Plastic Injection Mold for 32mm Fantasy Faun Miniatures
Plastic Injection Mold for 32mm Fantasy Faun Miniatures
RGD GAMING is trying to raise funds to produce an injection mold for a set of 32mm plastic faun archers and javelin throwers.
RGD GAMING is trying to raise funds to produce an injection mold for a set of 32mm plastic faun archers and javelin throwers. Read more
About this project
This project is designed to fund the production of a plastic injection mold, which will enable us to mass produce 32mm fantasy table top fauns.
After rgdgaming's first initial production runs with the Ghoul King and the Minotaur Brute, we wanted to create our first ten man box set, featuring our faun renders in plastic.
Our goal is to provide a ten man box set so players have the option to field tribal archers, javelin throwers, and miscellaneous warriors using fauns.
Based off our sketches, our renderer proposed that we use a 3 in 1 pose for the torso, which allows the faun to be armed with a bow, a javelin, or a sword and shield. We initially played with the idea of rocks underneath, but for the convenience of the player we eliminated them. We loosely based the fauns off the idea of thracians, whom were valued for their skirmish warfare.
The project was promising, but we knew that modelers would eventually want a variety of options to choose from. We started with some different heads and a female counterpart. This led to some sketches below.
Females are sorely under represented in many tribal type armies, so we tried to combine huntress concepts, such as the cloth along the thighs, longer hair, and agile frame. We are looking for multiple head types to go with the torso, and a new female torso to match the male counterpart and weapons
Proposal for the Sprue
We have been given multiple quotes for the .CAD design and we have two options: a simple sprue featuring two torsos, with all the options for bow, javelins, shield, heads and accessories for around $200-$300 designed, or we can try one sprue with ten times the amount of accessories for around 2k. The larger we make the design, the more we have to account for the mold design. One sprue with ten models would be ideal.
-Update: Sprue is being updated to a 10 man sprue, with bows, javelins, melee weapons and different combinations of poses.
Who are We Making These For?
The faun box set is intended to offer Kings of War players the ability to field tribal archers and javelin throwers for their Herd army. Though the other is the apparent lack of faun miniatures on the market.
We wanted to open up an opportunity later for a new box set, which would allow the fauns to adapt the thracian Rhomphaia, the miniature version of the deadly falx. With the lack of armor they would make an ideal spirit walker. Put this together, and you have an incredible table top army in the works.
How are These Being Made?
When weighing resin vs plastic we had to pick and choose the option that allows us to provide a great model set at a price that people appreciate. Resin is cheaper to make a mold for, but costs several times more material wise than ABS plastic for example. So we decided to shoot for an injection mold.
Injection molds allow machines to make plastic impressions at a rate that is far faster than resin casting. As a result, it is far less labor intensive. This makes it relatively cheap to use no matter which country you enlist to make the product
- To design the mold blue print, we are enlisting a .cad designer from http://camppixel.com/.
- To make the injection mold and miniatures, we are working with http://www.kamings.com/ (has done work with previous kickstarters, and work for our minotaurs)
- A professional renderer and 3D sculptor.
To avoid wasting the funds on a bad mold, we will be testing the .cad design with a rapid prototype in the US, giving us a good clue to the viability of the sprue. From here we can refine the mold.
Update- ABS and HIP plastic available. We plan on prototyping the plastics.
What Do We Need?
$4000 for the mold
$2000 for the .cad design
$500-$800 for the option of extra bits, heads, and torsos
Cost of materials and shipping of the product will be handled by RGD GAMING LLC to satisfy the minimum order needed to make this project happen.
What Do You Get?
For a $1 or $5 contribution
Personal credit will be given in this products production
For a $25 contribution
1 10 Model Faun Box Set (Retail SRP 34.99) (separate shipping and handling applies).
For a $50 contribution
3, 10 Model Faun Box Set (separate shipping and handling applies).
For a $100 Contribution
6, 10 model Faun box set (separate shipping and handling applies).
Update- Minotaur Brute added to reward pledges over $25.
Update- Future resin kit for pledges of 50 or more, 2 for 100
Availability of Shipping
If we can mail it, we will try for you, whether you are in Canada, or Cambodia. Do note that postal performance varies from country to country and tracking may not be available for lower end shipping. Customs may be required.
Mainland US and territories $6
Europe and rest of the world
A realistic estimate is somewhere around 6 months. We have cut down the time it takes with our initial renders, but we have to take into account production time of models, changes, and revisions of the mold. There will also be the communications and forwarding of shipments.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is funding the initial plastic injection mold for this project. Plastic injection molds are cheaper than steel molds but offer comparable precision, is ideal for mass production, and pairs well with plastic models. Resin offers cheaper molding opportunities, but is not ideal on a cost per model basis.
What we have done to make this project relatively easy is carefully vetting companies and partners for quality. As a result, we have many of the crucial elements a wargaming company needs.
A concept artist
A professional 3D sculptor (for the renders)
A .CAD designer (blue print for the mold)
A production company who can make the injection mold and produce the miniatures
Initial renders and sketches paid for in advance
Most importantly, a retail company who is dedicated to timely results
To insure funds for the mold are not squandered, we will be prototyping the .cad files with local production companies, before green lighting the injection mold. The process is cheap and offers a quick turn around (5-7 days).
We estimate the project will take 4-6 months to allow time for the design and production of the mold, add ons for the miniature sprue and shipping from mainland china to the US. From here we can label and ship products from the United States. A lot of the time will be cut down because of the initial time and investment we have already committed toward the faun project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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