3D model design – where to start?

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At Hexy Studio, we have a special love for miniature wargames and board games featuring cool minis. We love making them, too! The effects of the work by our team of 3D designers can be found in numerous board games by renowned publishers, including: Nanty Narking and Hannibal & Hamilcar by PHALANX, Dark Ages and Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun by Board&Dice, Destinies by Lucky Duck Games, or our very own Hard City and the Star Scrappers series. We’ll be very happy to design miniatures for your game, here’s how the whole process looks like:

1. Concept art – you can commission us with this task or provide concept images created by your artist. They will serve as a base for the sculptor working on the 3D design. Each model should be shown from at least two different angles: front and back, in the final pose, and including all important details, like the character’s equipment, clothing, hairstyle, facial expression, etc. For real-life items, buildings, historical figures, etc., please provide other sources for reference, too.


2. Technical specification – before we commit to a project, we also need to know your expectations towards the model, not only in purely artistic terms, but also technical – tell us what base you need, set the level of detail that needs to be visible on the miniature (is it a simple, geomatrical model or a highly detailed figure with a lot going on everywhere?), and determine the size. Important note: in miniature gaming, the term “scale” is often used, but it’s also quite often misused by those who are not wargaming experts. Remember that scale is measured from the character’s feet roughly to their eyes – it’s not the total size of the miniature! So character minis in popular gaming scales, like 28mm or 32mm, are actually taller than 28mm and 32mm, respectively. In your specification, you can use either scale or total size to tell us how big the model should be, but please don’t confuse the two terms!

Only after receiving the above information and seeing sample concept images, can we prepare an exact quote for you!

3. Digital sculpting – after getting the brief and concepts and setting the price and timing, our 3D designers will start working on the model. You will be getting constant updates in the form of screenshots for feedback. Please note that minor fixes are included in the price, but if you decide to introduce significant changes, like reposing the whole model or adding elements that were not present in the original concept image, this will mean an extra cost, depending on time-consumingness. After the final preview has been approved, the 3D model scaled to a requested size, will be provided to you as an STL file.