I have been busy searching the Internet for free 28mm 3D printable tanks and vehicles that I can use for my Western Desert armies. I found many, not only for the DAK, Italians and 8th Army but also for every other theater and period of WW2.
The ones you see above here took me about a week in total to print. Agreed, the quality is a bit less than metal, resin or plastic models and you can see printlines, unavoidable with the kind of hobby printer that I have, but I assure you that those are not visible on the wargames table once the model is painted. A bit of balsa wood or plasticard if necessary, some stowage and a commander figure where possible and you will have a hard time identifying these 3D printed models when placed next to my bought models. I do of course make sure that I print these in the exact same dimensions as my bought models and that helps too of course.
I do not have a bought model for the CM truck in the pictures so I cannot compare it scalewise. I have the impression that it is a bit large, what do you think?
The nice thing about 3D printed models is that they cost a fraction of the cost of metal, resin or even plastic models and that I can print them as many times as I like in whatever scale I want. I will print a lot more models in the next few weeks so keep an eye on this blog if you’re into this.
I’m (im)famous for losing interest fast and changing between projects before they are completed. I have been like that my entire “wargames career” but thank God, I’m not like that in normal life! 🙂
This time however I am determined to finish a project: the DAK and 8th Army in 28mm. I already have about one Bolt Action platoon of Germans and one of Brits that are fully painted and based. The plan is to add two more German, one British, one Australian and one Indian Army platoon to that together with a load of vehicles and tanks for both sides.
I already assembled all the figures and have put basing material on their bases, the Australians are even primed and mounted on painting stands already. There’s 36 of them in front of me on my painting table right now begging to be painted. So wish me luck, I’m going in! 🙂
Before I moved from Belgium to the Philippines I made a start at building a 20mm Arnhem bridge terrain board. Not the entire thing of course, just the ramp of the bridge with a small section of bridge and the houses around the ramp where most of the fighting took place during Market Garden. I also want to do some Oosterbeek terrain boards.
Now that I have these wonderful 28mm para’s I’m thinking of doing this in 28mm. 🙂 However I will have to wait until I am back in Belgium before I get cracking on this because moving large terrain boards like these to Belgium will cost me of fortune.
I also bought the Warlord Games Pegasus Bridge set and want to do terrain boards for that one too but same thing; will have to wait as it is much easier and cheaper to ship a box with the unfinished model than large terrain boards.
Can’t wait for the day that we can finally pack our things and move back to Belgium. If only we could find a serious buyer for our house here in the Philippines but that is easier said than done. Don’t get me started on tales about selling a house in the Philippines… grrr. 🙂