Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
An innovative laser-cut toolkit designed for making beautiful modular hex terrain for your RPGs and wargames.
***Second production run of the toolkit in June 2017 - see project update for details!***
***Second production run of the toolkit in June 2017 - see project update for details!***
475 backers pledged £37,405 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Tabletop Hex Terrain Toolkit project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
  • Off
    • English

Tabletop Hex Terrain Toolkit

£37,405

475

The Hex Terrain Toolkit is a set of configurable laser-cut jigs designed for making beautiful interlocking modular hexes from expanded polystyrene. Ideal for RPGs and wargames, you won’t find a more versatile modular system for natural terrain anywhere in the world.

 

Rewards

****Higher reward levels include all the functionality of lower reward levels. Please see the following video for full details.****

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX3UDN2oc4M

The Hex Terrain toolkit consists of a wide array of tools and braces, many of which can be configured in multiple ways. The braces hold the tools in position; the tools give a true guide for your hot wire cutter. Each reward level adds additional pieces to the toolkit:

Tools included in the Hex Maker reward
Tools included in the Hex Maker reward

 

Extra tools included in the Hill Maker reward
Extra tools included in the Hill Maker reward

 

Extra tools included in the River Maker reward
Extra tools included in the River Maker reward

 

Extra tools included in the Cliff Maker reward (note that one of the extended slope tools and both the extended flat tools are upgrades from their basic equivalents in the Hill Maker reward).
Extra tools included in the Cliff Maker reward (note that one of the extended slope tools and both the extended flat tools are upgrades from their basic equivalents in the Hill Maker reward).

 

Extra tools included in the Edge Maker reward
Extra tools included in the Edge Maker reward

 

Extra tools included in the Base Maker reward
Extra tools included in the Base Maker reward

 

Extra tools included in the Pro Maker reward (note that the Cog cutout tabbed hex brace and both Cog cutout hex tools are upgrades from their basic equivalents in the Hex Maker and Hill Maker rewards).
Extra tools included in the Pro Maker reward (note that the Cog cutout tabbed hex brace and both Cog cutout hex tools are upgrades from their basic equivalents in the Hex Maker and Hill Maker rewards).

 

Extra tools included in the Super Pro Maker reward (note that the Hex cutout tabbed hex brace - in the centre of the picture - is an upgrade from its basic equivalent in the Hill Maker reward).
Extra tools included in the Super Pro Maker reward (note that the Hex cutout tabbed hex brace - in the centre of the picture - is an upgrade from its basic equivalent in the Hill Maker reward).

Hexes you can make with each reward level

 

Hexes that can be made with the Hill Maker reward
Hexes that can be made with the Hill Maker reward

 

 

Hexes that can be made with the River Maker reward
Hexes that can be made with the River Maker reward

 

 

Hexes that can be made with the Cliff Maker reward
Hexes that can be made with the Cliff Maker reward

 

 

Hexes that can be made with the Base Maker reward
Hexes that can be made with the Base Maker reward

 

 

Stretch Goals

Super Pro Maker [UNLOCKED]A new top reward level which lets you cut simpler interlock pieces for the middle of your boards (where the more complicated cog shape isn't needed). It also lets you eject finished slope and cliff pieces without dismantling the tool. All to help you make your hexes faster.

Trench Maker add-on [UNLOCKED]
An extra straight river base tool which will allow you to make straight canals with vertical sides. It’ll also allow you to cut trenches of multiple widths: 25mm and wider. If you have the Hill Maker or River Maker reward, you’ll be able to make trenches of 7.5mm or 15mm depth; if you have the Cliff Maker reward or better, you’ll be able to make depths of any multiple of 7.5mm, right up to 75mm, so you can make them the right size for any scale of miniature from 6mm and up. Maximum of 1 per backer (contact me if you would like to order more than that). Cost: £2.

Basic Hex Tool add-on [UNLOCKED]
An extra pair of basic hex tools so you can get your minions to make hexes for you whilst you do the interesting bits. £5 with bolts and wingnuts included (maximum of 1 per backer) or £4 without (maximum of 2 per backer). If you want more than this, please contact me to check the shipping costs.

To include any add-ons, just increase your total pledge by the appropriate amount. I’ll check which add-ons you want in a post-Kickstarter survey.

Sample finished terrain boards

Grassy slope
Grassy slope

 

Rough track through the trees
Rough track through the trees

 

Meandering stream
Meandering stream

 

Coastline
Coastline

 

River canyon
River canyon

 

An example of how tools from the Hill Maker reward can be assembled
An example of how tools from the Hill Maker reward can be assembled

 

An example of how tools from the River Maker reward can be assembled
An example of how tools from the River Maker reward can be assembled

 

Dimensions of a slope hex
Dimensions of a slope hex

 

Dimensions of a river hex
Dimensions of a river hex

Import Duties

Some countries are liable for import duty or other taxes. I have no control over this and you are solely responsible for paying any duty imposed by local customs. 

Risks and challenges

I have tested every tool in the hex terrain toolkit, refining the design over many iterations. That's really eliminated any risk that the design won't work, because I've used it myself and have made the terrain to prove it.

Where there will be a challenge is in the manufacturing tolerance of the materials. The toolkit is laser cut from 3mm MDF, which has a manufacturer's tolerance of ±0.2mm in thickness. This kind of variance is from sheet to sheet, rather than within a single sheet and the cutting pattern will need to take this into account to ensure that the tools slot together easily, but with a firm fit.

I have kept full records of my construction calculations and have diagrams to enable me to re-create the toolkit with altered slot sizes. I have done this previously during the design process and am confident it would not present a problem.

I have obtained quotes from a number of laser cutting shops in the UK and factored the costs of manufacture into the pricing of the rewards. There should not be many risks here. If the Kickstarter target is significantly exceeded, there should not be a problem in scaling up production.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £8 or more About $10

    Hex Maker

    Everything you need to make flat hexes accurately with a hot wire cutter.

    Includes:
    • Basic Hex tool
    • Depth tool
    • Depth brace
    • M6 x 50mm bolt
    • M6 wingnut
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    9 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £20 or more About $24

    Hill Maker

    Gain the ability to turn your flat hexes into hills by adding this set of tools to the Hex Maker reward.

    Includes:
    • Basic tabbed hex brace
    • Basic flat tool
    • Basic slope tool
    • T-bar pin
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    10 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £32 or more About $39

    River Maker

    Build rivers, lakes and coastlines by adding this set of tools to the Hill Maker reward.

    Includes:
    • Straight river tool
    • Curved river tool
    • Tight bend river tool
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    17 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £45 or more About $55

    Cliff Maker

    Build steeper slopes and cliffs into your landscapes by adding this set of tools to the River Maker pledge.

    Includes:
    • Grass cliff tool
    • River cliff tool
    • Extended flat tool
    • Extended slope tool
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    9 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge £50 or more About $61

    Edge Maker

    Finish off your terrain boards in style with neat edges and corners by adding this set of tools to the Cliff Maker reward.

    Includes:
    • 'House' semi-hex tool
    • 'Bunker' semi-hex tool
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    15 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £56 or more About $69

    Base Maker

    Connect your hexes together into an interlocked board of any size or height you like by adding this set of tools to the Edge Maker reward.

    Includes:
    • Jigsaw cog tool
    • Inner cog tool
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    21 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £60 or more About $73

    Pro Maker (Early Bird)

    Everything you get with the Base Maker reward but with a few extra pieces that'll make things that much easier.

    Includes:
    • Cog cutout Hex tool
    • Cog cutout tabbed hex brace
    • Basic flat tool
    • Basic slope tool
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge £64 or more About $78

    Pro Maker

    Everything you get with the Base Maker reward but with a few extra pieces that'll make things that much easier.

    Includes:
    • Cog cutout Hex tool
    • Cog cutout tabbed hex brace
    • Basic flat tool
    • Basic slope tool
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    111 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge £74 or more About $91

    Super Pro Maker

    Everything you get with the Pro Maker reward but with a few extra pieces that'll let you cut simpler interlock pieces for the middle of your boards and eject finished pieces without dismantling the tool.

    Includes:
    • Hex cutout tabbed hex brace
    • Hex cutout hex tool
    • Hex cutout 'snowflake' tool
    • Inner hex tool
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    260 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)