Reflexively, I like this. I want to get one and find some clever gaming use for it. Unfortunately, having seen many vac-formed bits of terrain over the years, I can’t say I’ve ever been really impressed. OK, on occasion, and not without their uses, but never top flight.The detail just isn’t there.
What am I talking about? This:
It’s on Kickstarter at the moment, and it’s doing reasonably well. Seems like a sound version. I’m not sure how the price compares to anything comparable as I haven’t looked, and I’m not trying to sell you one either. It’s really just the catalyst for a thought:
What practical gaming use could I put it to?
What do you think? So far, all the ideas I’ve had sound great initially, then I quickly spot the flaws.
Terrain and models all need more detail than this process can offer, unless you need a bunch of planets for a space game. Asteroids, maybe. But these aren’t exactly hard to do anyway. You could do very simple buildings for a futuristic city. Again, maybe. Still not really convinced.
Pieces for a board game mock-up? Perhaps. But these days people are looking for quality sculpts rather than Mousetrap. Can’t see much mileage there either.
You could use it to make box inserts for packaging. Yeah, you could, but I’m not really expecting to need to do that. Certainly not often enough to warrant this amount of toy soldier money going on a vac-form machine.
I may well think of something wonderful as soon as I’ve clicked the button to publish. Didn’t get much sleep last night so I’m not at my most shiny today. Maybe it will come to me after lunch.
But can you help me out here? What do you think about gaming uses for vac-forming? What would you use it for if it sat on your desk?