Hero Forge launched 3D printed miniatures Kickstarter campaign

By Polar_Bear
In Crowdfunding
Jan 14th, 2014
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Hero Forge launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new line of 3D printed, customizable miniatures.

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From the campaign:

Hero Forge is a service that lets you design custom tabletop minis, have them 3D printed, and delivered right to your doorstep. By using a sophisticated parts system and web UI, we’re bringing the flexibility, ease, and control of a robust video game character creator to the tabletop.

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  • Gallahad

    Buyer beware, these are low resolution prints really not suitable for painting.

    • Soulfinger

      It says that for the $20 level. I think the $30 level is supposed to be a higher quality figure. Of course, I can’t imagine spending $30 for one guy “customized” from a variety of set options over a whole boxed set of figures that I can likewise customize by gluing the arms, legs, and head in different positions. I guess some people still don’t own any green stuff.

    • Yep pretty much this. The only printer that can deal with something of this scale and not require massive cleanup is run on another machine, one that Shapways does not use. A 28mm mini costs about $120-$170 to print.

      I have used Shapways and I will not use them again, I simply threw the print into the junk drawer as it was of no use to me.

      Having said all that the quality may be fine for some people but for mold work and reproduction… no.

      • 4tonmantis

        There are many at-home printers that are becoming available and are capable of “miniature quality” detail.. it would be silly to invest money into Shapeway (IMO). I’m pretty sure the Maxmini guys own their own printer (they blog about it pretty often). I think Paulson might have picked one up as well.

        • Cergorach

          Most at-home printers absolutely suck for minis. Those that don’t still aren’t cheap, neither is the material or the time/energy/cost of the actual print and then there’s the cleanup…

          You mention Maxmini, you might want to do some research before making ‘bold’ statements:
          http://maxmini3d.eu/
          And then read this:
          http://khorosho-productions.blogspot.nl/2013/08/digital-miniatures-manufacture-its-not.html

          The reason they are providing this service is to finance their 3D printer (which is already very expensive, just currently not the best available), but looking at the review and the comments below shows that their quality is at best spotty, at worst bad.

          • 4tonmantis

            Uh.. how is my statement bold? You are addressing me as though I have personally insulted you. I never said they were cheap but I work with 3d software that typically costs several thousand dollars in a studio full of extremely expensive equipment. Linking to what I guess might be your blog (??) which (sorry) sounds like someone who got something they didn’t like and threw a fit.. All I said was they own a printer.. that is pretty obviously true. I encourage you to take some medication and step away from the keyboard.

          • 4tonmantis

            Re-reading my post (yet again) .. I even went so far as to say I was pretty sure they owned one rather than flat out saying it. I’m fairly sure you’re a dude with a grudge.. which is fine.. but I have nothing to do with Maxmini.. so bringing whatever your beef is to me is childish and really not appropriate for this site.

  • Lexthilian

    They lost me on the price, 20-30 dollars for a miniature. The idea of customization sounds cool though.

  • Hexenjaeger

    I’ll only pay $20-$30 a figure if it comes in Finecast.

  • Currently there are plenty of minis at places like Shapeways.com, an example:

    https://www.shapeways.com/model/320062/2-humans-28mm-scale.html

    Pricing is far smaller even printing with best quality materials, and many creators would gladly change pose and upload a new custom model sometimes free and sometimes for a small fee…

    The idea behind customization is nice, but pricing doubles the ammount I would pay for.