Over the past few years I’ve played in a few Dungeons and Dragons campaigns. If you’ve never played I highly recommend it! I know it sounds super nerdy and weird, which it is, but it’s actually very approachable if you have the right group.
I’ve had 3 characters but I’ve only printed 2 of them and a companion for a friend’s character.
Here’s some pictures, sorry for the quality, I really need to up my photography game…
What I used:
- PLA Filament
- Testors Model Paint
- Matte Clear Coat
- Tips on Printing Minis (Reddit)
What I Did:
- Create a model on HeroForge, purchase the STL and download
- HeroForge is a great website for creating a custom mini if you don’t want to or can’t model your own
- Make sure you choose the STL/digital download at checkout unless you want them to make it for you, which is totally reasonable cause their quality is great
- Import the model into Meshmixer and follow the instructions on the Reddit link
- This is difficult, it takes a while to dial it in and usually there are a lot of unnecessary supports and you’ll have to manually edit them
- This will also almost always need to be done for each new model
- Slice and print the model
- Contrary to popular belief you can get good results from almost any printer
- Obviously a SLA printer would be best
- You don’t need a crazy small diameter nozzle, 0.4mm is fine but making sure you have the right layer height is super important
- Any material should work, just use something that you have experience with and have a good dialed in profile for
- Remove or dissolve the support
- If you can, definitely use soluble supports but since most people don’t have dual extruders this part is gonna suck
- Take your time especially around weapons and arms
- Clean up remaining flash
- I’ve had good results using a small butane torch to clean up stringing and small bits of flash but be careful not to melt your model, a heat gun would probably be better
- I use jewelry files to clean things up a little more
- Prime the print
- Pretty simple, this helps fill in some cracks and gives you a better painting surface
- This is the fun part!
- I am by no means a master painter but like with all the other steps take your time, it’ll turn out fine and you can only get better
- Clear coat
- Optional but nice
- Slay evil monsters and save the realm!