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: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/westfaliaminiatures/the-halfmen-army-pugnacious-halflings-in-28mm 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: https://www.facebook.com/Westfaliafantasybattles/

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: https://medterrain.wordpress.com/contact?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

P1010014

Long straight £25.00

P1010012

Short straight £22.50

P1010006

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.