Finished a few more prints on the Creality CR-10 this week. All fantasy-based this time since I'm gearing up to start some Frostgrave sessions soon.
Here's part of a set for an Adventurer's Campsite. These came from Thingiverse (links to follow) but I think the designer has a more detailed/extra bits set available on DriverThru RPG.
Again, these are straight off the print bed without any touch-ups or finishing.
I realised that I often just post pictures of stuff without anything else next to them to give any idea as to their size.
Here's a small monument/statue that has attracted the attention of Snotwrangle the 25mm and Brutus the 28mm.
I'll post file/printer settings later once I have dug them out.
Quite chuffed with how well the fine detail on the plinth inscriptions and thin cloak/robe materials have printed.
Considering how big the print area on the CR-10 is, it really can do some exceptionally fine detail.
Last one for the day. This is the Dragon Arch from Printable Scenery.
Snotwrangle the 25mm and Brutus the 28mm seem to be squaring off to see who gets to go through it first...
Even without any post-printing work, the detail comes through very well and I think this will work really well as part of the Frostgrave scenery.
The glorious detailing is carried over onto the rear of the piece as well.
I can heartily recommend Matt and the peeps over at Printable Scenery, their design skills are top-notch and the value you get from their Kickstarters is astounding. You could easily fill multiple battle boards with their stuff, or even just pick up one or two bits to print and flesh out your own work.
So I'm finally back up and about after my health took a dip and laid me out for the end part of 2017.
I was asked to help out a couple of friends at my gaming club (W.A.R.P.) who wanted to give the new version (v8) of Warhammer 40K a try. They had the game rules and the models, and I had a new battlemat to try as well as a ridonculous amount of (sadly still unpainted) scenery so I was happy to help out.
The 6'x4' battlemat is the Desert Earth one from Leodis Games Board Matz range. I got mine from their recent Kickstarter (shocker, I know!) and they have since expanded the range to include many more styles.
With the exception of the rear gantry, the tall spire/furnace bits sitting on top and the Games Workshop minis/vehicles/dice, everything else on the table is 3D printed.
Oh, not the long pipes (that's PVC piping) and the tanks of the two storage tanks with ladders on just beyond the fencing (they are Coke cans), but everything else is. Honest!
Some eye candy for the 40K fans.
And there's just something that appeals to me about this Nurgle Mortar piece.
I should also say that the scenery on the table was about a quarter of what I had brought along, which in turn was about a third of what I have printed so far.
I suspect I may need more space soon since the new Fallout skirmish game is rumoured to be about to land and I have a stupid amount of post-apocalypse scenery that needs printing...
Losing the will to live as I try to work out how the fek I'm supposed to fit all of this stuff into a 4'x4' area...
Chris (Readon), Richard (Morgan Darkstar) and myself got to roll some dice in anger this weekend for our first session of Games Workshop's "Shadow War: Armageddon".
Sadly the battle mat that I had ordered from Gamemat.eu (gamemat.eu ) was delayed by a European bank holiday and so didn't arrive in time. Still, Readon stepped up and saved the day by bringing along his Citadel green fields cloth so it didn't look like we were fighting on ice!
Here are some photos of what is (currently) around 65% of the sci-fi scenery I have. Please forgive the garish mishmash of colours but I print in whatever colour filament is currently available cheapest in my preferred brands. They will all look much better once I have them painted... eventually, I promise!
Same layout, different view.
And from the other side.
And finally, a more elevated/top-down angle.
These are parts of Printable Scenery's Gothic Sci-Fi building range. They come in variety of shapes with different internal/external detailing but are all married to the same theme so that you can basically just mix and match them to produce any type of building layout you'd like.
They also come in 'ruined' versions, so you can display them with holes blown in them, etc.
These were all printed on the Creality CR-10 in PLA using a 0.2mm layer height and 10% infill.
Here is the matching roof section and a shot of the interiors.
As I previously mentioned, they come in a variety of shapes, all with suitable roof sections.
These ones allow you to 'go wide' by incorporating support pillars.
Here's a corner piece. This opens up more possibilities.
And this last piece allows you to go 'super wide' by adding as many internal sections as you'd like.
Another flood of new pictures/updates now that I have my Fuji Finepix sorted out.
First up we have some stairways that I found on Thingiverse.
These are just about the right height to link up with the walkways that span the Gothic Sci-Fi pipeline bits from Printable Scenery.
These were actually modelled at 15mm but by scaling them up by 180%, they're good to go for 28mm. The stairway is one part and the two handrails/barriers print separately and just superglue into place.
Printed on the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm layer height and with a 13% infill.
This is a really nice piece. It's also not for the fainthearted because it's a single print item and that's an A4 cutting mat it's sitting on (marked in cm). For that reason, these could only be printed on my CR-10, the Cetus was JUST too small although if you wanted to rescale the model a touch that would work. I used PLA laid down in a 0.2mm layer height with a 10% infill.
The rectangular thing lying next to it is actually an insert that goes into the slots embedded in the walls above the door and windows. That means that you can apply blast doors/shutters or if you were to cut out some similar shaped pieces of plastic such as used by overhead projectors (whoops, there's my age showing again!) you could simulate glass.
Those stairs at the back lead up to the next floor.
Here's the upper floor, although there's absolutely nothing to stop you printing more of them and turning this two-floored building into a multi-level hab block!
Again, the windows and door out onto the balcony are all slotted ready for inserts if desired.
Finally, here's the stacked building, crowned by its roof section.
Here is an alternative shot because the first one hides the lower floor.
This power pylon was printed in PLA on the Creality CR-10 using a 0.2mm layer height and 10% infill.
I was hunting for some images to convert into greebles/icons to mount on various pieces of scenery. These are from a mixture of Yeggi and Thingiverse sources and depict a range from the Adeptus Mechanicus chapter as well as the Astartes' Aquilla. These are all fully scalable and so they (along with others for the Arbites, Inquisition and various chapters) will be used to give additional detailing to models where needed.
They were all printed in PLA on the Creality CR-10 at 0.2mm using a 10% infill and the sharpness/thinness of the Aquilla detail is pretty damned scary considering it measures a mere 5cm from wingtip to wingtip and it's printed on such a massive machine!
Speaking of buildings to mount the greebles and icons on to...
This is the Gothic Sci-Fi armoury building from Printable Scenery.
The main building was printed in one piece and the roof is made up of six smaller sections that I have superglued together.
Whilst I appreciate the fact that the roof comes in sections so that you can add in/swap out parts (such as gun emplacements, etc.) I wish it had a 'one-piece' version to speed up printing.
This was done on the Creality CR-10 in PLA using a 0.2mm layer height and 10% infill.
Amongst the (many, many) things I have been printing for Shadow War: Armageddon are the Gothic Sci-Fi Pipeline pieces that I picked up as part of a Kickstarter by Printable Scenery. The level of detail is awesome and fits right in with the Ad-Mech skull motifs on Games Workshop's Promethium Refinery kit - part of which can be seen in the background.
These were all printed on the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm/13% infill.
The pieces will be joined by pipes (duh!) but rather than print the pipework, I opted to use some PVC piping - as used in plumbing.
There are a ring of rivets on the back edges of the pieces and so I looked for pipe that had a diameter less than those - anything less than 40mm in fact. I found a 32mm one that meant it would definitely fit and leave room any tolerance issues. If you're in the UK, I used Wickes Black Solvent Weld pipe and a 1.5m length of it cost me £1.49. That should be way more than I'm going to need but it's always better to have spare, just in case.
Anyways, I was pondering on ways to attach the pieces to the pipe sections but I knew that I didn't just want to glue them since they would need to come apart for easy storage. I was in the process of measuring the internal diameter of the pipe so that I could print a semicircular 'lug' and glue that to the piece and then just rest the pipe on it, when the battery in my digital callipers gave out. A most fortunate event as it turned out...
A friend of mine called in to see me just as I was dismantling the callipers to get access to the battery and when I explained what I was doing he came up with a rather brilliant idea - namely the use of circular 'floor protectors'. He happens to work in a store where they sell such things and offered to pick some up for me. They come with an adhesive backing and so you just peel them off and stick them on. A word of advice though, the ones I got were super grabby so if you don't dry fit them first and mark around them you could end up with wonky pipework. The pipe and pads are in the image below. If you're in the UK, the pads are from Wilkinsons and are called 'Foam Round Floor Protectors'. The pack of 18 cost £1. Again, more than enough.
As an added bonus, if you don't attach a pipe you can still paint the pad so that it looks like a mesh grill. Thanks Vontravelle, smart idea!
Here's a fuel cell, courtesy of the recent WarLayer 3D printable scenery KickStarter. The models from this are excellent and the creator Andrew Askedall has created some great models that will compliment battleground that is the war-torn hive world of Armageddon.
The towers and walkways will mesh very well with the Games Workshop terrain and allow even more scope for elevation and cover play.
Unless stated otherwise, assume all of my prints are done on the extended gantry Cetus at 0.2mm layer height using the standard 0.4mm nozzle and are printed in PLA using a 20% infill.
My lighting sucks and the photos are taken on my smartphone so the images won't do the prints anything like the justice they deserve but to be honest I've got way too many other things to deal with than worry about (or funding) good eye candy. Just take my word for it until I have the time to dig out my digital SLR and set up a photo box... or better still, download and print the models for yourself and see what I mean!Shadow War: Armageddon
That's the latest time-sink that's tying up my printers at the moment. Basically it's being touted as the successor to Necromunda, but since I didn't get to play it when it was in print I guess I'll have to take other folks word for it - although I do hope to one day give it a whirl in one form or another, thanks to the excellent Yaktribe community. (https://yaktribe.games/community/)
Anyways, I was lucky enough to snag myself one of the first boxed sets of SW:Ag (SW:A being taken to mean Star Wars Armada) and now that I have table space, I'd like to build myself a decent battleboard to play it on.
Over time, I'll tag each additional model I print and then do updates to them as I paint/finish them and with luck (and a shed-load of filament and paint) I should be able to come up with a reasonable display/play area.
Here's the link to Andrew's WarLayer Kickstarter. It's ended but you should be able to buy the files from him or via a 3rd party (probably DriveThruRPG.com) and you might want to keep an eye out for any future campaigns he may do. I know I will.
A few little do-dads for placing as dressing/obstacles/cover when playing Shadow War: Armageddon. This time we have oil drums and small kit/cargo chests. These are all 28mm scale and look good when placed next to a figure - even if I forgot to take the picture like that...
These come from the Sci-Fi Decor Kickstarter by Axolote Tiles. The bundles that Axolote release eventually find their way onto DriveThruRPG so if you happen to have missed any of their excellent KS campaigns, you can pick them up from there.
Printed on the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm/13% infill.
Here's another piece from the Axolote Tiles Sci-Fi decor range. This time it's a small cargo box.
I say small, but this is actually the same height as a Space Marine. The detail is crisp and should paint up really well to make more cover/eye candy on the tabletop.
As usual, printed on the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm/13% infill.
Here's another model I printed for use with Shadow War: Armageddon. This time it's a generator on a base, from Printable Scenery. Again, the black PLA and stark lighting don't do it justice but once I can get some paint on it you should really be able to see the incredible level of detail on this. It is also available without the base if you just want to place it flush on the ground or mount it on another base.
I got mine as part of one of their KickStarters but the file is available from their webstore in the Gothic Sci-Fi section. (https://www.printablescenery.com/)
Printed on the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm/15% infill.
Here's the Thingiverse link for SnowMan77's turbine collection:
thingiverse.com - Warhammer 40K terrain: turbine by SnowMan77
Warhammer 40K terrain: turbine by SnowMan77
Another piece of tabletop scenery for use with Shadow War: Armageddon. This is a ventilation cooling fan and it was done by SnowMan77 and is available via Thingiverse (see below for the full link).
Here's the link to SnowMan77's file: thingiverse.com - Warhammer 40k terrain / ventilation / cooling system by SnowMan77
I scaled it down by 50% (because it was ma-hoosive!) but I may well print one at full size at a later date. For now though I knocked out four of these bad boys for placing around some form of power complex or factorum.
Printed in PLA on the Cetus at 15% infill.
Here's another part of SnowMan77's most excellent turbine collection from Thingiverse. This is the double turbine model and believe me, using his files you can create some truly huge power generation plants. These are just crying out for folks to hide behind - and blow up. Hmm, I'm getting mental flash-backs to parts of the Hitch-Hiker's Guide...
Once more, printed on the little workhorse that is the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm/13% infill.
Another bunch of knick-knacks or 'greebles', as their creator Markus of Terrain4Print calls them. Basically these are wonderful little bits of additional detail that you can print out (fully scalable) and then stick on to anything to enhance it. They include pipes, vents, windows, shields (with and without symbols on them) and hatches/cupolas.
These really are awesome. They can liven up a blank wall or be used to 'individualise' pretty much anything. The shields in particular are fantastic since they allow me to replicate the barrier designs on the Games Workshop walkways, which will help tie all of the design themes together and should hopefully enhance the final battleground so that it doesn't look like a bunch of random buildings/scenery has been thrown together... even if it has.
These came as part of his Sci-Fi pack that I picked up along with the Viking pack. A link to his website and store will follow. You can also support him via Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/terrain4print
His Thingiverse designs can be found here: www.thingiverse.com/Terrain4Print/designs
Printed on the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm/13% infill.
These also came from the Terrain4Print Sci-Fi pack. They're part of the fuel station. I'll be printing many more pipe sections and stanchions/caps/taps to make up pipework mazes, etc. as well as to link some sections together.
I can see me possibly magnetizing these to allow fast building/placing of lots of variations.
Again, printed on the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm/15% infill.
More scenery for use with Shadow War: Armageddon.
This is one of the short walkways from Andrew Askedall's fantastic WarLayer 3D printable terrain KickStarter (see link in another post).
The level of detail on the decking is great (grate? LOL) and they clip onto the other pieces really well. I printed this out on the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm/20% infill and I have no worries about packing it out with metal minis - something that can't always be said for some shop-bought pre-made scenery.
Here's the same short walkway but without a railing. Still printed on the Cetus but this time in GREEN (that colour just cries out to be in capitals!) - hopefully the details are more visible this time.
The loudness of the green appears to have caught the attention of an Ork Boy so we'll use him for scale.
A saltbeard Grognard who's glad he never grew up enough to lose his imagination.