'Bright Traveller; in exchange for several of those cumbersome shiny metal discs, I would dearly love to deliver to you, this modest initial collection of my delightful (subjective, true), finely hand-wrought (for now), pewter 28mm+ scale miniature figurines. ..
It is my ardent desire that they shall provide you with welcome respite and diversion, from your ceaseless, perilous adventuring....'
I (The ToyMaker's Paltry Puppet) am a weary (still sharp-eyed) occupational miniatures sculptor .. for a long list of manufacturers stretching back to another century*..
By supporting this, my 'first expeditionary kickstarter', you'll be helping me reach my long-held, distant-horizon goal of initialising a little range of my own miniatures, which I hope you will enjoy collecting, painting, and gaming with, very much :}
I've observed many KickStarters over the years (it's an incredible platform for those with creative tendencies), and have myself sought the advice of some wise Kickstarter wizards, for this one..
'Prithee cast a discerning eye over my works (and do not despair)
Allow me to present to you, two initial opposing factions , all denizens of the mysterious Isle of Midblight, each comprising 5 individual, finely wrought characters.. Summoned at considerable cost (to my hopeless host) .. '
Sculpted the traditional way, with ..unnatural epoxy putty ingredients, finally made 'shiny & pewter' by Petyr the Blacksmith (@TheMouldmaker)...
Nimbly clicking on these images will save you reaching for the magnifying lense..
For the purposes of this initial Kickstarter (and so as not to overwhelm my anxious servant), things will be .. simples and streamlined.
Pledge A:'Dolph's Dworvolk Poaching Party' : comprising 5 heroic (perhaps in a couple of instances having peaked some years ago), traditionally cast pewter miniatures:
Pledge B: 'Ma Grita's Malevolent Brood' : comprising 5 fiendish raiders (emerging like dark shadows from haunted vales beyond The River Riddle ..source undiscovered), traditionally cast pewter miniatures:
Pledge C: Both 'Gangs'
Availing yourself of both 'charming troupes' will save you a good few coins..though 'that annoying clinking sound' could draw unwanted attention when out adventuring, perhaps best be rid of them swiftly, brave traveller..?
Pledge D: 'Crown of Pewter'
2x copies of each of the finely wrought miniatures..
'Alas, I cannot dance and caper for you (though a fool)... long years at this dark desk have left me stooped and inflexible, still.. my talons are nimble enough... the eyes still sharp..... perhaps, I could summon a few more companions for you?'
A few modest Stretch Goals will allow me to flesh out this small range, and make things a little more interesting, for both you and I, bright traveller..
Should these creatures 'unlock', lighten your heavy burden by adding the corresponding amount to your initial pledge...
I'll be mailing your rewards as small parcels, using a reliable service, ensuring the miniatures arrive as intended.
These are estimates (should be about right), and will be charged to you prior to delivery, when the Kickstarter campaign is over..
~ Assembly Notes ~
The minis will be supplied with standard slotta bases, flying bases where appropriate (for Malbert.. at least for one of those Bog Haggis, should they glide over).
The models range from 'easy assembly' (attach a backpack/ attach a head) to 'a little skill required' for Dolph and Grita (though several of their accessories are optional)..
~Scale Shots ~
About the ... 'Author'
I, 'The Toymaker's Paltry Puppet' am an obscure miniatures designer of little consequence...
In this.. TTG realm... I've sculpted quite a few figurines, for numerous companies, with varying degrees of .. success (someone has to conjure and replace all the monsters you intrepid adventurers so enjoy dispatching)? Let me list a few, see if I can remember the chronology?
* GamesWorkshop, Harlequin Miniatures, Privateer Press, SabretoothGames, Mongoose Miniatures, Heresy Miniatures, Otherworld Miniatures, Wyrd Miniatures, Four A Miniatures, Reaper Miniatures, Fractured Dimensions, Cauldron Born Miniatures, Morgue Miniatures, Mortal Arrow Miniatures, Bad Squiddo Games, Antediluvian Miniatures..Dark Fable Miniatures .... probably a few ommited there (that looks like a lot of miniatures... perhaps I should have gone with 'Midblight Models' in retrospect)..
- Quite a few still being sold 15 or so years after being summoned (so they can't be all that bad, right?).
Midblight Miniatures is a bit of a 'creative vent' for me.. a chance to stretch my imagination a little, and come up with some charming (or grotesque) characters all of my own. I've sketchbooks (I favour the ones from The Works) full of ..interesting ideas..
I do genuinely hope you like the models (all 'artists' enjoy a little comforting pat on the head now and again).
Wishing you sharp eyes, nimble fingers, and rewarding adventures..
- My thanks to Pete Brown (@TheMouldmaker) for making the minis 'shiny and pewter', my good friends Sam (in particular), Aidan (helped select the title),Dill (for supplying a nice desk, came in handy :} ), Tommo & Woolie for giving me a bit of a required-push..
John Robertson offered encouragement earlier in the year (2019..I only clambered aboard the social media cart quite recently; all the kind 'virtual pats on the head' are much appreciated), EnterprisingAnnieNorman of @BadSquiddoGames for giving me a signal boost and further insight, and Tim-Daniel Jonker of @Ouroboros Miniatures for being a shadowy advisor on KickStarter protocol (highly recommended by Joshua Slater of @CauldronBornMiniatures)..
Finally, thanks to you for taking a look at (and I hope supporting) my bright carvings ..they'll doubtless look better when you've coaxed them to life with a dab of paint!
Miniatures are never really finished until painted and based .. :}
'Misadventures in cursed Feysbeck'
Risks and challenges
The miniatures have been master-cast.. I'm fit (healthy, anyway) ..barring lightning bolts from angry gods, I foresee no issues.
- Importantly; I'm an occupational miniatures sculptor, I'd very much like to expand this range further, & I'm well aware that should I fail to deliver (or if you're displeased with the product), you will be (quite reasonably) reluctant to support Midblight Miniatures in future.
- I really do want backers to be happy with the miniatures, and the bargain struck..
- (14 days)