In the two days since it arrived (and and after I fixed DHL's handiwork, grrr) I've pretty much used up the 3 small amounts of 50g PLA that came with the Cetus doing prints to either add some functionality (the spool holder modification) or test what the different settings in the software do and the effects they have on the finished items. Apart from one failed print which came loose from the print bed while printing (I suspect from finger grease on the print plate - since cleaned off using rubbing alcohol) everything not only printed well, but some of the results have surprised me in the level of crisp and clean detail they could provide.
Here's a handful of photos showing some of the prints and what they look like after a quick bit of painting (primed, base coated, highlighted and one dry-brushing) - 20 minutes in total to do them all once the primer had dried.
First off, doors. After all, you gotta have something for the thief to do and the fighters to smash through...
Here are some painted versions.
I will tart them up a bit later (add some staining to the wood, rust runs from the metal work and generally 'age' them) but for a 5 minute paint job I can live with them. Especially if I have 20-30 of the buggers to do.
Next up, if you want to make doors you need wood and so this leads to... tree stumps!
The close-up nature of the camera shots obviously exaggerates the layering that is inherent in all FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) printing but it actually works for trees because that's how they grow - in rings, layer by layer. Since all of my modelling is done for use on a tabletop at arms length, any small surface level defects/effects can be lost or enhanced depending upon how you paint them.
How about some critters? Because I almost stood on one of these blighters on my doorstep when I was coming home, I thought I'd immortalise some for prosperity. Oh yes, and also to slime some unwary murder hobos, er, I mean adventuring heroes...
Again, not the greatest camera shot but I was in a hurry. Here it is again sporting some black paint with a pearlescent medium added to give it a wet, slick and slimy look. I'll apply some gloss varnish to enhance the effect once it's all fully dry.
Until my Kickstarter Miniature Holders turn up I'll continue to use my old stand by of a tab of Blu-Tack on top of a paint pot since it does the job and as my limited bench space will attest to, I'm not short of paint pots!
A saltbeard Grognard who's glad he never grew up enough to lose his imagination.