I predominantly want to do 15mm Fantasy for dungeon crawling however I do like the idea of using them in other systems and they look awesome in Rank and File.
|The prototype in its full glory! Pretty stocked with this!|
First off I designed a base in Tinkercad that would accommodate a Ral Partha figure and a 1mm magnet. The Ral Partha troops are around 10mm in diameter with their included base. The figure will "sink" into the base with room for a 1mm magnet underneath it. The dimensions of the base are 12mm x 12mm x 2mm. The 10mm hole for the figure is 1mm deep and the hole for the 2mm x 1mm magnet is 1mm deep.
|Prototype base for Ral Partha 15mm Fantasy figures|
I then printed it off and everything came out nicely. My printer does need a little fine tuning.
|I used a zombie to test it, worked out very nicely|
I then needed to design a movement tray. I am completely unfamiliar with massed battles and movement tray sizes for 15mm. I wanted to start off with a 4 x 2 tray and came up with the following.
|The prototype movement tray|
The dimensions for the tray are: 51.5mm x 25.9mm x 3mm. This will allow the figure on its base to fit nice and flush and allow a 2mm x 1mm magnet to drop int. The walls dividing the figures are 0.3mm in width!
I did a test print which came out well except I need to tune my printer slightly.
|Needed a little clean up but design checks out!|
I made the holes for the magnets slightly bigger than 2mm to allow a little extra room however I found I don't need it as I tweaked with my slicer settings.
The magnets were slightly loose but this will be an easy fix in Tinkercad. They were glued in.
I was pretty impressed how this turned out. I decided to put my skeletons into the bases and everything checked out!
|They fit nicely and provide great stability for my 3D printed dungeon|
|Rank and file looks awesome|
|12mm x 12mm base size feels just about right|
Once I get some feedback from the internet I will adjust the design and go from there. I am already thinking the 12mm base is almost perfect in size, as it provides great stability and isn't too big. Any smaller probably wouldn't work. I need to tighten up the holes for the magnets as my slicer and 3D printer are super accurate! I am not limited to 4 x 2, any combination is possible. I just need to improve my skills in Tinkercad to churn out the movement trays.
Once I am happy with everything these will be released on thingiverse.