Dark Sword always pays its debts

By Polar_Bear
In Crowdfunding
Feb 20th, 2014
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Dark Sword Miniatures launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to expand their George R.R. Martin line of minis. It’s already well over the goal with 18 days still to go.

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From the campaign:

Dark Sword has been producing the critically acclaimed George R.R. Martin Masterworks range of tabletop gaming scale pewter miniatures at a very measured pace over the past 6+ years. About a miniature a month is what it has broken down to. These miniatures are created working closely with George himself from how he envisioned the characters from the books in his mind – they are not from the HBO series. George personally approves every single sculpt as he is an avid miniature collector (his personal collection is beyond epic) and has quite the eye for what he wants in this line. With your backing and support on this project, we would like to increase this pace and come out with a very large expansion of new miniatures in one unified release for the range in early 2014.

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  • Justacomment

    Once again another company that does not need a kick to start…Just another pre-order system..

  • surprize

    You cynic! This is clearly a small start-up company using kickstarter to test the water for an obscure line of miniatures for which they have no idea if there is a market, or even if many people will have heard of this “game of thrones”.

    Its a shame they all seem to be sculpted by Tom Meier. I’ve looked at the line before and the sculpts by Jeff Grace are quite nice, just don’t like Tom’s sculpts; poses and faces feel off to me.

  • I don’t get the idea that an established company can’t use Kickstarter. Simply because I’ve been selling things for a long time doesn’t mean I have the money to invest in a project.

  • mweaver

    Some lovely miniatures in that set. My wife supported the project about 4.3 seconds after she came across it.

    I think Tom Meier is one of the most talented sculptors out there, personally. But he has a fairly distinct style, so I can understand if you don’t like that style, you won’t like his miniatures in general. I find them extremely well proportioned figures with excellent faces.

    Agree that Jeff Grace is another very talented sculptor.

    -Michael

  • KelRiever

    I have no interest in the kickstarter not because Darksword shouldn’t do it, but because I have no interest in the overrated world of George RR Martin.

    There, I said it.

    • parrot1500

      Amen, KelRiever.

  • darkendlight

    I am not sure why but I just don’t like the miniatures that are shown in the kickstarter.

  • Justacomment

    Varagon what are they raising this money for? They have the rights, the production connections and I promise you if this kickstarter were to fail somehow they could still make all of these minis…you know the normal way of doing business like they did with every other mini they produce. Kickstarter should not be used as a preorder system by the bigger companies as it sets expectations to high when a little guy or actual new start company wants to try themselves. If Varagon INC wanted to make minis and tried to kickstart your potential backers would immediately compare your “deal” to reaper, cool mini etc. I know people how back stuff on there solely based on potential savings now and that’s not the point of crowd funding.

    Just a comment though….

    • Myrthe

      Good points if we were in the time of Kickstarter in it’s infancy. Unfortunately, the way Kickstarter (and general crowdfunding) has evolved, I think your points are outdated and seem like my Gramps looking back wistfully at “the Good Ole Days” 😉 We can’t change what Kickstarter has evolved into. It’s just a different tool for companies to gain funding in a faster-than-conventional way and test the demand for product at the same time. Pre-order, or not, startup or established.

      Having said that, and I don’t disagree with your points, I would like to see Kickstarter begin to differentiate between the two types of projects, though. Maybe holding established companies to a higher standard and obligating them to deliver product and in timely fashion.

      I know the Kickstarter of today isn’t what the creators envisioned it to be when they launched. Manufacturers and consumers have dictated its evolution. But I think it’s time that Kickstarter formally grow up and try to address some of the issues that have been plaguing larger projects and, in turn, effecting pledges on smaller ones. Lofty goals of supporting the arts and small start-ups is great but, if you’re going to also host projects of well-established companies looking to fund a new project, you need to view that with a critical eye and a different set of rules. Right now, the overlap is posing more and more problems.

      Personally, I don’t mind a pre-order if it allows a company to bring something to market years sooner than they would normally be able to. Ultimately, like any purchase or investment, it falls to the individual making it to decide if it’s worth the cash.