Monster Hunter Nation

A Kickstarter I’m backing. Be your own Mini.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/giantgoblingames/mimic-miniatures-personalized-game-miniatures-of-y

Okay, this is pretty sweet even if your not a gamer or a mini painter. This is a local company that approached me and a bunch of other authors at LTUE about getting our heads 3D scanned so we could have minatures that look exactly like us. They are doing a Kickstarter to launch their company, and the whole idea is that they can scan anybody’s head, and then produce a mini of you on an existing body, or you can get just the head to put on some other body.

I got my sample yesterday, and it really does look like me (from our party of novelists and cartoonists, I’m the cleric. I’m thinking for Accountor, God of Fiscal Responsibility). The mini looks good. I won’t be able to paint it for at least the next 10 days, but I will post pics as I do. The sample I got was 28mm so that puts it a little on the small side, about the same size as a historical mini, like a Perry Brothers or so. But they are doing the actuals in 32 or 35mm “heroic” scale, so more in line with Warmachine or Reaper sizes. I’m getting another one in larger scale and then I’m also going to get a whole bunch of extra Larry heads, because I need Larry the pirate, and Larry the space marine, and Larry the conquistador, you get the idea.

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steve@km427.com
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First: I’m not trying to diminish the efforts of, or steal business from these guys. Not in the human scanning/figurine business, and don’t want to be. According to the video, they work from pictures. I have a $30,000+ optical 3D scanner at work, accurate to 1/10th of a millimeter. If you want to bring in yourself and some of your favorite guns, I’ll be happy to do super accurate scans for you. Whoever is making the heads should be able to take the files produced and 3D print a scale model of pretty much anything you want, in whatever scale… Read more »
Pete
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You’re suggesting serious data overkill. Super high resolution images can cause serious conniptions in the slicing software used by 3D printers. Just to give you an idea the resolution you are suggesting, an average surface area of the front of a human head is about 40,000cm2. Your software will scan that at a detail level of 0.1mm, generating about 406,250,000 data points, each point, depending of the scanning software, would probably consist of somewhere between 4 bytes to 32 bytes leading to a minimum of 2GB worth of data. Then you shrink that down to the size of approximately 10cm2… Read more »
steve
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Hey Pete, Your numbers and sizes are pretty much in line with my hands on experience. In fact, your estimations were a bit conservative. 1,000,000+ data point models are common. While scanning, I’m regularly using 20 gig of RAM while scanning. 1,000,000+ entity models are common. OS and working file storage is on a very high quality SATA3 SSD with 20% overprovision. The video card was specc’d similarly. Not bragging, just letting you know how much I agree. And I still get impatient while it chews at every save. However…. Going from the point cloud working files to the smaller… Read more »
Old NFO
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LOL, bobble heads next??? 🙂

steve@km427.com
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Copyright issues with Halo and World of Warcraft figurines could be avoided by making replacement heads (MS and Blizzard will still get royalties off the original sale) causing it to be a ‘modification’ rather than a ‘production’. Obviously IANAL, consult one before betting the farm. It would be trivially easy to add a master chief helm or night elf ears to a face model. A bit more work would allow merging a person’s human face to a monster head. Extra work for extra bucks. They can literally make these bits any size they want, up to the max for the… Read more »
Patrick
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hah! they should collaborate with Ben Skinner’s 6mm army kickstarter: he’s offerring custom commander sculpts as bonus perks!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/6mm-scale-armies/x/3280652

WoodyTX
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So, reading between the lines, I could have John McCain as a backstabbing rogue?

Peter O
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I feel bad making the joke, but he’d have some similar problems to these guys: http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20130503

steve@km427.com
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Good thinking WoodyTX Download some pictures of your favorite enemy from the net (facebook, HS yearbook, etc..) send to mimic miniatures: Instant voodoo doll, with super correct details. Mount the head on that level’s boss monster. Enjoy killing the jerk over and over again! The current POTUS would make a perfect anti-deity for Accountor. There is a huge pantheon available for all the demons and devils of that mileu. Another opportunity: sell popular heads. The majority of the production cost is digitizing the head. It should be quite easy to produce lots of Correia heads, now that he’s already digitized.… Read more »
Ken Harkin
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“The current POTUS would make a perfect anti-deity for Accountor. There is a huge pantheon available for all the demons and devils of that mileu.”

Reminds me of the mods for the original DOOM. I had one where the Beholder head was Bill Clinton’s head and instead of fireballs it threw alternating words “TAX” and “SPEND”. Using the chainsaw was particularly enjoyable.

Julaire
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Does this mean you can make your own Spreadsheet GI Joe figure now?

Tango
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Sorry to harsh your mellow… but they hosed your last name. 🙁 Larry Coreia. Very sweet mini, though! I’d have pictured you with a truncheon.

tetradamallian
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When are you going to come out with minis for all the members of WNGN? Then you could roleplay yourselves playing a roleplaying game!

Ish
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So… when can we get Larry-With-Scarred-Face to make official Owen Pitt minis for use in the MHI RPG?

Ken Harkin
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This would be great to create your own survivor for zombicide. It would be great if they had modern figures instead of just fantasy.

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