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any one know how to create miniatures from video games?

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silasmolino
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I am looking to create some miniatures (for my own personal use in board game prototyping and display) from video game models (specifically HOMEWORLD 2). I have read that it is possible, and one site attempted to explain the process, but I was at a loss still as to how to do it.

Is it easy? What programs do I need to do it myself? Where can I learn the process? If I wanted someone else to do it, who would I ask and how much would it cost to get the .obj files I need to print the miniatures myself?

Thanks.

Knicksen
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3D Scanner?

Howdy Silas,

Might be the above you want to use if all you want to do is make a copy (for personal use) of an existing model as a 3D file. You could then edit the file in something like Blender.

Is there anywhere near you that does 3D printing? If there is, they may be able to advise. Or try a college or University...

Stormyknight1976
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3D printer

Is the way to go Silas. There was also something on here more than a few months back that a blogger wrote saying some company is working on a handheld 3d printer. They even had a kickstarter campaign on it as well. Sorry forgot the name, but check Kickstarter. I would love to get my hands on a 3d printer... Heeeeeeehhheeee evil maniacal laugh. Well it would be for several other projects for animation movies and the like. But oh well. In due time I guess.

laperen
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you will need to state some

you will need to state some of your more specific intents. eg: you mention you want them for prototyping, but why must it be video game models?

in any case, if you have a few hundred dollars of spare cash, and need them for nothing more than personal use, this might be exactly what you are looking for:
http://www.shapeways.com/

Veldriss
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You could try to ask help to

You could try to ask help to modders of Bellum Crucis (mod of Medieval II Total War)
http://freeforumzone.leonardo.it/cartella.aspx?idc=458888

Here a preview of the new version 7.0: http://freeforumzone.leonardo.it/discussione.aspx?idd=10502173&idm1=1222...

Corsaire
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Search for homeworld 2 obj

Search for homeworld 2 obj files

Found a site that lays out the steps to extract them. From there, either spend a thousand or two for your own 3d printer or use a service like shapeways.

If you want to sink some time and develop a great skill, check out blender.org and learn to model yourself. If you want to continue on that path, you could spend a a few hundred and build a RepRap three d printer. I've been doing 3d modelling for around twenty years, it's a lot of fun if you have the knack and time.

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Quote:There was also

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There was also something on here more than a few months back that a blogger wrote saying some company is working on a handheld 3d printerp

Was it not some sort of 3D pen that simply melt a thread of plastic in the shape you wanted?

silasmolino
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Complicated

Wow, that seems complicated.
I suppose there is more work involved than I have time for. On top of board game development I would have to now find spare time around my spare time to learn to model in 3d.

I don't need to have the homeworld models. I just want them.

Anyone know where I can find a 3d artist to create compatable and serviceable .OBJ files?

laperen
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well what do you want the

well what do you want the models as miniatures for? couldn't other place holders like chess pawns do just fine?

silasmolino
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Christmas Present

These would be an early christmas present to myself. Chess pawns would be less fun (I'm using paper chits for the prototyp right now).

The idea to use Chess pieces does bring up an interesting topic on prototyping and playtesting. I couldnt imagine ever using chess pieces for a space themed war game because my suspension of disbelief (which all game designers must cope with during development) would be too stretched to focus on the space theme of the game. My eyes would look at my prototype and see a medieval war game, and due to the incredibly strong ruleset associated with chess pieces, I fear I would begin designing a game more like chess.

Thanks for the suggestion though and the interesting philosophy that stemed from it.

Stormyknight1976
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Yep,

That is what I ment. The 3D pen.

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