26/02/2015 at 18:33 #18539
Over a generation ago, the planet Kwiell was set upon by aliens bent on exploiting the natural resources of the planet. The planet’s native population, the Ikwen, found themselves suddenly enslaved and their society rocked as they were enslaved, put to work and in many cases hunted and killed. The Ikwen have spent decades in frustrated servitude to these invading overlords, hedging on their beliefs and their close-knit kinship ties to get them through. It was only when the invaders sought to remove their spiritual identities that they found the courage to rise up and go to war.
The conflict began as acts of sabotage, ambushes and in some cases organized resistance but as time went on it grew into a very real, very active militia war. Weapons were procured through theft or the trade of the very resources they had been robbed of. Groups of soldiers took to the wilderness, the highlands and steppes where they enlisted the locals there into their fight. Ancient desert fortresses and settlements were once more turned into homes for fighters and their families. Ancient warrior traditions and less-spoken of factions found a renewed place in the world.
The Ikwen are one side of an asymmetric war against a higher tech, invading enemy. They fight in a less organized, militia style, utilizing acquired weapons, not of their of own manufacture.
While we see them as very much freedom-fighting indigenous life forms, use them as alien invaders, allies, mercenaries or even lower tech indigenous forces for more organized warfare.
On 4th March 2015 we will be releasing the next packs in the Loud Ninja Games range at 15mm.co.uk . These will be the Ikwen as described in the words of their imagineer Eli Arndt. Sculpted by Roderick Campbell there will be three packs and a platoon pack with saving.
Here are pictures of the codes for you to look at:
RAP016 Ikwen Militia with Assault Rifles (6 in pack)
RAP018 Ikwen Militia with Light Machine Gun (6 in pack – 3 poses)
RAP017 Ikwen Militia with Rocket Launchers (6 in pack – 3 poses)
RAP016P Ikwen Militia Platoon (24) with saving!
We will be putting up more information real soon in a background posting before the release. These are lovely 15mm sci-fi miniatures with an original idea behind them and we love them.
We hope you do too.
-Eli and Gavin
-Eli26/02/2015 at 20:10 #18554MikeKeymaster26/02/2015 at 20:13 #18555
An interesting reference. I imagine it likely do to the odd, familiar, yet different sort of representation and tribal attire. The crests might also evoke all the feathers from Tekumel.
-Eli26/02/2015 at 21:23 #18562EartherParticipant
Those are really really cool. I really like the ‘dual eye’ look you’ve given them. Great combat poses too.26/02/2015 at 21:34 #18563
I have an almost pathological need to make aliens with anatomy’s that I can explain.
In the case of the dual eyes, the Ikwen have never developed complex eyes. One set provides close in, focused vision. The other provides long distance vision. this multiple eye configuration is common across the various species of their planet.
The poses were based on images I had seen in pictures of militia fighters in places like Africa and the Middle East. There will likely be more poses in future releases after the primary troops have been rolled out.
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