The Comm Guild Maelstrom's Edge

Kickstarter update: Tooling is good to go!


Posted on Monday Oct 18, 2021 at 06:00pm in StackaRack


We have a layout plan back from our plastics production people, and everything has been approved for tooling to begin. But the best news to come from this is that we've been able to squeeze the budget a little to produce the second sprue despite not quite hitting the stretch goal! This means that we can include the corner piece, which we had really, really hoped for as it adds so much flexibility to your StackaRack layouts.



SO, where to now?

With the tooling starting the component designs are now locked in, which means a few things can happen:

  • Over the next two weeks we will run some final print setting and support tests and work up some variant parts (like the multi-unit blocks) before releasing the STL files to digital backers at the end of this month.
  • Having the final sprue dimensions means that we can also finalise packaging plans, which will let us work out shipping costs for physical pledges.
  • Once shipping costs are sorted, we can launch the pledge manager, which will allow physical product backers to confirm their pledges, and also allow for late pledges from anyone who wants to jump in or add extras.
It's all coming together now!



If you have no idea what this is all about, you can find the StackaRack Kickstarter page here, or find StackaRack on Facebook here.

Almost there - so here's a bonus video!


Posted on Tuesday May 04, 2021 at 01:12pm in StackaRack


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 StackaRack


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 StackaRack


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 StackaRack


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 StackaRack


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 StackaRack


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 StackaRack


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 StackaRack


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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StackaRack - Counting down to the Kickstarter


Posted on Monday Apr 05, 2021 at 05:00pm in StackaRack


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 StackaRack


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!