About this project
Okay, So heres what the war board is and does.
The Warboard is an innovative, quick, easy, attractive and cost effective playing area for 28mm tabletop wargaming that folds down in to something about the size of a few stacked magazines or rule books.
And its almost ready to go into production now!
Each Warboard is constructed of 2mm solid board, is double sided and folds out to 2' by 3' gaming area (61cm x 91.5cm), so two boards makes 3' by 4', four generates 4' by 6' and so on. Each side of the board is printed with a different option, these options are explained further down the page. The innovative patten designs means that there is no limit to how many board you can join together. One Warboard can be combined with others in the range to generate beautifully diverse battlefields with an almost infinite combination of orientation options. So you can keep your battlefield layouts fresh, diverse and engaging with minimal fuss!
Every Warboard is crammed full of detail and texture, from garbage and chemicals spills to tyre tracks and spent shell casings, all printed at 300dpi+ with a quality satin (improved from silk to satin) finish for protection.
Protection for the Warboard doesn't stop there, once you're finished the Warboard can be quickly and easily folded away into it's 2mm solid board carry case. At under 25cm x 32cm x 4cm in size the Warboard is compact and takes up relatively little space, meaning transport isn't a problem, and no more curled up corners!
So at what stage is the Warboard?
Currently 5 out of the first 8 designs for the first run have been completed. Thats 4 cityscapes and 1 corridors. With the last corridors design on its way to completion shortly.
As for production, i have been working with an international box (and cardboard coffin) manufacturer for the last year or so on a variety of products as a designer and consultant. This has enabled me to cultivate a very good relationship with them. In turn allowing me to establish a solid/realistic costing and pricing structure.
As the designs are pretty much finished with all but the two corridors designs having already gone through a test print, i have been assured the turn around should be within four to six weeks of an order being placed This includes tooling for both the board and box etc. Giving an estimated delivery time of xmas (2013) to January (2014).
For me, Kickstarter is a super exciting opportunity to put a product i believe in direct to the people who want it and in a way that can include them in the story that is Warboard. Lets be honest, If i were to go down the route of investors, loans and the like there would of course be more risk involved. This would inevitably mean a higher cost for the end user. I want to keep the price as low as possible for you guys, so show your support and click the pledge button!
The Warboard Options & Designs
For quite sometime i have struggled with deciding how to compile the design options, here what we can offer at the moment:
Once the Kickstarter finishes you will be able to choose from the following option as your reward. These options are specific to KS and will in all likely-hood be limited to a smaller set of designs once the Warboard goes to market.
Cityscape 1 - Corridors 2
Cityscape 1 - Battlefield 2
Cityscape 1 - Cityscape 3
Cityscape 2 - Corridors 2
Cityscape 2 - Battlefield 2
Cityscape 2 - Cityscape 4
Cityscape 3 - Corridors 1
Cityscape 3 - Battlefield 1
Cityscape 4 - Corridors 1
Cityscape 4 - Battlefield 1
15mm City - Corridors 1
15mm City - Corridors 2
15mm City - Battlefield 1
15mm City - Cityscape 1
15mm City - Cityscape 2
15mm City - Cityscape 3
15mm City - Cityscape 4
There will also be 2 battlefield boards in a similar style to the image below:
Along with a 15mm version of the cityscapes (the 4 cityscape designs scaled down onto one board.
Finally, i also intend to include a fantasy dungeon set of designs. These are currently in development but will be to the same standard and attention to detail as the rest of the warboard range.
Take a look at the updates area for more details and picture content!
If you decided to choose the Limited edition luxury collectors Reward the four boards you pick will be neatly packed in this
Multicase - 9k Strecth Goal - DONE!
Since we reached the 9K stretch goal in record time, you can add a multicase to you reward by simply adding/overpledging £8. The multicase will hold a full 4 boards including their own individual cases.
Here is a visualisation example of what to expect from the multicase:
Here are some example visuals of a 4'x6' warboard in action!
Finally, If all goes well and this kickstarter gets funding.
In the future i hope to expand on the range incorporating dungeons, wastelands and a multitude of other designs including cross over boards allowing for grass/desert boards to seamlessly join up to the cityscapes. Really the possibilities are almost endless, its just the demand which will determine the warbaords direction.
Well thats the introduction done. I will try to keep the page updated as much as possible during the campaign, so you can all see how things are progressing.
Thanks for looking! And don't forget to click that pledge button!
P.s. Please remember, this isn't a 'could happen' project, the Warboard has been designed & prototyped, a manufacture sourced, reward shipping fulfilment/logistics organised and is ready to go! All it needs now is your support to bring it to life.
Keep an eye out for new and updated video content:
All rewards included shipping to the UK in the pledge.
To lower the price of international shipping, mainly to the US and Asia i am looking into the services that Shipwire provide. So stay tuned for updated shipping fees! - 10/09/2013
Okay, so i have now sourced reasonable shipping fees for international backers. Finished product will be sent to Shipwire in the USA via pallet, from there Shipwire will distribute across US and Canada via ground mail (or the most affordable service available). - 22/09/13
European shipping will be handled either by Shipwire in the UK or in house depending on campaign success. - 22/09/13
Having had a meeting with the manufacturer last night (23rd Sep) I can now confirm that the stretch goals will be:
9k - 4 board multicase - Made from correx (or similar) to be offered as an additional reward. The multi box will hold 4 boards and their cases. The multi case is offered at cost + postage to all kickstarter backers. DONE!
10k - New Board Types! - 15mm scale - All the 4 cityscape designs shrunk down onto 1 board backed with the grassy battlefield options. DONE! AND NOW AVAILABLE AS A KICKSTARTER OPTION!
12k - New Board Type! - Fantasy Dungeon! All new design, think dark dank and intimidating!
13k - New Board Type! - Star Field
14k - New Board Type! - Deep waters
15k - New Board Type! - Dunes
16k - New Board Type! - Tundra
17k - DOUBLE THE GOAL - New Board Type! - Underworld
*please note that if you will be pledging for one of the stretch goal board options, and not the core options shown above. There will be a longer waiting period as the designs will need to be created and printed in the second run.
An area to show special thanks. A full list of honorary warsmith will be posted to a dedicated page at warsmith.co.uk once the campaign is complete.
Special thanks so far to:
- Peter Gurnett - The first backer of warboard on kickstarter!
- The DakkaDakka Community for its unwavering support thus far, you know who you are!
- Jason AKA Eldarain
- talkwargaming.com - GR-R-REAT!
Risks and challenges
- Slow Manufacture (due to unforeseen circumstances). Product will be delivered ASAP.
- Change In Delivery Costs. Although delivery has been calculated on accurately estimated weights and sizes, costs may fluctuate from those included. Any reasonable increase in postage will be eaten by myself.
- Physically Processing Rewards. Dependant on success processing rewards may take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks but will be completed ASAP.
To keep costs and the rewards prices down i have opted to pack/fold all the boxes in house.
If you have any concerns or questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch! Im pretty amenable and would love to hear what you have to say.
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