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.
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...
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.