Kickstarter delivered!!!

We are very please to announce that the final packages have been dispatched to the backers of the Halfmen Kickstarter collaboration with Westfalia Fantasy Battles.



This has been the largest project we have yet completed, not least because we also picked up all of the miniature manufacturing for Westfalia. In all, over 6,000 components and figures have been delivered to nearly 200 hundred backers world wide.

All of the products are working their way onto the relevant shop pages, but feel free to contact us for more information

New website goes live

We have been aware of the need for a stronger web presence for some time. We have finally got our new website up and running. Please click here to be transported to our new home.

We will continue to update this blog as haphazardly as ever for some time so please keep coming back to see where we are.



Halfling Kickstarter goes live…


Our collaboration with Westfalia Fantasy Battles has come to its fruition! The Second Breakfast Kickstarter starts tomorrow. The figures are every bit as beautiful as those in the original Kickstarter, which can be viewed here. If you missed it they are now available in Westfalia’s online shop.

While Westfalia’s putty pushers have been creating lots of lovely new little people we have been hard at work realising the  Shire in miniature.

Halfling hole fronts

Halfling hovels

The Goatery

When the last of the Kickstarter pledges have been delivered these items will be available from our webshop.

Collaboration with Westfalia Miniatures…

We are excited to reveal that we in the process of designing a complementary range of terrain to support Westfalia’s next Halfmen Kickstarter. If you missed the last one you can check it out here: I would urge you to check out their Facebook page – it is chock full of lovely things and a good way of keeping up with the status of upcoming projects:

Upcoming civilian halfmen (image from Westfalia Fantasy Battles)


These figures are nothing short (get it?) of splendid. When we saw them we realised that we had to produce some supporting terrain. After all, who doesn’t love a hobbit? Kawe is still in the final stages of delivering on the last Kickstarter and will open the next one up when he fulfilled all the pledges.

In the meantime here are some photos of the Halfmen hole fronts.

These are 50 mm tall to allow for them to be set into standard insulation foam board, and will be supplied with a small sprue of detail parts for you to place where you wish, along with some scenic scatter so that you can blend everything together using the same textures as the original piece.

There will be three hole fronts, three stand alone dwellings for aspirational hobbits, bases to take the artillery pieces and a goatery in the initial release. We have plans for a field wall system and a unique take on a river system, as well as bigger buildings. Production of these will depend on the success of the Kickstarter.

Ruined Minoan colonnade prices

We now have the prices for the new ruined Minoan colonnade pieces. The delay was down to us not being happy with the moulding of the columns. They just weren’t of a high enough standard. They have now been redesigned with separate capitals which has reduced the need for mould splits, particularly around the detailed carving at the top of the column.

For details on ordering and payment, please see here:


Long straight £25.00


Short straight £22.50


Corner £25.00

All prices are plus P&P


Accusations of impropriety – A response

In response to comments made by Sally White (wife of Kev White of Hasslefree Miniatures) on Westfalia Fantasy Battle’s Facebook page we feel that we should state our position regarding the importance of confidentiality, respect of IP and work rights, integrity, and honesty. We have decided to post this here as such comments are not appropriate on the product page of a third manufacturer – in fact we feel that it is downright disrespectful to conduct such discussions in this manner.

As a model making company with decades of experience we have worked with a number of miniature and games manufacturers, ranging from the small cottage industry (like Hasslefree) to multi-million pound, multinationals (like Forge World and Rackham).

We have worked in two different ways with these companies. For example the work rights of the products that we originated for Forge World were transferred to Forge World. We have never cast or sold any of those pieces. The work rights associated with the product produced for smaller companies remain with Model Earth Design. The main reason for this arrangement is financial. Smaller companies cannot afford to pay the mastering costs (and bear the risks) associated with even a limited terrain range, whereas the financial might that Forge World carry gives them the freedom to take the risk.

Throughout our time we have produced numerous sub-masters and textures while creating ranges. These are all still in existence in our storage unit. At no point have we ever, or would we ever, reuse or resell these to another client. This is a matter of integrity. If our clients cannot trust that we will respect their intellectual property rights then we are on a slippery slope.

The work rights are, as the name suggests, the rights to financially exploit the work. None of pieces that we have ever produced have been limited edition – clearly we wish to sell as much product as possible. Why would we limit our opportunities?

While in the design stages of creating new pieces we are often privy to confidential information, art work and business planning. At no time have we ever abused these confidences. When ascribing the various rights associated with terrain pieces we, as a standard, recognise that our collaborators own the creation of worlds, background, and environments. We have never used the name of another manufacturers figure range, game, fantasy world or any part of their intellectual property without their explicit prior consent.

We deeply resent having our reputation impugned by accusations of impropriety and dishonesty. First, and foremost, our reputation is one based on integrity and we are prepared to defend that reputation whenever necessary.

Ruined Minoan colonnade

As promised here are the images of the new Ruined Colonnade to complement the Minoan-esque range. These are just going into the paint-shop before being shipped over to the States for Crocodile Games.

Following the Minoan inspired theme we have also added a new altar piece and base to the range following the Minoan bull-horn imagery.

Prices TBA towards the end of the week.

Long colonnade

Short colonnade

Colonnade corner

Altar base


Forthcoming releases and news…

So, its been rather a long time since my last post. We have been very working on setting up a contract resin casting side to the business and continuing to grow the large scale railway range. Both of these have eaten up a lot of our time. The contract casting side is coming along nicely – for those who like to know these things, we have both vacuum and pressure capabilities – and now produce all of our resin products in house.

However, we have not been completely away from the terrain side of things. With the imminent release of Crocodile Games’ Wargods of Olympus (click HERE for more info) ruleboook we have completed the Minoan range with a set of ruined colonnade pieces. I have proved the moulds today and the first test shots have gone to the studio for photography.

We have also been in negotiation with a figure production company to support their next Kickstarter campaign with terrain range. Although agreements have been signed I can’t say more at the moment, but I hope to have images of the first few pieces over the next few weeks. This project is very close to our hearts – the subject material has always been among our favourites so we hope that you guys will be as pleased with the final product as we are.

Once the Kickstarter is completed we hope to be turning our attention to our first future war/ sci-fi range. We are in the initial stages of the design process and I’m sure that concept sketches and roughs will follow.

As ever, we are pleased to receive any questions of comments and you can contact us HERE.


New releases – Ruined Minoan Temple and Fallen Column bases

After a few weeks battling the heat and humidity in an effort to meet our contract casting obligations we have managed to eek out a few hours to throw some rubber and resin for our own projects. So…

We are finally pleased to announce the release of the next parts of our Minoan scenery range – The Ruined Minoan Temple and The Fallen Columns.

The Ruined temple is a 2 piece kit, consisting of a base and seperate columns and colonnade, and would make an ideal centre piece on any table. This model is now on sale costing £35 (plus p&p).

The fallen columns are available as individual bases at £5 (plus p&p) or as a set of three for £12.50 (plus p&p) and can be used to add character to your table while providing low level cover.

Ordering information can be found here.

Now that we are something approaching back on track, I hope to be able to do some colouring in towards the end of the week, and put some painted photos up next weekend.


Work In Progress – Cretan/Minoan Ruins


Work has been continuing apace on the second release of Cretan/Minoan scenery. The masters need a little tickle around to make them more mould friendly, but are 99% complete. There won’t be any noticeable changes!

The ruined temple will be a two piece kit, while the fallen columns are single castings and will be available as individual pieces.

These items should be ready for release by the end of next week.