The Comm Guild Maelstrom's Edge

2021 Mid(ish)year Roundup!


Posted on Monday Jul 26, 2021 at 06:00PM in General


With the twin billing of Covid and Brexit affecting so many business all over the place, this year started out a little slower than we had planned, but things are slowly getting back up to steam and our release schedule is finally getting back on track. Here's a look back at what we've been up to for the last 6-ish months!




Iain continued to smoosh things together in the workshop, working through a range of the usual sorts of modeling articles - kitbashes of kits, buildings made from bits and pieces and just generally getting paint all over everything in sight. You can find all of these modeling articles in the Hobby section of the Maelstrom's Edge website here.



On the new release front, we've given Epirian Contractor units some support with a new resin drone, and launched the Spiral Arm Revolutionary Army as a subfaction for the Broken, with the addition of plastic kits for a Revolutionary Captain and a cam-cloaked sniper. We also picked up the PDC Gaming heavy weapons carriage - a plastic kit that lets you build a range of different mobile weapons platforms, for those gamers looking for some heavier firepower. You can find all of these in the Maelstrom's Edge webstore.



Our biggest reveal for this year so far was, of course, the launch of the kickstarter for StackaRack - a plastic, customisable paint storage system! Our Kickstarter funded successfully, and we're currently hard at work finalising the design work so that we can get it sent off to our plastics production people. If you missed the Kickstarter, you can find out more information and follow our progress on the StackaRack Facebook page here.



So... what's next?



In the coming months, we have new plastic model releases for the Karists and Remnant, a couple of resin upgrades for the Remnant Militus kit, and a whole new range of bases to add to the webstore. There's also a new faction - our fifth! - to crawl forth from the destruction of the Edge. On top of that, we're still beavering away behind the scenes on version 2 of the Maelstrom's Edge rules. Our original target had to be pushed back significantly thanks to the pandemic, but we're aiming to have the Beta version of the rules out before the end of this year. If you want to get in early, you can find a very early draft of the new rules in the development thread on the DakkaDakka forums here.

So much great stuff still to come - Stay tuned!



For the full range of Maelstrom's Edge products, including the Battle for Zycanthus starter set, the plastic and resin model range, the ever-useful Maelstrom's Edge Terrain Sprues, novels and audiobooks, check out the webstore here.

For building ideas, modeling tutorials, army spotlights and conversion walkthroughs, have a look at the Hobby section of the Maelstrom's Edge website here.

Maelstrom's Edge Webstore News


Posted on Tuesday Jun 22, 2021 at 06:00PM in General


Due to steadily increasing costs in production, shipping and just generally doing business over the last year or two, we have unfortunately had to make some price adjustments in the webstore. Most plastic kits, and some resins, have had a small increase in price as a result. To compensate for this, we have added some new bulk packs for each Faction's core troops, allowing you to pick up four units worth of troops for the price of three!



We have also added a similar pack for the Maelstrom's Edge terrain sprues, including 4 sprues each of terrain sprue #1 and #2. This should give you plenty of bits and pieces to bulk up your sci fi terrain collection.





Pop in to the Maelstrom's Edge webstore here now! Free shipping applies to qualifying orders - check your cart for details.

Almost there - so here's a bonus video!


Posted on Tuesday May 04, 2021 at 01:12PM in General


Over the course of developing a product, you wind up with a few prototypes sitting around with nothing to do once the design has moved past them. So what to do with them?

If you're Iain, you turn them into terrain, of course!




Get in on the Kickstarter before time runs out! Find StackaRack on Kickstarter now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spiralarmstudios/stackarack



Turning the corner - time's running out!


Posted on Monday May 03, 2021 at 03:42AM in General


As the clock continues to wind down on the StackaRack kickstarter, we're continuing our work to develop and refine the parts. Shown below is a build using test prints for the 45 degree corner piece that is unlocked in the first Stretch Goal. This part allows you to bend your StackaRack around corners, which is great both for making best use of your desk space and also increasing stability, particularly on taller builds.




We're still some way off unlocking this stretch goal, and time is rapidly running out. It would be a shame to miss it, as the corner adds so much extra versatility to the kit but physically can't happen without the second sprue being unlocked. So if you've been considering upgrading your pledge, or undecided about sticking a toe in to start with, now would be a great time to do so! We need more backers to get behind the physical sprue pack pledges to hit the Stretch Goal in the limited time remaining.

Find StackaRack on Kickstarter now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spiralarmstudios/stackarack



You can also find StackaRack on Facebook here. Like the page for news and updates as they happen, and share it far and wide to help us bring StackaRack to your painting desk!



StackaRack has funded - Help us reach the first Stretch Goal!


Posted on Saturday May 01, 2021 at 11:30PM in General


With the support of over 300 backers and counting, StackaRack has reached its initial funding goal!




The initial funding goal covers the amount we needed to produce the basic StackaRack components, but they're only the start of the story. The rack gets exponentially better if we can fund two sprues worth of components instead of one, with a better distribution of parts and the addition of the corner piece. The jump up to the first Stretch Goal is higher than the original funding target, though. This is because we used what funds we could to put towards the initial development, which meant that we could keep the initial goal much lower than it would otherwise have been. For the second sprue, though, we need to cover the full cost of producing that new tool.

We would obviously love to see that second sprue happen, and we hope that you do too. Help StackaRack turn the corner by backing the project now!

Find StackaRack on Kickstarter now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spiralarmstudios/stackarack



You can also find StackaRack on Facebook here. Like the page for news and updates as they happen, and share it far and wide to help us bring StackaRack to your painting desk!



Fit StackaRack to your workspace!


Posted on Saturday Apr 24, 2021 at 04:23AM in General


The greatest strength of the StackaRack design over other paint racks is its ability to fit into whatever space you have. If you have the space in your work area to dedicate to racking 500 pots of paint right there close at hand, StackaRack has you covered. (And let's face it, who doesn't love to see a wall of perfectly organised paint?)

But even (maybe even especially!) if you don't have much space, being able to configure the rack to suit yourself means that you can make the best use of that space. For example, if you're the kind of painter who tends to work on a single project at a time, rather than using up a whole lot of desk space for paints that you're not using right now, you can use StackaRack to build some storage just the right size to hold the paints that you are actively using right now.




The rest of the horde can be safely packed away, or held in a larger rack somewhere more suitable, where you don't have that pot of fluorescent orange staring at you accusingly the whole time you work ("Why did you buy me all those years ago, just to leave me here, still unopened? Why? Whyyyyy???")

Ahem.

This can also be a handy way to ease into your storage. Don't have the funds to rack all of your paint right now? Just grab enough StackaRack sprues to hold the paint for a single project, and then add to it as you go!

Find StackaRack on Kickstarter now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spiralarmstudios/stackarack



You can also find StackaRack on Facebook here. Like the page for news and updates as they happen, and share it far and wide to help us bring StackaRack to your painting desk!



One day down!


Posted on Wednesday Apr 21, 2021 at 08:05PM in General


A massive thank you to everyone who has backed the StackaRack project so far. After the first day, we are almost halfway to the funding target!




Obviously, there is still a way to go, so be sure to spread the word! StackaRack needs as many people to get on board as possible to make it the best system it can be!

Find the StackaRack on Facebook here. Like the page for news and updates as they happen, and share it far and wide to help us bring StackaRack to your painting desk.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spiralarmstudios/stackarack

StackaRack is live on Kickstarter!


Posted on Wednesday Apr 21, 2021 at 04:55AM in General


The StackaRack Kickstarter campaign is up and running, and already over 30% funded! If you haven't checked it out yet, you can find it here.




You can also find the StackaRack on Facebook here. Like the page for news and updates as they happen!

StackaRack Kickstarter launches tomorrow!


Posted on Monday Apr 19, 2021 at 05:00PM in General


The StackaRack Kickstarter campaign is all set to launch tomorrow, April 20, at 6pm London time.




You can find the prelaunch page here. Click the 'Notify me on launch' button for a reminder when the project goes live.

You can also find the StackaRack on Facebook here. Like the page for news and updates as they happen!

StackaRack - Not Long Now!


Posted on Tuesday Apr 13, 2021 at 05:00PM in General


One more week to go until the StackaRack Kickstarter campaign goes live!




Hop on over the the prelaunch page here and click the 'Notify me on launch' button for a reminder when the project goes live.




While that's going on, Maelstrom's Edge hasn't been forgotten. The next few releases are currently with the painter getting some colour in their lives. We're looking forward to getting these out to you. While you're waiting, here's a teaser of some things to come for the Broken!






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Maelstrom's Edge *** StackaRack


StackaRack - Counting down to the Kickstarter


Posted on Monday Apr 05, 2021 at 05:00PM in General


Just two short weeks to go until the StackaRack Kickstarter campaign goes live!




You can find the prelaunch page here. Click the 'Notify me on launch' button for a reminder when the project goes live.






You can also find the StackaRack on Facebook here. Like the page for news and updates as they happen!

New Kickstarter from Spiral Arm Studios!


Posted on Monday Mar 22, 2021 at 05:00PM in General


Time for something new and different - Introducing the StackaRack!

We are currently working on a Kickstarter for a customisable plastic paint rack designed to hold any of the major miniature paint ranges - from the dropper bottles used by Vallejo and Army Painter, to the tall pots from the likes of Privateer and Reaper (and GW's old range), and the current stubby Citadel pots.


3D rendered serving suggestion


Paint collections have a way of growing organically, and most of the current paint rack solutions out there are fixed to specific configurations, and made for a specific type of paint pot. If you're like me, and collect multiple brands of paint, that can make organising them a little frustrating, and so we thought we would try to fix that.


Rendered for your convenience


The StackaRack was designed to hold any of the above mentioned pots comfortably, and allows for dropper bottles to slot in either way up, to suit your preference. Made from injection moulded plastic, it will fit together with locking clips, allowing you to build it how you like, and disassemble and reconfigure it as needed.


3D printed prototypes


The Kickstarter is scheduled to go live on the 20th of April. You can find the prelaunch page here. Click the 'Notify me on launch' button for a reminder when the project goes live.

You can also find the StackaRack on Facebook here. Like the page for news and updates as they happen!

Maelstrom's Edge 2020 Roundup


Posted on Monday Dec 28, 2020 at 05:00PM in General


It's fair to say that this year hasn't gone quite the way any of us would have planned. With the pandemic affecting our production partners, mail services, and our own team members, most of the things that we had planned for this past year wound up on hold. We've been working away behind the scenes to get things moving forward again, and have a nice backlog of releases lining up for the coming year, but in the meantime, here's a look back at what we've been up to.




For the past several years, we've been sharing regular modeling articles on the blog, and this year was no exception. These have showcased different conversion ideas, kitbashes with other ranges, terrain projects, painting tips, and a new, ongoing series of hobby basics articles intended to help out beginners to the hobby. You can find all of our various modeling articles compiled in the hobby section of the Maelstrom's Edge website here.



With our usual monthly release schedule disrupted, we did still release a new model for the Artarian Remnant, inthe form of the Nimbus Battlesuit. We have plenty more in the pipeline, however, inluding the next round of reinforcements for each of the existing factions, and the first couple of units are underway for another new faction!



To give people some new modeling and tactical options to explore, Iain shared some homebrew rules for an Imperial Marine faction, introducing power-armoured super soldiers to the Edge, with downloadable rules cards in the Card Downloads section here, and a Summary of their weapons and special rules here.



This year has also seen some great models shared by the community on the Comm Guild Facebook Group. The Group is a handy place to share your models, ask for hobby advice, or talk about the Maelstrom's Edge game. We would love to see more, so be sure to pop along and show us what you are working on!



So... what's next? The new year seems like as good a time as any to get things moving again. We have a whole host of new models in the pipeline, including new releases for all of the existing factions, and a brand new faction joining the chaos on the Edge!



Stay tuned!



For the full range of Maelstrom's Edge products, including the Battle for Zycanthus starter set, the plastic and resin model range, the ever-useful Maelstrom's Edge Terrain Sprues, novels and audiobooks, check out the webstore here.

For building ideas, modeling tutorials, army spotlights and conversion walkthroughs, have a look at the Hobby section of the Maelstrom's Edge website here.

Maelstrom's Edge Mid(-ish) 2020 Roundup!


Posted on Friday Jul 24, 2020 at 05:00PM in General


- by Iain Wilson

This year has certainly come with its share of challenges. While things have been a little quieter on the Edge than usual, we're still here, in no small part thanks to the support of our fantastic customers around the world. So I thought I'd take a pause this week to look back at what we have done so far this year.




Our usual monthly release schedule has been significantly disrupted this year due to our usual production partners having to close up or refocus their businesses, so the Artarian Remnant's Nimbus Battlesuit has the distinction of being our sole release so far this year. We have plenty more in the pipeline, however, including the next round of reinforcements for each of the existing factions, and the first couple of units are underway for another new faction!



Even without shiny, new models to play with, the weekly modeling article continued on, covering a wide range of ground. Articles so far for this year have included a serial underhive build, featuring a bunch of redesigned buildings inspired by classic Necromunda, rocky outcrops studded with crystals brimming with rogue cybel energy, and assorted other hobby tips and modeling ideas. You can find all of our modeling articles in the renovated Hobby section of the Maelstrom's Edge website, along with a new section where we will be periodically adding basic 'starter' tips aimed at beginner hobbyists.



This year has also seen some great models shared by the community on the Comm Guild Facebook Group. The Group is a handy place to share your models, ask for hobby advice, or talk about the Maelstrom's Edge game. We would love to see more, so be sure to pop along and show us what you are working on!


(Just a few of the fantastic projects we've seen!)




For the full range of Maelstrom's Edge products, including the Battle for Zycanthus starter set, the plastic and resin model range, the ever-useful Maelstrom's Edge Terrain Sprues, novels and audiobooks, check out the webstore here.

For building ideas, modeling tutorials, army spotlights and conversion walkthroughs, have a look at the Hobby section of the Maelstrom's Edge website here.

Maelstrom's Edge 2019 Round-up


Posted on Thursday Dec 26, 2019 at 05:00PM in General


With another fantastic year drawing to a close, we thought we would take a moment to look back over this year's highlights for Maelstrom's Edge!




This year saw two of our biggest releases ever! Back in April, we added a fourth faction to the game, with the release of the plastic Militus Battlesuit forming the start of the Artarian Remnant's presence on the battlefields of the Edge.



Rather than using conventional military forces, the Remnant fight with elite Champions in highly advanced combat suits. Practically one-man-armies, these superlative warriors needed a model that did them justice, so we produced a multi-part, plastic kit that lets you assemble and customise your suits with a range of different weapons and poses available.

The Militus release was followed in short order by the arrival of the second Maelstrom's Edge terrain sprue! Terrain is incredibly important for making the most of Maelstrom's Edge games, and we want players to have as many options as possible there. As such, rather than producing limited, specific terrain kits we have carried on the concept from the first terrain sprue, giving players a range of new detail parts to use to customise their own terrain constructions.



Loosely themed around Broken settlements, the new terrain sprue can be used by itself or combined with the original sprue to create a huge range of different buildings, ruins and urban or industrial features.



In other releases, things have been a little slower than usual this year due to some unavoidable delays in our production chain. We fleshed out our Epirian SecDef Rapid Insertion Teams with the addition of some weapon specialists. Equipped with dual clingfire throwers or flakk guns, these troopers add some punch to the fast-moving boostpack units.

We wanted players to have the option to take SecDef as a separate force to regular Epirians, so we added a resin SecDef Lieutenant to the range, and backed him up with a Medic to accompany Tactical Teams into battle and keep them on their feet.



On the rules front, we announced the ongoing development of a version 2 of the Maelstrom's Edge rules! Inevitably with something as complex as a miniatures wargame, there are things that wind up needing some tightening or adjusting, and as new units and factions are added to the game the core rules eventually need to evolve. Our aim is to keep the overall feeling the same, with a tactical and exciting game, while stripping out some uneccessary mechanics and tweaking some others to let the game flow better. To keep players involved in the process, there is a development thread on the DakkaDakka forums here where you can download a current playtest version of the V2 rules and provide feedback on the changes.

While we're all still on the current ruleset, however, we released the digitial version of the current rulebook for free download through the Maelstrom's Edge website. You can find this, along with downloadable versions of the Mission and Objective cards from the Battle For Zycanthus box, in the 'Rules' section of the website here.



Maelstrom's Edge V2 will be introducing rules for transport vehicles to the game. While vehicle models are likely to still be some way away, we thought there was no good reason to make players wait for these, so you can also find a set of trial transport rules for the current game here. This download includes some unofficial rules cards for transports for Epirian Contractors, SecDef, Broken and Karist forces, to use with whatever vehicles you decide to kitbash or repurpose - You can find some ideas on the Comm Guild blog, and in the modeling section of the Maelstrom's Edge website here!

SO - What next?

We have a lot planned for 2020! The primary aim will be to get the V2 rules finished, but along the way we have a slew of new model releases coming along. We'll be fleshing out the Remnant with new Nimbus scout suits and the massive Brutus support suit, adding more character options to Karist forces, and introducing more support options for Epirian and Broken forces.

And while all of that's happening, something else is stirring on the Edge...



Our thanks to all of those who have supported us as we have grown the game, from the initial Kickstarter through to where we are now. We're looking forward to sharing all sorts of new and shiny things with you in the years to come!



You can find the Maelstrom's Edge model range and the Battle For Zycanthus starter set in the webstore here.

As always, feel free to share your models and terrain, or ask any Maelstrom's Edge- or hobby-related questions on the Comm Guild Facebook page!

For Maelstrom's Edge modeling articles, including tutorials and walkthroughs of a wide range of different building and miniature projects, check out the Hobby section of the Maelstrom's Edge website here.