Last year, I backed a project on Kickstarter called “Customizable 3D Printed Tabletop Miniatures“. It ended up crowdsourcing a bit over three times the amount needed to make the project a reality. It would later be given the more catchy name “Hero Forge”.
The concept is simple: A character creator that lets you choose various and sundry races, poses, items and armor. You order the mini (or statue), and Shapeways 3D prints it. As an added bonus, Shapeways ships from the European Union which meant a speedy delivery that wasn’t held up in customs.
The concept might be simple, but I’m guessing all the legwork behind the project isn’t. On the 9th of December last year, Hero Forge went live. I had pledged an amount that would let me order and ship 3 custom miniatures without additional costs.
I first created my Cleric from a D&D campaign one of my buddies DM’ed over the course of the last year. I then created the main character from Penny Arcade’s Automata series.
In the end, though, I decided on something else for my 3 minis: Creating important NPC’s for the D&D 5e campaign that I am DM’ing as of this year. Since my fellow Nerd Essentials members Ropo and Noobis are both in the campaign as players, I won’t tell you too much about the characters.
I’ll let you see them, though:
Without spoiling too much of my D&D campaign, we have (in order): an Elven sorceress, a Dwarven fighter of some sort, and a gnome-sized scoundrel.
At $25 a pop, these miniatures are kind of pricy. I haven’t painted them yet (though I’ll probably show you progress on them in a future Thing a Week blogpost), but they feel pretty sturdy. As for their weight, they have the weight of a mini you might find in a board game – slightly lighter than a Warhammer 40k Ork (the reference mini I have on my desk).
The weapons are definitely the weakest parts of the minis, but that feels like it won’t be a concern. The pictures might not do complete justice to the quality of the miniatures – even clear as they are, I can tell the facial expression on the minis quite clearly.
I am very satisfied with the minis – quality, price and delivery time. I look forward to painting these, and presenting them at opportune times in my D&D campaign – not to mention having the possibility of creating NPC and player characters in the future!
(Pictured: all three minis with better light, and a Warhammer 40k Ork kinda for scale)