When I first started 3D printing I looked around at what was available to print. There's quite a lot out there and a lot of it is free. However some of the better bits are paid for items and I was drawn to the collection of models on Printable Scenery. I've been slowly building items from their OpenLock collection, including the tower I completed a couple of months ago, which is the start of a much larger castle project. However there's a lot on the site that is not OpenLock.
Having quite an extensive Mantic Elf army I was drawn to their Elven terrain collection and decided that I had to print at least one of the items from that. Thinking this may be the only item I'd print from that I decided I might as well go big and choose the largest building, the Tower Aeturnus.
I bought the STL files for this back in late June and have been printing it since then. It's a big model with a lot of detail and I've had a lot of stress getting it finished. I had initial success and then for a while my printer was failing to print any of it. This was due to me installing a very poor steel nozzle, which I replaced in mid august and since then I've been able to print things properly again. I managed to finish printing the model a couple of weeks ago.
I've just finished it off and now it's time for a few photos!
|My Mantic Elf Army loves it's new tower.
|The Elf Prince can now see the enemy from afar.
|In Middle Earth, Galadriel and Celeborn also see the advantages of the tower.
|There's a fair bit of internal detail visible from the outside.
|The tower breaks into 4 pieces to allow
access inside and easier transportation.
|The tower really is huge and dwarfs all my giants
even the huge (unpainted) Mantic Giant.
Looking at how well this has come out I may have to do something else from the range... though at some point I have to print some of their historic ships!