Warhammer 40,000 is a popular strategy game that involves up to several players using armies to control a large table-sized terrain. While the game is certainly entertaining, it typically requires a large financial investment to buy the plastic terrain, figurines, and accessories.
In comes 3D printing, paving the way for players to reduce the overall cost of playing Warhammer 40K by allowing them to 3D print the figures instead of buying them for use during real gameplay.
Despite the high resolution needed for printing miniatures, it is possible to make them using consumer FDM 3D printing! Of course, if you have one available to you, an SLA 3D printer is even better-suited to the precision required for figurines.
If you still don’t trust your abilities, you can always turn to a 3D printing service. Find the best one for your budget and location at Craftcloud, All3DP’s 3D printing price comparison service.
Without further ado, here are the best sources for 3D printable Warhammer 40K models!
Part of Thingiverse’s popularity stems from its easy-to-use site navigation and searching. When searching “Warhammer 40k”, 2,270 results come up, making this source extremely valuable for such prints.
Unlike other sources, Thingiverse doesn’t have any warranty on files, nor do most users ensure files are printable on multiple machines. Therefore, some models may not print as well as they would on sites where models are purchased. Overall, Thingiverse leaves the impression that you can get good models but you may need to put in a little extra work to get the final print.
Model selection: Large
Model quality: Satisfactory
Gambody is a 3D model website selling extremely detailed miniature models. Models range from $6 to $30 apiece. Navigating the site is particularly easy since you can search for the models you’d like on the top left of the page.
Conveniently, Gambody gives you the ability to sort models by size, price, most-purchased, popularity, and new listings. Given the complexity of the models in general, this site caters to advanced 3D printing users that print with highly-tuned FDM printers.
Sadly, this source does not contain a large number of Warhammer 40K models (searching “Warhammer” comes up with nine total). However, we listed Gambody due to the high quality of the models and lifetime support for all purchased models. In terms of site navigation, models are easily found by sections as well as a direct search available as well. Overall, despite having relatively few models, Gambody is a high-quality 3D modeling site that won’t leave you disappointed.
Model selection: Small
Model quality: Good
Price: $6 to $30
CGTrader is another source that contains both free and purchasable models. Overall, CGtrader has over 850,000 models available, and searching “Warhammer 40k” reveals over 300.
The website caters to both beginner and advanced users and conveniently offers a place for designers to upload their models and earn an 80% commission on sales. Model prices vary, but they tend to be less expensive than Gambody, ranging from free to $50 depending on the complexity of the model.
Navigation and searching are well designed on CGTrader, offering the standard advanced search filters like price and relevance. However, the platform allows users to filter by file format (.stl, .obj, etc.) as well as by poly count, which can be extremely useful since high poly count models may require extremely fast computers to manipulate without crashing a slicing or modeling program.
CGTrader offers a good user experience when it comes to finding high quality and inexpensive models for printing. However, the main drawback is that it does not give any warranty or file printability guarantee unless the individual poster does so. Overall, CGTrader gives the impression of a good compromise that has the advantages of a free model site like Thingiverse without the drawbacks of model quality that happen with free model sites.
Model selection: Medium
Model quality: Satisfactory
Price: Free to $50
Yeggi is a somewhat unique entry in our list as it is a site that aggregates many models from other sources online. The number of available models depends on how many models are available from other sources, however, there are currently over 1,900 results when searching “Warhammer 40K”. Models range in price from free to extremely expensive (over $50) depending on where a model comes from.
Yeggi caters to users who want a single site to view the types of new models that exist for 40K. Navigation and searching is similar to other sites, however, pictures of prints tend to be rather small, and ads make the user experience less than ideal.A drawback of Yeggi is that few filters exist for fine-tuning your search other than by free/paid or popularity.
Overall, Yeggi is useful for finding new models from a variety of sites, but its organization and lack of support leave you desiring more.
Model Selection: Large
Model Quality: Satisfactory
Price: Free to over $50
Feature image source: Erdrick / Thingiverse
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