*** Update 8/15: New Models ***
Games scenery, or terrain, is used in table-top miniatures games to create a realistic play environment. The pieces we have created are for 28mm miniatures, which covers many popular RPGs and war games. Games scenery is generally fairly makeshift and "visually uninspired", to say the least. We plan to beautify gaming tables everywhere with terrain that is functional, inexpensive, and looks great.
First, a look at what we're actually producing. Our first kit is a set of four ruins in a gothic style. Here the four master sculpts:
From the four masters we have chosen two pieces to prototype. We cast up a few small batches of these in order to get our production and process nailed down, and to give you a sample of the final paint scheme:
There are many more images on our site: http://www.advancedterrain.com
What Prompted This?
If you play any table-top miniatures games, you know most game terrain is... ghetto. Whether you play RPGs, small skirmish games, or full scale wargames, your games table probably looks more like a garage sale than a battlefield! Take a look at Exhibit A:
Look familiar? No, don't be embarrassed. The truth is, there are not many good options. Let's take a look:
Plastic or resin kits
Great detail, some can be quite durable; others extremely delicate. Lots of assembly and painting required! That is serious time, expense, and hassle... and it will never looks as good as the box art. Also, quite expensive.
Custom crafted terrain
These can look absolutely fantastic, but... really, really expensive. Second mortgage anyone? Generally large, heavy and/or delicate, they don't travel well.
Cheap, but many gamers can build something at home that looks decent. If you can, and you enjoy doing it, you don't need us!
Printed cardstock terrain
Relatively inexpensive, and can look pretty decent. But it has a short lifetime, terrible durability, and a long and tedious setup. And, it's just so... flat.
Wouldn't it be great if there was something tough, inexpensive, consistent, which also looked great? We thought so too...
So, what's your project?
Well, the big project is called the City of Tarsus. It's an old stone city in a gothic style which is ebbing towards decay. For a mental image, think of Osgiliath from the Lord of the Rings movies. We think this type of terrain works well in a wide variery of games. From historicals to RPGs to Warhammer 40k, many different scenarios can play out well in a deteriorating gothic city. And we have been careful to avoid any anachronisms: No oil drums or chariots or orc skulls lying around.
But big journeys start with small steps, and this Kickstarter project is just our first step towards the City of Tarsus. The Domus Ruins is a set of four ruined cathedral-style corners; perfect for representing a rubbled building, or for spreading around your table as separate terrain pieces. This initial set proves that we can achieve the goals we had for the production of excellent game scenery:
- Tough! Toss it in a duffel bag and head over to your friend's house for a game. Knock it off the table in a dice-rage, no problem.
- Ready to Play! No assembly, no painting; take it out of the box and you are good to go. Sets up quick, takes down fast.
- Looks Great!Detail almost as good as injection molding, and a decent paint job which is consistent across all our terrain.
- Inexpensive! Lower or comparable cost than other (dare we say inferior?) options.
Cool! What do you need?
We've got lots of designs, crafting skill +5, and enthusiasm, but one thing we do lack: the equipment and expertise to make high quality molds of our sculpts. This is where you come in, Kickstarters and games enthusiasts. We're not about to buy a bunch of heavy equipment and learn how to use it. We also want to keep operations small, handmade in loving batches right here in Seattle. So we need to contract out to a professional mold maker, experienced in creating slip casting molds. These people are not very common, but after trying out three different shops, we've selected Copperedge Studios out of Vancouver, WA. They've quoted us a cool $1000 to get molds made of the four ruins, so that's what we're raising. All the raw materials and other costs are coming out of own pockets, but... it's a labor of love.
What's in it for me?
That's the good news! In return for your support starting at the $25 level, we will send you a set of the completed, final Domus Ruins. This is a fantastic deal, as we are planning on offering the ruins at a price of $40 later on in the fall. That's... 40% off! Plus, at any level of donation, a name of your choosing will be listed on the Credits page for the Domus Ruins. Immortality can be yours!
Thanks for taking a look at our project. Feel free to post with any questions or comments, or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would also like to take a moment to thank my lovely wife ("Thanks Tara!") for her continued support and patience as I lay waste to sections of our house, and to Bruce Hirst of Hirst Arts for the fantastic architecture molds he has kindly allowed others to license.
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