Review of Stormguard: 3D printable Terrain for RPG and Wargames
Full Disclosure Haldane Creations is a backer of this kickstarter for the Licensed Printer Pledge Level. Anyone who knows Haldane Creations, however, knows that we are passionate about 3D Printed Terrain and that we value quality and honesty. Therefore, we always give honest reviews on projects, good or bad. That being said, on to the review :)
Stormguard: 3D Printable Terrain for RPG and Wargames
We talked with RM Studio’s Marc Chabot, the man behind the Stormguard Project.
Marc graciously agreed to answer some questions about himself and his Kickstarter. This is an amazing project, and we have printed a few pieced to see how it all comes together for this review. Two of the Stormguard models have been printed so far. The models were printed at 200 microns without issues and without any supports. The designs are intricate and well-developed and print extremely well on the printers we currently have in the shop: Ender 3’, CR-10S’, CR-X’, and PRUSA MK3’.
Marc recruited the talent of Ian Lovecraft to bring his ideas to life. Iain is one of the community’s leading Artist and the designer of countless terrain sets. You can see his work on his website at, www.i-lovecraft.com. The site is definitely worth a visit and we plan to review Iain’s work in another review in the future.
The photos above show some of our test prints from the Stormguard: 3D printable Terrain for RPG and Wargames Kickstarter files. All of the files printed great with no supports, and at 200 microns the texturing was very nice.
The Stormguard appears to be fantasy based, but it could possibly be used for sci-fi as well, It is definitely robust enough as a spectacular centerpiece on any gaming table.
During our sit down with Marc we asked a few questions about himself, and his project. We have included a transcript of our questions and Marc’s answers. Enjoy!
Q: Hello Marc can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
A: Hi, My name is Marc, the guy behind RM Studio Terrain. I live just outside of Toronto in Canada. I have a loving wife and a 4 year old son. I’ve been into hobbying and creating terrain for 26 years now. My hobby adventure all started out in the basement of my parents house… under a single light bulb that hung from the ceiling with a pulldown string to turn it on, When you ventured down into the unfinished basement, you could see all of my first painted models sitting proudly on the shelf I made with my dad out of 4” nails and reclaimed barn wood. Now I have a studio, and I’m the owner of my own international terrain company, bringing 3D printable terrain to people’s homes all around the world. It’s been a crazy adventure.
Q: What tabletop games do you play?
A: Over the years I’ve played, Mordheim, Blood bowl, Frostgrave, Warhammer, Age of Sigmar, Infinity, Necromunda, War master, Battle fleet gothic, Lord of the rings, Inquisitor, and Warhammer 40k. Currently I’ve been interested in the reboot of the Lotr SBG.
Q: How long have you owned a 3D Printer and been making terrain?
A: I’ve only owned a 3D printer for about two years now. In that time my printer has not stopped printing terrain from all the greats like Printable Scenery, Imperial Terrain, and of course Thingiverse. I now have 3 printers, going 20 hours a day, printing my terrain for local clubs and channels.
Q: What printers do you own?
A: I use an ender 3 for a lot of the pieces, and for items that are larger than their print area I use a pair of cr10s. The ender 3 is stock, with only a fan shroud added, and the Cr10s are also very close to stock, just some squash ball feet upgrades, some larger bed leveling knobs, and some Capricorn tubing.
Q: What got you interested in 3D Terrain and 3D Printing?
A: Time mostly, I no longer have the time in my day to create the style/quality/size of terrain that I want for my game boards. I’ve made many pieces of terrain, even taking home awards for army displays that were 16 square feet and included 120,000 gold coins to scale that I hand punched myself. With a family now, and other things I’d much rather spend my time doing, 3D printing was the answer for amazing terrain that didn’t require building it brick by brick.
Q: Do you have a favorite design you have created?
A: Out of my set, the fallen tower is probably my favourite. It’s unique, blocks line of sight, and can count as cover terrain while in the rubble. It’s just an interesting piece for so many games. One of my good buddies actually pointed out to me that it doesn’t exist yet, and he wanted one, so I said sure, I’ll sketch it up.
Q: Do you have a favorite designer of 3D printed terrain?
A: I do, the man who 3D sculpted all of my terrain for the project: Iain Lovecraft. He does amazing work, and because of him I was able to see what I had in my mind come to life. I had been following his work from when he did his Aztec kickstarter, and when he released some items for shadespire and then his Rome kickstarter, I knew he was the only person that could get my project done the way I envisioned it.
Q: What is your process for creating Stormguard?
A: I thought about what I needed for terrain and the theme first… and then what I hated on tournament boards for things like AOS and Lord of the Rings SBG… and then I listened to Cody Brown from the Hooded Goblin about how he hates (and many shops hate) fiddly terrain… terrain that doesn’t get thrown into a box well, or that doesn’t hold up to gamers.
So the process was, to write out different sizes of terrain… scatter.. small, medium, large and try to think about what would fill those ideas… then I looked to see what type of buildings existed in castles, took middle earth as a sort of themed guideline, and then made it more robust… large pillars… large areas… large stones… solid roofs with no chimneys… then I got some help with turning my stick figure drawings into something Ian could make, and I took them to him. His magic made the drawings work for 3D printing… without supports needed!
Q: How did you come up with the concept for Stormguard? Was it something you saw a need for, or did you just want to do this?
A: There were gaps for great ruins terrain in files out there, one that you put on a table and really stood out and with the new reboot of the Lord of the Rings strategy battle game I knew I would need some amazing terrain, so I started there. Which started to get me thinking I would also need some ruins terrain for all my games like frostgrave/mordheim/ and aos. I went to the usual sites and I couldn’t really find what I wanted. So I got to work watching movies, checking out medieval video games, googling, and looking at books and thinking about what makes a great terrain set for a game table and started sketching.
OUR VIEW ON THIS:
Our final views of this project is that this is a well planned out Kickstarter with a large selection of terrain, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND this project due to the following:
- High Quality design work on this project, which is not a surprise, considering Iain Lovecraft created the designs and we have come to expect high quality from Iain.
- This terrain is a very nice choice for tabletop gaming, visually pleasing, and usable in Fantasy, Sci-FI, Horror, and much more at the Heroic Scale (28-32mm)..
- No Supports!!!! Main requirement for the end user in a 3D Printable terrain set.
- Scalability of the files, which gives more advanced users the ability to scale the terrain for the games they enjoy playing.
- A GREAT PRICE!!!! At $8.00 USD for The Squire pledge, to $102.00 for the The Royal Knight All-in pledge, there truly is something for everyone and everyone’s budget.
- Commercially Licensed Printers. This is always a plus in any campaign, because it allows members of the community to reach out to one another and builds the community.
We are looking forward to the release of the files for this Kickstarter!
So check out this Kickstarter for yourself and see what we see in this package.
KICKSTARTER URL: https://kck.st/2IkkXW2
Here, at Haldane Creations, we hope you find this information useful and informative. We want to thank you for reading our review of the Stormguard: 3D printable Terrain for RPG and Wargames.
Stormguard: 3D printable Terrain for RPG and Wargames.
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