Since I have Fallout Wasteland Warfare and Rogue Stars both waiting in the wings for some tabletop loving, I figured it was time I got my 3D printing finger out and started producing some larger bits of scenery for use on the table.
Now I’m a Kickstarter and Patreon backer of Markus Kruse and his Terrain4Print works and in the past have used some of his excellent Sci-Fi Barracks models in my Shadow War: Armageddon games. Last year I proposed he build some post-apocalyptic models as part of his Patreon projects and boy did he over deliver with a shanty town, junk piles and barricade set! His Shanty Town models are now available for free on Thingiverse - www.thingiverse.com/Terrain4Print/collections/shanty-town
At the moment the Cetus3D is pumping out the house wall sections having already done the various barricades and junk piles. I will be adding some greebles (little detailed bits) to some of the walls and additional detailing work to rooftops, etc. to make them look as haphazard and individual as possible. Once they are all done I’ll work out exactly how I want them all to come together before I base and paint them.
There is way more than I need for a 3’ x 3’ (or even a 4’ by 4’) table, but it never hurts to have more just for variations sake.
The walls were all printed in PLA, at 0.2mm layer height using a 0.4mm nozzle with a 13% infill. Here’s an example of the detail they have. Front and rear sides are different and there are various designs covering a variety of sizes, both with and without windows/doors and with said doors/windows open or barricaded shut.
If the walls come with flat tops, they are designed to be used with the roof sections (shown further down), whereas irregular/jagged edged pieces are ruins or barricade pieces.
Markus has added holes in the edges/ends of the pieces so that they can be joined using small bits of 1.75mm filament, much like pinning joints on a miniature but they are easily filled in if you choose not.
There are also broken up wall sections for use as barricades or ruins, all following the same styles as the regular house walls - i.e., solid, openings, barricaded shut, etc.
These are some of the curved barricade walls. Again they come in various sizes/curvatures, with and without windows/doors/barricading and with different detailing.
The roof sections were much thinner and so I upped the infill to 65% just to try and prevent breaking them when removing off the build surface.
Closer shots to get a better view of the detailing. Nothing to stop you adding more stuff on there later... like a worn out sofa or lookout post.
Here is a shot of some of the small obstacle pieces - basically, smaller barricades. Again, nice details - things like the draped tarp (which I forgot to remove the support material from the lower edge!) and the car door propped against the wall.
Here are some junk piles.
Here are shots of the various pieces, to give you an idea of what you can produce. Keep in mind that this is only what I’ve printed so far (about 60% - I’ve not even started the walkways yet!) and that there are no duplicate prints in there…
Here's what a quickly assembled shack might look like. Obviously the size/shape will vary according to what size and curvature walls you use. The rooftops can be made up of multiple sections to give a patchwork look, or you could leave gaps for that 'al fresco' vibe that's so now in the wastelands.
Same shack, different angle to show off more details.
As well as the shanty stuff, I also printed off some bits from other sources just to use up the end of the filament rolls when I didn't think I had enough left to make a full wall section.
Here are some rickety fences from Printable Scenery's "Ye Olde Fence" pack.
( https://www.printablescenery.com/product/ye-old-fence/ )
Some blasted trees from Thingiverse - "Tree terrain 28mm wargaming" by BlueBoxGoblin.
( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3494132 )
A couple of ruined walls from Thingiverse - "Free Ruins for Castle Kickstarter" (only 2 walls) by Kaybee81
( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3422482 )
Ignore the dangling mess in the archway and on some of the brick work, it could be painted up as vegetation but really it's just me being lazy and not tidying up the print before I photographed it!
Here they all are together, just because they look better at the the 3-foot rule of cool.
Back to the Shanty Town prints.
When I’m done printing all of the models, I’ll post up how much filament I used and what the approximate costs were to produce everything but for now, all of the stuff that's on the 80cm x 80cm (31½" x 31½") table is from 2 complete rolls of 1.75mm filament costing just under £15 per 1Kg roll.
On average, the walls took between 2-3 hours to print per piece and used about 25-30 grams of filament. I've bought an energy meter and I'll be doing some exact measuring during the next batch so I can give a more accurate, full cost-to-produce breakdown later.
To finish off this post, here are some closer shots of the tabletop to show off more of the detail.
As this website and blog goes forward, I’d like to see it grow and evolve. To that end I have put together some subjects I’d like to get in to and the reasoning behind my decisions.
Areas I’d like to cover:
Games I’d like to feature:
This list will undoubtedly grow as more and more games are released every day now and I still struggle to wade through what is already available and I dig through my Kickstarter ‘mound of shame’. For now, here’s a list (in no real order) of what I know I have on the back burner just waiting for me to either finish building, painting or using (and photographing) on the tabletop:
Oh, and no, I don’t play wargames. Not since I was a kid in high school and fell afoul of historical Napoleonic wargaming.
Anything above a squad of 12 to 15 men just isn’t for me. I can’t seem to care enough about what happens to hordes of nameless troops to get any real sense of enjoyment out of spending what is almost always many, many hours of ‘you-go, I-go’ back and forth drudgery. I’d much rather have the game over and done in a couple of hours of focused gameplay where it matters to me exactly what happens to who, and at the end of it I feel as if I’ve accomplished something meaningful.
That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate what goes on to a wargaming table - a lot of the folks I follow online are dedicated battlemeisters and I’m more than happy to ogle their stuff and steal their ideas for use on my tables. I encourage everyone to do the same - go look at what other folks are doing and ask yourself if any of it would work on your own tabletop. That’s why I think that any wargamers out there could still get some use from the stuff on these pages - just multiply the amounts or scale up/down accordingly to match whatever your preferred rule system requires.
All of the content (posts/pictures) from my old Google+ collection called "Adventures in 3D Printing" have been reposted into a section on here (not very imaginatively) entitled, "Old Blog". You can find it via the menu bar at the top of the page.
Not a lot to say at the moment, just that I'm slowly migrating my old blog posts and photos over from my (soon-to-expire) Google+ collection, "Adventures in 3D Printing" - you can find them in the 'Old Blog' section.
As soon as I'm done with that I can start working on the new content, and boy do I have a lot of catching up to do! I may not have been busy online but I sure have back in the real world. I have so many projects that are clamouring for my attention right now it's a pretty hectic juggling act just trying to make any real headway at all.
What to expect from this new site? Well, for starters, since it's a dedicated hosted website and blog, it should be easier to control, navigate and find things. Secondly, it's way easier to link and cross-link things here than the way things used to be over on Google+, and that should encourage me to write more since I hated the limitations it put on me.
Things I'd like to cover here:
That's not an exhaustative list by any means but it's a start and should give anyone who happens to find this place in the cyber wilderness a hint as to what they've stumbled across.
For now though, I'm off to make something...
Site powered by Weebly. Managed by Easy Internet Solutions LTD