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Gangrel18 Jan 2015 10:33 a.m. PST

Hi, launched via a Kickstarter, offering an easy user interface that allowed a player to design a one-off 28mm figure and then have it printed out. At $25 USD for a high detail figure it's not cheap, but I'd be interested in doing it for a couple of specific character figures. Has anyone seen what a finished figure looks like? How does the quality compare with mass produced miniatures? Any comments would be appreciated.

Mike J.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member15 May 2015 11:33 a.m. PST

I've got three figures on order -- I'll try to let you know after they've arrived.

thehawk19 May 2015 9:24 a.m. PST

The FAQ pdf on their website is worth a read as it contains good quality information. The two options are basically a hi-res paintable or a lower-res non-paintable.

I have horse and musket figures done in the same materials. The low-res is roughly equivalent in detail to a soft plastic Hat, Revell, Airfix. Higher detail than than Bones. Painting the low res material is possible but only using a specific technique and paints suitable for the hard but semi-porous material. Not worth the effort imo.

The hi-res material produces a much crisper figure, roughly equal to an average metal. These figures are much easier to paint. Neither material is as easy as metal to paint imo. But for individual figures speed is not an issue.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member05 Jul 2015 9:54 p.m. PST

Okay, here's a brief report --

I've gotten two orders in at this time. The first took a month, the second took about two weeks. The first was for three figures, the second only one.

In both cases, I opted for the $25 USD figures, the "ultra-detailed" models. The quality is comparable to a standard mini, or I should say a standard plastic mini. The casting sharpness is not as crisp as metal. They don't handle like metal, or even like most plastics. They feel very light. I handle them very carefully.

They arrive in an off-putting almost-clear plastic, which obscures detail, but priming fixes this. I used a brush-on white primer, Reaper or Vallejo, not an aerosol spray. This reveals a disconcerting roughness to the finish of some of the plastic used in the 3-D printing process. There's a sort of light texture to the surface in places -- slight, but might be bothersome to some, especially on skin areas.

I'd post results of my first completed paint job if my scanner hadn't gone bust, but it has, and I don't have a digital camera worthy of the name. But they paint up like standard hard plastic minis. Not as much fun as metal, not as good of detail, but acceptable (if pricey) for that one figure you've just GOT to have, or want to custom design as much as the hero Forge process will allow.

All in all, I'd say I'm satisfied with what I received, although it is certainly not a bargain. If the cost comes down and the variety/options increased, I'd be happy to use them again. As it is, they're still an option of last resort when all other sources come up blank. Note that the site currently is still very Fantasy oriented, with some Western, Pulp, or Steam-Punk options.

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