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Alright, I'm putting this up here because I did in fact make the 3D model for this dragon and 3D printed him myself.  I used "Sculpt"ris to design him and add in the details.  I'd like to see what people think of the idea of using 3D modeling and 3D printing to make and test out masters of miniatures and 'if' this thing even belongs in the 'sculpting' section of the craft corner because it's not made of green stuff and I did not poke it and prod it with scary obscure molding tools.

 

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For a little back story on the character himself, this is one of my older characters named "Roal", his main feature that he's the over pampered spoiled dragon prince.  A real lazy brat that roars about being 'fierce' and 'mighty' but due to his size and shape he gets no respect.  I will probably have to keep on bugging Reaper in making a gluttonous fat dragon monster for my hero's to fight against in order to take his/her hoard, but until then I'll just use my dragon Roal instead.  ((I was playing with the idea of having the players do everything they can to prevent the dragon from walking back too far or it's fat torso will get stuck in a narrow part of the cave, permanently sealing it off or not depending on if they let the dragon live.

 

Anyway, leave a comment.  I'd like to hear your opinions about this.

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Well, I didn't print him smaller because the resolution of my 3D printer isn't terribly small, and I didn't give him scales because scales made him look tougher, I wanted Roal to be as unintimating as possible.  Though I might give him belly scales though, give his gut more definition and make him appear more like a butterball ;p

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Certainly belongs in sculpting. Several of Reaper's frequent sculptors use 3d sculpting tools, and we still call those "sculpts."

 

I love this guy. I think he's great, and I love the size.

 

I might make the front of his upper lip a little less sharp, just to make him more lumpy.

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It's still sculpting, just using electrons instead of putty.

 

I like him, but I would add nice wide fat belly scales. For the rest, I'd just hint at scales.  A few ovals on the cheeks and flanks would do it.

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I'll have to mess around with the model then, add big wide belly scales, scale dimples, round the snout a little, and attempt a scale texture.
Now I'll just have to petition Reaper to make fat dragon brat in the new Bones 3 line (see Reaper, people would like to have a fat dragon brat)

Also, while looking around the 3D printer I did find a version of Roal I printed smaller, around the size of one of Reaper's bugbears.  It was with my previous home made printer thus the off quality.

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This is a really cute and interesting mini.  I expect as 3d printers become more common that we will see more of these types of projects in the forums as well.  It looks like with your particular sculpt that the left claw may have some distortion, but otherwise I think it is really characterful.  

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I'll have to see if I can grab the 3d model and give him a good old fashioned update.  From the response I've gotten I might want to consider breaking out sculptris and making a few more critters in a similar style.  Though 3d printing them might be a tiny issue if I want to make them to scale. 

Until then you might see me physically sculpting another Roal for comparison.

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