I think there is a spectrum when it comes to wargaming terrain, with one end being “playability” and the other end “detail.” Overly detailed buildings look great, but are not often easy to move figures around, etc. (Printable Scenery tends to fall sometimes into this category. Dennis “Doc” Montera did a recent Kickstarter of “Printable Buildings for Tabletop Gaming, Take 2” which feature buildings on the other end of the spectrum: light on detail, but heavy on playability. I have to say, I don’t really mind: the first of the buildings I made printed quickly and easily, looks good, and is clearly designed for wargaming. Doc himself is a huge fan of Mordheim, so these particularly caught my attention.
This first one is a row house, one of three included in my set. There’s also three shops, two duplexes, a barracks, and a large L-shaped building. In addition, there’s a slew of scatter terrain appropriate for the wrecked fantasy city. This will be a fun and easy set to put together, and might move towards the top of my list of things to print.
Dungeonworks Architects did a Kickstarter earlier this year featuring a ton of undead miniatures, not to mention throwing in their modular dungeon sets as a bonus, so I snapped that up. These two zombies will also be part of my son’s gang for Kobolds & Cobblestones (and could also be part of a future Vampire Mordheim warband, for those keeping track).
I miss Mordheim a lot, and one substitute I have found is Osprey Games’ Kobolds & Cobblestones, which feature small, multi-racial gangs fighting each other across the city of Ordinsport. One thing I don’t like about the game is the use of special characters as mandatory gang leaders, but I can try to see past that as my son and I take the game out for a spin. He’s chosen “The Body Snatcher,” an evil necromancer as his gang leader, so right now I’m painting up his gang, starting with these two goblins, both printed out on my 3D printer using Fat Dragon Games’ patterns.
There’s some great free stuff on Thingiverse, and the Ulvheim ruins are a perfect example. I have been thinking a lot about fantasy skirmish games lately, so I printed up these these two pieces and they turned out really well.
I’ll likely be using them when my son Mac and I begin our Kobolds & Cobblestones campaign.
I’m currently putting together a new Warhammer 40K army to use with some friends: a bunch of orks that another friend gave me a long time ago. I managed to get the Warboss and a unit of Ork Nobz painted up.
It has been a LONG time since I painted something, and I’m glad to have it go well. Now, to get the rest of the army ready…
Speaking of painting…
I built the Shrine of Solace months ago, and I’m glad to finish getting it painted up and completed. Right now I’m trying to get more terrain painted because I seem to be printing it faster and faster.
My plan to get the Stormguard Kickstarter terrain pieces printed up in April hit a few snags. For one thing, I ran out of filament. Then I decided to replace the extruder. Finally, I got sidelined by printing up a bunch of sci-fi stuff for a friend (pics forthcoming). But I’m back on track, and while I wile away the hours waiting for these fairly large pieces to print, I did get the previously printed chapel painted.
This is a good looking piece with a lot of playability, and while printed in five pieces is one of the larger pieces I have created.
Popular consensus is that while the Ender 3 is a great printer, the plastic extruder guide is a distinct weak point. The plastic part can be sawed away at by the PLA filament in just a matter of months. I’ve only had mine since December, and this is what it looks like:
So I did some research and found a quality but inexpensive metal replacement. It didn’t take me long to replace it; most of the time was spent because I had lost the hex wrench that fit one particular screw and ended up having to use my bike wrench. The new one looks good, and seems to be helping with the print quality.