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Midwinter Minis posted an interesting and provocative video a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t respond right away, because I wanted to take my time and think about it. I know, right? On the internet?
Here’s the video, if you didn’t see it.
On reflection I have to say it’s a good idea, but not as simple as that. The kind of thing I would support is the back catalogue of old, long out of procduction models being made available as 3D print files, and then as models sold under some kind to licence to non
If Games Workshop were to open their back catalogue to home 3D printers, they could use a license or fee per model structure. However there would need to be a considerable amount of work done to get 3D scans of the classic models, part by part, and get those ready for printing. It’s not realistic to expect Games Workshop to put the required resources into this step.
I guess it could be done in a quasi walled garden, where printers sign up some kind of deal with GW, get access to files and are expected to create more/improve what is there. Then they get to print them out for nostalgia freaks like me.
At first I wasn’t sure I would be a potential customer for this. Then I remembered this classic scorpion model, and how much would I like to use this to test out a synthwave colour scheme? A lot.
I have the four classic citadel catalogues, and in recent years I have learned not to leaf through them, because the price most models go for now is typically high, representative of their relative scarcity these days.
As Guy suggested, the idea would work best for the thoroughly out of production models, whether metal or plastic. In either case work has to be done to get these into a format ready for home 3D printers. Would it be productive for GW to do this themselves and sell classic .stl files? Honestly I don’t think so, but I could well be wrong.
I would pick up a few of these classic models if they became available for reasonable prices though.