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3D Printing - Day Three - Patreon And "Cyber-Forge Miniatures"


Three Star Force crewmembers with separate heads by "Cyber-Forge Miniatures"

These miniatures were created using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer and are available as STL (Standard Triangle Language) files from "Cyber-Forge Miniatures" on "MyMiniFactory". The figures, heavily influenced by Gene Roddenberry's American science fiction television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation", are from the sculpting team's "Titan City Stories" range and were part of a much larger monthly "Patreon" reward during October 2022.


Having previously used the "membership platform" to support wargaming content creators which I watch on "YouTube", I was already quite familiar with "Patreon" and its tier subscription system. As a result, I was able to quickly become a member of the "Cyber-Forge Miniatures” Page at its First Contact level and gain immediate access to all the relevant postings – including both a link to where the relevant STL files were housed, as well as the password protecting them.

The fully-supported Copernicus Shuttle by "Cyber-Forge Miniatures"

I then simply downloaded them all as a ZIP file onto my home computer and decompressed them using WinRAR. Delightfully, all of the models are supplied with supports (as well as without), so it really was just a case of plonking each model onto the build plate using "Chitubox" Basic and only stopping once I had run out of room. Each plate's worth of STL files were subsequently sliced and saved onto the USB stick which came free with my Mars 3 Pro as a CTB file.


Due to my love of "Star Trek" I really was like a 'kid in a candy shop' with these models, especially as "Titan Forge Miniatures" had given most of its Star Force crewmembers the option of several alternative heads - most notably one of Jean-Luc Picard, William Riker and Spock. These were actually the first multi-piece figures I had 3D printed, so I was rather surprised by how many supports each 'noggin' needed.

A Dahar Conversion booth, along with two single-piece Dahar by "Cyber-Forge Miniatures"

In addition, the release also gave me the opportunity to print the rather large Copernicus Shuttle, which literally took up most of my machine's build plate. Indeed, being rather wary of the towering vessel's height, I soon decided to simply have my Mars 3 Pro focus its efforts solely upon it - rather than surround it with a handful of additional miniatures. This tactic seemingly worked, as overnight the printer successfully did its magic and provided me with an awesome-looking spacecraft.


Enthused and emboldened with this triumph, I then settled down to produce a couple of batches of Dahar robotic adversaries, and the Cybermen-like automatons’ impressive Mobile Conversion Unit. Admittedly, this tracked land vehicle took a while to print as due to its sheer size I was forced to produce its numerous components throughout the remainder of the day. But this did allow me to ‘squeeze’ in more Dahar figures on each build plate, as well as decide that I preferred the ominous contraption to carry two fully converted androids, rather than have it transporting a hapless victim in mid-transition…

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wsd50
Nov 12, 2022

That shuttle is a beast of a model! looks to have turned out beautifully too. The other figures are nice too, you must have that 3D printer going constantly!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Nov 12, 2022
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Cheers Roger. I'm super-impressed with the Star Force range, and not surprised that Cyber-Forge Miniatures are already being badgered by its Patreons for more releases in the new year. The printer has indeed been rather well-used since its arrival. Though it's slowing down now - as I simply don't know where to store all the prints. LOL!! 😂

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undercoat2670
Nov 10, 2022

Those not Star Trek figures look great. They seem clean, crisp and with great detail. Those supports look very intimidating! That shuttle looks fantastic. The detail looks brilliant so I can't wait to see it painted. The robot aliens look equally good. To me they are a cross between The Borg from Star Trek and the Kaylon from The Orville. Great looking minis all round!

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Blaxkleric
Nov 10, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. Very pleased with how all the Star Force stuff has printed out, and they'll be plenty more to produce once I've finished painting up the first batch - LOL!!! I think I'm looking at around 35 unpainted figures already with this range.


Definitely a Borg, Cyberman and Kaylon vibe to the baddies - and that suits me as it means they'll be predominantly silver - so simple to paint. LOL!!! 😁

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planetmut
Nov 10, 2022

Holy crap, you've turned into a 3D printing machine! All those models look great and the shuttle in particular would probably cost twenty quid to buy as a kit. Is it relatively easy to clip off the supports?

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Blaxkleric
Nov 12, 2022
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Yes. I always wondered what caused the small divots in some of my figures from Etsy, and now I know. These days though I am removing the supports post wash but pre-cure, as it definitely makes a difference.

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