Official announcement: T5: (Tactical, Topographical, Table-Top Terrain): Tile City
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    Default Official announcement: T5: (Tactical, Topographical, Table-Top Terrain): Tile City

    Greetings, people of CMoN, my name is Noel Sorensen and I am the Chief Engineer of FireBucket Games LLC.

    It is time to officially announce the approval and planned launch date of the T5: Tile City project by FireBucket Games on KickStarter.

    FireBucket Games has until now been designing resin scenic bases and terrain, but has finally brought their skill with machine tools directly into the business with a new line of modular, 12" square, laser cut, HDF city tiles and stackable buildings designed to provide a dense urban environment for skirmish games.

    T5: (Tactical, Topographical, Table-Top Terrain): Tile City is a KickStarter project that is scheduled to go live February 3, 2014.

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    Features include:

    All pieces


    • High-Density Fiberboard (HDF) is durable, Non-toxic, Biodegradable (if for some odd reason you wanted to compost your gaming terrain), Takes and holds paint, Adheres to most glues (wood glue, white glue, PVA, super glue, gap-filling super glue, silicone adhesive)
    • Designed for 28mm miniatures, but can work up to 35mm or even 1:48 scale.
    • Hidden construction tabs (no unsightly joints!)


    T5: Tile City


    • 12" (304mm) square tiles, 1/4" (6.4mm) thick.
    • 6" (152mm) increments with which to build city blocks.
    • Interlocking along edges to prevent separation.
    • High-precision detail engraved on all visible surfaces; even the side of the curb.
    • Gives impression of depth, without interfering with game play.
    • Vertical cuts along the sidewalk edge add to impressions of realism.
    • 14 different tiles designed so far.
    • Combine any number of tiles to make your city as large as you want.
    • Two-lane roads with sidewalks on both sides.
    • Place roads side-by-side to make four-lane roads.
    • Easy to build.
    • Potential for more aesthetic options and more accessories as this project progresses.


    Modular Building Building Modules (MBBM)

    • This name is brought to you by the minister of redundancy from his office, the ministry of redundancy.
    • 6" x 6" (152mm) or 6" x 12" (152mm x 304mm) octagonal footprint.
    • 3" (76mm) tall, per level.
    • Octagonally indexing (can be stacked with levels facing any of eight ways)
    • Peg-in-hole interconnection between levels assures correct alignment every time and allows levels to be separated without sticking together.
    • Designed to build towers.
    • Can be stacked as high as you want; the flat base will remain stable as long as the surface it is on is flat and level.
    • High-precision detail engraved on all visible surfaces, even inside, with multi-layer lamination for added visual depth.
    • Central GravElevator (not a real anti-gravity engine) for moving between levels.
    • Doors (removable)
    • Windows (at least two sizes!)
    • One MBBM set contains: (1) MBBM66: a 6" x 6" building with flat roof, (1) MBBM612: a 6" x 12" building with flat roof, (1) balcony, (1) support column, (2) roof fillers, (20) rooftop railings, (4) doors, (4) elevators.
    • Potential for more aesthetic options, acrylic panes for the windows, and more accessories as this project progresses.


    Shipping Container 422


    • 4" (101mm) long
    • 2" (50mm) wide
    • 2" (50mm) tall
    • Downward-hinged door on the front.
    • Enough interior space for two models on 40mm bases.
    • Removable roof (to get to the models mentioned above)
    • Able to be stacked facing any direction and still interlock so they won't slide off each other.
    • Potential for 2" long, 6" long, and windowed versions as this project progresses.



    Useful Links:

    FireBucket Games official site: http://www.firebucketgames.com
    Preview and Teaser images available at: http://www.facebook.com/firebucketgames
    Chief Engineer of FireBucket Games LLC

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    Hi, looks interesting but you mentioned laser cut HDF. Will you be cleaning off the scorching that occurs and must be cleaned prior to painting or is that going to be left to the consumer?

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    During the prototyping and design testing stages of this project we used two (2) types of HDF, two (2) types of MDF, three (3) types of chipboard, and two (2) types of acrylic as well as three (3) different laser cutters in order to determine which combination would suit the product the best. From this we identified a HDF that is highly smooth, but not polished, on both sides that works quite well and that each of the chipboards and acrylics behave the same within there category. We also determined that 20psi air assist, 450cfm exhaust, and 45W laser are the minimum levels required to cut the chosen HDF with little or no scorching as seen below.
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    Considering that our shop is equipped with 155psi (regulated to 28psi for cutting) and 530cfm exhaust, we can confidently say that the pieces will not have significant scorching.

    In regard to assembly: we used wood glue, PVA glue, silicone adhesive, and gap filling super glue; all of which worked well without any part cleaning. The image above shows assembly with gap filling super glue, which is the preferred adhesive in our shop for this project.

    In regard to painting: we used spray primer, automotive spray primer, brush-on primer, and directly applied hobby paint from three (3) manufacturers; all of which worked well without any part cleaning.

    It is the professional opinion of FireBucket Games LLC that properly enginered laser cut HDF products do not require cleaning.
    Chief Engineer of FireBucket Games LLC

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    FireBucket Games' KickStarter project "T5: (Tactical Topographical Table-Top Terrain): Tile City" is set to go live this coming Monday, February 3, 2014 at 12:02am CST.
    As a final teaser, we are releasing the preview of the project for all to see.
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...token=835dd74c
    Chief Engineer of FireBucket Games LLC

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