The Elsor-Varo – 28mm Sci-fi Space Dwarf miniatures Kickstarter 2017

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Project Status For:Gydran Miniatures Studio, The Elsor-Varo - 28mm Sci-fi Space Dwarf miniatures – KICKSTARTER

Project Description

The Take II campaign was a success and has been fully completed. At Gydran Miniatures Studio we have over 20 years’ of experience with small scale sculpting ranging from 1:56 scale (28mm gaming figures) up to life size live action props for film and television. In the last 7 years we have been slowly working on our miniatures for tabletop-games and it's now that we feel confident with our range to bring it to Kickstarter. You can follow its progress on either Kickstarter or Facebook using the links below.

Project Timing

  • Start Date: 08-15-2016
  • Predicted End: 02-06-2017

Current Tasks

Planning for our next campaign and preparing for general release of the miniatures funded during the campaign.

Current Holds

Project Overview and Overall Progress

20% 20% Pledges and Surveys

All pledges and Surveys are in. Now we can move on to getting the sculpts done.

40% 40%Sculpts Complete

All the sculpts are done, and just need to be checked over before being sent to the mould makers.

60% 60%Moulds Complete

The moulds have all been made successfully and the initial castings have returned. Next, on to the production run.

80% 80%Castings returned

All the casting has been done, returned, and ready for sorting. Now for the long winded job of sorting and bagging so we can fulfil the pledges and get them shipped out to our backers.

Below are the most recent news posts with the ‘kickstarter 2017’ tag in.

  • … and that’s a wrap! (10/20/2017)

    Hi guys,

    The last two parcels have been packed, and we are officially done with this campaign.

     

    Part of this mornings dispatches at the Post Office.
    Part of this mornings dispatches at the Post Office.

     

    There are a couple of pledges that hadn’t fulfilled their survey and paid for their Postage and Packaging. Those that are a part of that group will have to contact me directly to sort out the delivery of their rewards.

    Its been a long road to get to this point, but finally we have got here and its not without the patience and support of you guys. There were some quite major delays, but you should all have, or have soon, your rewards in your hands.

     

    Heavy Battle Robots being sorted and counted.
    Heavy Battle Robots being sorted and counted.

     

    The campaign has enabled us to get some very cool things out to you guys and there is still more to come. While the delays held back the fulfilment of the pledges we were still busy in the background sculpting future miniatures and planning our world domination. By that we mean we’ve been working on our Skirmish game.

     

    Our table at Blast-Tastic 2017.
    Our table at Blast-Tastic 2017.

     

    Last weekend we were at Blast-Tastic in Bristol where we demoed the game and had a great group get involved. We’ve had some feedback and are further developing the game with a small group of play-testers. We will be looking for some more as we go forward, so if you’re interested get in contact with us. You can also sign up to the newsletter over at http://www.dweorg.com to be kept in the loop as to when we will be looking for testers.

    Right… for now, that is it from me. Our website will be down for the next week while some much needed maintenance is done and we make some changes. We’ll let you know when it’s all back up and running.

    Thanks again for your support guys, and catch you all soon.

    Cheers

    John

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  • All the metal is in and counted! (10/12/2017)

    Hi guys,

    That’s right, we have all of the metal for the campaign.

     

    Bags of metal...
    Bags of metal…

     

    So, what does this mean? This week, since receiving the last lot of casting, has been solidly sorting and bagging thousands of units of teeny tiny pieces of metal. Our fingers have been blackened and we have literally had dreams about miscounting the stock. This also means that tomorrow we will be starting to box up pledges ready to be shipped out to you guys.

    This has been a long time coming, a lot longer than we had initially anticipated. We would like to thank you all for your patience and hope that when you get your pledge rewards you’ll not be disappointed. This has been a learning curve for us and next time we know what needs to be done to make sure that it doesn’t take this long, again.

    So… what else has been happening? Well, last weekend we were at a small show in Bristol called Blast-Tastic where we were previewing our Skirmish game.

     

    One of the players from the day making his move.
    One of the players from the day making his move.

     

    It was a lot of fun and we met some fantastic people. The game had its first real run through, and though there were a couple of questions raised everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We are currently looking for some play-testers for the game to help us iron out those kinks and give us feedback. If you are interested then please send us a private message either here, on our website, or over on our Facebook page. You can find the links at the bottom of the update.

     

    Our display stand at Blast-Tastic 2017
    Our display stand at Blast-Tastic 2017

     

    We are really looking forward to getting the rules for the game finished and yes, there will be rules for the mech-armoured Elsor-Varo in the rule book so you can use your miniatures from the campaign.

    Once again, thank you everyone for being so patient with us and for supporting our campaign. Don’t forget to go and join the Kickstarter Backers closed group over on Facebook if you haven’t done so already. We try to update it as much as possible and it’s one of the first places to find out what’s upcoming from our workbench.

    Catch you all in the next update.

    John

    You can follow our story on the social network services below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gydranminis

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gydran/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gydranminiatures/

    You can also find more on our website at http://www.gydran.com and join in on the Facebook backers group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1761610734105611/

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  • July 29th 2017, update (7/29/2017)

    Hi guys,

    It’s been a while since our last update, but we’ve been busy. The last pieces are currently with the Metal caster and we are waiting for further news on their progress. We will update you with any further information as soon as we have it. For now though, John has put together this little update video for you all.

     

     

    We have also re-opened up the survey page for those of you that are yet to pay your postage and packaging. Don’t forget that if you don’t pay for it we can’t send your stuff out to you. We will be contacting those who are yet to pay next week. You can also add more items to your rewards if you have already paid for your postage and packaging.

    You can reach the survey page at: www.elsor-varo.com

    If you have any queries don’t hesitate to get in touch. See you all in the next update!

    The Gydran Team

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  • Update and fulfilment news (5/22/2017)

    Hi guys,

    It’s that random time again of our irregular, regular updates. We’ve been busy getting everything moving forward here and as those of you who have been following us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook will have seen we have been making big steps towards our end goal and getting all the sculpts finished.

    For those of you who haven’t here are some of the recent developments.

    Heavy Battle robot  

     

    The Heavy Battle Robot (HBR) visualised using the 3D files and photograph of the traditional sculpt of the body, blended in photoshop.
    The Heavy Battle Robot (HBR) visualised using the 3D files and photograph of the traditional sculpt of the body, blended in photoshop.

     

    The 3D files have been completed and are now with the printer. As you can see in the picture the Elsor-Varo Heavy Battle Robot stands taller than the standard Battle Robot and has a new style of arm. The only two things left to do on the miniature is the shoulder mounted launcher and the left hand battle shield, which we are waiting for the actual arm to be printed out before we make it as It is going to be traditionally sculpted, not CG. The set will contain over 20 components for the Kickstarter as there are two different sets of feet that will come with it. We will release a full list of components in the coming weeks.

    Mechanical Upgrade set  

    The Mechanical upgrade set has been complete. The master model components for metal casting are with our caster ready to go and the resin components are in their mould box curing.

     

    The two bodies that will be included in the Mechanical Upgrade Set.
    The two bodies that will be included in the Mechanical Upgrade Set.

     

    We have added a second body into the set with the rear section missing so you can have a choice of either the modified mech version or the standard version with your mechanical arm backpack. There is also a plate in there to attach to the back of either body which basically, with the two heads and two different arms, gives you two miniatures for the price of one upgrade set if you wanted to or share the upgrades amongst your entire force.

    Void Hound and Thief  

    The Void Hound has been started and we will have some pictures of that coming your way soon, so keep an eye out on our social media pages for updates on that.

    The Void Thief has been completely re-sculpted. I wasn’t happy with the pose she had and as I didn’t feel that the picture was dynamic enough for the type of character she was supposed to be, so started from scratch.

     

    The Void Thief in more of a dynamic pose than the previous sculpt.
    The Void Thief in more of a dynamic pose than the previous sculpt.

     

    She now has more of a dynamic pose that gives more of a feel of what a Void Thief is all about. More pictures of her will be coming your way soon, too. The hands holding the weapons will be sculpted separate to the model so you can kit her out with whatever you want, but she will have the pistol and sonic dagger weapon load out as standard.

    Resin Casting  

    The resin casting is going to be going on hold for the next few weeks. It’s usually around this time of year (my birthday) that I take my annual holiday, but this year I am only taking a part holiday. What I mean is I will still be sculpting bits for the Kickstarter, but I will also be taking some time out from the general running of the business (orders from the online store, admin, logistics, etc). This leads me to my next topic I wanted to talk about…

    Delays  

    Yes, I’m sorry to say there are a few delays with the printing and casting of the Robot parts and the metal components. Our caster is a bit swamped at the moment, but we have spoken with them and they are saying that they should be able to have all the work done by mid to late June. Unfortunately these things do happen, but we’re on it and will let you guys know if there are any changes to this time frame.

    Surveys  

    This is a reminder for those that have missed the survey to get in touch with us so that we can sort out your postage and packaging for your Kickstarter items and any add-ons you wish to include in your rewards. If you don’t contact us we can’t send out your items, and we want you to get your rewards for supporting this project.

    Finally…

    I’d like to say thank you again to all of you who have supported us and kept the dialog going outside of the Kickstarter via the social media sites. I would also like to invite you to join us in our Kickstarter backer and supporters group over on Facebook. THE DWEORG – Kickstarter backer and supporters group where you can get more updates about the current project status and get behind the scenes information and updates as we continue to evolve the Dweorg and their universe. It’s only for backers and supporters so let us know that you’ve backed us when you request to join.

    Cheers guys, and I’ll catch you all in the next update.

    John

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  • Pledge Surveys and castings (5/11/2017)

    Hi guys,

    Just a quick reminder that the survey manager site will be taken offline, tomorrow evening. You have until midnight on the 12th of May 2017 to select your pledge rewards and pay for any add-ons you would like. Your rewards will not be sent out to you unless the postage and packaging has been paid for. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate in contacting us directly through Kickstarter, our website or our Facebook page.

    In other news the first master components for metal casting went out to the caster yesterday and should be with them today. The package includes:

    • Alekas weapons
    • The infested Elsor-Varos head
    • Cassius weapons and arms
    • The mechanical upgrades
    • The bear rider
    • Sergeant components
    • Select components from the core set

    As soon as we get these back from the caster we will share pictures with you. It’s all starting to come together as physical sets, which is quite exciting for us.

     

    The box that has been sent to our caster should have arrived with them today. Looking forward to see the results.
    The box that has been sent to our caster should have arrived with them today. Looking forward to see the results.

     

    For now though, that is it. Please don’t forget to get your pledge surveys completed before the end of tomorrow (12th May 2017) so that we can make sure we are getting enough cast to cover our Kickstarter rewards.

    Cheers

    John

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  • May update and Survey reminder (5/2/2017)

    Hi guys,

    So it’s about time that you all had a bit of an update. First things first though, i need to remind those that are still to fulfil their pledge manager to do so.

    I have been keeping it open at the request of some of you needing more time for various reasons, but i can not keep it open for too much longer. So with that in mind i need to let you know that the pledge manager will be closing on the 12th of May. That is the last date i can leave it to as i need to know numbers for any extra add-ons you guys my want. This also means that if any of you who have already fulfilled your pledge manager wish to add some extras, now is your last chance. Any postage will be combined on additional add-ons

    Now, on to the update. So, i have some photos for you lets start with the Commander upgrade set.

     

    The Commander upgrade set is on its way to being done. The new helmet needs to be sculpted and as you can see by this picture there is some cleanup work that is still pending.
    The Commander upgrade set is on its way to being done. The new helmet needs to be sculpted and as you can see by this picture there is some cleanup work that is still pending.

     

    Next, on to the Void Thief. I haven’t been happy with what i’ve been doing with the Void Thief miniature so i have scrapped the current pose and will be starting from scratch. I was finding her too static and didn’t embody the essence of the character. I am going to be starting a new armature today with a new pose so i will update again later on in the week with her progress.

     

    This is the Void Thief prior to the sculpt being scrapped. The new one will have a more dynamic pose.
    This is the Void Thief prior to the sculpt being scrapped. The new one will have a more dynamic pose.

     

    Now, on to the heavy battle robot. This is the one i’ve been looking forward to getting my teeth into. This guy is a mix of traditional sculpting/model making and 3D modelling.

     

    The torso with some modifications ready for the 3D components to arrive.
    The torso with some modifications ready for the 3D components to arrive.

     

    As you can see the body is traditional sculpting/model making but there are some components that we are waiting on.

     

    A bracket component that will be an option in the kit to add. The sphere is only 6mm diameter.
    A bracket component that will be an option in the kit to add. The sphere is only 6mm diameter.

     

     

    A vent component that will be added to the torso of the model.
    A vent component that will be added to the torso of the model.

     

     

    New CC arms components.
    New CC arms components.

     

    As soon as they arrive they will be going straight into a mould for the resin versions to be cast up ready for modification and additional work.

    The next part that will be being worked on this week are the legs. I will post some pictures up along with the Void Thief later on in the week. This leaves on the Void Hound and the Breacher set left to do once these are finished. I will not be starting those until i have these done.

    I am looking to get the first lot of metal casting off to our caster by the end of the week, so things are starting to move ever so closer towards fulfilment. If you guys have any questions please get in touch and i will answer them as soon as i can.

    Thank you to all of you for being patient with the space between updates and i will catch you all in an update later on this week.

    Cheers

    John

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  • Mid April update (4/16/2017)

    Hi guys,

    So, things are still progressing bit by bit here. A little slower than i had anticipated due to other commitments, but it’s still moving forward. Not much to show you until i have the mechanical upgrade kit, bare head sprue and hunter cast up. This will hopefully be just after Salute (we aren’t going to be having a stall there, but will be there as pedestrians) so i will post updates around about the 26th. We are still on target for the end of May to have the miniatures ready to be dispatched, but i hadn’t taken into consideration that Salute would impact getting casts done. My own silly shortsightedness. But hopefully it won’t impact too much.

    On the up side, we have received the painted versions of the core set and Exclusive miniature. So here you go guys…

     

    The core set, painted by Kevin Shillito
    The core set, painted by Kevin Shillito

     

     

    The Kickstarter/show exclusive miniature, Cassius. Painted by Kevin Shillito
    The Kickstarter/show exclusive miniature, Cassius. Painted by Kevin Shillito

     

     

    Painted by Kevin Shillito
    Painted by Kevin Shillito

     

     

    Painted by Kevin Shillito
    Painted by Kevin Shillito

     

     

    Painted by Kevin Shillito
    Painted by Kevin Shillito

     

     

    Painted by Kevin Shillito
    Painted by Kevin Shillito

     

     

    Painted by Kevin Shillito
    Painted by Kevin Shillito

     

     

    Farls World Ang-Varo vs Rygel Consortium Elsor-Varo. Painted by John Bryan & Kevin Shillito
    Farls World Ang-Varo vs Rygel Consortium Elsor-Varo. Painted by John Bryan & Kevin Shillito

     

     

    Painted by Kevin Shillito
    Painted by Kevin Shillito

     

    The core set miniatures in these photographs were all put together with components that come in the set and are based on the ‘Wytchfire Studio’ 32mm City Battle bases.

    Hope these are enough to wet your appetite for now, guys.

    Cheres

    John

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  • The Barakum Bar, first master casts (4/6/2017)

    Hi guys,

    As promise i am here to deliver the pictures of the first master casts from the campaign. There are only three done so far, but more are on their way to the mould making table.

    First up we have the Corsypti Colony. The body will be cast in Polyurethane resin, and the head will be cast in white metal.

     

     

     

     

     

    You may notice some air bubbles around the growth at the back of the head. This has since been fixed with a vent being cut into the mould.
    You may notice some air bubbles around the growth at the back of the head. This has since been fixed with a vent being cut into the mould.

     

    Next up, we have the Elsor-Varo trooper in light armour. As it stands at the moment it is planned that he will be cast in resin, except for his sword and scabbard. However, i may make the miniature a full metal miniature due to the thin nature of the weapon hand. Some testing needs to be done before i decide which way to go though.

     

     

     

    You can see in this picture that the wrist looks a little week. It seems to be quite strong, but may be better in metal, or at least the weapon being replaced with a metal one. We will see.
    You can see in this picture that the wrist looks a little week. It seems to be quite strong, but may be better in metal, or at least the weapon being replaced with a metal one. We will see.

     

    Last, but by no means least, we have the Aleka miniature cast up and ready to go. This was one that i was personally looking forward to as it was a fun model to make.

     

    The necklace with the sharks teeth on didn't need any tidying up done to it in the end. It cast up perfectly fine.
    The necklace with the sharks teeth on didn’t need any tidying up done to it in the end. It cast up perfectly fine.

     

     

    The hook charming hanging from her waist is a little detail i had to add.
    The hook charming hanging from her waist is a little detail i had to add.

     

     

    The battle club was something different to what you would normally see on a lot of Sci-fi models, but think of it as some form of powered club or electric baton of sorts,
    The battle club was something different to what you would normally see on a lot of Sci-fi models, but think of it as some form of powered club or electric baton of sorts,

     

    Its been good to see some of the miniatures take shape as an actual model, not just the original sculpt. It kind of makes it a bit more ‘real’ for me. It’s a sense that things are moving forward, i guess you could say.

    So, tomorrow the Hunter, Honour Guard heads and the Mechanical Upgrade set get put into boxes ready for silicone to be added. I will also continue casting the bits to go to the casters.

    For now, that’s it guys. I will try and keep the updates more regular.

    Cheers

    John

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  • The Barakum Bar, Updates (4/6/2017)

    Hi guys,

    There’s a new update video doing its rounds, and here it is for you guys. There will be some update photos later on this evening to go with what i talk about in this video, but for now i hope you enjoy some insight into the processes that i go through to create the miniatures.

     

     

    Hope you all enjoy the video, guys… Now, i’m off to the workshop to cast up the new castings so i can show you guys later!

    Cheers

    John

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  • Amendment: Survey web address (3/19/2017)

    Hi guys,

    For some reason the web address for the survey wasn’t working in my previous update. Thank you to those that flagged it so quickly. You can find the survey at http://www.elsor-varo.com. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused, guys!

    ou can also find my previous post here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gydran/the-elsor-varo-28mm-sci-fi-space-dwarf-miniatures/posts/1835718 for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. It contains some instructions on how to get your new password for your login as well as a walk through of the survey.

    Cheers

    John

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