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Matt Whitehead25 Apr 2022 12:17 p.m. PST

Hi all,

I thought I'd share a review of the Battletech models that are available. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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All the best

Matt Whitehead

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2022 5:25 p.m. PST

Quite interesting.

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2022 5:58 p.m. PST

Just beginning to learn about Battle Tech and picked up the a beginner's box. Had no idea I'd run into the kind of situation being described in the linked article. Things that make ya go hmmm.

bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2022 8:57 p.m. PST

I love the new stuff have all of them +++ and will be getting all the new stuff (new Kickstarter coming soon) and the mercenary box sets. Who makes the base that you use never saw those but they look good.

Martian Root Canal26 Apr 2022 5:24 a.m. PST

I read the article. I disagree with the costs on 3D printing at home. The startup cost is a fixed cost (the printer). But resin printers have plummeted in price, and the materials cost is a variable cost. So once you have a printer, the incremental cost to print a mech is less than a dollar (actually about $.50 USD). I don't use my 3D printer just for Battletech, so my fixed cost is spread out over dozens of projects.

Matt Whitehead26 Apr 2022 11:55 a.m. PST

@bandit86 – the bases with the faction symbols are 3D printed. There's a chap on Thingiverse that has created a whole bunch of them, but the Clan Wolf and "303" I made myself. Not too difficult to do.

@Martian Root Canal – You're absolutely right, especially for bog-standard resin printers, and I'm doing the same with printing Team Yankee plus a few other bits. However you're still looking at $200 USD/300 for a basic printer. From the point of view of printing just for Battletech and looking to recoup initial costs, I still think you're in it for the long haul. Those startup plus running costs equates to about 50+ models bought from IWM/Ral Partha (at approx $10 USD/8 per model). Interestingly, it would probably work out better to buy two kickstarter sets and get between 2x and 3x more models… I suppose it goes back to what do you want from your Battletech and how much time/money are you willing to through at it.

Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2022 7:04 p.m. PST

I have a cheap resin printer, and have printed about 100 Battletech fig's. So I have broke even. I also have printed fig's for Frostgrave, Star Trek miniatures. Close to over 3-400 figures in about a year and a half. I think the printer is well worth it if used this way. That said I have not printed anything in about six months still have a bunch of stuff to paint. (I have painted all my battletec, Star Trek, and Frostgrave) So maybe I'll start another project to print up LOL

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