Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Big Announcement

Well here it is, "The Great Storm Wardens Project"

We have gotten so much out of this hobby and our blogs that we decided to give back a bit and work together on something awesome, and give money to charity.

The end result will be an incredible painted army going to one of you, the WINNER of this drawing.

The Army.

The Storm Wardens are a new Space Marine chapter from the yet to be released Death Watch RPG. Together with Games Workshop, Fantasy Flight Games (Horus Heresy, Wings of War) has been developing the game which will be released this summer.

We approached the folks designing the Death Watch game while planning this project, and told them we were thinking of building a Storm Wardens army, and they loved the idea. They have been working with us in getting the look of the army just right and giving us some great unreleased fluff and imagery.

We are going to build a complete Storm Wardens Space Marine army with a decked out HQ, Marines, Veterans, Scouts, Terminators, and a bunch of vehicles, a massive army that any commander would be proud to field.

You will be able to see the army units come together and follow the army build progress through links to all the builders blogs on our "Storm Wardens" mini blog roll.

Who will be working on the army?

Thomas Wynn ( Wynn Studios)

Ron Saikowski (From the Warp)

Mister Justin (Secret Weapon Miniatures)

Mik (Miks Minis, Barter Bucket)

and us, Mike & John (Santa Cruz Warhammer)

Along with the blogger build team, we are going after some related hobby retailers to give up some loot to add to the army prize. Secret Weapon Miniatures is donating all the custom bases, and Chessex has already sent us the custom dice.

What can you do?

Well, you can give money to the cause. You can give to the fund at the top right of this page or any of the other participating bloggers, using PayPal or a credit card. Each dollar will also enter you in the free army grand prize drawing, the more you give, the better your chance of winning, and more money we can give to charity.

We will draw the winner in mid July.

What if I don't have any money, but I still want to help?

Dig around under the couch cushions or under the seat of your car, put on some dark sunglasses and sell pencils out of a cup on the street corner, or even sell some extra Warhammer minis on Ebay, then use that cash for a donation.

You can also help by linking to this project in your blog, telling your friends and other gamers, mention it at your gaming club or even posting about it in your favorite forums, this will help us get the most exposure we can, so we can raise more money for charity.

If you have a small business (or know someone who does) that might have a product to donate that would be great to add to this army, contact us about a feature during the build.

Why should I help out?

If you have ever read something on our blogs that you thought was cool, gave you a good idea, showed you how to do something better, downloaded a free drop pod template, used the Barter Bucket, or perhaps you even got something from us for free and you are feeling a bit guilty about it.... well, now is your chance to give something back, pay it forward, return a good turn.... well you know.

Oh yeah, and you could end up with an entire finished army, by giving $1 to the Storm Wardens Project.

Where does the money go?

The money will be a gift from us to Doctors Without Borders, and actually help people. We chose Doctors without Borders because their cause is a global pursuit to help people in need, where ever help is needed most, and they have a good track record with getting the $ where it does the most good.

So there you have it. I hope you are all as exited about this as we are, its been tough keeping it a secret.

So.......who wants a new army?

John & Mike


  1. I think this is great Mik! As I said before, I think you are way off on the raffle ticket. $5 would be much better. Can you enter multiple times? You should either allow that, or remove the one dollar and replace it with "A donation of your choice."
    You should also clarify the rules some, i.e. how many times you can enter, etc. I know this is not something you feel like you should have to worry about, but if you don't define the rules and someone comes back and says "I didn't know I could enter multiple times!", you are opening yourself up to complaints of false advertisement.
    Also, who is running this raffle? Not you- you would be breaking Tennessee state law by participating in unregulated (i.e. state gets a cut) gambling. I would check with the guys you are participating with and find out who has the most lax state regs on it.
    Sorry to throw all that at you at once, but having run many fundraisers at work, I know some of the pitfalls you could face.

  2. I just posted a heads up for the contest on my blog and it will be repeated every Monday until you guys draw it to a close.

    Best of luck yo!

  3. Oz, yeah there were some major revisions to the wording over night and everything should be fixed and copacetic. Since you have experience with this sort of thing, give it another once-over if you don't mind.

    You can enter as many times as you want; multiple times.

    @25mmW: Thanks man, it should be a lot of fun with some serious names in the 40k circles contributing for a pretty awesome army!

  4. Well, I made my donation and am in the running!

  5. I have made a donation, and I'll post a link to my group blog later tonight.

  6. Thanks KG and DS! Good luck to you guys!

  7. I've made a post at my group's blog, and I've also let the local wargames shop know on their Facebook page. So that's another 400 people who now know about your project. ;)

    Oh, and while I'm no good at all at anything to do with modelling or painting, if I can help out with art or writing or anything, do let me know.

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  9. I put in my donation! I would love a new army and Doctors with out Borders is a great charity. Good job!

  10. @KG, I saw the post thanks again. A lot of peeps are asking how they can help, as lame as it sounds, really just help by spreading the word and keeping it fresh in everyone's minds.

    @Shelexie: It is going to be one massively sweet army, lots of goodies on the list so far! Also, we're doing little giveaways leading up to it, stay tuned...