Category Archives: 3D Printing

3D Printing in the Age of Sail – 3D Printing 1/600 and 1/700 Ships

I never took any interest in Naval Wargaming until Warlord Games released Cruel Seas (an excellent, if poorly proofread beer and pretzels type game focusing on the smaller ships battling it out on the coast during World War Two in 1/300 scale, you can read our 3D printing guide here).  Following on from this success, […]

Wheels of the Emperor – Japanese Armoured Cars in WW2

Wheels of the Emperor Japanese Armoured Cars The conflict with the Empire of Japan is often thought of as starting on December 7, 1941, with the attacks on Pearl Harbour, the invasions of the Philippines and Malaya, followed by the rapid expansion of the Japanese sphere across the South Pacific. The bloody fighting in the […]

Are You Up for Some Chinese?….

Fielding a Chinese Army in Bolt Action It’s suggested you can identify someone’s nationality by the answer they give when asked  “When did the Second World War start?”. Some Americans would suggest December 7th, 1941. Commonwealth nations and Poles would say September 1939. Residents of the former Soviet Union would likely answer June 22, 1941. […]

3D Printing is(n’t) killing the miniature wargaming industry

Last week, there was a series of rather negative articles on Spikey Bits (and even worse facebook comments) regarding 3D printing that caused a bit of a stir in the 3D printing community. These started off with one regarding a Warhammer 40,000 tournament army that consisted of unpainted, 3D printed proxy models for an Adeptus […]

A Matter of Scale: 3D Printing for 20mm Wargaming 1:72 or 1:76?

Article by VJM787, you can find his store in the marketplace here, or his page on thingiverse here.  In starting a section on this site for 20mm war games and models, the old chestnut of 1:72 or 1:76 for vehicle models emerged.  This is worth revisiting in the context of 3D printing, and the decision […]

3D Printing Bases, Movement Trays, Counters and Accessories

Most of our focus so far on Wargaming3D.com has been around printing large items like WW2 AFVs and terrain, but what are some other things you should consider 3D printing for miniature wargaming, regardless of the scale? One thing I’ve found myself printing a lot of recently is accessories and “greebles” on both my FDM […]

3D printing a 1/56 WWII Kriegsfischkutter from a 1/300 source file

Recently, one of our customers – Hendrik De Coster had this crazy idea to take the 1/300 file for a kriegsfischkutter designed by Black Hussar Miniatures and upscale it to create a 1/56 resin printed version.  We thought he was crazy, then he sent the photos of the results.  We asked him to provide a […]

Heading down the Wargaming Roadway… printing 28mm scale wargaming roads

Heading down the Wargaming Roadway…   Terrain on a gaming table can’t affect your dice rolls and it won’t prevent you from forgetting that your opponent’s shrek team was on “ambush’ as you advance your T-34, but it can greatly improve your gaming experience. Terrain is most often thought of in terms of buildings, trees, […]

Glues for Joining PLA Printed Parts

Stick with me, kid… Gluing PLA Filament   Many of us whom print with FDM 3d printers generally do most of our printing with PLA filament. PLA is a versatile, stable and economical print medium. PLA does have some limitations, but for many of us, it is our “go-to” filament. PLA does have one notable […]

There comes a time when  a Man just has to Werf some Nebels

  The German Nebelwerfer Family The Germany Nebelwerfer family. They were known by the recipients of their wares as “Moaning Minnies” or “Screaming Mimi”, because of the frightful sound given by the projectiles in flight. These weapons were called “Nebelwerfer”, or “Smoke Mortar”, not just because they were able to fire smoke ammunition, but also […]