Horses - 28mm gaming

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Horses - 28mm gaming by ecaroth Nov 21, 2017
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Needed to print a bunch of horses for 28mm gaming, but was having trouble finding good scaled ones, and ones with saddles. The "FDM ready split horse" model was good, but I didn't like how the tail printed as a small piece, and I wanted some additional detail.

I added a more textured/thicker mane and tail and a bridle, then used the Saddle from my horse tether post in the Adventurer's Camp to saddle one up for riding. Then I scaled them for 28mm gaming. According to 1/58th scale, these horses are scaled to be just over 16 hands high, which is a nice big thoroughbred size. I then recut to make printing a bit easier.

UPDATE - the more I look at these horses, the more I think they just look small (even though I calculated their scale to match correctly). Some of my reaper figs are 30 or 32mm, so I scaled these up to 110% and they looked better (and were also easier to assemble).

UPDATE 2 - added new "Horse - complete large with Base". Needs supports to print but it's the fastest way to make a bunch of these, and the joint lines were frustrating me trying to remove. The 4 painted ones in the pic are this model printed.

NOTES ON PRINTING/PREP: if you have adhesion issues, a small raft helps well. When assembling, I sometimes broke the horses leg due to the thinness of it. Even with a high infill, there were weak spots. I eventually printed with infill + 3 layers of sidewall and had decent strength. Also before assembly, I used a model file to smooth the flat surfaces that touch.

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Thanks for all of your stuff. I bought your carts at DriveThruRPG.com and came back here to get your horses.

I'm having trouble with the Horse_-_Complete - when I convert to gcode, only the struts and base print! The file is way too small. I ran it through gcodeviewer and there's no horse in the file. same settings work fine with your oxen. I downloaded the .zip a second time, no problem. Your saddled horse also works fine with the same settings.

Any ideas?

I also ran into a problem with the front rolling axle on the wagons - it was about 9% too small to use. Redownloaded that one too. Made it bigger and now it's fine.


Also - would love to see some finished pics of those wagons when done!

Interesting with the Horse - I have run into that issue when saving from Cura if I save directly to an SD card then remove right away. I just double checked the horse, and it appears to be fine. I test printed both of the complete horses (with and without base) and they printed correctly. THey were both cleaned up w/ Netfabb also prior to saving. Possibly an issue with your slicer?

I usually save local then copy to SD card, but I'll check. The size of the gcode file is way too small. The model looks fine in Cura, but then nothing when I print except supports. Do you have recommended Cura settings I should try? The large horse is printing fine, but dude that horse is GIGANTIC. I will try to scale it down by 10% and see how that prints.

I just printed @ .12mm layer height w/ basic slicer made supports for the complete versions, and size-wise they were perfect. THe "complete" versions of the horses are larger than the sliced ones, but I wanted some big draft horses to pull my carts. The sliced version is the correct scale.