I have been Wargaming, on and off, for years. Probably, better to say decades. My interest fall into two main groups. First, skirmish games that I usually use the larger scales, 28mm - 32mm. Second, refighting historical battles and campaigns. For this part of my Wargaming, I have drifted to the smaller scales. Now exclusively 6mm and 2mm (the latest addition). Current project - battles of the Successors, the late republic and early empire - 2mm, Rules, Strength and Honour and To the Strongest Little known Crusader battles, 6mm, Rules, To the Strongest. War of the Roses - still under consideration but probably 2mm, rules Test of resolve. ECW, the project that brought me on this journey, 2mm For King or Parliament or Tercio ( May move into Renaissance battles)
I have no experience of 3D printing and initially plan to use Third Parties. Any help and advice in this area, will be appreciated.
No problem, glad to have you here! There are a bunch of fan made models for the periods you mentioned in the Lab if you haven't checked it out yet. I'll be adding the scale model Romans and pike to the Library soon. You can also use them together to create Tercios. The Renaissance stuff is tricky though - so many sub-units, changing doctrines, and the like.
THe best third party printer, IMHO, is treatstock.com. Upload your files there and see what the best deals are around you. Just don't use shapeways. They're awful.
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