Watchful I Studio is embarking on our first project. This range of miniatures will be posted on a Kickstarter going live Monday, March 23, 2015 at 12pm EST. We are planning on posting a draft of our Kickstarter to allow the public to give us feedback on the setup and different levels so we can make this a very successful endeavor. This is the first of many armies that we hope to cover during the same period in history with all of the forces complimenting each other. This cohesion will allow players to collect and play games against one another knowing that they are lived and fought around the same time period. Once we have a few armies established we are planning on publishing a set of rules as well as other supporting products. Range: Warring States / Qin Dynasty (475 – 206 B.C.) Wave 1: Core Product allowing players to build the mainstay of Chinese armies Origin: China Scale: 28mm Casting Material: Metal (Plastic depending on Kickstarter results)
General consisting of the following parts: 1 Body, 4 distinct heads, 4 different right arm variants, and 2 different left arm variants
These are the metal components to the General inked but not cleaned in any capacity.
Unarmored Infantry has the following parts: 1 Body, Right arms equipped with: Spear, Dagger-axe, Crossbow, Bow, Sword, Curved sword, Javelin, and Standard pole
Lightly armored Infantry consisting of the following parts: 1 Body, Right arms equipped with: Spear, Dagger-axe, Crossbow, Bow, Sword, Curved sword, Javelin, and Standard pole
The metal components have been cast and here are some of the sprues for the unarmored and light infantry soldiers. These pieces are unaltered and uncleaned taken right out of the box and inked to show the details.
Armored Infantry offering the following bits: 1 Body, Right arms equipped with: Spear, Dagger-axe, Crossbow, Bow, Sword, Curved sword, and Standard pole
More metal bits for our heavy infantry and accessories. These items have been inked to show the details but have not been cleaned, polished or touched up.
25 Infantry Head Options: 5 variant heads with hair knot, 5 variant heads with hair bonnet, 5 variant heads with helmet, 5 variant heads with full helmet, 5 variant heads with officer’s hat
Accessories include: crossbow bolt quiver, bow sheath, arrow quiver, large shield, and round shield
Light & Heavy Chariots include: 2 horse poses, 1 crew body (x2), left and right arms holding a dagger-axe, right and left arms gripping bows, right arm holding a standard pole, left and right arms holding chariot body, and 1 full chariot (Bodies, heads and arms are interchangeable with the infantry and cavalry) Additional options include a hanging crossbow, severed heads, and shields could be hung from the chariots
Officer’s Chariot contains: 1 unique chariot body, 2 different right arms, 1 left arm holding the chariot frame, 1 crossbow and crossbow bolt quiver, and 1 general’s body. Chariot includes chariot driver & 4 horses. (Arms and heads are interchangeable with general on foot)
Cavalry was beginning to become an important part of strategy and they were more maneuverable than the antiquated chariot. Several different types of cavalry were created by the different Warring States including light and heavy cavalry as well as bringing in neighboring skilled barbarian horsemen.
We have been very active on designing concept art for a fantasy range that hopefully will be a welcome addition to the Chinese range. Moving forward we would like to design several armies that could be played historically or in a fantasy setting depending on the players preference. Range: Warring States / Qin Dynasty (475 – 206 B.C.) Wave 2: Fantasy Product Range as a possible supplement opened up in the Stretch Goals portion of the Kickstarter Origin: China Scale: 28mm Casting Material: Metal
Fu Dogs are the guardians of revered temples, shrines, and palaces. They are often enchanted to come to life when sensing wrong-doers in the area. The Fu Dogs consist of 2 poses as stone statues and 2 poses in animated forms
Terracotta Warriors will consist of between 4-6 individual poses equipped with similar weaponry as the infantry.
The Fangshi Exorcist abhors undead and supernatural beings and uses his skills to banish them. The Exorcist consists of either 1-2 poses equipped with bell, horse hair brush, mirror and wooden sword.
Undead consist of between 4-6 poses including vanquished warriors and deceased civilians.
Hu-Hsien are changelings that are often hired as spies or assassins because of their uncanny ability to transform from a humanoid into a fox escaping any detection with ease. The Hu-Hsien consists of 2 poses in the humanoid form and in the fox animal form
Fangshi Necromancers study the art of communing with the dead and spirits. Necromancers may consist of between 1-2 different poses.
Dragon includes 1 full dragon pose and the shrine that it is rearing up on.
An alternate concept sketch of the dragon.
No force would not be complete without the myriad of war machines and support options that make fielding armies unique. Adding a variety of support choices can turn your standard army into a potent offensive force or a immovable solid stone wall. The army support options maintain a more historical feel to the army and may be included in both historical and fantasy games. Range: Warring States / Qin Dynasty (475 – 206 B.C.) Wave 3: Army Support Product Range as a possible supplement opened up in the Stretch Goals portion of the Kickstarter Origin: China Scale: 28mm Casting Material: Metal Shield Bearers – The pack will contain armored warriors marching towards the front lines carrying their huge shields as well as extra shields to set them in place once the battle has commenced. Alternate poses for archers and crossbowmen – A firing line needs to be properly represented by soldiers loading and/or firing their weapons so there will be alternate poses for the archers and crossbowmen Repeating crossbowmen – Citizens and warriors alike would own repeating crossbows in order to protect their homes from invaders. The range of the repeating crossbow was quite limited but very deadly in close quarters. Giant crossbow – An unorthodox weapon and one that requires the user to lay on his back and hold the crossbow with outstretched legs. An additional crewman is required to load the large bolts as the other soldier holds the crossbow to fire.
Repeating crossbowmen ambushing a catapult and its crew.
War drums and flags were used as a method of communication on the ancient battlefields of China. Not every commander would have the time to array such an awesome display of musicians but all commanders would have a corps of musicians to direct their troops in battle.
The ballista was a difficult weapon to transport and move around the battlefield but its excessively large bolts caused fear in the enemy.
Generals are only as good as the information they are provided so it is paramount to have highly skilled spies and military counselors by their side.
Assassins play pivotal roles in generating fear and removing both internal and external threats.
Engineers are an important part of the war machine and provide a much needed service of building and tearing down fortifications, constructing bridges, destroying obstacles, and providing much needed siege equipment.