DesktopHero: Custom Gaming Miniatures
Make your own tabletop minis, then order online or print at home. Now funding professional assets and a better UI!
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 30 2018 2:27 PM UTC +00:00.
DesktopHero is a web-based tool that lets you craft unique miniatures to use in your tabletop games. You can use it to customize a character's:
- and more!
Once you've designed a miniature, you can export it as an STL file and have it 3D printed, either by yourself or through an online service.
What sets DesktopHero apart from other tools? It's true, there are other programs out there that let you create custom miniatures. Here are some of the ways DesktopHero stands out:
- Create tons of minis at low cost. Downloading STL files for your models is free, which means you can create entire armies of miniatures for only the cost of printing - about $3.50 - $5.00 USD per mini if you are ordering online, and even less if printing at home.
- Upload your own assets. Can't find anything matching the sword/helmet/tunic that you're looking for? Find it online or make it yourself, then upload it to DesktopHero to use with your characters.
- Create your own poses. DesktopHero gives you fine-grained control over every bone in your miniature's body. Create a pose from scratch, or load a pose from the library and fine-tune it for your character.
- Share your creations with the community. DesktopHero is a community effort where you can share assets, poses, and characters.
Try it out! The best way to see what DesktopHero has to offer is to jump right in and use it! It's live and waiting for you at www.desktophero3d.com.
We have 3 new features lined up for the next round of development:
- 3 brand-new professional asset packs featuring Fantasy, Sci-fi and Modern genres
- A prettier, more intuitive user interface
- The ability to order 3D prints of your characters directly through the site
Since DesktopHero's release, our most requested feature has been for more and higher-resolution 3D assets. To that end, we are adding three new asset packs, built completely from scratch and with DesktopHero in mind to ensure a consistent look and feel. The assets from the different packs will be fully compatible, so that if you want to have a modern police uniform with a medieval vambrace and a techy laser gun arm, you can. Everything will just work together, without the clipping effects you often see with the current library.
Unlike the current public DesktopHero library, these premium asset packs will only be accessible to backers. (All current DesktopHero assets will continue to be freely accessible to everyone, as will assets uploaded by the community.)
As DesktopHero has expanded to include new features over the last several months, the user interface has become more complex and less intuitive. We're working with a professional UI designer to rebuild DesktopHero's user interface from the ground up, focusing on the following goals:
- Provide simple controls for newcomers, advanced editing features for those who want fine-grained control
- Easily find specific assets you are looking for (rather than having to browse through all of them)
- Start with a preset character, then make minor edits (rather than having to construct a dragonborn piece by piece)
- Manipulate character pose in a way that makes sense intuitively
These changes will result in a system that makes creating miniatures fun instead of frustrating.
It used to be that in order to take advantage of DesktopHero, you had to have a 3D printer. No longer! We'll be working with Shapeways to add 3D print fulfillment to DesktopHero, so that you can order physical prints of your characters directly from the site.
Shapeways offers a number of different material options, including Strong & Flexible Plastic (standard), High Detail Plastic (for painting), and even a variety of metals (in case your characters are fighting a dragon).
How much will it cost to order a mini? From my experience, printing a 28mm scale mini through Shapeways using standard plastic costs between $3.50 - $5.00 USD per mini. Printing in high detail plastic seems to fall in the $7.00 - $10.00 realm.
For those of you who have access to your own 3D printers, DesktopHero will continue to allow you to download STLs for free.
...we just wanted to say Thank You to our community. DesktopHero wouldn't exist without your support and positive feedback. Here's to a great campaign and to making DesktopHero even better!
All the best,
Andrew & the DesktopHero Team
Extra - Earn a free mini for each friend who pledges using your link!
Spread the word! When you back at a level of $25 USD or more, we send you a personalized link that you can share with family and friends. When someone uses your link to back DesktopHero at a $25 USD level or higher, you get an additional free DesktopHero miniature along with your other rewards.
Limits are based on your specific pledge amount - further details will be sent with your custom link.
Thanks to those who have helped us make DesktopHero what it is, and those who have helped us get the word out!
- Video Art by Sebastian Tucholski.
- Asset pack concept art by Bespoke Character Creations
- Voice of Ben McRae (video)
- Photo of DesktopHero prints, by Danny Herrero of 3D Printed Tabletop
- Photo of metal-cast DesktopHero miniatures, by Calohtar.
- DesktopHero miniature photos (video): Calohtar, Andrea Lucchesi, Danny Herrero, 3D Digital Dream, Calvin Kitchen, Sonny Green
- Assets used in printed characters (CC BY): CommanderMeow (Coin pouch) OldFarticus (Backpack Small, BackPack, Recurve-Bow2), severene42 (Head-1), Miguel Zavala (Top hat, Musket with scope), Xenon472 (Balding hair, Basic hood)Now funding professional assets and a better UI!
Risks and challenges
Having successfully delivered on our first Kickstarter - the one that got DesktopHero to this point - we are confident in our ability to deliver again.
One additional complication that we are taking on with this Kickstarter is that of offering physical rewards. In order to make sure we understand the shipping process, we did a test run earlier this year, shipping a batch of DesktopHero miniatures to various volunteers from the DesktopHero community (with excellent results).
We will do our very best to make sure all backers receive their rewards regardless of any challenges that arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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