3D printing has lent an altogether new element to gaming as figurines, replicas, and one prop after another can be fabricated and brought to life—and in the case of detailed weaponry that can be exciting indeed as gamers can take a break from the controllers for a while and delve into other technologies that still relate to their interests.
A new game, just added to STEAM for November, will have many players psyched as they pre-order and enjoy some of the bonuses as well. There will be miniatures that can be printed out, but for even more fun, there are some designs that can be fabricated right to true size for props. This is especially fun since the game in question, Space Hulk: Deathwing, is an extension of the Warhammer 40K franchise and is a first-person shooter game. Warhammer 40K offers rich lore and a great story able to keep enthusiasts busy for hours (no surprise there). Those playing must employ strategy, dealing with numerous factions.
Space Hulk was created by Streum on Studio. As the game commences, players find that they are fighting the Genestealers, a group of aliens. To defeat them, they take over the Deathwing Space Marines. Space Hulk will be released on December 9th, available for pre-order on STEAM.
The first of the trio of weapons to be made is the handgun, offered as a free download on Pinshape. This should be deceivingly simple to 3D print, gluing the small parts together and then painting.
“This pistol goes perfectly with any Imperial Warhammer 40K cosplay, prints easily without any supports, is fun to paint and has a surprisingly nice balance when handled,” states Ritthanondh. “The way it was split ensures it will fit on any regular desktop printer and in addition makes clean painting as easy as possible.”
While you may find the sword a bit more difficult to make, if you have the equipment and the skills, it’s surely worth it to add this to your collection. It prints in ten pieces, measuring 90 cm, or almost three feet long. There are also two different options for the pommel of the sword, featuring an eagle or a sword—both equally impressive. You’ll just need two rods and some glue when it comes to assembling this piece. See more here.
All of these should be fun for gamers eagerly awaiting the release of Space Hulk, allowing for them to add to their collections. And in general, while 3D printing offers great amusement for the individual both in collecting and for directing cosplay, this is also a great avenue for franchises to market their brands, whether in showing off pieces at shows and events or releasing files themselves so that everyone can enjoy making them. Discuss in the Warhammer 40K forum at 3DPB.com.[Source / Images: Makers.txt.africa]