Terrain Essentials

Created by Dave Taylor Miniatures

An Essential Guide to Building Tabletop Terrain

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Terrain Essentials FAQ - Part One
11 months ago – Sun, Mar 24, 2019 at 08:51:37 AM

Thank you all for your continued support. Your sharing the project is bringing more terrainiacs at a very steady pace!

We’ve had quite few questions asked in these early stages, and we thought we’d cover two of them this evening:

1) Add-ons like T-shirts and coffee mugs - we really appreciate that you would love some great TTT swag, but we want to keep this campaign focused on the book itself. All of our planning has been around that, and we’d hate to make a mistake and end up having issues with different shipping costs, International charges and tariffs on cotton t-shirts, and broken mugs. We do have some ideas that we’ll be discussing, but they’ll be more closely related to the ideas behind the book.

Having said all that, once the campaign closes, we’ll be looking at places like teespring to bring you some fun shirts so you will be able to represent TTT whenever you are out and about!

2) Autographed copies - We know that many of you would like a signed copy of Terrain Essentials, and would be willing to pay. Mel and I talked through a number of different scenarios, and we both feel a bit odd about charging an extra $10 for a signature, plus additional shipping that it would no doubt cost. So, we’ve decided to revive a classic - the bookplate!

We’re going to print a Kickstarter Exclusive bookplate for each book sold through the campaign and pledge manager. Mel will sign each and every one of them, and they can be much more easily shipped to our fulfillment hubs for inclusion with your books. We hope you like this, and you can check out the mini-stretch goal graphic below for a mock-up of what it could look like.

Finally, not really a question/answer, but Mel has popped up a quick chat video on The Terrain Tutor channel here: https://youtu.be/VIZzN9257Y4

We keep marching forward. Thank You!
11 months ago – Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 04:14:06 AM

After such a stellar launch and an amazing followup day on Saturday, we're all really excited to see that you are continuing to share the campaign and bring more backers into the fold! 

We have all now barged our way past the second stretch goal and we are moving solidly towards the third! Mel will now be writing another 8 pages worth of content about Grasses and Trees (hopefully palm trees) and TERRAIN ESSENTIALS has grown to 112 pages. The next one to tackle is at $85,000 and will bring more Rocks and Hills content to the book. 

Let's keep the sharing going! Mel announced in his latest Vlog that he wants to add a "Sharers Roll" to the PDF version to celebrate those who have been our heralds for the whole project! I whole-heartedly agree with this initiative! You can check out Mel's rollercoaster ride of emotions over the last week in his latest update HERE

We're also adding a new Stretch Goal to the campaign. This is another Content Upgrade adding 8 pages to the Buildings and Ruins chapter. If we can reach this, we'll add a cool Quality Upgrade, but more of that later...

THIRD most popular project on Kickstarter! (and a live stream with Mel)
11 months ago – Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 04:27:24 PM

What an incredible 48 hours! I think I’ve had maybe 7 hours sleep since Friday, and I’m confident that Mel has had less.

We so pleased that your support has put our project as the third most popular project in the Tabletop Games category on Kickstarter! How exciting would it be if we made it all the way to Number One?

If you are keen to hear a bit more from Mel about TERRAIN ESSENTIALS and what the response means to him (and me), we invite you to join him in his regular Sunday Nighter livestream from 5pm EST (9pm GMT) where he’ll be answering all sorts of questions. Check out the stream here:


Let's make more work for Mel!
11 months ago – Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 04:22:17 PM

After such an amazing start to the campaign - seeing it fund in the first 7  hours (or 6 hours and 54 minutes as Jase is telling us) - we were so humbled to see things continue this morning when we woke up as you have all driven us past the first Stretch Goal. Mel will now be writing an additional 8 pages about Basing, Texture, and Painting for the book. 

This means we can announce another Stretch Goal below. If we can reach $85,000, Mel will give us all another 8 pages about Rocks and Hills!

Also, we've seen that for many of you wonderful supporters are backing their first Kickstarter project. On Monday, we'll post an update that describes the way we picture some of the more mechanical aspects of the campaign happening to answer some of the questions you might have. 

Thank you all for joining us on this adventure and remember: the more people we bring to this campaign, the more work we create for Mel, and that's our goal, really. Right? :) 

11 months ago – Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 04:15:53 PM

Thank you all so much! 

We're so very excited to bring you the best book we can. Mel knows his stuff and I'm ready to put it all together into something you'll use for years to come.

We're going to take a little break now (after that incredible 8-hour livestream) and we'll be back in the morning, but here are the first two stretch goals that will help to grow the size of the book. 

Please bring as many backers as you can to this campaign, as it makes the book better for all of us!