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The Last Chancer Who Survived





Norristown, PA

Over $850k already. Good for them!

I really wish their model detail was better, but it's still great for RPG fans.

   
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Hallowed Canoness





This is VERY cool.

 
   
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Powerful Phoenix Lord






While it has zero appeal to me, and the quality looks rather poor...I think they know their market and are doing fine business-wise. It's a smart move.

 
   
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Longtime Dakkanaut





Muscat, Oman

I'm very impressed by this! The quality isn't quite there yet, but in a few more years it just might be. If that does happen, it could eventually spell big changes for the hobby!

--Lord of the Sentinels Eternal-- 
   
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Keeper of the Adeptus Arbites Flame






Cairo, Egypt

 Soul Samurai wrote:
I'm very impressed by this! The quality isn't quite there yet, but in a few more years it just might be. If that does happen, it could eventually spell big changes for the hobby!


Does anyone think 3D printing will get worse, more expensive or more difficult over time?


This could be huge for any number of industries.

 
   
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The Last Chancer Who Survived





Norristown, PA

Personally I think 3D printing is the future of our hobby. There will always be big boys like GW producing minis, but you're gonna see more and more companies offering 3D files for sculpts and printers getting cheaper and easier to use and better quality. Will be interesting to see where we'll be at in another 10 years or so.

   
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Longtime Dakkanaut





Muscat, Oman

 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
Does anyone think 3D printing will get worse, more expensive or more difficult over time?


This could be huge for any number of industries.
True. Right now most industries benefit from 3D printing mainly for prototyping, not manufacturing (yes, there are exceptions), but miniature gaming seems to me to be one area where 3D printing will change things faster than others.

--Lord of the Sentinels Eternal-- 
   
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Incorporating Wet-Blending





> you're gonna see more and more companies offering 3D files for sculpts

Good point. I'm sure many sculptors only view miniature design as a hobby, or otherwise do not have or want to go through the work of casting and shipping miniatures. Someone's already made 3D prints for every D&D miniature and gave it away for free. Nice!

So here's my first two rules of technology:
* Any new technology will be assumed to be used to replace an existing one.
* The first mistake of a new technology is to use it to replace an existing one.

Non-customized miniatures are still inexpensive enough that any new way to make them doesn't save time or money over the current methods. That's why Hero Forge is such a success. They're not making 3D prints. They're making miniatures that don't exist on the market and which . Not all gamers, just some, namely their target market of "let me tell you about my character" RPG players. Dakka is slowly getting it, and Beasts aren't quite there, but army wargaming isn't the target market.

Anyway, at least for boardgaming, the 3D printer will be busy making all sorts of gaming aids, including storage, for boardgames, and plastic bling to replace cardboard tokens. For miniature gamers, possibly terrain, such as castles, may be more likely printed than miniatures, because of their current high expense (especially if you want a castle, not just a castle wall...), and lack of detail compared to human-sized 28mm. At the least, a 3D printer avoids shipping costs, VAT, customs, and other additional costs, much as email has done over letters. This, of course, assumes the hobbyist in the family can get access to the 3D printer, when the rest of the family is using it to make their custom storage, IP-infringing doodads, broken-thing-around-the-house replacement part, or anything that can be made out of plastic (or resin, or even metal).

Rationalization: Because you refused to admit you backed a failed KickStarter. 
   
 
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