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Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2016 10:03 a.m. PST

I have decided to give the rules a try for some friendly family games. I have created two basic mats, one gridded for 150cm and the other for 200cm. The 150cm can accommodate 15mm and small 28mm units while the 200 will host the larger 28mm units. My 28s are based on 20mm squares for infantry and 25x50mm for cavalry. All my 15s are based per Field of Glory/DBx.

So to make life easier I am printing off movement trays on the 3d rinter I have access to. The small trays will be 130mm wide with the larger ones measuring 170mm. The chart below shows the various sizes along with the number of figures each should hold. For light infantry/cavalry I will replace a few figures with blank bases done up with terrain details. The 130mm trays are working out around $1 USD-1.50 each for material.

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Silver tray has 3 40x30mm bases in it.
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link my other photos.

JimDuncanUK12 Oct 2016 10:52 a.m. PST

It seems to be a waste of a 3D printer to produce movement trays when there are so many established methods already.

Personal logo Who asked this joker Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2016 11:39 a.m. PST

I like them. Simple. Effective. Pleasing to the eye.

Grignotage12 Oct 2016 11:56 a.m. PST

Clean and effective, I like them.

UshCha2 Inactive Member12 Oct 2016 12:45 p.m. PST

JimDuncanUK,
I think you miss the point having got a printer and mastered CADDS is probably the quickest and cheapest method to make such things. Bases like that take a couple of minutes to draw and being hollow cost a minimal amount.

David Smith Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Oct 2016 1:13 p.m. PST

Looks great. I am really enjoying TtS. Easy to get into and not a bunch of fiddly measuring so prevalent with other sets.

JimDuncanUK12 Oct 2016 1:55 p.m. PST

@UshCha2

My point is that the printer should be getting used for the things that are not easy and more, ehm, three dimensional.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Oct 2016 1:56 p.m. PST

They look really good! How long do they each take to print?

One thing you might like to think about, is making the outer edges of the sabot bases irregular and slope them down to the table. This really helps them blend into the terrain cloths.

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Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2016 7:07 p.m. PST

Don't worry JimDuncan, I have plenty of files to make better use of the printer. I went in on the kickstarters for the Winterfell castle, the star fort and the dragonlock tiles. These trays were part of trying to figure out the dynamics of a few free 3d modeling software packages and fill a need to experiment with the printer.

My original goal BigRedBat was to try to do a more "organic" try with irregular edges and slopes. I have found out however that I have a distinctly 2d mind. That will have to be a later goal. The individual bases take about 1-1.5 hours to print. Once I have doubled checked the specs on the finished product I have a design which prints 3-5 at once. According to the slicer software I am using the multiples will come in only a few minutes more per tray. Those will be ones I set to run overnight.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Oct 2016 4:04 a.m. PST

Thanks- that's very interesting. The print time isn't especially an issue as they can run in the background or overnight. I will follow your project with interest!

JimDuncanUK13 Oct 2016 4:42 a.m. PST

Best of luck anyway.

WillieB Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2016 2:36 p.m. PST

I would buy those irregular sloping bases, and especially if they were in resin, even without thinking.

WillieB Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2016 5:25 p.m. PST

Actually one of our clubmembers who has a 3D printer is now producing prototypes of those sloping, irregular moving trays.

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