|Imbrian Arts Miniatures does not disappoint with their kickstarter! That is indeed a wax seal on the certificate of authenticity!|
The kickstarter campaign launched amidst the commotion of a number of high-profile projects like Dreadball, Sedition Wars, and Kingdom Death (which was actually running at the same time). Jody’s campaign was much more modest in scope than those other campaigns; rather than looking to fund the production of an entire game, he just wanted to raise enough money to produce four of his 32mm miniatures (the King of Ghouls, a ghoul, an orc warrior, and a human swordsman). Having his campaign running at the same time as the massively successful Kingdom Death may have lost him some potential backers, as many were sinking hundreds of dollars on that. Even still, he shattered his $4000 goal and took in close to $63,000, providing the funds to produce far more than the four initial models he planned for.
I believe it was the distinctive look of his models that got people to notice his campaign. While the models all fit within the standard fantasy tropes (orcs, goblins, elves, etc.), each has a unique aire to them, one that is distinctly Jody’s. The orc warrior is a particularly good example of this, which exudes a seriousness not seen in the majority of orc models (the comical tone that characterizes most orc renditions today is nowhere to be found here). All of the musculature on the model makes sense and looks like something that could actually exist, which is a far cry from most of the orc models that flood the market.
|Perhaps the nicest looking orc since Brian Nelson redesigned the orcs for Games Workshop.|
|The collector's edition of the King of Ghouls was cast in resin and came in three pieces.|
|The King of Ghouls in all his glory. The raven carrying the eye of some unfortunate soul is a wonderful detail!|
|One of the bones that will be used in the planned skirmish game (You roll bones!).|