The Fife & Drum Kickstarter Project has now passed the stretch goal of $16,000. This means that the Hessian Grenadiers and Jagers for the AWI will now be able to go into production in late 2014 or early 2015. A hearty thanks to all of the backers of this project. Your support of Fife & Drum is most appreciated.
Our next stretch goal is the $20,000 level -- this would unlock the Highland Regiment figures.
With respect to timing, I've pegged January 2014 for the delivery date of the first 16 dragoon castings, which will cover the British 16th Light Dragoons and the 1st Continental Dragoons.
After that, I am assuming six month intervals between new product releases that will be funded by the Kickstarter funding. So roughly, the British Legion and 3rd Continental Dragoons would go into production around June 2014 and the first of the Hessian infantry would arrive by the end of 2014. Then the second half the Hessians would be shipped by June 2015.
Richard and I will be exploring ways to create dollies for commonly used poses throughout the range. This will help reduce the amount of time it takes to sculpt a new figure and possibly improve the turnaround time a little bit. Basically, Richard is creating each figure from a dead start, whereas if some of the equipment pieces and heads are already made and available, then it doesn't take as much time to complete a figure.
It seems odd to be thinking about 2015 when I am primarily focused on working on the dragoons and getting ready for Historicon, next week, but successful "crowd funding" enables us to zero in on long-term plans with a higher degree of certainty.