Thursday, March 29, 2012

Defiance Games - USMC

So, this is my first post with the new Blogger layout. I'm still getting use to it. Google shotgunned stuff all over the place. Anywho, I just found a new company called Defiance Games, who uses rapid prototyping to make their miniatures. Unlike more conventional methods of 3d printing a master for spin cast molds, they're actually spending a small fortune for an injection mold. For those who don't know, injection molding has the highest start up cost of the molding types, but also the cheapest per-run costs. The molds are generally aluminum, and last for a very long time compared to vulcanized rubber molds, which usually only last 50 to 100 spins. Defiance has done a nice job of cataloging the process of having a mold made, and you can read about it here. They haven't released the rules yet, but say they're entering the alpha stage. Here is a preview of the USMC line:
It's made from this 3d render:
My first impression is that I don't like the helmet. But beyond that, the proportions, weapon, and armor all look good. They aren't available yet, but are up for pre-order. The price? $30 for 24. That's right, 24 of these suckers is only $30. That's just over $1 per miniature. Not bad, if you ask me. They're also 100% manufactured in the USA. Probably not a big deal for people in the eastern hemisphere, but it helps with our situation here in the states. If you're interested in finding out more, or pre-ordering them, check out their website at

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