A massive game changer for the hobby

Up to now 3D printed figures and terrain have been conducted on a relatively small scale by cottage industry hobbyists and budding entrepreneurs. Battle Honours 3D is now emerging as a big player in the supply chain of our hobby with ranges of figures that are cheaper with consistent quality to rival metal figurines.

Richard Bird

4/10/20243 min read

Exciting news for American Civil War enthusiasts

For enthusiasts of the American Civil War, there's exciting news on the horizon: Battle Honors 3D has emerged as a game-changer, offering stunning 28mm and 40mm scale figures that bring the conflict to life like never before. Although 28mm and 40mm are the initial focus, I understand that 10mm and 18mm sizes will also be available.

At the heart of this revolution is a Kickstarter campaign that is capturing the imagination of wargamers worldwide. The brainchild of Gordon Kitney of Battle Honors 3D, this project aims to deliver high-quality miniatures that embody the spirit and drama of one of the most pivotal moments in American history. Their figures are now available via this site, the kickstarter having achieved its target within record time. To receive 10% off your first order for any of Battle Honours figures or buildings simply click here.

What sets Battle Honours 3D apart from other offerings in the wargaming market is its commitment to precision and authenticity. Each figure is meticulously sculpted to capture the uniforms, equipment, and nuances of the soldiers who fought on both sides of the conflict. Whether it's Union infantry marching into battle or Confederate cavalry charging across the field, these figures are a testament to the dedication of the artists and designers behind the project. Let's be clear. The range is large. The images shown in the gallery above are just the tip of the iceberg.

One of the most exciting aspects of Battle Honors 3D is its use of cutting-edge technology to bring history to life. By harnessing the power of 3D printing, the team behind the project has been able to create highly detailed figures with an unprecedented level of accuracy. From the folds of a soldier's uniform to the intricate details of their weapons, every aspect of these miniatures has been crafted with care and precision.

So why is this a game-changer?

The infusion of a big player in the 3D figure market allows for large and more complete ranges for us hobbyists, something we have been used to with metal and plastic figures up to now. So why would I go over to 3D if the ranges are already there? Cost is one answer. The figures will be much cheaper compared with metal, for sure. Plastics are excellent too, making 28-mm figures affordable, although I have a few issues with durability.

Peed off with breakages

The durability of 3D figures is a big issue for me. I have accepted that metal figures break, bayonets, lances, and standard bearers need to be replaced from time to time, but my experience with plastic figures has not been satisfactory.

I have a love-hate relationship with hard plastic figures. They are crisp, detailed, and look good alongside their metal buddies, but despite careful storage, they do not have a long life. Yes, they do have spare weapons in the box, but I don’t want to keep repairing figures after I have painted and completed a unit. Too many are, sadly, now in the bin.

I have been excited by the advent of 3D-printed figures in recent times. I have purchased several of the best figures out there from the emergent small businesses that abound on eBay and Etsy, but sadly, my experience with these figures hasn’t been good. Recently, I had to throw away a third of all the figures I bought in the bin, and I feel that those figures I have managed to put into a unit won’t last too many battles, despite looking darn pretty.

Battle Honours 3D has recognised the problem of brittle figures early on and has produced a range of buildings that stand up to regular handling. Figures will obviously have way more handling than a terrain piece, but the company has designed the figures in such a way as to minimise possible breakages and, more importantly, has used a formula in their printing materials that substantially improves durability.

Attractively priced for newcomers and old hands alike

What does make Battle Honors 3D truly revolutionary is the ability to produce a large and varied range of durable quality figures in a variety of sizes, at a price that traditional metal figure manufacturers will be hard pressed to compete with.

As the Kickstarter campaign continues to gain momentum, it's clear that Battle Honors 3D is poised to make a significant impact on the wargaming hobby. With its unparalleled attention to detail, commitment to authenticity, and innovative use of technology, this project is redefining what's possible in the world of historical miniature gaming. Whether you're a die-hard Civil War enthusiast or simply someone looking for an exciting new hobby, Battle Honors 3D is a name you'll want to remember. The ACW range is just the beginning I can assure you. I have seen the future and it is good.