Modeling and Printing Related


Welcome To The Future of Gaming

I recently received my order of a brand spanking new Flashforge Creator Pro FDM 3D printer.

It's showtime folks!

Flashforge Creator Pro. Purchases Made Through Links On This Page Support 15mm.42After a couple days of trying out different settings and getting the hang of how to operate it well, I've now got the thing printing reliably. It took some work to get the hang of or "dialed in" as the 3D print operators seem to like calling it. 3D printers don't just magically make things happen. They are a complicated piece of machinery equivalent to an early printing press, and you are the press operator. People who've worked in printing will know what I mean. There's lots of work that goes into making a print look perfect.

Kitbash Explosion

3D Model Kitbash Blender File. Purchases Made Through Links On This Page Support 15mm.42Spending some time learning how to model in Blender (a free open source 3D modeling software) has really paid off in this case. I can edit any model I download from Thingiverse in any way I like. Also I've created a mega "bits" file that contains pieces to many different robots and vehicles that I can now swap and stick together like the world's most awesome lego toy box ever.

Want to mount that Mechwarrior gauss cannon onto that Starcraft tank? Go right ahead. Decided to add extra guns to a mech until it's absurdly over armed just for a laugh at the local game shop? YOU CAN DO IT! Make that sucker look like a porcupine of armor penetration.

Hotwheels and Matchbox cars have long been a staple of 15mm gaming. But the possibilities open up nicely once you have a 3D printer. Use calipers to measure the distances between wheel wells on your car, snip off the wheels, print some treads to socket into the wheel wells, or a hover platform, or wings!

Everything Has A Use

3D Model Kitbash Blender File. Purchases Made Through Links On This Page Support 15mm.42The nice thing about our hobby is that there's always uses for "bits" which makes even some failed prints fairly useful. Battle damaged robots and tanks are great for scenery. I had one print I canceled early with 4 robot torsos printing, now I've got a great opportunity to make a robot that was sliced in 4 pieces vertically by a laser!

In conclusion

There is some effort required to get good results when printing, but the possibilities created by adding a 3D printer to your collection are well worth it. If you're the type of war gamer that really likes to be creative and wants to be able to have themed armies at your disposal, amazing looking scenery on the table, or just save some money on models in the long run, this is the way to go.