#Magglet is a new gaming company based in Madrid, Spain, spearheaded by twins Hugo and Aaron Soto. The artistic pair are headed for tabletop greatness. They just wrapped up a Kickstarter campaign to create a wondrous set of 28mm dwarf miniatures.
Their grander plans include eventually coming out with a new tabletop game that will use their line of figurines, but until then, the miniatures are a great fit for your fantasy dungeon game of choice.
I spoke with the brothers on a transoceanic video call, and we talked about their minis, the advantages of having a twin, and medieval re-enactors.
This question has been burning in my mind ever since I saw your Kickstarter page. What does "Magglet" mean?
Hugo: There's actually no extra meaning to the name. Aaron just came up with it one day.
It kind of sounds like "magic." I like the way it sounds.
I think that's the best way to name anything. So, why did you decide to start with dwarves?
Aaron: Dwarves are a really popular race, I think. You can find a lot of dwarf armies on the internet, and in game stores.
Hugo: It's also a design choice. We think that people are used to seeing dwarves in fantasy. Everyone has their own take on them, and we want to show our take. This way, it would be easy to compare our style with that of other companies.
So you're setting the standard for your future minis.
Aaron: Yeah, and we're trying to offer a style that's realistic.
Hugo: When we see the dwarves other companies make, we don't like them. They've either got really big heads, or big eyeballs, or their torsos are too small. They have these huge hands, holding axes that don't look like they weigh anything.
Aaron: And the beards.
Hugo: Oh, the beards. They go really, really long on those things. You can't even see the model. It's covered in beard.
I wonder if it's a design shortcut. Speaking of: I've seen the time-lapse video of how you guys sculpt these things and it's amazing to watch. Do you have backgrounds in art?
Aaron: Well, we've always just been drawing and creating things. I actually studied industrial design. I moved to Valencia for uni — this city in the southeast of Spain, and that was the first time we were separated from each other. After that, I moved to Australia to learn English and to get some overseas experience, and Hugo joined me over there. That was where we got the idea to start our own game company.
It was at this point in our chat, I'm embarrassed to say, that I just noticed they were twins. To be fair, Hugo wears glasses. Aaron does not.
Hugo: We had so many ideas at the time. Another project we were thinking about doing was producing rollerblades, just because we love rollerblading so much.
Aaron: But that was really complicated.
Hugo: Too complicated for a first project. This, I think, is more far-reaching. And besides, Aaron has wanted to do this for years.
Aaron: What's great about the miniatures is how you can use them for other games like D&D or Frostgrave.
Hugo: Also, some people just buy miniatures to paint them.
I would probably be one of those people. Do you mind explaining the process of starting with an idea and then ending up with a 28mm mini?
Aaron: In the beginning, it's actually pretty funny, because I wanted to start out with sculpting them with clay. It was Hugo who was interested in 3D modeling. What we do is we sculpt them, then we use a 3D printer to make a master model, which we send off to the guys who make the mould.
Hugo: We use ZBrush to sculpt them, which is the main piece of software that everyone uses nowadays. And since 3D printing has gotten so popular, ZBrush has a lot of plug-ins that prepare your stuff for the printer. I just looked up tutorials on YouTube to try to learn how to use the program myself, then last summer I took a course.
Aaron: Then he taught me how to use it.
You guys are so in sync, I kind of want to have a twin now.
Hugo: You should. You know, probably in the future, it will be easier because we'll have cloning. At some point you can get a twin brother.
Aaron: And then we'll get a third one. Aaron
Why wait for cloning? I thought you had access to a 3D printer.
Hugo: Yeah, I'll 3D print you a twin.
And then we giggled like schoolboys for a minute or two.
Does Spain have re-enactors?
Hugo: You know what? I think there's this village where, once a year, they dress up in a medieval style and they have these markets. Sometimes they'll act out battles there, too.
Aaron: There are a lot of cities in Spain from those times, and you can still find a lot of castles. A lot of it comes from the Crusades, and that's such a big part of our history that you can still see the influence today.
Is there anything you want to say to our readers and potential backers who might be reading this?
Aaron: We're hoping for your support. I know it's difficult to trust in something that's completely new, but we've poured a lot of love in this and we have a bunch of future plans for more races. And if you want to support us in a way that doesn't involve money, because we know times are tough, even if you're sharing us on social media, we would really appreciate it.
Name: Magglet Miniatures
Platforms: Tabletop/ Board Game
Release Date: 2017
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