Our Plastic miniatures are an acrylic plastic coated with gray primer. This material is light and rigid with light print layer texture. Compared to our Premium Plastic, detail is slightly softer. It is suitable for tabletop play and for painting. This material is 3D printed using a Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) printing technique, where a liquid resin is hardened layer by layer using UV light. These layers are printed at 100 micron (0.1 millimeter) layer thickness. 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 manually removed. The plastic is rigid, though fine wire-like details should be handled with care.
Our Plastic miniatures may have small rough spots, nubs, or scoring where the support sprues have been removed, and some faint layer lines. This can result in some inconsistencies in the overall finish.
Our Premium Plastic is a glossy, black plastic. It is our highest detail plastic option. This material is ideal for users who want the highest fidelity for their original 3D design. It is suitable for painting, for high quality display pieces, and for gentle tabletop play. This material is 3D printed using a Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) printing technique, where a liquid resin is hardened layer by layer using UV light. These layers are printed at 50 micron (0.05 millimeter) layer thickness--double the layers of our $19.99 plastic option. 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 manually removed. The plastic is slightly flexible, though fine wire-like details should be handled with care.
Our Premium Plastic miniatures may have small rough spots, nubs, or scoring where the support sprues have been removed, and some faint layer lines. This can result in some inconsistencies in the overall finish, though these are usually indistinct after painting.
Our Steel material is a brownish color with a rough surface similar to cast iron. Though it is less detailed and has a rougher surface finish, steel miniatures are heavy and durable. This material is ideal for users who want the ability to throw their mini into a dice bag for transportation. 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.
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. Bronze figures are 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 provides 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.
In addition to physical miniatures, Hero Forge® also offers digital .stl print file distribution. These files can be loaded into your 3D printing software of choice for printing at home. 3D model files are distributed as zipped .stl files with a file size around 5-10mb. They are tessellated meshes which are not rigged for animation. Model files are distributed via your user profile page. They typically arrive within 15-30 minutes of checkout, but please allow for up to one business day: in some cases manual quality control checks are required.
Note that Hero Forge® miniatures are finely detailed scale models. As a result, some home 3D printers do not have the ability to faithfully replicate the level of detail present in the source model or have issues printing thin, free-standing “wire” parts or the thin supports necessary to support a model during the build process. As a result, Hero Forge® does not give any warranty about the models, and does not guarantee that the model will be fit for any particular purposes or be compatible with any specific make or model of printer. If you’d like to attempt printing a sample figure before purchasing, please use one of our two free sample models to try out your home printer, available on your digital orders page or below:
Note that we do not offer refunds or exchanges for digital models.
For more information on our digital download products and images of user prints, check out our digital download information page.