Privateer Press was founded by artists with a great love for fantasy and science-fiction artwork. The worlds they created and the games that grew out of them have always been driven by a passion for visual creation. The very first book Privateer published—Book I of the Witchfire Trilogy: The Longest Night—received the EN World gold awards for Best Interior and Best Cover artwork for an RPG product for the year it released, establishing the company as a visionary creative studio.
After nearly 20 years and literally thousands of illustrations later, the images that have adorned the games and novels of Privateer Press will be collected into a long-anticipated beautiful art book, sure to become a favored gem among any art lover’s library…but only if this project funds by January 25th.
Pledge at any Art Lover or Curator tier
The Art of Privateer Press will be an 8 1/2˝ x 11˝ hardback book (dimensions are approximate and may vary slightly), printed in portrait orientation on 80# glossy paper with a spot varnish finish on the cover. A foreword penned by Privateer’s founding owner and Chief Creative Officer, Matt Wilson, will describe Privateer’s history and approach to visual creation. And every backer of The Art of Privateer Press will have their name listed in the book’s dedication, because if it were not for the fans of Privateer’s worlds and stories, the games wouldn’t exist, and neither will this book.
Between the foreword and the dedication will be wall-to-wall illustrations featuring the best images from all of Privateer’s worlds and games, including the Iron Kingdoms, WARMACHINE, HORDES, Monsterpocalypse, Level 7, the Skull Island eXpeditions fiction, and more.
The book will be a minimum of 144 pages in length, but how big it gets is up to you. Privateer’s art archives contain enough images to fill an entire shelf of books, and we want to get as many of them into this tome as possible. At select stretch goals, we’ll add more pages to the book with more tantalizing artwork from acclaimed artists such as Andrea Uderzo, Susan Luo, Svetlin Velinov, Johan Grenier, Néstor Ossandón, and many, many more talented individuals who have contributed to Privateer’s artwork over the years. But how big it can get will only be up to our backers…and the limits of physical reality.
To push those limits, we’ve created some exciting rewards for your wall as well as for your tabletop. And if we get far enough, we might just inspire the creation of some new original artwork.
We have wanted to produce an art book showcasing the illustrations of Privateer Press for many years and we know many players of Privateer's games have desired this as well. Our primary business, though, is making games, and the distribution network and retail stores where our products are sold do not typically move art books at a volume that would warrant the expense and effort that goes into producing one. So, we shied away from it for a long time, unsure of how best to approach it. Kickstarter gives us an opportunity to determine if the demand for this book is real by engaging with the actual people who want it, and based on how the project funds, we'll be able to tailor the scope of the book and produce the best possible publication within the constraints of a known budget.
In addition to the titular reward motivating this project, we have a spectrum of reward tiers and offerings to inspire your pledge, some that will be available from the start of this campaign and others that will be unlocked as Add-Ons as we progress through our Stretch Goals. While this project is focused on the illustrations of Privateer Press, Privateer is also well known for is its miniatures, so we’ve made sure to include something in that arena to appeal to everyone. We also have a variety of prints for any budget and the potential for additional volumes containing even more artwork from Privateer Press.
Pledge at any Eye Candy, Art Lover or Curator tier
We know that some potential backers live in parts of the world that may be prohibitively expensive to ship a weighty art tome to. If that describes you, or if you just like having digital copies of your print publications, we will be producing The Art of Privateer Press as a downloadable PDF. All reward tiers will receive a digital copy of The Art of Privateer Press.
Pledge at any tier with “FULL METAL” in the title or ADD-ON for $17
Riot Quest is an upcoming miniatures game set in the Iron Kingdoms that we’ll share a lot more about in the coming months. However, we wanted to offer something new and exciting for backers of The Art of Privateer Press, and we determined that the Iron Maiden character was a perfect fit. Her original artwork was featured in the Monsternomicon way back in 2002. As you can see from the original pen & ink artwork, there was just no way she was ever going to be producible as a miniature with all those blades and talons, which is why she’s not made it to the tabletop yet. So, she was reinterpreted for Riot Quest in a fashion that could, in fact, be made into a miniature. And while Riot Quest will be a stand-alone game, all of the miniatures in it will be compatible with WARMACHINE and HORDES, so backers of a reward tier including the Iron Maiden will be able to put her on the tabletop well before she’s released next year.
In WARMACHINE, the Iron Maiden is a slicing, dicing, tornado of blades. Best of all, she’s a mercenary that can be put into any army…and she’d kill to work for you! (Check out her stat card below.)
Another reason we wanted to include a miniature as part of our reward offerings is because we know it can be a long wait for Kickstarters to deliver, and we really wanted to offer something you could put your hands on sooner than later. We anticipate shipping the Iron Maiden by May of 2019 (Note: domestic U.S. shipping is included in the pledge, additional shipping will be charged for international orders after the campaign. See Shipping Section for full details.)
The 30mm scale Iron Maiden will be hand-cast in metal by Privateer’s expert miniatures artisans and is supplied unpainted and unassembled with a plastic base. Also included will be this character's Riot Quest stat card and Riot Gear card.
Pledge at THE CURATOR or the FULL METAL CURATOR level or ADD-ON for $200
Adorn your wall with one of these gorgeous 32˝ x 24˝ canvas art prints featuring your choice of images from the gallery below. Image choice will be made in the post-campaign pledge manager. Domestic U.S. shipping for the canvas print is included in this pledge and will ship by April 12, 2019. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of shipping such a large parcel, the canvas prints are only available in the United States, Canada and UK where we can print and ship from facilities within those countries. (Please see Shipping Section for full details.)
If you're looking to have a specific image put on a print that you don't see in the gallery below, send us a message and we may be able to add it as an option. The final list of available prints will be posted in an update before the end of the campaign, and selections will be made in the pledge manager.
We have a plethora of stretch goals planned for this project. Some will be added to specific reward tiers for free once we reach the funding goal. Others will open up Add-On rewards for anyone pledging at a tier with physical rewards.
(SOCIAL Stretch Goal) — ADDED TO EVERY REWARD TIER AS THEY ARE OPENED
For every 250 backers at the Eye Candy level or higher, we’ll put up four pieces of artwork in a backer poll to let you determine which one will get turned into the next desktop wallpaper which we'll post for download as quickly as we can get them made!
Go here to download the desktop wallpapers chosen by our backer polls so far: http://privateerpress.com/wallpapers
(SOCIAL Stretch Goal) — ADDED TO EVERY REWARD TIER when this project has been shared through Facebook and Twitter 1,000 times each!
Help us share this project through Facebook and Twitter to get a first look at Privateer's next tabletop foray, Riot Quest, debuting fall of 2019. Be among the first to see the outrageous and over-the-top character designs for this bombastic reinterpretation of the Iron Kingdoms in a digital sketchbook featuring the concept artwork for the upcoming miniatures.
(SOCIAL Stretch Goal) — ADDED TO EVERY REWARD TIER when we reach 2,000 backers on this project!
Experience the visual development of the Level 7 property through the concept designs and illustrations done for its many board game and expansion expressions in this digital sketchbook.
(Stretch Goal) — ADDED TO EVERY REWARD TIER when funding reaches $65k
The next faction to charge onto the WARMACHINE & HORDES tabletop will be the Infernals, making their entrance next summer. This stretch goal will unlock a digital sketchbook of the concept artwork for the characters and creatures that will make up this hellish faction.
(Stretch Goal) — ADDED TO EVERY REWARD TIER when funding reaches $75k
Witness the origin of the Monsterpocalypse in this digital sketchbook featuring concept artwork from the original and new editions of Monsterpocalypse. (Digital download only)
(Stretch Goal) — ADDED TO EVERY REWARD TIER when funding reaches $85k, $115k and $140k
If we reach $85,000 in funding, we will add 18 more pages to The Art of Privateer Press (print and digital books) for a total of 162 pages. At $115,000, we'll be able to add 22 more pages for a total of 184 pages. And at $140,000 we can add 24 more pages for a whopping 208 page book. The higher our funding goes, the more pages we can add to the book, and the more artwork we can feature in it.
(Stretch Goal) (Print & Digital) — ADD-ON to any reward tier with physical rewards for $15 when funding reaches $95k
See where the miniatures begin in this sketchbook featuring the best of the concept art from 15 years of WARMACHINE miniatures design. Printed in Black & White. Includes a downloadable digital copy of the sketchbook as well. (Note: additional shipping will be charged for international orders after the campaign. See Shipping Section for full details, below.)
(Stretch Goal) — ADD-ON to any reward tier for $7 when funding reaches $95k
See where the miniatures begin in this sketchbook featuring the best of the concept art from 15 years of WARMACHINE miniatures design. (Digital download only)
(Stretch Goal) — ADD-ON to any reward tier with physical rewards for $15 when funding reaches $125k
See where the miniatures begin in this sketchbook featuring the best of the concept art from 12 years of HORDES miniatures design. Printed in Black & White. Includes a downloadable digital copy of the sketchbook as well. (Note: additional shipping will be charged for international orders after the campaign. See Shipping Section for full details, below.)
(Stretch Goal) — ADD-ON to any reward tier for $7 when funding reaches $125k
See where the miniatures begin in this sketchbook featuring the best of the concept art from 12 years of HORDES miniatures design. (Digital download only)
(Stretch Goal) — ADDED TO EVERY REWARD TIER when funding reaches $175k
If this project's funding reaches $175,000, we'll create an all new, original piece of artwork to grace the cover! As the backers of this project, you'll be able to help determine the subject matter for the new artwork through several rounds of polling.
(Stretch Goal)SIGNED ORIGINAL COVER ART PRINT— ADD-ON to any reward tier with physical rewards for $25 when funding reaches $175k
With this one, you'll have to roll the dice a little bit, as the new artwork won't be created until after the campaign closes. But you know we won't lead you wrong! If we hit the stretch goal that triggers the creation of the new artwork, we'll produce a special, limited edition print that will only ever be made available to the backers of this project. (Note: domestic U.S. shipping included in the pledge. Additional shipping will be charged after the campaign for international orders. See Shipping Section for full details, below.)
The European Union, USA, Canada, and Australia will be “Shipping Friendly.” Backers from these countries will not pay import taxes.Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter has completed, based on actual costs to ship the rewards. We will collect your shipping information through our pledge manager once the campaign ends. Below is a list of rough estimates for shipping the three different reward tiers available through this campaign. These estimates are based on current shipping rates and the fulfillment fees of our regional fulfillment service partners. We will do everything in our power to keep shipping costs as low as possible, but costs could vary at the time shipping will be charged. (All shipping cost estimates below in U.S. dollars.)
The Art of Privateer Press (Book)
- United States $4-6
- Canada $12-20
- Australia $14-20
- New Zealand $16-20
- United Kingdom $11-15
- Germany $11-15
- Austria $14-18
- Europe (EU Only) $15-20
- Europe (non-EU) $15-25
- China, Hong Kong, Macao $10-12
- Other Asia* $15-20
- REST OF WORLD $18-25
* Other Asia includes: Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, & Thailand
J.A.I.M.s (Iron Maiden) Miniature
- United States $0
- Canada $3
- Australia $10
- New Zealand $10
- United Kingdom $2
- Germany $2
- Austria $2
- Europe (EU Only) $2
- Europe (non-EU) $5
- China, Hong Kong, Macao $9-10
- Other Asia* $10-12
- REST OF WORLD $13-18
* Other Asia includes: Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, & Thailand
Canvas Print (Only available in the United States, Canada and UK)
- United States $0
- Canada $10
- United Kingdom $10
Cover Art Print
- United States $0
- Rest of World $15
Risks and challenges
Privateer Press has been an award winning publisher of books since 2000, so we know how to make pretty books and get them into waiting hands. With that said, no project is without its risks and unforeseen challenges do come up, even with the best laid plans. But we’ve got a lot of experience handling those challenges as well, and whatever might come up, we’ll be prepared to handle it. The biggest unknown in all of this will be the delivery date, as the project has the potential to grow quite large through the addition of content in the art book as well as the potential sketch books that will open up as add-ons if we hit their corresponding stretch goals. A smaller project will deliver sooner, where a more robust project will take longer to put together. To mitigate that risk, we’ve set our expected delivery date at November 2019, which gives us a gracious amount of time to deliver the project, no matter how awesome it becomes!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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