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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Raging Heroes Ash Tank Gunner and some Heresy Girl Assassins 3D printer experiments with the Snapmaker
She's painted like the Veteran Jailbirds in a signature prison color scheme. The orange is Reaper Lemon Yellow a wash of Secret Weapon Orange and Highlights of Reaper Marigold Yellow.
here although I think I forgot to mention the name of it. In a similar vein I've done one each of the factory resin model and a 3D print from my Snapmaker on hi resolution. The elements of failure are painted blue for clarity and also because I'll use these as active camo/ecm versions.
The factory resin, as all of them are in this set, was cleanly cast with little flash and practically no cleanup required. The bases here are also from the 3D printer and the Snapmaker does good quality on them.
This one was the most trouble for the Snapmaker and I got zero percent clear print. Nice stealth field effect but a complete failure as a model print.
Not all 3D printers, or 3D printer formats, are good for all printing projects so don't expect nozzle extruded 3D prints to fill the ranks of your toy soldier armies at this time. SLA has much higher resolution and I'll get round to it eventually but for now I'll be relying on the printer for the more coarse applications where its pretty reliable. The right tool for the right job!
Back to the desk!
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The Pulpit is intended for one of the Space Papess models but she's currently unprepared to assume her spot... Honestly the one I have mostly constructed is already on a large scenic base so I'll have to build a second mounted on a 25mm base so she'll fit in it!
That said... I *think it took about 3 hours for each section for a total of six hours. I'll make another one eventually and verify that.
I usually try to paint all models of a similar type as a set so I don't have to try to match them later. It just helps to make all the models look like they belong together. Oh well... next workbench KS Exclusives .... yay!
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The printing in the area around the faces was a bit dicey and tended to have spaces and holes. Nothing really serious but worth noting.
In any case they were an experiment in painting marbled surfaces and I learned a lot about painting in the various veining.
I think that completes the terrain for the game. I've printed replacements for all the cardboard terrain counters that I've found in the game and the Spidicules expansion... If I find anything else there will be more!
The first happy lesson was that printing this with black material was both less expensive (Black seems to be the cheapest color of PLA roll around by a couple of dollars a roll) and much, much easier to paint up.
Shown throughout with some of the excellent Raging Heroes Void Elves for scale. This is important as, due to the limitations of my build space, I was compelled to print the model at 99% of its intended size.
In my case... my printer (Snapmaker) is on the petite side of small... which means that I am unable to print this size of model without using the small format files...without dramatically reducing the model dimensions. Because of the inclusion of the small format files I'm able to print this model at 99% of its intended size. Score!
The model is quite large and I noticed that it printed with small holes for magnets! Sometimes Storing and transporting big terrain models is problematic so I popped magnets into the designated holes and it went together surprisingly well... with a satisfying snapping sound to boot!
All in all this took me a time fraction of the time it takes to paint an equivalent model in another color. Printing took a couple of days but cleanup and adding magnets time was under an hour. Painting was done in two short afternoon sessions.
An early experiment with texture rollers from Greenstuff World (Thanks for the heads up Ed!).
While these will be great for Twisted! I'm really going to want to switch to a less spendy putty or clay and roll out big sheets of texture. Then I'll want to get, or make, some small size biscuit/cookie cutters and punch out circles and squares. I'm having difficulty locating circles and squares in the right sizes for this but its early days and I haven't put a lot of time into the search... hmmm... maybe some pill bottles are the right size.... we'll see!
Back to the desk to experiment!
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
With this batch of the new sculpts of Raging Heroes' Blood Vestals (Sci-Fi version) I decided to make them a little less of a direct port from the, semi nude, Dark Elf Witch Elves and painted a grey leotard instead of the bare breasts. This makes them blend better with the Games Workshop Dark Eldar that I primarily use them with.
These models were constructed from one pack of Blood Vestal Troopers and one pack of Blood Vestal Command.
The desk is full of terrain and magnets at the moment... as well as some greenstuff rollers...
So I'm guessing terrains and possibly some Heresy Girls, Jailbirds, and/or Twisted minis will finish up next.
Back to the desk!
Thursday, October 4, 2018
I have a fair bit of experience now with coarser topics like buildings, vehicles, bases, and terrain and thought the Snapmaker might have some difficulty with the finer elements on the humanoid figure. This turned out to be the case although I think its a limitation of the printing format more than a Snapmaker specific issue.
The Snapmaker at its finest resolution was unable to print invisible layers on the humanoid body and, due to the low melting point of the PLA material, options for sanding are limited.
I think I'm going to have to move to an SLA style printer to get reliable detailed models to print.
At any rate the first set of pictures is from the Snapmaker. Where printing lines were noticeable I dusted them with a blue and white dry brush to make them stand out.
I ended up liking the effect well enough and envision it as a visual distortion field. This might work well enough for some types of Sci-Fi troops like Assassins and Infiltrators but would be out of place in troops of the line.
Back to the desk!
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
These began life as Reaper's 02769: Woody, Halfling Ranger from the Dark Haven Legends Line and 77422: War Dog.
The guidance for Woody was to have some light blue in the shirt, non metal armor and a woodland consistent coat/cloak.
I went with a warm skin tone and auburn hair. I also carried the blue color out to the fetching of his arrows thinking the blue to be some sort of signature.
I added some freehand patterns to the coat to to help it read against the green but still have a woodsy feel.
The sword is simply done and might be revisited in case he happens to acquire a magic one!
The bases have a woodland theme... I had thought about cobblestone or an interior floor but.... hes a Ranger!
The animal companion is a St. Bernard so Iadded a quick little brandy cask. Its an anachronism but should help with the illusion that this is a St. Bernard. I did the chest-piece crimson but omitted the white cross emblem so I can add a symbol in when, and if, he gets some kind of distinguishing mark or brand.
My initial take on the color ended up being a bit too yellow so I re-shaded to get a brown that is more in the St. Bernard spectrum. Its on the lighter end of the color spectrum for them but at least its more identifiable as brown!
He had a second dog and wanted it to be clearly a different dog so I went with a Rottweiler pattern which is practically the opposite of the St. Bernard.
This also has a crimson chest-piece but I'm not certain its intended to be at all related... so that might get adjusted later as well if there turns out to be a relation or a marking. Otherwise red is a good color for an adversary!
Back to the Desk!