Viking/Anglo-Saxon terrain for 28mm gamers
28mm Viking ships & longhouses - an AngloSaxon village with a full Motte & Bailey castle - Cog ships - a ruined abbey! Lots to love!
The Viking era is hot for tabletop gamers this year - and after having massive success with our first Viking ship model, we want to expand our range of Viking ships, buildings and accessories.
But you can't have Vikings without someone for them to...er..."trade with"...yeah - that's what they did right?...trade?
So we include Anglo-Saxon buildings - everything from a small village, all the way up to a full-scale Motte & Bailey castle!
As usual, there will be bonus items and stretch goals along the way.
This will be our seventh Kickstarter - and If we succeed, it'll be our sixth successful one! Every previous time, we've delivered all of our rewards and are proud to have a 100% perfect record with happy backers.
The actual reason for doing this is that we want to build a CNC milling machine to go alongside our Laser Cutter ("The Death Ray of Ming the Merciless") - and machine tools cost money.
As usual, our models are laser cut from 1/8" (3.5mm) Baltic Birch plywood - because it paints more easily than MDF and doesn't need sanding. The final models are stronger too.
Each model is delivered unpainted and in kit form. We have excellent build instructions on our web site which have step-by-step photographs and advice. We get best results using cheap craft paint (the kind that sells for 80 cents a bottle in Walmart) and a white PVA glue called "Aileen's Tacky Glue" (not the "turbo" kind though).
EARLY BIRDS, FREEBIES AND STRETCH GOALS.
You'll see some of the reward levels will have an "EARLY BIRD" version that's significantly cheaper than the regular kind...choose these to get the best deals...but hurry because they usually go fast.
As the project gets underway - we'll be announcing various extras we'll provide as thanks from us for reaching certain pledge levels - as well as unlocking new kit designs and reward levels.
As always, Kickstarters are a partnership - you help us by getting the word out there to friends, family and gamer forums - and we reward you with free stuff and new kit designs!
OUR SHIP MODELS:
Viking ship names seem like they came from an IKEA catalog - the "Karvi" is the smallest vessel to be considered a "longship" and ours is about 8cm wide and 30cm long (at the waterline) 33cm from bow to stern:
The "Skeid" is one of the largest ship types that the Vikings used - ours is about 11cm wide and 64cm long! It can be built in two halves for easier storage.
We also include a more "fantasy" ship - which was originally our "Elven Longship" - but here re-imagined as a Viking Ceremonial ship. We know that Vikings made ceremonial ships - for burials and other purposes - but we don't know what they looked like - so this is as good a guess as any! It's the same size as the Karvi - and includes two canopies, a pair of thrones and a ballista - so you can build it in a variety of ways, two of which are shown here:
Rounding out the ships - we have a pair of Anglo-Saxon ships - a fighting Cog and a cargo version of the same basic design. The "Cog" was the work-horse of European ships from the 10th century (Viking) era all the way into the 14th century. The designs changed significantly over that era and ours - with an outward curving hull and steering oars comes from the start of that period. The Cog was somewhat based on the Viking Knarr - so our cargo model could do dual-duty as a Viking merchant ship. Cogs were generally propelled by sail - but they could be rowed (slowly!) and used in very shallow water:
Both Cog models have removable upper deck so you can game on the lower deck. They have subtle 1" grids marked on the deck. They are very broad-beamed - and were often called "Round-ships" because of that. Our models are both around 18 cm wide and 43 cm long.
Unfortunately, we don't currently have a photo of the Cargo Cog - that should be coming along in a few days.
We also have a couple of "accessory" boats - the Coracle and the Punt. Coracles are the smallest boats in existence - they are designed to carry just one single person - and were small enough for a man to carry on his back.
The Punt is a small flat-bottomed boat, suitable for two or three people - usually propelled with a pole across shallow rivers and ponds.
Finally, here is a chart showing the relative sizes of the various ship models:
OUR MOTTE AND BAILEY CASTLE.
Motte and Bailey castles were common in Europe during the VIking era and started to become common in England at the end of that period. The idea was to build a wooden palisade around a natural hill - possibly with a ditch around the outside - and place inside the more important buildings from your village. This is called the "Bailey" - and our model uses modular wall sections to recreate that.
Outside of the Bailey - they'd build a more formidable palisade - often piling dirt and rocks against it to make an artificial hill. This is called a "Motte" - and often the Motte would be surrounded by a Moat. A bridge would extend from the Motte to the Bailey so that if the bailey were breached, the defenders could rush across it and into the Motte. Generally, they'd set fire to the bridge to deny use of it to the invaders.
Within the Motte - there would be a third layer of defense - the "Keep" - which would typically have stone walls reaching up to perhaps 10 feet - and wooden walls above that. The entrance to the keep was on the second floor - reached by an external staircase which could also be set on fire to make it harder for the enemy to reach them!
However, there were many variations on this theme - so we offer the option to purchase just the Keep (useful as a "holdfast" by itself) - or the Keep+Motte, or Keep+Motte+Bailey - and even Keep+Motte+Bailey+Moat.
Here are some pictures of each part:
The Motte isn't useful without the Keep - so we don't offer that separately.
Then we have the various sections of the Bailey - these can be added to any pledge - they come as two curved sections, two straight sections, an entrance and a small jut-out tower/guardhouse. It takes 16 curved sections to make a complete circle.
The Moat (not to be confused with the "Motte" - which it encircles) is made from our river sections:
The water effect is done using "Mod Podge Gloss Lustre" splodged onto the "water" after the painting is done. Do at least 4 layers - allowing it to dry completely between layers - aiming to build up waves and ripples. But it's essential to let it dry for at least 12 hours between coats or it'll be sticky forever!
OUR VILLAGE MODELS:
From what we know of buildings of the time, Anglo-Saxon and Viking buildings such as houses and small industry would have been rather similar. We've chosen to provide the small houses in with either a "thatch roof" (made with processed fur fabric) or a "sod roof" (made with moss-sheeting). Somewhat arbitrarily, we're calling the thatched roof models "Anglo-Saxon" and the the sod roofed models "Viking".
The smallest (and most common) buildings of the time were low structures that would have been built over a shallow pit - so as you stepped into the house, you'd go down a couple of steps - and this would provide you with enough headroom. We call these by the archeological term: "Grubhut" - but they are also called "pit-houses" or "dugouts". Our models are about 10cm square.
Because you'll likely need several grubhuts, we make two slightly different versions of them - called "Type A" and "Type B":
This is what they look like with a sod roof:
In all cases, the roof is removable so you can game inside the building.
The "Anglo-Saxon Cottage" is a somewhat higher-status building - which would have been entirely above ground level. It is also 10cm x 10cm - and also comes in a "Viking cottage" with sod roof - and it looks like this:
Next up we have a stable building (which is always thatched) - and a blacksmith's forge (which is always sod-roofed). These are both 16cm wide by 10cm deep:
Then, finally, we have the Viking Longhouse building - 22cm x 24cm with a beautifully ornate roof beam and door at each end:
The "Chieftain's House" is essentially a double-length version of the Longhouse - we do not have photos of this kit yet.
THE RUINED ABBEY:
This is a modular structure - with thick layered and engraved walls, buttresses and broken upstairs floor sections. The precise modular arrangement is still being decided - but the kit will contain twelve 10cm wall sections and 8 buttresses that can be used in countless ways to make church or abbey ruins.
THE VIKING STAVE CHURCH:
This incredible model is 20" long and 18" tall - and is a reasonably accurate model of a late Viking-era building that rose to crazy levels of complexity!
There are dozens and dozens more photos and other information on our new Renaissance Miniatures Blog site: https://renaissanceminiatures.com/blog/php/BlogEntry.php?action=view&ident=209
We also offer a range of low-cost accessories:
A "Snake-fence" pack - containing sixteen 10 centimeter fence sections. These fences are found though out history - from pre-history right up to the present day - and across the world:
Chevaux de Frise were spiked wooden pieces fixed together to provide formidable obstacles - mostly to cavalry - but also to large infantry formations. These also have been used through most of recorded history. Ours come in a pack of three:
Finally, we have a pack of four floor-mounted torches - complete with fake flames! The flames are made from a particular kind of multi-colored knitting yarn(!) - which we'll include in the package. Of the various ways of making model flames, this does seem to be the most effective:
If you wish to pledge for more than one reward - or if you want some of the extra bits and pieces that don't have specific reward levels - then add up the cost of all the things you want - pledge against the highest priced item - and increase the pledge amount to cover the total. When we come to do the "Survey" at the end, you'll be able to tell us exactly what you want.
For people who have large/complex orders - or who just prefer to have a clear statement of what they pledge for, we'll shortly be putting all of the rewards onto our LetsRunWIthIt.com website - where you'll be able to adjust quantities and selections as needed and enter a single code into the survey to tell us what you need.
Risks and challenges
The challenge for us is always to estimate good shipping dates - the way Kickstarter works, makes this especially tough for us because we have to estimate shipping dates before we have any idea whether we'll need to deliver $1,000 worth of kits or $100,000.
We do try to satisfy the greatest numbers of backers in the shortest possible time - and over the last 6 months, we've been working on streamlining the way we work to speed up the process significantly.
We also have a brand new workshop area to improve work flow.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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