When I heard they were doing a Kickstarter campaign to make some Dark Dwarves, having picked up the range previously released by Hasslefree Miniatures, I decided to back it to both support a small company and get some quite cool armoured Dwarf models. While I wasn't a major backer, I did spring for two 5 Dwarf units and a character, as a potential starting point for a force for Dragon Rampant.
The campaign went pretty well for Macrocosm, raising £6,713 against their initial goal of £1,000. Delivery was listed as November 2016, so I'd mentally pegged them as arriving in the new year - imagine my surprise, then, when I received a package towards the end of September.
With the package in hand, I thought it might be taking a look at what was inside. And yes, I know it's taken me nearly a month to get to this point...
|Box of mystery|
So, let's start by taking a look at the package itself. It might not look it in the picture above, but Macrocosm have found a surprisingly small box for shipping these guys out - don't take the stamp's label of "Large" for granted, as I could almost hide it under my phone. A dwarf box for Dark Dwarves, perhaps?
One thing I would say to Macrocosm, though - it may be worth getting an updated stamp to include your company name as well as the address, as until I got inside the box I had no idea what was in my hands. I initially thought I may have ordered some dice or something, given the rattling from within.
|Smooth on the outside, crunchy on the inside...|
Can't argue with that.
I did wonder initially where the Mage was hiding, and it turned out he'd been added to the bag with the Dark Dwarves with Crossbows.
Moving on, let's take a look at the figures as they arrived.
|Every sinister force needs some missile support, right?|
|A small arcane bundle of evil|
|Time for form a shield wall|
Suffice to say, I'm happy with the results of my pledge with Macrocosm. The Dwarves turned up ahead of schedule, are nicely cast, and have a lot of character to them. As the start to a force for Dragon Rampant, I have no complaints - though I'm going to have to actually read the game to figure out what I'm going to need to pick up to expand the force further - some of the Beasts or Trolls for a monstrous infantry unit would be cool, as would Bull Centaurs as a cavalry option.
This was my first time dealing with Macrocosm through Kickstarter, and they proved to be quite adept at handling it - there was plenty of communication during the campaign, and regular updates afterwards so that people knew what was going on. I'd certainly back another project of theirs if there was one for a range that I was interested in, without worrying that the backers were going to cut and run.