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3D Printing - "Wargames Atlantic" Tribe


"Wargames Atlantic" WIPs - Three of the six N’Glonhgk Infantry currently being worked on

All 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 "Wargames Atlantic" on "MyMiniFactory" under their "Atlantic Digital" umbrella. The figures are all from the company's "WW2 US Navy Landing Party", "Death Fields N’Glonhgk Infantry" and "82nd Airborne" releases.


To be honest, this is only the second Tribe on "MyMiniFactory" which I've ever followed, the other being a short-lived tenure with "Eli3D", and initially, I wasn't all that convinced by the rather range specific selection of extra heads, conversion parts and farm animals on offer. However, these somewhat haphazard objects were just the manufacturer getting started, and these days I actually regret not joining their subscription service sooner as I now need to purchase their excellent-looking Napoleonic Russians in Greatcoats, Victorian Policemen and German Treasure Hunters separately - amongst many other older sets.

"Wargames Atlantic" WIPs - These 82nd Airborne were all printed as single-piece figures

The N’Glonhgk Infantry are probably my favourite of their releases so far, and are actually the digital files which first made me decide to financially support their content. I don't admittedly own any of the Death Fields plastic kits, nor necessarily intend to in the future. But there was something about the frog-faced extra-terrestrials which cried out to me to buy them, and having recently acquired a copy of "Xenos Rampant" by "Osprey Publishing", I thought the bulky aliens would make for a marvellous science-fiction skirmish force à la "Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars!"


The number of poses possible from this kit is impressively diverse, with the STLs containing five torsos, numerous heads, eight different weapon-carrying hand/arms and a variety of open-handed left limbs too. Furthermore, one of the beauties of 3D printing is that the figures can simply be 'mirrored' in "Chitubox" to essentially double the possibilities. Assembly was also very easy for my squad of intergalactic amphibians, with the various pieces of "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin forming a stunningly solid bond with one another when adhered using superglue.

"Wargames Atlantic" WIPs - The join of the heads to neck seemingly creates each model's hairline

Perhaps the most modeller-friendly set I've so far encountered though, are the miniatures from the 82nd Airborne Division, which have an option of being produced as a small team of single-piece soldiers. Obviously, even with a bit of pre-processing software jiggery-pokery this does mean the poses are pretty limited. However, it has meant that I've been able to print, base and prime a handful of "All-Americans" in quick succession - potentially as opposition to a Weird War Two invasion by the N’Glonhgk.


Lastly, I've taken the time to assemble and undercoat a group of sailors from the WW2 US Navy Landing Party kit. These figures come with the option of already being stood on puddles; something which makes basing them an absolute joy, and are presented with an array of M1-Garande rifle-carrying poses. I was a bit disappointed that there is no option to readily print the miniatures with the heads already in place upon the shoulders. But I suppose it does provide that additional variety option I've already harped on about, and means that later on I may well be able to add some helmets to the landing party too...

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planetmut
Aug 08, 2023

Those froggy spacemen things are AWESOME! You could make a pretty decent Space Station Zero team out of them! I'm looking forward to seeing them painted up, which, at the rate you're getting through minis means you probably painted them three days ago LOL!


The 82nd Airborne troops are really good sculpts, as are the landing party minis.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 08, 2023
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Cheers Matt. I was planning on getting the frogmen finished in quick order. But I've been badly bitten by the Warlord Games Epic bug currently, so am busy trying to get as many of their 10mm ACW figures completed whilst it lasts. LOL!!!

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undercoat2670
Jul 30, 2023

Another very interesting and informative post about 3D printing. Wargames Atlantic certainly make an eclectic selection of plastic kits and this additional 3D printing collection clearly continues in that vein. I think those space frogs are absolutely awesome minis and would sell like vegan sausage rolls if they came out as a plastic kit! The WW2 ones are nice, but the space frogs blow them out of the water! (Sorry US Navy!!)

Very interesting.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 30, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. I've got quite a few of these 3D printing posts planned, so hopefully they'll be of interest to people. Yes. I am surprised the space frogs aren't plastic kits - perhaps WA are waiting to see the response (and requests) before investing in the expense of producing them in plastic.


I'm pretty sure they'll be a few more posts covering WA's range of sculpts, as they're blowing me away currently. LOL!!

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Jul 28, 2023

I wish WGA sold these as physical products too... I'm not in the market for a 3D printer (I don't even own a computer!) nor do I have any mates who own one, so it sucks to miss out on such cool sculpts (The space frogs.).


Looking forward to where you take these guys!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 28, 2023
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I think WGA see the Tribes as a supplement to their plastic ranges. But I reckon the N’Glonhgk Infantry would sell quite well as a boxed kit. Most of these digital releases come with six torsos etc, so probably a sprue's worth of plastic for each release.


Sadly, unlike most of the other Patreons/Tribes I follow there's no option for 3D printing companies to buy the rights to print these fellows out either.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 28, 2023

Some great looking prints Simon, hadn't seen a post from your 3D printing for a while, so wondered if there was a problem, obviously not, just quietly printing away in the background ! LOL

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 28, 2023
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Thanks Dave. The only problem with 3D printing is that I'd very quickly be overwhelmed by resin figures at a time I'm desperately trying to cull my backlog, not significantly increase it. LOL!!! I also found that after a while I greatly missed the heft of having a metal model in my hand - partially resulting in my recent obsession with 10mm Pendraken tanks & 28mm BTD Dr Who models. Perhaps this is a sign that not everything will be 3D printed in the future..?


I am though somewhat surprised that I'm not currently painting more 3D prints as there's some absolutely cracking STLs out there - which I hope to cover with this series of postings. I'm particularly struggling…


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