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Old 09-03-2023, 08:39 AM   #1
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Default Integral Color 3D Printing

I have been using a variety of traditional and non-traditional Army Men (and Women) in my roleplaying games. The figures are easy to acquire, easy to manipulate at the table, easy to transport (just throw them in a box), and come in a wide range of colors (for identification). Unfortunately, they are also very large -- 1/30 scale or 54mm -- which limits the size of engagement one can run on a typical gaming table.*

Although there are manufacturers of smaller plastic miniatures, they are intended for painting like lead or pewter figures and so usually come in a neutral gray color. The variety of types at any given scale is also more limited: WWII figs are common; astronauts, not so much.

So it occurs to me to ask: is there a line of colored feedstock for 3D printers that would allow me to replicate the range of colors available for Army Men or something like Risk pawns? If so, it would be worth my time to explore further (suitable designs and devices).

Thank you in advance for your feedback.

*Although interestingly this is the native scale for SJ Game's TFT hexmaps: 1-1/2" = 48" is 1/32 scale.

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Old 09-03-2023, 10:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: Integral Color 3D Printing

I have printed with a variety of colors on both my resin and filament printers.
In resin, I have used gray, white, flesh(not sure what they really called it), and translucent green. I have some maroon but haven't printed with it yet.
The filament has seen white, green, brown and black. Amazon search is your friend even if you don't like Amazon.

If you are not trying to detail paint each figure, Rustoleum has a new line of spray paint that works with a lot of plastics. Buy a bulk bag of army figs and spray them to the needed color.

Be sure to test a few before doing a mass spray. Some plastics react poorly to spray paint, even the plastic rated stuff, and become permanently sticky.
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Old 09-17-2023, 06:11 AM   #3
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Default Re: Integral Color 3D Printing

There is a literal rainbow of filament colors available.
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