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Grimlight: Tiny magnet-controlled lights for miniatures


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Miniature lights for all shapes

Grimlight are tiny magnet-controlled light circuits for miniature gaming, dungeon mastering, model trains, LARP:s and whatever else you can think of. Grimlight has the following features:

  • Magnetic control – switch on and off without touching the miniature
  • Easy to hide – 0.2 mm wiring laid either inside or on the miniature 
  • Switchable effects – fixed, pulsating or flickering chosen by magnet
  • Convenient – easy to use and install 
  • Small circuit – 21*2.4 mm fits in regular 28 mm miniature bases 
  • Small led's – 0.6 mm fits in a drill hole 
  • Battery operated – using a CR1216 clock battery 
  • Long stand-by time – over a year 
  • Flexible – 2 led's per circuit 
  • Any colour – paint or cover the light thinly in any colour 
  • SHIPPING INCLUDED, WORLDWIDE! How about that?



Stretch goals

  • SEK 140,000: We add additional effect settings to each Grimlight
  • SEK 150,000: Produce a guide for how to modify the software to change lighting effects. Publish all code under an open license.
  • SEK 200,000: We add some fiber optic cables with every physical Grimlight reward, perfect for added variation.
  • To be continued....

Rewards

To keep it simple there are only a few different reward tiers. For different amounts of Grimlights, just pledge in multiples of the chosen non-"early bird" tier. The regular one that we believe will be what most want is the 250 SEK tier simply called "five grimlights". For ease of handling and due to shipping cost it is only possible to get Grimlight in multiples of five. If you would like to get 15 for example, just pledge 750 SEK. The reward level "5 Grimlights with larger battery holder" are Grimlights that are modified to operate from three AAA batteries instead of from one CR1216. If you want to add lighting to something big and think it would be good with extended time (about 50 times the capacity) before needing to change batteries this is for you. If you have some special needs and ideas for the lighting you need there is also a tier where we can program custom effects for you (within the constraints of what is possible with the micro-controller we are using).

What it looks like

 

What our current Grimlight prototypes look like before installation What our current Grimlight prototypes look like before installation

 

Example of what can be done with a Grimlight and optic fiber Example of what can be done with a Grimlight and optic fiber
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Our first prototype from Conan by Monolith Our first prototype from Conan by Monolith

 

Prototypes leading up to final version, left is oldest. Prototypes leading up to final version, left is oldest.
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I'm not up on this kind of tech but this looks pretty cool to me.

Although I don't know how they managed to run the wires through the smaller minis shown, this would be great for vehicles, streetlights, and buildings.

Will keep an eye on it.

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Eh, it's no big deal to do it with Bones minis. I did a Skeleton with light in the eyes once. 

Metal minis can be a bit more difficult. It's more difficult to drill holes, and you need to be carefult not to short any exposed solder pads around the LED.

 

You don't need this kit for simple lighting, but it should make things easier for those who are unaccustomed to messing about with LEDs.

And the Blinkenlights is nice... 

 

I'm not backing, but that's because I already have all I need of LEDs and stuff. 

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17 hours ago, Darsc Zacal said:

MOD powers activated!

Merge thread with... ANOTHER THREAD!

 

BwaaHaHa!

Whoa... Magic!

 

Trying to decide yea or nay on making a pledge - looks nifty, and would give me an excuse to add some detail to a certain bony dragon....

 

The Auld Grump - sadly, Christmas has left us kind of tapped.

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Well here we are 8 months later. Almost all of our backers have received their Grimlights and we're thrilled with their response. Today we put up our big post on how best to use them and there are some tips and tricks in there useful for others looking to include lighting in their projects. Feel free to have a look: 


The big guide post for Grimlight LED's
Our page for anything Grimlight-related is www.grimlight.se
We also reply to questions over at our Facebook page 

Regards
Marcus from Grimlight

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