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"Apocalyptic Upgrades: Viral Outbreak" is a themed collection of 28mm miniatures. These could be used for a number of things, like your own board game prototype, simply to paint and display or to replace wooden pawns found in some of your favorite games like Pandemic or Forbidden Island. 

Chad Hoverter of DMG Miniature Factory has created some beautiful and prominent sculptures for some of our favorite board games (Mice and Mystics, Cthulhu Pandemic Investigators, the recently funded VAST as well as the currently running Heroes of Land, Air & Sea). We are so very excited he has joined us to help create our line of themed miniature upgrade kits.

Hazmat - Thumbnail to Design to Sculpt
Hazmat - Thumbnail to Design to Sculpt

 

Researcher - Thumbnail to Design to Sculpt
Researcher - Thumbnail to Design to Sculpt

We sought out Jens Bengtsson, a talented artist in Sweden, to help us with our character design and illustration.

Thumbnails for the 7 miniatures in the BASE kit.
Thumbnails for the 7 miniatures in the BASE kit.

 

5 additional thumbnails, added in the 15 and 23 piece kits.
5 additional thumbnails, added in the 15 and 23 piece kits.

 

Hazmat Figure Design
Hazmat Figure Design

 

Researcher Figure Design
Researcher Figure Design

  

Early Illustration of the Computer Aided Dispatcher
Early Illustration of the Computer Aided Dispatcher

 

 

OUTBREAK LEVEL - 7 BASE characters include:  

  • Researcher
  • Hazmat Suit
  • Computer Aided Dispatcher
  • Planner
  • Scientist
  • Foreman
  • Medic

Also includes: 7 Uniquely colored Base Snaps

Add-ons

  • $4 to upgrade from 7 to 23 Base Snaps
  • $8 (or $12 for two) for a Base Snaps Pouch (Kickstarter Exclusive)

EPIDEMIC LEVEL - This kit includes all 7 Miniatures from the BASE Upgrade Kit, along with 8 additional unique miniatures (15 total unique). The intent of this kit is to provide you with a collection of roles that could be mixed and matched with a full set of 23 colored base snaps. We have carefully pulled together different types of characters across all roles, types and sexes to make this kit more versatile. In doing so, you should have more options when upgrading larger games and their expansions.

8 additional UNIQUE characters include:

  • Helicopter Pilot (Male)
  • Pantsuit (Female) 
  • Military Officer (Male) 
  • Field Operative (Female) 
  • Hooded Gas Mask (Unisex) 
  • Suit (Male) 
  • Field Doctor (Female) 
  • Surgeon (Male)

Also includes: 23 Uniquely colored Base Snaps

Add-ons

  • $8 (or $12 for two) for a Base Snaps Pouch (Kickstarter Exclusive)

PANDEMIC LEVEL - This kit includes all 15 miniatures from the MIX 'n MATCH Upgrade Kit, along with 8 additional unique miniatures (23 unique total). This is a large collection of 23 characters, designed and sculpted for our completionists out there.  

This kit should be enough to upgrade even the largest of your expansion collections!

8 additional UNIQUE characters include:

  • Hazmat Suit #2 (Male) 
  • Pharmacist (Male) 
  • Field Operative #2 (Male) 
  • Field Operative #3 (Female) 
  • Archival Technician (Male) 
  • Lab Technician #1 (Female) 
  • Lab Technician #2 (Male) 
  • Lab Technician #3 (Female)

Also includes: 23 Uniquely colored Base Snaps

Add-ons

  • $8 (or $12 for two) for a Base Snaps Pouch (Kickstarter Exclusive)

ADDITIONAL DETAILS & ADD-ONS

We understand not everyone is interested in miniatures, and do not intend to knock those who prefer wooden pawns or meeples. However, for the longest time we have wanted something like this for many of our favorite games. And, in discussing this with friends, family and other board game enthusiasts, we learned there were many others who felt the same. Should this campaign be successful, we can't wait to see what our own pieces would look like painted.

Painted example of one of Chad's pieces, from Plaid Hat Games Mice and Mystics.
Painted example of one of Chad's pieces, from Plaid Hat Games Mice and Mystics.

 

Sample Base Snaps. Not actual colors. Displayed figure not included.
Sample Base Snaps. Not actual colors. Displayed figure not included.

 

Miniatures size compared to a Quarter
Miniatures size compared to a Quarter

 

Kickstarter Exclusive - Base Snaps Pouch 1for $8 or 2for $12
Kickstarter Exclusive - Base Snaps Pouch 1for $8 or 2for $12

 

Shipping will be charged after the project.  Please do not add it to your pledge amount. 

Estimated shipping costs below.  

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Shipping to Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia and Japan ($8)

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  • Josh Morton (Co-Founder, Project Manager, www.joshmorton.net)
  • Evan Watson (Co-Founder, Operations)
  • Chad Hoverter (Contributing Sculptor, DMG Miniatures Factory)
  • Jens Bengtsson (Contributing Character Designer, Caconym Design) 

Josh has worked on many award winning video game franchises (most recently Sid Meier's Civilization and XCOM), and aims to collaborate with talented artists and designers to make unique, high quality Miniatures Upgrade Kits.

Special thanks to Bryan Norton (Not-So-Bored Games Logo Design) and Mark Alan Creative (Graphic Design) for their added contributions to the project.  

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

Pandemic™ is the trademark of Z-Man Games, Inc. Apocalyptic Upgrades is not associated with or sponsored by Z-Man Games, Inc.

Forbidden Island™ is the trademark of Gamewright and Ceaco, Inc. Apocalyptic Upgrades is not associated with or sponsored by Gamewright.

In the interest of obtaining the highest quality, designs may change slightly

Risks and challenges

We intend to continue to build upon this line up of Miniature Upgrades for various popular game themes. We currently have two of the twenty three sculpted figures, created as prototypes/proof-of-concept for this project. Once the campaign is complete we will immediately move to production. This will entail Jens creating 21 additional detailed sculpt designs and then Chad will sculpt those remaining 21 sculpts as well.

Chad Hoverter is a seasoned sculptor, who has worked on such products as Mice and Mystics, as well as the recent Cthulu Pandemic Board Game.

Our professional experience is in Project Management. Josh Morton (www.joshmorton.net) is a Video Game Producer who has worked with Electronic Arts, Sega of America and 2K Games on many projects over the past 12+ years. Most recently he has worked on such award winning franchises as Sid Meier's Civilization and XCOM. His job is to get things done and pulling this all together. He is the original founder of Not-So-Bored Games.

Evan Watson lives in China, just near the board game manufacturers. He will be communicating with them first hand, self inspecting for quality and managing fulfillment.

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