I thought a lot about 3D Printing this last year and wether I should invest in a 3D Printer or not. (Current answer is “no” due to time and space issues).
There are so many cool sculpts out there, I fear I would never stop printing
But I have some mixed feelings regarding what 3D Printing could potentially do to our Hobby.
Lets use GW for an example. Their prices are…high, there is no discussion. I can totally understand people who don’t want to or simply can’t spend that much money on Miniatures.
They are also releasing a lot of books for fluff and rules and again, not everyone wants to buy every one of those to keep up with the rules/fluff.
The solution might be 3D Printing. But what would that do to the companies behind the Miniatures/Rules/Fluff? People not buying their stuff will result in them no longer producing/supporting their World (Think about Warhammer Fantasy).
GW might be big enough to survive this as they also sell their IP to Video Game Companies and sell books (Black Library).
But how can rather small companies (like Mantic), survive this? Is Profit through the selling of STL. Files enough to fuel their Games like KoW? I guess profit from STL. Files is much lower that from selling actual Miniatures, especially as you can sell these multiple times to the same customer and not only once.
What are your thoughts on this? Can Game Companies (I am thinking about Companies who provide constantly new stuff in regards to rules, fluff and miniatures) und 3D Printing effectively survive beside each other or maybe even thrive?
Let’s take Firefight as an example and assume that people are only buying the rulebook and no miniatures due to enough old miniatures and/or 3D printing their own.
Can that game be a success for Mantic if it “only” sells the rulebook?