North African Terrain

by Chris Abbey @ Sally 4th

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    1. Chris Abbey @ Sally 4th 3-time creator on November 10, 2016

      OK, this will be my last post about the project on Kick Starter. We were ready to go live on 28th October, their was a bug in Kick Starters passport photograph validation process. I gave them over 2 weeks to sort it out, but can't keep everybody waiting any longer... so we are now LIVE on Indigogo, and will still be shipping these great sets out to backers in February 2017. Live Campaign Link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/exotic-locations/x/15295073#/

    2. Chick Lewis on November 10, 2016

      This looks great, I am SO IN !

    3. Chris Abbey @ Sally 4th 3-time creator on November 10, 2016

      Hi Chris, glad you like it. Yes, the other pieces can be used to make a bigger 'Rick's Place', as can the extra pieces from our existing Terra-Block range. That's the benefit of the modular design. It is very much mix and match.

      If Kick-starter do not pull their finger out and get their technical issue resolved today, we will be running this on Indigogo. https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/9f30f0e2

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      Chris Robinson on November 9, 2016

      Hi Chris - this is great stuff, looking forward to it going live. One question - could parts of the other three sets also be used to beef up Rick's event further? I.e. to give it even more rooms or a hallway leading "off-stage". Just curious as to what the potential could be.

    5. Chris Abbey @ Sally 4th 3-time creator on November 9, 2016

      Not dead... far from it. The only thing that we are waiting for is Kick-starter customer support, to actually provide some customer support! We have been ready to go since 28th October but their software failed to validate the photograph of my passport. Unfortunately Kick-starter does not have a telephone number and takes 3-4 day to reply to an email. If they do not sort it out in next couple of days I will run on Indigogo. Whatever happens, we will be running project and shipping out rewards in February.

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      Ron Palma on November 9, 2016

      Is this project dead? Been waiting since October 28th and know there were issues initially, but haven't seen any movement on this for a few days

    7. Chris Abbey @ Sally 4th 3-time creator on November 1, 2016

      Thanks for your feedback, we will see what we can do.
      I like the idea of a model of the Ark.

    8. The Collector on October 29, 2016

      Well some Ancient Egyptian figure heads would be an idea, not really any out there in the right size. Also some or just one artefact that isn't Egyptian to be placed in between the Egyptian stuff, like a Mayan or Aztec mask or something like that, and maybe a replica of the ark of the covenant in a crate, maybe a small golden Monkey statue :)

    9. Chris Abbey @ Sally 4th 3-time creator on October 29, 2016

      Hi Tom, sounds like some work for the props department. Not sure what their budget is yet, it all depends on how many backers we get, however we have already commissioned a sculptor to make some Egyptian exhibits / plot points for museum display cases. Not sure about sarcophagus yet, as their are lots of good models of that available already in resin.

    10. Tom Pliska on October 28, 2016

      Wishing the museum furniture included a nice sarcophagus, or maybe a jackal-headed god statue. Something ancient Egyptian anyway.

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      Nicholas Caldwell on October 28, 2016

      Great news and I second Peter's question - great to hear that the miniatures will be part of this, too.

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      Peter Wright on October 28, 2016

      Hi Chris - that's brilliant. Thank you so much. Good luck with the Kickstarter. I'm sure it will do well.

    13. Chris Abbey @ Sally 4th 3-time creator on October 28, 2016

      Hi Peter, thanks for your feedback. Many of the miniatures are from ranges that we supply such as Pulp Figures, Artizan Thrilling Adventures and Statuesque Miniatures. We will be making these available to backers through the pledge manager at the end of the project. The main ones that we do not supply is the Dr Who and James Bond - these are Crooke Dice, The lady in the blue dress, she is a Cludo piece! and the Piano Player and Arab shoppers are from Eureka Miniatures. Hope this helps.

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      Peter Wright on October 28, 2016

      Hi Chris - these sets look amazing. Can't wait to see this go live. Any chance you could credit the figure companies in the images so some of use know where to look for the minis? (Won't affect my Sally 4th pledge ;-) .)

    15. Chris Abbey @ Sally 4th 3-time creator on October 27, 2016

      Hi Nicholas, thanks for your feedback. I will correct the cut and paste errors, add savings of pledges, and add some mega pledges friday, some time. Ricks's Cafe is 30cm x 40 cm, 40 x 40 with the free road tiles included with pledge.

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About this project

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.

Rick's Cafe - Location & Set Dressing (figures not included!)
Rick's Cafe - Location & Set Dressing (figures not included!)

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.

The Museum of Antiquities - Location & Set Dressings (Miniatures and objects in cases not included)
The Museum of Antiquities - Location & Set Dressings (Miniatures and objects in cases not included)

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.

Rewards

Rick's Place - £48 (RRP £55)

Rick's Place Complete
Rick's Place Complete

Rick's Place Reward contains Location & Set Dressing sets for Rick's Cafe, plus Kick-starter Exclusive pavement & Planters.

Kickstarter exclusive planters and paving
Kickstarter exclusive planters and paving

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.

All in ... Just need to add Riad Furniture, dinosaurs and explorers tent when designed!
All in ... Just need to add Riad Furniture, dinosaurs and explorers tent when designed!

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.

Add Ons

Rick's Cafe Location

£31.50 (RRP £35.00) - This kit includes Rick's Place Doorway

Ricks Cafe Location
Ricks Cafe Location

Rick's Place Doorway

£14.40 (RRP £16.00)

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she had to walk into mine.
Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she had to walk into mine.

Rick's Cafe Set Dressing

£18 (RRP £20.00)

Rick's Cafe Set Dressing
Rick's Cafe Set Dressing

Museum of Antiquities Location

£15.75 (RRP £17.50)

Museum of Antiquities - Location
Museum of Antiquities - Location

(Note these are additional pieces that are added to Rick's Cafe Location to transform into Museum Location)

The Museum of Antiquities

Set Dressing

£33.30 (RRP £37.00)

Museum of Antiquities - Set Dressings
Museum of Antiquities - Set Dressings

The Ancient Souk Location

£13.50 (RRP £15.00)

The Ancient Souk - Location
The Ancient Souk - Location

(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)

The Ancient Souk - Set Dressings
The Ancient Souk - Set Dressings

Riad El Hasham Location

£15.75 (RRP £17.50)

Riad - Location
Riad - Location

(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)

Additional Images:

The Ancient Souk, Casablanca
The Ancient Souk, Casablanca

We have an image gallery on our web-site with many more photographs of our Exotic Locations. Click here to take a look.

Please Note:

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.

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