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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian01 Jun 2018 7:05 p.m. PST

Article from Pinshape:


Apparently, minifig is the new term for a 3Dprinted figure???

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2018 8:05 p.m. PST

Just like "gamer" somehow implies the "video" prefix is somehow understood?

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2018 6:02 a.m. PST

Where did the article use that term, Bill? I saw "3D printed figure", "miniature", and some other terms, but if "minifig" was used, I missed it.

UshCha02 Jun 2018 6:25 a.m. PST

To be honest it seemed a bit over the top for a figure tyou are goint to play with. We just spray black matt Hycote (its cheap in the UKand effective) and then standard acrylics,I use Tamiya.

For PLA I normaly dont wash it and have not had a problem. Sanding ia a wate of precious gameing time, is only worth it if you are doing display models, at wargame ranges at 0.1mm layer height its invisible. How do I know? We have been to convetions and set up displays at wargameing ranges and the pattern on the print NEVER comes up.

I you are 6" away you are not playing a wargame you are time wasteing and that is unacceptable when you are supposed to be playing. It the same as playing with your phone when you are in the middle of a game.

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2018 8:43 a.m. PST

The painting information seems good.

Really a shame the photographer doesn't know what he is doing.

Winston Smith02 Jun 2018 9:04 a.m. PST

LEGO calls their little dudes Minifigs too.

Gwydion02 Jun 2018 11:30 a.m. PST

A shame Miniature Figurines aren't as litigous as some more commercially minded companies.grin

Minifigs has only meant one thing to me since the early 1970s.

Winston Smith02 Jun 2018 8:09 p.m. PST

My guess is that Minifigs doesn't have the deep pockets and lawyers on retainer that LEGO has.
You can sue for whatever justification you want, but deep pockets will always win.

Dagwood03 Jun 2018 5:18 a.m. PST

Wasn't Minifigs just a nickname, a shortened form of the real company name, Miniature Figurines, so no official status at all ?

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 10:09 a.m. PST

I think Lego is going to have words with someone.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 10:44 a.m. PST

Indeed! "Minifig" is not on that web page. It's as if someone removed it. I guess our Editor was not the only one with a sharper eye than the writer and editor on Pinshape. That's why he's got "Editor" right in his name.

Other than that this is a straightforward painting article, right?

My experience so far is that once you spray them with primer 3D printed figures are just like pewter and plastic. I don't know of any special considerations in painting, except that they're so light the spray primer can knock them off your box lid and into the garden if you're not careful. I tape down 3D printed stuff or it moves when you prime it.

UshCha04 Jun 2018 1:18 p.m. PST

Spoilsport! its the new game chase the mode with the spray can. Add humor to an otherwise tedious job.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 4:25 p.m. PST

My half-primed female necromancer lost in the ivy is humor for everyone but me!

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