viernes, febrero 01, 2013


Hace unos dias Ragingheroes anunciaba que iba a lanzar 3 Kickstarters, cada uno para uno de los ejércitos que tienen planeados. Los Rambettes o Kurganova Shock Troops, Dark Elves Army un ejercito de elfos oscuros y un ejercito de ciencia ficción Sisters of Eternal Mercy unas hermanas muy luchadoras.

Además han publicado la primera parte de las Q&A donde a lo largo de la entrada contestan varias preguntas para hacernos una idea de lo que nos espera. El primer Kickstarter empezara en Febrero y terminara bien entrado marzo. En breve publicaran la segunda parte de las Q&A.

A wonderful New Year

First of all we wanted to give you our best wishes for 2013!
May this New Year be full of victories, striking colors and supple brushes, and a lot of pleasure in your hobby.

2013 should be a very big year for Raging Heroes, and we're very excited about what we'll share with you this year.

So today is the time for big announcements. It's also the time to share more info on previous projects that have not yet come to fruition... (more on this below)

Our apologies for quite a long post :)

Kickstarter, baby!!!

We cannot say how many messages we've received this year asking us if we would do a Kickstarter soon. The truth is that we've been working on that since around last May.

The massive success of our Blood Vestals convinced us that is was now time to develop a big project for crowd funding, and so we started conceptualizing, designing and sculpting like crazy.

Thanks to all this work, 3 projects came out as potential winners. This was not the initial plan: we were just aiming for one project, but one thing led to another and we now have 3 projects that are ready to go to production, with tons of concepts and sculpts!

But patience being the mother of all virtues, let's go one step at a time and introduce you to the first one out of the gate...

The Kurganovas' shock troops

Imagine a movie directed by Tarantino in which a band of female warriors/soldiers are drafted from all the prisons and hellholes of the galaxy, and are then led by our very ownKurganova sisters.
Imagine a bunch of punk-ass big-mouth bad girls, kind of like a mix between Aliens' Vasquez, Tank Girl, and Planet Terror's Cherry Darling, and you get an army of psyched Rambo girls – we like to call them "the Rambettes" - that you would not want to approach if you care for your life.

So, yes, you can expect a FULL army of them, with LOTS of characters.
We'll divulge more info on this Kickstarter in the next coming days.

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And as always, we want to hear your feedback and suggestions, especially regarding the type of characters, units and light vehicles you would want us to produce.
(Also, we're in the process of setting up some sort of forum to help with these interactions. If you want to help with that, or with moderation, again, please leave us a comment below...)

The Sisters of Eternal Mercy

If you happen to have thoroughly combed through the Raging Heroes' blog, you might remember The Orphanage of the Sisters of Eternal Mercy, a very early project of ours.

Well, the Sisters are about to see the light. We've been working on a futuristic Paladin Sisterhood army for quite some time now and we have a lot of stuff tucked away for this.

We're not releasing anything yet, to avoid confusion with the first Kickstarter project described above. However, we would very much like to get your input on this project, so don't hesitate to write us with your suggestions.
(Again, a forum will soon be set up to help with these interactions).
This project is likely to become another Kickstarter.

The Dark Elves invasion

Before Christmas, we said that we would have a big announcement for the Dark Elves players.

Well, if you read until now, you've probably guessed what's going on:
we have a full Dark Elves ARMY in the works...
...a LOT of which having already been done...

However, as for the Sisterhood, we'll have to hold off a bit on their release, because the “Rambettes" Kickstarter is demanding all of our attention right now.
But don't let that prevent you from contacting us about this project, sharing your thoughts and sending us your wants for this project that might also become a Kickstarter.
We hope to post some concept images of what's to come in the next few days.

Forum/Facebook Groups...

Because of these big projects and the level of interaction and input we want to create, we think that either a forum, or one or several Facebook groups, could facilitate exchanges, brainstorming and communications.

We are still examining our options regarding the best possible set-up for this. More to come very soon. In the meantime, you can of course drop us a note or catch up with us on Facebook, or leave a comment below - please use your actual email address so we can contact you, and don't worry, it won't be visible online - if you want to help with that, or with moderation...)…

What happened to our other projects?

In the past year, we shared some of our plans for several upcoming releases. But many of them never made it to market. We thought you'd like a follow-up on this.
So, what's happened with our 7-Sins project, with our big monsters (dragon, phoenix, etc.), and with the damned and doomed Akzeltolt?
Well, in a simple rude phrase that we don't much like : lack of profitability.
Ouch, we've said it.
They're tough choices to make, but in the end, we do have to pay the rent every month :-(

And that's why, for now, we are focusing on our female miniatures because you seem to like them quite a bit, and you're finding many ways of including them in your games.
So you can expect to see many more of these in the next few months, in both Fantasy and SciFi.
(And if you want something specific in the female category, we are listening !)

But yes, the harsh reality has a way of getting in the way of some exciting projects that can't see the light of day as soon as we'd have liked.
For example, a miniature like Gluttony was a LOT of work to develop, to sculpt and to bring to life. And in the end, sales were not what we'd expected. Legendary Gluttony is a truly amazing miniature, in our opinion probably the best we've ever created.
But it is also seems to be a bit too different.
To our big surprise, we keep hearing people telling us: "I don't really know how to use it in a game"...

Raging Heroes is still a young company and we have to make sure most releases achieves a reasonable amount of sales, or else we won't have the funds to make the next one :-(
Because of this we've had to put on the back-burner projects that were somehow a bit too daring, different, or big.

We also had to postpone some projects that needed to be cast in resin because we could not find a foundry that would be able to produce the number of items we needed at the level of quality and volume we required. This is settled now as we have an awesome provider.

And so, the ever-dead Akzeltolt may finally rise from the tomb if all goes well!
And we are also slowly working on Wrath

As usual, we are listening, so don't hesitate to leave your comments below...

Thank you for your initial feedback on our upcoming Kickstarters!

Below you'll find answers to your many comments and questions so far. While we haven't addressed each one separately, we've tried to cover all those where we could provide more info on what's coming.

But, there's so much of it, this is only Part 1. We'll do Part 2 tomorrow, so stay tuned!

If you are new to this conversation, you should know that we are planning three different Kickstarters, one for each of the following armies: the Kurganova Shock Troops (a.k.a. the "Rambettes"), a Dark Elves Army, and the Sci-Fi Sisters of Eternal Mercy.

The Kurganova Shock Troops will be our first Kickstarter project.

Check out the first Kickstarter installment if you missed it.

Oh, and we thought you'd like a new image. This one is for the future Dark Elves Army Kickstarter.

Please give us a time estimate. I need to budget accordingly.

The "Rambettes/Kurganova" Kickstarter is currently planned for February, with an ending in late March. If all goes well, the rest should follow in turn.

Will you guys stop at nothing to take all of my money?!

Nope! We're evil ;-)

Dark Elves Army – Spear and xbows infantry, harpies, dark riders, heroes & lords, cauldron (or some kind of sacrifice altar), Pegasus would be more than welcome.

Yes indeed! More of less all of that is in the works…

Raging Heroes + Sucker Punch + Tank Girl = a very happy fan.

Yeahh! We do like to go for the deep philosophical stuff too ;-)

a Kickstarter thats coming to kick ass and chew gum.. just dont tell the girls the Kurganova’s blew the gum out an airlock.

Love it!

Lovely art, fun, cheeky, looks like trouble. Can’t wait to see concepts, characters, sculpts, and optional extras so big gangs dont look alike – head swaps (gotta have one blowing a bubblegum bubble), arms, weapons.

Yeah for the bubble gum.

As for the troops, they are planned to be multi-part and customizable.

And we also thinking of bits expansion packs…

Very sad my Phoenix is on hold, maybe one day it will be affordable.

We really like that project very much, so we hope so too.

Will you be making plastic kits?

Not injected plastics, but definitely some cool stuff. More on that soon.

For the sake of my bank account can the close be somewhere around late March/early April?

It's looking like the close will be around late March.

If you plan to stick to female minis, does it mean the DE army will be mainly or even exclusively female?

Each Dark Elves unit will be half female, half male, except for the Blood Vestals and the mounted Blood Vestals that everybody has been clamouring for.

Most of the hero characters will be female, though, unless you really want it otherwise.

My poor, poor money :(

Sorry about that… :-(

Glad to see your company sharing ideas and giving reasons for why certain things are happening, or not!

Yes, we think it's important to share with you what's going on behind the scene.

The Dark Elf army scheme has my full attention. Obviously spears and xbows are essential, harpies too.

Yes indeed, and all kinds of other units…

Elite infantry might have add on extras to produce characters rather than made separate minis.

We will definitely do some multi-parts troops, but we like to create hero characters that are more than some bits assembled together. While many people create amazing characters through conversions, many other like to fall in love with a mini that's been carefully designed with lots of 'oomph' and personality. We think that this is what helped theKurganovas / von Königsmark be so popular. Also, we LOVE creating characters! That's what's makes our work exciting.

A center piece model such as an altar, or cauldron would be superb.

Ohhhhh, you're in for a crazy treat…

Some sort of familiar would be a nice touch.

There's a good chance of that.

I’d like to see, perhaps as a limited run, a character pack that included a slave master, assassin, torturer, robed/ semi naked slave etc.

Maybe not exactly this, but some pretty good equivalent…

There has been a distinct lack of female models on the market for years. (…) Now if you could just do some female head sprues, bald heads and some with hair. I’d buy 200+ heads if you did this!

Yes, we definitely think good-looking female minis are an asset to any army!

For now, we are not sure exactly how we will do this, but we are definitely considering doing some kind of expansion packs for our minis in the form of bits…

So this is what it feels like to have a miniature company dedicated to producing exactly what you want…

Thanks! We really try hard to stay in tune with what you guys are looking for.

I know you’ve heard it before, but here’s hoping Old Man Kurganova can make a showing, along with a version of Ivanka that can be mounted on a bike or cyberwolf.

Yes and yes… We definitely would like you to meet other members of the Kurganova family.

We have refrained from putting Ivanka on a bike because we are still not sure that there's demand for that. The Kickstarter will be a great opportunity to delve deeper on this topic.

Will the kurganovas be in the kickstarter or do i have to order them separately?

The Kurganovas will be included in the Kickstarter, but at this time, we cannot guarantee you that we will still have any Limited Edition Kurganovas Box Set left. This means that you will be able to get the three sisters but perhaps not their dog Charlie and Ivanka's special edition weapon.

Is the dark pegasus among the units shelved or part of production? Please be the latter as its the model I’ve most anticipated for the last two years.

You can rest easy ;-) The reason we have not yet released it is because it made more sense to release it as part of the Kickstarter. Also, we know that many gamers use several Pegasus with different types of riders in their armies. And so, if you feel that you might want two different models of Pegasus, tell us and we'll see if this is doable…

We've mentioned it before, but may we also strongly suggest that you ask us (Asharah Raging) as a friend on Facebook, (for communication purposes, "Friending" Asharah is more effective than "Liking" the Raging Heroes page). At this point in time, Facebook is probably the best way to get real time info on what's going on with our Kickstarter and other projects.

You can also follow us on Twitter. We're not very effective Twitterers yet, but all our Facebook posts do get an automatic Twitter update.

And finally, we need YOU! To make this happen, PLEASE, PLEASE, SPREAD THE WORD!

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