Design and 3D Print Your Personal Gaming Miniature Bases | Make:

We wrote about the launch of Make: contributor James Floyd Kelly’s Recreation Terrain Engineering YouTube channel earlier this 12 months. Jim has been busy since and has already produced 31 movies since Might, masking all features of recreation terrain development, making buildings for tabletop gaming, portray miniatures, and dealing with the widespread (and never so widespread) instruments of the commerce.

In his most up-to-date video, Jim reveals you the best way to design and 3D print your individual customized bases for mounting your gaming miniatures on. You should buy all kinds of ornamental bases for miniatures however they aren’t low cost and are restricted in choice. Creating your individual is simple and the sky’s the restrict when it comes to what you can design on them. And, as Jim factors out, even if you happen to don’t personal a 3D printer, you possibly can nonetheless design your individual bases and have them professional printed at companies like Shapeways. After watching the video, my creativeness ran wild with what kinds of bases I might design for my miniatures.

Not solely does the video present you the best way to create bases in a 3D modeling program for eventual 3D printing, it’s principally a newbie’s tutorial in 3D design utilizing the free, browser-based Tinkercad program. Jim additionally hyperlinks to a library of STL recordsdata for a set of free 32mm miniature bases out there from Fats Dragon Video games. You may entry these recordsdata right here.

This week, I additionally ran into one other intelligent, albeit way more lo-tek, approach of making miniature bases that I had by no means considered. In a video on DM Scotty’s channel, on the best way to make torches for D&D terrain, he reveals his washer methodology of customized basing. He merely hot-glues a washer down in order that it’s secure after which he covers the washer in scorching glue and piles it round to make the form on the bottom that he desires. Let it dry, prime, paint, and add basing supplies, and you’ve got a customized, weighted miniature or scatter terrain base.

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