Friday, November 27, 2015

It's real....all of it.

We've been working hard on building up the terrain inventory and fullfilling the orders placed. Within the first two weeks of the online store being open, Knight Watch Games has received orders for over $400 of products.  Exciting !

While fullfilling orders is certainly an awesome way to spend our time, I admit I prefer designing and building new, original creations.  I'm swept up in the current Star Wars fervor and am playing around with the Fantasy Flight Game, Star Wars Imperial Assault.

The game is a interesting miniature strategy game that pits the heroes of the rebellion against the might of the Empire.   The game  utilizes graphic maps to depict the tactical situation. The map is composed of various pieces that are fitted together to make the full map. I didn't like the maps as they were too small and the pictures hard to comprehend.

I realized it was possible to build the same tactical maps in 3D using the Hirst molds.  A little creativity was needed to solved the thin wall issue, but a solution was presented by a fellow Hirst builder, Bumyong.  I followed his lead and came up with my own variations.

My goal is to build each of the Imperial Assault map pieces (there are over 60 of them!)  Wish me luck.  Commissioned Imperial Assault terrain is certainly available in our online store.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Knight Watch Games Milestone!

Yesterday was a milestone for Knight Watch Games -- we received our first order from a customer. The order was placed via our ETSY shop for a substantial $185.  This is great news and bodes well. We had opened the shop only three days prior.  Time to get casting!

Brenda and I have our terrain-making workshop set up much like an assembly line. There is a station for mixing and pouring the plaster into the molds (a messy business), another for extracting the cured bricks and sorting them into bins, a station for building the various projects and finally a station for painting the pieces.  With this arrangement, there is always something "cooking".  Brenda tends to gravitate towards the sorting and painting portions of the process, while Paraic is the caster and builder.  Great harmony.

During our shopping sprees, we encountered numerous people who were interested in our shop and we realized we had no business cards to help set the hook.  We quickly drafted a design and got a batch printed from Staples. It feels good to have something to hand to interested parties that we meet during our outings.

On a related note, we are both very happy to be back in the States, and specifically back in our hometown of San Antonio.  The list of things we missed while stationed in Europe is a long one, with tacos, family and menus in English being at the top.  It's great to be back and its awesome to get such wonderful support from everyone regarding our Knight Watch Games efforts.  Adventures await!