About this project
Terra-Formers are designed to make it easy to produce high quality, versatile wargames terrain that fits together perfectly and stays together while in use.
Take a look at how the terrain tiles fit together with rare earth magnets.
The system is based around precision laser cut frames that are made from a base and four sides that have different profiles (flat, hill slope, road, river, stream, canal etc). These profiles mean that each tile that you make will line up perfectly with the tile next to it that has the same profile. The side pieces each have two holes to fix the rare earth magnets in that are supplied with each kit. The rare earth magnets hold the tiles together when the terrain is being used.
Assembling Terra-Former tiles
is as easy as 1-2-3
Glue frames together using wood glue. Place a piece of masking tape between the holes, apply a couple of drops of superglue to hold the rare earth magnets in place, ensuring that left and right magnets are placed with opposite polarity.
Drop a 12" square of 2" (50mm) thick polystyrene into frame. This is widely and cheaply available from any DIY store or builders merchants. Glue in place with 'No More Nails' type adhesive. Carve polystyrene to shape of edge profiles using a utility knife.
Texture tiles. I paint mine with PVA glue and sprinkle with coarse sand mix. When this has dried I paint with 'Bitter Chocolate' masonry paint and drybrush with household emulsions.
Click here to have a look at the first draft of our instruction guide and see how easy assembly is.
Terra-Formers were reviewed on Beasts of War... Take a look at their review here.
Each pledge level photo shows just one possible lay out of the tiles. There are however, many possibilities. For example canal tile can be used as single width canal, double width canal, wide river or harbour.
In addition, as well as being able to turn each tile around, many of the profiles have been designed with multiple options for feature placement when assembling the tiles. For example, roads and streams have three potential placements on each side. These are some possible designs you can make.
Potential Tile builds from Road Tile
Potential Tile builds from River Tile
The river tile can be built as a straight or 90 degree bend. The two non river sides have optional road 'press outs' Here I have made a space in the polystyrene topping to allow a Sally 4th bridge to be inserted.
The finish of the tiles is totally up to you. You can model the tiles to create a snow, desert or alien landscape just by varying colours and techniques.
Beach tile shows 4 landscaping techniques. The grass has been textured and dry-brushed, beach made by painting pva glue and sprinkling with sand, rocks made with cork bark and sea using plaster filler.
Why back the Terra-Former kick-starter?
Straight away, backers save 10% over RRP.
As the campaign progresses over the next four weeks, additional discounted deals will be added which backers will be eligible for.
Backers will also have the opportunity to suggest new tiles which we will develop for them during the campaign.
Also, during the campaign we plan to add a number of bonus stretch goals for backers including planning tiles, labeling stencils, modelling guides and brushes.
What scale of figures can I use terrain for?
I have used Terra-Formers for gaming with 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 20mm, 28mm and 32mm figures.
Level 1 - £1 Supporter
This pledge gives you access to project updates and allows you to select 'Add-Ons' without pledging for one of the main reward levels.
Level 2 - £74 3' x 3' Terrain
- Hill a Tile (Straight Hill) x 2
- Hill b Tile (Corner Hill) x 1
- Plain Tile x 1
- Road Tile x 5
Level 3 - £108 3' x 4' Terrain
- Hill a Tile (Straight Hill) x 5
- Hill b Tile (Corner Hill) x 1
- Road Tile x 2
- River Tile x 2
- Plain Tile x 2
Level 4 - £117 4' x 4' Terrain
- Hill a Tile (Straight Hill) x 1
- Hill b Tile (Corner Hill) x 1
- River Tile x 3
- River Special Tile (River Stream Intersection) x 1
- Road Tile x 7
- Plain Tile x 3
Level 5 - £185 6' x 4' Terrain
- Hill a Tile (Straight Hill) x 4
- Hill b Tile (Corner Hill) x 1
- River Tile x 5
- River Special Tile (River & Road) x 2
- River Special Tile (River Stream Junction) x 1
- Road Tile x 4
- Plain Tile x 7
Please note, the product that we are supplying in pledges 2 - 5 consists of precision laser cut frames with accurate profiles for above ground and below ground features together with rare earth magnets to hold the terrain tiles together. These need to be assembled by you, using PVA wood glue. Additional materials are required to finish off your terrain tiles, including 2" / 50mm polystyrene, pva glue, sand and household emulsion. These are all available cheaply at your local builders merchant and are too bulky / heavy to supply as part of this project
Level 6 - £1200 6' x 4' terrain handcrafted to your specification.
For a limited number of backers, we will supply a wargames table of terrain, assembled, textured and painted and therefore ready to use straight out of the box!
The Bunker Deal - £120
The bunker deal contains four bunker tiles plus a Terra-Block Starter & Deluxe Starter set. This provides enough interior pieces to populate the four tiles with a couple of pieces left over. Terra-Blocks can be re-arranged to make a different layout each time you play!
Death Valley Introduction - £47.50
In collaboration with Nonsense Miniatures we have put together a Death Valley Introductory Deal that contains 1 x Terra-Former Bunker Tile, 1 x Terra-Block Starter Set and 7 x Nonsense Miniatures Gangs of New York figures.
Fittings & furniture from Black Cat, Sally 4th & Crooked Dice not included.
The Rail Bridge - Locked... Unlocked
Kit supplied free with all pledges for £100+
Terrain Planning Frame - Unlocked at £5500
Terrain Planning Stencil – Unlocked at £6250
Handy Stencil for coding your Terra-Blocks to match codes on Planning tiles so that you can easily pick the tiles from shelf or crate to match your design. Stencil contains numbers 0-9, ‘P’ for Plain, ‘H’ for Hill, ‘W’ for water, ‘R’ for Road, ‘S’ for Special.
River & Road match up tool – Unlocked at £7000
Hold along side of tile when painting rivers and roads to ensure perfect alignment of colors between tiles.
Harris 1 Inch Lining Fitch Brush Pure Natural Bristle – Unlocked at £8000
After extensive testing, I have found this to be the best brush on the market for drybrushing terrain and buildings.
Road Marking Stencil – Unlocked at £9000
Stencil for painting the white lines in the middle of roads.
28mm Wooden Fences – Unlocked at £10,000
Three and a half foot (42") of 28mm scale 4 bar wooden fencing
Stretch goals supplied free with all pledges for £100+
Additional pieces available as 'Add Ons'
At the end of the campaign, we will send out a pledge spreadsheet where you will be able to select any of the Add On pieces. We will then send you a PayPal invoice for them.
Each tile contains base pieces, 4 profiled sides and eight rare earth magnets. Any coverings, roads, walls, bridges etc. are for illustration only.
You will have seen from the gallery pictures, all the additional tiles which we have designed and are making available to backers. These are:
Plain Tile - £6.75
Road Tile - £6.75
River Tile - £6.75
Stream Tile - £6.75
Canal Tile a - £6.75
Canal Tile b - £6.75
Canal Tile c - £6.75
Sea Tile £6.25
Beach Tile £6.75
Hill a Straight £7.50
Hill b Corner £7.50
Trench Tile £15
Bunker Tile £15.75
(great for underground complexes, secret lairs, spaceships, dungeons and much more!)
Cave / Cliff Tile - £7.5
Cave / Cliff Tile b - £8.00
Cave / Cliff Tile d - £9.00
Design your terrain!
We have made images of tiles available as PDF files for you to download, cut up and see how you are going to build the terrain tiles in the pledge that you have selected. Each road and stream tile has 3 possible exit positions that can be popped out on each side, so their are to many combinations to draw, especially if you start swapping sides to make 'T' Junctions, 'X' Roads and fords and bridge tiles. To overcome this I have supplied two sets of tiles for each pledge. One set has tiles for roads and streams that have the exit positions marked that you can join up with a red or blue pen to show the designs you are planning to build. The second set has roads marked, as I have built them in the terrain set that I have photographed. I have also included the extra tiles such as canal / quay side tiles on the same sheet as Pledge 4.
Let us know your ideas
If you have any ideas for a tile that we do not make yet, please let us know via 'comments' and we will do our best to get one built and added during the campaign.
Shipping is not included in any pledges. We will investigate the cheapest possible courier at the point of dispatch, and send a separate Paypal for this at the point of dispatch. In our experience this offers best value to customers as shipping costs vary depending on weight, volume and destination.
Risks and challenges
This is the third crowd funded project we have run.
We have previously run a successful Kickstarter campaign for 28mm Normandy Buildings and an Indigogo campaign for 28mm Exotic Location terrain. We have designs for all products included in pledges. We anticipate that designs requested by backers as 'Add-Ons' will be designed and built during period that campaign is running.
We plan to manufacture in-house. The biggest risk is that there will be a greater demand than anticipated, in which case we already have outsourcing partners identified from previous projects.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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