Here at Dark Lord Miniatures we just love to create new and amazing things for use in 28mm tabletop games. What originally began as a simple hobby for the founder Matthew Kent, painting and sculpting quickly evolved into a way of life. Armed with his keen eyes and unorthodox approach to anything he attempts Matthew has taken what was once a hobby and has turned it into a constantly expanding business that is dedicated to making gamers fall in love with their hobbies all over again. Up to now we have hand cast every product we've made in solid polyurethane resin before each piece is inspected for flaws, if there's something we aren't happy with it doesn't make it past the bin. It can be time consuming but it is our dedication that has set us apart from the rest, the results speak for themselves.
Why are we running a Kickstarter?
To put it simply, we love what we do. We love making new things, we love making games more immersive and most importantly we love that feeling when our customers enjoy our products. That's a whole lotta love right there!
Our first ever Kickstarter!
As the title implies, this is our first ever Kickstarter campaign. We hope you're as excited as us! After months of hard work and prototyping we are proud to release our new range of tiles to the public. These tiles will make up the main part of what will be called the Dungeon Foundation Set, they have been designed with simplicity and accessibility in mind with the goal of creating a fully modular tile system while maintaining a quick setup time. We aim to get this Kickstarter wrapped up in time for Christmas as we know a lot of RPG and tabletop enthusiasts would love to find a box of our tiles under the tree.
We decided to launch our range via Kickstarter as it allows us to reach out to a great community for help in bringing our dream to life. That Brings un on to the next part...
What are you helping us to make?
Over the past few months we have dedicated our time to prototyping modular 3D tiles for the Dungeon Foundation Set, we have now completed all the main structural tiles and it is with your help that we will create all the moulds necessary to begin full time production. Your money will help us to buy all the materials needed to produce the tiles and in return you will be among the first in the world to own some of Dark Lord Miniatures modular dungeon system. As a thankyou we will unlock free stretch goals throughout the campaign plus you will get all our tiles for less than the RRP.
Throughout the funding period we will unlock stretch goals at specific milestones. These may be tiles or components you have already seen, some of them may be new tiles we have been working on. Please note that free stretch goals are only available for certain pledge levels.
STRETCH GOAL #1 (£1,000):
To kick things off our first SG is a set of 4 free standing walls for use in your dungeon. Below is a picture of a side by side comparison of the painted and unpainted walls as well as a picture of the walls in use.
STRETCH GOAL #2 (£1,500):
You will all receive 2 straight catacomb walls free with your pledge. These will be pressure cast to remove bubbles and preserve the fine details.
STRETCH GOAL #3 (£2,000):
For our third stretch goal we responded to one of our backer suggestions and made these diagonal door tiles to help make more interesting dungeon layouts. You will receive one of each of these tiles including the door insert and half floor.
STRETCH GOAL #4 (£2,500)
For our fourth stretch goal we decided to add a little scenery to our dungeon with these altars. We had trouble deciding which one we liked best so in the end we decided to include one of each design in your pledge.
STRETCH GOAL #5 (£3,000):
All applicable backers will get one of these sweet skull thrones free with their pledge.
Here you will find pictures of what to expect in each of the pledges. Please note only the DUNGEON SET 1 pledge and higher will qualify for free stretch goals.
Dungeon Set 1
Dungeon Set 2
Dungeon Set 3
Below are some pictures of the various tiles in use as well as some unpainted examples of the prototype tiles. We will also add pictures of any unlocked stretch goals.
These resin masters will be used to make the mould for the final product once they have been cleaned up.
Below are some pictures of the main tiles that make up the majority of the Dungeon Foundation Set.
If you are a retailer within the tabletop games industry and would like to stock our products we would love to hear from you. You can contact us directly at: darklordminiatures (at) gmail.com
Please note we may ask for proof that you are a legitimate business.
Risks and challenges
Aside from any unforeseen circumstances such as delays due to severe weather or the possible rise of Cthulhu there is very little risk associated with this campaign. We have all the pieces already sculpted and ready for mass moulding so we expect to begin production as soon as funding is achieved with the option for more additional components being created during the campaign funding period. The project funding goal has been set to the minimum funds needed to complete this project to ensure the maximum chance of success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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