Recently our local Infinity miniatures community has seen dramatic growth. We started thinking about how to pump out a couple fun new boards for our neighborhood gaming shop with minimal effort and cost. Kolony is the outcome: A set of designs for 3D printing a whole table of cohesive, interesting terrain with little to no effort required in cutting off supports, gluing tiles, and so on. This Kickstarter campaign is to share those designs with all of you and to see if there is enough interest to warrant making more. Join us to build your own colony!
Sample Pack. A small sample pack with a few free models from the collection is available now on Thingiverse. We hope you enjoy the models, and use the sample building to see what kind of print times and filament usage you're looking at with your printer and preferred settings.
Sample Pack 2. One variant of the Kolony Runabout light vehicle has also been posted to Thingiverse. Share any prints you make!
Add-On Package. A $15 add-on package has been added: Air Command. See the update for details and don't forget to increase your pledge appropriately before the campaign closes to get it and help hit the remaining stretch goals!
These designs are driven by six somewhat competing goals:
- Looking good and painting up well, having enough detail and variety to create great backgrounds for in-game photos;
- Straightforward but fun and interesting gameplay interactions;
- Durability and robustness to survive heavy use by the public in shop events and pick-up play;
- Somewhat matching the style and aesthetic of typical Infinity MDF terrain, so that the pieces can be easily mixed in with existing terrain, while also leveraging the unique features of 3D printing to create shapes and details that will stand out from laser cut pieces;
- Minimized prep and assembly time---it's fine if the printer chugs along for a while, but we want to just pull pieces off the plate and be ready to paint or play.
We think Kolony does a good job of meeting those goals, and we hope you agree!
In general these pieces have been designed to print in single pieces and without supports. However, in a few places supports are unavoidable, e.g. the gates of the Armory, and so are incorporated into those designs in an easy to remove fashion. A very few elements are similarly printed separately where the design compromises were otherwise too great, e.g., the wheels on vehicles, but attach easily. Many of these designs are fairly large, so versions have been made conveniently pre-cut into sections for 120mm print beds.
Our previous models, both free and for sale, have gotten great reviews for their printability and quality on common home printers, and we expect these to be no different. Stay tuned throughout the campaign for photos of prints as we tweak and finalize the designs.
This terrain is designed for Infinity miniatures, but should work well for most 28mm games.
A key design aspect we've striven for here is a focus on gameplay: It's clear what's total cover, what's partial cover, bases sit where they should and generally don't where they shouldn't, and by and large the mechanics of the terrain is straightforward. We've tried to make these pieces simple and readable, which also improves robustness and prep time, while also incorporating enough visual flourishes and gameplay features to be interesting.
Stacking & Cover
The basic Habitats are designed to stack with themselves and each other to make interesting elevation differences or big line-of-sight blockers. There are variants with and without edge railings providing cover. The scatter terrain collection includes a variety of heights for different levels of cover, whether on rooftops or ground.
Ladders & Walkways
Several of the buildings incorporate ladders in obvious places---they're always breaking and getting lost in our local shop, so we eliminated that problem in these designs! However, variants are also included without ladders to force more serious climbing. Conversely, several sizes of ladders are also included to put them where needed in your table layouts. Walkways are also included to connect your buildings and add another dimension of maneuver and shooting.
Nearly all the buildings have playable interiors with some details. But versions without floors are included to save on the print time & material if you generally just treat buildings as impassible. The roofs are separate pieces that drop into place and may be glued on or not. Chipboard or styrene could be easily used for the floors and roofs instead to reduce printing time. Some bits are included to print and glue to these to add detail without printing a whole roof or floor.
This is a true Kickstarter, not just a pre-order. We're not sure how much interest there is for these types of models: They take a good amount of time to print; are best made with mid to large size home printers; and most terrain Kickstarters and packages we see focus on tiles and indoor settings. So this campaign is to feel out interest before we commit even more time.
If the campaign doesn't succeed, we'll publish the already finished designs, everything seen below, on DriveThruRPG. However, we have several more good ideas for additional pieces. If this campaign succeeds then it'll be worth our time to realize those and create an even more substantial collection of terrain. If we hit various stretch goals then we'll add even more. Backers will receive selections from the collection according to their tier as listed below. Afterward the improved collection will still be published on DriveThruRPG, likely at somewhat higher cost.
There are four pledge levels for this campaign:
- 4x5 Habitat (one variant)
- Power Module
- Walkway (one length)
Skout---For backers primarily interested in the Landtrain, including all of the above plus:
- Bulkhauler Landtrain + Pup variant
- Carbon Extractor
- Equipment Chest
- Gas Rack in 2 variants
Kolonist---For backers who want to build a whole table, including all of the above plus:
- 4x5 Habitat in 5 variants + 4 roofs
- 6x8 Habitat in 3 variants + 4 roofs
- Armory (Objective Room)
- HazMat Shed
- Network Tower
- Atmosphere Circulator
- Liquigas Chiller
- Data Block
- Walkway in 3 lengths
- Ladder in 3 lengths
- Fan, Hatch, and Vent bits
Arkitekt---For backers who want a large variety of distinct buildings with which to lay out unique gaming tables and create thematic narrative experiences, including all of the above plus the following new designs to be created:
- Defense Installation (missiles + radar)
- Science Center
- Hydroponic Farm
- Storage Shelter
- Landing Pad
- Wall Segments
To be absolutely clear, all of the designs up through the Kolonist tier are complete caveat final tweaks and tuning, and are all previewed below. The additional models at the Arkitekt level are contingent on this campaign. We have fun ideas and sketches and don't expect any trouble or delays creating them, but that's why we're running a Kickstarter: To see if anyone is interested before we invest substantial time in making them.
We have a number of stretch goals planned. Each is associated with a minimum backer tier that will receive it, with higher tiers of course also receiving those models. Stretch goals announced so far and their status are:
The following are previews of the Kolony designs currently prepared, with more to come from this campaign and stretch goals. For reference, the Kolonist backer tier is everything below plus a few variants and extra bits---and of course the stretch goals we meet!
Note that we do not expect major changes but are still testing and tweaking these designs. The final STLs delivered may not be exactly those shown here. Follow the campaign for updates!
We also have a number of free models available on Thingiverse.
Risks and challenges
This is a very low risk campaign. All products are digital, so there are no possible shipping delays or similar concerns. Most of the designs (all of those for the Skout and Arkitekt tiers) are already complete except for testing and tweaking which we expect to conclude during the campaign. These will be delivered as soon as Kickstarter confirms all of the backers (about 2 weeks following the end date).
The Arkitekt tier does include a number of new models we have yet to design. However, we are confident on the time required to create them, have strong conceptualizations already, and expect no difficulties in delivering them shortly after the campaign. Of course this means backers may not like the designs we eventually develop, but we are confident that anyone who likes what they see here will be happy with those.
Of course, there is always a chance that some designs may be difficult to produce on some printers. We are happy to help to the likely very limited extent we can, but obviously can provide no guarantees and backers should keep this in mind---3D printing is not (quite) magic. However, we pay considerable attention to crafting designs that are likely to work well on the classes of 3D printers most commonly used in homes and don't expect significant problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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