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Creature miniatures inspired by HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos and first step in a new sci-fi and horror based tabletop war game.
Creature miniatures inspired by HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos and first step in a new sci-fi and horror based tabletop war game.
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Creature miniatures inspired by HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos and first step in a new sci-fi and horror based tabletop war game.

Slumbering Oblivion: Cthulhu inspired game miniatures

$15,057

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Unlocked at $16,000 - Dagon

Dagon
Dagon

Unlocked at $17,500 - Cultist Squad Leader Lillaen

Lillaen
Lillaen

The Short Version

Welcome to the Slumbering Oblivion Kickstarter! The intent of this Kickstarter is to raise funds to fully realize a new line of highly detailed Lovecraft inspired gaming miniatures. The introductory miniatures are a group of 5 Elite Deep Ones and once they get funded there are many other creatures that can also be made a reality as part of this Kickstarter. The miniatures planned are a mix of both creatures mentioned in the works of HP Lovecraft and also many original concepts inspired by his works. 

The miniatures vary in size but are scaled for 32mm, are made of resin and come unpainted and unassembled. These miniatures are part of a developing science fiction and horror miniatures based tabletop war game called Slumbering Oblivion.  As such, many will have futuristic weapons but since some backers may want to use these as proxies in other games, most also come with alternate low tech weapons. These are included with each miniature so you can equip them as you see fit. Nothing additional to buy to make them one way or the other.

Pledge Levels

Pledge levels and their descriptions show what is included or what you can choose from for your pledge. If you want to add more miniatures to your base pledge just scroll down to the Add-On section at the bottom and include the price for each miniature listed to your base pledge amount.

Just One Pledge Level
Just One Pledge Level
The Whole Squad
The Whole Squad
Hold the Fish
Hold the Fish
Grab Bag Pledge Level
Grab Bag Pledge Level

I'm no pro-painter by any stretch of the imagination but here is a Murguba I put some color on and thought came out pretty well.

Painted Murguba
Painted Murguba
Everything Ready to Ship
Everything Ready to Ship
 
All-In Collection A Pledge Level
All-In Collection A Pledge Level
                     
Painted Small Shoggoth
Painted Small Shoggoth
                       

To check out even more pictures, head over to Roberto Chaudon's site. He has several more high quality shots of his work. Check them out!

Pledge Map and Goals

Collection A
Collection A


The above is the first collection of miniatures I am planning to make available for this Kickstarter. These are all miniatures that have completed the sculpting and molding phases and are ready for production. Should we reach the end of this collection rest assured there are many more miniatures to unlock. But, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's get through these and if we do that and need more....well, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

15k Freebie Stetch Goal
15k Freebie Stetch Goal
 
And it looks like we are at the foot of the next bridge! Nice work!! Here is the graphic for what is in store for Collection B
Collection B
Collection B

Up Next...

Here are the next miniatures to be unlocked as we move towards full funding and beyond.  If you want them go ahead and add them to your pledge, even if they are not unlocked yet. Adding now will get us closer to making them available so you don't need to wait until we reach the actual goal to add them to your pledge. Just add the amount shown in blue or yellow to your pledge.



Unlocked at $16,000 - Dagon

Dagon
Dagon

Unlocked at $17,500 - Cultist Squad Leader Lillaen

Lillaen
Lillaen


Here's a picture of the miniatures I have painted on a piece of custom city block scenery, which is the type of location many of these battles will take place.

Destroy All Humans!
Destroy All Humans!


The battlefields of Slumbering Oblivion used to be our streets, malls, cities, parks and homes. How cool would it be to make up a battlefield of your neighborhood or the block where your favorite coffee shop used to be? In the future they are all in ruins and overrun with the spawn of Cthulhu.

If you want to add additional miniatures to your pledge just add the price (in yellow or blue) listed next to each model below.

Deep One #1
Deep One #1
Deep One #2
Deep One #2
Deep One #3
Deep One #3
Deep One #4
Deep One #4
Deep One #5
Deep One #5
Cthulhian Warlock
Cthulhian Warlock
Small Shoggoth
Small Shoggoth
Murguba
Murguba
Flenser
Flenser
Star Spawn
Star Spawn
Ghoul #1
Ghoul #1
Ghoul #2
Ghoul #2
Mother Hydra
Mother Hydra
MiGo
MiGo
Night Gaunt
Night Gaunt
Large Shoggoth
Large Shoggoth
Atukusu
Atukusu
Mushus Umbingiri
Mushus Umbingiri
 
Kigturnu
Kigturnu
Damsumah
Damsumah
Pirig Utag
Pirig Utag

The Long Version 

 What is Slumbering Oblivion? In its current form, Slumbering Oblivion is a new line of miniatures influenced by the works of HP Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos. The future will be a fully realized tabletop war game where you can pit the minions of Cthulhu against the advanced warriors of humanity fighting for the survival of Earth and mankind. 

Premise 

 The general premise of Slumbering Oblivion is that late in the 21st century mankind's search of the oceans for wealth led to the accidental discovery of R'lyeh. This caused the denizens of that, and other underwater cities, to burst forth and wage war on humanity. The timeline of the game itself takes place about 100 years after this, where Earth is a battlefield locked in a perpetual clouded darkness. The remainder of mankind is either barricaded in cities deep inland or on crowded lunar colonies. 

 For the first time in history, mankind is united as one. Ironically, it was not peace that what unify mankind but war. This unification of purpose and science has led to tremendous leaps in technology to fight against the forces of Cthulhu. However, this may have come too late. For while Cthulhu still sleeps, his forces fight with advanced technology, psychic abilities and even tooth, claw and tentacle. And should he awaken, any remaining hope will be lost. 

So that is the super condensed premise of Slumbering Oblivion. But, first things first, in order to realize this larger vision there needs to be enough interest in the idea and that is the reason for this Kickstarter. 

Origins 

 My name is James and I am the founder of a new company, Reclusive Phoenix Entertainment. I’m a hobbyist and gamer of almost 30 years but have always leaned more towards the hobby aspect of war gaming. I enjoy the collecting and painting of miniatures, and am particularly fond of science fiction based miniatures and games. My old alias on Kickstarter and YouTube was Warchild40k which should give you some idea of which scifi game in particular I enjoy. One of the other things I enjoy is reading and have always found the works of HP Lovecraft to be fascinating. It is the combining of these two interests that brought about the idea of Slumbering Oblivion. 

It started around 6 or more years ago, while re-reading HP Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”, when a couple sentences stood out and created the seed that became Slumbering Oblivion. The sentences I refer to come when Dr. William Dyer and Danforth are exploring the vast city they discovered in Antarctica. They are looking over murals that depict the distant past of the inhabitants of that city Dyer calls the Old Ones, also known as Elder Things. He says, 

“They had lived under the sea a good deal, building fantastic cities and fighting terrific battles with nameless adversaries by means of intricate devices employing unknown principles of energy.” 

Then a few sentences later, 

“Some of the sculptures suggested that they had passed through a stage of mechanised life on other planets…” 

And finally, 

“The Old Ones had used curious weapons of molecular disturbance against the rebel entities, and in the end had achieved a complete victory.”  

This clearly shows that the Elder Things had advanced technology and their enemies must have as well, including the Star Spawn and Cthulhu. Most games dealing with the Cthulhu Mythos take place in the early 1900’s and do not address any obvious advanced technology. The advanced technology is an aspect that I’ve personally not seen explored in a Cthulhu themed tabletop miniatures game either. So I set out to bridge the gap between the sci-fi tabletop war games I enjoy, and the horror of the Cthulhu Mythos. 

I’ve spent the last 6+ years working on the idea in my spare time and collaborating with skilled artists such as Roberto Chaudon (sculptor), Danny Cruz (concept artist), Rob and Tim over at Mierce Miniatures (casting) and a few others. Now I am at a point where I would like release some of what I have developed and discover if others find this mix of sci-fi and horror as interesting as I do. 

Next Steps

The next step in this journey is the new line of Cthulhu inspired miniatures you will find in this Kickstarter. Then, with enough interest, I will branch out to the human army miniatures, finalized rule set and also books and possibly some additional media to further flesh out the rich background and world of Slumbering Oblivion. Currently, I have close to 60 different miniatures in various stages of completion ranging from concept art, sculpted, molded and even all the way up to ready for production. And this is where you enter the picture. Are you looking for some cool high quality miniatures to collect or paint? Do you enjoy bizarre creatures? Are you interested in helping bring to life a game that blends high tech and horror? If the answer is yes to any of those questions then please pledge! Help me fully realize this vision and join me on my journey into the madness of war against Cthulhu’s host.

Shipping  

As noted in the pledge levels, shipping is not included. I have seen too many Kickstarters under anticipate how much shipping would cost and have lost money or even gone back to backers to ask for additional funds. That is something I want to avoid and therefore shipping will be charged when items are ready to ship for whatever the going rate is at the time. Once items are ready backers will be contacted with the shipping costs. You will also have the option to split shipping if you want to receive items that are ready sooner rather than wait for everything to be ready for one shipment. Please check the FAQ for the latest updates on anticipated shipping costs.

UK/EU - shipping will be from the UK

US/ROW - shipping will be from the US

Risks and challenges

Risk 1:
The primary risks would be a loss or change of an artist or vendor I currently use. However, this is quite low as the artists and casters I use are all established and I've worked with most for 5+ years and have a great relationship with them. Should the worst happen though, I do have backup contacts I could use if it becomes necessary.

Risk 2:
Another risk is to the timing of delivery. The level of this risk will vary depending on the success achieved by this Kickstarter and how many miniatures will need to be made. In order to create realistic expectations I have created 3 primary collections.

Collection A - These are all figures that have already been sculpted, molded and are ready for production. Timing will depend on the number of miniatures ordered but unless this Kickstarter goes mental I would expect these to ship near the end of 2018.

Collection B - These are miniatures that have been sculpted but not yet molded. These will take longer as they need to be shipped to the casting company and molded before production can begin. Models in this category I expect to be ready by first quarter 2019.

Collection C - These are miniatures that are only in concept art form and will need to be sculpted and then be molded and cast. Sculpting this many miniatures will take quite some time so I anticipate these miniatures to be ready and shipping by the end of 2019.

Keep in mind these are estimates and I intentionally am padding/adding time to them. I've backed many Kickstarters and, like many others, have fallen victim to the projects that clearly under anticipated shipping times and continually revise them. My personal philosophy is to under promise and over deliver. I would much rather tell you something is shipping next year and surprise you several months early than the other way around!

Risk 3:
While I've backed many projects and assisted several creators on their projects, the reality is that this is my first Kickstarter and I would be remiss if I didn't point that out. Truth is that I don't know what I don't know. While I feel that I've covered all my bases their may be something I haven't considered which could impact the project or timelines. If anything does come up then I will be sure to inform everyone as I aim to be as transparent as possible and keep everyone up-to-date. I feel this risk is slim but nevertheless it needs to be stated.

Risk 4:
The stars align, Cthulhu wakes and dominates the world. In this case I will likely be quite mad, curled up fetal and unable to speak without screaming...so you're on your own and all bets are off.

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    Just one

    Pick one model from the initial 5 Deep Ones.

    Includes:
    • Single Deep One - choose which after the KS funds
    • Eligible to select any stretch goals that are unlocked
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    The whole squad

    Get all 5 of the initial Deep One miniatures at a deeper discount on the final retail price

    Includes:
    • Deep One Squad - contains 5 (one of each model) Deep Ones
    • Eligible to select any stretch goals that are unlocked
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    Early Bird Whole Squad

    Same as the regular $50 level EXCEPT you get early shipping. I have a limited amount of inventory on hand and once the Kickstarter ends I will ship out what I have within a month after payment is received.

    Includes:
    • Deep One Squad - contains 5 (one of each model) Deep Ones
    • Eligible to select any stretch goals that are unlocked
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    Hold the Fish

    So Deep One's not your thing? Then here are some non-fish (mostly) beasts you might prefer.

    Includes:
    • One Cthulhian Warlock
    • One Small Shoggoth
    • One of either the Flenser or Murguba (indicate which after KS)
    • Eligible to select any stretch goals that are unlocked
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    Grab Bag

    For those who want a little more flexibility in choosing their miniatures and slightly more savings than getting them individually.

    Includes:
    • Select any four (4) $12 miniatures
    • Select any two (2) $32 miniatures
    • Eligible to select any stretch goals that are unlocked
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    Everything Ready to Ship - Early Bird

    One of each of the 16 miniatures that is ready to ship now. Early birds will get shipment within a month of payment being collected.

    Includes:
    • Get one of each miniature shown in the graphic (16 total)
    • Eligible to select any stretch goals that are unlocked
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    Everything Ready to Ship

    Same as the Early Bird but not guaranteed early shipping. These will ship after the Early Birds have gone out.

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    • Get one of each miniature shown in the graphic (16 total)
    • Eligible to select any stretch goals that are unlocked
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    All-In Collection 'A'

    This pledge level includes all 21 miniatures
    in Collection A as shown in the graphic and a slightly cheaper than buying them all individually.

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    • One of each miniature in Collection A (as shown in graphic)
    • Eligible to select any stretch goals that are unlocked
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    Realize your inner madness

    Do you have your own vision of madness that you would like to see made manifest in resin? Do you have a wad of money laying around and nothing to do with it? Then this is for you.

    You'll get the full workup from concept art to casts of the physical miniature but there are some caveats. 1) It must be a unique idea and not a concept based on another IP or owned by another individual, company or entity. 2) It needs to fit in with the overall theme and style of Slumbering Oblivion (approved by me) and 3)Size is limited to a max of 40mm, give or take a few mm.

    You will get creative credit on the website and store for the concept but all ownership is retained by Reclusive Phoenix Entertainment. This reward imparts no ownership or other rights beyond the physical reward detailed below.

    The physical reward is limited to 15 casts of the sculpt plus the squad of 5 Elite Deep Ones. The original sculpt is not included as most are damaged in the molding process.

    Includes:
    • Concept Art of your idea by Danny Cruz
    • Your concept sculpted by Roberto Chaudon.
    • 15 casts of the final miniature in resin
    • Deep One Squad - contains 5 (one of each model) Deep Ones
    • Eligible to select any stretch goals that are unlocked
    • Shipping not included. Collected when product is ready to ship
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