We’ve talked a lot on social media about our customisable digital miniature kits, but you may well be wondering what that means exactly. Are we talking about a custom hero creator app? Or is this more like a traditional plastic model kit, only somehow... digital?
The answer is both and neither. Our digital kits borrow from - and improve upon - both of these ideas, to create a whole new concept in miniatures design that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
The Best of Both Worlds
Imagine a traditional model kit, but with literally hundreds of unique and characterful parts to choose from. Then imagine an online hero creation tool, but with original characters designed by legendary fantasy artists, accompanied by custom parts that are specially crafted for each character. Now you're getting close to realising the power of the Forge, our online miniature customisation and 3D print app!
What this means is that you don’t customise your model starting from a blank mannequin. Instead, you start off with a fully designed character that looks awesome right out of the gate, and customise from there – just the same as when you pick out a cool character kit at your local hobby store.
Just take a look at this Wyrdweft Sorceress kit, for example. You can see her ‘default’ pose and kit loadout shown up at the top – this is exactly how she appears when you open up the kit in the Forge. She’s already a stunning miniature, but with 3 poses and 185 custom parts this is just one of thousands of possible combinations. We’re also committed to ensuring that face options for every ethnicity and race are included where applicable – both real world and fantastical. Everyone should feel represented in our glorious hobby, and Dragon's Forge kits reflect that.
What’s more, every customisation option has been designed and sculpted specifically for this character, meaning that the Wyrdweft Sorceress will look great no matter what. If a part doesn’t suit our design team’s vision for the character, we don’t include it as an option. You won’t find these parts in any other kit either.
Here are some more variants of the sorceress showcasing a range of different parts and poses – each miniature looks like it was individually sculpted as a complete whole. Nothing feels generic or out of place.
Gorgeous Miniatures, Every Time
Sculpting customisation options tailored to specific kits also means we can be sure that there are no part combinations that clash or overlap in ugly ways, which is a common issue with custom miniature apps that allow every part in their library to be combined with every other part. Sure, having access to the whole candy store seems like a good idea, but the results can be a little, well... sickening. Much better to have a curated selection of the very best candies, with flavours that complement each other.
That’s not to say that you’ll feel restricted in any way – far from it! With more options, accessories and poses per character than you could ever fit in a physical kit, you can make your miniature feel unique and personal to you, whether you’re crafting your character for a tabletop roleplaying game or a custom hero for a tabletop wargame. Just look at everything laid out in this image – mind blowing!
The Wyrdweft Sorceress kit in her endless multitude of incarnations will be available as part of our Kickstarter, launching on 30th September 2021. Check out our pre-launch page!
Wyrdweft Sorceress sculpted by Albert Yu with additional parts and poses by Matt Clarke.