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    Jasper vs the 3D Printer

    So finally, after many years of wanting one, I got a 3D printer for Christmas this year. This has much to do with the ever decreasing cost of them, especially the Creality Ender 3, which is what I got. This isn't so much about set up or using the printer (other than to say that Tom from Fat Dragon Games and his Tomb of 3D Printed Horrors made the whole process so so easy, his instructional videos on the Ender 3 made it all easy, and his Cura setup files for printing minis worked for me straight away) but the minis stuff I'm printing and (hopefully) painting. So, got the printer set up yesterday before going to a friend's for supper. Later got the bed leveled (ish) and printed off one of the free models Fat Dragon gave away this year with their newsletter. I used the stock print bed cover for this and it really stuck on quite hard. I later snapped the head off the halberd trying to get it off. Eventually had to heat the bed up to get it to come off. So this morning I switched the the glass bed I'd ordered with it and got that all leveled. Tested it out with another FDG skelly. Nova Corps colour scheme test guy included for scale (he was the only thing within easy reach). I'm looking forward to cleaning these up, slapping some primer on them and seeing how they paint, but expect that will be a few days. FYI, these skellies print out in a little over an hour. Now on to something a bit more complicated, to see how it comes out. This should make a 65mm talk bipedal "chicken tank". Design by Radek Szczepanczyk, available on MyMiniFactory for free. This will take about 8 hours to print.
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    Jasper vs. Duck Season

    As mentioned in the Rabbits topic, when I first saw 03929: Drangus, Duckman Warrior, I knew I'd found the opposition for my Rabbits. The problem is, duckmen don't seem nearly as common as Rabbits. This is my current "army". That's two copies of Drangus and Oathsworn's duck-billed platypus (it's got a bill so close enough!!). So far my quick search has only tracked down one set of Duckmen, by Rebel Minis (bookmarked!!). I'm hoping Reaper will expand their Duckman line in the comming months as well (please?). I'll be doing a weapon swap on one of the two Drangus's (Drangi?) to make them a little different. So if you know of any more Duckmen figs, or just duck figs, or really any associated waterfowl or waterfowlmen, feel free to let me know.
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    Jasper vs. Duck Season

    Awesome! Bookmarked for later ordering. Now if only there were some nice ducks in Northymbra....
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    Jasper vs the 3D Printer

    I sort of worked my way up to my first big print. Did a few 1-3 hour ones, was happy with those. Then some 4-8 hour ones. Still happy. Then did the cooling tower which was like 26 hours or something . And it still failed in the middle of the night (likely corrupted gcode). Luckily I was able to recover by printing the top half. I'm still not really comfortable leaving it running all night, mostly since I follow Jolly Blackburn on FB and saw the pics from when he had a 3d printer fire (wasn't and ender 3 but still) a year or two ago. But big prints are slow. And failures happen. So if you are happy with your test prints, the only things I might suggest is printing something at least as wide as what you want to print, to make sure you are happy with the bed level. And print something somewhat tall (a couple inches should be enough) to make sure your Z axis is good and straight. Then go for it! And then post pictures
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    Jasper vs the 3D Printer

    I have the "10mm" heavy grav tank almost all printed now. The thing is massive! But the the 28mm one is 28 cm long, while the MAV3RICK modular tanks I'm printing at 28mm are 12cm long, so this thing is supposed to be massive! It is printing quite well at 10mm. I reprinted the hull, splitting it horizontally, so I could print without supports. Splitting vertically, maybe where the front slope begins, might work better. I'll probably try that too. I had to split the gun too to take off the slope that mounts to the turret, so I could print without supports. I really don't like supports, especially at this scale. Again, if I did it again, I'd likely split it further down the barrel a bit, so a seam would look more natural. The last piece is on the printer now.
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    Jasper vs. Rabbit Season

    So, a very long time ago, somewhere around the turn of the millennia, when I started buying minis (not counting that dragon I bought in the early 90s...which I should get around to painting one of these days....) I came across a miniature that would change the course of history! Well, my history anyway, because if I hadn't seen it I likely wouldn't be posting about all these other minis I bought because if it, not to mention all the butterfly bunny effects that that one change would have made to the timeline....but I digress. One that faithful day I spotted the legendary (and apparently back in print!!) Doom Bunny from Ral Partha. I, of course, had to have it. It then sat (as is usual) unpainted for years. Then one day, while GMing a campaign, I decided to run an entire rabbit themed night as we were playing on Easter Monday. The campaign either had (I think, unless this was the first animal night....I think the Bovine Liberation Army came first....) , or ended up having an animal theme for a bit so all was good. I painted up the Doom Bunny and my wife painted up 4 Reaper bunnies from some familiar set or another (must have been one with weasels in it, I needed a bunch of those for a Hackmaster thing). I had a very fun time running the bunnies (unlike the BLA final encounter...anyone remember how long it took to create a high level minotaur blackguard in 3.x? It got critted 3 times in the first round and went down in the second. It got to act once and rolled a 2 or something....but I'm not bitter....) and since that time have gone out of my way to collect rabbit figures of all sorts. So, long story, er, long, it's time to start thinking about painting the rest. A big motivation for this is that I recently went in on a Killer Rabbits kickstarter and have a horde more coming soon. The other motivator to get going was Reaper releasing 03929: Drangus, Duckman Warrior, the hereditary enemy of bunnies everywhere! So step one was to find them. I spent a good hour digging through boxes and I "think" I found them all (excluding any painted exchange figures I may have received due to mentioning in EVERY survey I've done for years). So at the front we have the 4 Reaper bunnies and the Doom Bunny. The grey resin is Bombshell, as are their little doom bunny and jackelope (it still counts!) sidekicks. The right side are all Darksword. The left in front are Oathsworn. Back left there are 6 spear bunnies that I believe were Ral Partha from the same era as the Doom Bunny (they have the same shields). And at the back is Nibbles, from CMoN's Arcadia Quest, which a friend ordered for me with their KS order. BTW, if you know of any other bunny figs, feel free to mention them here, or PM me directly if you prefer. I'm always on the lookout for more. Up next will be bagging all the multipart figs now that I've got them sorted, then figuring out what to start with. That may not be a quick process, but I'll (theoretically) get there.
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    Jasper vs. Rabbit Season

    Oooh, Carrot Cannon.....
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    Minis we would like to see

    Duckmen. Many many more Duckmen.
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    Jasper vs. Rabbit Season

    Nice!! More bookmarks......
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    Gnome Tank

    General Todd looks awesome. With his mighty tank, all shall kneel before Todd!!
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    Jasper vs. Rabbit Season

    Very cute! Bookmarked for later. Not sure how many Bunnados I'm going to need! Very Nice! And all sculpted by Bob Olley too. Also bookmarked.
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    Painting in the style of ......

    Inspiration!! *Throws open bottle of paint at Ma'al Drakar*
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    Jasper vs Dio

    Last year @Pochi painted me a barbarian as an exchange fig. (located here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/80953-spring-exchange-brand-oathblood/&tab=comments#comment-1717270). More specifically she painted me a barbarian inspired by the song Holy Diver by Dio (I tend to put odd things for inspiration in me exchange forms). I liked him so much that I based my current 5th Ed. character off of the fig. Now Pochi's fig is far too precious (my precious!!) to go on the gaming table, so I've been using a bare Bones version with the intent of painting him "any day now". Now that we've hit 7th level, I'm actually getting around to paint something. But, since I need him for the weekly game, I'm painting an alternate version first, then I'll swap figs and work on the Brand Oathblood version. So I'm starting with 77373: Cuth Wolfson, Barbarian. This will depict Dio wielding his mighty great axe, Eloise. Now Cuth's default axe was a touch....limp, so I dug out the Bones III weapons pack and picked a nice stiff replacement. Much better. Now just a little putty to fill in the gap and he'll be ready for his bath before linering.
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    Jasper vs Dio

    Finally got back to this (had a sinus infection, did not make me want to paint). Cleaned up the base coat and gave him a good ol wash of AP Strong Tone.
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    Jasper vs the 3D Printer

    Did a "quick" 10mm body of the heavy grav tank. That's a CAV Terran Wolf tank for scale, possibly the largest tank in CAV. And the grav tank doesn't have the sides on yet. At 28mm it is almost a foot long! I WILL be printing a 28mm one at some point. I printed it with supports, which are a pain to get off, I only tried a bit. I can't see the body printing without, but may take another look. Otherwise I'll likely try splitting the hull. Need to get that sorted before trying the big one.
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    Jasper vs the 3D Printer

    Got a head start on this: but then the files for the heavy grav tank came out.....printing the body of the grav tank now.
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    Jasper vs the 3D Printer

    I "try" to remember toy grab the binder clip instead. I often even remember.... So I tried the Anti-Air tank. The models in the WOW Buildings kickstarter are modeled for 28mm, and he tests them at 15mm as well. There is no guarantee that they will work at 10mm. For 10mm stuff I was really in it for the buildings, to help fill out my CAV table. The buildings should all scale just fine, buildings don't have super tiny details usually. Bit the Anti-air tank does. So the body was fine except for some handles and hook pieces, which either got too thin to print right or hand too much overhang. Not a biggy. Turret ring and the weapon parts printed ok, although the guns are quite thin. The turret I printed with support, and worked ok. But the treads just are too thin at 10mm and fall apart. Ah well, was worth a try, and I can probably make some destroyed tank bits out of it for basing or something. Today more files arrived, including the elevated road that was the first thing that caught my eye about the kickstarter. I've tried a few different scales to see what works for CAV, in terms of actually having vehicles fit. From right to left: I started by printing it at about 10mm scale (34%). It is fine for vehicles up to the size of the Dingo, but just barely. Too narrow for even a standard 1 inch hex base. Then I went to 15mm (50%). I also tested to see how it came out using the Extra Fast standard Cura profile. Not bad detail, a few strings between the end bits but certainly usable quality. This scale was ok for even the Wolf and will take a 1 inch hex in any orientation. It would be fine if I was using the standard 1 inch hexes. But of course I'm using 40mm hexes. So I was about to print a 60% one, when I had a "duh" moment. I printed the 40mm hexes. So I can load them into Cura with the road piece, and do all the scale figuring in software. Duh. So a bit of tinkering later and I printed out a 63% road pieces. It will fit a 40mm hex in any orientation. It will also fit 2 normal size vehicles side by side. I'll ponder if I want to bump it up a bit more, as quads can use a 50mm base. And I want to see how it looks compared to the roads on my battle boards. If it is close to their width I might as well make them the same. In the mean time on to printing the first part of something big...even scaled to 10mm.
  18. Didn't see a post about this yet: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/deadlyprintstudio/battlefx BattleFX is a bundle comprising of several 3D designs of dynamic effects and destructible terrain for wargames. ready for you to print. Every item of the bundle has been carefully designed and tested to be 3D printed. this kickstarter includes a STL pack of each pledge, ready to be printed using your own 3D printer - or alternatively, using online 3D printing services. After working extensively on the movie FX sector, we realized we could apply that experience to our wargamme hobby - and taking things to the next level. We have been working very hard and have already finished designing and testing every one of the items on our basic pledge, therefore guaranteeing that YOU will get it. However, we want to continue creating and offering you new, epic effects for your wargames - hence the advance stretchgoals! /*Included in Kaboom Pledge and above*\ It has the widest range from trusters to muzzles flashes and smoky Fx! S - Muzzles Flashes S - Trusters S - Smoky things! We are getting more serius here big booms and more complex Fx: M - Big weapongs, explosion and Sci-fi Fx M - Smoke Shell, lateral atack, Sci-fi barrier and barrels Fx The Big Boys. It takes some time to print, but it also turns your war gaming table into a real battlefield. L - Smoke grenade, Orbital atack L - Fire, water and ground explosions The Kickstarter Star Product, the Epic Fx! Destructible, reassemblable scenography and cool lighting.
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    Jasper vs the 3D Printer

    Yep, that is the bed handle. I printed it with a fairly quick profile, with support, standing on the ends. I haven't gotten around to digging out the support in the two holes, and the inside of the handle could use a little file work where the supports were. One of the many things to install as soon as I have time. I keep grabbing the right front adjustment wheel to pull out the bed, and I've messed up the level before doing that, so I want one. I love the FDG stuff but need CAV terrain more right now, so other than printing goblins to test new filaments and one crater from World War Tesla I printed, I haven't gotten to it yet. Got my first set of files from WOW Building's KS so trying out the anit-aircraft tank at 10mm....since that's what came first. A little worried about the overhangs on the body, but I'll give it a go and see if it needs support. At 10mm it doesn't take super long, even with my minis profile.
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    Jasper vs the 3D Printer

    Haven't posted for a bit as I haven't been printing minis much. Was trying out the AmazonBasics black, which seems to work alright, but a bit hard to tell since, you know, it's black. Cranked out a bunch of the 40mm CAV hex bases while I had it loaded, because bases always look right when black. Currently have orange in it, printing another cat for my wife (I've already printed a grey and a black). A number of nice cat models on thingiverse btw. I'll be switching back to grey soon, as the WOW buildings KS finished yesterday and he has said the first files should be available within the next day (probably right after we lose power in the storm tomorrow....) so I'll have new shinies to try out. But while I had these other colours loaded, that are less useful for minis (I could print them in orange and black, but since I have lots of grey....) I've been working on some storage. Especially with the MAV3RICK KS tank, I need a way to organize little parts. I'm also working on a 150% scale one (drawers are the perfect size for Fighting Piranha transfers btw) but they take a lot longer to print. I do have the main box printed in black but it's in the paint room.
  21. Just noticed this KS was posted here. Only 53 hours left.... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wowbuildings/wowbuildings-further-space-adventures-3d-print-stl/description Here we are folks, WOWBuildings is expanding further into space, with the infrastructure now for several types of scenarios, this KS will be a mix of vehicles and Buildings so you will have an even bigger range of choices for your tabletops. all will come in STL format and cuts will be made where needed so boot up those 3D printers once again and jump on board for what hopefully will be a great sack full of goodies to enjoy. I am adding a couple of special adds that are for personal print use only as a little treat for you top end backers, all files will be initially 28mm scaled (but slightly over scaled to allow for GW sized figures) and optimized for 15-32mm scales so hopefully something for all. Again human based faction designs for this KS with other races in the pipeline if all goes well, so hello again and as usual keep the feedback coming and if you want anything specific added then just ask, if it can be done it will be so Stretch Goals as you see will start at £1000, and £500, but this time i am toying with adding some £250 jump points too here and there to add to the fun. I have tried to keep the pledge level prices as low as i can as well including the licence which is an absolute bargain price for this KS as a thank you for continued support and to help with those after Xmas blues. £10 Road Builder £30 Asteroid Miner £40 Planet Settler
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    WOWBuildings further Space Adventures 3D print STL files

    That finished strong. Looking forward to seeing what the "mystery" stretch goal is...
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    Gnome Tank

    Gnomes and tanks, two of my favorite things, together at last!!!
  24. Acquired a 12 pack of battery powered flickering tea lights for 50% off at the grocery store.
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