Do you own a 3D printer or know someone who likes to churn out all kinds of plastic crack for tabletop wargaming? When you have access to a machine that can turn a digital design into a physical copy, that’s incredible. With the right equipment, you could make just about anything.
Two decades ago, I used to dig holes in the backyard and fill them with plaster for natural-looking scale hills and mounds. When we had a surplus of cardboard, polystyrene and foam board, me and my siblings would craft small buildings, forts and all sorts of tabletop wargaming terrain. While we had a lot of fun making crap out of crap and using those amateur models for Warhammer 40K and other indie games, the plaster mounds were brittle and crumbled while the little houses bowed at their bases and ended up in the bin. We needed better stuff.
3D printed terrain is the next best thing. Punters on a budget will no doubt scour Thingiverse for all the free STL files. Funny thing about free stuff, though, is that quality is often hit and miss – ok, more misses than hits.
So, what do you do? Learn how to design and splice your own bunkers and barricades? Well, you could. Nothin stopping you. Wouldn’t it be more convenient, though, for someone else to do it for you? Spend your time playing games rather than wasting hours printing something disappointing.
Did the almighty Dice Gods hear our pleas for better 3D prints? A new Australian online store has popped up and it’s full of quality STL files for 3D printed terrain. Wargaming STLs aims to release new models every week, and currently has an impressive catalogue that includes barrels, vehicles, ruins as well as some awesome set pieces like the crashed aeroplane and the highway road kit. These premium and unique designs are better than anything I can mould from the dirt outside and look superior to the average STL files that you can pluck from the interwebs.
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What kind of 3D printed terrain would you like to see?