View Full Version : Gang War Miniatures on Shapeways?

12-02-2012, 09:05 PM
After seeing Lobos news post on Gang War miniatures, I thought I have a punt and see what the quality was like. Although Id heard of Shapeways before, Id never really considered buying anything, as stuff Id be interested in was really the wrong scale.

Initially, I was amazed at the detail, but a little dismayed at how fragile they looked and, as it turned out are (very, very fragile I snapped a gun of one of the lasses in the clean up, and the dogs tail with a paint brush Im clumsy, but not that clumsily!).

The detail on the watertank is amazing (tapes, pipes etc), but it looks as though it would survive about 5 minutes on the tabletop!

They also feel very rough (like fine sandpaper) to touch. I know there are different print qualities (but with no reference point), I went with what was recommended (or defaulted) on the Shapeways site.

This is what I got (straight out of the box)


& this a comparison shot with GW & Heresy


Now, believing the proof is in the pudding, I thought I paint a couple up. Very little clean up needed, but this is where texture started to be a problem. They looked, after priming, as it the primer was off (it wasnt, as I did a metal piece at the same time, without a problem.)

I started on one of the girls and a dog. The painting on the girls clothing wasnt too bad, but the flesh was awful now Im not the greatest painter, but after a simple base/shade/highlight on the skin the girl started to look as though she has severe scrofula, and to my eyes, the facial detail all but disappeared It was so bad, that couldnt finish her, so that was that ... the dog was easier, but my initial plan was for a very shiny effect, unfortunately, the rough texture made that a tad too difficult, so I had to rough it up' a bit

Tabletop quality (mine, not Cmons!)


I think the whole Shapeways thing is not only very interested put could be potentially be extremely useful in the future of our hobby, but from my limited experience, I dont think we are quite there yet.

18-02-2012, 09:14 PM
Hello Vern

I'm the guy running Gang War Miniatures. I'm sorry to hear that the print of the girl was so bad. Like myself, Shapeways is still trying to perfect their printing and I've gotten a few bum prints myself. after a few emails and pictures of the models they have reprinted without shipping or printing charges.

Thanks for posting your thoughts about the miniatures. There have definitely been some growing pains in figuring out the limitations of "frosted ultra detail" . I'll be sure to shorten the dogs tail and ad thickness to the automatic pistols. It also looks like a few more mm added to the scale would be a good move. Great job with the Robot Dog! I haven't scraped together the money to order my own yet.

19-02-2012, 09:32 PM
:Wamp: & thanks for responding to the review. I hope you didn't find unnaturally harsh, but I tried to tell it how I experienced it.

I think the detail you managed on the figures (the watertank in particular) is top notch, and breakages are probably down to me not releasing how brittle the medium is (in much the same way as, say, painting resin for the first time, after only using metal).

I think the problem here, and as I say I don't know the limitations of the medium, is that the skin should be as smooth a print as possible.

Anyway, please feel free to post any further additions/upgrades on this site :smile:

19-02-2012, 09:36 PM
Thanks for the Welcome. I will! I couldn't agree more. I'm eager for further advancements in the technology.

01-03-2012, 01:46 AM
Great concepts BTW, I initially was really excited about this product, but I'll have to pass until the issues of the casts can be sorted out.