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DungeonDevil15 Feb 2022 3:59 p.m. PST

Does anyone know of a provider of either 5mm or 6mm Napoleonics-era minis made via 3d printer? I have seen plenty of vendors of the *files*, but not the finished goods. One name that has popped up is "Micron", but I've seen no seller for their products. I'm totally new to this scale of wargaming (I'm mostly 15mm and 25mm) and need advice. Thanks!

Waco Joe15 Feb 2022 9:30 p.m. PST

If you do facebook, Turner Miniatures has a discussion group. Some there can probably tell you who bought the merchant licenses.


DungeonDevil16 Feb 2022 9:23 a.m. PST

Sorry, no FB. No social media, full-stop. Any other possible means of locating vendors of such products?

DeRuyter Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2022 10:05 a.m. PST

Go to My Miniatures Factory (MMF) or Wargaming 3d. Kickstarter is also a good resource.

Henry Turner has a whole line of 6mm Napoleonics for 3d printing:

TMP link link TMP link

Wargaming 3d store:

No SM necessary to buy from these sites.

Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2022 7:47 a.m. PST

These are all files. I think Dungeon is looking for already printed and ready to paint minis. I have wondered about this as well. I don't want to deal with a printer. This is a whole different ballgame because of handling and shipping for vendors, however.

monk2002uk08 Mar 2022 2:29 a.m. PST

I will check with Henry on the print services for his range of figures. He used to operate a service out of the Ukraine but that has stopped for obvious reasons.


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jun 2022 5:03 p.m. PST

Any reason you prefer a printed 3D product to say, metal from Baccus, Heroics & Ros etc.?

monk2002uk12 Jun 2022 12:50 a.m. PST

Extra Crispy, if I understand your question correctly then you are asking about why someone would get 3D printable figures printed by someone else rather than buy metal figures. This is different from the notion of why someone would want to print 3D figures themselves. I can print figures now and there are all sorts of reasons why self-printing is an interesting option compared with buying manufactured metal figures. Thinking back, however, to the time before I purchased a resin printer, the main reason for buying pre-printed 3D models was to fill gaps in existing metal ranges. This was limited to vehicles, artillery and aircraft mainly. For example, the Canadian Borden Motor MG vehicle was only available as a 3D-printed model at that time.

The main supplier for pre-printed 3D models at that time was Shapeways. The costs of printing and postage were high, making it uneconomical to buy anything in resin that could be obtained in metal. This situation has changed, with more and cheaper 3D printing services now becoming available. I can't comment on cost comparisons now but, assuming the costs are comparable, then pre-printed 3D figures often provide a wider range of options in a particular era for which they are available.


monk2002uk12 Jun 2022 12:56 a.m. PST

Powder Mill Printing is a US-based company that prints ACW Turner Miniatures. I imagine they would consider the Napoleonic ranges if you asked:


Nerad Games is a licensed printer of TM figures in the UK:

I do not have any financial or other affiliation with these companies.


charles popp12 Aug 2022 2:28 p.m. PST

I am currently printing up Turnes Nappys in 6mm(Heroic)scale so they are about 8mm close to Baccus scale. Project is going slow just because I am kinda lazy in the summer. I like to get out and bike ride or walk. I plan on doing for a start the French II and II Corps, The Guard. Austrians and Russians. One thing about Turners minis they are for basically up to 1809 uniform wise.not that big a deal with 6mm scale. it has most of the minors as well.

ragnarbullvine20 Jul 2023 12:20 a.m. PST

XP Forge has 6mm 3D Prints

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jul 2023 3:38 a.m. PST

On a personal note I spent $50 USD on turner SYW files and found it a waste of my money. I bought the Prussian Cavalry and Infantry sets. I didn't like the end result at all.

I tried to print them as they came which I think is 6mm as well as bumping them up 15mm.

Though I print a lot professionally I gave up on these for myself and went to metal miniatures for these small scales.

Your results may vary.


The H Man21 Jul 2023 5:59 p.m. PST

Id think Naps was pretty well supported.

Maybe these smaller scales are not as much??

Seems odd to specifically want 3d prints. Unless that's the point, maybe for a display showcasing 3d printing.

Perhaps there is now a thing of people actually preferring 3d prints?? Like plastic or metal.

Id think them more like resin that no one really prefers, buy tolerates.

Hopefully not another sub group…of a subgroup.

monk2002uk22 Jul 2023 11:52 p.m. PST

Turner has announced that the 1815 British, French, and Prussian range will be released in the near future. Here are some photos, all 6mm prints. First up, Napoleon (from Borodino rather than Waterloo I think):

Marshal Ney:

And a sighter of British cavalry:


John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Sep 2023 6:57 a.m. PST

H Man. I get that you do not like 3D printed figs. No worries. However, I love them and they now are 90% of my miniature purchases now. I print my own and loved what was offered so much that I started my own print company. I even advertise here. I have been able to print things I'd never have found or been able to afford with my printers. Star Trek miniatures, Battlestar Galactica, 6mm and 10mm Star Wars Clone Wars, Halo, 10mm fantasy, 10mm Dark Ages, ACW 1/600, 1/1250 Predreadnought, 1/1800 WWI naval, spaceships, 10mm WWI, 100YW 15mm, Planet of the Apes and so much more. I also have printed a mass of 3D terrain which I would never, ever have been able to afford.

Just wanted to let you know I inderstand some folks aren't interested. But based on my own and my customer's purchases a large number are. It's here to stay.



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