Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 110: AI and the miniature hobby

In an age where it is easier than ever to use AI to create things, it is fun to go back to older technology to create things, like 35mm film! This was taken on an Exakta VX (Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f2.8) with Kodak Portra 400 film.

Listen to the episode:

- Eric Wier


  1. Great episode, as usual. This whole issue leaves a bad taste, I must agree. I listened to some of the Painting Phase episode in question and it was not edifying. It was also a missed opportunity for an intelligent discussion about this issue--which you have had on your podcast instead!

    I agree with you that there are different expectations from tournaments/competitions versus personal hobby (where you can do whatever you want). I wonder if GW knew about the AI, or had any rules about it, or have made any comment?

    In terms of assistance, for argument's sake, could you use a base that had been made by a third-party provider? Or a conversion part sculpted by another company? (Obviously not in GW competitions but in other painting comps they would allow non-GW parts to be used). Could you use AI to sculpt a space hulk themed base and then 3D print it yourself and use this in an entry? Or in your personal hobby?--where do you draw the line with this sort of stuff? Is it a personal choice or are there ethical issues involved? I felt you had a pretty good discussion of these issues which were completely missing from the attitude and discussions from the winner and the podcastr he was on.

    It's a shame also as it was a very nice model, and the backdrop just seemed like something you didn't even need to do via AI.

    1. Yeah, the backdrop on the model did not really add much to it. I imagine there will be a lot more discussion of this topic in the coming years, and GW and others will likely create rules to incorporate AI and 3D printing too.