Hi Kickstarters! My name is Jim Graham, and I’d like your help in kickstarting Worldsmith Industries, a fledgling terrain and gaming-aid company serving the miniature wargaming hobby. Specifically, I’d like to start the company by producing a series of resin wrecked vehicles for use in science fiction miniature wargames. The wrecks are designed for use in 28mm (or thereabouts) miniature wargames. Initially, I have a variety of wrecks in a “Galactic Marine” theme modeled and ready to cast.
Funds above and beyond our initial funding goal will allow me to produce wrecks in a variety of other shapes and styles. Currently, I have models ready to mold for Human Corpsmen, Space Elf, and Evil Space Elf styles. I hope to be able to unlock them as the Kickstarter progresses. I also have plans to be able to produce wrecks in a variety of other themes, including Technocrat Federation, Egyptian Robots, Galactic Orcs, and Chaotic Monsters. Heck, I might even be able to come up with something of use for the Alien Bug crowd.
I’ve been a gamer for as long as I can remember and a miniature wargamer for the past couple of decades. I’m a firm believer that a large part of the joy of a miniature wargame is the visual spectacle. A table of well-made terrain not only creates tactical possibilities, it can also serve to enhance the cinematic quality of the game. Carefully painted armies clashing across a board full of well-made terrain is a sight to behold. To mar that visual feast with a piece of brown cardboard cut in the shape of a vehicle seems criminal. I hope you’ll help me in beautifying wargaming tables across the world. While I’ll be starting with wrecked vehicles, I hope to be able to continue to grow Worldsmith Industries’ offerings over the upcoming years to include a wide variety of resin terrain pieces and gaming aids. This is just the beginning (I hope)!
The wrecks are specifically designed to be compatible with popular 28mm to 32mm science fiction miniature wargames. With that said, the wrecks are 100% non-IP infringing. The master models were scratch built by yours truly. No models manufactured by other companies were harmed in the making of these wrecks (though some were included in the video to show scale).
The wrecks are cast in a white resin, and are supplied unpainted. The resin I've selected is quite durable (see the video for a 3rd-story drop onto concrete). When you drop your army tray while moving from table to table (and the collective gasp of horror goes across the tournament hall), you can rest assured: your wrecks should be safe. The rest of your models may be smashed to smithereens, but your wrecks won't be wrecked.
Because of the process of casting, it is possible that some small bubbles may create holes in the models; however, I work hard to get bubble-free castings. Any bubbles that might make it past me are easy to fill, and blend in with the whole "wrecked vehicle" look so well, that you won't notice them.
I've tried to make sure that wrecks have plenty of flat open spaces where you can use decals, bits, and other ways of customizing these wrecks in order to make your wrecks best fit your army.
There is also a series of Maggot Swarm Bases available. Please see the add-on section (or the 10th update) for more details.
Please read this section carefully!
I’ve tried to keep the pledging options as simple as possible for this Kickstarter, but recognize that folks will still want to be flexible in ordering the specific models they need for their army. Because everyone's army is different, you'll want to choose the wrecks that best suit your army. To calculate pledges, consider the following prices:
Category A - $6 - This category includes small wrecks such as walkers.
Category B - $9 - This category includes medium-sized wrecks such as speeders and escape pods.
Category C - $12 - This category includes standard-sized wrecks such as transports and battle tanks.
Category D - $18 - This category includes very large wrecks, such as heavy transports.
The reward levels are based in part on shipping costs and what we can fit in a standard shipping box. If you just want a few wrecks, the $24 level lets you mix-and-match among the Category A, B, and C wrecks. The $36 pledge levels let you mix and match Category A or B wrecks (I tried to fit 3 Category C wrecks in a small shipping box, but I can't!). Please note that add-ons are not allowed at these levels! The only way to get add-ons (or Category D wrecks, for that matter), is to pledge at the $60 or above level.
If you want a fair number of wrecks, the $60 level allows for the most flexibility (and add-ons!). To calculate your pledge amount for the $60 level, add up the cost of the wrecks you’d like to receive. If the total is greater than $60, pledge that amount, select the $60 reward, and we’ll sort out the specific wrecks and add-ons you want after the Kickstarter is over.
If you've pledged at the Custom Battle Group ($60), or I WANT IT ALL ($150) levels, then you can add additional wrecks to your pledge. To add additional wrecks, simply add up the cost of the wrecks you would like to add above and beyond your initial reward and increase your pledge by that amount. There is no need to specify which wrecks you would like right now. Once the Kickstarter finishes, I'll send you a survey to find out which wrecks, out of those that have been unlocked, you would like. Please note that only the Custom Battle Group, and I WANT IT ALL pledge levels are eligible for add-ons.
I need your help to purchase the materials to create the production molds and the resin for the initial production run. I have completed the models and produced master molds for all of the starting Galactic Marine wrecks. The funds raised by Kickstarter will allow me to purchase the materials used for the production molds and the production run of casting. The initial funding goal is my break-even point on the Galactic Marine master molds. I hope we’ll exceed that, as additional funding will allow me the funds to expand the range of wrecks offered. Ultimately, I’d like to offer wrecks in all of the sizes and styles that sci-fi miniature wargamers might find themselves needing. The higher the funding goes, the more wrecks I’ll be able to create.
Depending on how high the funding gets, it will also allow me to do other things to continue to grow the business.While the molding material I use now does not require degassing to create bubble-free molds, it is more expensive than typical mold material. Enough funding would allow me to purchase a vacuum chamber so that I could use more reasonably-priced mold materials and still get the high quality molds to which I’m accustomed. More funding could enable me to purchase a 3d printer, which would give me more flexibility in designing the master models for future production. Heck, given enough funding, I would be able to purchase a laser cutter for use in making terrain and gaming aids, or possibly a rotocasting machine to be able to cast larger models like buildings.
The fate of Worldsmith Industries is in your hands, Kickstarters. If it funds at it’s initial level, I’ll be pleased as punch at having the opportunity to share a fun project with you, and will rest easy knowing that there are a few more miniature battlefields out there that look better than they would have otherwise. If y’all want to take it further, I’ve got lots of ideas that I’d like to share with you!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risks and challenges associated with this Kickstarter involve production and shipping delays for the rewards. The Galactic Marine models have been created, and the master molds have been poured. The resin models you see in the pictures were cast from the master molds, and will be used to create the production molds once the funds clear Amazon Payments.The supplier of the resin and mold material is a short drive away, and has what I need in plentiful amounts.
If this Kickstarter funds at its original level (or thereabouts), I expect the rewards to be shipped much earlier than the listed delivery date. I'm loathe to create a Kickstarter that is delayed, and have deliberately set conservative estimates for delivery.
In the case of over-funding, the number of production molds can easily be scaled up in order to speed production. Additionally, a variety of family and friends can be drafted to help with casting and reward fulfillment.
I have a fair amount of practice in designing and casting models in resin. In addition to the various hobby-craft that folks pick up over time in the hobby, I have had the opportunity to test my gaming-project-management skills over the past couple of years while running the Walpurgis Grand Tournament for Malifaux. As part of this tournament, I produced (and oversaw the production of) large numbers of various gaming aids, including resin models, terrain, and markers, laser-cut terrain and gaming-aids, and playing cards. As such, I’m familiar with the process, and am generally up for new challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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