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Subject: 3D printed Catapult for B-sieged rss

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Leavon Archer
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Hi, I have been playing B-sieged for a few weeks and couldn't help but think that a catapult mini would look really cool on the board.
I'm a 3D artist for a living and had just invested in a 3D printer so thought the catapult would be a good first test of the printers quality. The 3D model only took an afternoon in Zbrush and the Print itself took around 10 hours to print.
It's printed in 4 pieces, the main base and frame work, the boulder holder, boulder and the character platform. Overall I'm pretty pleased with the result, there are some obvious striations in the print, these could be improved with a bit of sanding and filler primer (I was in too much of a hurry to get it painted).
I also integrated a hole in the base to accept a pin so that the mini can be attached to the board and turn.
Quality could further be improved by printing it in more pieces but then it becomes a bit of faff to put together. I'm not sure if there would be any commercial interest in this, either as a Printed piece or as a digital file to print your own? Or whether it's that financially viable to produce on any scale.
Please let me know if anyone would be interested in it.

It's definitely inspired me to have a go at some more components for my favourite games.

I have just noticed another post in a similar vein to this, hope I'm not treading on any toes by posting this.

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Very awesome! If you start selling these out me in for one.

Keep posting what you make.
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Gabriele Muraglia
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Count me in, too!
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Me three!!!!
 
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Me four!!!
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That is AWESOME!!!AMAZING job Leavon!! I definitely want one!
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Leavon Archer
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Thanks for the kind words folks! I've just dropped a mail to 2nd Gate to see if they would have any issues with me selling this piece. The design is based on the board tile so I don't want to get into any copyright issues. I'll keep you all updated!
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Jeff Carter
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You would probably be safe to sell them if they didn't have the logo on them...but if you don't sell them, any chance you could share the .stl files for those of us with 3D printers?

Awesome job, man
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Leavon Archer
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You were right Jeff, I've just spoken to 2nd gate and they are happy for me to sell them but without the "B" on the platform. In fact they liked it so much that they want me to send them a couple!
I'm probably going to set up an Etsy shop to sell through, I'll offer a painted version, unpainted and .STL file for sale.
I'll keep this thread updated, thanks for the interest everyone has expressed so far.
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Awesome model!
we love it!
it fits perfectly in the game.
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GREAT!!!!!
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Chad Haney
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Keep us posted; I'd like to order one as well.


thanks
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That looks like a high quality printer. Which model?
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Dan Angevine
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nice work!
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Leavon Archer
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Thanks guys! I'm really flattered that 2nd Gate like it, it's a huge compliment.

The printer is a Wanhao D6, I wasn't expecting the quality to be as good as it is. I bought it to print larger, simpler pieces for replica props and it was such a pleasant surprise that the detail is as good as it is and that I can use it to print minis.


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Ah, I think I was taken in by the Zbrush image at the top. So smooth! Still, after your nice paint job it looks really good.
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Don't own the game but this is seriously amazing.

Sometime in the future I think manufacturing is in serious trouble, could make the great depression look like a blip in our history.
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Hey I want one too!!!
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My printer has been busy fulfilling an order for 2nd gate but I've refined the design to just 2 pieces now so assembly is just a matter of gluing the turntable to the base. I can now take orders but I think I'll have to do that through the Marketplace(I'm new to BGG and I'm not familiar with how things are done here). Could anyone clarify how I sell here?

Meanwhile here is a new sculpt I've done for a Talisman board centerpiece, The crown of command....

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Another AWESOME sculpt Leavon!
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I have always thought I would liked too much a catapult miniature before more enemies or additional heroes.

I'm very interested on this files or miniature ...

Have you thought about doing the four walls ?
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Leavon Archer
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Thanks Ramon. I did think about the walls but I haven't figured out a way of making them at a reasonable size whilst being able to fit the minis on them, they would have to be quite big.

I'm ready to offer the catapult for sale as a Print and an STL but I'm not sure how I go about selling it on BGG, do I have to do it through the Market place or can I take orders in this thread?
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The catapult is now available to buy as a 3D print through my website!
http://www.leavon.co.uk/online-store

The digital download will be up in the next couple of days.
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It looks really great and I appreciate the effort, but $35 US seems a bit high for a single model. It this a typical price point for a 3D printed figure? I'm not trying to be contrary, I just haven't ever priced a 3D printed model.

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Pricing is a really tough one, I've tried to take into account these factors:
a) It takes around 10 hours to print the Catapult at 100 microns.
b) Materials used in the print
c) 10-20 minutes clean up time
d) and finally my time taken to design and re-iterate until it's right.

I am offering the digital file for sale so you could get it printed elsewhere although I have uploaded the file to a 3D hub and it came in at around £40 to print so I think with all these factors taken into account it's a fair price.
I realise it's not going to be for everyone and I wish I could afford to get it cast and offer it at a cheaper price which would mean I could sell more but it's not an option for me right now (unless anyone knows of a casting service?).
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