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Check Out This Library of Over 200 3D Printed Dungeons & Dragons Monsters

by • January 14, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_dandd_logoWhen Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson created the legendary Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) tabletop role playing game it is unlikely which they had any thought which it may become positively the most well-liked RPG of all time. For over forty years the game has been a cultural touchstone for multiple generations of gamers and fans and has even endured and thrived in the age of the video game. That endurance has a lot to do with the themes of the game itself, thanks to its liberal use of modern fantasy mythology and iconography, but it is in addition due to the game’s competence to reinvent itself regularly. While not each new iteration of D&D or new game mechanic has been met well with fans, the evolution into a additional visually-based game which allows for users the option of using grid maps and mini figures has generally been a welcomed change.

Zavala carries all of his minis around in a giant tool box.

Zavala carries all of his minis around in a giant tool box.

When avid D&D player and Shapeways user Miguel Zavala was encouraged by his fiancée to pick up 3D printing as a hobby, at initial he wasn’t certain it was for him. He had may already worked with 3D printing while he was in college and nat any time quite pursued it after he graduated and got a job. But after finding which his local library offered 3D printing services he decided to go ahead and give it a try. As a fan of D&D, naturally, the initial thing which he 3D sculpted was a Black Dragon miniature which may be utilized in his next game, and by the time it had finished printing he was hooked. In no time he had his own Printrbot Simple at home, and decided to 3D sculpt and 3D print all of the hundreds of creatures of the game’s Monster Manual.

“I in fact begined playing [D&D] when I was 17 and haven’t stopped since. While I’ve grown up a a lot, D&D is the one thing which I will always feel like a kid around. I’m simply just as excited now when I sit down and begin rolling the dice as I was when I was a teen. I love this game, and it creates me feel perfectly
rad understanding I’m helping improve the experience for man gamers like myself,” Zavala told me.

Metallic Dragons

Metallic Dragons

Red Dragon

Red Dragon

Beholders

Beholders

The 350 page Monster Manual is one of the three core rule books which are required to run a D&D campaign, and it is packed full of simply just of each fantasy creature which you can ponder of, and quite a few which you most likely mayn’t (I’m looking at you, Owlbear) so this was quite the challenging project which Zavala took on. So far he’s 3D printed well over 200 of the monsters since he begined back in the fall of 2014. The monsters range of role playing game mainstays like his amazingly detailed dragons to banshees, giants, demons, ghosts, specters and elementals. But he’s in addition 3D printed a lot of the odd, weird and ridiculous creatures which the game has to offer, like the Flame Skull, which is precisely what it sounds like. Naturally he’s printed what is most likely one of the most iconic and weird D&D creature at any time, the floating eyeball monster called a Beholder. And yes hardcore RPG fans, he’s in addition 3D printed the Dread Gazebo, for the reason of course he may.

Owlbear

Owlbear

Flaming Skull

Flaming Skull

Dread Gazebo

Dread Gazebo

Zavala gets the reference materials for all of his designs directly of the source, the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual. All of the 3D models are created in Blender, which he and so sends over to Cura to prepare for 3D printing. Aside of the initial few dozen models, all of his miniatures were 3D printed on his Printrbot Simple in PLA. Zavala and so hand paints all of the minis using standard acrylic model paints. He’s uploaded a big gallery of all of his models onto Imgur, and all of the 3D models can be downloaded of Shapeways. He originally had the models up on Thingiverse, but it turns out which Wizards of the Coast, the owners of Dungeons & Dragons, weren’t crazy of someone making their own D&D minis.

“Wizards of the Coast requested my models taken down of Thingiverse. At initial I was a bit surprised as I wasn’t attempting to create money off of this or anything. Thankfully when I reached out to them and explained my intentions, which were simply just to share my files so which man players may have simply just as much customization in their games as I have, they were pretty fair. They simply just preferred the models were on a site they had an agreement with. So which’s why all my stuff is now on Shapeways. So long as I don’t try to sell any of their IP I can post away here,” Zavala explained.

Tarrasque

Tarrasque

Displacer Beast

Displacer Beast

Frost Giant

Frost Giant

Zavala’s just goal with his project is is to give other D&D gamers the option to completely customize their own games and have as much fun playing as he has all these years. He plans to keep going and go on to design and 3D print new models regularly, until he runs out at least. But even with the two hundred plus figures which he has may already created the sixteen year Army vet isn’t even close to 3D printing all of the monsters, races and creatures discovered in the game, so I hope he has a lot of filament handy. Let us understand your thoughts on this story in the 3D Printed Dungeons and Dragons forum on 3DPB.com.