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Field Marshal19 May 2017 2:56 a.m. PST

I want to put together opposing forces for the battles of 1916. What should i get my Germans wearing?

forwardmarchstudios19 May 2017 2:57 a.m. PST

I took a small break from sightseeing today and knocked out two new bridges for my upcoming 2mm figure line. As per special request, here is an authentic-ish 19th century wooden bridge:


Here is our classic stone bridge with some guard towers…


Both should print up fine; I'm going to order a copy of each so they'll be waiting for me at home when I get back.

Here's some mixed "German" town buildings that I've been working on.


This particular piece won't be for sale, as it's 1) expensive, and, 2) I found a much cheaper and better way to do the houses.

Still working with Shapeways on the infantry…

laretenue19 May 2017 8:48 a.m. PST

I'm very impressed by the smaller bridge, and your speed in producing it. What dimensions will this have when it sees the light of day, and will it work with 3mm terrain?

Your German houses look excellent – really the part. I think you're doing yourself down by not marketing them, and I hope you change your mind.

I can see you're going to make yourself very useful …

DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 9:24 a.m. PST

Very impressive. Just make sure your limbered artillery and infantry in march column (if you end of making them) can fit on the bridge.

Again, great work. Just holding off on ordering some until you've seen the infantry and give us the 'go' sign!

boy wundyr x Inactive Member19 May 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

Will you be able to upscale it to a proper 3mm too?

forwardmarchstudios19 May 2017 5:17 p.m. PST

Glad you guys like them!

Laretenue- The wooden bridge is 12mm long total. Both bridges are 15mm wide, and the landing feet are 20mm wide, so the infantry and artillery will fit, although cavalry will not because of the large bases (not much I can do about that). I'll be making it available in a few different lengths.

The stone bridge is 13cm long, and 30mm high to the tops of the towers. I have other versions of the stone bridge without the tower as well. I'm going to add a walkway between the towers; I'd also like to take a shot at adding houses along a plain version of the stone bridge.

I'll be making versions of both bridges available that will be stripped of the landing feet and ramps, so that if you want you can model your own as part of a diorama, or however you want to do it.

I'll be doing some marketing come summertime; probably just some banner adds, keep it low key. But I want to have everything settled at least for the Napoelonics before I do a launch.

I think that I'm getting closer to an agreement with Shapeways on the infantry. The basic 1:1 issue is ok, it's just the bayonet tips. I believe that I could use inks to get a similar effect if need be, even without the tips. Other than the infantry everything else has been approved, so here's hoping.

On the buildings, the most effective way to produce them is in strips; it's the cheapest way to do it and the most useful for war-games. The houses are on 10mm square footprints.



I used this webpage as a source of inspiration for the houses:


I'm trying to do a total of eight street strips, so that an intersection can be covered with no identical strips. I'll do some smaller rows as well, corners, etc., as well as sprues that will have all of one kind of house, or a variety of houses that you can cut off and use as individual pieces. The buildings will be an ongoing thing.

As regards 3mm, I could probably upscale these, I think that the German houses would really close a gap in the 3mm building range.

Also, as regards the windows; they can be some work. But, I think I came up with the solution: dental micro-applicators. I'm going to try it out when I get home. If it works, I'll put a link on my website where people can buy them. I think that using the weird properties of this material, along with the applicators, will let you paint up these buildings very quickly.

monk2002uk19 May 2017 10:59 p.m. PST

2mm buildings work perfectly well with 3mm figures as is. 3mm buildings work well for 6mm figures.


forwardmarchstudios19 May 2017 11:06 p.m. PST

I would try some 1mm buildings on that theory, but I think Shapeways would nix that idea…

monk2002uk19 May 2017 11:07 p.m. PST

There is a law of diminishing returns on that score (pardon the pun). 2mm buildings and figures are just fine ;-)


Lieutenant Lockwood20 May 2017 8:36 a.m. PST

They look terrific; well done! Please count me numbered among those anxiously awaiting the release of your figures and/or files.


boy wundyr x Inactive Member25 May 2017 1:00 p.m. PST

My interest in 3mm versions is that for some 3mm projects I use a ground scale equal to the figure scale, so 2mm won't work.

I'd still buy 2mm versions, both for big battle 2mm and 3mm projects, but I also want some to match a 3mm figure scale.

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