I've been working on a series of buildings that can be 3D printed for use with any scale tabletop wargame; 2mm, 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 20mm, on up to 28mm.
Several of the buildings have modular components. This allows you to make a wider variety of sizes. The buildings are separated into parts for printing, but for the larger 28mm scale you may need to do additional separation, depending on the size of your printer bed.
Most of the buildings I made "generic" so you can use them for anything, but there are some specific buildings, such as the Nuclear Reactor, Atmospheric Processor, small homes, a factory and some office buildings.
The models as-is are scaled for 15mm models. I found that was the best scale to sculpt them in so no details are lost when scaled down for smaller scales. For larger scales there is plenty of room on the buildings for modification with bits form you bits-box, plus the first stretch goal is a set of detail parts.
I've already started working on a second set of scenery to expand the range if this Kickstarter is successful.
The first Stretch Goal I'm adding at the start is for a set of accessory parts.
If we hit $500 this will be added to the set. ADDED!
I'm sure you'll customize the buildings with bits you have in your bits box, but I made some detail components for you to add like doors, air vents and chemical/water containers (The mannequin in the picture is just for scale purposes and is not included in the Kickstarter)
STRETCH GOAL ACHIEVED!
I added the Communications Array as a stretch goal at $1800. All backers that have pledged $50 or more will also receive the files for the Communications Array.
New Stretch Goal added at $2500!
I noticed that in sci-fi movies and art that buildings in cities are usually built on top of other structures to get a "layered" look.
This is my attempt to replicate that look. A set of bases that you can place your buildings on.
These components will be added to the set when we reach $2500.
Here are pictures of the selection of buildings in the set:
Several buildings have modular sections so you can make them as large as you want, or have room for!
A nuclear missile silo, nuke not included!
I test printed a couple buildings on a Prusa i3 Mk2 printer using PLA plastic. Parts for the first building were sliced using Matter Control, for the Atmospheric Processor I used Slic3r Prusa Edition. The models were exported from Maya as OBJ files, then imported into the slicer programs to convert them to GCode.
Although I didn't find it necessary to convert the to STL files first, I will make the buildings available as STL files.
The print bed for the Prusa is 25 x 21 x 20 cm or 9.84 x 8.3 x 8 in which enabled me to print several parts a once.
I reduced the infill to 15% (standard was 25%). I don't think you'll need any more than this, the models are fairly sturdy. A few components, like the base for the Atmospheric Processor, I didn't even need a raft.
All of the models are separated into parts for printing, but the layout of the parts will vary depending on your printer and how large it's printer bed is so I'll have to leave that part up to you.
The building below was printed on the Prusa i3 Mk2 at these settings with PLA. I accidentally printed it with glow-in-the-dark PLA so it looks pretty neat in the dark! I'll post pics of that when I can.
The models below are 15mm Helldivers from ClearHorizon Miniatures.
Risks and challenges
All of the components have been checked for printability using Meshmixer, several buildings have been test printed and I'll test print more as the Kickstarter runs, and there are no physical items to ship so the risk is minimal.
There are so many different printers and slicer programs avialable that I can't account for every situation that comes up, but if you come across any issues with printing let me know and I'll do what I can to help get your model to print properly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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