The Sword Commander Project:
The goal of this project is to secure funding that enables us to get a set of resin parts produced. The funding will be used for the 3D printing of the master models, casting materials, production and shipping of the rewards. The 3D designs are fully finished and they are ready to be printed, molded and cast once the project is funded. Pictures of the physical models will be posted in the update section shortly.
Rewards will begin shipping out around June 15th-June 30th. Please make sure to provide correct & current contact information and mailing address so that we can get your reward to you. Make sure the email address you provide is current and monitored, we need it for sending your pledge survey and tracking info. We promise we won't spam you or share it elsewhere.
The Sword Commander parts come as a set which include:
- Right Handed Sword (with attached hand)
- Left Handed Sword (with attached hand)
- Sword (without hand)
- Shield (with pre-set magnet hole, 2x3mm)
- Fins (x8)
The basic reward options get you one set of parts. You may add any number of additional sets onto your pledge for $20 each. The initial pledge includes the shipping.
If you are in the US and want two sets you would want to pledge a total of $45 ( $25 for the basic pledge +$20 for the additional set)
If you are in the UK/France/Germany and want two sets you would want to pledge a total of $55 ( $35 for the basic pledge +$20 for the additional set)
Some minor clean up and assembly will be required. This is not a toy and should not be allowed around small children under the age of 12. There are small parts that could be harmful or be a choking hazard if swallowed.
In order to assemble the model you will need to use super glue also known as CA glue. We suggest Krazy Glue, Zap Cap or Gorilla Glue brands since they are widely available. (Regular model glue intended for plastics like Testors will not work on resin) These parts are intended for experienced modelers.
3D printable .STL file
For the first time Red Dog Minis is offering our product as a 3D printable file. Affordable home printers are becoming much more common and people are always looking for files to use. The file will be provided as a .STL format which is suitable for most printers. The file is "watertight" and is exactly the same as the one I send to the commerical printer so it will be print ready and free of errors.
Due to the wide variety of 3D printers you will need to use your own 3D processing software for adding supports and layer slicing.
The terms of releasing the STL files to backers are as follows:
- You may print any number of physical copies for yourself or for your friends.
- You may use a 3d printing service to print copies for yourself and friends, but you may not sell copies of those prints.
- You may not upload the files to sharing sites, share or redistribute the file in any manner.
- You may not sell copies of the file and you may not sell physical prints of the file.
If you cannot abide by those terms, do not pledge for the STL file reward. I am just an independent artist struggling to get by with my creative work. The only way that I will be able to provide future 3D work is with the support of my backers. Piracy damages my ability to continue work as an artist, which is already difficult enough. Please respect that and comply with the terms otherwise I will not be able to offer files for future projects.
Backers with the STL file as part of their reward will receive an email with directions for where to download the file from. It will be made available at the time that the physical rewards begin shipping. (June 15th-30th)
Red Dog Minis
Is a small wargaming model company that my friends and I started due to a combined love of converting wargaming miniatures and doing 3D CAD modelling. Our parts are designed in a 3D program then printed on a very high end 3D printer in order to make a master model for use with resin casting. Once the part is molded in silicone, the production pieces are then made with resin.
Why use cast resin instead of just 3D printing every model?
The main reason is that it allow for a much higher quality product at a significantly lower price. While 3D printing has advanced considerably over the last few years most home printers or on demand printing services like Shapeways still produce items with visible build lines and require you to spend time cleaning off support material and sanding surfaces to get a smooth finished model.
Our process allows us to get a very high resolution print made that's normally not a cost effective option. Resin casting then allows us to make exact copies of the original model in high quality resin at a much more affordable price. (it also has better durability & working properties) By offering our model parts in resin we're able to offer the same level of quality at a fraction of the cost of doing a high end print for every order. It's also significantly faster to produce resin models than trying to 3D print batches of parts.
Why is this project on Kickstarter?
It's due to the start up costs for the project. Typically we do releases of smaller sized parts and self fund the printing costs. However there are some items that we can't really estimate the demand for, by doing this as a Kickstarter project it allows us to make sure that we have enough interest in place before committing to all of the 3d printing & production molds.
It also has added benefits of allowing us to consolidate the ordering and production into one block of time. In addition it allow us to calculate the volumes of materials we'll need to purchase in advance.
In short, doing this on Kickstarter allows us to release larger or more complex models than we'd normally do and also offer something unique for the backers.
How are rewards sent?
We mail all of our rewards by USPS first class mail with tracking confirmation. Packages sent within the US typically arrive within a week. International deliveries average 2-4 weeks depending on how long it takes to go through customs.
What about Customs and import fees/duties?
Any customs fees or duties are the responsibility of the backer and are not included in the pledge amount. Every country has different regulations so if you have questions or concerns about import fees you should ask in advance at your local post office.
Items are declared as model parts and list their material value (which is generally a fairly low value) After 8 years of shipping through USPS we haven't had any complaints of customers being hit with large fees. Some countries may charge a low fee, but most don't. Again, if you have concerns it is best to ask in advance at your local Post Office.
Why don't you ship to China or Russia?
Both countries are notorious for harboring recasters which are a direct threat to small businesses like ours. Most independent artists and small gaming companies struggle just to stay open and recasting steals from our livelyhood. If you enjoy the work of a company or artist please support them and always buy from them directly.
Can we add other items or parts from the Red Dog Minis website to our pledge?
No, this kickstarter is only for funding these parts. You may place a separate order on the website for items and have them shipped together with your pledge but they must be ordered separately. If you chose to do so you must notify us in advance by email so that we can adjust the shipping charge.
Other than using crowd sourcing funding we've set things up to follow our normal process and production procedure which has been working well for several years. Production costs, materials, postage etc are all known amounts that we've been dealing with for several years so there shouldn't be any surprises. Our ability to deliver and maintain excellent quality casting is well established with our customer base. (ask around on Facebook, Reddit, or any of the 40k Tau groups)
We're intentionally keeping the project small and focused just on these items because that way we have hard numbers on the costs and shipping all based on experience and a production level we know we can handle. This will allow us to do a very quick turn around time for the project as it's the exact same workflow and process that we normally do save for the larger upfront cost for the prints.
Risks and challenges
The only real risks would be due to something entirely unforeseen and beyond our control. Potential (but unlikely) issues might be minor delays on delivery time due to postal workers going on strike or the master model gets lost in the mail and we'd be delayed waiting on a replacement print to get sent. Or if for some reason the resin equipment broke down, there might be a minor wait for repairs but nothing that would endanger the project. So far that hasn't happened in the past and it's not something we're anticipating to happen with the kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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