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Father Knows Beast

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At my kids’ behest I’ve recently started designing and printing creature tokens for Magic: The Gathering. I made this beast token at the request of a college friend who by shocking coincidence, is playing MTG with his kids.

I thought he might find the design process interesting, so each day I spammed his Facebook wall with screenshots of my progress and a description of what I was doing.

I’ll be posting the design process here on the blog over the next few days, so check back tomorrow morning to see how things got started. Not everyone lives and breathes vertices, mesh weights, and gCode, so I tried to keep the blurbs accessible to a layperson. Feel free to download and print this model, by the way.

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No access to a printer? I’ll print you as many as you need at my Etsy Store. A half-dozen should do it for most games.

This model is free to download and distributed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 US license. Please remix and enjoy.

Updated MTG Cat Token

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I created my first Magic: The Gathering cat token a few weeks ago and since that time I’ve cranked out a few more creature tokens.

The original token’s base was incompatible with the new tokens, but that’s been fixed meow now.

If you’ve got your own 3d printer, download the model here. The .zip file contains both the old cat model and the update.

Don’t have access to a 3D printer? No problem. I’ll print you a dozen at my Etsy Store.

This model is distributed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 US license. Please remix and enjoy.

This model sucks.

vampire_token

We held a bracketed Magic: The Gathering tournament in celebration of Elder Zhengspawn’s twelfth year on Middle Earth, with a custom MTG token as the prize. Mrs. Zheng3 completely crushed the assembled children, as she is wont to do.

In all fairness, the runner-up was fighting a 101° fever, so we decided that he, and not the house, should get the custom token. He chose Vampires to go with his black deck.

The party eventually devolved into freestyle wrestling, because 12-year-olds and sugar is why.

My research into Magic: The Gathering Vampires has convinced me there are three main kinds of vampires in the fantasy world.

Handsome Male Vampires.
Monstrous Androgynous Vampires.
Slutty Female Vampires.

I opted for Handsome Male vampire, in no small part because I didn’t want to hear from the winner’s parents about how I’d given their son a lewd handful of 3d-printed boobies. This is the American Midwest, after all.

Once I had a few hours into the design, Zhengspawn informed me of the radical differences in appearance between the Stromkirk and Markov bloodlines, and rather than go down that rabbit hole I decided to just go with a generic vampire for use in any fantasy setting.

His original design had a crew cut, which looked very American Civil War-era True Blood-ish. The consensus around the house was that Fabio hair was more apropos.

At this scale, the Replicator’s resolution is a handicap, especially compared to the miniatures cast by big commercial foundries like Games Workshop. Communicating “vampire” without really being able to print fangs and pointy ears is a challenge.

So I’m limited to pose and wardrobe. I had to get the model up off the base to make this a flying vampire, so I appropriated the cloak and gave the vampire a regal bearing.

I added the cavalry saber and started thinking backstory, like this guy was an army officer before he got seduced by one of the aforementioned slutty vampires 200 years ago and suddenly why am I in this rabbit hole and got to get back to modeling again.

I decided not to tatter the cloak, because although it would look cool, no self-respecting vampire noble would float into combat looking like a schlub.

If you’ve got your own 3D printer, get cracking on printing your own vampires. You can download the model here, completely free.

No printer? I’ll print you as many as you need at my Etsy Store. A half-dozen should do it for most games.

This model is distributed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 US license. Please remix and enjoy.

Exiling Chaff: MtG +1/+1 Counters

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UPDATE: These counters are now available on Shapeways!

Everything we’ve tried to use for +1/+1 counters gets scattered during a Magic: The Gathering game. Usually it’s little squares of paper ripped off our scorekeeping sheet, but then they fly hither and yon when someone taps a creature.

So I made these counter clips. Plus one clips slide onto the left side of the card, minus one clips on the right. The clips interlock so an X/X boost makes a neat line of counters on the card’s edge.

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Very tidy and handy. I’m printing these in red for +1/+1 and black for -1/-1.

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Important question: Will this damage my cards?

Probably not. I wouldn’t put one of these on your near-mint Black Lotus, but the amount of wear and tear it puts on your $0.05 goblin card is probably less than you’d get from an anemic shuffle. Friction holds these clips to a card, but they’re very easy to remove.

You should have that Black Lotus in a helium-filled, hermetically-sealed Lexan box anyway. Hidden. Dark and deep in the vaults, not to be used, unless at the uttermost end of need.

Just to be safe, I give the inside of the clip a brisk swipe with some fine grit sandpaper before first use to exorcise any burrs.

If you’re printing at home, grab the STL for both of these clips here. Or if you’ve found your way here from Internet parts unknown and would rather have a pro print you a few, check out this listing on Shapeways.

This model is distributed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 US license. Please remix and enjoy.

Squirrel, with NUNCHUCKS!

squirrel token with NUNCHUCKS!

The original Magic: The Gathering Squirrel token has Taken a Level in Badass.

Our squirrel deck quickly boosts your friendly neighborhood 1/1 squirrels into 2/2s, so we decided that the best way to make rodents look more dangerous was to give them nunchucks.

If you’ve never designed for a Replicator or Reprap or similar device you may be a little disappointed that it can’t turn every wacky idea you’ve got into plastic. You’ve still got to deal with gravity. The printer isn’t capable of printing forms that hang in empty space. The hot plastic droops if the overhang is too extreme, usually any angle over 45° between successive layers. So that means your poses are limited to those with no mostly-horizontal limbs or weapons.

You can command your printer to print with support and automagically build you some plastic scaffolding, but that requires post-print cleanup with a hobby knife and sandpaper, and is unlovely.

I prefer to use the limitations of the medium as an artistic challenge. I try to design objects that can be printed all in one go, because that’s really what the dream of 3D printing is about. Ideas to Objects in one click.

This squirrel token is pretty solid; there are some little overhangs at the bases of the nunchucks but otherwise she conforms to the 45° rule.

squirrel token with NUNCHUCKS!

If you’ve got your own 3D printer, you can print as many squirrels as you need. You can download the model here, completely free.

No printer? No problem. I’ll print you as many as you need at my Etsy Store.

This model is distributed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 US license. Please remix and enjoy.

100th blog po–SQUIRREL!

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Once we found out there were cards like Squirrel Nest, Nut Collector, and Deranged Hermit, we couldn’t not build a Squirrel deck. This is a token designed for use with such decks in Magic: The Gathering.

Gnawing your opponents to death with a swarm of chattering rodents is particularly gratifying, especially when they underestimate your deck because squirrels.

Dr. Doom owned by squirrels

If you’ve got your own 3D printer, you can print as many squirrels as you need. You can download the model here, completely free.

No printer? I’ll print you as many as you need at my Etsy Store. A half-dozen should do it for most games, unless you go nuts (ha!) with the Squirrel Nest/EarthCraft infinite squirrel combo.

This model is distributed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 US license. Please remix and enjoy.

Ain’t Nobody Got Slime For That

slime counter

Last week I made an ooze creature token for Magic: The Gathering. I was all excited to Gutter Grime my kids when I realized I’d forgotten to make slime counters.

So I opened the Strategic Vertex Reserve, stoked the Forge, and LO! the world now has slime counters. If you’re printing on your own, you can download the model here.

I’m also sliming it up at my Etsy Store. Get ’em while they’re wet and clammy.

This model is distributed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 US license. Please remix and enjoy.

Magic: The Gathering Token Face-Off

MTG Faceoff

Ooze vs. Cat tokens.

Both of these miniatures are available at my Etsy Store. If you’ve got your own 3D printer you can download the models for free from The Forge.

The STL’s for these models are distributed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 US license. Grab ’em with the links above, and please remix and enjoy.

Ooze on First?

ooze_token

I made this token to go with Gutter Grime, a card gifted to me by the elder Zhengspawn. Just yesterday Gutter Grime and a well-timed Overrun resulted in a plague of factorial oozes that sludged over, around, and through younger Zhengspawn’s fancy-pants dragon cards. Epic victory with 24 damage.

Now that I’ve poked around related items a bit, I really want a couple of Predator Oozes too. schlurp

The ooze wants to spread. If you’ve got your own 3D printer, you can help. You can download the model here. Fo’ free. Fo’ realz.

No printer? I’ll print you as many as you need at my Etsy Store. A half-dozen should do it for most games.

This model is distributed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 US license. Please remix and enjoy.