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I've gone in for 1 mini on this, more out of curiosity. I've no experience with th le quality of heroforge printed miniatures.

 

The coloured versions seem to have a white dusty layer on top

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I have never talked to anyone who got one of their minis that was disappointed. They have run a couple other KS in the past that were well done. I am in for the 3D package, I started out thinking "will I ever use 10 of these?" and now I'm like "Will 10 be enough?"

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i'm in for a single 3d color mini.  it's more for a the novelty factor.  i've had a couple of the hero forge minis before.  i'm really unhappy with layer lines i've had one them, though they are getting better.  in my experience, the minis are more brittle than i'd like too.

 

fwiw, i did get a couple of my edlritch forge minis.  slightly translucent.  details are a little soft.  still lacking in number of options.

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You two are the first I had ever heard of less than completely pleased. I am glad that it was not serious enough to keep you from reordering. Hopefully the STL files will be good on my printer.

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I've gotten three from them, overall. Two were a gift form y wife - her first D&D character and the character's cohort/wife, and then a more "civilized" minotaur mini, because I can't seem to find any elsewhere. I've been pleasantly surprised, but the cost for them is so high as to be prohibitive. Paying $20 for a medium miniature, or $30 for a "large" miniature in even the cheapest plastic is really unfortunate. I have designed so many minis that I'd love to be able to paint up, but I just can't justify the cost.

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They definitely are pricey, that is why I went with the STL fles. Works out to $5 a mini that way. Of course, that presumes someone has a 3D printer or access to one.

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I got an FDM printer (even bought some files from them), but the results I'm getting are not as good as a Bones miniature ... Guess I'm just too lazy to put a lot of effort into tweaking printer profiles, experimenting with supports etc when there are still ...20 other nice minis left to paint.

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11 hours ago, Corsair said:

You two are the first I had ever heard of less than completely pleased. I am glad that it was not serious enough to keep you from reordering. Hopefully the STL files will be good on my printer.

 

The brittleness was bad, but had gotten better.  the reason i don't have my first two mini from heroforge anymore is from breaks.  if i bump a metal or a bones or wizkids plastic off the table, my worst case is usually a bend or clean up an redo a joint that broke.  heroforge hq plastic tends to be shards like resin.  they are better, but the cost is still rough.

 

I think my biggest impediment is that 3d minis really aren't up to sculptor quality detail and personality.  they do fill a gap with genres without good coverage (l5r, shadowrun, and a couple more), but give me metal for my pcs :)

 

(the bumpy steel matrix heroforge has is a terrible surface for painting; the bronze is too pricey by far.  i do have a steel matrix one in a box somewhere - i'm really unhappy with that one)

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2 hours ago, mikem91 said:

heroforge hq plastic tends to be shards like resin. 

 

Was checking out this thread and always have to respond when i see these comments :)  just for the resin industry's sake (yes we are a resin manufacturer!) not all resins are brittle and shard! the cheaper high speed cure resin absolutely do! But if you ever want to buy resin from a company as long as it is semi rigid (we use Smoothcast 66d) it will not do this.  It will act a lot more like the bones black material.

 

Resin casts can be amazing and can have the absolute highest level of detail if done right! 

 

Now back to conversation about hero forge :)

 

Kevin

 

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I have a couple Hero Forge, and another in my gaming group gets them on occasion. Only had one mishap where his character dropped of the table and shattered. 

 

Price vs Quality. Thats a hard one. Having a custom mini is great, but the sculpts do not compare with the premium boutique resin minis... and are in general more expensive. Having a $20 resin min from Mierce/Darklands or Hasselfree works out cheaper than a hero forge mini... and usually looks better, but the $34 with shipping Hero forge mini does have all the options my Pathfinder character does... So, its a wash i guess. 

 

As an aside. There are some companies, Like Impact Miniatures, that offer resin printing for your hero forge mini... I did this, and it worked out to about half price vs ordering direct from Heroforge. I bought the .STL, uploaded it to Impact and got my mini from them.  My next Heroforge mini would likely go this route again. 

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3 minutes ago, Smokestack said:

As an aside. There are some companies, Like Impact Miniatures, that offer resin printing for your hero forge mini... I did this, and it worked out to about half price vs ordering direct from Heroforge. I bought the .STL, uploaded it to Impact and got my mini from them.  My next Heroforge mini would likely go this route again. 

 

This is something I have considered, but my experience of 3D printing is pretty much nil. So if anyone knows a good miniature 3D printing service in the uk that can top heroforge 3D printing and PM me, I'll just get the .stl files. 

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25 minutes ago, Smokestack said:

As an aside. There are some companies, Like Impact Miniatures, that offer resin printing for your hero forge mini... I did this, and it worked out to about half price vs ordering direct from Heroforge. I bought the .STL, uploaded it to Impact and got my mini from them.  My next Heroforge mini would likely go this route again. 

Hmm... It looks like, at least for "human" sized miniatures, buying the STL from Heroforge and sending it to Impact would mostly wind up costing the same amount. I guess if I backed this KS for a bunch of half-priced STLs, it'd wind up a bit cheaper, but otherwise, it's mostly a wash.

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