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Getting 3d printed minis from the desktop to the tabletop

It was probably a year ago when my Facebook feed started to get completely taken over.

The algorithms had taken control: I guess I looked at one or two 3d-printed miniature ads for a second too long, and now that was all I saw. Post after post of amazing artists creating inspired sculpts for everything from sci-fi and cyberpunk, to fantasy and dieselpunk. Lots of these were just meant as proxies for GW game systems. But a huge chunk of them weren't; they seemingly had no gaming purpose. So it was easy for me, a gamer at heart, to resist jumping in and downloading any. For a while, at least.

Then the dam broke. And once it did, I found myself with dozens and dozens of models and nothing to do with them after they were painted. There was no game to play with them - but why couldn't there be?

The 3d-printing revolution needed a game system that could keep pace with it.

So we made one up. We took everything we loved about tabletop skirmish games, and created the Punk Overlord game system: a set of open rules which could work with any miniatures, from any genre. Through the use of "generic" unit cards combined with upgrade cards, almost any model or concept could be represented on the tabletop.

Now we finally had a way to play with all these marvellous toys. And the best thing is, no matter what crazy models we find on Patreon, or My Mini Factory, or Cults, or Etsy, or anywhere else, there's a reason to buy, download, print and paint it. The 3d-printing revolution is here. Now it's time for a tabletop gaming one.

Miniatures pictured by PrintMinis, RN Estudio, Txarli factory, and Imperial Terrain

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