Patreon, Kickstarter, Direct Sales, & Kindness
Patreon is one of the 4 major ways for Terrain and Miniature makers to get funding for their work. The other I see, are Kickstarter , Direct Sales through a website, and donations through Thingiverse.
Getting the word out is as important as creating great terrain or miniatures. Patreon is a great way to help promote your work as well as give incentives to your patrons (or customers) to support you and get the word out. Most of the designers on this list have pieces on multiple sites. Many host sites where they sell terrain, or sell through another site like drivethrurpg, Gambody, or Wargame Vault.
You can find direct links to makers in The Directory.
Here is the list of Patreon campaigns I am aware of. If any are missing, please email me.
- Masterwork Tools: Masterwork tools was the first Patreon I funded. This is a fantasy friendly Patreon that produces some amazing terrain, that he releases on Thingiverse. He’s also done some miniatures.
- Terrain 4 Print: I have backed him on Kickstarter in the past, and he has started this Patreon campaign that pretty much covers all kinds of terrain. He’s done fantasy ruins, hills, sci-fi terrain and Star Wars Legion terrain. He covers a little bit of everything.
- Valandar: Creating awesome videos of his great character sculpts. You can see how the magic is made in real time. He’s also running Minivember.
- Duncan Shadow Louca: Duncan is well known for his character creations. He also releases terrain pieces that are spectacular. I’ve yet to print any of his characters, but I have printed several terrain pieces.
- mz4250: Miguel is well known for his character creations as well, though for his, he is making all the monsters in the D&D Monster Manuals. He’s already released a TON of miniatures and continues to make more awesome models at a breakneck pace.
- DungeonPrint Studio: This is both software and terrain files. The main reason I backed it, was for the terrific mapping capabilities, allowing me to build up dungeons virtually to find out what pieces I need. They also offer free sets of terrain that the community votes on which is really nice.
- Ill Gotten Games: Ill Gotten Games is well-known and prolific in the modeling terrain and miniatures community. He has funded numerous Kickstarters and released loads of models for free. From Miniatures to Terrain, to creating full-blown fully printable games, Ill Gotten Games does it all.
- Matt Mason – PRIMEVAL: Matt is known for his terrific terrain, starting with Star Wars Legion, but has been branching out. This latest project is for his new game, PRIMEVAL that will be releasing in 2019. It looks like you will get access to minis and terrain as part of this Patreon.
- Mia Kay’s 3D Models (M3DM): Mia is creating miniatures in 3D (as well as available printed). The 3D model tier is very inexpensive for such good looking models.
- Endix : Nick is creating 3D terrain for use in games. This is another inexpensive Patreon that can help flesh out your terrain library.
- Cast N Play: This is a group of artists that have come together to create models (Miniatures and Terrain) for the community.
- FreddyND: Freddy makes custom Gaming miniatures. He is making monsters and sets of miniatures like his “Monster Hunter” miniatures.
- Capsule Chibi: Bringing 3D printed Chibi characters to your 3D printer. This includes dungeon tiles, vehicles as well as the cute Chibi miniatures, as far as I can tell.
- Sunday Studios: A husband and wife team bringing a number of different items/models. 3D printed STL files are part of their offering.
- Black Omen: This is another miniatures Patreon with some very cool looking miniatures being produced. He produces 1 a week for Patrons.
- Will Walker: Will is a big part of the Dragonbite Community Creator program. He’s created a great deal of terrain that is available and now has a Patreon to help his releases reach a wider audience.
- Hayland Terrain: Hayland Terrain is the newest Patreon I am aware of. Another great modeler, he makes tiles for all genres, terrain, and even parts for Gaslands.
- Imperial Terrain: Imperial Terrain is kind of the go-to place for Star Wars Legion terrain. He creates awesome models that he sells the STL files and fully printed pieces. While most of his stuff fits the cleaner lines of classic Star Wars, with a little work they can look grungy for most any sci-fi terrain need.
- Black Scrolls Games: This is another miniatures modeler. He makes some cool monster miniatures that you can print at home.
I back a number of these. They seem to cost from $1 to $10 with added tiers above those for special rewards. Personally, I have always viewed Patreon as a “low-cost” way to support modelers. It seems beyond $5 starts to get steep to me. It’s a site that makes its money based on a high volume at low cost. With all of these new campaigns, differentiation may become a deciding factor as well as price.