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.
This is a rescaled dome structure. It was 18mm but by scaling it up by 166.6% it's now scaled for 28mm miniatures.
There are two versions available - one with doorways and one without, which is the one I printed. I liked the level of detail and have since remixed it myself to include some of the Warhammer 40K icons/symbols.
This was done in PLA on the Cetus at 0.2mm using a 13% infill.
OK, so these images aren't 3D prints but they are the reason I have been spending WAY too much time and effort collecting/printing (and now painting) so much scenery.
These are the parts that Games Workshop sell for their Shadow War: Armageddon game. I got these in the original promotional boxed version of the game but you can now buy them separately.
They come in pieces on large plastic sprues and anyone who has ever built a model tank/plane should have no difficulty assembling them.
I chose to not fully glue all of the parts together because (a) I want to be able to fairly easily rearrange them into different layouts and (b) once you see the final shots of the fully assembled thing you'll realise just how bloody big the thing is and you have to try and store it somewhere!
Another piece of the kit. This time disturbingly phallus-like...
This is the two previous parts combined in a possible combo.
Another combo of bits. Two stacked and one 'plugged in' to the side.
Here's where it starts getting silly...
That is three sections - two end platforms and a central walkway.
There is a ridiculous amount of detailing on all of the bits (painting this is going to be a love/hate relationship) and it comes in at over three feet in length.
By the way, that box in the background is an 84 litre storage container and it's struggling to contain the Sci-Fi scenery I've been working on.
Here's a shot of one end showing off some of the detail both above and below the pieces.
And here's a shot of the other end - complete with 'Sid the Skull' as the Ad Mech would (never) call their loading servitor.
Lastly, here it all is in one of many different layouts.
I've added in my remixed dome structure for comparison and somehow an Orkboy has managed to sneak on top of it to give a sense of size.
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.
Here are some tokens that I made for Shadow War: Armageddon. I made them, not because the ones included with the game aren't good, rather because I suffer from Auldtimers Disease and Blindbuggeritis and so like things a tad... simpler. Also, in the game, when a figure is hit they can become pinned or downed and are laid face up or down on the table. This is fine enough for smaller minis or ones on round bases but is problematic for large ones or ones on lozenge-shaped bases and so I created the 'Pinned' and 'Downed' tokens to place alongside a standing mini.
The tokens are 20mm in diameter and have a 3mm raised rim around embossed lettering. To make things stand out and because I don't have a dual extruder printer (yet LOL), I just painted the surface of the lettering.
The tokens represent:
P = Pinned
D = Downed
R = Ran
H = Hidden
B = Broken
X = Out of Ammo
OW = Overwatch
They were printed in PLA on the Creality CR-10 at 0.2mm layer height using a 0.4mm nozzle.
More printed scenery bits for Shadow War: Armageddon, this time it's more box/crates.
Printed on the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm layer height and 13% infill.
Here's a double turbine energy bridge unit. It will most likely get paired up with some power pylons, etc.
Printed on the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm layer height with a 13% infill.
This larger piece, although fairly plain-looking will still make a decent bit of blocking terrain.
Printed on the Cetus in PLA using a 0.2mm layer height and 13% infill.
This is an unusual piece and caught my eye because of its shape. I'm fairly certain you don't get stuff like this in laser-cut MDF and that's one of the main reasons I love 3D printed models.
Printed on the Cetus at a 0.2mm layer height with 13% infill using PLA.
A couple of small control-type units. I may print some round valve wheels to add additional detail and they can be linked to other bits using plastic drinking straws.
Printed in PLA on the Cetus at 0.2mm layer height using a 13% infill.
These defence walls come in single one-print pieces but there are linking parts available as well as a longer, double-shield section. They should provide sturdy cover for whoever gets behind them.
Printed in PLA on the Cetus using a 0.2mm layer height and 13% infill.
This is a small print (roughly the size of a GW Space Marine) and I'm looking to use it as an antennae array on the top of a building, etc.
Printed on the Cetus in PLA at 0.2mm layer height with a 13% 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 couple of photos of the "not-a-Rhino" that I printed for a friend. He was after a Rhino for use with his 30K pre-civil war Space Wolves and knowing how much he loves to kit-bash stuff I thought I'd help him out.
Unfortunately, I don't play Warhammer 40K so what he actually ended up with was my version of a Land Raider cobbled together from 3 or 4 online designs. He seemed happy enough with it though and so I left him to it. Within a couple of days he had turned the pile of bits into this...
Well done Loupis, crackin' job sir!
So when I called in to see my buddy Loupis for a cuppa (and to photograph his painted Land Raider, see above) I also used the opportunity to try assembling/laying out some of the scenery I have been printing for Shadow War: Armageddon alongside some of his Space Wolves to gauge scale and possible skirmish area sizes.
This is about 70% of what I have printed so far which in turn is less than half of what is currently on my 'to-print' list, let alone the stuff that comes in the GW SW:Ag box set. I've invested in two 6'x3' tables - Loupis thinks I may need more tables...
A saltbeard Grognard who's glad he never grew up enough to lose his imagination.