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    blinky465
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    Yes, anyone with a 3d printer will have quickly discovered Thingiverse. And a few might have stumbled across yeggi and stlfinder but as resin printing really takes hold, there are more and more creators out there producing work equal to (and sometimes better than) the high street favourites. Many are sculptors for the likes of GW and Forgeworld, looking to sell their personal creations direct to the end user.

    Many of these creators have stores on MyMiniFactory or GumRoad and run Patreon campaigns. I buy a lot of (stl files for) minis from these guys – not just because they make awesome miniatures, but I’m a firm believer in cottage industries and supporting artisan creators; print-at-home could very well revolutionise our hobby. Here are some personal favourite modellers who deserve your hard-earned.

    These guys are “big players” with loads of supporters, possibly a Kickstarter or two under their belts. They also produce beautiful looking miniatures for ridiculously low prices….

    https://www.patreon.com/titanforgeminis

    https://www.patreon.com/ArtisanGuild

     

     

    These guys are more “one man bands” or small teams, producing great looking minis, that you may have overlooked:

    https://www.patreon.com/ThatEvilOne (produces amazing 40k proxies, Kakophoni noise marines look great!)

    https://www.patreon.com/Recursoszbrush (currently offering 44 minis in the archive for $10 signup!)

    https://www.patreon.com/ghamak (ex-Forgeworld modeller making minis in a similar vein)

    https://www.patreon.com/lancewilkinson ($10 gets you 60 stl files; this guy loves fantasy dwarfs!)

     

     

    Please add your own favourite sculptors as you discover them. Photos of actual prints (and don’t forget to say who created them) can help assess the quality not just of the digital files/renders, but of the actual miniatures, ready for painting.

    Go…..

    #1472134

    shingen
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    @blinky465, you’re looking for stores selling models as well, or only sculptors looking for patrons/patreons?

    #1472145

    blinky465
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    I think I’ve scoured pretty much the whole of the tabletop section of myminifactory (there are some amazing sculpts on there) and spent more time than I should have on cgtrader and various other outlets.

    Personally, I’m probably not looking to buy any more additional models for a while – I’ve a hard drive stuff full of .stls I want to print and at this rate, I’ll still be busy painting what I’ve printed when we rejoin the EU! (just a little political joke, because they always go down well on forums).

    Just thought I’d list a few creators that might have passed people by if they’re only following Kickstarters. And if anyone else has any favourites they’d like to show, add them to this list! No hard and fast rules, just list stuff you like the look of (or, even better, have printed – with pictures).

     

    #1472635

    ivelilla
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    Good morning

    I’m Ivan Velilla from NonSenseminiatures.com, and I would like to know if there is a big market here or only few people still. I have some models that are taking a really long time for me to be released, and some older stl that I would be interested in selling the STL.
    What is my big doubt…when I release them for sale, they will be running for free in a few time? also, some 3d webs will be taking money for something they don’t even paid? there is any protection so I don’t loose the money invested on them?

    Best regards

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    blinky465
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    There are some creators on Patreon with a few hundred supporters – paying $8-$10 every month – and there are people all over myminifactory and the like selling hundreds of copies of their files every month, so there is demand. The market is just getting going here, but resin printers are flying off the shelves as the barrier to entry gets lower (and, as more people jump in, there’s more community support).

    I’ve never yet seen any of the files I’ve paid for released for free across the ‘net. And, it goes without saying, I wouldn’t dream of sharing any of the files I’ve bought either – not because “I paid for them and you didn’t” but because we either support our community creators, or they stop creating awesome content. I think this is pretty well understood by *most* people.

    There’s also the “protection” of accessibility – where do people get their models? There isn’t a peer-to-peer sharing model, like there was for mp3s and music in the early days of napster (and like there are with torrent movies and the like). If someone wants 3d models to print, they generally hit thingiverse (and/or yeggi, stlfinder etc). So unless your models are shared on sites like these, they’re unlikely to be found.

    Which means if you *do * find any of your models “out in the wild” it shouldn’t be difficult to get them taken down; it’s not like trying to get a torrent removed.

    I’ve only anecdotal evidence to go from, and you may not want to take the risk. But there are plenty of people confidently creating and releasing digital files that *aren’t* being shared widely, because most of us respect the creator’s time and effort. We’re in a pretty niche marketplace with tabletop gaming. It seems massive, because of the explosion of kickstarted games, but it’s a pretty tiny niche. 3d printing within that niche is even smaller still. People in a niche, within a niche, who risk losing a supply of things to print because they’re daft enough to share files…. I don’t know how big that problem is!

     

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by  blinky465.
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    Saw this and thought of you

     

    #1475024

    blinky465
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    Wow. I’ve not seen any Jazza videos for aaaages. I used to love when he recreated Art Attack videos!

    #1475815

    ianska
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    I sell all my models though my own site at https://dragons.rest/ and also a Patreon over at https://www.patreon.com/thedragonsrest

    I’ve only once seen my files being shared somewhere. Releasing via a Kickstarter helps to negate a bit of the worry over your files being shared as it’s like being paid upfront before the models get released. I think most people are honest though and I do find a lot of customers keep an eye out and report things like unlicensed printers selling prints etc. I wouldn’t let any file sharing hold me back from creating  🙂

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    ivelilla
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    Hi to all¡¡

     

     

    Thanks for tips, I will thought about KS, because it will be a good way to sell them.

     

    I have been already copied by Chinese recasters with 6 of my 20 references… it’s not easy to build a company and others make the money…

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