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Kickstarter's most detailed Miniature Basing & Sculpting System returns - and this time its all about the tabletop wargames COMMUNITY
Kickstarter's most detailed Miniature Basing & Sculpting System returns - and this time its all about the tabletop wargames COMMUNITY
Kickstarter's most detailed Miniature Basing & Sculpting System returns - and this time its all about the tabletop wargames COMMUNITY
346 backers pledged £15,965 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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Because the best bits of your miniature collection are the bits you sculpt yourself

We want to put a special BASIUS COMMUNITY pad in the hands of every tabletop gaming club in the world

Since launching our first BASIUS Kickstarter project (now known as BASIUS ONE), thousands of gamers have used BASIUS to aid & develop their sculpting skills as well as customise & awesomify* their miniature collections. During this time we have had to move BASIUS out of the garage and into the Industrial Estate!  The BASIUS team has grown since then, and now includes the same family of four sculpting gamers that created BASIUS all those years ago and the family of experienced casters at History Craft.

We now have ten complete collections of 12 themed 50mm square BASIUS pads prototyped. Some are favourites from previous Kickstarter projects, some have been altered and updated, and the rest are brand new. We need your help to fund their creation on an industrial scale!

BASIUS makes any miniature that bit more awesome! (Miniature by the fantastic Games Workshop, Firepower by Us (yes - we made all the 'Booms' you can see in these photos) - available from the brilliant ZealotMiniatures.com)
BASIUS makes any miniature that bit more awesome! (Miniature by the fantastic Games Workshop, Firepower by Us (yes - we made all the 'Booms' you can see in these photos) - available from the brilliant ZealotMiniatures.com)

 

COMMUNITY

Community is important - in gaming, just like in the rest of life.

We love gaming with our friends in our local geek-hobby store and we initially met many of our friends purely because of that community. Friendly gaming clubs and hobby stores that go out of their way to host gaming communities are awesome, and we want to help to increase that community awesomeness.

Kevin Jackson, from the online community, sent us this photo showing how he based his miniatures using BASIUS
Kevin Jackson, from the online community, sent us this photo showing how he based his miniatures using BASIUS

It stands to reason that if a person wants to do something positive for others in life then it's best to do something they are actually good at, and feedback from all four of our previous BASIUS projects has shown us that we have become rather good at BASIUS-ing**.

OUR GOAL

With this focus of community being central to what BASIUS has become, our goal for this latest Kickstarter is quite a big one... Alongside the release of our 10 themed BASIUS collections, we want to provide every tabletop gaming club in the world with a special BASIUS COMMUNITY pad, so that all gamers can use it and help each other to use it, to develop their own and each other's sculpting.

The sculpt above will be the central design for the community pad.

 

A Games Workshop miniature - given the BASIUS treatment
A Games Workshop miniature - given the BASIUS treatment

WE NEED YOU

It would be awesome if every gamer & hobbyist reading this... in every town worldwide, could pledge to get hold of a pad or two in this kickstarter, make some bases with them, show their sculpting to their gaming club and ask their club chairperson to contact us to get a BASIUS COMMUNITY pad for their club.

Tyler, from the online community, kindly sent us this photo.  These base textures are made using just BASIUS, 'Green-Stuff' and paint - thats it.
Tyler, from the online community, kindly sent us this photo. These base textures are made using just BASIUS, 'Green-Stuff' and paint - thats it.

 

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If this project funds then we will be able to produce a community pad for your local tabletop gaming club, even if your club is struggling financially and can't afford to back us in this project itself.

If you think this is a good thing - please support us by pledging & telling others about this project!

 

Another brilliant Games Workshop miniature with a BASIUS'D base
Another brilliant Games Workshop miniature with a BASIUS'D base

SOUNDS GREAT... BUT JUST WHAT IS BASIUS?

BASIUS is a collection of easy-to-use negatively detailed solid resin press-pads. They are designed by a family of gamers for use in miniature tabletop games, role playing games and board games. With them you can:

  • Sculpt stunning texture onto your miniature bases
  • Mount tricky & demanding figures easily
  • Create custom detailing for your miniatures
  • Texture surfaces for your scenery and diorama projects
  • Develop your own sculpting confidence & ability

Every BASIUS pad provides 50mm by 50mm of fantastically sculpted negative texture.

Our full range of BASIUS and BASIUS MAX pads proudly feature elements and input from industry-leading scale miniature companies such as Mantic Games, Peco, Eduard & Zealot Miniatures. This latest project welcomes two additional miniature companies to the fellowship: TT Combat & Studio Miniatures - Woo Hoo!!

As many gamers will know - Vesper-On have passed Carnevale to TT Combat - who have very kindly continued to honor Vesper's friendship with Team BASIUS in allowing the pads we created with Vesper to continue to be part of the BASIUS collection  - We are pleased that through this interesting development TT Combat have become new friends of ours as well :)

8 Thumbs up for TT, Vesper and Studio as well as all our good old friends!!

 

SO HOW DO I USE BASIUS?

Prepare your 'Green Stuff' and push it onto your miniature base, wet the BASIUS pad surface with a little spray of water, press the base into the pad and remove it, then trim the base edge or let it overlap the edges and leave to dry. It's as simple as that!

 

This BASIUS texture overlaps the plastic base and enhances the appearance of the stomping mech-walker
This BASIUS texture overlaps the plastic base and enhances the appearance of the stomping mech-walker

If you wish you can customise the sculpt whilst it is wet (Green Stuff takes over an hour to dry). You can add footprints, flight sticks or spare model elements such as discarded weapons or armour for your particular army (or your friend's enemy army!).

This massive base was created by Elstonation, making use of his collection to add titan footprints
This massive base was created by Elstonation, making use of his collection to add titan footprints

Typically, gamers use 'Green-Stuff' putty with BASIUS (we do), but many users report that the pads also work well with Brown Stuff, Sculpey & Super Sculpey and Milliput as well as other types of hobby putty.

An awesome Games Workshop miniature with a BASIUS'D base
An awesome Games Workshop miniature with a BASIUS'D base

THE BASIUS COLLECTION

We have created 10 sets of themed pads - that's 120 different BASIUS pads in total!

Play D'oh - when pressed into the pads shows a rough example of what each pad produces - our kids spent all weekend getting the play doh photos below made & ready for the project, at the request of backers - we all hope you like them - SAVE THEM and open them up - they are LARGE image files!

Here we go...

BASIUS : ALIEN

If you are into advanced space-crusading aboard alien bio-ships, battling across infinite city-zones or hunting prey deep inside Gigeresque lairs then this collection will serve you well

Spirit Stone - Orgamech - the Eloar - Hexwars - Gigeresque - Hivehab - Egg Chamber - Biomesh - Biomecha - Crafted World - Bioship - Infinity Steps

 

Feature pad: Hexwars - An awesome futuristic highway with a raised kerb & footpath, complete with pot-holes & loose hex tiles

 

Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)
Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)

BASIUS : ANCIENTS

From the realms of the ancients come our Elven, Dwarven & Eastern halls and highway

Incorporating elements and input from our friends at Peco

Dojo - Damaged Runes - Ruined Drain - Imperial Gully - Devastated Dojo - Realm Flagstones - Ancient Pavilion - Broken Realm - Landbridge - Ruined Imperial Highway - Lord of the Deepwood - Realm

Feature pad: Lord of the Deepwood - Look deeper... can you see the face of the forest lord within it?

 

Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)
Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)

BASIUS : CHAOTICA

The influence of both Lady Luck & the dark Gods can be seen within these temple chambers and across all manner of chaotic landscapes

Incorporating elements and input from our friends at Peco & Zealot Miniatures

Spores - Pool of the Watcher - Skull Beach - Custard Cream - Star 2 - Games of the Gods - Dice of Destiny - Star 3 - Star 1 - Pox - Chaotic Flesh - Star 4

Feature pad: Custard Cream - Because dark Gods like a good laugh as much as the next deity

 

Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as what you can get with Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)
Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as what you can get with Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)

BASIUS : FORTRESS

Medieval stone halls, treasure rooms, weathered & worn wooden flooring make this collection super useful for 100's of game systems

Incorporating elements and input from our friends at Peco

Treasure - Endless Halls - Oaken Halls - Templar Pool - Watchtower - Old Ironballs - Jackpot - More Endless Halls - Ransacked - Scullery - Sanctum - Man o War

Feature pad: Old Ironballs - At last you can properly base your 'oh-so-brave' general

 

Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as what you can get with Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)
Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as what you can get with Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)

BASIUS : INDUSTRIA

Steel metal grid flooring from many civilisations, including two where the 'bad guys' seem to have acid for blood...

Hulk Corridor - Corrugated Steel - Engineering Deck - Starship Intersection - LV 483 - Factory - Heavy Metal - Power Cables - Acid Burn LV 483 - Digital Acid - Mesh - Steelworks

Feature pad: Digital Acid - This may be quite a tricky pad to use, but the texture effects you can get with it are simply jaw-dropping

 

Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)
Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)

BASIUS : RENASCENCE

Greetings to you from the glorious city... Come and explore, take in a play at carnival time, and be sure to visit our Plaza during the Night of Masks...

Incorporating elements and input from our friends at Peco, Zealot Miniatures & Vesper-On Games

Plaza - Castle of Splort - Flagstones - Mosaic - Carnevale - Padded Cell - Castle approach - Ancestral Halls - Rotting Walkway - the Night of Masks - Balls of Steel - the Stage

Feature pad: The Night Of Masks - Probably the most surreal pad we have ever made...(note: in the image below, we have shown you what the Night Of Masks pad produces (the positive sculpt) as its very difficult to visualise what the pad can make when looking at the actual negative pad texture!!) all the other pad images show the actual negative pad textures

 

Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)
Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)

BASIUS : TEXTURIS

Stunning outdoor environments suitable for scenery building as well as basing - from lush forest floors to wide barren plains

Incorporating elements and input from our friends at Peco & Eduard

Desert - Old Campfire - Driftwood - Autumn - Wild West - Stinky Bog - Plains - Causeway - Woodland Pool - Swamp - Dry County - Silverfalls

Feature pad: Stinky Bog - Our daughter sculpted that one all by herself, so of course its the best one in this set!!!! (It also happens to be a brilliant pad in its own right by the way)

 

Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)
Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)

BASIUS : VILLAGE

Ye olde terrain & building elements for taverns, farmhouses, chapels, crypts and gold mines!

Incorporating elements and input from our friends at Zealot Miniatures

Farmhouse Ruins - More Abandoned Mine - Pool of the Knight - Shattered Catacombs - Citadel Ruins - Twisting Catacombs - Ruined Homestead - Shattered Sanctuary - Shattered Portal - Abandoned Mine - Thatched Roof - Tavern Ruins

Feature pad: Shattered Portal - In the words of a legendary character... "You were only supposed to blow the b*#@!y door off!"

 

Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)
Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)


BASIUS : VOLCANIS

Lava, lava, lava, lava & lava - all the stages of raw hot rock for you to sculpt with... runny hot flowing rock, cooling hot rock, rock, and jagged weathered rocks!

Lava Pits - Boulders - Magma - Crags - Mountain of Mourn - Magma Slopes - Outcrops - Volcanic Lands - Tundra - Wastelands - Scree - Misty Mountain

Feature pad(s): Lava Pits, Magma Slopes & Volcanic Lands - Our son's creative guidance (and wish to base his salamandery spacey marines this way) gave birth to these 3 pads, so naturally they are the prime choice in this collection

 

Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)
Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)

BASIUS : WWII

Incredible urban & rural war torn terrain elements - including trench earthworks, a lost teddy and (for those who enjoy certain types of tabletop games) a whole bunch of modern-day civilian zombies!

Incorporating elements and input from our friends at Peco & Studio Miniatures

HGV Trax - Demolition - Zombies! - Immaculate Lawn - Dodge this - Suburbs - Lost Teddy - Downtown - Tank Trax - Emplacement - Brickfield Terrace - Guard Post

Feature pad(s): Zombies! - Because its zombies! and Immaculate Lawn - As an avid Blood Bowl manager, our lead sculpt-tester had already used this pad to make 65 bases before we even launched this Kickstarter!

 

Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)
Play Doh pressing (NOT as detailed as Green Stuff and actual hobby putty!!!)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT BASIUS?

Check out our previous BASIUS Kickstarter projects and their comments pages to find out more about our pads and the history of our project (type 'BASIUS' into the Kickstarter search box)

A quick search of BASIUS on Google Images will provide many examples of bases & scenery made by gamers, and a search for websites will bring up many brilliant and informative blogs and reviews from all over the world

BASIUS can improve the personal happiness of ANY miniature! Miniature by Games Workshop, BoomBlastic Boom by us - available from zealotminiatures.com
BASIUS can improve the personal happiness of ANY miniature! Miniature by Games Workshop, BoomBlastic Boom by us - available from zealotminiatures.com

 

YouTube has plenty of really interesting videos made by many hobby gamers & collectors from across the world, showing how they go about using BASIUS

The online BASIUS USER community is truly awesome - many wargame forum websites have active BASIUS threads that are full of brilliant guides, photos and advice from helpful gamers & sculptors. All of these groups are well worth looking into and joining in with

Thanks for reading, we hope you have fun with our inventions :)

ENDGAME - BACKERS

Thank you for your support!!! Once the project ends there is a couple of weeks pause required by Kickstarter while funding is processed, then we will contact you to find out which pads you want. Your pad collections will be cast for you in the order that the surveys are returned to us, and they will be carefully packaged and posted to you as soon as they are ready!

ENDGAME - CLUB CHAIRPERSONS

Once the Kickstarter has ended (and if it funds!) - please contact us at info@history-craft.co.uk to get your club on the list for a special BASIUS COMMUNITY pad. Please put 'BASIUS COMMUNITY club wants a free pad' in the email subject title, and include your gaming club email contact & shipping address details. Your club will only need to contribute towards Royal Mail postage & packaging.

TRADE SALES & GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

We would love to talk to you about getting BASIUS into your store, or stores you supply.  Please email us at info@history-craft.co.uk to find out how we can help you.

*Awesomify is not a real word - we made it up. Totally unlike the titles BASIUS, INDUSTRIA, RENASCENCE, TEXTURIS & VOLCANIS, which are...... er...... also made up by us.

** Same goes for the term BASIUS-ing - Ah well.

This Family of Heroes (actually minis of us) are going to be available shortly from Zealot Miniatures - click on this link and send Eddie an email to get him to hurry up and put them in his webstore already!!! Hahaha!!
This Family of Heroes (actually minis of us) are going to be available shortly from Zealot Miniatures - click on this link and send Eddie an email to get him to hurry up and put them in his webstore already!!! Hahaha!!

 

 

Risks and challenges

We are a very well established team of two families on Kickstarter, with many awesome and very popular BASIUS projects already being loved by 1000's of gamers and hobby nutters worldwide.

We have given serious consideration to this project, and as we have already invested loads in the development and preparation of this really useful invention, we have virtually eliminated the risks that are typical of such projects.

We will produce all BASIUS pads ourselves and ship them as soon as each Backer order is ready. We can confidently say that the pads will be of a superb quality, and promptly shipped out to all pledgers ASAP.

Thanks for reading.

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