Friday, 7 August 2020

3D-printing Valour Korps... pt. III

As part of the august release on Patreon TMC provided me with another set of Valour Korps models...

One of the models released this month is this Lieutenant. 

He is armed in the same way as the Sergeant that spearheaded this range...


An idea that has been on my mind for several weeks was to replace the power sword from their first Valour Korps model (back when it was still called Blitz Korps) and replace it with a shovel... 
In 40K, the Death Korps of Krieg is somewhat known for their love of digging trenches, hence the shovel. And while the Sergeant is similarly armed with a sword, he lacks the scabbard... Besides, swords are a gentlemans weapon, hardly suited for a lowly Sergeant...
After a quick search on Thingiverse I found what I needed, a suitable hand to replace the one holding the sword and an awesome power shovel. Both were made by the same designer, Mafei.

I then used Tinkercad to (quite crudely) cut off both the hand and the sword and replace them with the new hand and the shovel. A quick and easy digital conversion, but one that I am very pleased with. 




The new arm printed without any difficulty, resulting in a very characterful model... 

Even though TMC just started the range, it's growing rather quickly. So far only the Regimental and Company Command Squads have been released, but next month will see the completion of the first squad builder... With those models I can make most models I need for a full Kill Team. 

My Kill Team so far... 

Thus far I have printed several models from both Command Squads and all three character models. I had printed both standard bearers too, but unfortunately those models warped during curing and will have to be printed again... Not a big deal, as I won't be using them for my Kill Team anyway.

All models are put on a named base, a neat little design I made just for my Kill Teams... 



Saturday, 25 July 2020

3D-printing Feudal Guard... pt. III

After finishing my first proper model, Kornfeder the Ogryn, I quickly put the finishing touches on my Sniper, Aberbach, and started working on a few Scions/Stormtroopers... 

The first of these is Schreiner...





Armed with a hotshot lasgun, this model packs a bit more punch than a regular Guardsman...

I have now completed three models, not a bad start for a Kill Team... Depending on the selection of models and gear even an Astra Militarum Kill Team can be quite small (I have yet to play my first game, but I have been tinkering with lists for some time).

Aberbach, Kornfeder and Schreiner... 

The Sniper was painted only in greys (apart from the eyes, which are green). Grey is my contrast colour for the regular Feudal Guard, as the grey of their uniforms goes well with their orange armour. As the Sniper isn't wearing any armour I thought it very fitting to keep him as dark as possible. As I am very happy with how he turned out, I think I will print the kneeling variant, too...

Another thing I am very happy with are the way my custom made bases are turning out... It takes a bit of time and effort, but it greatly enhances the individuality of the models (even though they are faceless) and it looks good, too (I think)... 


The next two Scions/Stormtroopers, another one with a hotshot lasgun and one with a plasmagun... These aren't finished yet, but shouldn't take too long to get done... 


Friday, 24 July 2020

3D-printing Feudal Guard... pt. II

Oh boy, the last couple of months were insanely busy, but with the start of my vacation I have finally found the time and energy to post something again...

I have continued work on my Feudal Guard Kill Team.

First of all, I redesigned my bases. The previous version wasn't as detailed as I wanted them to be so I tried something new... 

Many years ago, for my Empire army, I made several tiled bases with plasticard, which I then made a mold of to be able to cast them in high grade plaster... All of my fantasy models have the same style base and I have cast hundreds in the last couple of years, even selling them halfway across the globe... 
Because I really wanted to continue using that particular style but found it hard to combine resin 3D-printing and casting plaster in the same workspace (working with plaster is a dusty affair, which does nót go well with resin 3D-printing) I decided to try to digitally recreate my old plaster bases. After a few tries I managed to come up with a suitable version...

I then used the pattern I created on my new custom bases, creating a small insert I could neatly combine with the basic, empty base.

To further enhance the bases I then reworked them to include embossed nametags, choosing a Gothic-style font fitting with the theme of the models...

The result is a simple, clean base with sharp detail and a personalised nametag.

On to the models themselves...

Not long after uploading the previous Kill Team post I joined The Makers Cult on Patreon. Getting a whole bunch of files every month for a modest fee works a lot better than buying all the files seperately. I also made good use of a sale on CGtrader to fill in any gaps on the Feudal Guard line. I now have access to all of their infantry and cavalry, giving me a whole lot of options when it comes to building my Kill Team...

Just a few of the new models I printed...


The first model I have finished is a new Ogryn...

Kornfeder, my Kill Team Ogryn
Kornfeder, my Kill Team's Ogryn...


I opted for a very limited palette, using only orange, grey/metal and white (and a little green and red for things like lenses and gauges). The orange gets some depth thanks to all the different layers and really stands out.

On my previous two test models I tried to add some form of battle damage and chipping, but in the end I like this clean version better... Due to the sharpness of the desing and the quality of the printed model painting was quite enjoyable.

More models are on their way, I have nearly finished my Sniper and my first Sergeant...

3D-printing Valour Korps... pt. I

As part of their Patreon, The Makers Cult have begon releasing a new line of miniatures: The Valour Korps... Obviously inspired by the Death Korps of Krieg, these designes are too good not to print... As a bonus, these come fully pre-supported, making it very easy to get them printed fast and easy...

Below are the first two test models, a Marshall and a Sergeant... As usual, the sharpness of the design and the quality of the printed models made painting them a real joy...



For these models I took inspiration from a historic colour scheme, namely that of 1939/1940 German Infantry. Using Feldgrau for the uniform and grey for the trousers. I further used various browns for pouches, gasmasks and belts and dark grey for the helmets, armour and boots...

The bases will be very different for the final models... More to come!


Sunday, 24 May 2020

3D-printing dungeon decor... pt. VI

You can never have too much loot... And that's why you can also never have too many loot piles. These piles are very versatile and can be used just about anywhere in the dungeon, they can be used to store/hide loot (well, they áre called loot piles for a reason) and serve as cover during sneaking or combat. If all else fails they just look good... 

This is an overview of my current set of loot piles...
These loot piles originally started out as barricades for Mordheim, but a year or so ago I updated and repainted them to enhance my dungeon. The base of each of these piles is a stack of home-cast plaster crates, the smaller and more detailed pieces are a mix of plaster, metal, plastic and resin parts.

Having a 3D-printer opens up a lot of possibilities and the last couple of days I have spent some time putting together and printing a couple of complete loot piles and some separate pieces to further enhance the excisting loot piles.

The first two, relatively simple, loot piles...
These were printed as one piece.
The third pile, also printed as a single piece... 
For the third pile I wanted to try something a bit different. I searched, and found, a chicken and a birdcage.

The cage was printed separately, mainly for ease of painting...
On Thingiverse there are a lot of interesting and usefull pieces that can be used for this purpose. Most of the new pieces are designed by a very friendly designer from France. He designed the wicker baskets with tomatoes and apples, the bottles with a wicker shell, the bag of potatoes and the sacks... The wooden crates were found elsewhere on Thingiverse.

Three 3D-printed loot piles mixed with some of the models
from my collection...
The separate pieces... The detail of these items is amazing!
The printed pieces used on a couple of existing loot piles...
The size of these bits is just right!
This is just the first addition to the loot piles, I can imagine there will be more to come!

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

3D-printing Feudal Guard... pt. I

Even before I bought my Elegoo MARS 3D-printer I had stumbled across The Makersguild, three designers working together, mostly creating 40K related stuff. The designs of their Feudal Guard just blew me away...

Feudal Guard infantry squad... Picture courtesy of The Makersguild...

I have played 40K, years ago, collecting sizable forces of Orks, Space Marines and Imperial Guard. All of these models are long gone, sold to other gamers, and I haven't played 40K in more than a decade...

I have, however, picked up a couple of rulebooks in the last year or so, namely the rules for Kill Team and Necromunda. At the moment I have no intention of building an entire army, instead I will be printing a smaller skirmish force...

I have also printed several Adeptus Astartes Space Marine miniatures over the last couple of weeks for the very same purpose, expect some pictures soon.

My first project will be a set of Astra Militarum models for a Kill Team. To print/build this Kill Team I purchased the following files:

While these files cost me about as much as a box of plastic Guardsmen would, I have a lot more options and I can print as many as I need/want/like... Apart from the skirmisher team, all these sets are completely modular and come with a wide selection of poses, heads and weapons.
The designs are sharp, clean and all follow the same distinct style. While they lack the abundance of skulls and the Imperial Aquila you see on GW-miniatures, these are very well suited to serve as Astra Militarum (or Imperial Guard as I can't help calling them).

Apart from one or two more delicate pieces, the models are very easy to print.

So far I have printed about half a dozen miniatures and started painting the first test models.






The units are all just a little bit different but all share the same distinct style.

My first impuls was to paint the armour in a metallic colour, give it a wash and call it a day. However, I quickly realised that would make them look like my Reiksguard on foot, only with lasguns instead of swords... So I opted for a more striking colour scheme, using bright orange, white and grey...


The first test model... This one is just about finished.
I think the orange works quite well, especially because the armour covers such a large part of the model... I tried to add some battle damage to this test model, but I need to experiment a bit more with this technique.

This Ogryn has received the first couple layers of paint but is
far from finished...

In keeping with their Medieval look I made a set of flagstone bases to go with these models. The bases are a simple re-mix of a stone texture I found on Thingiverse, cut to make 25mm and 40mm round bases. Should I want to expand this Kill Team into a full army (and let's be honest, we all know that's going to happen) it will be easy enough to make larger bases for the heavy weapons and the walkers...

25mm and 40mm round flagstone bases...

More to come!

Monday, 27 April 2020

3D-printing dungeon decor... pt. V

I've got a big dungeon related update to show you...

One of the best miniatures I have printed so far is this Dwarf merchant...




This model will be an excellent NPC but could just as easy be used as player. It has a lot of character and it printed flawlessly. I think he will be very fun to paint!

I have started painting the suits of armour...


While the paintjob is quite simple, these manage to look pretty good. I still have a lot more of these to paint, but so far I am very happy with how they turned out...

I have also painted a round cabinet from VaeVictis. This model is from their Patreon and is part of their Magic Workshop set. The design comes in a couple of variants, one with empty shelves, one filled with books and potions and the option to print those as one piece or two separate parts (top and bottom).


I had printed the empty version previously and painted it last week. Due to the detail of this piece the painting was fast, easy and yielded a pretty nice result. This weekend I printed a couple more pieces. I made them a little bit larger, by accident, but as it turned out, the larger scale works very well...


Apart from printing these ready-made pieces I have tried to digitally kit-bash some unique combinations. These digital conversions were inspired by this piece from Zealot Miniatures. I purchased this table a year or two ago during the last expansion of dungeon clutter but I haven't painted it yet.

The source of inspiration from Zealot Miniatures...

The first attempt at creating something like this was relatively simple. Below you can see the original design I came up with, using a round table and castle, both of which I found on Thingiverse.

The first design... 
This printed very well but lacked some detail and style so I continued tinkering with this idea. Eventually I came up with the following designs...




The first model is the castle of the hand...





The second model is this super fancy fantasy castle... The smaller spires did print fine, but got knocked off during the clean-up. I have recovered most of the spires and will repair them.



While the first two models are fictional designs, the third is a modelled after an actual, real castle: Neuschwanstein castle... It can be found in Bavaria, Germany and was built for/by order of king Ludwig II in the late 19th century. This castle formed a source of inspiration for Disney's Cinderella castle...


The base for these conversions comes from VaeVictis. I split the bottom half of the model (the base is from the round cabinets) and removed a layer of drawers to lower the top surface. This allowed me to make the castles as large as possible to preserve as much detail as I could.

The castles in these prints are all created by very talented designers and are all incredibly detailed. However, I had to scale down the designs considerably and some of the detail was lost because of that.

The castle of the hand
Fancy fantasy castle
Neuschwanstein castle

The idea behind these designs is that an NPC could have a model of a castle in his study. Maybe it's just for show, it could be a toy or maybe it could even be magical, who knows... Such an item could be very interesting when it comes to RPG's...

Here you can see the first, failed print of the fancy fantasy castle... Due to the delicate nature of the design some of the finer details were lost or failed to print entirely. After curing the model even split open due to uncured resin being left inside...