Sunday, 10 January 2021

28mm City, Countryside, Mine and Dungeon Combined

After combining my medieval city with my countryside boards I decided that the next stage was to combine the dungeon boards in as well. The way I've chosen to do this is with a mine.

I've been planning to do this for a while and have had the bits needed, Terra-Formers, Mantic "Abandoned Mine" set, etc. However with 3D printing now possible I changed this a bit. Instead of the Mantic mine set I've decided to print the OpenLock mine set from Printable Scenery. This is based on the same 1" square system as my dungeon and so fits in well. It's also infinitely expandable, I just have to print more pieces and clip them on!

I've made a Terra-Former board with the mine entrance on it and a hole at the back for the tunnels to come out and join onto the dungeon. This I have magnetised.

I've set up all the areas for these photos, but my dining room table is nowhere near big enough to get the whole lot out. This is just a small 6ft x 3ft section of the whole 15ft x 3ft board I think I can do with all that I have now. I really need a public show to display and use all this... Lets hope there's chance in 2021!

Sunday, 13 December 2020

OpenLOCK City Gatehouse - More Progress

I've been progressing with my Gatehouse this week. 

I've managed to get the Portcullis mechanism completed and working. I designed this in FreeCad and Tinkercad.

I've also printed and painted furniture for all the floors. This is all just blu-tacked in place so stays where I want it, but can be moved around in the future. After all the building itself can actually be broken down into it's component parts and reconfigured so it would be odd not to allow the same with the furniture.

Also I have progressed with the base boards for the gatehouse and wall that allow it to act as a transition between the Terraformers boards for the countryside and the TT-Combat boards for the city. These were designed in FreeCad to match both sets, though magnetised like the Terraformers boards, and then 3d printed. I had to split each 1ft x 1ft board into 4 to fit on my print bed. I used several ends of filament rolls hence the varied colours. 

I've started the process of putting the texturing on top by first of all marking the edges of the walls, buildings with picture framing card. These will help ensure that the walls are located correctly when put in position. It would have been too hard to ensure this was correct at the CAD stage.

The next step is to apply some sculptamold to add texture.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

OpenLOCK City Gatehouse

Two of my main 28mm scale boards are my countryside using the Sally 4th Terraformers tiles and my medieval city using Hirst Arts. I'd been planning to somehow combine these, the plan to have a city wall between the two. At the time of the original inspiration I was only working with Hirst Arts and the whole project was rather overwhelming. I decided to put it off until I retire...

With lockdown and my 3D Printers that has changed. I found OpenLOCK quite a few months ago and was very impressed with the ability to quickly clip parts together in a myriad of ways. Though each piece takes longer to print than Hirst Arts blocks there's a lot less time taken to build the buildings up. Also with OpenLOCK it's possible to try things out without committing. I have had to design a few special pieces myself as well.

So, with not too much other gaming going on I've been able to concentrate a little on a city wall and gatehouse. My two printers have been busy all the time in the background as I painted Man O'War ships or actually did some work. I do have a few spare bits I've printed and not used, but most have made it into the building.

A couple of weeks ago I finally finished printing all the parts and started painting the buildings. These are now all done so I thought I'd try them out on my boards and share the photos.

As you can see they fit in well with the Hirst Arts and MDF stuff I already have. Each floor is detailed with fully opening and closing doors. The portcullises will eventually have winding gear to raise and lower them, but I need to do some CAD to get those completed. I've started that, but got side-tracked. 

I've also got to work out exactly how I'm going to make the two board sets with different heights fit together. I think the wall will have to be raised slightly maybe. It quite possibly is going to be another 3D printing job.

I'm also going to fully furnish the interiors and have some furniture already printed.

So quite a bit to do yet!

Friday, 20 November 2020

Trojan Rabbit and other Arthurian Characters

On Thingiverse there are many strange and wonderful things to print. One such is the Trojan Rabbit. There are actually a few implementations of this wonderful Siege Weapon, but I chose this to make this one.

Here we see the French guards have found their cadeux waiting outside the castle. Sir Bedevere has finally remembered that he's supposed to be inside the bunny and is trying to sneak in at the last moment. 

The miniatures are from the wonderful Medieval Mayhem range at Studio Minatures and I bought these quite a few years ago now. Having completed the rabbit I had to get them painted up as well. I have a load more on their way for a Christmas present.

Here we see the rest of the minis I have, bar Tim the Enchanter, who would probably have set fire to everything anyway (ok, ok, I forgot him). They're stood around a rather nice pavilion another 3d printed model from the same modeller as the rabbit.

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Man O'War Chaos Additions - Plus everything

In my quest to get everything I have for Man O'War painted I've just completed my Chaos Fleet.

There's there's the Hellrammers and Hellslicers for the Slaanesh fleet.

And the Ironsharks for the Khorne fleet.

This brings my entire Chaos fleet to be completed.

Finally all the Man O'War ships I own are now painted. 

(There's a game of "Where's Wally" with the Lord of Change in that photo)

Friday, 6 November 2020

3D Printed FDM Mini - Explorer Sample from HeroForge

For 3D printing miniatures resin (SLA) printers are the preferred choice. There's none of the lines that appear in filament (FDM) printers leave on their prints and the detail is finer.

I bought my latest FDM printer (Prusa Mini) without any intention of getting into printing miniatures, but thought I would have to try it at some point. I had been looking for something free to print and decided that the HeroForge samples would be a good choice.

I printed both of them but part of the Paladin miniature broke off during the clean-up process after the print completed. The Explorer however came out fine and wondered how well she would paint up.

She wasn't easy to paint, especially the face as I had to work out detail that would normally be visible on a sculpted model, but I am pleasantly surprised. Good enough that if I need a mini for a special purpose in the future I will look at printing one if I can't find an appropriate one elsewhere.