First, I’m going to flat out tell you I’m biased about this amazing Kickstarter happening right now. I wrote the 5e compatible adventure that comes with the miniatures. However, the reason I bought into working with Northumbrian Tin Soldier was the quality of their miniatures and the excitement and energy of the folks involved. The Kickstarter is already funded, by a lot. They have added stretch goals that really increase the value of each pledge level too.
1) High Quality Miniatures
Northumbrian Tin Soldier creates some of the best miniatures I’ve seen on the market. I have a slew of miniatures I’ve picked up over the years, from Ral Partha, to Warhammer, to Wiz Kids, whoever, I’ve likely got a box of unpainted miniatures from them in my crate of gaming equipment. (Yeah, I’m the guy that never paints his figs… like everyone else). So, when I saw the quality of the miniatures this company produced I was BLOWN away. They are absolutely beautiful. The quality the company produces on a regular basis picks me up and hurls me to the floor.
2) You Get a 5e Compatible Adventure
This is the self-serving item on the list. I wrote the adventure to accompany the miniatures and I think it is a lot of fun. While I don’t want to give away spoilers, it includes some puns, engagement with the setting and NPCs of Crumptown, and hints at a deeper backstory for the world the miniatures live within. My goal with the adventure was to give you a good start for deeper stories in and around the Darkewood, and I think it helps as a pathway into that world. Will there be more in the future? I’m not sure, but it would be great to see this universe get expanded.
3) The Miniatures Are A Great Value
For $78 you get 22 miniatures. I don’t know of any other miniature set which is that good of a value. This includes the stretch goals which have already been unlocked, making this a really good value campaign. On top of that, you can back the campaign for as low as $33 and get 4-5 miniatures that are high quality. The more we add, the more we get other miniatures added to the list too, so, it’s really something that will become an even better value as time goes on.
4) The Cats
The Cats themselves are awesome, both the miniatures and their story information. These cats have been changed by dark forces deep within the Darkewood. No one knows why, no one knows what this may mean for the future, but honestly, the story hooks and ideas are endless. There are cats for each of the 5e core classes, with a short backstory and hooks for other stories that you can run for them.
All in all, I think Northumbrian Toy Soldier is a great company to support and I would recommend checking out their campaign on Kickstarter before it ends.
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