Terra-Block:Exotic Locations is a set of 28mm tabletop wargames terrain that I have been developing for the last 6 months. The concept is inspired by the movie industry, so we have 'Locations', these are the buildings. The Locations are Rick's Cafe, The Museum of Antiquities, The Ancient Souk and Riad El Hasam. Rick's Cafe is the 'core location', you need the pieces from this to complete the other locations, so for example The Museum of Antiquities contains the pieces that you need to add to Rick's Cafe to transform it into the Museum. The Walls and Floors are made from 3mm MDF, doors, frames and decorative detail is made from 2mm MDF and the fine detail such as window grills is cut from 1.4mm Mount Board. Professionally printed sheets of floor tiles are supplied with the buildings. The walls are left unpainted to be painted, plastered or otherwise textured as desired.
For each location we have developed 'Set Dressings'. These kits provide the pieces to furnish the Sets, so for example the Set Dressings for Rick's Cafe includes the tables and chairs, heart shaped bar etc. and the Set Dressings for the Ancient Souk contains the market stalls, packing cases, hand cart etc. The Set Dressing kits are made from a variety of materials including 2mm MDF, 1mm Perspex and 1.4mm Mount Board.
Our goal is to keep this Kick-starter simple and honest. We are gamers at heart, and have developed these sets to provide the best gaming terrain possible. We have already added all of the extra details that we can think off to these sets, so we are not going to take items out of the initial release so that we can pretend we are developing extra items and adding stretch goals to the campaign. What you see at the start, is very much what you are going to get at the end. All off the sets are being offered at 10% discount compared to RRP when they go on sale at the end of the campaign, and we have included some Kick-starter exclusive extras, right from the start.
Rick's Place - Backers at this level will also get copies of the 4 plants and planters we've used in our photographs and 4 x 10cm square tiles with printed cover sheets to make a section of road outside the cafe.
All In - Backers at this level will get the free planters and road tiles plus two plastic dinosaur skeletons to go on the large plinths in the museum, 6 bespoke packing crates and a kit for an explorers tent. At the end of the campaign you can supply us with a short piece of text, maybe the name of your league, e.g. 'Royal Archeological Society', or contents of crate 'Danger Explosives' and we will make you 6 unique crates with this text engraved on sides.
The reason that we have launched 'Exotic Locations' as a Kick-starter is because we want to expand our terrain to include 'Set Props', the small 'bits and pieces' that bring the set to life such as piles of spices and dates for the market stalls and table lamps for the cafe. We have commissioned a sculptor to sculpt our initial props, and when we fund this project we will be able to get production molds made to cast these in resin / metal. When this happens, we will add the props as 'add-ons' to the campaign, once again at 10% discount for backers.
What can I use it for?
This terrain can be used for a huge range of different gaming genres including Pulp (Indiana Jones, Laura Croft, The Mummy, Night at The Museum), Spy-Fi (James Bond, Austin Powers, Man from UNCLE), Star Wars, Colonial skirmishes in Morocco or the Sudan, Lord of the Rings - Harad and even Zombie Apocalypse (either in North Africa or on a Hollywood Film Set)! This set of terrain is going to work very well with Pulp Alley (we developed it with Tomb of the Serpent) in mind as well as location sets for all sorts of 7TV episodes.
Rick's Place - £48 (RRP £55)
Rick's Place Reward contains Location & Set Dressing sets for Rick's Cafe, plus Kick-starter Exclusive pavement & Planters.
Exotic Locations - All In Pledge £160 (RRP £184.50)
The reward for this pledge is Locations & Sets for Rick's Cafe, Museum of Antiquities, Ancient Souk and Riad, plus Kick-starter exclusive planters, paving, 2 x plastic dinosaur skeletons, explorers tent kit and a bespoke set of 6 crates with your text on side.
n.b. Museum, Souk & Riad Locations are assembled from Rick's Cafe plus the additional pieces in the relevant add on location set, so with 'all in pledge' each location can be assembled, one at a time. If you want to have all four locations made up at the same time you would need an additional three Rick's Cafe sets as well.
Rick's Cafe Location
£31.50 (RRP £35.00) - This kit includes Rick's Place Doorway
Rick's Place Doorway
£14.40 (RRP £16.00)
Rick's Cafe Set Dressing
£18 (RRP £20.00)
Museum of Antiquities Location
£15.75 (RRP £17.50)
(Note these are additional pieces that are added to Rick's Cafe Location to transform into Museum Location)
The Museum of Antiquities
£33.30 (RRP £37.00)
The Ancient Souk Location
£13.50 (RRP £15.00)
(Note these are additional pieces that are added to Rick's Cafe Location to transform into Ancient Souk Location)
The Ancient Souk Set Dressing
£18.00 (RRP £20.00)
Riad El Hasham Location
£15.75 (RRP £17.50)
(Note these are additional pieces that are added to Rick's Cafe Location to transform into Riad Location)
Riad El Hasam Set Dressing
£20.25 (RRP 22.50)
We have an image gallery on our web-site with many more photographs of our Exotic Locations. Click here to take a look.
All kits are supplied flat pack, unpainted and require assembly. Kits are made from 2mm & 3mm MDF, Mount Board, Perspex and card. Miniatures and accessories shown in photographs are for scale / contextual reference and are not included with kits.
Postage & Packaging:
This will be invoiced separately, when pledges are ready to be shipped. This is the cheapest way to do it, as we can find the best deal on the day.
Indicative costs (All In Pledge)
UK - £8.50
Germany - £10.80
USA - £20
Risks and challenges
The risks are fairly minimal in this project. We have already designed the 'Locations' and 'Set Dressings', so they are ready to go. We successfully ran a Kick-starter last year for our 28mm Normandy Range. The Normandy Kick-Starter was also for 28mm MDF terrain. It ran successfully, and all pledges were sent out to backers within a week of planned dates.
The only additional risk with this project is the use of external sculptors, mold makers and casters for the 'props'. We have minimized this risk by having these items as 'add-ons', which will only be made available once sculpts are completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter