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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 Apr 2016 8:25 p.m. PST

As 3d printers become more affordable and accurate, it is likely that larger scale figures will become economical long before the smaller scales.

It's possible that it will be less expensive to print off an army of 54mm figures on your 3d printer, than to buy plastic or metal 28mm or 15mm armies!

Cmde Perry18 Apr 2016 8:28 p.m. PST

Now if they could just print the bigger tables and bigger rooms to play in!

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 Apr 2016 9:10 p.m. PST

It's a misnomer that larger scales require larger spaces to game in… grin

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2016 10:30 p.m. PST

That's very possible. I bet the resolution works better for that scale now.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2016 10:42 p.m. PST

Won't effect me. I'm not starting any new projects.
I'm set now with my needs.

Lupulus18 Apr 2016 11:39 p.m. PST

I don't know about a whole army, but I definitely see possibilities for skirmish with easy customisation of each mini, either by printing extra parts or by modifying the 3d model before printing.

Dynaman878919 Apr 2016 4:51 a.m. PST

You can print a "sprue" of smaller figures for the same cost as a single larger figure.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2016 5:50 a.m. PST

The advantages will apply to smaller figures as well. If it cuts the cost of 54mm by 50% it will do the same to 28 and 15 and 6 in a year or two.

I am exclusively a 15mm/6mm gamer because I can't stand seeing a "battalion" of 8 figures with a range of 50'. But the same game in 15mm with a 24 man unit "looks" right to me.

Then there's the space required (footprint and storage) for a 54mm building….

Frankly cost is not a driver here.

allthekingsmen19 Apr 2016 6:18 a.m. PST

Hmmm… some might say there are companies out there that make 54mm affordable now.

boy wundyr x Inactive Member19 Apr 2016 11:45 a.m. PST

I'm thinking about how wicked 2/3/6mm terrain (esp. buildings) will be when 3D printing becomes more common. I don't foresee going to 54mm but I'll print* 6mm buildings till the cows come home to match what I need for a specific scenario or project.

*Just don't ask when I'll have the time to learn CAD to design them.

autos da fe Inactive Member19 Apr 2016 11:58 a.m. PST

When the printing includes the coloring, then we'll probably have a greater wedge between those who paint and happen to game and vice versa.

boy wundyr x Inactive Member19 Apr 2016 2:34 p.m. PST

Some printing does come with colouring – I got Sol's inner planets (well, Saturn and in) and their moons pre-painted and printed from Shapeways, as well as WWI aerodromes (as targets).

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