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madaxeman16 Aug 2022 12:35 p.m. PST

Having tried some scaled-up 10mm Etruscans recently my other dabble into 3D printed figures has been at the exact opposite end of the scale, with some Reconquer Designs (until recently known as Caballero Miniatures) Medieval Spanish spearmen.

These figures look astonishing in the renders, and so I bought a packet at a show and painted some up to match the style of some existing metals (in my "not professional, but hopefully decent on the tabletop in a mass battle game" standard) I had for the same army. And here they are:

These didn't have bases, so after thinking about drilling into their heels to put a pin into them and the base I instead realised that they'd be so huddled together on a 60x40 DBx base that I could instead glue them all together into a single lump! This in turn meant there was just one "thing" to handle, and it would have multiple points of contact with the MDF base making it far more robust than if the figures had been based "individually"

These next ones are shown next to some North Star ("Wooh!!") Norman spearmen for comparison.

I gave every one a metal spear. Some came with open hands for spears, and others with open hands and printed swords. These were a complete nonsense, and broke as soon as you looked at them so I gave up almost immediately and just went all-metal, all-spear.

These figures are superbly animated, so much so they are a little wasted in this close formation – but being able to glue them together for mutual support did solve a basing problem, and its how I need them to be anyway so it does still look quite cool IMHO.

They are great figures, superb sculpts – but they do currently come at a price which puts even metal alternatives as a much, much cheaper option (never mind plastic kit figures) if you are buying them printed by a 3rd party. I have no idea how they work out if you buy the STL files I'm afraid.

They can be bought from Britcon 2022 exhibitor Irongate Scenery in the UK.

A few more pics on my site at madaxemandotcom.blogspot.com

madaxeman16 Aug 2022 12:35 p.m. PST

Having tried some scaled-up 10mm Etruscans recently my other dabble into 3D printed figures has been at the exact opposite end of the scale, with some Reconquer Designs (until recently known as Caballero Miniatures) Medieval Spanish spearmen.

These figures look astonishing in the renders, and so I bought a packet at a show and painted some up to match the style of some existing metals (in my "not professional, but hopefully decent on the tabletop in a mass battle game" standard) I had for the same army. And here they are:

These didn't have bases, so after thinking about drilling into their heels to put a pin into them and the base I instead realised that they'd be so huddled together on a 60x40 DBx base that I could instead glue them all together into a single lump! This in turn meant there was just one "thing" to handle, and it would have multiple points of contact with the MDF base making it far more robust than if the figures had been based "individually"

These next ones are shown next to some North Star ("Wooh!!") Norman spearmen for comparison.

I gave every one a metal spear. Some came with open hands for spears, and others with open hands and printed swords. These were a complete nonsense, and broke as soon as you looked at them so I gave up almost immediately and just went all-metal, all-spear.

These figures are superbly animated, so much so they are a little wasted in this close formation – but being able to glue them together for mutual support did solve a basing problem, and its how I need them to be anyway so it does still look quite cool IMHO.

They are great figures, superb sculpts – but they do currently come at a price which puts even metal alternatives as a much, much cheaper option (never mind plastic kit figures) if you are buying them printed by a 3rd party. I have no idea how they work out if you buy the STL files I'm afraid.

They can be bought from Britcon 2022 exhibitor Irongate Scenery in the UK.

A few more pics on my site at madaxemandotcom.blogspot.com

madaxeman16 Aug 2022 12:39 p.m. PST

Bug… sorry!

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2022 12:44 p.m. PST

Those look amazing. Clumping them gives them a strong feel of being in action even if you feel you lose some of the individuality.

Swampster16 Aug 2022 12:48 p.m. PST

The clump makes good use of the poses imho.
I'd be interested to see these printed in 15mm.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Aug 2022 1:13 p.m. PST

Might I mentioned I sell them at my Print on demand website. I have most of the line listed. If this is not proper admin please remove this comment.

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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2022 2:48 p.m. PST

Great work! I find it sometimes hard to fit Dark Ages/Medieval spearmen on bases – you did a great job; very inspiring

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Aug 2022 5:38 p.m. PST

Very nice job I also meant to say.

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Aug 2022 5:45 a.m. PST

I have a couple of these on my table and the sculpts are really impressive.

For printable 28mm historical sculpts probably with the best currently on the market.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Aug 2022 7:48 a.m. PST

Actually they are nice but I would go with Medbury first

DeRuyter17 Aug 2022 11:52 a.m. PST

@Swampster you can get specific 15mm files or just scale them down if you have a printer.

I am subscribed to his Patreon and get an array of files every month. Going to be painting a Berber army soon. I have added a number of these sculpts to an existing El Cid army. For basing I find it works to just glue them directly into the wet base putty.

@madaxeman – Buy a 3d printer you won't regret it and it will pay for itself. Paying a reseller is ok if you only need a few figures but for complete armies the cost goes down dramatically. I can print a 12 figure unit of cavalry for less than a $1 USD in resin that is flexible as well. You can buy Reconquer files on My Mini Factory. TBH his files are not cheap, $25 USD for mounted knights, but then you can print as many as you need.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Aug 2022 3:40 p.m. PST

@DeRuyter

I totally agree with you about printing your own miniatures. It is amazing that we can do this now. BUT there are more people out there that don't want to go through all of that. So for them a printer is just what they need.

I started out with one printer this spring. I got hooked and then found people that liked my miniatures and wanted me to print them for them now I have 6 printers.

So I say if you are curious, buy a printer watch some videos on YouTube, download some FREE files and have at it. If you need help PM me I am happy to help:)

Chris

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2022 5:56 a.m. PST

I'm one of those folks that doesn't want to spend the time and energy to mess with a 3D printer, at least not at this point. However, I ordered 3 dozen Reconquer/Cabellero of the Spanish Levy A & B varieties from Greenknight to start a 25/28mm Medieval Spanish army.

The figures are quite good, and I suspect they seem to look even better in 40mm, but alas most of my medieval collection is centered around 25/28mm, specifically in use for Lion Rampant, including having multiple armies available for friendly mini-tourneys where other players can bring their armies of figures, too.

By the way, I like what was done clumping those figures on to one base in a shield wall like situation, congrats!

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