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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #720 on: January 30, 2021, 11:48:09 PM »
I have done a couple more dice test prints to try and improve on the formula (and I think I'm getting close), but I've not really got on with any miniature prints because I'm still waiting for AnyCubic to dispatch my grey resin, and while I've since bought clear resin and engineering resin elsewhere, I wasn't mega thrilled to be using them up for what would be better for a standard opaque resin.

Still, with cymrilian having pointed out that ArtelW had released some of their older designs as STLs, I figured it was probably past time to print something. As such, an effort to print out their "Warseer" at 54mm. (Which I eventually used a 1.55 scale factor on):



A couple of components have failed (but fortunately the smallest ones that'll be easy to re-print), and some scaffolding went a bit wonky (but the part survived). Unfortunately, this is as far as I got, as the actual prep work took longer than hoped, so it got late enough that I have to leave detaching from the scaffolding, curing and assembly for tomorrow... but it looks reasonable so far.
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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #721 on: January 31, 2021, 12:40:40 AM »
Wow Marco,
Iíd be really interested to see how this pans out!
Iíve never delved into the world of 3D printing,  but this looks great so far!

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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #722 on: January 31, 2021, 01:41:34 AM »
YES! THAT IS AWESOME!


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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #723 on: January 31, 2021, 05:30:24 PM »
And after reprinting the failed parts, detaching it all from the scaffolding and applying some glue:



Sorry about the picture, the clear resin isn't the easiest to photograph. (I really would prefer to use the grey stuff...)

She (as it seems to be a she) will need a proper base, as I didn't want to print out the quite large and not particularly thrilling pile of rocks that came in the pack, but I'm fairly happy for what's my first attempt at a print of a full 54mm miniature.
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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #724 on: January 31, 2021, 06:36:54 PM »
That looks sweet, a pretty clean cast and the 1.55 scale does seem right.  I may have to track down these Artel STLs for a future rainy day...


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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #725 on: January 31, 2021, 06:48:59 PM »
If you do want to print some of these in future, note that the "Warseer" is by default a larger model than many of the rest. I think with the "Bone Banshees", I'd elect for a slightly larger scale factor.

(In this case, I think 1.5x probably would have worked fine in general, but I've also got a Warlock converted from the 28mm Avatar, and after I'd extended his torso/legs, he ended up quite tall, and I didn't want her to be completely dwarfed by him).
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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #726 on: February 01, 2021, 05:13:46 PM »
Next stage in the Eldar print.



I messed up the undercoat somewhat, so I'm planning to put it for a wash in isopropyl and redo the undercoat tomorrow, but this shows the details a lot better than the clear print.

It *also* shows all the scars from the supports that I couldn't see properly in the clear print (rather illustrating why I'm grumpy that my grey printer resin hasn't turned up yet). But at least it gives me an excuse to be redoing the undercoat anyway.

The resolution of the printer is sort of showing up at this stage, but I expect it'll become fairly hidden after paint. (As is, my printer's firmware does not yet support anti-aliasing, but it hopefully will in the near future, so I'll want to see how that improves things.

Note that the base is temporary - I'll think of something more interesting while I'm actually painting her, but I wanted to attach something so I could actually do an undercoat.
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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #727 on: February 01, 2021, 09:59:38 PM »
Even if the clear resin isn't perfect, that is a beautiful model...really crisp considering the inceased scale.

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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #728 on: February 02, 2021, 08:59:13 AM »
I know the current base is temporary, but the "hovering" nature of the mini currently makes me think of the SoB mini with the Sister hovering upwards as chunks of ground follow her due to her psychic powers (I think it's a BL mini from a story about a psychic Sister? One I've not read yet).
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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #729 on: February 02, 2021, 03:49:51 PM »
That did turn out really well. Makes me want to buy a 3d printer.

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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #730 on: February 03, 2021, 05:24:41 AM »
Even if the clear resin isn't perfect, that is a beautiful model...really crisp considering the inceased scale.
The technology has come a long way in the last decade or so. People were at the time wittering on about it being the death knell of GW, but to be honest, it's only really with the newer generations of LCD based printers that miniatures printing has reasonably come down to the consumer level.

Print resolution will improve, no doubt, and result in sharper, clearer prints, but this one feels like it's respectively cleared the bar of "good enough".

I know the current base is temporary, but the "hovering" nature of the mini currently makes me think of the SoB mini with the Sister hovering upwards as chunks of ground follow her due to her psychic powers (I think it's a BL mini from a story about a psychic Sister? One I've not read yet).
That would be Ephrael Stern.

And yeah... I could see some kind of base with some hovering debris working quite nicely.

That did turn out really well. Makes me want to buy a 3d printer.
It's magical witchcraft.

It's actually pretty surreal to me, and I've got prior experience of materialising models out of various kinds of goo (albeit two-part chemically curing goo, rather than strange ultraviolet reactive goo).

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As an aside, although these resin printers are mostly intended for artistic tasks, there are some somewhat stronger structural resins available that can be put to use for other jobs.

And indeed, a week or three back, my brother and I found some of our old "Tomy" toy trains in the attic, which had been sitting there as the left-overs that never managed to sell at car boot sales. In order to clear the space, we decided to offer them to our uncle (who often has his grandson around, at least when not in total lockdown).

However, in the process of checking it all over, it became clear that one of the locomotives had some damaged gears, which were jumping and slipping. And how do you get replacement gears for a 25 year old toy train?

Well, these days the answer is to take some measurements, feed them into Blender's gear generator and then give those files to the 3D printer.

We're still not at the stage where it's as accessible and prevalent as in science fiction, as it remains somewhat specialist tech requiring a fair amount of technical knowledge (it's not something that I could have easily done if I didn't know Blender), but it's still impressive.
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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #731 on: February 03, 2021, 09:03:29 AM »
Itís really incredible how the tech is getting there for creating models like this!

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Well, these days the answer is to take some measurements, feed them into Blender's gear generator and then give those files to the 3D printer.

Sounds like STC archeotech to me...

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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #732 on: February 09, 2021, 02:16:22 AM »
So people know it's not been forgotten, an interesting failed print from the dice project:



This was a failure from my first run of a full six, but as I already had a prior test to the same design, it does mean I've got a functional set (or will do once some paint is applied).

I'm contemplating whether I need to adapt the design to have rounder corners than I've been using so far, as these don't roll especially freely and the bottom edge* doesn't print especially square, and I'm wondering if rounding it off would help that.
* Because of the nature of LCD resin printers, I'm printing these at a 45 degree angle, with the edge between the four and six faces used as the main support edge.

The other good news is that my opaque grey resin finally turned up, so I hope to use that soon, although I want to get a few more things done in the clear resin so I don't have to go through the hassle of re-swapping resins.

(And yes, I do hope to get some paint onto the Eldar seer soon, although I've had something of another flare of tendonitis, so it's been slightly delayed).
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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #733 on: March 06, 2021, 07:37:38 PM »
I know I said I wasn't going to start another 54mm vehicle project until I'd finished either the Arvus or the Warhound, but as tendonitis means I've not really been in a position to do much painting, I've had my 3D printer sitting around doing nothing.

Anyway, long story short, here's a Tauros scout vehicle.

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Re: Marco does something
« Reply #734 on: March 06, 2021, 08:09:18 PM »
looks awesome. how many parts did you have to print up?