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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 8:22 p.m. PST

3D-Print-Terrain launched a new Kickstarter campaign for French Indian War to American War of Independence terrain








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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 10:01 p.m. PST

Not good at all…? (smile)


FlyXwire03 Sep 2017 4:16 a.m. PST

I sent the KS link here to a friend who has a couple of 3D printers which he uses to make hobby items.

SeattleGamer03 Sep 2017 1:23 p.m. PST

We are closing in on SG #5, so making good progress. Reaching Fort Henry will be a true stretch though, as that will require 2K more, and at £40.00 GBP per pledge, it takes quite a few of those to bring in another 2K. But we shall see.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 2:19 p.m. PST

They looks really good!


WarWizard05 Sep 2017 11:31 a.m. PST

What scale is this for?

thehawk05 Sep 2017 2:26 p.m. PST

WarWizard, you select the scale when you 3D print the model. Details on the KS page.

Also 3D printing isn't necessarily cheaper than buying off-the-shelf models.

SeattleGamer05 Sep 2017 5:53 p.m. PST

@thehawk … well, not sure how you are working out your math, but printed terrain is a heck of a lot cheaper for me.

Cost of printing my own 28mm sized house? Just under $5 USD with the roof and floors. That is the filament, but not the printer.

Price of printing out a dozen dungeon tiles, to make up one room? Again, under $5 USD for the filament.

If I assume that my $300 USD printer will last long enough to print 300 such objects worth of stuff, then the cost per house (or room) will go up by $1 USD if I want to include the cost of the printer. Of course, ift he printer lasts even longer, then the cost per building or room will drop.

I don't think you can purchase a house of that size for less than double that. And probably closer to four times that.

Example #1:
Warlord Games offers up this African/Arabic home:

This is a plastic house, selling for $25. USD

Or this one, slightly larger with a dome, for $32 USD:

These are both plastic kits of buildings sized for 28mm gaming.

Compare them both to this set of African/Arabic homes:


You could print one of each of the three buildings shown, and you would still average about $5 USD each. Or $6 USD each if you tack on $1 USD per building for the shared cost of the printer.

For the price of the one domed structure, I could have 5 buildings, a well, and some walls to go around the village.

And even if half the stuff I print fails right at the tail end, thus wasting filament (and for the sake of argument lets say the structure is totally lost and cannot be salvaged even as a ruin), then that would double my cost to about $12 USD per building. Still under half what Warlord charges for one plastic building.

Will the printed terrain look "as" sharp as the factory injection-molded stuff? No. But it will come close, and once painted up, it will look lovely on the table.

Just my own experience speaking.

rcRobert12 Sep 2017 1:31 p.m. PST

That $5 USD-6 dollar cost of course works out only if you have a 3d printer. I'd like to know what the cost would be if I had these printed by a service like Shapeways.

SeattleGamer13 Sep 2017 4:39 a.m. PST

There is little (if any) cost savings, if having a printing service take care of the printing for you. At this stage of 3D printing evolution, you really only save money if you do it yourself.

rcRobert13 Sep 2017 12:42 p.m. PST

Browsing shapeways 28mm buildings seem to run $20 USD-50, which is comparable to 4ground buildings.

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