Sketchfab 3D Sculpting Challenge: Tabletop Wars

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Hello Sculptors, and welcome to our new monthly 3D sculpting challenge! Each month, you’ll get two weeks to work on a topic that encourages everyone to collaborate – we’ll combine the final entries into one large scene afterwards, linking each entry to the original.

This month, we’re challenging you to create a miniature for tabletop games – it could be characters, machines or other props, as long as you take the battle to your table! Our sponsor Shapeways is providing a 3D print of the winning model. For some inspiration, check out their new gallery of 3D printed miniatures.

Read on for the full rules, but the TL;DR version is: sculpt any ‘tabletop war’ model, upload to Sketchfab and set ‘Downloadable’, tag with #3DSculptTabletopWars to enter.


We’ve been trying to think up new ways to make these challenges interesting to both new and experienced 3D sculpting artists and also more community oriented – how can we work together to build something and give back to the wider 3D neighbourhood, so here’s how we’re running this challenge:

  • You can use any 3D sculpting tool that you like. If you’re new to sculpting, take a look at free tools like Sculptris, Blender or our own Sculptfab.
  • Once you’ve created your 3D model, upload it to Sketchfab, tag it #3DSculptTabletopWars and set it to Downloadable.
  • Share what you’re planning to create on the challenge thread in the forum – for extra fun you can collaborate with other participants and create pieces that work well together!
  • Models must be set to Downloadable to take part in the challenge – partly so we can combine the top entries in our final tabletop war scene but also because we are encouraging you to create a legacy of free and open 3D content that can be used by artists, game devs and hobbyists.
  • Submission deadline is Monday, February 6th (23.59 New York time – GMT-5).


  • Sketchfab Master Adam Beamish
  • Shapeways Community: The DM Workshop
  • Shapeways: Andrew Thomas, Community manager
  • Sketchfab: Bart Veldhuizen, Head of Community


Shapeways is offering $100 worth of credits to the winner – enough to get your design 3D printed in a great material and ship to you! We’re adding 3 months of Sketchfab PRO to the prize pot.

Terms and Conditions

  • No purchase necessary.
  • By entering this competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the conditions.
    This is a contest for individuals, no teams.
  • No alternative prizes available. The prize draw is not open to Sketchfab employees or their families.
  • No ripping of models from anywhere on the Internet, all entries must be original works of art. Using work that is not your own will immediately disqualify you.
  • The judges’ decision are final – in case of dispute, no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winning entries will be documented and may be used for promotional purposes.
  • Contestants models must be uploaded to Sketchfab and tagged #3DSculptTableTopWars to be considered.
  • Winners retain all Intellectual Property as per Sketchfab standard Terms and Conditions.
  • Winners and winning entries may be required to take part in any publicity resulting from this competition.
  • The winners will be contacted by Friday, February 10th.
  • Promoter: Sketchfab Inc, 1123 Broadway, Suite 501, New York, NY 10010, USA.

About the author


Bart Veldhuizen

Head of Community at Sketchfab. 3D Scanning enthusiast and Blenderhead. Running BlenderNation in my spare time.


  • Avatar Eric Carroll says:

    Question regarding the Due Date…

    (1) You stated in your first paragraph that we have 2 weeks to work on this. Starting today Jan 23-2016, shouldn’t we have roughly to the 6th February to finish?

    (2) When is your submission cut-off? The 2nd of February, if we can expect the judging results sometime during the 3rd?

    Correct me if I missed or misunderstood anything!

  • Avatar Bart Veldhuizen says:

    Hi Eric,

    thanks for these questions! You’re right, I didn’t update that correctly. I updated the article, and to clarify:

    – submission deadline is Monday, February 6 (23.59 New York time – GMT-5)
    – the winners will be announced on Friday, February 10.

    Sorry about that!

  • Avatar Mark Fisher says:

    Silly question, but does all the modelling need to done within the challenge time frame or can you use pre-existing models / parts that you have already created?

  • Avatar Bart Veldhuizen says:

    Using pre-existing parts would be fine, but you should not just submit a finished existing model. That’s not the point of a challenge 🙂

  • Avatar devan says:

    nice you should sell them

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