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Hi Guys- does anyone know where I could browse and download 3D models of ships? I am aware of the tools provided at http://www.faroffgames.com/modding/templates/ and I can manage the ship mats, cards, etc- However, 3D modeling is not one of my skills. I also found a lot of models on thingiverse.com but they do not have the shape to snap into the Xia plastic stands, which I think make the game play easier than just models on the board.

If there's a database of fan made models, I can't seem to find it. Xia, and Cody are amazing providing us with these tools. Can't wait to get customizing.

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Here's a link that Cody gave out earlier. I don't know if these work with the plastic stands or not. Cody recommended the Frosted Detail plastic:

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/FarOffGames

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Wheatie wrote:
Cody recommended the Frosted Detail plastic

But they are really expensive... Can someone maybe explain the differences between the shapeways plastic?
 
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Wheatie wrote:
Here's a link that Cody gave out earlier. I don't know if these work with the plastic stands or not. Cody recommended the Frosted Detail plastic:

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/FarOffGames


Thank you Josh. Looks good. I think I may have to learn a bit of 3D modeling for the sake of this game :-D
 
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Wheatie wrote:
Cody recommended the Frosted Detail plastic

But they are really expensive... Can someone maybe explain the differences between the shapeways plastic?

The difference in the Shapeways materials is the amount of detail they have. Some are more fragile than others as well.

I print my models in "Frosted Ultra Detail plastic" and "Frosted Extra Detail plastic". I prefer the "Extra" as it is somewhat smoother and has less issues (bits missing off the model).

Personally, I wouldn't buy gaming minis in either of these materials as they are EXTREMELY fragile (I broke one yesterday just by dropping it - that's a lot of money gone). However, I am not sure if painting them would make them stronger? Or maybe some kind of coating? Unfortunately, some models are so detailed that they can not be printed in any other material.

I print gaming minis in these two materials ONLY because I will be using them for manufacturing moulds and for painting (for Kickstarter photos). I would never play with them.
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That's really great info, Lenny. It's amazingly difficult to find info on this kind of stuff, so what you've shared is invaluable.

What material would you choose for gameplay minis?
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The strong and flexible plastic is strong for gaming minis. You do lose out on a little bit of fine detail, but ultimately you can still end up with good looking models if the designer keeps it in mind while designing. The strong and flexible plastic can also be slightly grainy.
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Can anyone explain the price differences between the models? That is pretty huge variability for very similarly sized items.
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grandslam wrote:
Can anyone explain the price differences between the models? That is pretty huge variability for very similarly sized items.

I'm not sure it's the size. I'm guessing but maybe it's the amount of detail causing longer printing time.
 
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That's really great info, Lenny. It's amazingly difficult to find info on this kind of stuff, so what you've shared is invaluable.

What material would you choose for gameplay minis?

Thank you very much!! For the tip also

What would I use? The gamer who commented right after you has the answer. I would sacrifice some of the detail and go for a hardier plastic (one of the basic plastic options in Shapeways). They're far cheaper too! I do not personally have experience with anything other than the Frosted plastics from Shapeways so far. The reason for that is this: the minis I am creating are too detailed for the other materials they offer. Walls (edges) are too thin and extremities (such as fingers) are too fine as well. But I am printing them because, once the mould is made with them, it doesn't matter. The moulds will simply be plastic-injected.

I've tried to test my minis in every material Shapeways offers (including all the metals, wax, etc.), but nothing can handle the detail. There is an option on the site to "auto-fix" your model (fix the problem-causing areas). The result is mutant minis with huge blobs all over the place.

I don't think Cody's Xia ships will cause any problems. They're pretty safe models.

Thank you again and I hope you have fun researching this stuff and maybe experimenting yourself!

By the way, if you are interested in having someone digitally sculpt minis for you (which you can then 3D print), I have a very good contact. He does a good job (I'm fussy) and charges only US $150 per mini. I am getting mine done for US $110 each because one of the games I'm working on has over 20 different minis. He does good hard-surface modelling (spaceships, machinery, etc.) as well as organic (characters, animals, etc.) I found him advertising on BGG as a freelancer looking for sculpting work. He's very understanding of one's needs and communicates well.

Send me a Geekmail if you are interested. I check my inbox daily.
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