Oh yes, the day that many of us have been waiting long and hard for has finally arrived…
That’s right! The Firespitter Kickstarter is live here!
Now for those of you who don't know, Firespitter is a 32mm scale model for the upcoming wargame Moonstone. This is the game I have spoken at great lengths both on Hobby Sofa and thus very blog as:
“The future of character-driven skirmish games”.
Now first things first, this Kickstarter is not like your usual one, we are not talking about any of the big names using the platform to act as a pre-purchasing system. Oh no! The designer of the game, and the miniature in question, is a brand new startup company going under the name Goblin King Games (if you don't get the nod, shame on you).
This model is a limited boutique model, if you want it, grab it now, as it may never be seen ever again.
So here’s the model itself, a beautiful sculpt by the incredibly talented Tom Lishman, and will be brought to life via the moulding-press (is it called that? Who knows!) of Hysterical Games.
But don't think that this is some impersonal creation designed by committee. Oh hell no! The original concept art (which looks pretty damn similar to the final result) was done by the creator of Goblin King Games, Tom Greenway, and at every stage of the sculpting and test moulding process he was present overseeing the work to ensure that this model not only lived up to it’s potential, but was everything that he dreamed it would be.
I think it is safe to say that it has surpassed everyone’s hopes, as the end result is truly something. I've been most fortunate and lucky enough to see it for myself in the flesh, and I cannot wait for you to see it for yourself once the Kickstarter is building some steam and the professionally painted version is unveiled.
“But wait!” I hear you ask “what’s that dude in the bonus unlock up top?”
Well that is Baron Von Fancyhat, the first miniature to be sculpted for the opposing faction. Fancyhat is an addon for the campaign that with hope will be unlocked. As someone who is not normally a fan of ‘human fantasy’, even I love this model. I genuinely cannot wait to get my hands on both Fancyhat, and of course, Firespitter.
By now you should have a good grasp of the world that the game itself, Moonstone, is set in. It’s not your traditional Tolken-esq world. We don't have frolicking elves!
Oh no! Moonstone instead takes inspiration from European Folklore, something less Grim-Dark, and a lot more Brothers Grimm.
In this game Humans, Gnomes, and Giants, face off against Goblins, Faeries, and Trolls for control of their valuable resources known as Moonstones, but these are not your traditional fairies found dancing at the end of your gardens, they're vicious tricksters who are cruel and cunning. And if all goes well with this Kickstarter, it is with hope that you will get to see all of this in time.
On a similar note, I have been given the prestigious honour of being able to unveil to you all the recently completed concept art for an up and coming Goblin, known as Seasick Steve!
Seasick Steve is a character that I am very fond of, partially because I actually came up with his appearance. The idea of a drunk Goblin, dressed up as a pirate and struggling to maintain his balance with the use of a harpoon.
Much like the Firespitter model, who you know is only moments away from blowing himself up with his candle-helmet only inches away from his fuel barrel, Seasick Steve is only one swig of foul grog away from toppling over and impaling himself on his own harpoon!
Anyway, I think I have rambled on long enough! So go! Check out the Kickstarter, and if you’d be so kind, maybe put in a pledge for your own copy of these wonderful models!
Until next time, stay safe, and be excellent to each other!
- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley