Dynamic Elemental on the CR-10
After getting such good results with the 'Bobbing Cat' test print on the CR-10, I decided I needed to try something else. Something less polished. Something with more angles. Something that I might actually want to use on the tabletop.
Cue the Elemental Golem dynamic pose & base by MalastrumDominiSui
This time I sliced the file myself in Simplify3D. (www.simplify3d.com)
I didn't scale it at all and the printed model came out at around 45mm x 65mm or what I would class as Ogre-sized (a 10'x10' base creature if played at 25mm-28mm scale).
Not knowing how good/bad it would be, I elected to just print it at 0.2mm layer height rather than the 0.1mm or 0.15mm layer height that was recommended.
I got Simplify3D to auto-generate the supports (just in case) and set it away. A little over an hour and a quarter later it had finished and I popped it off the bed and removed the support material and what little stringing/whisps there was around the points/spikes, etc.
After priming it black, I hit the (very nicely textured base) with a 90% coverage of Burnt Umber. The rest of the model got the same kind of rough base-coating (90%) but this time in Slate Grey.
I gave it 15 minutes of drying time and then did a very rough bit of 50% coverage to both base and model using Mocca Brown and Storm Grey respectively. I painted the inner mouth by wet-blending Red, Orange and Yellow (paint the majority of the area red first, then apply some orange to the middle 2/3rds and finally paint yellow into the middle - all while wet) to give it a molten magma look. The teeth were painted using a Pearlescent Metallic White to simulate crystals/diamonds, etc. The eyes were just red with a yellow pupil.
After another 15 minutes of drying time I then did some rough dry-brushing - Light Grey for the model and Light Tan for the base.
Once it had 10 minutes to dry, I hit the entire thing (base and all) with a dark wash (in my case I used Army Painter Strong Tone) and allowed it to dry overnight.
Next day I did a final light dusting of dry-brushing (same colours as previous dry-brushing) and then called it done.
In total I would estimate that it took less than 20 minutes of actual painting time (ignoring the drying time, since I would usually be painting multiple figures and not waiting around for paint to dry) and for a first attempt on a medium resolution print, I think it turned out OK.
I'm very pleased with the actual model file and I can see me printing this one again (probably in either 0.1 or 0.15mm layer height) and maybes going for whites/blues to make it an Ice Elemental.
I've been battling a bout of illness this week so my willingness to design/paint stuff has taken somewhat of a beating. The 3D tile production continues apace but the CR-10 still hasn't been fully assembled yet so once again, the Cetus has had to take up the slack. The current tile/wall count is rapidly approaching the 100 mark so I thought I'd throw something different at it that would tie it up for 5-6 hours at a time so that I didn't have to keep an eye on it.
The project I chose was a replacement for my beloved "Tower of Doom" dice tower. My original tower was made of cardstock and wasn't really meant to be anything other than a prototype for an advanced version. Trouble is, as soon as it made its first appearance at our table (playing Adventurer Conqueror King System) and was used to check for a fallen character's fate using the game's 'Mortal Wounds' table it was given it's ominous title and it stuck from that moment on. Any time the players saw me produce it, they new things could go badly (muahahaha!) Sadly, the two years that the tower was in play saw it stored in a plastic storage box along with a whole bunch of other stuff and the thin card eventually started showing signs of damage.
Rather than repair it, I thought I'd like to replace it with something more sturdy and since I have the capability to 3D print stuff... a new "Tower of Doom" was duly commissioned. The main criteria I had was that it needed to be both solid enough to withstand a lot of use and possible mistreatment when in storage, yet couldn't be too big for said storage.
I searched on Thingiverse and found several cool designs but none of them really ticked all the boxes - until I came across this one. The Three-path Dice Tower V.2 by bainite. (www.thingiverse.com/thing:1271858)
Here it is hot-off-the-printer in it's five core pieces (base, middle, crenellated top and two side chutes) ready to have the magnets installed. This is kind of a prototype - I may change the surface texture again and will definitely be swapping out the cross for our logo, but considering that these were printed using the Cetus' standard 0.4mm nozzle at 0.2mm layer height with a 13% infill, I'm more than happy with the results so far.
Here's the assembled prototype tower. I'll probably do a quick paint job on it once I feel better, just to see how the surface textures hold up. For now however, the thought of having to clean the odd layer line and prep it/prime and paint it all just can't break through how crappy I feel.
Maybe next week.
It took longer than I expected to be able to finish the paint job on the new 'Tower of Doom' but at least it's all done ready for use in my next lot of Adventurer Conqueror King games at my gaming club, W.A.R.P.
Work continues apace in the factory that was once my spare room and yet again I've lost the use of my dining table. This time it's in order to assemble the Creality CR-10 3D printer that I ordered at the end of last month from GearBest. It arrived yesterday, so under 3 weeks to get here from China (including the delays for the Chinese New Year) - not bad at all.
I'm busy assembling it, however it's momentarily on hold until I can dig my micro socket set out of storage (i.e., find which cacking storage box I put it in before I moved house) but should be up and running after the weekend. So I thought I'd take a moment to snap a quick picture while I take a tea break.
As you can see from the photo, the build plate is much bigger than that of the Cetus (which has still been printing non-stop since I got it a fortnight ago) and it's also heated, which means that I can print in different materials and should also good bed adhesion (less warping) for the prints. The printed item on top is one of my modified magnetic openlock floor tiles and it helps demonstrate just how much bigger the build volume will be on the new machine. That's a 10'x10' section of floor at 28mm, or 50mm x 50mm in actual size.
While that means I can print many more of the tiles at once, that won't really speed up my production rate since it takes roughly the same amount of time (in fact slightly longer due to print head travel time) to print 10 at once as it does to print 5 at once, twice. What the bigger build plate size will do however, is allow me to design/print much larger one-off pieces - like a 50'x50' room, etc.
The vertical build space is also more on the CR-10 - almost a third more in fact than my extended Cetus (or twice as much as a standard Cetus) although aside from the occasional commissioned item, I can't really see me printing many 16-inch tall miniatures... however much it might warm my heart to scare the crap out of the players by making then face some truly GIANT giants.
A saltbeard Grognard who's glad he never grew up enough to lose his imagination.