Welcome to the evolving project page for our Mini-Terrain System, a collection of 3D Printed hex blocks designed for use on the tabletop during role-playing games (or small scale skirmish miniatures battle games). Each of the pieces of the Mini-Terrain System collection are being designed for printing on FDM 3D Printers (in fact our test prints are made on an Ender 3 FDM 3D Printer).
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Most of the feature elements are being designed to act as add-on elements that can be attached to the basic hex tile. The add-on elements are aligned to the base hex tile with the use of pins (small lengths of 1.75mm filament).
The slope or hill add-on elements are being designed as pieces that will be glued to the top of a basic hex tile. Each element has pin holes in the bottom to align the element with the correct orientation of the basic hex it attaches too.
More complex elements will be a combination of sculpted base hex and sculpted add-on element.
Basic Add-on Elements (eg: Hills and Slopes) are designed to raise the height of the “ground level” to 30mm, with each add-on being 20mm in height.
This set of terrain is being designed with the idea that each tile will be finished with grass and dirt finishing akin to that seen in model train or tabletop war-game terrain models. Thus there is no modeling or grass or a lot of dirt surfaces. Large objects such as large stones, wood beams, and brick objects will be modeled. But it is expected that most ground surfaces will be finished with static grass or a gravel mix.
This collection of 3D Printed tabletop terrain is currently in production. Below are descriptions of the elements that have been completed so far.
Basic Hex Tiles
The basic unit of the collection is the basic hex tile. Each of these tiles is 100mm wide and 10mm in height. This gives us plenty of space to sculpt in detail such as roads, river elements, etc. Each of the basic hex tiles includes a socket in each long edge for installing a 5mm ball magnet, which is then capped off with a small plug to keep the magnet in place. The magnet sockets provide the locking force to keep the tiles in place when setup on the tabletop, while also meaning that there are no interlocking clips to worry about when assembling the terrain for a game.
Each of the basic hex tiles includes a series of pin holes in the top surface for aligning add-on elements (which have corresponding pin holes in the base). Use a length of surplus 1.7mm 3D printer filament as pins.
These hex tiles also come in half tile pieces to give assembled game boards a straight edge once assembled.
Half & Quarter Hex Tiles
There are half hex and quartier basic hex tiles for use on the edge on an assembled game board. These half and quarter tiles help to create straight edges to a game board.
These are two half hex shapes, and one quarter tile, which can simply be flipped in the slicer software to provide a quarter facing the other way.
Stream & Bridge
The first prototype bridge and hex tile has been designed and is ready for test printing. The feature consists of a base hex tile and a bridge that is attached to the tile.
Riser/Platform Hex Tiles
These Hex tiles are designed to have a “ground level” of 30mm and fulfill the same role as Basic Hex Tiles but as the upper ground level for the tops of hills.
These hex tiles also come in Half & Quarter tile pieces to give assembled game boards a straight edge once assembled. If for example a hill is on the edge of the game board area.
The ground level can thus be raised higher and higher by simply stock these elements.
Add-on: Hill Slopes
The Hill Slope add-on elements are designed to create a gentile natural slope from the base hex ground level up 2cm to the top of the hill hex tile. Each of the add-on elements is named for the number of top level straight edges the add-on has, plus a Design letter. So for example add-on-2B.stl is two top level edges of Design B.
There are three main stream tile designs, each listed as design A, B, and C. A is a straight section, B is a bent section, and C is a tight bend in the river/stream. Each design consists of different sculpts with a sculpt number, eg: A2, is design A (straight) sculpt 2.
The stream tiles are designed with painting, the adding of static grass, and then the addition of water resin effects for water.
This add-on is designed to look like a section of hill has subsided or eroded to display a section of rubble and stones. The file name for these add-on pieces include numbers and letters. The letter denote different designs while the number denotes the number of straight edges the piece has. For example the piece displayed above would be A2 for Design A with two edges. While the design below would be B1 for design B with 1 edge.
Designed for FDM 3D Printing
This terrain collection has been designed for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printers. In fact we print all of our test peices on an Ender 3 printer. The majority of peices are printed at a resolution of 0.1mm. Although we do up the resolution to 0.08mm for feature peices.
The majority of peices are designed for printing with the largest flate surface being face down on the printer bed. This results in the basic hex tile being printed upside-down, while the add-on elements are printed right side up.
You can print this terrain via Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) printers such as a Elegoo Mars Pro, there is no reason why you can’t. We just don’t have one.
Test Print Photo Gallery
As the project progresses I am printing a copy of each element to make certain each tile prints correctly and looks like. Each tile will get a paint job along with grass flock. I will upload photos here with a little blurb about each element as it is completed.