In waltzed a small time miniature company out of France which were about to hit the big time and ramp up its range in a big way care of the newish phenomenon (for me at least) - Kick Starter. That company was Raging Heroes, and their range was the Toughest Girls of the Galaxy!
|Beautiful resin girls (and a hippo and bulldog and zombie cat)|
Raging Heroes were estimating a shipping date of March 2014 at the latest, with some coming as early as September 2013. That was mildly optimistic of them.
We prepared this Kick Starter project for an entire year, working with top artists and suppliers (and planning for every potential pitfall we could think of)
We made sure that our sculpting planning was realistic. This means that you'll be able to have access to a first wave of production as early as September. And we have set up and used for the past several months a sculpting work flow that allows us to create many miniatures quickly without compromising their quality. This means that 80% of the sculpting process will be done by the end of the Kick Starter.
Young, naive Muppet was sucked in. Coll new minis for March. You bet.
As it is, I still haven't seen my main pledge minis and won't likely see them for an indeterminate time yet, though other people have received all or large portions of their orders dependent what they ordered and how much shipping they were prepared to pay, and Raging Heroes themselves have advised me 'soon', a much bandied about term in Kick Starter land.
Over the course of near two years since funding, Raging Heroes have said something about re sculpting to get the mini's just so, and starting from scratch a number of times, even going right back to redrawing the concepts. Double sigh. Even typing that I am sighing.
In the interim, Raging Heroes went out to build goodwill in the community prior to launching their next TTG Kick Starter (launched last week - some equally gorgeous [and disturbing] looking concepts are on offer though I wont be going in for this one) and agreed to ship all backers who were eligible, the freebie component of their orders.
I got my little box of resin on Friday. I had elected for their take on spin cast resin (Finecast anyone) rather than metals as the concept was novel and they were promising to match hand poured resin results. Is it Finecast - NO. Is it hand poured quality - Not quite. Is it good - bloody hell yes!
The freebie package included mascots for each of the three army factions they released, the Jailbirds, the Kurganovas and the Iron Empire.
|Charlie, mascot of the Kurganova Shock Troops|
|Jinx, mascot of the Iron Empire|
|Harry the Baby Hippo, mascot of the Jailbirds|
The freebie box also contained a few heroines (HQ types) for each of the factions.
These are the ones for the Jailbirds. The Jailbirds, as the name suggests, are female prisoners who have escaped and are now waging an insurgency against the authorities. I planned on running my figures as Escher Gangers in a Necromunda gang. Not sure what I'll use them for now (maybe an all female Necromundan 8th Company to run alongside my Cadians).
|Raven, the Chain Breaker|
|Butterfly Lulu (one of the stray kids that hang around the Jailbirds) - that's a butterfly on top of the rifle scope - the gun is non lethal - its actually a dart gun. The Lulu set that could be purchased through the KS emphasised this point.|
|Lucky Lucy, artillery spotter (casually smoking a very tiny cigarette)|
|Ash, who was intended as a tank gunner upper half (like the copula figures on GW tanks) but who was made into a fully legged heroine|
Then we have the Kurganova Shock Troops - a kind of Cadian-esque, Russian inspired primary faction. The Kurganova Sisters (triplets - triplets Basil) were one of Raging Heroes existing line of sculpts. This range expanded on that theme.
|Svetlana, the Light of Freedom.|
|Natasha, Comms Operator|
|Nurse Karoline, Field Medic, flicking the air bubbles out of her tiny syringe|
|A rear shot showing her tiny, sculpted finger poised to flick the syringe - there is a tiny hole between her thumb and - extremely fine detail capture|
Then there is the Iron Empire. An alternate force to the Kurganovas, who are German/Prussian inspired crossed with Egyptian themes, and from the limited background the company has put out, suggested to be necromantic/psychic to some degree - theirs zombies and mummies in their range.
|Nertha, the Faceless Mother - a very cool mini, one of the only ones I like in their range|
|Kristina Karlstein, Armoured Division Officer. The Iron Empires tank driver that got the full leg treatment.|
|W101, Cyberzombie bodyguard|
The quality of the minis all round is outstanding. The bare resin doesn't photograph the best, but hopefully you get a sense of the mini and the level of detail they've captured in their spin cast resin. The minis are of an Infinity style scale and detail level. There are tiny boot straps and buckles, clothing seams and stitches, ammunition belts etc galore. It is definitely not a GW 'heroic' scale style. I am very scared of what to do when it comes to painting them as there are loads of tiny details on all of them.
Lucky Lucy, Ash and Jaheeda are all a bit samey in looks, with Jaheeda standing out due to her odd out of scale size (noticeable in that group shot - shes the larger looking one on the far right of the photo).
They were all a bit of a pain to put together, with tiny little bits on some of them, and mould gates in the oddest spot, but I imagine that's the cost of spin casting them to a high enough quality level that you don't get lots of bubbles/voids where resin cant flow too. The resin itself is on the brittle side of FW resin - but nothing like the gunk GW put out under its Finecast banner.
|W101 on the sprue|
|Svetlana on the sprue|
I've only popped them onto the standard slotta bases for now while I ponder what sort of basing I want them on. I also have to go back in and tidy off a few mould lines I noticed in the pictures, as well as fill in a few tiny gaps on some of the joins with GS.
Overall, if the rest of the minis eventually turn up and are of the same quality, I will be a very happy Muppet. As I say, not sure what to actually use them for now, but at least I will have something new to build and to distract me from painting more Orks, without the need to spend any money seeing I paid for these near 2 years ago.
For those that stuck through the wall of text, Huzzah for you! HUZZAH!