Saturday, 9 February 2019

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – fantasy ruins, dark ages and lots of minis.

Stormguard: 3D printable Terrain for RPG and Wargames
If you don’t have enough ruins for your Frostgrave game-board (and who can have enough, anyway?), then this looks really interesting.
It is, of course, great even if you don’t play Frostgrave, as this stuff can be used in a lot of fantasy and even historical settings.
You’ll get rustic stone buildings, some whole but most ruined, and scatter terrain. Lots of it.
The campaign progresses extremely well and several stretch goals are already unlocked, more are certain to be reached.
This is my favourite this time, so much so that I backed it. I simply don’t have enough ruins for Frostgrave (but, truth to be told, I could probably cover a gaming table with what I have and what I can already print).
Great stuff, and absolutely worth a look. Check it out before it ends on March 8 2019.

Fancy some printable miniatures that actually print well on your ordinary FDM (filament) printer? If you do, then this is a campaign for you.
These minis are all set to print directly. If they need supports, then those are already included. It’s plug and play.
The resulting prints looks really smashing. What’s not to like?
These guys, Fat Dragon Games, also got a really good YouTube channel that I find very informative, with lots of tricks and tips on 3D-printing. Worth a look.
Check it out before February 27 2019.

Jens of 3D-Print-Terrain is here again, this time with a campaign centred around the Dark Ages.
We get Anglo-Saxon and Celtic houses to start with, and from there stretch-goals will fill the campaign.
Already unlocked as I write this are a church and a very nice motte.
Soon to come are some great-looking Viking ships, both a war-like long-ship and also more peaceful trading ships.
Jens’ campaigns usually take off, and as a backer you can suggest what you would like to see as stretch-goals in the campaign. So, you can influence the direction and maybe get just that building you have always wished for.
I've backed a few of his earlier campaigns, and Jens do deliver great stuff.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a good look, maybe pledge, and do it before March 10, 2019.

If giant-kin is your thing, then have a look at this.
Argus, Basajauns, Cormoran, Ferragut and Grendel. Not something to meet in a dark alleyway, but possible to print if you back this kickstarter.
Really nice minis (or should that be maxis, as they are giants?) with some terrain-pieces thrown in.
Check it out before February 21 2019.

More minis, this time mostly suitable for fantasy football.
There’s an assortment of female demonic figures, everything from your typical playing team to support personnel, like cheer-leaders, docs and, well, assassins.
Fun minis that are worth a look, especially if you play fantasy football in any of its many shapes.
This kickstarter runs until March 10 2019.

And now for something completely different.
Einar is working on comics for blind people, and this campaign is in support of that work.
The comics are in 3D and made so that blind people can explore each and every frame.
It sound amazing and something well worth supporting. I'm in.
Do check it out before it ends on February 28 2019.

If you would like to see more 3D-printing crowdfunding projects then look here.
Do you want a look at reviews of 3D-printing stuff then check here.

All photos, renders and illustrations © M. Chabot, Tom Tullis, 3D-Print-Terrain, William Charles Chamberlin, GamesMiniatures and Einar Petersen respectively and used with permission.

Monday, 4 February 2019


A couple of minis I had had half-finished in the tin-mountain for a time, a very long time for the foot-soldier…
The skeleton rider is mostly a Guardian on Horseback from Gamezone. That model is multipart and the skeleton guardian’s upper body, arms and weapons were a bit of a mess to get together. That effectively moved the model to the mountain for a long stay, until I had it out the other day and had a sprue of Mantic skeletons in front of me, too.
Some glue and green-stuff and I had married the upper body of a Mantic skeleton to the lower body of the rider. Really satisfied about that.
It was quickly painted and turned out rather well.
The foot soldier is an old GW skellie, from their Tomb Kings series. I have a couple already painted (10+ years ago) and this was mostly ready, just needed some details and a wash. Said and done. Half an hour's job and I had another mini ready for gaming.

A little end-note: If you're a Google+ follower then it is time to change the way you follow this (and other) blogs, as Google+ dies in early April. So it is time to either become an ordinary follower or follow by e-mail.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – From the hell to deep sea to space, with special effects thrown into the mix.

Here’s something special, a kickstarter fully devoted to special effects.
Do you want explosions, muzzle flashes, bursting napalm, jets of fire or smoke?
You’ll find it here.
Really neat stuff for your printer, and the painted examples looks great and should be achievable for us ordinary mortals.
Highly recommended.
Check it out before it end on February 15 2019.

Do you need an elevated road, an asteroid (or Moon) mining camp or settlement, then this could well be worth a look.
There is also a walker that looks really interesting and vaguely familiar.
The campaign is well into stretch-goal territory, with lots of buildings, vehicles and weapons unlocked, and more to be achieved.
Take a look before February 11 2019.

Do you want another chance to get your hands on the Modelling Miniatures handbook, showing you how to 3D-sculpt miniatures with free software?
A Swedish viking?
If yes, then you have to hurry as this mini-campaign closes very soon.
Here you’ll get the first handbook for free (!) and the second for whatever you want to pay for it (with a minimum of £1).
What’s not to like?
Hurry over, download and/or pledge a pittance, but do it fast as the campaign closes within hours!

Does your adventures take you below the waves? If that is the case you should head over to this campaign and check out the scatter terrain and figures.
There’s a link to some free figures, if you want a sample of what the minis will look like.
A fun little campaign. Check it out on February 25 2019 at the latest.

Here’s a chance to get a feeling for what Hell looks like.
What can I say? Oooooh, probably.
This all looks great. I really like the lava fields and tubes.
The statues are… disturbing.
So this is what I’ve been promised? As an atheist I’ve had more than one threat of a special long-term stay down here. I’m not too worried about that, as I believe it is far more likely that I have a game on this terrain.
Do have a look before it ends, on February 27 2019.

If you would like to see more 3D-printing crowdfunding projects then look here.
Do you want to see reviews of 3D-printing stuff then check here.

All photos, renders and illustrations © Deadly Print Studio, WOW Buildings, Steve Hampson, Tracey Henry and Eric Askue respectively and used with permission.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Making your own clear bases

I’ve been using clear bases the last couple of years, as you have seen, and I’m really satisfied with that.
A female pulp adventurer on a home-made clear base
I found a YouTube video on how to make your own clear bases from Pulp Alley the other day. I seem to have missed it when it first aired, about half a year ago, but checked it out now.
It’s all about a very simple and cheap way to make your own clear bases, and I decided to try it out.
First you have to buy a punch stamp, and the video recommended EK Tools. I found a Medium Punch (1”) locally in a e-shop selling scrapbook-stuff and had it delivered just two days after purchase.
Then you collect all those blister-packs that you kept, as they could, someday, be useful for windows/water/whatnot. Now they will actually be used!
Use a scissor to cut out all biggish flat surfaces.
Start punching! I found some of the thicker blisters to crack when I punched out my bases, but it all works well enough, and I’m pumping out cheap (as in free) bases. What’s not to like?
Finally - ask your friends to keep their blister packs! One of mine had to do some trash-diving to collect what he had just thrown away (well, he actually rummaged around in a bag of plastic bound for recycling).
When I scrapped a lot of material from courses I took ages ago I found a sheet of clear plastic used as a cover for an old spiral bound collection of papers. The paper and metal tread is in their respective recycling bins, while the plastic is refined into clear bases.