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Design Your Own Miniatures For Your Favourite Board Game With 3D Printing

Updated: Jul 24, 2022

Without TVs, computers, or tablets, board games are a proven way to teach interpersonal skills and keep kids entertained.

While many adult board games are enjoyable for parties or casual gatherings, many children's board games may also engage children and adults. They can feature the strategy, difficulty, and interactivity that make the finest board games enjoyable.

Several noteworthy board games for youngsters aged 3 to 12 were launched as interest in board games rose during the Pandemic. While classics like Candy Land and Monopoly are good choices for beginners and early gamers, there are many other kids' board games to try outside of the usual suspects.

Miniatures are an essential part of board games, but who wants to spend their time playing with figures created by others? Not you, that's for sure.

The concept of utilizing miniatures in board games has evolved. Children can now make their miniature versions and participate in board games. Board games like D&D and Warhammer also offer a fun way to communicate with others without using a computer or console.

And so, we've developed a list of the top board games that you can use custom miniatures in the game. They'll keep your kids occupied and entertained for hours.

What Are Miniature Board Games?

Miniature board games are a somewhat hazy issue, owing to the sheer volume of miniature games that have exploded throughout time. The introduction of 3D printing has also significantly reduced the cost of miniatures. As a result, they're becoming more common in board and tabletop games.

Miniature games have a long and exciting history. They began as warfare simulations for military personnel but quickly evolved into war games. As the exercises progressed, we believe that most folks realized, "Hey, that's fairly fun!" They gradually grew into the massive collectible that we know and love today.

Board Games with Custom Minis

Here are specific board games that kids love to play with and can design their custom miniatures to play with.


Several deadly diseases have erupted all across the planet at the same time in the Pandemic. The custom players take on the role of disease-fighting experts to treat illness hotspots while discovering remedies for each of the four plagues before they spread.

Several important population centers on earth are depicted in the game board. You can use your custom miniature player to do up to four actions every turn to travel between towns, treat ill people, discover a cure, or build a research facility are all possibilities.

There are Epidemics, so you will have a deck of cards with different skills. Cards are strewn to speed up and amplify the disease's activity. Independent deck of cards controls the "natural" spread of the illnesses. Your custom player must coordinate their approach with their experts' ability to combat the diseases, with each team member performing a specific role.

Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders is an entertaining game of ups and downs where you can climb up and slide down. The square marked 100 is visible to you and the character on your pawn, but getting it is not simple.

You can climb a ladder if you land on a good deed, but you'll fall a chute in the wrong area. To find out how many positions you'll move, spin the spinner.

Is your new job going to send you down or up? Chutes and Ladders is a game where you can slip, slide, and see if you can win. You can lead your custom mini-player through the trials throughout this game.

Mechs vs. Minions

Mechs vs. Minions is a massive minis box. The game was created by the same studio that formed League of Legends. They know video games, but they also made a clever board game to show their gaming prowess.

A programming mechanic is the main mechanic of Mechs vs. Minions. Because this is a cooperative game, players will need to work together to ensure that their mechs are in the best possible position to defeat the numerous minions in the box (while also avoiding getting in each other's way).

There are several scenarios to play through, each with different objectives, and the four hero mechs are pre-painted in a witty aesthetic style. The remainder of the minion minis in the box aren't painted, but you'll see why when you see how many there are.

Dungeons and Dragons

A single-player — the game master/dungeon master/whatever you call him — tells a story. He might or might not be plotting something.

Acting as characters in the story, the other players interact with their characters' activities. As a result, they contribute to the plot's advancement and develop their characters' personalities, motivations, and backstories.

Dwarves, elves, monsters for fantasy, space marines, pilots, storm troopers for science fiction, archaeologists, academicians, dilettantes for pulp adventure, etc., are a part of this game.

When required, the GM has the players roll dice for their PCs, sometimes of strange shape, to see if their actions are successful.

The GM then picks up the plot, modifying it as needed to account for the PCs' actions and creating his own friendly, villain, or bystander characters — Non-player characters or NPCs — who react appropriately.


The game's goal is to acquire, rent, and sell the property to become the richest player in the game.

Each participant will roll the two dice before the game begins. The player that rolled the most significant total value gets to go first. The game then moves clockwise to the left.

The two dice are rolled on each player's turn, and the player's token travels the same number of spaces as the value rolled. A decision will be made based on the location of the landing.

When players owe more money than they can pay and have no assets to sell, they are considered bankrupt and removed from the game. The winner is the last player left in the game after all other players have gone bankrupt.


The best part about custom miniature players is that you can choose to design them using Little You without the hassle of doing it yourself!

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