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TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2016 6:48 a.m. PST

With my own tiles, I went with circles as my tabs. It's a bit tricky to get right, and you have to make sure you leave enough room between the tabs so that they interconnect nicely. I found that if I made my tabs .5 mm smaller than the slots they went into, they fit just fine (whereas if I made them the same size, they invariably didn't fit nicely).

You're really coming along with your 3D printing skills.

Terrement Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2016 10:14 a.m. PST

Don't have any 3D printing advice, and don't have a 3D printer. My first thought was the Mighty Empires tiles as a campaign map using them. I have the original and the hexes are such thin cardstock that if you leave them out for a game in progress, they warp.

fullmetal201525 Oct 2016 10:34 a.m. PST

Nice I have a great idea for me an use the hexes for CY6 game play. I would be willing to pay for the work if you are at all interested. they would have to be 3 inch size hexes, but with the interlocking makes it nice. I have been thinking of a way to do CY6 game without using a mat. this way you could make the moves by locking the hexes in the movement of the plane. I would guess I would need 18 of them made. Just a thought thanks.


TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2016 6:24 a.m. PST

Terrement: Not sure you knew, but I think the Mighty Empires to which the original designer is referring are more recent GW plastic tiles which could be used, and was at our store, for just such campaigns.

They even had holes in the center for terrain or flags, and we had flags color-coded for who owned the territory.

Don't think they're available, but the 40K-themed Planetary Empires appear to be.

I'm still in the 'it's for prototyping, not real use' camp, but tis impressive work you're doing, Bill.


Elstree13 Feb 2017 1:11 p.m. PST

I see that all these prototypes have only one fastener per side – either a tab or a socket in the center of the face. This limits the number of ways the tiles can be put together. You can't put two tabbed faces together, for instance.

Imagine instead if you divided each tile face in two. On the right-hand side of the tile face (as viewed from the center of the tile), you have a tab; on the left-hand side of the tile face, you have a socket. Now every tile face can be attached to any other tile face, and you'll have improved stability as well.

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