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Slavecatchers, You've Been Pwned!

Kevin L. Kitchens
United States
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Back in October 2014 or so (on my previous account), I showed my custom slavecatcher pawns for Freedom: The Underground Railroad by Academy Games, Inc.. I made these by taking pawns from an old wooden chess set, painting the body "Gunmetal Gray" and then painting the round ball on top the color to match each of the slavecatcher colors.

This was the final result...

I offered these up in the latest Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction (link) and am happy to say they sold for an amazing $25! Thank you!

The reason I put the originals up for sale is because I was working on some new ones using the Micro 3D printer (Boardgaming, 3D Printing, and the Micro 3D - a Ones Upon a Game Review) and am now ready to unveil them.

These I designed from scratch using Microsoft 3D Builder software included with Windows 10. I wanted to make the pedestal sort of like the column of a government building, so I created a tube and carved out sections from a rectangular block. Then on top of each I placed the proper geometric shape to match the shapes of each in the game.

After the printing was complete, I again painted the bases in the metallic gunmetal gray color, but only let that fill the inner niches of the columns. I painted the outsides of the columns with a metallic copper (for the money they made). Then of course each geometric was painted its corresponding color in the game itself.

While many of you may have the wooden blocks in the correct shape and color, those of us with the later edition only get cardboard counters to use. So this simple upgrade makes it easier to find the pawns and visualize their movement as you try to sneak your charges past them.

So to make this post more than just boasting, you too can get a set of these either for printing yourself or to ordering from a 3D printing service. As they are fairly small, printing should not cost too much. Then just paint them yourself (or order them in the proper colors).

The files are available for free on Thingiverse:

Ordering them directly through Thingiverse will cost you just under $15 for the set in the USA (estimated to my address). Each pawn is about $0.55 and then "Includes $5 handling fee and $6.80 shipping". I make nothing from the sale of these, those are their charges only.

Hope you find these useful if you do decide to order them or print them yourself. Would love to see your results in game!
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