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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Selling Out (Rifleman Dreadnought)

Modeling them in all of their unpainted glory

The story - I was curious about all of the bits available from the 3d printing service Shapeways (search for 40k) so I ordered some bits from various designers.  They were all untried designs that turned out to be unprintable.  Shapeways has a minimum order of $25, and I ended up with a credit in that amount.  I decided to use it before I forgot about it and ordered the arms pictured here for $12.50 each from Custom Minis, a designer who uses Shapeways.  

Comparison with twin-linked lascannon
Ordering was no problem and the level of detail is great, however I feel like the arms are about 20% too large at the "shoulder" area (i.e. the part that attaches to the body).

Compared to "stock" dreadnought arms
Autocannon - larger overhang front and back
Overall I think they're a good deal.  They are printed in one piece and are solid all the way through.  The plastic is slightly porous looking, almost like the texture of fiber paper.  I think they will look good once I get around to painting them.


  1. Hi there,

    Thanks for the right up about the Autocannon Arms. It's always nice to see a review on my products. One of the nice things about working with 3D and Shapeways is if enough people feel an Item should be changed (shortening of the shoulder attachements) then I'm more then willing to work with you guys and make that change for future prints.

    Keep up the good work on the blog.

    Mike (Custom Minis)

  2. Mike,

    Thanks for the comment, hope to see more cool stuff from you in the future. (Iron Hands?)

  3. These aren't the hands you're looking for ;) (TrueScale though, hehe)

    Mike (Custom Minis)