Friday, 5 January 2018

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – Rome, Old West, Painting Tools and Cars

It’s been a couple of quiet weeks for 3D-printing kickstarters, but now it seems to have started again.
First up we have our old friend Jens of 3D-Print-Terrain that has this really well timed Printable Tabletop Terrain for Ancient Rome. What more could one wish for in a game of Gangs of Rome?
A pledge of €40 will get you four houses and stretch goals. The campaign is racing through those, and at the moment you’ll get more houses, gatehouses, a tower and a wall-set and can look forward to a legionary fieldcamp.
Surely worth a look, double so if you want to game ancient Rome.
This KS ends on February 1, 2018.
Old West Buildings for HO Scale Train Layouts & Wargaming is from a new kickstarter creator and no surprises here – it’s all about the Old West. $40 will get you stl-files a whole town scalable from 1/87 (HO) scale all the way to 30 mm.
He has set rather high funding goal and is, at the moment, a bit over halfway there.
This KS ends on January 16, 2018.
Next up is Miniature Painting tools - Resin cast or 3D STL files, where you’ll either get the physical miniature holders or print them yourself.
This could be a good alternative to the usual paint-bottle-caps, corks or whatnot. Would be interesting to try out.
This KS ends on January 22, 2018.
Finally we have 3D Printable Cars (STL Files) Relaunch, where you get… cars! These are meant to be used as good-looking alternatives in racing boardgames and are in 1/220 scale, but you can of course scale that up or down.
Definitely worth a try if racing is your thing. Well, it's really a no-brainer in that case.
Crappy, coloured, originals vs fancy printed ones.
This KS ends on January 27, 2018.
Why use cardboard when you can have printed models?

All photos and illustrations © 3D-Print-Terrain, Paul Long Jr, Falkenwelt Modellbau and Fickle Fiend Studio respectively and used with permission.


  1. That's kind of funny, because last night I couldn't sleep so I turned my phone on and went to Kickstarter and saw all these lol - that ancient Rome KS is a no-brainer, I wish I had a 3-D printer to jump in on it.

    1. I've backed two of Jens' kickstarters and they are really great value. Not into Ancient Rome (at the moment) so no real need to back this one (as if that has ever stopped med...) ;-)
      Now, not having a printer is no excuse :-)

  2. I have three of Jen's other kickstarters. I do like the look of the Wild West one.

    1. I got the pirate and WWII Normandy ones. Skipped the Western one as I already got quite a Wild West buildings from Printable Scenery, but I was sorely tempted...

    2. ... and I do think these Old West buildings look interesting, but I'm not sure how well they upscale from HO scale up to 32mm 'scale'.