Part 7: Choice of miniatures.
Looking for miniatures to use in a historical game can be challenging. Not because they are hard to find, far from it. The issue is there are far too many to choose from. There are hundreds of companies making metal, resin and plastic miniatures, as well as companies now producing STL files for miniatures.
For this hobby project I decided to go down the 3d printing route and I stumbled across a company called 3d breed. The sculpting style might not be for everyone but I felt familiar with them as they reminded me of the flames of war miniatures. The other thing that drew me to 3d breed was the sheer amount of files they had for British troops in one bundle, including plenty of early war vehicles.
3d Breed are a group of 3D artist and game designers with extensive experience in digital sculpture and 3D modeling for board games, wargames, collectibles and 3D visualization.
take a look at the website here 3D Breed
3d breed have created multiple armies to print at 15 or 28mm for their ww2 collection “March to hell ww2”
The STL files come supported and un supported. the pre supports are good and print out fairly quickly. I went with the un supported option so i could re scale the miniatures.
The miniatures features are on the larger side, as if they were designed at 15mm and enlarged to 28mm for gamers. Some people like this look but I wasn’t too keen. This was easy to deal with though, as one of the benefits of 3d printing is you can change the size of the miniatures. I reduced the x and y axis giving the miniatures a more slender appearance to fit in with other ww2 miniatures.
Coming soon………….Part 8: Painting a Highland Division soldier.