World War 2 Wargaming Models for 3D Printing

What is WW2 Tabletop Gaming?

Tabletop wargaming can be traced all the way back to the abstract of war that is chess, however tabletop wargaming as we know it began much later in around 1812 when German and Prussian militaries created rules to play out battles to train their officers. As time went by this was developed and eventually made it onto the tabletops of players at home. Now we have a vast array of tabletop wargames and World War 2 or WW2 is a time that is depicted in many different tabletop wargames. 

Games like Bolt Action from Warlord Games or Flames of War from Battlefront Miniatures are two of the most prominent names in the FLGS and hobby stores. These games allow you to explore the conflicts of the early 20th Century in two scales. Bolt Action takes place in 28mm, and Flames of War is a 15mm tabletop game. These games allow you to battle out and replay famous conflicts using an up-close squad level combat or in the case of Flames of War a platoon level.  

We have 3D Designs for WW2 miniatures and scenery that are designed for 28mm but if you have a resin printer then many of them can be recreated in 15mm without a problem, if you get any of our models you just need to know that the miniatures are all scaled to a generic 28mm scale and the buildings, artillery, bunkers, and planes are all in a 1/50 scale. You can then take this information and go to our online scale converter to prepare your models for whatever scale you require. 

We have also found that our models are not only popular for 3D Printed Tabletop Gaming but also with Railway modellers, a frequent scale that gets requested is 1/76 00 scale or 1/84 HO scale railways. 
These are mostly our Regelbau Bunker Models and the Coastal Artillery Pieces for 1940's European countryside railways. We do also get a lot of enquiries for British Pillboxes in these scales too.

Regelbau Bunker Forts and Coastal Batteries

The Regelbau Bunker program was a massive building works undertaken by the German and Axis forces of World War 2. The word Regelbau means 'Standard Design'. Part of this program was to standardise the designs of each bunker so that it can be quickly and easily recreated in any position suitable while being familiar to the soldiers no matter where on the line they are posted.

There are key advantages to standardising the design: 
- Firstly you can retain the features that are proven to be good and true when building new bunkers. 
- Mass production can be employed for all the parts that are not concrete, such as doors, ventilation, and armour components. 
- It allows for an easy survey of a site and allows a more optimal layout of bunker forts. 
- Provides a logistical advantage in making sure the right materials are in the right place and the right skills are there to build them. 

The Regelbau Bunker models were one of the first major product lines that we created, these STL designs existed before Digital Taxidermy was formed while we were still learning our craft in the days before. Since then, we have added a massive range of bunker STL files to the inventory, some have been requested and others we have done simply because we love the look of them. 

With our models we have covered a huge range of Regelbau bunkers used in the Atlantik wall, coastal batteries and inland defences across war torn Europe. The model ranges cover the coastal battery at Longues-Sur-Mere and Merville in France. We also have bunkers that were positioned in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and other highly fortified locations. We even have a coastal gun that is a model of a bunker mounted gun from the battleship Gneisenau.

Our Regelbau bunker STL designs are modelled in such a way that you can recreate the models in scales from 15mm upwards on an FDM printer, we have even printed some on FDM for epic scale or 1/1250, 1/300.

What other Regelbau Bunkers would you like to see, contact us and see if we can make it for you.

British Pillbox Emplacements

Like the German emplacements we have looked at the home front and brought to life the iconic symbols of wartime Britain, the pillbox. 
These blockhouses or dug in concrete guard posts are prevalent across Great Britain, especially in the south where invasion was most expected. These simple constructions have loopholes that allow the defenders to fire out. The basics of the design are to replicate a trench firing step but more hardened to protect the defenders against small arms fire and grenades. 
Its origins began on the western front in World War one and became a standard for defensive positions in England during world war 2. 
Pillboxes are mostly concrete but can also be made from bricks or concrete blocks, often made as prefab structures for easy production and distribution. 

We have a range of design classics of the British pillbox including the  type 22 and type 24 hexagonal-ish blockhouse deigns. then there is a type 28 artillery embrasure and the type 25 prefab sentry box. 

We also have a larger British emplacement in the form of Princess Anne's Battery from Gibraltar

If you can think of any that you would like a model of them please do contact us with your requests and we will see if we can do it for you.

Artillery, Flakk and Coastal Guns

A big part of a WW2 battlefield is the heavy weapons and artillery. They often take the form as objectives, 'take out that gun', clear that emplacement or destroy that battery. 

Thus, they are a perfect accompaniment to your bunker forts as well as support weaponry for your army. While we don't have just WW2 Artillery it does form most of the field guns in our store. 

We have a range of Russian Field Guns and heavy artillery to support your army. There is a range of German field Guns and some from the British that you can wheel about the battlefields. 

Then we have a range of larger artillery guns that are more suited for fixed positions and coastal defence ranging from 120mm and larger.

Quad Polsten AA Artillery gun WW2 STL DesignQuad Polsten AA Artillery gun WW2 STL Design
A Quad Polsten Anti-Aircraft Artillery gun 28mm model STL files

Tank 3D Models

The tanks are the land battleship brought into existence in the battlefields of the first world war. First seen at the battle of Cambrai the tanks genesis has taken many forms as the battle between weapons, armour and machinery play out to find the perfect balance of protection, firepower, and manoeuvrability. 

The second World War saw the development of the tank explode into a mainstay of the battlefield and a tactical asset working alongside infantry and independently. 

We have a large range of WW2 Tank models in our library that cover the Russian and German main tanks of the era. We have tigers, panzers, elephants and then the indominatable T-34 and the KV-1 and 2.

Artillery Tractors, Bikes, Halftracks, APC and other Vehicles

The battlefields were not only taken by the tank, but there were also vast logistical chains used to move the big guns around, take troops from here to there and just lug supplies and materiel to the front lines. 

We have a set of models that fill these roles as well. From the iconic Hanumag to the Stalinets artillery tractors and motorbike infantry we have those models from the side-lines that will help to add a new diversity to your army and your battlefield setting.

WW2 Combat Aircraft STL Models

The battle for the skies was fraught and bitter, from single seater fighters to massive bombers with a crew of ten or more men. 

The planes that made up this war as well are able to represent on your tabletop and can either take part in the fight or just make up the scenery should you want to build an airfield or the like.

Scatter and Utility Models

Battlefields don't just end with those that fight over it but there is also a focus on what you are fighting over, a town, a crossroad, or a farmhouse. Not only are there buildings but also there are small items like rushed barricades, tank obstacles and more. 
These items of set dressing help to bring your battlefield to life and give you a more real feel to everything. 

We have a large range of buildings and scatter that is suitable for WW2 European battlefields.