Customizable 3D Printed Miniatures
Customizable 3D Printed Miniatures
Imagine your own mounted hero and make it real with Mounted Heroes!
Imagine your own mounted hero and make it real with Mounted Heroes! Read more
About this project
With Mounted Heroes you can imagine your own mounted miniature and make it real through 3D printing
With Mounted Heroes you will be able to create millions of different miniatures by combining 3D modeled elements in our miniature creator. After customizing it, we will order your figure and you will receive it 3D printed in a few days.
- Fully customizable fantasy miniatures and its mounts.
- Two different 3D printing materials to choose.
- Miniatures with high level of detail.
- Online miniature creator where you can already customize the Orc, the Human and the Mounts.
Mounted Heroes works with a web application from which you can select the different families of miniatures that you want to customize. Items are displayed and can be combined through a 3D viewer made in WebGL that allows you to see the customization process in a fast and comfortable way. Once your miniature is finished you can save it in your favorite list and create your own collection – which you can modify at any time and share it with other users – or you can order it and you will receive it 3D printed in a few days.
In Mounted Heroes miniature creator you can choose race, facial expression, pose, mount, weapons, equipment and clothing. You can combine an armor with different helmets, shoulder pads, pants, boots and even select the shape of the base. You can also customize the mounts by selecting an armor. Mounted Heroes miniatures can be printed on foot or riding one of the mounts. For instance, you could customize the same human knight on foot and mounted so you can use both figures in your favorite wargame as a unique character.
Mounted Heroes miniatures are 3D modeled with exchangeable high level of detail elements. They are perfect for wargaming and painting.
At the moment, we have designed and modeled two races: humans and orcs, each of with comes with four poses and multiple components. We have also designed and modeled six mounts, three for each race, and they also include different armors.
The first figure that our team developed for Mounted Heroes was the human knight. With the idea of creating to antagonist characters, humans an orcs, our team designed the human as an honorable knight covered by a powerful and elaborate ornate armor. The human knight is inspired by the gothic knights of XV and XVI centuries and the Spanish Infantry of the time but with a fantasy touch of our own.
We chose a Horse, a Griffin and a Dragon for the human mounts and we designed an armor for each of them inspired by the horses armor of XVI and XVI centuries.
We wanted the orc warrior to be a fierce, agressive and bloodthirsty creature. If the human knight represented honor and courage, the orc should be a ferocious fighter with a barbarian appearance.
We chose to make for him rusty iron armors, filled with spikes, chains and skulls.
For the orc warrior we designed two fantasy wargames traditional mounts, the Wyvern and the Boar, but we also wanted to create our own mount, so we designed the Lizarodon, based on a combination between a lizard and a viper.
3D printing is currently going through an exciting time. There are more and more 3D printers and materials to choose from and the quality of the printers is increasing everyday while the price per copy is reducing considerably.
In Imagine 3D Miniatures we believe is time to make use of this technology. Our commitment is to bring the design of 3D models to a new level, offering originality and quality in the design, and allowing the consumer to interact and bring imagination into the final product configuration.
With Mounted Heroes we intend to carry on this philosophy, designing high quality miniatures of great detail that will allow the customer to appreciate the work and dedication employed to perform them. We want that our miniatures combine the creativity of the customer and the quality of Imagine 3D Miniatures.
3D printing certainly has advantages over traditional miniatures. In addition to customization, it allows to rescale the miniatures, include articulated parts and create other that for its complexity would be impossible to perform with traditional injection molding plastic parts.
Shapeways is Mounted Heroes 3D printing provider. This company is specialized in 3D printing and allows us to offer highly detailed miniatures in different materials. Once you have customized your Mounted Heroes miniature you are able to order printing it directly from the miniature creator and choose one of the two materials available.
We offer 3D printing in two materials that have different prices and definition and which we have checked that our miniatures are correctly printed in.
White or black Plastic, with a little rough surface, it has a lower level of detail. Its main advantage is its price, more affordable. This plastic is not suitable for small details, so we don’t recommend it for miniatures on foot. However, we recommend it for mounts because it is cheaper than the other material.
Transparent material with high level of detail, which favors miniature painting and greatly improves its finish. We recommend it for printing on foot miniatures, because this plastic retains even the most sensitive details. The Mounts, however, although they have a great finish, also result in a slightly higher price than the previous material.
This image has been taken from a video review that news site Talk Wargaming made about Mounted Heroes. In it you can see the full process of customization and the final 3D printed miniature.
All materials are suitable for painting, but the most recommended for painters is the Frosted Ultra Detail material, because of its great detail and smooth surface.
All the miniatures can be exchanged for miniatures of the unlocked races of the same or less value.
With our main funding goal, Humans, Orcs and six mounts – Dragon, Griffin and Horse for the Human and Wyvern, Lizarodon and Boar for the Orc – will be available in our online store. Once we have reached it, the next races and mounts can be unlocked.
Imagine 3D Miniatures is a studio of miniature design, 3D modeling and tabletop gaming development. Our goal is to bring 3D printing to the world of miniatures and gaming.
We are a group of enthusiastic professionals, fans of the miniatures, miniature painting and tabletop games, dedicated to our passion.
We have been working on this project for over a year and we have tested the miniatures and the system to compose them. Now we have everything ready to model and print the miniatures for you.
We also count with the 3D printing company Shapeways that is the best partner to assure you the required quality and service.
Our team is composed by 3D modelers, illustrators, designers and computer programmers, working together to bring alive this complex and ambitious project.
We have been working very hard the last year to create a system that allows miniature customization, developing the web app, modeling our first miniatures and testing them with different 3D printing materials.
Your support will allow us to improve the miniature creator and the web app, to set the online shop, and, what is most important, to model as many more races and mounts as possible before launching the project.
Although it is not the purpose of this Kickstarter, your support will encourage us to keep working in an evolutionary tabletop game that will use the benefits of 3D printing and miniature customization.
With your support, you will help us release the following 28mm miniatures:
- Fourteen different races with four poses and five armor sets each.
- A new set for the Human: Wizard.
- A new set for the Orcs:Chaman.
- Gender for all races.
- Thirty seven Mounts.
- Three Creatures.
The more funding we receive, the more races we can release.
Help us make this project a reality!!
Risks and challenges
We have already completed two races, six mounts and multiple interchangeable components for each. Complete drawings of the new races and sketches of the new mounts are finished, the web application is in beta and our team operating at full capacity.
But we know we have many challenges to deal with:
Our design and 3d modeling team must find a balance between the details we want to show in our miniatures and the possibility of printing. We must choose the races, poses, figures and armor which better results will be obtained and acceptance for our customers. We must design miniatures that really take advantage of 3d printing technology as for example mobile parts.
We must find the way to be in touch with our customers to transfer their likes and requirements to our modeling and production process, we have to promote our products and website to reach as many people as possible and implementing sales models that are attractive to them.
Our team of computer programmers has the challenge to make a visually attractive web application that allows customization of the miniatures in an easy and fun way, besides we must complete the integration with our supplier to improve both productivity and customer service.
There are other challenges related with 3d printing technology. We must keep searching for new materials to print our miniatures, with more resistance, more detail and less cost.
There are many challenges but we know that with effort and dedication we can overcoming them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Support this project
- (30 days)