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An idea becomes reality : Tile Bases

PostPosted: Tuesday May 22nd, 2012 9:03am
by Seb
Hi All,

Awhile ago I began experimenting with an idea that would inadvertently save countless Orcs and Goblins from slaughter. The issue? Well take the following Orc for example :

Wantonly sacrificed for his base, his demise allowing another Mighty Hero to rise!

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A common occurrence using uncommon parts. Like all things Heroquest, even the green hordes are diminishing amidst the halls of our favourite game and with them, the ability for collectors and gamers to expand their sets fades also.

My idea began as carved plastic, refined with the help of a good friend, it evolved into a 3D model. The result allows even our Mighty Hero to take on that same Orc without the greenskin's doom beforehand; well at least until the game starts!

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The above is a new standalone base component designed to allow us all the ability to add whatever model we choose to Heroquest, without a single original figure being butchered. Thick enough for a decent pin underfoot or hoof, with cleaner and straighter lines and it suffers from no moulding warp like the original pieces.

In the end; it looks right at home :

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Even more so amongst friends :

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The following are a few bases for comparison and underneath :

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It is the first product for Outworld miniatures, a closet miniature business I have been nurturing. I felt it fitting that the game which began my love of the hobby, be the first to benefit from a project of mine. You can see here the only blemish is the sprue contact, unlike the single mould line about the original, mercifully hidden under the base.


FURTHER USAGE EXAMPLES:

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DETAILS:

These will be expertly cast by my friend Zac at Resin Addict, who is renowned for his models which include giant mecha walkers and finely detailed starship models. Long practised at producing small part models using vacuum pressure chamber techniques and resin mixes that maximise strength and form.

We have a limited run, at the following price:

Tile Base set (5 Bases) - $8.00AUD
P+P Worldwide - $4.00 up to 2 sets.
P+P Worldwide - $4.75 unlimited sets.
(Australia post upped their prices in 2013, it's really affected all Aust.Garage hobbyists.)


Allow up to 14 Days to all locations on confirmation of send off. (It is invariably faster, but who knows? A goblin might waylay the packet a couple of days)

For those interested, please PM or send me a private email.

Thanks for reading everyone!
Sebastian.


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http://www.eastern-empire.com
http://www.sebastianstuart.com (Including Artisan Studios)
eBay : artisan-studios 567 trades at 100% since 2001

Re: An idea becomes reality : Tile Bases

PostPosted: Tuesday May 22nd, 2012 9:45am
by Ethica
It's about time! These are very nice indeed.

While I am sure the price reflects the cost to make them they are expensive for what they are.

Re: An idea becomes reality : Tile Bases

PostPosted: Tuesday May 22nd, 2012 12:22pm
by drathe
Seb wrote:the rounded lip US style will be produced as we move to higher volumes

I wouldn't bother doing this. It will save production costs and the exclusive American expansion miniatures have the same base as the European miniatures. Only the original miniatures have the rounded lip.

Re: An idea becomes reality : Tile Bases

PostPosted: Tuesday May 22nd, 2012 5:36pm
by Seb
Thanks for the feedback guys, also via PM.

Whole reason for a heads up before we get stuck in; is hearing from the community. Update shortly on progress toward production!

- Seb :)

Re: An idea becomes reality : Tile Bases

PostPosted: Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 4:15am
by Seb
HI All,

I've taken on drathe's advice and forgone the idea of building toward new US base projects. With this off our radar we can focus completely on the Euro style which positively affects a few things.

By becoming quite specific on the postage and adjusting resources here are the new prices :D

A limited run of 120 sets as before, beginning within a fortnight;

Tile Base set (5 Bases) - $8.00AUD
P+P Worldwide - $2.65 up to 2 sets.
P+P Worldwide - $5.00 unlimited sets.

The bases are put in a tough satchel letter (their slimness helps a lot here) and shipped to you at the above prices.
Payment will be via Paypal.

If you are interested PM or Email me :D

Thanks for all your input folks!

best,
Sebastian

Re: An idea becomes reality : Tile Bases

PostPosted: Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 12:49pm
by Daedalus
I wonder if a flattish flagstone base would sell.

Re: An idea becomes reality : Tile Bases

PostPosted: Saturday July 7th, 2012 6:46pm
by shy-design
wow, cool thread. I just came upon it. I really like the bases there Seb.

but I must know, where is that halfling miniature from and how do i get my hands on one? :)

Re: An idea becomes reality : Tile Bases

PostPosted: Saturday July 7th, 2012 7:09pm
by shy-design
scratch that request... after a little research on the interwebs, I found out that that is indeed from Talisman 3rd edition... I even found this guy on ebay. the seller is asking too much... but hey its a great piece and it really fits in well with the retro sculpt that heroquest has.

Re: An idea becomes reality : Tile Bases

PostPosted: Saturday July 7th, 2012 7:38pm
by tasoe
shy-design wrote:scratch that request... after a little research on the interwebs, I found out that that is indeed from Talisman 3rd edition... I even found this guy on ebay. the seller is asking too much... but hey its a great piece and it really fits in well with the retro sculpt that heroquest has.


Yeah, all the Talisman 3rd edition heroes and those from its 3 expansions are great for Heroquest. I've been trying to collect all of them for a while now. I have all of them but three. I only go after those low priced poorly painted ones though. Sooner or later they'll all turn up on ebay.

Re: An idea becomes reality : Tile Bases

PostPosted: Saturday July 7th, 2012 8:32pm
by Seb
Spied the Templar, Barbarian and the Ranger in one auction; improperly timed my alarm and missed out - 4.55 UK pounds. (/cry of agony)

Things are going well with the bases, I've been in discussions with a couple of production houses exploring styrene options to lower the price even further. Shall keep everyone appraised, investment and turnaround will be a couple of months though. Overall, it has been fun just whacking minis onto bases; really need to showcase the latest efforts in the Gallery. :)

I"m of a mind to strip and redo the Halfling with a pot on his head; seen the conversion elsewhere and it retains the humour, but loses that goofy gaze of his.

- Seb