https://www.facebook.com/pdc.gaming is a link to our Facebook page where we will be posting the most detail of the development of this project (since you can't link from the info tab to a business page)
ADDITIONAL PICTURES FROM PROJECT UPDATES...
The biggest decision we had to make was exactly what to offer the Kickstarter process.
Dave, Rhys and I are lifelong gamers. We love customising our models and are always frustrated by the difficulty (and cost!) of obtaining those extra bits that we'd all like to get hold of to make our models either correct to game what-you-see-is-what-you-get or simply to add bling.
Resin parts can be good but a lot of what's available is of poor quality and even the good stuff isn't as easy to use as actual plastic components.
Made from the same plastic as most common wargaming figures these accessories are intended to fit seamlessly into a variety of different gaming universes.
So when we sat down to discuss how we'd apply our existing design, development and production capabilities to our hobby- this Kickstarter project is the result.
We've created a selection of component sprues that are intended to be generic for 28mm sci-fi gaming - and from trials appear to work well with all the leading brands.
Extra point of note -
- All the plastic we use is recycled (including a lot from old model sprues!?)
- And we welcome the return of our own sprues to go back into the process!
The £10,000 funding target allows us to lay down three accessory tools, which are:
- The combined assault weapons sprue - 5 each of the flamethrower, microwave and plasma hybrid weapons (as piloted in our prototype tool)
We've improved the design from the prototypes making the mould process better - during our development we even had time to mould clear weapons... not sure when they'd be used though...
The production sprue will also feature a few extras - targetters, scopes, scanners etc.
- The heavy weapons sprue - 5 different types of large calibre / high power smack down
The heavy weapons will be modular allowing for the maximum variety on one sprue
- The tracked weapons platform sprue -Dave's multi-role, mobile gun and technology carraige...
Eventually we'd like to have a range of low-cost accessories for both sci-fi and fantasy gaming. To broaden the offering in this launch we've got a few extra designs we'd like to offer as finished product if we achieve extra funding... so we have....
- Stretch Goal One:
If funding hits £12,500 we'll be able to add the close combat sprue to the range - featuring all those powered weapons and sharp sticks that come in so handy when hand to hand fighting is required...
Like the heavy weapons the hand to hand sprue will feature "pic'n'mix" shafts, blades, axes mauls and hammers - allowing for lots of different combinations to suit individual minis.
- Stretch goal Two:
At £15,000 of funding the jet bike can be produced! A pretty unique item, which we'd all like to see made... so we really hope we get here...
The sprue will have the bike, scenic base and various weapon options….
And for the future...?
After the launch - All the sprues will be available for individual purchase at a price of £7 per sprue (including postage in the UK, £2 shipping per order to Europe & the US, elsewhere postage will be at cost) through our website www.pdcgaming.co.uk
Risks and challenges
David and I are from a plastic product development company - which happens to include a fair number of gamers...
Before we even considered running a Kickstarter project we created the designs in 3D CAD, used our 3D printing equipment to get the look "just right" and then went on to make a prototype tool to finally ensure that the whole process was completely sound.
Unlike some KS projects this idea has gone through the same rigorous develpment process that we apply to "serious" (I know, our gaming is serious too :-) ) engineering projects (ie we've designed hydraulic valves, medical devices and numerous aerospace components).
We've used computer simulation to check that the plastic will flow to fill the tool; 3D prints to check look, size and over-all "coolness" and carried out direct user investigation to establish what type of accessories people would like to see.
We even have a "bricks'n'mortar" base - complete with all the equipment to deliver the project output!
As for the end-user fulfillment Rhys's gaming store cunningly has extensive experience in packing and shipping - the delivery of the finished goods will be in his capable hands!
So.... what could go wrong? In injection moulding tools do break... this is probably the worst thing (and is very rare indeed, I would add) that can happen but we have enough time (and funds) in the project to rebuild a tool if we do hit that level of snag!
Other than that the actual delivery of the project is fairly mundane - it's the kind of thing we do all the time for other people in our day jobs - we're just doing it for our hobby now!?
- (30 days)