Over the past two years Topside Minis has produce quality low cost ships and planes for naval miniature war gaming scenarios. They are 1/1850 scale units that represent the navies of WWI and WWII. To this point we have over 280 ships and planes representing the Pacific Theater of WWII and a 32 ship set representing the WWI German and British ships that took part in the Coronel and Falkland Island battles in 1914.
Each unit consists of a 3mm wood base and a ship or plane image printed on adhesive backed water resistant paper. Images must be trimmed by you and placed on the wood base. This is very durable paper that can withstand handling very well.
These units can be used with almost any naval war game rules such as Naval Thunder or Axis & Allies War at Sea.
We are now planning the release of a WWII 400 ship & plane set that includes Great Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. The entire set will allow you to recreate 20 different battles that took place in the Atlantic and Mediterranean during WWII.
This is where Kickstarter comes in. We are raising funds for the initial design of the ships and planes. All the upfront research is concluded. You can see and download the manifests by country and by battle on our web site. We have already completed a few that you see here. Overall there are about 175 designs to complete plus variations within each class. The expected delivery date is late March of 2015.
The rewards offered here are 25% off the retail value that we will offer them for on our site once the campaign is over. If you choose a reward level that lets you choose individual ships, you can choose from any ships that we have on our site not just the new ones. You can also apply your award to a battle set if you like.
Complete ship lists and orders of battle from the 18 scenarios can be seen and downloaded from our site. You can also see more details on how the units are made and how they are assembled.
Thank you for taking the time to consider our campaign..we hope you will participate in helping us get this set completed!
Sets are sent to you in uncut sheets similar to what you see below.
Corresponding wood bases are also included.
A simple cut, peel.....
.....will get you into battle mode.
Stretch Goal #1 - $1,500 - Atlantic Convoy Set - ACHIEVED!!
We are putting together a unique set of frigates, sloops, subs, merchants, and tanker ships. We thought it would be a good addition to everything else already included in the current sets. These are mutually exclusive ships from the original offerings. They will not be added to the country sets for this campaign. These will only be offered as part of the first stretch goal of $2,350
Pledge Levels Under $50
12 Ship Atlantic Convoy Set
Pledge Level of $50 and Over
25 Ship Atlantic Convoy Set
Stretch Goal #2 - $2,350 - Russian Black Sea Set
Similar in size and scope to the first stretch goal this set will include Russian ships such as the battleship Parizhskaya Kommuna andthe cruisers Molotov & Voroshilov among others. The German & Italian ships will include many of the smaller boats they were able to get into the area at that time. The award breakdown is the same as the first stretch goal.
Pledge Levels Under $50
12 Ship Russian Black Sea Set
Pledge Level of $50 and Over
25 Ship Russian Black Sea Set
Specific ship types and names will be announced later. In fact here is your chance to chime in and let us know if there are specific ships you want to see in it.
We wan to be as flexible as possible with our rewards. There are endless combinations of battles sets and individual units, so we though that the best way to go would be to let you decide how to use your pledge value best. You will be able to apply your award to anything in our store, new or existing.
Your reward is essentially 25% off the retail pricing. So if you pledged $15, that will allow you to choose anything you want on the site up to $20. We understand that it may be hard to hit the exact mark so we will allow you if need be to go over a little just to make sure you get your full value. Plus Shipping is FREE to the US, and rest of the world shipping is greatly discounted.
TSM Basic Rules
Our basic rules set will allow you get playing quickly. No special surface or map is needed, just a wide open table top. Suitable for beginners and younger players.
Scenario Historical Synopsis
This document will provide an history of each of the Atlantic scenarios. Learn the tactics and goals of each side as well as the results. Right now this document will be in the form of a pdf file. However, if this campaign goes well enough we will put it booklet form for you.
Battle Sets you Can Create with the WII Atlantic Navy UnitsBattle For the Atlantic $41.10
Cape Bon $2.20
Cape Matapan $33.90
Cape Spada $3.40
Cape Spartivento $28.10
Operation Harpoon $22.10
Narvik One $6.30
Narvik Two $11.20
Other UK vs. France $3.90
Other Med Con $4.40
River Platte $6.50
Sirte One $27.20
Sirte Two $17.25
Operation Vigorous $30.95
Click the link below to download the order of battle for all these scenarios.
Click the link below to download the spreadsheet that will show you a single list of all ships along with all the battles scenarios they are a part of. (It's a big spreadsheet that can be printed on 11 x 14 inch paper. Ships highlighted in yellow are in multiple battles)
NOTE: Many of these battle sets have duplicates so, if you want to purchase more than one please compare the order of battles to see which ships if any appear in both battles.
Great Britain $ 145.00
France + Minors $28.05
Complete Set $ 254.00
Click the link below to download the Naval Unit Lists of all Countries.
Note: The country lists only show one plane per type. If you purchase the country set you will receive multiples of each plane type.
Individual Unit Pricing
You can create your own set as well. Pricing is base on physical size of the base, here is the general breakdown. (Click the link above to get detailed pricing on all units.)
Base Size Price Unit Type
1 x 1 $0.25 Single Planes
1.5 x 1.5 $0.30 Medium Bombers
2 x 1 $0.30 Squadron Planes
2 x 1.5 $0.30 Heavy Bombers
3 x 1 $0.35 Subs, Destroyers, Transports
4 x 1 $0.40 Aux, Cruisers
4.5 x 1.25 $1.20 Cruisers, Battleships
5.5 x 1.5 $1.70 Cruisers, Battleships, Carriers
6 x 1.5 $2.15 Battleships, Carriers
6.25 x 1.5 $2.20 Battleships, Carriers
Below are the download links of our existing sets
Thank You for viewing our campaign, we hope you decide to participate!
Risks and challenges
The real challenge to this will be getting the designs completed on time. I do not foresee a problem with that because we have had very good success in the past with this process. The rest of the challenge will be just making sure we have the other materials on hand to complete the pledge awards and organizing the fulfillment of that in a easy and organized manner. And since my partner (cousin) is a West Point grad, organization will not be an issue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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