I've started this project to produce a series of highly detailed resin buildings for use with 6mm miniature wargames. These buildings will be available in three different sizes and in several different patterns to add variety to your tabletop. Many new manufacturers have begun producing fantastic miniatures in this scale - including Onslaught Miniatures and Dark Realm Miniatures, whose outstanding models you can see featured here. I hope to provide you with an epic cityscape for your armies to battle over.
To make this happen, I've partnered with the illustrious Uncle Mike of Strange Aeons. Mike has years of experience in miniatures casting and production, and his expertise has made this project possible. While I handle the design process and production casting, the crucial moldmaking step will be contracted out to Mike to ensure the best possible quality.
Each building is made of five separate cast-resin parts (the walls and roof) and four plastic corner pieces. Assembly is pretty straightforward. Since these buildings are made of both plastic and resin, super (CA) glue should be used.
Why make multi-part buildings that require assembly, when most resin buildings in this scale are solid pieces?
-Each building is much, much lighter. This makes shipping (especially overseas) much more affordable.
-The same parts can be used over in different buildings. Small and Medium buildings in the same pattern use some of the same walls without needing to make a whole new mold
-The buildings can be made modular - you can combine the parts from more than one building to create a larger structure
How are these buildings made? There's a few steps:
First, each part is designed digitally. Computer-based design makes it easy to experiment and means that no time is wasted painstakingly sculpting the same identical details over and over.
Next, the finished designs are sent out to be 3D printed via a MJM (Multijet Modelling) process in UV-cured acrylic plastic. Because the cost of the printing process is based entirely on the volume of the part (not its shape) lots of detail can be included at no extra cost. Once received, each piece is carefully cleaned up by hand.
The prints are then handed off to Mike at Strange Aeons - he creates production molds of each part out of vacuum-degassed silicone. This material captures every tiny detail, and because each piece is flat we can use a one-part mold, meaning lower costs and less chance of air bubbles or distortion.
Lastly, I take over again for production - casting each part in durable grey polyurethane resin, using a pressure-casting process to help eliminate bubbles in the final product.
Select from a variety of different add-ons to get exactly what you're looking for!
If you want to customize your pledge with optional add-ons, please use our new Pledge Calculator - it will let you select the options you're looking for and tell you exactly how much to pledge. Plus, it tells me what add-ons you'd like so I can plan out production.
Add-ons will ship separately from your regular Pledge level - most of the Pledge levels were designed to fall just under a weight threshold for shipping and don't really have room to add anything. I've done my best to lay out the shipping for add-ons to be as inexpensive as possible.
Each Pledge level will give you a number of buildings of each size - for each building in your pledge, you can select from any pattern available in that size. After the campaign, you'll be sent a backer survey for you to specify the exact combination you'd like. Choose the pattern for each building individually. Mix and match to your heart's content!
With more funding, I'll be able to offer more patterns of buildings and even a few neat little pieces to add to your rewards for free!
I started this project because it was an interesting challenge, but in order to create these buildings economically and in a bunch of different patterns I need more equipment and financing than I can really afford to cover myself. That's why I've chosen Kickstarter, and despite the popularity of the crowdfunding platform for hobby projects I believe it lets me offer a quality product at the best value for your money, without having to break the bank myself. If successfully funded, here's what your pledges will support:
- Raw materials for fulfilling your rewards, primarily resin for casting and plastic stock for the corner pieces
- 3D printing and moldmaking for the new styles of buildings I'd like to offer
- Production equipment including the compressor and pressure pot for casting
- Shipping costs for delivering your rewards
- Business licensing to ensure production conforms to local laws
Every pledge includes shipping to backers in Canada and the US. Rewards will be shipped via Canada Post - in Canada, your pledge will be sent via Expedited Parcel. US pledges will be shipped by Small Packet Air (Sprawl and Architect pledges are too heavy to send to the US by that method, so they'll be sent by Expedited USA).
For backers outside the US or Canada, you'll need to pay an extra fee to cover shipping - I've tried to keep this as low as possible while still ensuring that you can receive your stuff in a timely fashion. The amount required is described in each Pledge level. Your rewards will be sent via Small Packet Air, so you won't be waiting weeks for it to arrive while still keeping costs manageable.
For any Small Packet Air shipment, your package unfortunately cannot be tracked, and is usually delivered by your country's postal service. While I will make the utmost effort to get you your buildings, I'm unable to replace packages that are lost in shipping. Your government may assess additional customs duties or taxes at the border. These aren't included in your pledge or shipping fee, and are the responsibility of the backer (sorry!).
With miniatures games, having a strong local community is key. If you're a Calgary gamer (or thereabouts) and can pick up your rewards at The Sentry Box, I'll happily refund any shipping costs associated with your pledge upon delivery. Find us at sentrybox.com - stop in and say hi!
Risks and challenges
Because this is the first project like this I've undertaken, it will be a learning process. I'm not an expert (yet) and some steps may take a couple tries to get right. But the basic process is sound: the printing process works, some of the molds have already been made and the first small batch of parts has been completed. Mike at Strange Aeons is an industry professional and has already provided vital advice and support.
Wasteland Studio is a one-man operation, and the responsibility for completing and delivering your rewards is mine alone. All funds raised will be kept in a separate bank account to ensure they are spent only on the project, and if something should happen to me and I'm unable to complete the project, any unspent funds can be refunded to the backers.
While 3D printing can be a tricky technology to use, I'm using a company I've done business with several times in the past, with a proven track record of successful prints and solid customer service if things don't turn out quite right. All parts printed for this project so far have turned out beautifully with no reprints required.
If demand exceeds expectations, more production time may be required to complete the project. Fortunately, there are a few ways to offset this - with the additional funding I'll be able to pay for additional molds to produce more parts quickly, and purchase additional equipment (like a second pressure pot) to increase output.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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