Hi Kickstarters! Thanks again to everyone who supported my launching of Worldsmith Industries last year with my first Kickstarter. I’m back at it again, this time asking for your help in creating a set of resin terrain for use in 28mm to 32mm miniature wargames, role-playing games, and model railroad layouts.
I’d like to provide for your consideration several terrain categories, each with multiple options. To start with, I’m hoping to get the funding to produce area terrain (with options for forests, rocky outcroppings, and giant crystals), walls, water features, scatter terrain, and some objective markers. These terrain pieces are cast out of a durable grey resin and are supplied unpainted.
In any miniature wargame, the terrain on the battlefield serves an important tactical role. In Warhammer Fantasy, you might anchor the flank of a unit with a forest, knowing that any enemy choosing to attack your troops from the side would lose their rank bonus. In Warhammer 40,000, an area of rocky terrain can provide a cover save that can mean the difference between life and death for your troops. Careful attention to lanes of fire in Infinity can result in your troops creeping close enough to be able to place a mine around a corner, pinning the enemy in place. Also, nothing feels better than noticing that your opponent just moved their Warjack in front of a pond, allowing your own Warjack to charge, knock the enemy Warjack into the pond, and snuff out its furnace. To a good general, terrain is as much a part of your army as are your own troops.
Good terrain should be good looking, easy to paint, and flexible enough to fulfill a variety of battlefield roles. The thing is, making good terrain takes a lot of time, and many of the materials used to make terrain (like pink insulation foam and drywall spackle) is prone to chipping and breaking. Real sand and rocks look great, but can damage your miniatures. Terrain is meant to be played on, and terrain should be built to withstand abuse.
My goal is to provide some terrain basics cast in durable grey resin. Terrain that is detailed, yet easy to paint. Terrain that could look at home in a variety of settings, including sci-fi, historical, fantasy, and steampunk. Terrain that is flexible, and lets you change things to suit a given battlefield. Terrain that can take some abuse, and that is meant to be played with.
The terrain is designed to be compatible with 28 to 32 mm miniatures. All terrain is made from a durable grey resin, and is supplied unpainted. You are free to paint your terrain as needed to suit your battlefield. If you’d like to use the paint styles shown here, I’ll be posting tutorials and videos for preparing and painting resin terrain in the weeks to come.
The area terrain is comprised of a series of large textured bases, modeled as bare earth with some exposed stones. These contain recesses into which a variety of terrain can be dropped: rocky outcroppings, giant crystals, tree stumps to which trees can be added, and blank bases to represent bare earth or to customize as you see fit.
The area terrain bases come in a variety of sizes, including bases holding 3, 4, and 5 inserts. The recesses are designed to hold bases that are 50mm in diameter. The removable terrain allows you to move terrain pieces to allow units to more easily enter the area terrain.
Flat inserts come in a variety of designs. The plain textured bare earth inserts are perfect for customization – you can add any variety of plants, foliage, or your own unique models to give your terrain your own flair. The exposed stone inserts fit in well with the rest of the base, and can serve as a great way to fill space between terrain. The tree stump inserts fit a wide variety of model trees, allowing you to create your own forests. The minefield inserts can be used to represent an area of dangerous terrain in a modern or science-fiction game. To order flat inserts, just pledge $6 for every 5 you would like; you're welcome to mix-and-match between types. We'll sort out the specifics of which types you would like after the Kickstarter.
The rocky outcropping inserts can transform your area terrain into an area of heavy cover. Alternatively, they can make great scatter terrain in their own right.
The giant crystal inserts can be used to represent ice crystals, warpstone, Necron crystals, energon, quartz, etc. In addition to being used with area terrain they can also work well as scatter terrain.
Walls and other obstacles can provide an important defensive position for your models. I’ve created a number of wall sets (in varying states of disrepair) that allow you a wide degree of flexibility in setting up your walls. The straight sections of walls include occasional bits of rubble at their bases, which provide for greater stability on the battlefield. There is no need to glue them to bases for them to stand safely upright. The walls are 1” high, ½” wide, and the longest sections are 6”
The stone walls are basic walls, suitable for a variety of settings.
The broken stone walls are the same as the stone walls, save that they are broken up into smaller pieces, with more disrepair and neglect (or battle damage) evident.
The reinforced stone walls include added bands of riveted metal. These would look great in a steampunk or fantasy setting
These ponds and marshes are intended to be painted, and then filled with “water effects”. Water effects can be tinted with acrylic paint or dyes, to create everything from clear blue water, to murky swamps, and from pools of blood to pools of acidic slime.
The small pond and the large pond feature earthen banks with scattered rocks. They include deep recesses that can be filled with water effects.
The small marsh and the large marsh are similar to the ponds, save that they include islands of earth scattered throughout them, to represent a swampland.
Scatter terrain consists of smaller pieces of terrain that can be scattered about the battlefield to provide cover, objectives, and flavor. These are especially useful in many skirmish-level games, where moving from cover to cover while under enemy fire is essential. Scatter terrain can also be combined with other terrain features to create a wide variety of settings – for example, surrounding gravestones with some broken stone walls can create a thematic piece of area terrain for a horror-themed skirmish game.
The gravestones consist of 12 bases containing a total of 13 resin gravestones. These gravestones are in varying states of disrepair, and are decorated with the occasional steampunk flair and a few homages to early 20th century horror writers.
The wooden crates consist of 9 piles of crates and barrels and 4 single crates (technically, 3 crates and 1 barrel). The crate piles are provided in a variety of arrangements, including walls and corners. They can be used as objectives, cover, anti-zombie barricades, or anything else your imagination desires. If Mass Effect has taught me anything, it's that when you enter a room full of scattered crates and boxes, a fight is brewing.
While I hope to ultimately provide a variety of resin tokens, turn counters and the like, I thought I’d start things off with some simple objective markers. These are flat objective markers, 40mm in diameter and approximately 3mm thick. They are designed to lie flat, so that models can be placed atop them without fear of tipping over. They are sculpted to look like carved stone, so they should fit in with most battlefields without looking out-of-place. They are marked with roman numerals, numbered 1 through 6 (with an extra 2 and extra 3). They were designed specifically to be compatible with Warhammer 40,000 (the numbers allow them to be used for any of the missions in the 7th edition rulebook, including The Scouring and the new Tactical Objectives), though the simple design would allow them to work for any game system where numbered objectives might be needed.
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Because one’s terrain needs can differ greatly from person to person, it can be difficult to create reward tiers that would suit everyone’s needs. As such, I’ve taken a “custom” approach. With most of the pledge levels, you won't specify the specific models that you want now. Rather, you'll specify which terrain pieces you want after the Kickstarter is over, as part of the follow-up survey. For now, just pledge enough to cover the models you need.
Do you only want objective markers? If so, pledge for $12 per set you'd like, and select the Objective Marker pledge level.
Do you want terrain? If so, add up the total dollar cost of the terrain you would like.
If you want between $1 and $99 worth of terrain, then add $7 to your total terrain cost, pledge that amount, and select the Small Custom pledge level. The extra $7 is to cover shipping in the US.
If you want $100 or more worth of terrain, pledge your total terrain cost and select the Full Custom pledge level. No need to add additional for shipping at this level.
Again, there's no need to indicate which specific terrain pieces you want yet. We'll sort out the specifics in the post-Kickstarter survey.
All of my products are a hand-cast resin product. While care has been taken to ensure bubble-free castings, the process of casting is such that it is possible that some small bubbles may create holes in the models, which might require filling. Any excess flash can be removed with a hobby knife, file, or sandpaper. Please avoid breathing resin dust when sanding. I do use mold release, and encourage you to gently wash the models in warm water with dish detergent prior to priming and painting. Resin can soften and warp in the heat, so please store your models sensibly.
The models will arrive unpainted, and I strongly recommend using a good quality primer to aid in paint adhesion. In regards to painting, some inexpensive craft acrylic and a 1 ½” chip brush will get you pretty far. After painting, sealing with a good gloss coat (for protection) and following up with a matte sealer (to kill the shine) will protect your paint-job for a long time.
Static grass or flock can also be added to provide some variation and color. Finally, the water features are designed to fill with water effects. I prefer Envirotex Lite, which is available at many hobby and craft stores (such as Michaels) in the US . Because large craft stores in the US often have 40% off coupons available, it can be quite inexpensive. Painting terrain is actually quite easy (and fun), and I’ll be posting some tutorial videos as updates as the Kickstarter progresses.
Ultimately, I want folks to have a great-looking set of terrain that can be combined in multiple ways to create variety and tactical challenges.
As you can see, the models have already been created, master molds have been poured, and I’ve done some test casts. This was necessary before launching the Kickstarter in order to experiment with a variety of materials and casting techniques. On the downside, resin casting can be rough on silicone molds, and casting things one piece at a time is pretty labor intensive. As such, it’s usually ideal to use master casts to create a series of production molds. However, mold material can be expensive and it’s difficult to know how many molds of each piece to make. That’s where you all come in! By using Kickstarter, I can gauge interest so I know up-front how many production molds of each piece to create. It also lets me purchase mold material and resin upfront in bulk rather than casting a few pieces, selling them, buying more raw materials to make more molds. Getting many casts done in one fell swoop (using multiple production molds per model) rather than casting one piece at a time is also much quicker, freeing up more time for me to experiment with more terrain-making and casting techniques.
Risks and challenges
The risks to this project are fairly minimal. The master models and master molds for the initial offerings have been completed. I have successfully fulfilled a previous Kickstarter (4 months earlier than initially planned) and know what to expect in regards to managing the process. I have plenty of time set aside to complete the molding and casting, and have extra help (and time) available if the Kickstarter grows larger than I anticipated. I’m a fairly experienced hand at casting, and have a reliable supplier of resin and molding silicone within driving distance (and a couple others as back-ups). Of course, something horrible and unexpected could always happen, but that’s the nature of things that are unexpected.
I’m committed to seeing this project successfully through fulfillment, and will keep you informed of progress throughout the process. If there are any problems that occur, I promise that you will be aware of them, and that you will know how I am addressing them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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