Age of Empires 2 - Town Center

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Age of Empires 2 - Town Center by akshay_d21 Mar 27, 2017

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..is finally on Thingiverse!

After a quick search, I found that AOE architectural models were not readily available online. Age of Empires was a classic computer game back in my childhood and I was a big fan of these models so I decided to design one myself. This is not an exact model but it's close to an actual replica. It has taken over 5 hours of meticulous work to design this. Please do share, print or collect if you like this model and I would love it if someone would make it and post it here on Thingiverse under the 'I Made One' section. The design could be completed because of numerous pictures of the original model itself on the Internet. Thank you so much, you wonderful wonderful humans!
Consider supporting my designs on Patreon, here: https://www.patreon.com/akshayd21

Model Update [09/13/2017] v1.2 Thing Files section updated with plane-cut sections for the feasibility of printing. Another model for the Main Dome of the Town Center added for user who want to print without much supports. After printing all the pieces, you can join the parts using a PLA compatible glue.

Photo Update [09/18/2017] v1.1 Photos obtained from my friend Jeff who printed this in one piece on Tevo Delta with Simply3D as the slicer at 200 micron layer height. The grass bottom is just a small square of artificial turf that fits the model. You can request your own 3-D model for printing by visiting Jeff's hub on 3DHubs. I am sure you will be delighted with his service!

Photo Update [09/25/2017] v1.1 Product Shoot esque photos uploaded. Notice the salmon skin artifacts on the roof of the model caused because of the humongous Tevo Delta.

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This is a top to down design based on plans from the original model. The model was started from the Roof tops and was completed with supports on the lower legs. It contains 40+ different bodies which were eventually fused together to obtain a complete, one-piece model.

The model fits inside a 15x15x15 box and most readily available, commercial as well as non-commercial printers should manage to print this. There are no fancy details which might cause a problem with perimeter wall thickness or so. Everything (hopefully!) fits inside a hobby printer's limitations.

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Awesome! Pure nostalgia :D

Thank you for your kind words! :) Enjoy!

Thanks for the time and effort you put in to this, it looks great. If/when I get round to printing one I'll upload pictures of my make here. You have inspired me to have a go at making some models from games from my childhood (I loved the AOE series).

How did you find the reference for these?

Hi Tom,
Thank you for your kind words. I will be waiting for your photos in the Make Section. I found the resources online. Usually when you start designing something from the by-gone era, there are multiple sources. I found multiple images on the web and just worked my way through them. Some of the design was instinctive and imaginative but I think it all worked out in the end. I will give you a follow so I can know if you post something cool like this design!


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Thank you for the kind words! :) Glad you enjoyed.
Have a great 2018!

Great building!

Question. what scale is it though. I would love to print this to use for Age of Sigmar or even Warhammer40K. They run 32mm I believe.

Hello! Thanks for the kind words. The scale, as in, the size (bounding box) is 150 x 150 mm. I think it would be just good enough for those figurines or you might want to just upscale it by 10-20 %. :)

Hope this helps!

This is golden...I love this game and I'm a 2000s kid

Thanks for your kind words. I'm a 90s kid so it's special for me. Stay tuned for more! :)

Awesome! Please keep on making AOE2 architecture! I loved that game and i'd love to build a model of a small city! Thank you

Thanks for the kind words. Stay tuned! More stuff coming soon

Not sure what you mean, Alperen!?!

I am trying to 3D print this file and it will be impossible to print in one go even with supports. The only solution I can come up with is to chop up the .stl file into sections and then glue the sections together (unless someone has a dual extruder with dissolvable support material).

This .stl file does not seem up to par with others I've encountered. The .stl is not a complete shell when trying to convert to a solid part file. I have done this process with half a dozen other models on Thingiverse without a hiccup until this file.

If you could please send me or post the actual original part file in which you modeled this then I could chop this model up into sections and then print the sections to ultimately glue them together when they are all printed.

Hi Jeff!
Try using TinkerCAD to plane-cut the file into pieces. I would be doing that shortly myself. Thanks for the feedback though! :)

How about you do that since it's your model., maybe someone will actually print one then.

This print is all one piece printed upside down but you can do it in parts. :)

Hi Geoffro!Thanks for your comment. If you see the thing files, they have all the pieces you need to print and join.
Happy Printing ! :)

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