Modelling 3D Printed Blood Bowl

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I got myself a resin 3D printer during the first UK lockdown and been having a bit of a play with it. There are a few people/companies offering .stl files so you can print your own team at home. I've compiled a list in the first reply of what I've found below, if you find any more then leave a reply and I'll add them in.

A couple of weeks ago I taught myself how to use Blender in a basic fashion and I've been knocking out a few prototypes of Blood Bowl nameplates.

Here's my 25mm base Star Player design shown off kindly by Grim Ironjaw. I've also done one for the newer 32mm bases.

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You can order custom nameplates from https://www.versatileterrain.co.uk/ though doing a whole team gets expensive pretty quick, they offer print your own or they will print them for you and send them out.

Wargname are also running a kickstarter with some alternative designs https://www.kickstarter.com/project...and-physical-nameplates-for-fantasy-football/

I've got some ideas for other designs I'd like to try and do myself and if they come out well then I may offer them up for sale too.
 

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Brutefun Miniatures
https://www.myminifactory.com/users/BruteFun Miniatures

Calaverd:
A selection of affordable teams listed on cults3d https://cults3d.com/en/users/calaverd/creations
https://www.patreon.com/Calaverd3D/

Carlos.p.miniatures / CAP Miniatures
Wood Elves https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/117133018/fantasy-football-elf-team-avengers-of-isha

Chih Te Yu
Terracotta Tomb Kings https://www.myminifactory.com/objec...mb-king-for-fantasy-football-full-team-173908

cosmondo
Amazon FF Team https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-fantasy-football-mascot-amazons-team-miniature-171192

Crosslances:
They've done a few kickstarters for teams but I can't see where you can purchase them now they are over.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crosslances/st-patricks-angry-leprechaun
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crosslances/halloween-hellraisers-2-teams-for-fantasy-football
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crosslances/gobfreak-stars-3d
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crosslances/nurgoblin-your-first-3d-team-for-fantasy-football
https://www.kickstarter.com/project...e-a-3d-self-printable-boardgame?ref=user_menu Rat / Halfling
https://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models?keywords=crosslances

Dragonslake
Have a Dark Elf team for October 2021 https://www.patreon.com/posts/october-pack-56749513

Eskice Miniatures
Human Team https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-les-molosses-fantasy-football-12-figurines-178694

Fanath
https://fanath.com/en/50-3d-printable have a couple of teams and also did a kickstarter for some fans and bleachers. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fans-fanath/fans-football-fantasy-fanath/

Fite Games
https://www.fitegames.com/ currently working on an Amazon team. https://www.fitegames.com/index.php/product/bremusas-blitz-amazon-angels-stl-pack-positionals/

FrogX4
Akorne https://www.artstation.com/marketplace/p/Lw736/crazy-a-corne-the-squirrel-miniature-ready-to-print Looks fantastic but bit pricey

Galladur 3D
Various, including Asterix and Obelix Rat Players https://www.myminifactory.com/users/piejougeat sylvain

Heresey Lab
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/heresylab2/heresylab-amber-hussaria-fantasy-football-team Kislev Team

MGpix
Has a pirate Orc team that was on kickstarter, you can now get it from https://www.myminifactory.com/users/MGpix Also has a good looking trophy set.

Polymorfminis
https://cults3d.com/en/users/Polymorfminis/creations Has some great looking alternative Lizardmen star players and a Lizard Giant Dinosaur.

Punga Miniatures
They've launched a Patreon for 3d files now (Dec 2020). First month has the amazing Pi'Rats team and some non fantasy football related minis. There won't be a full team every month but each month will have a mix of FF and non FF minis. They've already produced a lot of sideline staff and alternative star player minis that I'm looking forward to getting at some point. https://www.patreon.com/pungaminiatures/posts

RakoVendetta
Goblin team coming in November 2021 https://www.patreon.com/RakoVendetta

RN EStudio:
Mythbowl https://www.patreon.com/Mythbowlrnestudio/posts on Patreon new team each month and the odd freebie.
You can also buy their teams or individual models on MMF https://www.myminifactory.com/users/rnestudio/collection/fantasy-football

Torchlight Models
https://www.myminifactory.com/users/TorchlightModels

UGNI miniatures
https://patreon.com/UGNI_miniatures
https://www.myminifactory.com/users/UGNI miniatures


Z_Axis Wraith Kings Football Team https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zaxis/the-wraith-kings-football-team
 
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Wow, really tempted to get a 3D printer.
Those are getting more affordable and great what they can do.

Nifty idea with the base.
 

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I like the idea, I just don't think I could handle a 3d printer. I do wish some of the models that only come in digital formats were manufactured for sale as well, it does feel like I'm missing out on some great miniatures sometimes.
 

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3d printers are now cheaper and decent quality.
More than enough for bases and stuff that doesn't require high definition.

For the quality level required by miniatures prices are still high ... in the order of ten thousand Euro or more.
 

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I like the idea, I just don't think I could handle a 3d printer. I do wish some of the models that only come in digital formats were manufactured for sale as well, it does feel like I'm missing out on some great miniatures sometimes.

There are merchants selling prints of 3d models, if there are any you see that you want by all means feel free to ask if anyone knows somewhere selling them. Failing that you can get someone to print them for you, there are companies that do that, or if it's the odd one or two drop me a message and I'll see what I can do.

I can only see the industry getting bigger as it cuts out the need to store inventory or deal with postage. There is still a bit of faff with 3d printers (both kinds) so not quite ready for mass consumerism but it's getting more and more popular, especially as prices are falling. Happy to offer any advise for anyone interested in it themselves.
 

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Great advice, I hadn't thought about pay to print options before.
 

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I’m in a pretty similar position to you Coach - got myself a printer in April, and haven’t looked back!

The only other couple of sites that have been good for me are Fanath (love their chaos team), and thingiverse - there are loads of free minis there.

Obviously the initial outlay for the printer can be high (mine was around £280), but I can now print out a team for less than £10!

I would rate the print quality as very high as well. I print at the “standard” setting (0.05mm/layer), but you can go for even better resolution (0.01mm/layer) - it just takes longer to print.

One downside I did find is that the resin can be quite brittle. I mix my resins to get around this now - adding 20% flexible resin to make them more durable.

Printing base plates for me has been a game changer, making the minions really pop! I have bough them from versatile terrain in the past, but I’m now rocking the Wargname ones - it’s my Slann team in the pictures in the kickstarter (I’m not affiliated with Wargname, I was just asked to print and paint them as a test - they are awesome!).

Here are some pictures of my printed minis, or base plates as a reference.....

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Good shout on Fanath, I backed their kickstarter for their fans so bit dumb of me to not include them in the thread!

Which printer did you get? I ended up getting the Elegoo Mars 2 Pro with the mono screen for faster print times. Can rattle base plate prototypes out in under an hour.
 

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I’ve just go the original Mars - I think it was not long before the Pro came out when I got it. I’m in no rush for the prints, so I can cope with the slower speed!

I’ve got a template for a support free base plate that I’ve used a lot - think I can print about 30 of them in about 20 minutes.

My resin mix does add some time on for each layer (I have to print at about 11 seconds per layer), but I like being able to drop my minis without having to worry.
 

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I've not tried printing them without supports, I'll have to give that a go. I've had trouble removing some prints off the printing platform so a bit wary about damaging them removing them. I believe there are some tricks to removing prints like getting a magnetic flexible build plate, or put it in the freezer (not sure I want to put toxic resin in with my food though).

I've been using Elegoo ABS like resin and it's not as brittle as the standard stuff. Not tried a break test yet on them but they seem fairly solid and a little bit of flex. I'll try snapping one of these prototypes at some point and using some for drop tests.
 

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We have a different concept of very high quality it seems.
I'd say that quality of your minis is decent, but very high seems to me an exaggeration.
Good enough for playing pieces for sure, and with a good paint the frogs and bases look really nice, but what I call very high quality is a higher level of detail, like the one needed in collection pieces.
 

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I'm amazed at the quality I can print off compared to what I used to buy. Excuse the potato photo from my phone, just got up and didn't want to grab the proper camera. Proxy wraiths for the new Necromantic team perhaps...

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Quality is subjective to each individual. Shop bought minis can look great or bad and the same for 3d printed ones, from either the sculpt or the print quality. There's enough choice out there for most things to please most people.

Now if only I could find some High Elves and Amazons I liked.
 
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Indeed satisfaction of quality level is subjective.
Those pieces are really good, and as already said for playing pieces is more than enough.
However I have seen pieces from high end (and costly) 3d printers, and you can tell the difference.
Don't mind me though, I am notoriously picky, often too much ...
 

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I quite liked the Fyte Kickstarter Amazons - it a shame that it failed, but at least they are going to sell the stls at some point in the future.

I’d love some high elves and dark elves though! I like the minis that are out there, but not enough to buy them - I’m still waiting for minis that I’d actually want to paint!
 

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Tried printing directly onto the base plate, even modified the design to have a larger flat bottom surface. Some printed out fine but too many just peeled off or printed funny. Tried another batch with some more supports at the bottom corner and these all came out top notch. Shiny patches are where the alcohol hadn't quite dried yet. Need to make a version for 40mm bases for the big guys, though the new box set only includes 32mm bases for them apparently.

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https://pungaminiatures.com/ have announced they are going to launch a patreon in December for .stl files of their minis. I can't wait as their minis look amazing, I did ask them before about buying stl versions but they said they had no plans to do so. Looks like they've had enough people asking that they changed their mind. Is this a sign the tide is turning even further towards home printing?
 

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They look awesome! If you ever decide the share the template let me know......

One thing I’ve done with success is to sink them down about 0.25 mm (change the z axis location to -0.25 in chitubox) - it then means you should be able to print without any supports.
 
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