As many of you will know already, Rick Priestley is on Kickstarter with his vision of a comprehensive science-fiction wargaming universe: Beyond the Gates of Antares. Beyond the Gates of Antares is a rather unusual Kickstarter-campaign, one that I have given a tough, critical look recently.
In Rick Priestley’s impressive CV as a game designer (which is – not least – the honey this Kickstarter lays out to entice you), one entry that stands out is – of course his pivotal role in designing the game that would become the most successful miniatures wargame of all: Warhammer 40K.
Now, these two things – Rick Priestley’s bid to make his dream-game succeed on an ambitious Kickstarter and his history as a 40K-designer back when Margret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan ruled the world – joined in a rare 40K-collectors-giveaway opportunity.
This handsome little fellow:
What Is That?
That little fellow is a very early proto-Space Marine miniature from the playtesting of the first edition of Warhammer 40.000. Indeed, it is from Rick Priestley’s personal miniature collection, used by himself in playtesting the miniature wargame that would come to define this wonderful hobby of ours for the next three decades.
This really makes Rogue Trader look like new-school.
And yet, there are already many design elements in the miniature that are familiar to 40K-players today: The beaky-helmet; the studded shoulder-pads; the back-pack. All things considered, it is quite amazing how “little” overall, has changed in the broader design of the humble Space Marine over all those decades.
How Can I Win It?
As said, Rick Priestley has decided to part with this rarity to promote his Beyond the Gates of Antares Kickstarter. He will send this miniature, along with a personal letter or certificate of authenticity to one lucky winner of the latest, Gates of Antares-related Beasts of War giveaway!
The details to winning this unique collectors item can be found in this Beasts of War interview with Rick Priestley and his partners. The interview is well worth watching, though you wont find the giveaway until the ~55 Minute mark!
To enter, leave a comment below this video on YouTube, on Beasts of War and/or – most notably – write a blog article about Gates of Antares (and hence it might be worth watching the video) to stir the pot a bit for Rick Priestley’s latest venture.
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