Terrain Essentials

Created by Dave Taylor Miniatures

An Essential Guide to Building Tabletop Terrain

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Between a Rock and a Hill!
10 days ago – Wed, Oct 09, 2019 at 03:18:47 AM

Thank you all for your continuing patience. Both Mel and I are working hard to get the book done. Lots of writing, building, photography, layout, and editing (the last two are what’s going on in the accompanying photo).

There are three things I’d like to cover in this update:

1) Last Monday we locked orders and charged cards through BackerKit. Things went quite smoothly with only 250 cards being declined. Many people have fixed this issue, and we are currently at about 65 orders still to be charged. Each week we’ll be charging those cards and contacting anyone who still has an issue.

2) We still have 240 supporters who have not filled out their survey. If you think you are one of these people but can’t find the email from BackerKit, message me here on Kickstarter and we’ll get you squared away. Anyone who has not filled out the pledge manager survey by the time we are ready to lock down addresses risks not getting their rewards (even those who have backed for digital products).

3) The book is developing beautifully! Mel and I have talked about this recently and although we knew the format was going to be a steady build of skills, working through the process in a logical manner leading up to the feature builds, I didn’t really understand how powerfully that would come across in the book. We are very excited, to say the least!

Cheers 

Dave

Only 10 Days Remaining on the Pledge Manager!
29 days ago – Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 07:22:18 PM

Mel and I have been working hard on moving the book forward everyday. We're very excited about how our "big, green book of terrain" is coming along, and several insiders who have seen small sections think we might have ruined things for anyone else writing a terrain-making book in the future.  

You have all done a great job too. With just 10 days remaining on the pledge manager/pre-order store we wanted to let you know that over 95% of you have filled out your surveys. THANK YOU! Only 285 people who pledged for this campaign have yet to fill out theirs. 

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I HAVEN'T FILLED OUT MY SURVEY YET?

We need you to go ahead and fill it out as soon as possible. If it isn't filled out before September 30, we can't guarantee you'll receive your book(s) on time. If it isn't filled out at all, you certainly won't be able to get it. 

If you've lost your survey email, please visit this link – https://terrain-essentials.backerkit.com/ – and enter the same email address you used for the KS campaign. That will automatically have a new survey sent to you.

I'VE COMPLETED MY SURVEY AND PAID FOR SHIPPING/ADD-ONS WITH PAYPAL. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

If you paid for your shipping and Add-Ons with Paypal, you are all set. As soon as you completed your survey, the money was taken from your account, and you are covered.

I'VE COMPLETED MY SURVEY AND PAID FOR SHIPPING/ADD-ONS WITH MY CREDIT (OR DEBIT) CARD. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

If you paid for your shipping and Add-Ons with a credit or debit card, your card has not yet been charged. It will be charged on Monday, September 30 or Tuesday, October 1 when the pledge manager/pre-order store closes. Please make sure you have sufficient funds available on those dates to avoid any declining transactions. 

WHAT IF I HAVE FRIENDS WHO WANT TO PRE-ORDER THE BOOK?

Your friends have until Monday, September 30 to place a pre-order through the store. You can send them to this link – https://terrain-essentials.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Thanks again, everyone, for your awesome support through this whole project. Next update we'll try to squeeze a few cool photos in, so you can see how things are going.

Cheers

Dave

Thank you for your patience!
2 months ago – Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 02:33:11 AM

It has been a little while since our last update on the progress of the book. Mel and I have had shifting schedules (as often happens over the summer break when you've got kids), which has meant our meetings have been less frequent. We are, however, pleased to say that we're over the hump on the writing aspect of the book. Mel has delivered about 60% of the pages, including the most lengthy (text-wise) sections covering the tools, materials, and practical techniques!

The rest of his efforts are now concentrated on what we refer to as "the builds", where the theory espoused in the first half of the book is put into practice. Mel's already well into this section too, but I only get to see the text once he's doubly happy with it. 

Another special bit of news is that Mel has signed all of the bookplates (as you can see in the photo above), and has started his planning for the Basing PDF, where we'll be working with The Army Painter team to make sure all of the suggestions are accessible to everyone.

So, we're on track with the production of the book, Mel's well ahead on the signing, and plans are afoot for the Basing PDF. Additionally, Mel has just posted up a video tackling a subject close to his heart. It's a good video, a positive one, that you have all had a hand in...

...check it out HERE.

Until next time!

Cheers

Dave

Supporting our friends!
3 months ago – Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 02:53:30 AM

During our campaign earlier this year, we had a lot of great friends in the tabletop wargaming industry provide support by sharing the news of Terrain Essentials far and wide. We are only too happy now to share some of their news with all of our wonderful supporters!

Battle Systems - Fantasy Wargames Terrain

The guys at Battle Systems have been making cool stuff for several years now, and their SIXTH Kickstarter project is running at the moment. Their incredibly detailed, fantasy terrain system is currently well past the funding goal, but they have quite a few stretch goals up their sleeves! Mel, has also been working on a video tutorial for taking some of the Battle Systems cardboard terrain and adding weathering and texture to it in a way that makes it pop even more. We'll post about that again this weekend once the tutorial goes live.

You can check out the Battle Systems Kickstarter HERE.

Genesys Games - THE GENESYS PROJECT

Gary Krieger, the man behind the very popular "News and Rumors" blog Faeit212, is launching a Kickstarter this Friday (July 12th) to fund his game The Genesys Project

The Genesys Project is a unit-based skirmish wargame that actually encourages you to create your own factions. Not just bringing together whatever models you want to use, but a system that allows you to adjust and adapt and create new species and unit classes and see them develop from game to game. Six years of work and effort from over 900 playtesters have created something quite special.

For more information on The Genesys Project, please visit the website HERE.

Edit: Please note that I (Dave) am involved in The Genesys Project, helping Gary with the graphics, and putting the books together and getting them printed. 

And The Signing Begins!
4 months ago – Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 01:56:34 AM

Recently Mel received the box of custom bookplates from a local printers. Over 5,000 of them! And true to his word, Mel has already started on them, tackling 300 or so over the last two days. At this rate we’ll have them all sorted well before the book returns from the printers!

Additionally, we’ve seen even more of you completing your surveys from BackerKit, which is wonderful. Only about 650 more of you to go.

If you haven’t received your survey yet, follow this link: https://terrain-essentials.backerkit.com/ and enter your email address and the survey will be resent. If you don’t fill out your survey, you can’t receive your rewards.

Thanks, everyone, for your support. We’re working hard to bring you the best terrain tutorial book on the market!

Cheers Dave and Mel