Wednesday, February 22, 2017

3d Printing

A while back, I got on a Star Trek kick, and built a bunch of ships from Micromachines and home cast resin parts.  At the time, I was thinking about what the Cardassians would look like in the TOS era, and kicked around some ideas with the folks on the StarShipModeler forums.  My idea was that the Cardassians would be a cruiser heavy force, with their cruisers relatively scaled to the Enterprise of the era (small). As with the Enterprise to Enterprise D transition, the over all shape would be similar. Unfortunately, I did not have the time or skill to make anything of my ideas.

Fast forward 10+ years, and I started to play around with TinkerCAD (since that is what the local library's 3D printer lab recommends).  After quite a few building facades, I started to think about those TOS Era Cardassians again, and after mulling it over a bit, went ahead and sketched out a design, which gradually grew into a finished model.

I uploaded the model to Shapeways, and used their tools to figure out where the model needed additional support or filling.  I then ordered it in "white strong and flexible" material, which is very light and grainy (but very cheap).

A week or so later, a very light box turned up in the mail with this inside:
As provided from Shapeways

On a standard GW flight base
3D model for comparison
As compared to a Micromachine Connie

Quite pleased with how this turned out, both in terms of the reproduction of my design, and in terms
of meeting my design goals.

I think I could paint this pretty much as is, or finish it with putty etc and cast a few copies... although considering the ease and relatively low cost of this process, I am not sure how much sense casting would make as compared to ordering higher quality prints (or just more of these)

It is possible that I may have gone a bit overboard with making more designs.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rogue One

As I mentioned in my holiday report, like most of you I saw Rogue One over the holidays (which now seem long gone).  When I was back at a computer the following week, I perused the local library's collection of Rogue One books, and ordered up the lot of them.  The novels have not turned up yet, but I have read both the Star Wars: Rogue One: Ultimate Visual Guide [Subtitle: the search for more colons] and the Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  Both are lovely as you would expect in the Lucasarts/Disney tradition, and are very well made books (as they ought to be for the cover price!)  However, I was a little disappointed that neither book had much in the way of set design/photographs which is what I really wanted to see, nor much detailed costuming. I suppose that there may be a future book that will cover the costuming and locations, but it seems like content that could have been included here, and neither book had much of anything anything about Cassian at the Rings of Kaferne, which I suppose is because that scene was added very late in production.

Here are some inspiring sample pictures from them. (click to enlarge)

Imperial Tank officer

Jedha Street Patrol

Jedha Bounty Hunter

Jedha pilgrims
Chirrut costume variation

LA apparently made over 500 pieces of space ship art to settle on the U-Wing

Jedha characters

Stormtrooper confrontation

Friday, February 3, 2017

Loyalist Primarch... in 40k

For some people, one of the most interesting parts of the Warhammer 40k universe is the Primarchs, the giant genetic forefathers of the Space Marines.  There has long be interest in using them in Warhammer 40k games, particularly after their introduction as playable figures in the Horus Heresy (30k) game.  Most point to how they would be completely over powered, and take the "special character" problem to 11.  Which I guess for some people is the whole allure!

Something that has been rumored for a while is the return of a Loyalist Primarch to the 40k game.  This rumor was coupled with the introduction of a plastic Daemon Primarch (which happened with Magnus the Red)

Looks like the rumors were true:
Cypher,  Roboute Gulliman, and some random Grey Knight
This figure is not my cup of tea in the slightest (and I even like ol'Rowboat the character), and I am not a fan of how it changes the game setting, but I do like that Cypher... might have to get him just to paint.  Hooded marines always look cool (even if it is a bit daft).

Anyway, what do you think?


Monday, January 30, 2017

Imperial Guard

I had the opportunity this weekend to go through some of the [many] boxes of figures and projects I have in my garage storage area.  I like to do this from time to time to keep the various figures I have in my mind, and to decide which amongst my various projects will I bring in to the house to ignore and fail to finish next.

Example: Cheetor's post on an Olly Ogryn reminded me that I have some too, and I looked through one of my Imperial Guard boxes to check them out again.
One of these things is not like the other. 
 In one of my project bags I found the expected figures and bitz for a planned conversion... and this guy.
Hmm, a complete Steel Legion Commissar (arms not shown).  Now if only I had not just recently converted and painted one.  This guy is headed for my growing "Ebay" pile.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday - Painting in Progress

Pictured is the sum of my painting for this week, which includes the base coats on three tank crewmen and base coats on three Inquisitorial Castellany troopers.  Not too much, but they should finish up quickly when I have the time to take another crack at them. Particularly pleased with the heraldry on the pavises.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday - Painting in Progress

Pictured is a figure I planned to make about ten years ago, and what lead me down the whole "Tau" path in the first place.  I have been painting it this week with a succession of thin brown-violet layers.  (and gluing that damn gun back in place every day)

That I am so close to finishing it seems sort of unbelievable at this point... just some washes, sealer, and affixing it to its base to go.  I will endeavor to get a whole army picture when I can.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Banana Heads II (Redux)

Third try to get a good picture of this figure.  I used my wife's DSLR camera for this, so you can click to get the picture to be really huge if you like.
alaitoc eldar, paint test, yellow heads
The yellow is not so dirty in real life, or at least I like to think it is not. 

alaitoc eldar, paint test, yellow heads
Side View

I think the lesson here is that I am just not a very good photographer.  Anyway, I only have about 50 of these to paint (and another ~20 of aspects, plus vehicles...), and it was relatively quick.

Monday, January 16, 2017

INQ28- Chaos Sorcerer

Like many, I got a "free" Age of Sigmar Stormcast Eternal as a cover mount on the old weekly White Dwarf magazine. As the idea of the "Sigmarines" interested me not at all, I decided that the figure would be converted to a true scale space marine, and given the nature of the armor, quickly settled on a Chaos one.   I added some leftover bitz from a Chaos Terminator Lord, and sculpted a few addtions as well. Then like most conversions, I put it in a drawer for a while and it did not get paint.  This summer, I realized that the figure had been completed for a year, and determined that I would paint it, and after some fits and starts, it got completed before Christmas.

Here is the result.

The primary armor color is a Word Bearer maroon that I created by painting blue ink over scab red.  Has a very deep color when it worked out correctly, but the blue ink wash pooled a bit much in a couple of areas making it more blotchy purple there.

Anyway, I am pretty pleased with it, what do you think?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tau XV25 Stealth Suits

A small expansion to my Tau forces, in the form of a Stealth Suit team.

 However since I plan to use these predominately in other rulesets (mainly Stargrunt II), I gave the unit leader some alternative wargear, and magnetized the weapons to allow for this to work out.
Burst cannon, flamer, and meltagun for the arm, and a sensor/plasma mast
In the 40k rules, stealth suits can cloak themselves, and many (better) painters show this by painting the figure to match the background and then having them "decloak" into the standard army paint scheme, but I just went with the easiest paint job so as to get it done.

However, being a bit nuts, I went a bit overboard with basing this guy, and built a picket fence for him to be tromping over.

I got this box as a gift from my sister a couple of years ago, so it pleases me to "put them to bed" so to speak, and finish off the project.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016 Gifts

As I mentioned before, I painted and finished a few figures before Christmas for my sister and her sons. The spray finish was difficult to achieve given the weather (a high temp of just below 10 Celsius, and rainy), but a portable electric space heater got the job done at last.

First are the two Bloodbowl Orcs I painted for my American Football mad nephews.

Orcland Raiders, Stealers, Bloodbowl, Thrower

The figure I painted for my sister is one I previewed in December, namely the Copplestone Casting Henry VIII figure. I bought this figure to paint for her about 10 years ago, but never managed to finish it due to some issues with replicating the classic Hans Holbien the Younger painting it is based on.

Henry VIII, 8

All three figures were given magnetic bases, and placed into golf ball boxes.  Why one would want to collect golf balls in tiny plastic boxes, I will never know, but they work great for single figures!