Monday, September 14, 2020

One Gold Piece & Frostgrave 2 Arrives!

Just before I began my Staycation last week, I supported a new Patreon for stl files from Westfalia Miniatures.
 
 
For their launch they started off with some Hobbit figures, a Werewolf & a Hobbithole facade.

 With that in mind, I grabbed the presupported figures & set out to print them on my resin printer


 After printing the first round I may have been a tad overzealous removing the supports with hot water, as a couple of the militia hobbits feet broke off. So off we went again & printed round two. During this time I also grabbed another of the presupported stl figure files & printed out some of them as well.

 So here are the results

Hobbit Rogue. What a perfect figure, complete with pack on his back of ill-gotten gains...or perhaps just his second breakfeast

 
Militia Man. The one on the left was the first run & as can be seen had a bit of trouble with the end of his pole, however he is still a serviceable figure.

 
Militia-hobbit 2. This fellow is sporting a torch & hatchet. This is one of the figures that suffered the foot amputation, thus only one of these figures remains.

 
 The Beast, or Werewolf if you will. Having printed him out, he could likely be printing a little larger than provided, though he is man-sized & will surely see some use in our Frostgrave games.

 
These are 3 figures from another of the presupported files I got. Female Thief, Dwarf Priest & Female Paladin, though her sword didn`t do well (again, this may have been caused when I was removing the supports.)

 
I had also tried printing some of the small scatter terrain, before I was totally understanding how supports needed to be applied & the fact you need to angle items for them to print properly (unless flat on the buildplate). The only items that succeeded were the trashcan, 2 hydrants & an electrical box.
 
 
As luck would have it, today I also received my copy of Frostgrave 2nd Ed & the new Frostgrave Knights plastic miniature box from Northstar.


 
Now we just need this pandemic to depart to we can get back into another Frostgrave Campaign!
 
On another note, I am also currently putting together the figures from the core box of Blackstone Fortress. Just getting all these winter projects ready, as the flocks of geese are begining to pass overghead & the temps are giving a preview of what`s to come. 

 


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Finished Projects

 As I had alluded to in an earlier post, I was busy working on a couple of repetative projects to get them finished & put away.

Well as of yesterday they are now both completed. Both were terrain tile projects for Kickstarters I had opted in for with Lunesdargent Workshop. I bought these for use in Pulp Games.

The first is the Aztec Ruins.

The other being the Egyptian Ruins

 


Of course now that they are finished, it will be time to start working on painting some more Pulp miniatures to use with them! Luckily we have Bruce who has a bunch painted for Congo, etc. Just a matter of having us being able to meet once again.

So what's next on the board? Well the mornings are certainly cooler & with this coming weekend being the last official long weekend of summer, its time to start getting stuff primed for winter projects. Also next month is Zomtober! So I will be getting a few figures from my Zombicide games prepped for that yearly event. I have some vacation time coming up & plan to spend a good chunk of it getting more of the 3d printing sides of things done. I've got a bevy of Patreon miniature stl's I want to start printing, as well as some more of the sci-fi tiles I've started on. Certainly no lack of projects on the table here!

 

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

First Resin Miniature!

After a couple failed efforts to get the miniature to stick to the buildplate rather than the FEP (see already using the lingo) & some assistance chats with Jarrett Lee I finally got the first figure printed in resin.

One of the figure files sets consisted of some wraiths from Archvillian Games

 

Wraiths image

Here it is on the Chitubox software, with all the supports. I get that supports are a very big deal with resin printing & lots of conversations/posts I've seen discuss them.

Following some advice about an easy method to remove the structures After I washed the miniature, I placed it briefly in a bowl of hot water & they just kind of peeled off. Great idea!

So the print done, the supports removed. I haven't finished the cleanup of the little nubs left over from the supports, but overall looking good. Hmm, one thing I noticed immediately was that the base was warped. This could be something due to the angle I used, it wasn't calculated in any way, just went with how it came in to Chitubox, added the supports & sliced away.

Here you can see some of the nubs from the supports. As well you can see how the base warped.


 

So looking at the image that Archvillian Games used & looking at this grey, unprimed figure, I was beginning to wonder about the details..amy I using the wrong resin? Were my settings off? 

I went down & just did a black wash of the figure, as my curiosity was piqued.

 Yep, the detail is there, just hard to see with the bare figure. I will likely print this figure again with some tweaks to the settings

 

 Also need to learn why the base printed warped. So the adventure continues...

Monday, August 17, 2020

Down the Resin Rabbithole

It's been awhile since I've posted. This isn't to say I haven't been busy. In fact I have been painting those Aztec Dungeon tiles I had got in the kickstarter. It's a 2 stage process with first the green, & then brown paint..so I've been using my lunch hours to work on them. As I had already posted about them, I didn't want to add a bunch of posts of pretty much the same thing.

However, also during that time, I went & ordered an Elegoo Mars Pro Resin printer. As I've barely scratched the knowledge surface on the Anycubic Mega-S, this may seem a bit premature. The reason is that many of the kickstarters I've supported for 3d print files came with both figures & terrain. So with the terrain covered, & being stuck at home for this pandemic, I thought it was an opportunity.

First things first, I had to rearrange the basement layout to accommodate this new workspace.

My first attempt at printing the test pieces didn't go so well...so I hit the pause button. Waited a week for the ultrasonic cleaner to arrive.

Yesterday I tried again.


So this time it worked, though not perfectly. What caused the split in the one on the left? No idea. I also wanted to avoid using the harsh cleaners so after watching some Youtube, & then a recent facebook post about using Awesome from the dollar store...I went & bought a couple bottles. I don't have as much concern about disposing of this vs white spirits. I've also ordered a couple bottles of the water cleaning resin & will likely stick with that once the current starter bottles are finished.

Next will be my first attempt at one of the miniatures using supports. Lot's to learn!

 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Computer Consoles

When I first got my 3d printer, I started dabbling with some small items as I was excited to get some stuff made!

I had bought into a few stl file kickstarters to get files ready to go when it arrived. One of the first kickstarters I delved into was Warlayer.

These computer consoles were part of it & I finally got them painted up. There were 3 versions available.



Now as you can see I still seem to be having some issues which I don't know the cause of...perhaps those who are more savvy with 3d printing can provide some pointers.

However I am not about to just turf these into the trash...they can be used, just don't look too closely. Next I thought about the screens, I was not about to paint graphs & images on them, so off to the internet I went & tracked down a bunch of computer screen images. Brought them into Powerpoint & reduced them down, creating a page of computer graphics to use.


I then used a couple of my old military map templates to size & cut each graphic to apply to the screen. At this point I dip the piece into water & then apply white glue which becomes watery too. Then insert onto the screen & burnish it down..you do need to be careful however as the paper will easily smudge (see the front left screen in the image above). I then allowed them to dry & returned the next day.


Looking at them I decided to go with a retro look, which will look good for Steampunk, In Her Majesty's Name, Pulp style games.



Of course we had to have a photo op with the console beside a mad scientist!


As to what's next? I am working on the bases for the other Core Space figures I got in the Kickstarter...which is 3 more trader crews, more Purge, Some Police types & Gangers. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Core Space - Ech Triune & Kaori

With the dullcoat applied, these are the last 2 figures from the core set of Core Space.


So having not read the rules as of yet, from what I've seen from some of the Core Space posts I've read, these civilians can potentially join your crew during a mission. If they make it to the exit with you they can then become permanent members of said crew.


Which now sees getting the game set up to have a play through to learn those rules. I've also started the next sets of expansion figures & am currently working on their bases.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Core Space - Purge Live One & Butler

Had a good paint session Friday where I managed to finish off the Purge Live One & got a start on the Core Set Civilians

For the Live One, I went for using a light pale green (Nurgle Flesh possibly) followed by some contrast paint over all but the palms of the hands. Then touched up some of the raised areas with watered down pale green.



I then completed Butler, one of the 3 civilian NPC's



This leaves me the 2 remaining Civilians to complete the core set. Hope to get those started tomorrow.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Core Space - Devastator #2 & Assassin

Continuing to work on the Purge, here is the 2nd Devastator & the Assassin.


I tried applying Dull coat on the guy, however the temp was below 15C & when i brought him in, he immediately frosted....& this was with the Testor's Dullocoat!


So I just repainted his red & metal pieces to hide the offending frosting. So now it comes to whether having left him in the garage until dried it would have not frosted, or just the temperature. Going forward I will just play it safe & only spray over 15C, & wait for it to dry out there.

With that resolved I also painted up the Assassin. From what I've read about these guys, you don't want to be the one in charge when they arrive.


I was also looking at the background for the creation of the game, they originally planned on using black for these guys. As I have another from the Kickstarter, I think I will use black when I do paint it, just to see how it pans out.


I am now well into painting the Live One, & then that just leaves the 3 civilians from the core set. After that it will be terrain prep (colouring the edging) & building. Then I hope to set up & play through a solo game. We shall see.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Core Space - Devastator

This morning I have the first of the two Devastators completed.


Described as little more than Tanks, when these fella's show up, there is no more compromise.


While applying the red, I was noticing something interesting with how the red looked depending on if it was over a white prime patch or where the black/boltgun metal had been applied. I should note that I am using craft paints from Michael's for the red.

Liking what I was seeing I went for a black wash over all locations the red would be applied for the next Devastator. It has now had its first coat of red applied & I expect to complete him this lunch hour.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Core Space - The Harvest is in!

Good day of progress yesterday as I completed the remaining 4 Harvesters for the Purge.



I also got a good start on the Devastators, 1 of which I hope to complete today. Of course having Kickstarted this game, there are some more Harvesters I will be needing to paint, but again I am just focussed on the core game figures for now, just so I can get it laid out & begin learning the rules. I will likely do similar to my Frostgrave Campaign & create the Comic Life stories of the adventures. So please stay tuned as I continue this project. Thanks

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Core Space - The Purge Arrive

Now that I have my first 2 crews completed, it was time to begin working on the Nemesis of the system - The Purge!

Here are the first of the Harvesters, from what I understand, the most common of the Purge, though no less deadly.


I at first did the shell in a darker yellow, but didn't like how it was looking, so went with a lighter Desert Yellow. Much happier with this result as again I am basing the colours on the images in the book as well what I see many painting on the Facebook site.


So there are 4 more of these to paint, so expect to see them in future posts.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Core Space - Tirgarde

This morning I bring you the final member of the Ion Hope crew - Tirgarde


Just perusing his background this guy is a bit of a loner, more in it for himself. Not sure how trustworthy this guy will be in a fight & would he really watch your back? Guess we shall see.


Next up is the start on the Purge, beginning with the Harvesters. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Core Space - Gak & Roykirk

As seems typical of the hobby best intentions are oft left wanting. This was the case this past weekend, as although I had hoped & intended to complete the rest of the crew of the Ion Hope...it just wasn't meant to be. The lawn beckoned for a good mowing & then my wife insisted I assist with some weeding, thus the 5 hour block I had set aside for my hobby session, became 3.

Oh well, that's life. However I did get 2 of the crew finished & applied the Dullcoat this morning.

Here we have Gak & Roykirk


When it came to painting Gak, I am glad I looked at some other folks painting, as I didn't at first realize that most of his legs are bared. I originally thought he had some baggy type trousers on. I hope going forward that the illustrations provided show a whole body for those of us that like using them as guides to paint our figures. As in all the games I have with characters, I always try to paint them to match their cards, making it easy for players to identify them. I am not a fan of this clip on coloured disks that many games provide.


So that leaves 1 crewman for the Ion Hope, which I will be working on during my lunch breaks.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Core Space - Arianna

Today I have completed (seriously just dull-coated 15 minutes ago) Arianna Sabrine, the Captain of the Ion Hope


I do like the pose of this figure, it has a bit of sassy swagger to it.


So onto the next member of the Ion Hope, but you will need to wait to see them. As the weekend is upon us, its likely I may be able to get more than 1 done!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Core Space - Renton

This morning sees the last member of the Black Maria completed.

Here is Renton, the Ex-Soldier


Being dressed all in black, you would think he would be the quickest figure to paint, but then we all struggle to then show various shades of black, so that hi-lights & shadows exist. I am pretty happy with my results on Renton


So with that crew completed, I will be next moving to the crew if the Ion Hope