Firm white plastic with a smooth surface and rubbery feel.
About this Product
Custom-designed shoulderpads for use with model soldiers, used for tabletop wargaming. These shoulderpads are compatible with popular wargames miniatures as represented by the pictures. They are 7mm tall and are designed to fit figures that are 3-4cm tall.
I have tested several materials and found that white detail offers the best finish, and is suitable for painting. I have not tested them in frosted detail, but that is also available. The images above show the printed item mounted on a plinth of blue-tack (plasticine is fine) which makes it easier to paint. I used citadel miniatures paints and began with a 33% white-wash base coat, using a large-detail brush. I painted the middle orange and whitened it for some highlights, then I applied lots of red and yellow glaze. The ridges were then coated black and carefully painted dark green - the base coats require a steady hand, but highlighting the ridges is easy because the edges stick out, so I drybrished mine. The spikes were then tipped with silver paint.
They might arrive with a thin wax gel coating from the printing process, which can be easily removed - first scrape away the excess with a match or cocktail stick, then rub them down with your fingers in water at room temperature. Additional help on this topic can be found in Shapeways post-production forums.
Please note that shapeways has a minimum order of $25.00, so you will need to order more than one, or perhaps add something else from my shop?
I would love to see photos of your army wearing these shoulderpads, please do post some photos in our forum!