The End

by TigerAce1945

As some of you may already know, Yesterday Wargaming World Limited (the makers of World of Tanks) Ran through thingiverse and DMCA’d a large portion of the tank and military equipment models on the site. Unfortunately both I and Bergman lost a huge portion of our models in the sweep. Fortunately we still possess the files however it is unlikely that we will be able to reverse these DMCA’s and restore the packs here. While I can’t entirely speak for Bergman, I am convinced that thingiverse is no longer a site that I wish to associate with and I’m currently exploring other options for hosting my designs.

I warn anyone who has designs on thingiverse to check to insure if they are still intact.

And one last thing, I’m not the type of person to lecture people on their choice of entertainment, but for anyone who does monetarily support Wargaming World Limited or their games, I ask that you keep this event in mind the next time you decide to do so.

Maybe it’s time we all went somewhere that’s more fit for our community….

A Guy Who Had the Audacity to Give Something Away for Free

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using patreon.com - question

by dr_fil

Friends, do any of you have experience with patreon.com? If yes, tell me what to look for first.

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by MikeENZ

Today we are sitting down with Zachary Kavulich AKA TigerAce1945, one of the most prolific WWII .stl designers on thingiverse (I think he’s second only to m_bergman when it comes to sheer number of files uploaded). We took a few minutes to pick his brain about 3D printing and miniature wargaming.
You can read the full interview with TigerAce1945 here: http://www.wargaming3d.com/wargaming3d-com-interview-with-tigerace1945/

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Problems with downscaling files

by vizenz


I tried to print 1/72 vehicle files in 1/100. Usually everything is fine, except for the tracks. I most often get only a couple of wheels with a few filament spots for the tracks itself. I'm using Cura for slicing.

Is there a trick to downscale tracks in smaller scales or is it impossible? Anyone tried this and got good results?

Best regards,

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Desktop Heros

by Hardlec

how to make our own infantry?
Desktop heros is a program to make custom D&D figures. You can construct your own using their library of poses, equipment, heads, body types etc.

To make historical figures they need more uniform parts, as the "clothes" are all fantasy era, and helmets.

This looks like a good way to make historical infantry.

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Parametric Infantry?

by Hardlec

Once upon a time I saw an article that showed a person can't tell a painted human trooper cast in pewter from a rough sculpture of beaded Styrofoam at 15mm scale at a distance of 1 meter. I would tend to agree. I found the only thing I could recognize was the shape of the helmet and the color of the uniform.
There are not a lot of different helmet shapes. In WWI there was the Brody helmet, the Adrian helmet and the Stahlhem. WWII added new designs from USSR, US, Japan, Italy and late war England.

Would it be possible to create a generic soldier which could wear different helmets and be placed in different poses with a minimum of kerfuffle?

(I am one who finds it uncomfortable to see all the troops on the table standing up to make themselves big, easy targets. I spent most of my combat time on my belly. I'd like to see more prone troops in the post-Spanish-American War era.

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Problems with "My things"

by marcusmole

Is anyone else having problems with Thingiverse today none of my designs posted afterNovember are visible

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The Discord is LIVE

by TigerAce1945

Hey you! Yes you, the person reading this post! Do you like military equipment? Do you like 3d printing? Do you like talking about military equipment and 3d printing with people that also like military equipment and 3d printing? Well if so I have a surprise for you! Starting today this group now has a discord! You may be saying “ gee wilikers that does sound swell, but how do I join this discord?”. Well that’s easy just follow these 7 simple steps

  1. Go to https://discordapp.com/
  2. Click open discord ( I recommend that after signing in and joining the group you download the program for easier access)
  3. Create an account
  4. Login
  5. Click the + symbol on the left side of the screen
  6. Click join a server
  7. Type jKUY9xe in the box and enter

And that’s it! You’re now apart of the greatest 3d printing/military equipment Discord in EXISTENCE! But what does this include? A lot of fun stuff including but not limited to: voice chats, text chats, modeling streams, video game nights, board game nights, and film nights! Doesn’t that sound EXCITING!

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Community Involvement : Building a Better Group

by TigerAce1945

For the last few days I’ve been thinking over some ways to increase community involvement. I feel that lately we have a lack of not only new modelers but discussions and interest in general. What a lot of people don’t realize is that just the simple act of posting a link to a cool article or adding a discussion topic to the forum can lead to inspiring a new modeler or help to build drive in older one. I can’t tell you how many of my models came about after reading some comments or viewing an article on the subject. The greatest barriers to modeling are interest and drive. You can go in feeling great and ready to get some models done but cut to 12 hours later and your left with a half-finished model and the feeling that you would rather be doing ANYTHING else. I want to develop some ways that people can get involved regardless of your prowess as a modeler.

Currently I’m thinking

Weekly discussions ( starting today ) – basically just pose a question for people to talk about and debate. example: Do you think Operation Sea Lion would have been possible? Explain?

A Discord- It’s just easier to make posts and ask questions on discord. I could also promote people so they can help with maintaining the group.

More competitions and polls- always good ways to get people involved

Writing a rule set- maybe we could have an active document somewhere where we can all contribute to writing some rules for our own military board game. Doesn’t have to be fancy just something that we can all look at and go yeah I contributed to this.

Painting showcases- would be nice to have a place to where people could show off some of their custom model paint jobs and dioramas. I know there are a few sites that you can post stuff like this on already but just because it already exists doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to create a new, and one day better, version. Could also use this to tie into some competitions.

Electronic Board games- This could tie into discord. There is a game on steam called table top simulator that allows you to play essentially any board game imaginable over the internet. Currently both flames of war and bolt action have versions on there. I think it would be neat to get together and play some matches since for most the price of a physical army and finding enough local players can be problematic. Also if we have any artists in the group that can skin, you could help to add to the available game pieces for table top sim games.

Video games- I know it may be a dirty word for some of you especially older members, but video games are an amazing way to build a community and meet like-minded individuals. It also really helps with things like modeling. Most of us can’t afford to go see a T-34 in a museum let alone drive it around. There are a plethora of games out there that, while maybe not 100% accurate, do give you a good feeling as to what these vehicles were actually like. And honestly games are just a blast to play with friends. Even to this day my four buddies and I recount the time we were playing arma riding around as the crew of a t-34, all speaking in horrible Russian accents, all pretty drunk, and the story always ends in hysterical laughter with the sentence “Then the king tiger pulled out of the barn and ended our time as soviet tank crewmen”.

If you can think of any other ways post them bellow

Anyway maybe I’m just crazy and nobody gives a **** about this stuff, but I think there is a good possibility that we can create something great here.

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