3D Printing

Best Airbrush Compressor for Models (10 Recommendations)

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Are looking for the best airbrush compressor for miniature painting and hobby scale modeling? Airbrushing miniatures requires that you have a source of compressed air to spray your paint. But, unlike automotive airbrushing, you’ll need an air compressor that gives you fine control over the air pressure. You’re working with at a small scale after …

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The Ideal Miniature Painting Room (Philosophy and Designer Tips)

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So you’re upgrading your hobby space. You want it to be more than just a place where you store your miniatures, paints and supplies. You need the perfect atmosphere for productivity and focus. What is the ideal hobby space for painting miniatures, working on scale models, or simply a dedicated area for making and creating …

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How Long to Wait After Primer Before Painting, and Other Important Paint Primer Questions

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Are you wondering about the best practices for using primer on your scale models and miniatures? I’ll tell you from experience that a good paint job requires a primed surface. This is true whether you’re painting plastic, pewter, or resin models. For scratch-built terrain using cardboard, or other porous surface will need you to prime …

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3D Printed Terrain for Warhammer and Tabletop Games

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Are you looking for 3D printed terrain for your favorite tabletop miniature game? Whether you’re into Warhammer 40k, Dungeons & Dragons (DND), or other game that uses miniatures and models, 3D printing your own terrain can be a great way to get exactly what you want for your game board or battlefield. There are a …

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Best Primer for 3D Prints (Recommendation and Tips)

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Are you preparing to paint your 3D printed parts? If you’re a miniature painter or scale modeler using 3D printing, then you’ll want to know that any good paint job starts with a great primer undercoat. In this article, I share my experience with the painting process of 3D printed miniatures and models. Using an …

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How to Paint a 3D Printed Resin Miniature A-to-Z (Flesh, Cloth, and Metal)

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3D printing miniatures has come a long way. Resin 3D printers are able to produce miniature sculpts that are indistinguishable from plastic model kits. Resin 3D prints have almost no artifacts with even, smooth surfaces that make them ideal for painting. As someone who paints miniatures, as well as 3D prints, I’m always looking for …

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Is a Subscription Based 3D Printing Marketplace for Miniatures Any Good?

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3D printing is a game changer for the miniature hobbyist and tabletop gamer. The ability to print miniatures or terrain on demand allows anyone to create models from the comfort of home. You don’t need to walk into a local store, wait for a delivery, or deal with bad weather. You can shop for amazing …

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Oil Painting the Star Wars “Mandalorian” Alla Prima

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Are you looking for a 3D printable Star Wars Mandalorian you can paint? The Mandalorian is a hit-TV show in Disney+ that has driven millions of fans back to the Star Wars Universe. This time, however, there is an element of seriousness and might I add gloom and doom. The time period setting for the …

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Smoothing PLA 3D Prints: How to Smooth 3D Printed Miniatures

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What is the best way to smooth 3D printed miniatures made of PLA? PLA or Polylactic Acid is a very common 3D printing material for fused deposition modeling (FDM) printers. It is inexpensive, reliable, and biodegradable. There are so many positives with PLA FDM printing that it’s my recommended approach for those starting in the …

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How-To Paint a 3D Printed Miniature with OSL

So, you’re looking to paint your 3D printed miniature. Painting 3D printed miniatures and figures is similar to painting other types of kit-type miniatures and models. This is especially true if you’re using model acrylic paints, such as Citadel or Army Painter model paints. In this article, I show you how I painted a 3D …

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3D Printing Can Replace These 10 Games Workshop Products

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3D printing is a legal morass, according to WIRED magazine. If you’re wondering where 3D printing technology will take us in the future, look no further than the miniature gaming industry. 3D printers are getting less expensive, and easier to use. The printers will soon fill every household, becoming commonplace as computers did back in …

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Citadel Contrast Paints with 3D Printed Miniatures (It Works)

Are Citadel Contrast Paints right for you? If you’re a new miniature painter, or simply a procrastinator who isn’t sure where to start, Citadel’s Contrast Paint line is perfect for you. If you’re wondering if you can use Citadel Contrast Paints on 3D prints, read on below. In this article, guest writer Eleni Stamos (an …

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Painting a 3D Printed Hydralisk Model for Display: 11 Fun Steps!

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Are you wondering how to paint your 3D printed models? 3D printed miniatures look a lot better with a good paint job to bring out all those details. Painting 3D printed minis is the same process as painting other kit models and miniatures. But, there are a few places that require a little more thought …

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3D Print and Paint a Forgeworld Warhammer 40k Tank (13 Easy Steps!)

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Are you wondering about the possibility of 3D printing your own miniatures? There are free 3D files for almost anything now. Even your favorite wargame miniatures are coming to an open source database near you. Out of simple curiosity, I did an online search for free 3D printable files for Warhammer 40k and Forgeworld models. …

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Painting a HeroForge 3D Printed Miniature: A Gun Mage (Review)

Simply amazing! 3D printing has come a long way. The technology has invaded the hobby space, bolstering independent designers and makers, and has even raised ethical controversy in gaming communities (see here). 3D printing has changed how we perceive and craft unique pieces of work. Quite simply, 3D printing has begun to change the fundamental …

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