A good friend of mine (Vontravelle) came to my aid one night when a water pipe burst in the kitchen and so I was more than happy to help him out when he asked me for a favour. He's a fellow GM at our local gaming club (W.A.R.P.) and he's currently running a Call of Cthulhu game wherein he found himself in need of a Cthonian critter to inflict upon his players.
He found this model on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2080964
However, he was unsure of how to get it printed on his newly acquired printer since it isn't a 'printer ready' .STL file, but rather a 3D model object (.obj) file.
I went through the problems of getting it to print - scaling it up, adding support materials, etc. and I could see he wasn't looking too confident so I offered to work on it for him.
First I loaded it into the new version of Simplify3D (v4) and set about scaling it up to 60mm. Next I manually added in some support material to all of the areas that I thought my Creality CR-10 would need them - namely the tentacles and one small area of body overhang. Finally, I altered the layer height down from 0.2mm to 0.15mm and then saved off the gcode to a memory card ready for printing.
Two hours and twenty minutes later, here's what it came out like.
The tentacles need a touch up (ooh, er, madam!) and I'll probably sculpt some additional ones to add into its maw because I just think it needs them.
While looking for some painting inspiration (do YOU know what colour these things are supposed to be?) I came across a fantastic painting guide online by a chap called Joe Baird - The Broken Paintbrush. I thoroughly recommend you pay his blog (https://brokenpaintbrush.com) or G+ page (https://plus.google.com/+Brokenpaintbrushpage) a visit.
Here's the other side. Also, I've just blasted it with a hairdryer on hot to soften up the PLA and that has allowed me to enhance the bend on some of the existing tentacles.
It's gone 2.15am now so I'll set about sculpting with the green stuff tomorrow and see if I can get some paint on it before the game on Sunday.
Later that morning I quickly rolled up some green stuff tentacles and started twisting them into shape.
I'll apply a little detail when they begin to harden and once they're completely dry I'll cut/dry fit them until I'm happy with the look
Here's the model primed and awaiting the (slowly) drying tentacles. The miniature holder is one of the ones I got as part of a Kickstarter run by Rathcore.com. I got one of each (32, 54 and 75mm) and that's the mid-sized one with the 54mm bar. They are extremely useful and very comfortable to hold for extended periods. I had no idea how much more 'usable' a mini holder is when it has a finger bar on it and how much hand tremor it can alleviate. I still use my old standby of a paint pot with 'Blutack' (poster putty) on it to do quick paint jobs or when I'm batch base coating, etc.
The patches of green stuff are filling small holes left from the rendered model not meshing a few of the very extreme overhangs amongst the base rubble properly. As I said, this wasn't a 'ready to print' file and if time hadn't been such an issue I'd have liked to rework/remodel a lot more of it in order to avoid these issues. Still, it used up the tiny amount of green stuff left over from sculpting the tentacles, so no waste.
While I type this up I'm 'baking' the green stuff tentacles on the CR-10's hotbed as I print some test 25mm miniature bases for some of the models I got from the Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter. A bit of an experiment but hey, the bed would be on while I was doing the printing so I figured why not?
And here he/she/it is, fully tentacled up.
Once the glue has had time to dry I'll prime the green stuff and then try and get some paint on it tonight before I host my Saturday Roll20 session.
Here's a quick pic I managed to snap before I handed off the finished model.
Not the best paint job in the world, but for less than an hour in total (including varnishing), good enough to put on a table and scare the beejebus out of some unsuspecting Call of Cthulhu players...
A saltbeard Grognard who's glad he never grew up enough to lose his imagination.