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KJdidit Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Dec 2016 6:06 p.m. PST

Over the last 3 years or so, I've been working on creating 40K forces in 15mm as a modeling project. I recently bought my first FDM printer (FlashForge Finder) to print some non-gaming product prototypes – but couldn't resist printing a few models along the way.

The Land Raider and Vindicator were printed from Thingiverse files; I designed the Terminator weapons and shields, plus the skirmish movement trays.

nevals04 Dec 2016 6:19 p.m. PST

Amazing work . You have,obviously, put a lot of love, patience and skill into the project.

Louie N Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2016 8:28 p.m. PST


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2016 8:48 a.m. PST

Great work – thanks for posting

ordinarybass05 Dec 2016 1:15 p.m. PST

Dang, that is nice!

Folks often talk about 3d printers being the future for miniature gaming, but this is one of the most compelling arguments that I've seen for that.

Fantastic work.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2016 4:49 p.m. PST

…a lot of love, patience and skill into the project.

And, even if you own a printer you don't count, a fair bit of cash. May we declare a magnificent obsession?


KJdidit Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Dec 2016 10:57 p.m. PST

May we declare a magnificent obsession?

Gives me something challenging to complete, model-wise. There are a few vehicles (Necrons in particular) that I'm in the process of 3D modeling, as it's less costly than kitbashing them (as seen below).

MacrossMartin Inactive Member06 Dec 2016 3:03 a.m. PST

Those Necrons are an imposing spectacle! Especially with that excellent themed scenery.

I wonder if the 8mm scale of the new edition of Epic will mean some releases will come close to 15mm? Marine Centurions should do nicely as 15mm Terminators, for example…

Gunner Dunbar Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2016 5:11 a.m. PST

Very nice, love that landraider, could use half a dozen of those.

Tehakla Inactive Member06 Dec 2016 11:14 a.m. PST

Could you link the files from Thingiverse?

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa06 Dec 2016 12:05 p.m. PST

Wow, very nice. What are the base figures for the terminators?

KJdidit Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Dec 2016 12:37 p.m. PST

The Land Raider:

As I didn't want a Crusader, I used the lascannons from this Sicaran model:

The Land Raider was scaled at 55%; the Sicaran parts, while scaled to 15mm, were printed at 85% as the vehicle looks a little large when printed as is.

The Vindicator:

This was scaled to 225% for printing, as it's an Epic model.

The Terminators are Khurasan's Puritans in Superheavy Power Armor from their post-Apoc range:


The Iron Warriors Terminator shoulder pads were also printed from Thingiverse files (at 50%):

And if anyone is interested, I've made the weapons, shields, movement trays and bases available as STL file downloads from Wargame Vault, or printed from Shapeways. The weapons STL pack includes 5 different 40K-style weapons, two shield variants, and jetpacks.


nli2work Inactive Member07 Dec 2016 5:27 p.m. PST

very nice! is flashforge compatible with 3rd party slicers? was it easy to setup and calibrate?

KJdidit Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Dec 2016 5:54 p.m. PST

As far as I know, you can use a different slicer than Flashprint; I believe I've read of people using Slic3r with the Finder without difficulties.

The Finder was pretty easy out of the box; just leveled the plate, toyed with some basic print settings in Flashprint (which has Basic and Advanced modes for slicing), and I had my first print about an hour later.

Jimboba10 Dec 2016 2:41 a.m. PST

Excellent stuff. Folk like you can only help push the hobby forward. I'd love a 3D printer…

SouthernPhantom21 Dec 2016 9:34 a.m. PST

I really, really need to get myself one of those printers. The prices are finally coming down to the point where I can justify one.

SCAdian25 Dec 2016 5:20 p.m. PST

how much does it actually cost you to make 1 Land raider?

KJdidit Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Dec 2016 11:32 p.m. PST

Roughly $2.20 USD in materials, and 12 hours of print time/electricity. One Land Raider uses ~30 meters of filament (1/10th of a 2kg spool) that costs $22 USD-$26 depending on where it's purchased.

KJdidit Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jan 2017 11:45 a.m. PST

Something new for my Necrons:

KJdidit Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jan 2017 7:00 p.m. PST

Some changes to the 15mm Monolith were required, as the extant STL file doesn't reflect the actual dimensions of the original model. I slightly modified the print file to extend the z axis to have it conform more closely to the original. While this distorted the rings on the rear of the model, overall it looks more like the original than the previous print.

I also created new gun turrets, the portal stairs, and the crystal, as I didn't care for the original model's turrets (again, varied too much from the original model) and the other two details weren't included with the model's files. Adding 1/16" translucent green rods to the side detailing improves the general appearance IMO.

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