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captaincold6929 Apr 2022 8:16 a.m. PST

Not owning a color printer since early 2000's I think I know the answer to my question, but I'll ask anyways 🙂

Will I see a print quality difference using a print shop like Office Depot over using a home HP or Cannon inkjet in the $150 USD range? I'm assuming yes.


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian29 Apr 2022 9:24 a.m. PST

Laser can give deeper colors. For home consider an Epson as the ink in cheaper. The printer comes with enough ink for several thousand pages and prints 2 sided!

captaincold6929 Apr 2022 9:26 a.m. PST

Yea, my local Office Depot uses a laser color. That answers that :)

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2022 9:38 p.m. PST

"Laser can give deeper colors. For home consider an Epson as the ink in cheaper. The printer comes with enough ink for several thousand pages and prints 2 sided!"

I have an Epson eco-tank and they don't print decal paper, but it's almost impossible to find that written out anyplace. I even read two articles about how they were in the top ten printers for decal paper. I finally got Epson to admit in an email they don't support decal paper.

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Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian30 Apr 2022 3:53 p.m. PST

Still have the HP for that. The EcoTank is great for rule books.

Gallocelt01 May 2022 7:33 a.m. PST

The two main items that I print are paper houses and maps. I take them to my local Staples office supply shop. The houses are printed on card stock and the maps are printed on shiny card stock. All are printed at 200 dpi. The printing quality is excellent and quite affordable. Just make sure you have everything double checked before you go to print. They will often print a "proof" for me on regular paper so I can inspect for mistakes and correct colors.



Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2022 1:59 p.m. PST

Inkjet printers use water-based ink -- it runs and bleeds into the surrounding paper when it gets wet.

Toner is plastic colored beads, melted into the paper's surface, with heat and pressure. It will not run when wet, it will not bleed into the surrounding paper when wet.

I bought a color laser duplex printer for around $300 USD, several years ago. Toner cartridges average $89 USD/color: Black, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. They don't last all that long when printing terrain, but I have no regrets.

I print on matte, full-sheet label paper. I peel it, apply it to 2-3 mm thick cardboard from framing shops. I cut to size, gluing the cardboard to square wooden dowels, in the corners; I glue square wooden dowels down the long sections, to prevent warping, and to strengthen the whole structure. They have plenty of weight, are durable, and they look great, without painting!

My cardstock models took a beating, and they did not last. These were made per the instructions, using inkjet printing. The ink was expensive, the time and labor was considerable. Their delicate structures were wholly disappointing. Now, I've had castle wall sections, towers, gates, and even siege towers, which have lasted many years, through numerous tabletop battles, without issues. They look as good, today, as they did when I finished building them. They even survived a house move, without damage!

Also, be sure to use a colored marker (brown, gray, or black) to erase the white cut edges of the paper. Cheers!

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