FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO ARE YOU?
My name’s Todd and I run Figure Forge from my small workshop in Gloucester. I’ve been mad on D&D for a while now and, when I began 3D printing, miniatures were really what I wanted to make. Having printed a heap of them, I’m still amazed by the technology and what it can produce. It’s also a great meeting of the old and the new: while many people are transitioning to playing their tabletop games virtually, I really like holding something physical. I both play and DM and I love seeing people’s reactions to the miniatures that I whip out. I started Figure Forge as a means of spreading a bit of that joy (and maybe avoiding my house filling up with minis…)
HOW ARE THE MODELS PRINTED?
We use SLA resin printers. They work by exposing very thin (25 micron) layers of resin to carefully guided UV light which cures the resin, turning it solid. It then moves on to build up the model layer by layer. The advantage of using SLA printers is that they offer much better detail reproduction than other 3D printing technology and are amazing for small things like miniatures.
WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU USE?
We exclusively use top-of-the-line TGM-7 resin from Ameralabs. This specialist resin has been formulated especially for tabletop models and offers an unbeatable mix of toughness, flexibility and high level of detail. As a result, it stands up to the knocks, drops and everyday rigors of tabletop play far better than any other resin we’ve tested.
We also use Citadel Matt Black primer if you select to have your models primed. This primer is outstanding because it gives excellent coverage, has a consistent matt finish and dries to a very thin layer that doesn’t mask the fine details.
WHAT PRINTERS DO YOU USE?
We use the latest professional-grade SL1S printers from industry leader Prusa Printers.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Normally we’re able to print your models within a couple of weeks. At busier times it might take a little longer but rest assured that we’re on it. We’ll keep you updated as we go along. We ship hundreds of minis each month but every one is lovingly crafted and held against our very high standards. The best measure of current lead times is the banner found on our home page under the menu bar.
IS YOUR CHECKOUT SECURE?
Our shop is hosted by WooCommerce, one of the world’s leading e-commerce platforms and we offer payment through PayPal or Stripe. So yes!