These arrived today from Shapeways - a bunch of vehicles for a Deathbot army. Based on ideas like those in the Terminator, Battlestar Galactica, and I-Robot sci-fi movies, these will be used for armies like Necrons in Epic. In other words, robots with a hatred for non-robot life-forms, or at least serious angst about the tribulations of robotic existence, leading to antisocial behaviour...
This is my second Shapeways order, having previously ordered some starfighters for Battlefleet Gothic. Those were in a material called "Black Detail Plastic", whereas this order is in "Frosted Detail". Frosted Detail is a considerably more expensive material but also capable of greater detail and has a smooth texture, rather than the slightly granular and porous finish of Black Detail Plastic. I had some store credit saved up somehow, so put it towards these. I imagine the cost will come down as 3D printing technology improves and market forces come into play, but right now it is still quite expensive compared to other options.
From left to right we have:
The Death Ray is on a 40mm round base, and below that is a 40mm strip base, and to the left of that a 25mm circular base from Troublemaker Games. It's a bit tricky to work out the details in the photos given the white colour! The Frosted Detail material is also slightly flexible, enough so that I'm not worried anymore about the fine details breaking off. I also prefer this plastic material to metal, mainly because of the saving in weight, but also they won't break if accidentally dropped.
Here's an overview of everything I ordered from Shapeways! The rightmost Deathbot Pyramid is still in three pieces to show how it comes. The hollow construction saves considerably on the cost.