Hi, my name is Aaron Prior and I run Culverin Models. I have been running this company for just over a year but have been playing wargames, tabletop RPGs and making scenery for over two decades.
Having always wanted some fortress terrain to use with the 28mm wargames that I play this project was birthed partly as an excuse to give me a fortress to play with, but also to allow me to bring such a large piece of terrain to anyone else that wanted it, whilst simultaneously raising funds to take Culverin Models to the next level.
My aim with this Kickstarter is to get the resources to purchase new software and also acquire a couple of extra 3D printers to increase my production capacity for day to day sales and any future large projects like this one.
THE FORMIDABLE FORTRESS
(Small Horseshoe Fortress with Bastion upgrades pictured. All miniatures from other companies shown are for scale purposes only and the copyright lies in the hand of their respective owners)
- This formidable fortress is quick to set up and can be used more or less straight out of the box (although a lick of paint is advised!). These are 3d printed parts, but make no mistake they are designed to be strong and sturdy. Some fine sanding may be required depending on the desired final finish but the parts are perfectly usable with the standard finish.
- This is a semi-modular kit with the various pieces all fitting together in such a way to allow for a range of setups.
- Suited for use with a range of science fiction games, whether you are defending from an alien menace, fighting off hordes of ravenous mutants or withstanding an enemy siege these walls shall not fall!
There are two tiers of STL file pledges available. These are not for commercial use and are only for home printing.
Just the basics set - this allows you to print off a small selection of the fortress parts available. You will still be able to create a large fortress with this but will not have access to the more specialised sections such as the gate or bastion sections.
This set includes - standard wall section, short wall section and the corner wall section.
Full Fortress Set - this gives you access to absolutely everything including all future unlocked stretch goals in STL format. You will be able to create a truly formidable fortress that will withstand all manner of enemy assault!
There are three tiers of physical pledges available.
Fortress Sample Set - £25
This set allows you to build a small corner section of wall to add some bulk to a corner of a board or simply as the start of a larger fortress. This set builds a wall 21cm wide and 27cm deep and can fit approximately 28 models on 25mm bases on the walls (dependent on poses).
This set includes the following physical items; 2x standard walls, 1x short wall, 1x corner wall and 1 set of stairs.
Small Horseshoe Fortress - £65
This set allows a small fortress to be made that measures 61cm in length and is 27cm deep and fits approximately 80 models on 25mm bases on the walls (dependent on model poses).
This set includes the following physical items; 4x Standard Wall, 2x Short Wall, 2x Corner Wall, 1x Gate Top, 1x Left Gate Pillar, 1x Right Gate Pillar and 2x Stairs.
Large Horseshoe Fortress - £95
This set allows a large fortress to be made that measures 90cm in length and is 40cm deep and fits approximately 120 models on 25mm bases on the walls (dependent on model poses).
This set includes the following physical items; 6x Standard Wall, 2x Bastion Wall, 2x Cannon Turrets, 2x Short Wall, 2x Corner Wall, 1x Gate Top, 1x Left Gate Pillar, 1x Right Gate Pillar and 4x Stairs.
Several physical pledge add ons are available to take your Formidable Fortress to the next level. You can simple expand your pledge by adding on the cost of the below add ons to your pledge level to get more rewards (a backer survey will be sent out to check what extras have been obtained by people shortly after the campaign is over)
Standard Wall Sections x2 - £15
Wall Extension with Flat Roof - £12.50
Wall Extension with Tower - £20
Bastion Wall sections x2 with Cannon Turrets - £20
Regular Gate - £15
As the campaign progresses far enough the following rewards will become available either as part of add ons or for free;
Unlocks at £1750 - Small Barricades
A set of small barricades for defenses outside of the walls, this will be made available for free to all pledge levels, both digital and physical. Additional barricades will be purchasable via the add on system.
Unlocks at £3000 - Minigun Turrets
Turrets with a minigun instead of cannons! A set of two will be available for free to backers with the "Large Horseshoe Fortress" pledge level in addition to the cannon turrets already supplied with that set. The option to purchase minigun bastions instead of cannon bastions will become available as an add on.
Unlocks at £5000 - Large Gate
A larger gate that can take bigger vehicles. Backers of both the Small Horseshoe Fortress and Large Horseshoe Fortress pledge levels will receive this as a free upgrade to the standard gate included in their initial pledge. This will also be available as an add on once unlocked.
Shipping will be charged at the following rates -
Fortress Sample Set - UK = £8, EU = £15, USA =£26
Small Horseshoe Fortress - UK = £16, EU = £18, USA = £26
Large Horseshoe Fortress - UK = £16, EU = £18, USA = £38
Shipping will generally be through DPD and includes the courier cost and packaging.
Risks and challenges
This is a fairly low risk project, with the only potential problem being a printer failure but as the money being raised is partly for extra printers that will mitigate any one of my current printers going down.
The shipping date is definitely achievable and once the funding goal is reached I will start printing products to get a nice early headstart. Please note that December 2019 is the absolute last time I expect orders to go out and I will be hoping to have all Wave 1 physical pledges out the door before then (working forwards on earliest pledges out the door first). Digital pledges will be available for download as soon as the campaign ends.
Of course problems often arise with projects like this and if anything does happen I will keep backers updated for better or worse (although hopefully nothing will happen!).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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