About this project
Hi Kickstarters! Thanks to everyone who has supported Worldsmith Industries, both through past Kickstarters and my current webstore. I’d like to ask for your help again, this time for creating a new themed line of resin terrain for use in 28mm to 32mm miniature wargames, role-playing games, and the like.
This time, I’ve created a variety of terrain pieces themed after ancient stone ruins. This includes a variety of ruined walls, ancient temples, broken columns, and scatter terrain. The design aesthetic is purposefully time-period and game-system neutral. The terrain would serve well as the fallen empire of an ancient race in a fantasy setting or as a battle-torn wasteland in the far, grim future. Be it an ice-covered magical city exposed by a slow thaw or an ancient temple complex discovered by early 20th-century pulp adventurers, I hope that my new terrain line finds a place on your gaming table!
In any miniature wargame, the terrain on the battlefield serves an important tactical role. In Ninth Age, you might anchor the flank of a unit with a water feature, knowing that any enemy choosing to attack your troops from the side would lose their rank bonus. In Warhammer 40,000, an area of ruins 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. 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) are prone to chipping and breaking. Terrain is meant to be played on, and terrain should be built to withstand abuse. My goal is to provide detailed terrain 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 (though, I imagine it would work well enough as a cyclopean ancient city built by unknowable ancient gods if you wanted to do something unique with your 15mm WWII miniatures). All of the 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. While the terrain pieces are sold in pre-packaged lots, they allow you to mix-and-match from one set to another, to create unique and evocative combinations, limited only by your imagination.
Complete Set - $300
Get one of each of the resin kits offered in this Kickstarter in one pledge with a $20 discount. This pledge includes one each of the following kits: Ancient Temple, Low Ruins, High Ruin, Scattered Ruins, Temple Arch, Flooded Ruins, and Ruined Fountain.
Ancient Temple - $75
The Ancient Temple is a large kit, with the base measuring a full 8" x 8" x 2.5" tall. The set includes a temple base, a floor that fits inside of the base, a set of stairs, 4 broken columns, and a statue plinth. The statue plinth can be left bare or topped with a miniature of your choice to represent a statue.
While the Ancient Temple works well on its own, it can also be combined with other pieces from the Kickstarter for more variety.
Low Ruins - $60
The Low Ruins consist of two unique area terrain bases, each with a pair of 2.5" high ruined walls. The two bases measure in at approximately 11" x 6" and 9" x 5.5". These are perfect for providing areas of hard cover for your miniatures. The walls are designed so that they can be easily lifted out to accommodate a large miniature or a block of ranked troops, and then replaced when the troops move on.
High Ruin - $50
The High Ruin is a large 4-piece kit, consisting of a 8" x 7" area terrain base, a support pillar, a second-story floor, and a large 5" tall ruined wall. The High Ruin is sturdy and can be assembled without the need for glue. As such, the pieces can easily lift out of the area terrain base in order to accommodate large units of troops or big miniatures.
Scattered Ruins - $40
The Scattered Ruins consists of 4 pieces of scatter terrain. Each piece is approximately 1.5" tall and cast in one solid piece. These are perfect for filling out your battlefield with low walls and obstacles. The individual pieces of scatter terrain measure in at approximately 7" x 2", 6" x 2.5", 6" x 4", and 4" x 4".
Temple Arch - $35
The Temple Arch can serve as an entry to your ruined city, or can be combined with other kits (such as the Ancient Temple) to create a dramatic centerpiece. The pillars and arch of this 7-part model should be assembled with glue, though the base can be left unglued for ease of use. Fully assembled, the Temple Arch is 9" x 4" x 7" tall.
Flooded Ruins - $40
The Flooded Ruins consist of a large area terrain base with several recessed pools that are designed to be filled with water effects. Of course, you can always choose not to use water effects, and leave the broken, sunken sections of the floor as bare stone cobbles. The broken columns on the edges can easily be removed and replaced during game-play. The Flooded Ruins base is 11" x 8" with two each of 2", 3", and 3.5" columns.
Ruined Fountain - $20
The Ruined Fountain can be left empty, or filled with water effects. Any of the columns or the statue plinth also fit inside, giving you the option of creating a stagnant pool of water or a decaying monument of some past conqueror. The Ruined Fountain is approximately 5" x 5" x 1.5" tall.
Ruins Only - $90
This reward is provided for those who want additional walls, but don't want the extra area terrain bases. This reward consists of the Low Ruins and High Ruin rewards without the area terrain bases: 4 x 2.5" high ruined walls, a 5" high ruined wall, a support pillar, and a second-story floor
Columns Only - $25
This extra is for those who just need some extra columns. These are the columns from the Flooded Ruins kit, with two columns each of the 2", 3", and 3.5" heights.
T-Shirt - $20
Show your support for Worldsmith Industries with a t-shirt! This shirt features the Worldsmith Industries logo printed in black on an asphalt gray American Apparel fine jersey t-shirt. It is available in XS, S, M, L, and XL, with an additional $2 charge for 2XL, and 3XL.
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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.
Want at least one of everything? Choose the "Complete Set" pledge level. Add the cost of anything above and beyond the "Complete Set" pledge level you want to receive to $300 and pledge that amount. We'll get the specifics of which terrain pieces you want to use sorted out in Backerkit after the campaign ends.
Don't want one of everything? Choose the "Custom Terrain" pledge level. Add up the costs of all of the pieces you'd like to receive (with a minimum of $40) and pledge that amount. We'll get the specifics of which terrain pieces you want to use sorted out in Backerkit after the campaign ends.
I will be charging shipping after the Kickstarter concludes via a pledge manager (Backerkit). This is so that I can charge a fair amount to each backer, as one-size rarely fits all when it comes to terrain. Except for the "Just a Shirt" pledge level, please plan on paying shipping after the campaign ends during the pledge manager. While I can't give exact shipping costs now, current estimates for a "Complete Set" pledge level are approximately $20.
No International Shipping
It really pains me to do this, but at this time I need to restrict the rewards from this Kickstarter to US backers only. Shipping overseas from the US has grown exorbitantly expensive, and using international shipping hubs to reduce costs is firmly out of reach for a small, one-man, business such as my own. I've priced things out, and what would cost me $20 to ship in the US would cost upwards of $100 to ship internationally. I am truly sorry for this, and wish that I could offer my products internationally, but the prices are such that I cannot justify it at this time.
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 two previous Kickstarters (which were fulfilled 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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