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Warm Up Your Printers: 5 New STL Projects Are Coming Online

STL crowdfunding projects have been booming this year and have already brought dozens of creative gaming assets to 3D printers around the world. Thankfully, they’re not slowing down. Instead, the tap has been opened wide and a new wave of projects is on the way. Here are 5 of the most exciting projects to pay attention to in the near future.

Mammoth Chronicles Volumes 1 – 8 – Kickstarter (August 9)

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When it comes to miniatures for your weekly Dungeons & Dragons game, it’s fair to say that there are a lot of options these days. A quick search on places like Etsy or Facebook Marketplace will pull up literally thousands of hits. Of course you’ll find the big names in STL miniatures, but there are also more and more independent sculptors and printers popping up all the time. With so many options to choose from, it helps to know which ones are your best. One to watch is Mammoth Factory Games.

The Ancient Overseer.
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Before going any further, I do feel the need to point out that I have a working relationship with Mammoth Factory. However, the reason I am working with them is because these newcomers are creating some of the best miniatures on the market. More than that, though, each collection also comes with a playtested 5e adventure utilizing every mini in the set. Multiple nights of fun, all in one convenient package.

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For their first Kickstarter, Mammoth Chronicles 1 – 8, Mammoth Factory will be offering all of their collections from the first 8 months of their Patreon: 131 unique miniatures and 8 5e adventures for characters 4 – 11.

Can you survive the night?
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Like the miniatures, each collection is unique in both setting and theme. Everdune is a fight for survival against giant sandworms, barbaric elves, and the desert itself, while Bloodlords of the Deep is set beneath the waves and features vampiric merfolk and a slumbering eldritch evil. For those who prefer a particular flavor of monster, the horror-themed Curse of the Skinwalkers has you covered on werewolves, and Dragons of the Immortal Flame has tons of, wait for it, dragons! The Sprawl is overgrown with plant monsters, Infernal Forges supplies your devils, Temple of Time is full of classic monsters, and Voidstalkers even has something for fans of the Alien franchise. Yes, really.

The Shattered Crown: The Lion and the Wolf – Kickstarter (Soon)

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Back in 2019, brothers Mike and Rich Chappell set sail on the stormy seas of Kickstarter in search of plunder and riches. They returned with treasures aplenty, enough to bring their project Pirates of the Dread Sea to life. Pirates is a completely pirate themed skirmish game fought between fantasy pirate crews. There are your standard humans, dwarves, orcs, skeletons, and such. The sea is vast place though, home to some truly bizarre sights. Like the crew of squid-headed Skriers or the fairy pirates with their highly-trained war narwhals.

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Now, though, the Brothers Chappell have set their sights on something a little bigger in scale. The Shattered Crown: The Lion and The Wolf is a full-scale tabletop war game of rank-and-file miniatures. The game is set during a civil war that pits the great houses Hellesburne and Khra against one another follwing the death of the king.

The Black Halberdiers.
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The Great Blades.
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Like Warhammer Fantasy or Runewars: The Miniature Game, models are arranged in rows and columns. Unlike its 2 predecessors, though, The Shattered Crown is an entirely 3D printable game. For those with a printer, this will mean that Shattered Crown should have a price point far below its war game predecessors.

Why walk on foot when you can ride a horse? And why ride a horse when you can ride a lion? Trademarks and visuals belong to their rightful owners.



World of Dragons 2 – Kickstarter (Soon)

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Rounding out the fantasy miniatures portion is a really big new project. As in, physically large. We are talking about dragons here, after all. It just comes with the territory.

Print My Minis has been doing some truly good work lately, churning out hefty sets of themed miniatures. Fungus-riddled trolls, armies of dwarves, even lizardmen cavalry on raptors. As you probably guessed from the name, this latest project is looking to build on an earlier Kickstarter outing that went by the name World of Dragons.

Troll mushrooms are a delicacy not because they’re rare, but because those willing
to harvest them are.
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For dragon lovers (See, All Fantasy Enthusiasts), World of Dragons was a goldmine. The dragons were dynamic and serpentine, featuring the types of dynamic poses that have become the hallmark of quality STL sculptors. And miniatures over 100mm high were very common. Yet it also included other dragon-adjacent creatures that don’t typically get as much attention: drakes, wyverns, cockatrices and the like.

Measure your shelf clearance before you print this guy.
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There isn’t much available about this latest project, but the few preview images available make this set look worth getting excited about.

World of Dragons 2 already off to a good start.
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Towering Foes: Artisan Dice Towers – Kickstarter (Soon)

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Whenever people talk about the proliferation of 3D printers, the term “revolution” gets thrown around a lot. While the way in which 3D printing is upending traditional manufacturing should be appreciated, it’s the creativity people are bringing to the medium that is truly revolutionary. To see what I mean, take a look at what the folks over at Unnatural 20 Art have been up to lately.

It started with their Mimic Dice Box. Each one of these very convincing dice holders was cast in epoxy resin and then hand painted by an award-winning miniature painter. Fans of role-playing games were definitely here for it, and the campaign raised almost $30,000. A modest take by some standards, to be sure, but considering that each box ran between $100-$200, that’s a pretty good total for such a niche product.

“Do you mind handing me my dice?”
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Next came The Mimic Deck Box, ideal for distracting your opponents during Friday Night Magic. While these were also hand cast, the project saw Unnatural 20 make a foray into the STL market. For this project, home printers could buy a copy of the file and print the deck box themselves. While it wouldn’t come with one of the gorgeous paint jobs that have become part of Unnatural 20’s brand, the sculpt alone looked pretty damn good.

Opposing players have been known to forfeit after being overwhelmed by crippling envy.
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Unnatural 20 continues to dominate the high-end accessories market with Towering Foes. Like the deck box, these too will be hand cast and painted, but an STL option will also be available. While I’ve always believed a person should sling their dice by hand, these towers have me seriously questioning that mindset.

That’s a dice tower that should always be displayed.
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KONFLIK 2175 – Indiegogo (Early Development)

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Ending today’s list is *checks notes* our first project from Indiegogo! KONFLIK 2175 is the ambitious brainchild of Yumma Rothman, founder of Fireup Game Meta Workshop.

The world of KONFLIK is a pretty bleak one. Humanity has continued to march towards environmental disaster, and now the world is split into 4 warring factions all vying for the remaining resources. These factions use the remnants of old technology to wage war against one another with soldiers, drones, AI, and some very cool looking mecha. FGMW’s plan is to use multiple mediums such as film, comics, video games and board games to tell the stories of this conflicted future Earth. The board game is currently on track to being the first to launch, and it’s this project that is so exciting.


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Well, not just the board game. Even more exciting is Rothman’s approach to it. He is currently working on creating an open-source app utilizing Verge 3D that will allow players to generate their own game assets for the KONFLIK 2175 board game. According to Rothman, “The app will first be for the Mecha, Pilots, Soldiers, weapons… Thinking like Hero Forge but it’s in the world of KONFLIK. We want to make it open source so everybody can use it. ”

And this is just the beginning.
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Hero Forge for mecha? Yes, please! With the fantasy genre getting so much love in the 3D printing world, it’s exciting to see a genre like mecha getting more attention. One that mecha fans everywhere would probably like to see come to fruition.

I’m not addicted. I can stop anytime.
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by Zane Messina

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