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Old 01-29-2016, 02:09 PM   #1
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Could there be a small, but viable, market for 3D counters to replace the paper cut outs?

I returned from a game convention where a vendor sold 3D printed game accessories. While looking at some of the wargame pieces I asked about Car Wars and Formula De. They had nothing, but we chatted for a bit on the subject.

What we though would work would not be something detailed, but a sheet similar to the cut out with top down of the cars on a 1" by 0.5" base. A thin piece for the buyer to cut apart with an exacto knife. A sheet with 2 different versions of each class of cars would be the minimum. Additional 3D pieces for smoke, spikes and mines could be sold seperatly.

If I had the money for a 3D printer, I would try to be a vendor specializing in such things at game conventions. Place orders at the con and pick up when you leave (or mail them out if the response is good).

So, is this a good idea or just pie-in-the-sky nonsense?
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Old 01-29-2016, 03:22 PM   #2
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these guys (not sure if they are who you met up with) do what seem to be 3d printd cars - https://www.thegamecrafter.com/parts#keyword=car
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Old 01-29-2016, 03:43 PM   #3
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I know some folks like them, but personally I'd be annoyed by non-flat counters. It's hard to drive over them or maneuver while they're there.
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Old 02-01-2016, 08:52 AM   #4
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I know some folks like them, but personally I'd be annoyed by non-flat counters. It's hard to drive over them or maneuver while they're there.
I agree for car wars terrain, but not for the vehicles. We mounted a car to wooden 1" x 1/2" and found it to be easier to move the cars than the plain carboard counters. So, how about a set of 3d Cars printed with base and a plastic turnkey?
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Old 02-01-2016, 09:00 AM   #5
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I agree for car wars terrain, but not for the vehicles. We mounted a car to wooden 1" x 1/2" and found it to be easier to move the cars than the plain carboard counters. So, how about a set of 3d Cars printed with base and a plastic turnkey?
Maybe, but cars are already easy to get. We play at 1.5x scale with vehicles on custom cardboard counters, for example.
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We are not exploring print on demand minis at this time.
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