3D Printed Miniatures

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MinusInnocence
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3D Printed Miniatures

Has anyone experimented with this? Not just printing out your own, I don't suspect anyone here currently has a 3D printer (although I know Ed mentioned a few days ago he was in the market for one eventually). But something like Hero Forge or similar products. Actually, on that note, do you sometimes bring in minis for games that have nothing to do with the one you're playing? Warhammer and Warhammer: 40,000 in particular have great models to choose from. In my gaming group back in Houston, I would usually select the mini for a Gibbering Mouther to represent my character, but one time I used the Nuclear Commander from RISK: 2210 AD.

Talanall
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Clarification: it's paid for. I bought it as a Kickstarter and am awaiting delivery. Should be soon; the first production assembly runs start soon. The manufacturer found a defect in one of the parts during final acceptance testing and is addressing the problem. Once I have mine in hand, I will be open to printing minis to Archive members who provide a suitable .STL file.

This said, I don't plan to do so for myself. My gaming is all online, and has been since my first experience with tabletop. It was a mashup of every bad gaming story ever. Alongside that, most of my geographically nearby friends have tended not to be gamers. For the last 17 years I have been using various online venues instead.

So far, I like PbP a lot because it really shines for battle mapping. The chat-based solutions I have tried were not nearly as good in that respect, but chat games have similar pacing to a tabletop session. I have been considering looking around at some of the newer chat-based gaming clients, to possibly allow the occasional live session in game.

If I tended to game in person, I would be all about the printed minis, because these things are SUPER expensive at the store.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Fixxxer
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There was a time, years ago, when I went to a lot of trouble to create silicone molds of miniatures so I could duplicate them. I'd say it worked about 90% of them time, and it taught me a LOT about casting soft metal. I never tried to sell them, I just liked having a lot of minis to play with and paint.

I think 3D printing technology is cool as fuck, but I have no experience with it myself. I've always imagined that the process of creating the appropriate files was akin to virtual sculpting, and I'm absolute shit at sculpting.

Talanall
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It is exactly like that. I am getting a printer mostly to let me do machinist-like things with plastic, and to build forms and molds for casting parts.

If someone finds a 3-d model and wants it printed, I am perfectly willing to do that. And eventually I will build myself a 3-D scanner to copy objects and reproduce them. But my ability at modeling is tilted sharply toward mechanics and structural items.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Talanall
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I use OpenSCAD (google it) for modeling. Not artsy at all. Someday I will probably buy Autodesk Inventor, just because it has all the bells and whistles.

For miniatures and sculpting, most people use Blender.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

deadDMwalking
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I have tons of miniatures. Not in the literal sense, because even metal minis aren't THAT heavy since they are, by definition, miniature. But I like having minis. I also like painting them, but I haven't done much of that in years. It's a combination of having them stored away to keep them safe from small children and not playing table-top for a long time as well. When playing table-top, I think they're very helpful in setting the mood. A character was considered 'complete' when we found a mini and I got it painted.

Reaper is my favorite by a long shot. They provide a huge range of fantasy minis and I've seldom found one that I didn't like. I used to buy them by the dozens, but I haven't bought any outside of their kickstarters the last few years (what with not being able to even use them). Still, I like them and would love to use them more often.

Fixxxer
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Was it you that ended up with the WotC Young Black Dragon miniature that I painted?

deadDMwalking
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Indeed. That one sits out on my desk looking awesome.

MinusInnocence
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I also would love to paint minis and build terrain and stuff, but Collin is 4 and has sensory issues (one of which is that everything small enough to fit in his mouth will eventually end up there). But I've been watching a ton of 40k videos and some of the stuff they're doing is really inspiring.

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken