Antal Kéninger/Black Scroll Games
How long have you owned a 3D Printer and been making terrain?
I have had a printer for 3 years. I got one when I started my company, Black Scrolls Games, and although our map creations have got more focus in the past years we had a Patreon page dedicated to miniatures and smaller props from the beginnings. I started making terrains 9 years ago when we founded Lord Zsezse Works with a friend, we created papercraft models and I always made my maps in 3D so I have a lot of experience in 3D modeling and sculpting.
What printers do you use to print terrain?
- I recently bought an Ender 3 Pro, I can only recommend that printer. The first printer of mine was a TEVO Tarantula, but that one needed a lot of tweaking and extra work. It is way easier to work with the Ender 3 and the whole printer feels more premium than anything I tried before.
I know you mainly from being part of your Patreon, how is running a Kickstarter different from Patreon?
It is like a movie and a book. Very different. This is our second successful KS. We launched the first one to fund our map-tiles. When you are planning a Kickstarter you have to work months before the launch, you have one shot, and you have to work on the fulfillment after it.
This is at least a half year job. On Patreon, you can release things as you go, it works as a monthly, or in our case, a per release subscription. When you have done with something, you can release it to your patrons. I think Kickstarter is better to run bigger projects like these buildings we are creating now. Patreon is great to smaller releases like one or two miniatures when you do not have to work months on one piece and you can release them more frequently.
How did you come up with the window ideas? It looks really good.
Haha, I know, right? 😀 First I thought I should just fill them, but as we used something like this with our papercraft models years ago, I came up with a thought, what if I make a slot to add a picture or even a piece of plastic, will the grid of the windows still be printable? And it was on both of our printers, so I just made it! I’ve got a cheap transparent folder from a pen and paper shop, cut it up and slid it in the holes. And voila, we have got transparent windows with glass.
How is your Kickstarter doing, compared to what you thought it would do? It seems like you have reached the end of your original stretch goals. (I for one love seeing an outhouse added, I think that is totally unique).
The outhouse was originally requested while we were running our Map-Tile set Kickstarter, so we made one here, too. Now the miniatures have a nice little outhouse to use, or to visit the cave system beneath it. It is going way better than we expected, which is great because we have got so many suggestions there will be enough even for a second run later. We already have a lot of free rewards unlocked so I’m very happy with it. We recently ran a poll in our Facebook group and based on that plus our original plans we added more stretch rewards to the project. Now we are on to unlock these remaining goals, too. As the project will close on the 23rd of May we do not have much time left.
I have been a fan of Black Scroll Games for some time. I’ve been part of their Patreon for 20 months. I am probably a bit biased, but I think this Kickstarter looks really sharp. They have some terrific models out there, and I hope he moves some of his favorites over to his website for me to link to.
Between the base set of buildings and all the ones unlocked in the campaign, there are a TON of buildings now available as part of this Kickstarter. There are a number of furnishings and other items also available make your fantasy gaming world come alive. I hope you stop by the City of Tarok Kickstarter and see what the fuss is all about.