TGG2 - UPDATE #23 – $800,000+: This is only the Beginning!

Our first Kickstarter was insane, and this one has been even more amazing!!!! We were over $300,000 in less than three hours!!!!!!! We topped the previous one and we did it in just 15 days!!!! Once again, thank you for your ongoing and outstanding support!!! #BestBackersEver!

What's next?

We are going now to take some well-earned time off, as the team has been working without any day off for almost two months now... So please don't be concerned our worried if you don't immediately get replies to your emails and messages.

As you probably know, we opened a Paypal option a couple of days ago, and we will be leaving it open until at least the end of the month of April.

As mentioned on the front page, the Pledge Manager will only open when we are ready to send a first batch of miniatures to the foundry, so this will not happen right away.

Once we get back, our first task will be to add new people to the team to make the production process more efficient. We will also take some time to go visit our partner foundries. We haven't had the opportunity to do it before, and this will help us to all better understand each others' work, methods, and needs, and will have a direct positive impact on the production.

We will of course keep you posted on this. As noted in the FAQ at the bottom of the front page, we will publish about one Update every month now that the campaign is over.

We love to hear from you. You can always contact us via the Kickstarter messaging system, our on our Live Chat (it prompts you to leave a message when we're not available), or via email at RagingHeroesTeam@gmail.com.

Once again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your wonderful support. We are very excited to bring all the TGG2 concepts to your tabletop, and we are grateful that you gave us the opportunity to do so!

TGG2 - UPDATE #22 – Over $780,000 already + Fracas + New Stretch Goals + Posters and More...

Ending this Campaign with a Punch!

Yes, it actually happened. 

We went off for a fast-food dinner break an hour ago. And on the parking lot, a beefy young chap came from nowhere to come pick a fight our cheery little gang.

Muscles bulged. Punches were thrown. A fracas, as some might say ;)

Well, everyone's fine and now back to work with nary a split lip in sight, but that's probably because, quite frankly, as we approach the final 2 hours of this campaign, we have no more adrenalin left...

Last-minute Surge!

The Surge is on! These 2 remaining hours are sure to unlock more stretch goals!

Here's what's up on deck now:

Posters and More...

Several people have asked us if we'd sell our “Nuns Strike Back” poster, and if we'd do T-shirts and more drink coasters too. Well, we will! We've already begun work on this, and we'll likely include them in the Add-ons section later on.

Here's where we're at so far...

Recent Unlocks

In case you missed them:

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of our concepts in larger size. We are continuing to update our TGG2 Pinterest board as well, where you'll find loads of TGG2 images all in one place to see and share them easily. 

TGG2 - UPDATE#21 - 5 Hours Left + Bonus Unlock + Kraash in 3D + Nearly 300 Sculpts! + The '3 Faves' Challenge

Less than 6 hours left to go, and we still have new stuff for you :)

Bonus Unlock

Everything is awesome! Everything is great!

OK, we may have been listening to the Lego song too much, but we do think that optimism begets happiness! 

And look what just happened: the team did a putsch and overruled the campaign manager. 

So boom! Bonus unlock, because the team WANTS TO DO THAT ONE (no double entendre meant).

So here we go: Sister Trematta SF is now unlocked!

3D-Sculpted Kraash

And look what just came in from the 3D sculpting team:

We hope you like it :) Please keep in mind that we will likely do additional touch-ups before it goes out for 3D printing.

WOW – Nearly 300 sculpts!

So, in just 15 days, look at all that's been accomplished! In total, there have been 300 sculpts unlocked! This is totally amazing!!!!!!! (cue the Lego song in French)

Larger size image link: http://i.imgur.com/OqvaAbC.jpg

We thought it would be handy for you to have all the concepts in one place for quick reference, so we've made this big chart wit everything that's been unlocked to date. (We'll of course update it later for the last unlocks).

The '3-Faves' Challenge

Just a few more hours!!! So we thought we'd kill 3 birds with one stone: Spread the word one last time, find out about your favourite TGG2 models, and find out about where you like to hang out.

So here's The '3-Faves' Challenge:

1- Go through the Pinterest TGG2 board and CHOOSE your 3 favourite models (http://bit.ly/TGG2-Pinterest).

2- SHARE these 3 images on your favourite social network, blog, forum, email, ... 

3- Come back on the TGG2 Comments Thread and tell us WHICH 3 images you shared andWHERE you shared them.

Ready? Let's do this!!!!!

TGG2 - UPDATE #18 – 24 Hours Left + Already $700,000 + How to Unlock the Minis that you Want + New 3D Sculpt Wip + New Freebie + More Images

Already a $700,000!

What an amazing campaign! We are extremely excited about the success of this campaign so far. From the outside, it may seem that since we did around $700,000 with our first Kickstarter TGG1, it was obvious that we'd do the same with TGG2. But hey, this is Kickstarter. Nothing is ever certain :)

What we presented in TGG2 is in some ways much more daring than in TGG1, and we really did not know how you guys would react to that. But you've proven to us that you definitely enjoy and want more creative and, sometimes, more adult designs. And you've also showed us that you yourselves can be quite creative: we have been impressed by the high number of different games and settings you will be using the TGG2 minis in.

It is very rare for a miniatures-only Kickstarter campaign with no game attached reaches such high goals, and it keeps on growing! Thank you again so much for your support, you are truly amazing!

24 hours left to go!

We're now entering the last 24 hours of the TGG2 kickstarter campaign, and we need you more than ever to push it even higher. Typically, there is last-minute “surge” on most campaigns, but we do need YOU to make it happen!

So tell all your friends!

Also, please share the campaign's images: we've got loads of images sprinkled all over theUpdates, or all in one place on Pinterest.

And go to the front page, and check out what's now unlocked, as well as what's coming.

Oh, by the way, you can do a lot to help unlock the minis that you want:

How to Unlock the Minis that you Want

If you hear or see people saying things like “since I'm not sure that some of the minis that I want might not be unlocked, I'm reducing my pledge”, please tell them that this is definitely NOT the way to get unlock minis in this Kickstarter.

Remind them that they have until the last minute of the Kickstarter to revise the value of their pledge.

You are much better pledging the total amount you have in mind if everything you want as unlocked, because this will move the campaign forward and make new unlocks happen.

And this creates a snowball effect, as more unlocks attract more pledgers and higher pledges. And this will make everybody happy in the end :)

Otherwise, people sitting on the fence, lowering their pledge, and fearing that unlocks won't happen create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Backers can always pull back at the last moment if they feel that they won't get what they're looking for.

Soon to be Unlocked...Soon to be Unlocked...

3D Sculpt Work-In-Progress

Look what we got in our mailbox yesterday. This is a work-in-progress sculpt of Silkeeriss, the Dark Elves Hunter Pack Leader (SF). We think she is already truly epic, and we hope you'll feel the same!

New Freebie: Violet a.k.a. The Duchess

The mascots have been a huge success in our TGG1 Kickstarter. In fact, to this day, they are among our bestsellers. Since the beginning, we've wanted to add a little fun to some otherwise very dark universes and stories, and this is how characters like the mascots, the Lulus, the Minions were born. In fact, we definitely plan to have a board game starring all these little characters.

Today's mascot is the vulture of Lady Kashala. Violet is an old lady vulture with precious mannerisms. She has a very high view of herself and looks down on everybody else. Think of the Countess Dowager of Grantham (Downton Abbey) and you'll have a pretty good idea of Violet's character... 

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of concepts in larger size. We are continuing to update our TGG2 Pinterest board as well, where you'll find loads of TGG2 images all in one place to see and share them easily. 

TGG2 - UPDATE #17 – The Dioramas of the Connoisseur Add-on + Next Stretch Goals + More Images

The Dioramas of the Connoisseur Add-on

As detailed at the bottom of Update #16, the Connoisseur Special Add-on includes

  • the Webinars 
  • a signed and numbered PRINT edition of the TGG2 Artbook 
  • and an exclusive set of TGG2 miniatures in high-quality hand-poured resin staged in dynamic dioramas on specially design scenic bases and terrain pieces.

And now, as promised, here is a description of the 7 dioramas for the Connoisseur Add-on.

  • A Blade Maiden arming her sword to stop dead the charge of a Blood Vestal Rider
  • Mother Superior Augusta facing three hissing Mantis Warriors ready to jump her
  • Arkiish the Black Reaper standing on a hill as 3 Long Sword troopers charge past her and towards a band of 3 Regular Sister Warriors bracing for impact
  • Santa Dolores blasting a wave of Psychic energy that carves a crater in the ground and leaves the Centaur Heroin screaming in pain
  • The Daughters of the Orphanage command group facing Kraash about to launch her war beasts on the orphans
  • A recreation of The Daughters of the Crucible movie poster in live diorama action including the full command group and the title ‘The Nuns Strike Back’ in a ‘Hollywood Sign’ style at the bottom of the base
  • An Angel Warrior flying high in the sky vengefully striking 3 Harpies soaring up towards her

Next Stretch Goals

Unlocked Stretch Goals

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of concepts in larger size. We are continuing to update our TGG2 Pinterest board as well, where you'll find loads of TGG2 images all in one place to see and share them easily.

TGG2 - UPDATE #16 – New Freebie + Paypal BONUS UNLOCKS + NEW: The Add-ons (Webinars & Male Dark Elves Kits & Freebies & The Connoisseur Special)

New Freebie: Lady Melith, Lust Elf Courtesan

By nature, the Lust Elves are shape shifter, continuously altering their form, growing or losing limbs at will, and able to move like no other living thing. Some of them use this ability as an infiltration tool to walk among humans undetected. And when they revert back to their preferred form, it is usually too late for their prey. 

Lady Melith enjoys the power plays and intrigues that fill the Humans corridors of powers. Haunting ceremonies, balls, and festivities, she uses her otherworldly charms to seduce even the most hermetic, until she lets her mask down and terror seizes their heart.

The Paypal Option

As mentioned earlier, we have now created our Paypal Pledge page, for those who prefer to use Paypal for pledging.

And on the Comments Thread, we saw that Justin Christensen very kindly explained to fellow backers why the Paypal option is there, etc.:

"For people not understanding the paypal thing:

Some people wanted the paypal option because you can link paypal directly to your bank account, so it is a way to pledge if you don't have a credit card.

The paypal pledges will not show up on the kickstarter tally, as they are not part of kickstarter. Because of this it is impossible to make the EB (Early Birds) function work with the paypal pledges. So no EBs with Paypal.

Due to the paypal pledges not showing in the kickstarter tally, the folks at Raging Heroes will be unlocking things via 'bonus unlocks', based on the amount pledged. So the paypal pledges are helping with unlocks, just in a different way. That is a good thing, as last time they didn't count toward unlocks at all.

So we will still have our stretch goals here, as well as an increasing number of bonus unlocks via the paypal tally."

Thanks Justin!!

Paypal Bonus Unlocks

We launched the Paypal option yesterday, and things are moving very well! So, again, we're going to trust our backers to come through! Based on what's already come in, we've made an estimate of what's to come and decided to immediately unlock 5 new Stretch Goals instead of waiting for the funds to come in hour by hour.

ADD-ONS

In this Kickstarter, you have the possibility to pledge for Add-ons. They are additional Rewards that you can also pick from. We are listing all the add-ons at the bottom of the Campaign page. Here are the ones we have prepared for you:

Webinars Add-On

Like with TGG1, we will be streaming a live Webinar about Designing and Sculpting 3D miniatures. From the feedback we received last time, people really enjoyed the content we provided, so we thought it would be cool to do it again this time. It will be presented by Jean-Romain, our Sculpt Supervisor, and Benoit, our Art Director. Benoit has been a teacher in a VFX school and delivered talks at prestigious international conferences, so he's quite used to demonstrate and explain to an audience that is not necessarily well-versed in the topics covered.

The webinars will be delivered in 2 segments of 2h30 hours each, for a total of 5 hours. Although last time, the 5 hours, ended up closer to 8 hours, actually :)

Male Dark Elves Add-Ons

For several years now, Raging Heroes' signature has been female characters. But as we develop our world and our games, it is obvious that make characters will also have a place there. And by popular request, here is a first step towards this evolution.

We are now adding four expansion kits to customise your Dark Elves Troops:

  • Light Troopers heads and torsos: 5 male heads and 5 light-armoured torsos compatible with the Spearmen/Crossbowmen/Swordsmen.
  • Light Command Group heads and torsos: 3 Champions male torsos and 3 male heads compatible with the Spearmen/Crossbowmen/Swordsmen.
  • Heavy Troopers heads and torsos: 5 male heads and 5 heavy-armoured torsos compatible with the Halberds/Long Swords/Draahks Riders.
  • Heavy Command Group heads and torsos: 3 Champions male torsos and 3 male heads compatible with the Halberds/Long Swords/Draahks Riders.

Freebies Add-Ons

As in TGG1, you are now also able to add Freebies to your pledge, either because you want more than one, or because your pledge does not grant you the Freebies pack (below Lieutenant Box Pledge). We'll update this image on the front page as we unveil the remaining Freebies.

The Connoisseur Special Add-on

We have also planned a very special add-on for those of you who want the most exclusive stuff... Please keep in mind that this is an add-on. You can pledge for this and choose No Rewards, and you'll be able to assign your funds to this add-on, or you can increase your Pledge (or jump to a higher Pledge Level, which gives you more funds to play with) to cover the cost of this Connoisseur Reward.

This add-on will contain the following:

  • The webinars (see above for details).
  • A signed and numbered PRINT edition of the TGG2 Artbook.
  • An exclusive set of TGG2 miniatures in high-quality hand-poured resin staged in 7 dynamic dioramas on specially design scenic bases and terrain pieces (details below)

We call this an exclusive set because we will be taking the miniatures listed below and flip their sculpts. This means that their right side becomes their left side. And so, you get a special version of these miniatures that won't be available anywhere else in this Kickstarter but in the Connoisseur Special Add-on. 

The full set will come complete with a special numbered and signed certificate. 

There will be 7 dioramas in total, showcasing 30 Heroines and Troopers in full action. And some of the minis will actually be slightly different than what is otherwise available in the Kickstarter, as their poses, accessories and expressions will be reworked to fit the action of the scene in the most effective way.

We'll provide more details on this in our next Update. 

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of concepts in larger size. We are continuing to update our TGG2 Pinterest board as well, where you'll find loads of TGG2 images all in one place to see and share them easily.

TGG2 - UPDATE #15 – NEW Stretch Goals!!!

Here is a NEW Stretch Goals List.

And as mentioned in our previous Update, if the Paypal Pledge option starts moving well, expect some serious BONUS UNLOCKS on Troops Boxes and All-Star Boxes very soon!

TGG2 - UPDATE #14 – Paypal Option is LIVE + OVERLORD Pledge: New Time & Details + more!

OK, guys, we've been doing a lot of work today, and so, we are continuing to stagger the info in several Updates. Here's one now. There will be another one up shortly, on the NEW UPCOMING STRETCH GOALS!!!

Paypal Option is now open!

As promised, and as requested by many, we have now created our Paypal Pledge page, for those who prefer to use Paypal for pledging.

So, pass on the message: the TGG2 Kickstarter Paypal pledging is here: http://bit.ly/TGG2-Paypal

Bonus Unlocks

If Paypal starts moving well, expect some serious BONUS UNLOCKS on Troops Boxes and All-Star Boxes very soon!

The Overlord Pledge Launches Earlier – Time Changed!

The Overlord Pledge which will be launched in just a few hours: It will be a $2000 Pledge:

OVERLORD BOX (a $3,600 retail value & $200+ of retail value Freebies!): Choose $2,400 worth of any TGG2 minis + get the Digital Artbook + ALL FREEBIES and FREE UPGRADES!

But, we changed the time!!! See the new countdown.  So watch for it: we are launching it Monday at 2:30PM! With Early Bird Deals, too! That's 1:30 P in the UK time, 8:30 AM on the US East Coast, etc. More times around the world.
See our countdown, or share it. 

Vladimir and Tobias vs the Minions

Oh, and by the way, we kind of feel this is how the Minions scatter when Vladimir and Tobias (see Update #13) show up...

Can you think of other links?

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of concepts in larger size. We are continuing to update our TGG2 Pinterest board as well, where you'll find loads of TGG2 images all in one place to see and share them easily.

 

TGG2 - UPDATE #13 – New Freebies: The Terrible Twos + Add-Ons Coming + Countdown to New Overlord Pledge

New Freebies: The Terrible Twos!

So we said you'd get 15 Freebies. Well, we lied. In fact, you'll be getting 16! Because today is double-freebie day!

Meet Vladimir the Virtuous and Tobias the Tenacious, the Sisters' mascots. Vladimir is a little owl-griffin with a twitchy eye, and Tobias is Wolpertinger with a perpetual frown.

It is hard to be small and fluffy and cute when all you want is to be a mighty creature that instills fear and respect in the heart of your enemies.

Vladimir and Tobias ardently wish they could be gigantic beasts who kick ass on the battlefield, and nothing gets them more annoyed than when the Sisters and the Orphans squish and squeeze them and ruffle their feathers and call them cute.

The only way they found to vent their frustration and live their dream of grandeur is to boss the Minions, the small subdued demons who perform the Sisters' lowly tasks.

You can often see gangs of Minions scatter in terror whenever the Terrible Twos appear.

Add-ons Coming

In most Kickstarters, you have the possibility to pledge for Add-ons. They are additional Rewards that you can also pick from. We will give you a detailed list of our Add-ons in another Update later today, which will include webinars and a Connoisseur pack...

Countdown to Overlord Pledge

A New Pledge Level is coming in on Monday!!! The countdown has started! 

Yes! Backers have been asking for new OVERLORD BOX pledge level! This will be the highest we'll have. And as usual, the higher the Pledge Level, the better the deal! 

So watch for it: we are launching it Monday April 6, and to make it even more tempting, it will come with Early Bird Specials too! 

It will launch at 8PM French time, so 7PM on UK time, 2PM on the US East Coast, etc. Moretimes around the world here.  See our countdown, or share it. 

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of concepts in larger size. We are continuing to update our TGG2 Pinterest board as well, where you'll find loads of TGG2 images all in one place to see and share them easily.

TGG2 - UPDATE #12 – New Freebie + 3D Prints + New Sisters' Backgrounds & Poster + New Images + Unlocks Logic + Heavy Weapons Design + Avatars + Beasts of War Webcast + more...

The 11th Freebie: Vanvyissah, Lust Elves General

It is really hard to understand the motives behind the actions of the Lust Elves. Do they really have an agenda, or are they just having “fun” playing some very twisted games?

Whatever the answer, a few things can be ascertained about them. For example, they do seem to have some sort of hierarchy, together with some kind of military organisation.

And Vanvyssah is one of their most feared generals.

3D Prints!

During the process of sculpting, as we get close to the final version, we very frequently make test prints. And we thought you'd like to get a peak at what's going on now...

Here is one we are pretty satisfied with, although we will likely add a few more touch-ups before we call it complete and ready to go into production. And so, please allow us to introduce the work-in-progress 3D printed Lady Darkryss in Fantasy version.

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New Background Info on the Sisters

As we explained earlier, the All Star Boxes for the Daughters of the Orphanage and the Daughters of the Crucible are a unit made of Heroines. So we thought we would tell you more about them..

Daughters of the Crucible (Sci-Fi)

When they built Cathedra, their original settlement, the life of the people of the Seven Mothers was paradisiac. And for centuries, the Order of Eternal Mercy mainly comprised law-abiding citizens and nobles.

But that was a long time ago. Things changed. When they began colonising other planets and went to war with the Iron Empire, everything became darker. Far away from Cathedra, the Sisters faced new perils and new enemies. Some Sisters started to fight dirty. The farther they were from Cathedra, the less support they received from their hierarchy. And so, many Sisters ended up fighting on their own to protect the innocents.

Facing street gangs, racketeers, corruption, a small group of Sisters went rogue so as to fight back on their own terms. They went underground, switch to less restricting uniforms, and developed a very unique fighting style , using two guns connected by a long chain that they would use as both range and melee weapons.

Despite being disowned by the Ecclesiarchy, they quickly gained a tremendous support from the poor and the weak.

Daughters of the Orphanage (Fantasy)

The Order of the Sisters of the Orphanage, their Fantasy counterpart, grew in the opposite direction.

At first, they were a small religious non-fighting order dedicated to helping the poor and teaching the illiterates. Most of them were organised in small churches and took care of street urchins and orphans, which is how the order became known as the Sisters of the Orphanage.

But when times grew hard, these women, who were mostly teachers, nurses and pacific religious souls were left to fend for themselves. Some got serious about their weapons training and gradually, the order developed into a full-blown knighthood order.

Today, it is a gigantic military force. Yet a few nuns still live among the common people and have maintained their tradition of protecting, teaching and fighting. The All-Star Boxes feature the most famous of them. Their founder was Mother Superior Augusta, a woman you don’t want to mess with. Augusta has now joined the ranks of the Regular forces, but she'll sometime come back and side with her fellow nuns when they are in dire need of extra striking power.

New Images for the Knights of the Chalice

Here are a few new drawings for your viewing pleasure :)

Please note that the weaponry for the Knights of the Chalice are still very much a work-in-progress... We are still debating what kind of weapons they should have, and we'd very much like your input on that. Please keep in mind that the Knight are to be considered as super-heavy troops!

On Unlocking Command Groups Before Troopers

We've been asked several times why, for some units, we are unlocking the Command Groups before the Troopers. There is a very good reason for this.

While this may not be needed, we have planned for the event of the Kickstarter not reaching high enough to unlock both the Command Group and the Troops for certain units: we'll make sure to give the Command Group box a Free Upgrade so that you can customise it either as a Troops box or as a Command Group box.

Heavy Weapons Design

As we did in TGG1, we have mainly focussed our efforts upon developing characters more than weaponry, because we know that we'll have more time to do this after the campaign. This is especially true for the Void Elves. For the Sisters, we've already begun work on their weapons.

You may or may not have noticed that in TGG1, part of the inspiration for the weaponry came from old motors and locomotives. For example, the KST Missile Launcher design is based on a streamliner train, whereas the Iron Empire Missile Launcher is based on a steam locomotive.

Below, you can see our process for the Sisters' weapons. Our main influence was gothic architecture and the decorative arts. And so, in the weapons themselves, you will find bits and pieces that come from gothic arches, pipe organs, reliquaries, etc. On this image, we've put them next to several TGG1 guns as a reference, and we've even put two of them in the hands of our KST troopers to get a feel for their size and proportion.

If you're not exactly sure if you should choose a Command Group box or a Troops box regarding their weaponry, you'll have plenty of time to make your final choice in the Pledge Manager based on the 3D renders of the final versions.

Add-Ons Coming Tomorrow

Add-Ons that you can add to your Pledge. To keep the excitement going, We've planned a few of them for the campaign, so make sure you don't miss tomorrow's Update for a taste of a brand-new Connoisseur pledge, webinars, and more...

Avatars

Better late than never! We've been so busy with other aspects of the campaign we almost forgot to share with you this series of Avatars you can use to support the TGG2 campaign on KS, your favourite blogs and forums, on Facebook

New Concepts + Pinterest

Here are new images of concepts in larger size. We are continuing to update our TGG2 Pinterest board as well, where you'll find loads of TGG2 images all in one place to see and share them easily.

Beasts of War Weekender Webcast

We had planned to go and pay a visit to the great people of Beasts of War, who kindly invited us to come and chat about TGG2 and our future game plans on their famous Weekender webcast. Unfortunately, as the days went by, we realised that it would take us away too long from the campaign to get ourselves from the South of France to their headquarters. Nevertheless, they did very well without us, in fact, probably better ;)

They perfectly nailed what we are striving for with the Raging Heroes minis. We are very excited about their coverage, so here's a big thank you to the entire Beasts of War team. You'll also see a lot of the TGG1 minis featured in it.

Check it out, you're sure to enjoy it. Plus, they are giving you a chance to win the Raging Heroes Jailbirds box that they review if you comment on YouTube. And if you want to convince other people to join the TGG2 campaign (http://bit.ly/TGG2KSlive) (and unlock more stretch goals), don't hesitate to SHARE their webcast! The Raging Heroes coverage starts at 39m45s.

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