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*Update 11/21/13*

Only one day left for The Protectorate Wars art book kickstarter guys! kck.st/1dkwhua
We're also only $72 away from a stretch goal to add 10 more pages to the book (going up to 110). Not much left to say other than my continued thanks for all the support you've shown so far. Now to wait and see what we end up with.

*Update 11/14/13*

Just hit 100% funding! Time to start gearing up for full production.
There are still 8 days left in the campaign however, so there's still room to raise more funding. Every additional $1000 in funding will add 10 pages to the book.
Go pledge and share! www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

Another reminder to all existing backers. If you've previously pledged $5, $12, or, $15 (Transmission Interception, Hot Dropped Marine, and Hardened Marine options), you can increase your pledge by $2 to add the Elemental 30 page side booklet to your rewards.

Thank you everyone for your support so far. You asked for a Rangers book and now you've made it happen. It wouldn't be possible without your help. I think this is going to kick off a lot of new things for the Rangers Project, this book is just the first step.

*Update 11/11/13*

Getting close! We passed 80% funding today. The pace is trending toward $6000 in funding which will add 10 pages to the book (making it 110 pages), but if there's a strong showing for the remaining time adding 20 or 30 pages is very achievable.

I recently added the option of an Elemental specific art book to go alongside the main book. It's going to start at 30 pages and contain mostly existing art, but it will have a few new bits not posted in my DA gallery.  For all you fans of my Elemental design, this should be an easy choice.
How to get this add-on?
If you've backed between $5 to $15 (Transmission Interception, Hot Dropped Marine, and Hardened Marine packages) you just have to add $2 extra to your pledge and it's yours.
If you've backed one of the higher options ($35 or more, or have already over-pledged on a lower tier) you automatically get the Elemental booklet for free.

Lets make this a strong finish. If you have yet to share this project with your friends, a share on FB or a journal on DA goes a long way. You might even consider sharing it again if it's been a few weeks, reminding our fellow procrastinators that time is running out :)

Thanks again to everyone for their support, toward the finish line we go!

*Update 10/29/13*

As predicted the pledge option to help me design a solider for the art book is going fast, there is only a SINGLE unit left of this. Mech/vehicle and ship design opportunities are still fairly available, and full painting options will allow you to pick soldiers to a degree, though at a higher cost.
So this is a heads up, if you planned to grab a Specialist Solider package, get it fast.

We've passed the 40% funded mark today, and the funding pace has been picking up all on it's own. I've just gotten settled into my new place, so I'll be able to raise my efforts back up. I'll keep you all posted, and if you have any questions about the book, please ask.

*Update 10/25/13*

20% funded in the first 24 hours! Good job guys, that was impressive. The pace is falling off a bit however, and we'll need to maintain a good pace in order to hit a level of funding to really grow this book into something epic. I'm really counting on you watchers here on DA, I wouldn't be doing this book if it wasn't for all your encouragement, so now is the time to throw in your pledge if you really want to see this succeed (remember even a $1 pledge helps).

For those waiting for a print edition, this kickstarter is the first stage of that eventuality. This digital edition must be completed first, with work starting right after to ready it for printing.
My previous polls indicated the price point for a print book would be $40. Under my current plan that will be the combined cost, as I should be able to get the print down to $25. So you don't need to worry about pledging now costing you more. On the contrary, pledging now is critical to getting to that print book, and every bit of funding above my basic goals will result in that book being expanded.
Additionally, I'll be doing my very best to make sure that original digital backers gain extra perks when the print kickstarter is run.

I hop on a plane tomorrow, and the day after I assemble my new computer, back to full publicity mode then.
Thanks again to everyone who has been pledging and sharing the news around. keep it up.

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The Kickstarter page is here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

This digital art book will be 100 pages (or more) of artwork and fiction in the Rangers project setting. Featuring lots of the military gear you already see me posting on DA, but also a great variety of other things that I've yet to illustrate. For those always asking for more info on the setting, this is it right here. The text in the book will give you a broader and more in depth look at the universe that ever before, detailing out all the factions involved, and the star systems they control.

Go pledge now to fund the digital book and join in on the production process.
Many special rewards have limited quantities, so get in fast if you see an option you like. This includes and $12 early bird special for buying the final digital book, and multiple options for having me design something from your ideas to be included in the book.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the project so far, and a big thanks to all contributions and support to come.
Here's an important part, I need all the help I can get to spread the word on this project! Sharing this news with your friends though DA journals, FB shares, and Tweets would be greatly appreciated. You can also Favorite this journal (yeah, that's a thing), if it gets enough favs it might get a little spotlight on DA :)
More funding is going to result in a larger book. The starting goal is for 100 pages, but I'd like to go bigger, provided the funding is there.

Here are some helpful link.
Again, the kickstarter page: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…
The Rangers Project Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheRangersPro…
Protectore Wars writer Enrique Castro: www.facebook.com/pages/Enrique…<br / />For the Twitter junkies: @ShimmeringSword
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azeemb Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
well done :aww:
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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thriethetiger Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Congrats!

This is one kickstarter I wish I could participate in. Just dropped $3k on dental work so I lost my chance to help out. T.T  That elemental pledge looks so damn delicious. You! I'm keeping an eye on. Especially on your future work :D
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lots of art to come, and more opportunities to buy in.
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PortableDrawer Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Congratulations :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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PortableDrawer Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Crap receive some news from kickstarter that is something with the transaction, so I have to use another way to pay. Hope I got enough time to doit :P
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think you have a week.
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PortableDrawer Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thanks but I manage to pledge successfully :D Cant wait for it and thanks for the great product in the near future
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Sentinel373 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
congrats man! just a few more hours here's to hoping you make it to the first stretch goal.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fo sho.
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Styrox-Art Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Many congratulations! I hope this will be the beginning of something bigger for you!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely, it should help me out a lot beyond the book itself.
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BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wooohoooo!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:la:
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GDSWorld Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congratulation on your victory bro! You did it. :salute: 
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Adamant356 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Great job! :D
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Qeztotz Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWWW YISSSS
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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ADVENTSEND Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
I get paid in an hour and half and will gladly donate to help proceed beyond the goal! Glad you made it! Can't wait to see the end results
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That would be much appreciated. More funding, more art.
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alberach01 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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PortableDrawer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Dadrick Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, congrats on hitting your goal!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Philip-027 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Congratulations on reaching your goal :D
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Phil.
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MaelwysSC113 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This may be a dumb question, but when do you plan on the main art book and the Rangers side book hard copies being for sale and on what website would one find them?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Unless I somehow accumulate a bunch of savings before then I plan to run another kickstarter to fund the printing phase, so initially kickstarter will be the place to get it, after that I'll need to set myself up a store, maybe get listed on amazon and other places too.

As for when, hopefully I'll be able to continue into print preparation immediately after the digital edition is done, so maybe somewhere in 3rd quarter of next year.

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Zax19taken Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
So far the average is 24USD per pledge which is nice but concerning update 7, I'm not sure 2USD per person will help enough given the number of backers. I don't usually find myself around people interesed in art but what would help is simply more backers.
Usually kickstarter works thanks to either high number of backers or high pledge cost. I don't doubt people would be able to pledge more, it's just that at this point it might be a bit off-putting (and confusing) to put add-ons on existing tiers during the run of the kickstarter.

Anyway, I'm confindent the kickstarter will make it, just that it will take a few more people. I guess posting new art with the link in the description as you've been doing should help with that :).
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

It's not so much to make more money from people, though every little bit helps. It's real purpose is to inject more value into what's on offer. The lower tiers can add a lot to their rewards with only a small payment, and those who have been big supporters get that reward for free. Those who don't want to throw in the little extra can still get most of that content for free from my DA gallery, but they'll still miss out on some added art and writing.

Adoption of the add-on has been good so far, I just need to make more people aware of it.

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Erednay Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
I finally managed to back it! After a bit of a hassle regarding the credit card. I might pledge a bit more later depending on finances. Hope it helps :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Every bit helps a lot, so thank you :)
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NovaCatTrueborn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally gave it a look-see...liked you on Facebook and recommended it to a couple OLD Btech friends of mine. :D That's some pretty neat stuff!! I wish I could afford to donate some knuckets to the cause at the moment and definitely hope to in the future if I'm able!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for helping out.
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Awesome!

I'm spreadin the good news around! ;)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Writer
;)
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ImperialGuard202 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
just grabbed the last specialist soldier package. can't wait too see and read about this universe you've been developing.  
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks for pledging. That soldier option was popular.
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Qeztotz Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ive backed it finally!
I do hope it goes through, it'll be soo awesome!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Funding is looking good so far, I'm pretty sure it will succeed.
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Flamefang-of-Arnor Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
This looks amazing, and it's almost hard to believe that after all this time your Rangers are finally getting a real art book! Pledged 12$ as of now, considering 35$ after I've spent my way through basic amenities during a conference this weekend... NYC prices are absurd... anyway, good luck!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the pledge, and upgrading would be nice. People definitely like that sketch option.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is really interesting to see! Not only does it look great, but I had no idea that artbooks on Kickstarter were a thing. I backed you (naturally). I might need to consider doing this myself someday.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

I saw you're pledge, thanks for that.

Art books (of our kind) are kind of in an odd spot on kickstarter. Genre wise they fit in well along side comic books and games, but instead are put in the genre neutral publications section. If you have the following and they're asking for it, it's very achievable to kickstarter a book. You just need to handle your pre hype and publicity properly.

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