Friday, December 25, 2015

Test model for Forces of Nature...


     So as of right now I think my next army will be a Forces of Nature army.  I have the majority of the models already, as I was planning a Forest Spirit WHFB army.  I was going to take a couple of elves on eagles, using the Hobbit eagles and a bit of kitbashing.   What I have been trying to figure out is how to work a few more elves into the list since I am going to run a few units of Talon Riders.  Mainly to help out with the theme.  I figure just a couple elves on eagles wont make much thematic sense.

    So this is my first try at a foot elf to go with the army

     Just a kitbash, nothing to impressive.   Though I am beginning to think to mix both the male and females and a few dryads into the same unit to give the unit a bit more interest.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas...


I can at least post up a chilly looking pic, especially sinces its like 80 degrees in Texas...

     Just a quick note to wish everyone out there and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Hope everyone has a safe and happy holidays.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Printer review and Printable Scenery examples...


     So the 3D printer I have been using for the past year is a Da Vinci 1.0.

     Now, I will say this.  This is my first experience with a 3D printer and I am still learning different tweaks and ways of doing things.   But, so far I think this is a great printer for the cost, which is under 500 bucks.   This printer does use cartridges(one of the reasons the printer is cheaper), instead of spools like most other printers I have seen.  The cartridges run around 30 dollars each and I can usually get 3-5 prints from each cartridge depending on the settings I use.  I do like the fact that it is completely enclosed, but that can be a pain if/when you need to replace parts.   I do suggest going to thingiverse and printing out some of the spare parts found there.  In the past year I have had to replace a couple of the axis bushings, they cracked from use.  After 6-7 months of near constant use  And I also had to replace the printbed, I cracked it removing a long build, most likely my fault for being impatient about removing the print.   But with the parts already on hand it just a matter of taking it apart and replacing them.  The printer does come with a warranty, but since I could see what the problem was, I just went ahead and replaced the parts myself.  There are alot of aftermarket mods you can do.  Anywhere from reloading old cartridges, to replacing the standard printer software.  But I do not have a interest in doing anything like that at this moment, so you will have to research those options on your own.

     As far as the printing quality goes.  I think it does very well.  I usually use the excellent setting and the slow print speed for most of my prints.   I have had a few failed prints, mostly due to the first couple layers not sticking correctly and end up coming back to a ball of filament on the end of the print nozzle.  This is mainly due to the glue wearing out and me not replacing it as often as I should. 
so here are some print examples.  These are all from Printable Scenery.  Straight off the print bed, with no prep or cleaning completed.

And now some pics for scale, using a Wood Elf Dryad from GW

the walls might look a little short, but the Dryad is on a raised base

The black tree is my most recent print, without supports cleaned off

closer shot

And here are a few I have of a tree I cleaned up and painted.  Using this method 

there are a few spots where I could have cleaned it up better

But for table top use, I think it will be fine.

     Overall, I have enjoyed playing around with this.  I think it will be awesome for terrain and widgets for gaming.  But as far as printing out entire armies, eh.  You could possibly do it, but you are not going to get the detail we get from miniature companies.  

     I am going to try to do some acetone washing in the next week or so.  I can can get these primed and painted.  I also am going to print out a few more trees so I can do some wood bases also.  


Kickstarter. Printable Scenery


     I know its a bit late, been a little busy round here.   But there is a Kickstarter currently running.

WINTERDALE: Medieval Fantasy Citadel Collection for 28mm

Its put on by

Printable Scenery

    Last year I got a 3D printer and have been playing around with it ever since.  When I started looking around for printable files I came across Printable Scenery's website.  I downloaded a couple and I was impressed.  The detail you get from their files are exponentially better than most of the ones that you can find on some of the free sites, like Thingiverse.

    If you are considering getting a 3D printer at any point in the future,and are interested in using it for wargaming stuff.   You should definitely go check out this Kickstarter.  They are already funded and are working on stretch goals.  I already have quite a few of their files, but I went ahead and backed anyways to help them out.

   Right now I am finishing up printing enough scenery for a table.  I just have to print out some more trees and get everything cleaned up and painted and they will be ready for some Kings of War.  I will post up a review of the printer and prints later this evening.