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YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2022 7:36 a.m. PST

Most people print Forest Dragon miniatures and similar brands in 10mm, and almost every review I have seen focuses on printing at this scale. BUT, they can be printed at any scale, so I wondered what the width of a strip was in 15mm default scale.

The 10mm scale strips are the standard 40mm width, so I am wondering just how close to 60mm are the 15mmóbut that is just my guess.

DyeHard27 Feb 2022 8:33 a.m. PST

Remembering 15mm is a size and not a scale.

Upping the size of STL intended to make a native 10mm size figure to 150% will make something close to a 15mm size figure.

The detail and proportions might look a bit odd. And you may have to play with the exact enlarging percentage to match another line of 15mm sized figures. I would suggest standing a human test print next to another human from the line you want to match, and make adjustments..

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2022 9:01 a.m. PST

What I am asking is the length of the stripsóthe infantry come and print in strips as used in Warmaster. I am wondering what the length of those are if you printed in 15mm scaleówould they be 60mm? Or something slightly on either side of that?

McWong7327 Feb 2022 1:54 p.m. PST

I asked a guy on Reddit who did the 15mm upscale on FD's Despoilers line, he said he used 60mm bases.

Forest Dragon files should include the singles, so you could scale up and print those as four to a base, and be able to keep 40mm frontage I suspect.

Albus Malum05 Mar 2022 6:36 a.m. PST

I have printed a bunch of 15mm Forest Dragon, but I base all of my miniatures single base on washers and use magnetic movement trays. I did print a couple "strips" but didnt like them, they are to close together making things hard to paint.

I understand that people want to play the GW Warmaster, but just because Warmaster was in 10mm doesnt mean that someone should print it in 10mm. There are so many options as to miniature sizes a person can print, or play in. Warmaster would play just fine if someone printed ( or just used metal miniatures) in 15mm or 1:72 or even 28mm). A person can upsize or downsize most minatures if one has a 3d printer, by at least one size catagory, and often two size catagories, without over distorting the figures. I sometimes even vary the x-y axis in comparison to the Z axis when I print . I also try to match the sizes of a miniature to my metal miniatures, ie I will upscale or down scale what I 3d print to match my Demonworld or BattleValor minatures, both of which are actually 18mm not true 15mm.

Just curious, what ruleset are you going to be using your 15mm Forest Dragon with? I use the Old Battlesystem rules from TSR, but curious what other people use their 15mm miniatures with.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2022 7:07 a.m. PST

I am chiefly a DBX player in ancients/medieval in 15mm, so was going to go for HoTT element basing with fantasy. Our local group went rogue several years ago, though, and uses 15mm figures based using 25mm stand sizes, so all elements are based on 60mm rather than 40mm wide frontages, and we double the standard figures per base.

I like the Piquet Hostile Realms rules for fantasy quite a bit, but few people play Piquet and even less play the fantasy version, especially in my neck of the woods. It essentially uses standard element basing schemes, though, so the only difficulty is needing enough figures for four-stand units.

I have Battlesystem and think it is a pretty good set, but have never played it.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2022 1:41 p.m. PST

I struggle with pictures, but a couple words on some FD figures I just received having purchased on EBay and printed in 15mmósome High Elven spearmen, bowmen, and heavy cavalry.

The figures are gorgeous printings and sculpts, better than any metal I have seen at this scale except perhaps Demonworld. A few broken spear tips, etc., more so than with metal figures, but presumably easily fixable. Very little flash other than the typical struts from the printing process. I got everything on strips, and the spearmen strip is about 55mm wide, the cavalry strip is two deep equals about 58mm (so each mounted is about 29mm deep), and the bowmen are two deep at about 28mm deep.

Scale-wise, these figures printed at 15mm are more like 18mm compared to metal manufacturers out there, and are bigger than Essex or Old Glory. If I consider then "Tolkien High Elves" they will be fine, and their weapons and such are not so oversized that it is noticeable. I would not put one of these on the same base as any of those metals. If I were concerned about perfect compatibility, I might ask them to be printed at 13.5mm or 14mm next time. I'm not and so won't, but if you have existing fantasy forces that might be a consideration.

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