Liu and I got The X-Wing Minatures game for Christmas this year and we’ve enjoyed playing it so far, though we’re still in the “oh that’s what that card does…” stage right now.
One of the things that really appeals to me about it is the great artwork on the cards and the fantastic models you get to play it with. The down side of this is that I don’t want to accidentally damage either of these things! We tend to play with some friends at their house and that means transporting a box of stuff. To be honest the models are pretty robust and I think they could take a good beating and come out OK, but I’d prefer not to bash them around.
I sat one night watching the TV carving out tiny space ship-shapes out of foam cubes. When I was done, each ship nestles in a crudely hacked block which would offer some protection, but looked pretty bad. I didn’t want to buy any of the many, many pre-made solutions, and then I suddenly realised that I have a 3D printer and the will to use it!
It only took about an hour to make the meshes for all the boxes, I used the same hinge system I’d used on the Frontier Medipack build (but much smaller) and set about printing them.
I also created quick meshes of the Imperial and Rebel logo to print and glue to the lids of the boxes.
The STL files for these are available on Thingiverse now for you to freely download and use. If you don’t have a 3D printer you can buy them from our shop.
I painted them with simple acrylics in a mixture of airbrush and brush painting.