What if Warhammer 40k looked like Command and Conquer?
Full Spectrum Dominance is a new wargame of massive sci-fi battles with tiny-scale figures, successfully crowdfunded on MyMiniFactory. The game is made by The Lazy Forger, which sells 3D-printable sci-fi miniatures that remind us of Warhammer 40k and also of the golden age of RTS games on PC – think Total Annihilation, Red Alert, and Command and Conquer.
Full Spectrum Dominance (FSD) is the latest creation from Giacomo ‘Jack’ Pantalone and Federico Valsecchi, usually known by their business name ‘The Lazy Forger’. The duo sell sci-fi miniatures and scenery as downloadable STL files, which can be printed at home using a resin 3D printer. FSD complements this established range of miniatures.
The game was successfully crowdfunded in February 2023, raising $ 33,751, and won On Tabletop’s ‘Something that Truly Blew Our Minds’ industry award for 2022. Since then, The Lazy Forger has added more terrain to the range, and is currently sculpting and writing rules for a new faction, Behemoths, to join the existing pairing of The Tech and The Enlisted.
As 3D printable files, you can make your Lazy Forger models any size you want, but the crowdfunding page recommends you play FSD with minis between 3mm and 15mm in scale. Pantalone is enthusiastic about small-scale wargaming, saying “small scales in general have the unique perk to allow PROPERLY SIZED environments and terrain.”
When it comes to printing STL files as miniatures, Pantalone says that “the only thing that really matters is XY resolution… 6mm is very forgiving with old printers”. We have a guide to the best 3D printers for miniatures if you need help choosing one.
Pantalone and Valsecchi started digitally sculpting their distinctive, small-scale miniatures as a hobby, which has since bloomed into a small business. Pantalone previously sculpted miniatures in traditional media for Fenris Games, Spectre Miniatures and White Dragon Miniatures, but actually works as a programmer working on RADAR. He says the ones he works with are “very tiny”, unlike the radar tower terrain piece that Lazy Forger sells.
With such diminutive buildings and detail-packed models, FSD gives Wargamer HQ staff flashbacks to the golden age of RTS games – the mechanised warfare of Total Annihilation, gorgeous pixel art of Command and Conquer, or robust silhouette of a Terran siege tank in Starcraft. Pantalone says that his main inspiration comes from real life: “travels and places I see while going around”, rather than films or other media.
In case you haven’t encountered it before, 6mm wargaming is a little-used and very small scale, in which a human size miniatures is about 6mm tall. Games Workshop employed it in the defunct game Epic, which saw huge armies and robot-like Warhammer Titans from every Warhammer 40k faction battling across ruined cityscapes.
You can buy rules and STLs for Full Spectrum Dominance on the game’s website.