About this project
Welcome to STAMPEDE, Happy Seppuku Model Works’ third Kickstarter. STAMPEDE is our project to improve the production of our Base Texture Stamp line in order to grow from our online store into a mainstream tool you will see on your local store’s wall. We will get into what those improvements are a bit further down but first we want to share what the changes mean for you!
1. MORE STAMPS, with the improvements we will be adding between 7-17 new textures to the line, plus one Exclusive stamp. These will be available with our STAMPEDE Core Set, as well as individually though our add-on section.
2. VARIETY, the new improvements will allow us to produce different sizes of stamps, smaller 3”x3” stamps for those just looking to make low cost bases, and 6”x6” for those looking to do diorama work or dungeon tile work. We will also be introducing a new 6"x6" Scenic Stamp Line which will pack a whole lot varied and deep details.
3. RETAIL PRICE DROP, we will be able to dramatically reduce the retail price of our stamps, allowing access for a much larger crowd in the miniature hobbies!
4. GREATER AVAILABILITY, all of these improvements are aimed at getting our stamps into local retailers and other online retailers who will be able to help get you the stamp you want as soon as possible.
Happy Seppuku has been making stamps for over seven years now. One of the first questions we get asked when people see our stamps is “why stamping, instead of other basing methods?” We can list off the top ten benefits by heart now:
- Inexpensive, especially now!
- Base size or shape doesn’t matter. Like a new base style on a mini but don’t want to go back and rip the minis off the old bases? Just reach in your kit and grab the same stamp you used before, now your ground work will still match!
- Stamping is super fast, one 3”x3” stamp can stamp nine 25mm bases at one time. Base out an whole army in under an hour!
- Consistency with versatility! Stamping lets you create a unified look without being stuck with one or two base designs, just stamp your base and sculpt the putty a bit more for a slightly different look or layer stamps (stamp with one texture then another) for a quick diversity.
- Stamping makes a solid base rather than just gluing some rocks on your base.
- Stamping is for all skill levels. Beginners can use it to stamp and go but look like experts. Experts can use stamping to shave time on tedious patterns or as a jumping off point to create their own masterpieces.
- Not just for minis! Stamping is great for diorama work, or for making scenery quickly.
- Stop letting your minis look like they are floating! After you stamp you can softly indent the putty with the feet of your mini. You will have a great keyed spot for gluing and the mini will look more like it is part of the base rather than floating just above it.
- Minis and terrain match! Use the stamps on both your minis and your terrain and now they will look like they belong together.
- YOU MADE IT! In the end we are making you a tool, you are making the base, terrain, diorama, or whatever your imagination can do with it!
STILL NEED TO SEE MORE? Check out our video section down below. While our stamps are changing, how easy they are to use is not!
Happy Seppuku Model Works has been making stamps for over seven years now selling. We started off just making a couple stamps for local gamers at their request. We have since grown and sold thousands of stamps though our online store. This Kickstarter is the next step in many along the road to make stamping a standard tool in every miniature hobbyist’s gear box. Along the way we have stirred up a quite a bit of talk; a simple search on most forums or search engines will quickly generate some hits. To help you out below are a few links to get you started.
Our main Website: happyseppuku.com
Our Store: http://happyseppukumodelworks.bigcartel.com/
Here is a link from one of our backers to show you how stamps can be used for more than just baseing: https://pureevilgenius66.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/return-to-sepptown/
NEW! Wargames Tradescraft asked for some prototypes to compare it to the old stamps: http://www.wargamingtradecraft.com/2015/11/happy-seppuku-terrain-stamps_13.html
And as for basing, our favorite link is to James Wappel's blog, where he shows you how a far you can really take it (some you can't even tell they were made with stamps!) 14 articles starting with this one: http://wappellious.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-first-round-of-bases.html
While the videos below are used with our current urethane block stamps you will find little difference in how to use the new version of stamps being released with our STAMPede Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
We already have two successful Kickstarter under our belt . We learned a lot about what it takes to fulfill a Kickstarter. While there is almost nothing that we can for see keeping us from fulfillment, there are of course some things we must put out there that could delay us.
1. Supply and outside vendor issues.
2. Overwhelming success, we understand why this can be the most common reason for delays. We do almost all production in house, we can do a lot but we do have our limits. This time we are trying to reduce delays by using "pledge waves" to determine shipping. This way everyone can get what the want, but still have realistic expectations on when they will get their pledge, and if we hit that great tidal wave we can pace ourselves.
3. Unexpected! As we mention in our previous two Kickstarters there will always be something you cannot for see…….So, yes, yet again we are not ruling out alien invasion.
No matter what we will always keep you updated when problems arise and will work with you to make this project to be successful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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