Hello and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Ken, although the name I more commonly use is my middle name, Wai.
I know – it’s confusing (it’s something to do with Chinese naming conventions).
Okay, so you might be wondering what The Indie Dragon is all about. Before I go further, do any of the following apply to you or someone you know?
- You use miniatures in your Dungeons & Dragons/Tabletop games.
- You are a 2D/3D digital artist or character designer who plays Dungeons & Dragons.
- You enjoy digital art in any form.
- You use art to bring your Dungeons & Dragons games (character concepts/campaign worlds/weapon concepts, etc.) to life.
- You’d love to get a physical replica of your character concept for use as a miniature in your own game.
- You are a keen collector of prop replicas and would love to get your hands on something you’ve designed yourself.
- You enjoy collecting art and even some of your everyday items contain fantasy illustration (iPhone cases, mouse mats, etc.).
If you’ve said yes to any of these, then you’re in the right place.
The content of this website will show you how you can bring your Dungeons & Dragons hobby to life using digital art and 3D printing technology.
From 3D to Reality
3D printing is on the rise.
I believe it will be a matter of time before 3D printing will become so mainstream that everyone will be able to harness the power of 3D printing to bring their campaign worlds and characters to life.
And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
In fact, it’s possible to do that now. There are services such as Sculpteo and Shapeways that allow you to upload a 3D model and have it printed as a physical object.
And the best thing?
The same digital model can be reused to print as many items as you need.
If you are a digital artist and/or character concept artist, you can turn whatever is in your mind’s eye into something you can touch.
This would be great if you are also a Dungeons & Dragons fanatic – you are no longer stuck with Drizzt Do’Urden or miniatures that look nothing like the character concept you have in mind.
Even if you aren’t a digital artist, there are affordable solutions out there to obtain your own bespoke miniature. You just have to spend a little bit of time looking.
In fact, The Indie Dragon has made it his mission to do the legwork for you and aims to include solutions for every budget.
The technology will only get better and affordable and I will write more about this particular niche over time and how it can benefit you as a die hard tabletop roleplaying game player.
I will also promote the work of some digital artists I have used in the past, so if you are looking to commission an artist to help with your character design, I will have a few recommendations for you.
And the best thing is – you could even make a little money out of all this too :).
Ken Wai Lau.