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A Very Happy and Healthy New Year to all the Strelets team, Ukrainians and my fellow collectors, wargamers and painters!
Recent posts and thinking about the state of the hobby especially with regards to figures production and availability has got me thinking about the way ahead.
For some time now I have been buying 3d printed models of AFVs etc. Some people on this site may not be aware that there are some sets of 3d printed figures available though I hasten to add that these are mostly specialist figures such as drivers, tank riders, seated truck troops. These are available in several scales, 1/72, 1/76, and 1/144.
I believe that PSR has a set of 3d printed figures if I remember rightly.
Considering the pros and cons of conventional plastic figures vs 3d printed there's no denying that there's quite a way to go!
For Afvs etc there are limitations of internal detail, solid windscreens etc. on the other hand, once support material is removed the figures are flash free with good detail and paint up nicely. However, thinking especially of at least company I use any listed items can always be printed on demand! So, no limited run figures and then having problems getting more when required as for example I'd like more Italian Infantry sets now very hard to find!
If the 3d technology develops to the point of being able to produce sets of figures comparable to plastic sets, number of poses, figures etc I think this could be the way ahead!
If full sets of 3d figures for my favourite subjects and periods are produced, perhaps unlikely at my age 68, I will definitely be buying and assessing them!
As a lifelong collector I'm always frustrated when manufacturers and figure sets are no longer available, except with difficulty and expense. 3d printing would remove that problem with sets being produced on demand..............!
Well, that's my thoughts to round off this year.
Let's hope there's a better New Year for all!
Stay safe and take care folks
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Much way to go....
yes there's a way to go I agree.
Developing technology should bring the costs down.
The company I most use for Afvs is Butlers Printed Models and their prices are roughly equivalent to 1/72 scale kits.
The models are more robust than than injection moulded kits!
We'll have to await developments with bated breath.............
I have started new 3d project for historical miniatures in scale 1/72.
You can see some renders here:
I am waiting the response to Europe company that can print it for the buyers. I will also sell the 3d files.
It’s the way I can thank my hobby for all of these years of joy.
The infantry sets will have 15 different poses, the cavalry sets 12 mounted figures, artillery 6 figures + cannon and camel troops 8-10 poses.
thanks for your response.
I've found your site and from the quick look I've had so far it seems promising!
First impressions are favourable.
If you can get things up and running I, as a potential customer wish you well! As long as payment is secure and reliable that's fine.
I mention this as we have to be careful whom we deal with - caveat emptor! Mid November I placed an order for 4 3d printed models with a company that shall remain nameless, who appeared reputable, and so far despite several emails I've had nothing and no response.
As for subjects I suggest that you seek to be original and cover less well known periods and troops.
After all, everyone does Napoleonics!
As for cost I would like this to be roughly comparable to injection moulded figures. Looking at range of Robjobs 3d figures, as set of 10 seated figures is £11-49, multi-buy discount.
To fill in the gaps when assembling units I buy metal figures for gun crews and specialists heavy weapons not covered, such as anti-tank riflemen, again more expensive than plastic but it's all relative.
All the best with your project,. and a very Happy New Year!
I am setting everything now. I live in Spain - so all the payments would be secured (probably PayPal in main cases).
I will sell digital files and printed figures.
But contacted to the 3d wargaming3d printing companies and I am waiting their answer. Once it is settled - I will know. I do not want to use Strelets webpage/forum for this purpose (as I have great respect for this company). So I will let You know probably in Benno’s forum.
But the message is: from my side there is a willing to make 3d models for scale 1/72.
I hope all goes well for you!
It might be best to set up your own limited company?
We know that we are dealing with reputable trustworthy people and you keep control of your copyright products!
The company I'm having trouble with claims to be producing models from other peoples' files under licence.
I don't use Benno's Forum much but I'll have to keep an eye on it.........
Certainly I think there is a case for innovation and new technology for creativity to find new ways forward.
Likewise, I think the vast majority of us hobbyists have great respect for our Strelets, especially in light of the current troubles.
Again I wait developments!
Best regards as ever