent renders on creaturecaster.com
The challenge we set out for ourselves with Emperor Dragon was twofold. First, we wanted to create the biggest dragon that we could fit onto a 50mm by 75mm footprint and have him perfectly balanced and playable as a wargame miniature. His heavy rock base provides the perfect counterweight to keep the miniature stable on the battlefield. Second, we wanted to make the character of Emperor Dragon that of the most ancient and venerable of dragons. His expression and scale texture is unique to a creature who has existed through many winters and many wars.
Emperor Dragon comes with a howdah, allowing you to use your own miniatures to represent the rider, and also comes with a saddle if you prefer to model your dragon riders in a seated position. The countersunk recess on his back is 20mm by 20mm.
In terms of age, we wanted Mountain Dragon to feel like a younger and more sinister dragon than Emperor Dragon. He is the more impulsive and ambitious of the two. We wanted Mountain Dragon to slither over his perch in a way that felt malevolent and sneaky. We set about the ambitious task to make his scales extremely detailed and lifelike. The frequency and size of his scales are based on a great deal of research, and we are glad to share the results of our hard work.
Mountain Dragon comes with a howdah, allowing you to use your own miniatures to represent the rider, and also comes with a saddle if you prefer to model your dragon riders in a seated position. The countersunk recess on his back is 20mm by 20mm.
The Zombie Dragon is an absolute playground of undead textures! Still to come are the Zombie Dragon Kickstarter exclusive parts, so stay tuned for those.
Zombie Dragon comes with a howdah, allowing you to use your own miniatures to represent the rider, and also comes with a saddle if you prefer to model your dragon riders in a seated position. The countersunk recess on his back is 20mm by 20mm.
Everyone knows that we love to sculpt both demons and dragons. The Possessed Dragon allows us the chance to combine these two themes in one model. We get a chance to include some warped skin that is featured on models like the Vulture Demon. We also get to use the size and epic stature of the Emperor Dragon. This model is both nightmare-fuel and dream-come-true :)
The Possessed Dragon comes with a howdah, allowing you to use your own miniatures to represent the rider, and also comes with a saddle if you prefer to model your dragon riders in a seated position.
It is important to note that the countersunk recess on the Possessed Dragon's back is 25mm by 25mm. On the other dragons this recess is 20mm by 20mm. The 25mm size was brought about from asking our focus group what the optimal size would be, and we chose to respect the consensus opinion.
A small company often must use their own starting capital to develop a new miniature and bring it to market, and then use the profits from that miniature to fund the development of the next. This is a slow process, and it is one of the main drawbacks of being a small company.
Kickstarter crowd funding will allow Creature Caster to bring an entire catalog of miniatures to market at once. I can then offer a wider variety of models in a shorter amount of time. I can also offer bundled shipping due to the customer being able to select and order several models at once.
Following in the footsteps of the most successful Kickstarters over the last 2 years, we will use a post-campaign pledge manager in order to give you a fair and accurate shipping quote. On top of this, we will be stocking multiple global warehouses, ensuring even greater savings on your shipping.
After the campaign is complete, and some time has passes to review and process each payment, we will send you a link to our PLEDGE MANAGER. You can let us know what you have pledged towards and where you would like your package shipped.
Once the models are finished being made we will then stock the warehouse closest to you. You will then receive a bill asking for the amount needed to ship your models the remaining distance to your point of delivery. This method saves you money, and will never have you paying an inflated or padded shipping cost.
Our fulfilment service allows us to ship from hubs in key places all around the world. We should even be able to have you avoid playing the European VAT, among other inflated shipping and duty charges. You are not paying for a ship that starts on other side of the world. You are paying for a ship that embarks as close to you as possible.
I understand that there might be a fear due to the uncertainly of knowing your exact shipping charge before making a pledge. You can have confidence knowing that we will make every possible effort to make sure that your shipping fee is fair and reasonable, so pledge with confidence.
For my Australian brothers and sisters: We promise to do everything within our power to make your shipping fair and less painful for you. We are looking into warehouses and distribution in Australia. We will keep you informed thru the entire post-campaign up until we ship.
Once we get all of our models cast and boxed in the workshop, we will be able to give you a much better idea of the weight involved with the shipment, and this will help when determining the shipping fee you can expect to pay.
Risks and challenges
There is the unlikely possibility that circumstances beyond our control, such as a fire or flood, could destroy a model or cause a shipment to be lost. There is also the unlikely event that a master model is lost or destroyed in transit to our manufacturers.
In the unlikely event a master model goes missing or is destroyed, we can 3D print a new one. If a manufactured model goes missing or is destroyed, we can create another cast of the model.
All of the shipments between the manufacturers, distributors and ourselves are insured and are tracked. We take every precaution to ensure that your pledge is fulfilled.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The checkout process in Kickstarter does not allow us to use Paypal as a payment option.
If Paypal is your only means of payment, then just calculate your order on paper and double check your math. At the end of the campaign I will post the link to the pledge manager on the Kickstater page.
The pledge manager DOES allow Paypal as a payment option. Use the pledge manager to make your pledge and then choose Paypal as your payment option.
Do the unlocked exclusive parts replace the original parts or are they included in addition to the original parts?
They are included in addition to the parts in the kit. If there is an exclusive sword that was unlocked for your model, your model will ship with both the original sword plus the exclusive one.
With Kickstarter, you can pick only one pledge level. This is how you pick more models:
- First, pick your starter pledge level for the first model (bronze, silver, gold or a bundle)
- then look at the "optional extras" list. Go ahead and choose which models you want
- then add up the pledge plus the optional extras. This is the number you put as your total pledge amount.
After the campaign is finished, and three weeks has gone by to process all payments, you will be notified of and use the Pledge Manager to confirm the models that you have pledged towards.
Can you walk me thru the process of actually shipping my model, and when exactly I pay for shipping?
- After the campaign is completed, and three weeks has gone by to process all payments, you will be notified of and use the Pledge Manager, confirming the things you pledged towards, and you will confirm your address.
- You will also use the pledge manager to keep in touch in case you wish to change your mailing address, etc.
- One your models are finished being manufactured, they will be sent to the warehouse closest to where you live.
- We will then get a quote on how much the package costs to send to your point of delivery. We will at that time send you a bill for payment to cover the shipping cost, with lots of convenient payment methods.
- Once that payment is clear, we will send your package.
This process is fair, easy, and you will never have to pay a dime more for shipping than you need to.
Do I need to make a pledge in order to be able to finish my pledge with Paypal in the Pledge Manager after the campaign has finished?
No, you can do your entire pledge in the Pledge Manager without taking part in the Kickstarter.
The Pledge Manager will launch after a full three weeks has gone by, after the campaign ends. This is in order to allow Amazon to confirm all of the payments that have been made in the campaign. This is very common with large campaigns that use a Pledge Manager.
Can I add funds ot the Pledge Manager and increase the size of my pledge? Does this allow for free models to be unlocked?
Yes, the Pledge Manager will allow you to add finds with Credit Card and Paypal. You can then add models to your pledge. You will also be eligible fore free gifts. The exact same rules apply in the Pledge Manager that apply in the campaign itself.
At $1000 you get three models.
- $700 CAD gets you a BRONZE
- $850 CAD gets you an additional model, either BRONZE OR SILVER
- $1000 CAD gets you another additional model, either BRONZE, SILVER or GOLD.
Pledge $1 or more
- SUPPORT. Choose this option to make a donation and help support our new company. Receive every update and stay in touch as the campaign progresses. This pledge level does not allow you you to choose from the OPTIONAL EXTRAS but it does unlock FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $65 or more
150 backers All gone!
- BRONZE LEVEL EARLY BIRD! - Receive one model listed at the BRONZE LEVEL + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
- BRONZE LEVEL - Receive one model listed at the BRONZE LEVEL + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $85 or more
149 backers Limited (1 left of 150)
- SILVER LEVEL EARLY BIRD - Receive one model listed at the SILVER LEVEL + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $95 or more
- SILVER LEVEL - Receive one model listed at the SILVER LEVEL + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $140 or more
149 backers Limited (1 left of 150)
- GOLD LEVEL EARLY BIRD- Receive one model listed at the GOLD LEVEL + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $160 or more
- GOLD LEVEL - Receive one model listed at the GOLD LEVEL + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $315 or more
- DEMON BUNDLE - Receive one of each of the following models: Spider, Warrior, Pincer, and Vulture Demon + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $485 or more
- INFERNAL BUNDLE - Receive the following models: 1 BRONZE LEVEL model + 5 SILVER LEVEL models + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $555 or more
- DRAGON BUNDLE - Receive the following models: 4 GOLD LEVEL models + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $585 or more
- CREATURE BUNDLE - Receive one of each of the following models: Spider, Warrior, Pincer, and Vulture Demon + Emperor and Mountain Dragon + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $980 or more
- GAMER BUNDLE - Receive the following models: 1 BRONZE LEVEL model + 4 SILVER LEVEL models + 4 GOLD LEVEL models + 1 Painting Buddha DVD + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,130 or more
- EPIC BUNDLE - Receive the following models: 2 BRONZE LEVEL models + 5 SILVER LEVEL models + 4 GOLD LEVEL models + 1 Painting Buddha DVD + applicable exclusive parts + unlock OPTIONAL EXTRAS + receive FREE GIFTS.Estimated delivery:
- (22 days)