Our Premium Plastic is a dark, glossy plastic. It can range in color from dark gray to black, and it is our highest detail plastic option. Facial features are clear and distinct, even at 30mm scale. This material is ideal for users who want smoother surfaces for painting, or who want the highest fidelity to their original 3D design. It is suitable for painting, for high quality display pieces, and for gentle tabletop play. These minis are made using a DLP SLA 3D printing technology where a liquid resin is hardened layer by layer using UV light. No support material is used. Instead, figures are printed with small support sprues which support overhangs and recessed detail during the printing process. After the print is finished, the sprues are removed. The plastic is slightly flexible, though fine wire-like details should be handled with some care.
Our Premium Plastic miniatures may have small rough spots, discolorations, or scoring where the support sprues have been removed. This can result in some inconsistencies in the overall finish, though these are relatively indistinct or indistinguishable after painting. This can range from being primarily an aesthetic variation which becomes indistinct once sprayed with primer or painted, or it some a rougher texture that obscures some details.
Our Nylon Plastic miniatures are an opaque white color with a light sandpapery texture. This material islight and porous, making it less suitable for painting. Compared to our Premium Plastic, details will be softer, and fine features like facial detail will be indistinct at 30mm scale. This material becomes more durable at larger scale, making larger statuettes more rugged. 2x and 4x scale statuettes are printed in this material and undergo an additional 'polishing' process to smooth out surface roughness making smoother and somewhat easier to paint. This material is 3D printed using the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process, a 3D printing technique where models are built up from layers of hardened nylon powder. Once the print is finished, it is pulled from the surrounding layer of unhardened nylon powder.
Nylon Plastic is built from very thin layers of nylon powder which are hardened layer by layer. This can sometimes result in a faint “stair stepping” pattern and can warp or obscure very small details. Some small details, such as lips or nose, may be slightly warped or indistinct at 30mm scale.
Our Steel material is a brownish color with a rough, pitted surface. It is heavy and durable though it has a rough, pitted texture which may obscure some detail. It is water-tight, so, so it does not “drink” paint as some porous plastics do. This material is ideal for users who want the ability to throw their mini into a dice bag for transportation or simply want a mini that will stand the test of time. These minis are created using special 3D printers that bind layers of steel powder together with adhesive. The finished model then goes through a bronze infusion process which replaces the adhesive with metal, resulting in a fully metal product. The material is 3D printed from 420 stainless steel, and is then infused with bronze to finish the print, resulting in approximately 60% steel and 40% bronze composition.
Steel miniatures may require the addition, and removal of, support structures during the bronze infusion process. This sometimes results in small marks where support wires had been introduced and then clipped away before polishing. The bronze infiltration varies from print to print, resulting in some variety in coloration, ranging from very dark brown to a lighter brownish gold. Models with large overhangs may require support structures to be printable, unlike our other materials.
Our bronze material is a rich polished copper color. It very heavy and the hand-polishing process leaves them with superior smoothness and sheen. Our bronze material captures very fine detail which can include things like bold facial expressions, even at 30mm scale. Polished bronze goes through a multi-step polishing to give it its smooth, glossy finish. This material is ideal for users who want the maximum level of fidelity to their 3D design, strength and durability, and a beautiful, long-lasting model. These minis are made using the lost wax method, where a wax mold is 3D printed to create a cast in plaster. Molten bronze is poured into the cast, and the cast is broken away. This bronze is made up of 10% tin and 90% copper. Once it has cooled, the model is polished until it has a smooth, bright luster. This polishing process uses a combination of machine and hand polishing to provide its smooth finish.
Cast figures must be polished after manufacturing. As a result, some interior or recessed detail may be difficult to reach and can have slightly lower fidelity or smoothness than exterior detail. Additionally, the polishing process, though it results in fantastic smoothness and a superior finish, can sometimes dull some finer details, like facial expression, or not reach deeply recessed surfaces, like the underside of capes or skirts.