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John BlackBy John Black
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John BlackBy John Black
First created
$5,164
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
45
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, October 30 2016 5:57 PM UTC +00:00

About

Why do this?

Wargaming has always been expensive, and this fact has led to sidelining mass combat games into skirmish rules. It has restricted new players dismayed at having to pay $500 plus to field a meaningful army. Now what if we could field regiments of models for ten cents per figure? If your next figure was ready faster than you could paint? Its time to put the gaming back into wargaming!

 

Costs of small army
Costs of small army
Single model comparison
Single model comparison

 

Our designs are made to look good at 28mm scale, we have meticulously designed and printed over and over until we have found what details are printable at that scale and look good. Our models are scalable upwards, so can be used to create busts, trophies, bookends and more...

We have spent time designing basic miniatures for fantasy mass battle games, like Kings of War (and the other one). We are long time gamers, and have developed our miniatures to be as modular as possible - that is they come in parts such as arms, legs, torso, etc. With optional parts.

Why Kickstarter?

There have been some outstanding Kickstarts for 3d printed terrain, and now we want to do the miniatures. Our goal is a little higher than some of the terrain because the sculpting hours are much higher, however the cost of 90 sculpts is lower than average due to the passion of our sculptors to see this project realized. We are able to offer backers sculpts averaging between $3 - $5 a sculpt if successful (msrp will be $8.99).

We are looking to finish our designs averaging 9 units each for the following basic fantasy Armies for a total of 90 printable units:

Dwarves, Dark Dwarves,  Elves, Twilight Elves, Undead, Human, Ratmen, Goblin, Orc,  Ogre. 

In each design we will be adding options and extras, such as weapons, heads, armor type, shields, etc. Each model will contain an STL file for each individual part, as well as a ready to print STL file with supports so beginners and veterans can print their models how they want as easily as possible.

As stretch goals (see below) we are adding cavalry, warmachines, and monsters into the mix, as well as a bonus nightmare army.

A test print available HERE

I don't have a printer:

Even if you don't have a printer, backing this project will help ensure that the model pool is available in the future when either you or someone you know, or your gaming club, do acquire a printer.

Sculpt Quality:

We have been developing 28mm models for over a year to see what is printable on the average 3D printer, and what is not. With this kickstarter we are looking to take the next step. We aim to continue the quality and increase the quantity of the initial sculpts, and have ten Fantasy Armies, with up to 10 units or variants of units each.

 Sculpting is done to high standards. We understand that printers will get better over the next two years, and our high poly models are designed to be able to stand that test without having to resculpt. Yet we have kept details at a level that a 100 micron printer can handle.

Design Procedure - Note these are prototypes, and will be re-sculpted should this kickstarter succeed. Our sculptors have been doing prototypes in their spare time at minimal cost. Unlike other kickstarters that have their products fully developed when kickstarting, we cannot develop 90 models to showcase without the kickstarter. However, we can showcase our success and baseline for quality.

Werewolf on bed
Werewolf on bed

 

Mummy on bed
Mummy on bed

 

Ratman base model Render
Ratman base model Render

 

Orc in development
Orc in development

 

Ball and socket posing
Ball and socket posing

 

 Printing at 28mm?

We have printed our initial designs on the Flashforge Finder. A medium budget ($499) easy to use 3d Printer printing at 100 microns (0.04mm). at 28mm depending on how many parts you load onto the bed printing time is around 1.5 hours per model, or you can load up the bed with a number of parts and have a unit printed the next morning.

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 We have made it as easy as possible for people new to 3d printing to get successful prints, however there is always a learning curve, and we have endeavored to make this as small a curve as possible where we can. Models don't need to be cut, and files with supports are included.

Dwarf 15x zoom
Dwarf 15x zoom

 Excuse the paint job, but at 15x zoom its ugly. The print however is holding up even under this kind of scrutiny. We use textures to minimize extrusion lines and blend them with the model as much as we can.

Early prototypes showing print quality
Early prototypes showing print quality

What's in each army?

While we cannot provide detailed drawings for each army and part, as this is what this kickstarter is developing, we do have an overview of what we want in each army. 
Parts will be interchangeable where possible.

Dwarves: 
 Miner, Spearman, Hammerer, Crossbowman, Engineer, Ranger, Riflemen, Berzerkers, Runemaster, Axeman.
Dark Dwarves:  
Axeman, Spearman, Bazooka Man, Halberdiers, Tulwar wielders, Crossbowmen, Mutated Dwarves, Engineer, Slavemaster, Darkrune.
Elves:  
Bowman, Ranger, Swordsman, Spearman, Axeman, Heavy Armored, Ambusher, Halbardier, Caster, Marine 
Twilight Elves:  
Spearman, Bowman, Crossbowman, Axeman, Halbardier, Witch, Assassin, Scout, Engineer, Heavy Armored,
Undead:  
Zombie Light Infantry, Zombie Heavy Infantry, Skeleton Light infantry, Skeleton Heavy Infantry, Wraith, Werewolf, Anubis, Mummy, Caster, Vampire, Undead Bowman. 
Human:  
Spearman, Light infantry, Heavy Infantry, Halberdiers, Engineers, Caster, Tribesmen/berserkers, Scout, Bowman, Crossbowman. 
Ratmen:  
Scurrier, Scout, Assassin, Armored, Poisoner, Caster, Engineer, Mutant, Diseased vermin. Wild Rat.
Goblin:  
Rabble, Spearman, Warrior, Bowman, Covered ones, Caster, Engineer, Berserker, Scout, Herder.
Orc:  
Wild Orc, Light infantry, Heavy infantry, Bowman, Crossbowman, Caster, Amazon, Spearman, Axegrinder, Maniac.
Ogre:  
Light infantry, Heavy infantry, Shotgunners, Caster, Berserker, Hunter, Crossbowman, Grunt.

Each army pack will come with 2-3 additional head variations and a number of weapon variants, as well as some cosmetic bits.

Stretch goals:

We want to reward backers for getting into our project and spreading the word to make this an all encompassing army printing system that we can build on in the future. All backers of army commander and above will receive the stretch goals as they are reached, these are free adds and our thank you to you.
Dual Ballista prototype
Dual Ballista prototype

 

 


 
 
 
Thanks again for your interest.
Please pass on this kickstarter to friends, clubs, blogs, forums etc... 
We really think this is the future of gaming, and making gaming more accessible to new players.
As this moves forward we will be adding renders and pictures of models as they develop so backers will see what is being developed in real time, and be able to stay informed.

Extra Thank you goes out to all our devs that have helped us get this far, to companies like Mantic Games that are lowering costs of the hobby and making it more accessible. Printable Scenery for blazing a trail and showing us what 3D printing can do for the gaming community. Also a special thanks to anyone that backs this, successful or not, and helps get the word out. 

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges are low. We have already done the proof of concept, and the quality checks. What we need to get this going quickly is the time of the talented sculptors we have collaborated with to produce superior sculpts within the 3d print boundaries we have established. Our timeline looks good based on what we have so far, and time per model development. The quality of print is a variable based on users machines. We are pushing the envelope here a bit, but if it prints on our less expensive machine it should be good.

We have a timeline for sculpt development that tentatively has all models developed and ready to be downloaded by mid- February 2017 if funded by November. We have a team ready to go so it is not dependent on any one member.

We cannot offer assistance in the actual printing as there are so many different platforms, but we are developing general tips and things we have discovered on the way to help backers get the best possible results from our designs.

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