Monday 18 December 2023

Projects on the go...

I have several projects edging towards completion at the moment.  This box contains a lot of my new Epic scale 40K armour, printed during October on my resin printed.  Down the left side we have a load of Leman Russ with various different hulls and turrets.  The white ones in the first 3 compartments will end up red as part of my traitor forces.  The others are in varying stages of completion for my loyalist Imperial Guards.  The 4 compartments bottom right are all Basilisk artillery, all now finished, nearby are some Trojan transport vehicles and 3 munitions trailers.  The Valkyrie VTOL transport is an older model but it's only recently that I've had enough space to put it with the rest of my vehicles.

Epic armour.

Almost ready for assembly is my Rocker Bug vehicle from Dragon's Rest.  This is all FDM printing from the last couple of weeks.  Once I have the internal detail painted, I can fit the last bits together.  I need to sand the inside of the wheel hubs to get them to rotate more freely.  This was a useful learning experience.  When I print another vehicle, I will probably print some of the internal details in resin for crisper detail, such as seats and stowage.

Rocker Bug.


Monday 4 December 2023

New toy and first results...

 I've been thinking about getting an FDM 3D printer for a few months.  My resin printer is still doing an excellent job on smaller items (more of these to come on the blog in the next week or two), but I've seen a number of larger buildings and vehicles that simply wouldn't fit the small build plate

New printer.

 In the Black Friday sales I spotted the Ender 3 Neo for £119 direct from the manufacturer Creality.  A quick check on google provided me an additional £5 off voucher.

Printing some wheels.

This version of the popular Ender 3 comes with a lot of extra features as standard, such as an auto-levelling system, glass print bed and various other add-ons.


Rather than waste filament on the Benchy boat or the random sheep included on the memory card, I jumped straight in with a bit of corridor section from The Dragon's Rest.  After all, watching 3 or 4 YouTube videos on setting up the printer make me an expert, right? Right?

Corridor internal view.

As a first print, I'm really impressed.  The layer lines are far more obvious than my Photon Zero, but I knew they would be.  The detail is great, and the effect from gaming distances of 2-3 feet is excellent.

Corridor top and bottom fit together.

The corridor come in 2 sections, with lots of internal details suck as mesh tread decking, pipes, panels, cannisters etc.  Designed for 28mm, I reduced it to 56%.

External detail.

I used a plain grey spray undercoat, heavy white drybrush and some accent colours (Army Painter Speedpaint blood red, Vallejo Xpress Imperial yellow, Xpress turquoise, Xpress Martian orange).

External detail - other side.

The black section on the end is a connector to "Hub Alpha", which was the next thing I printed.  This took three print runs, one for the hub, one for the roof, another for the doors and other attachments.

Hub Alpha.

The hub includes blank inserts, doors, ramps and corridor connectors which all fit into/onto the doorways.

Hub Alpha interior.

I've also been printing a "Rocker Bug" vehicle.  This is 5 print runs so far, 1 more to go for the bogie arms for the wheels.

Rocker Bug.

These all came from the Dragon's Rest "Outpost Origins Ultimate Kickstarter Collection".  This was another Black Friday special at 50% off.  The models don't show up too well in the black plastic (I'm using PLA - Poly Lactic Acid, derived from corn starch/sugar cane etc), but if the weather holds up tomorrow, I should be able to spray undercoat it.