Wednesday, May 4, 2022

May the 4th be with you... 15mm star wars characters

 Yikes! Time spins by so fast. I've been snowed under with daycare plague brought home by the children and a new (second) job. Productivity in the painting department has definitely suffered. I have been doing a paint night a month with some friends via discord so that is a positive. 

Here are some figures that have been recently completed and most fortuitously....topical to the date!

As noted in the title they are 15mm figs. Some pals from space. The maker is a bit reticent to go out and use labels so I suppose I should respect that as well. 

Bases are from proxie miniatures.

Friday, March 11, 2022

WW2 Romanians Great Escape Games (3) - Rifle Squads

The final wave of Romanians from my initial order. I still intend to add an artillery piece (printed but lacking crew) and maybe, MAYBE, some cavalry. That's really starting to stretch the project a bit far though.

Late war the Romanians coup their leadership and join the Soviets in the drive on the axis. In Bolt action they lose their free artillery piece and gain a free squad (if you have 3) of the cheapest version you have.  So I laid these guys out to have at least 4 squads. 

Standardized to 1 light machine gun, an SMG leader, a panzerfaust, (which would be lost in earlier phases of the war), and a bunch of rifles. As one would expect. The 4th squad I think lacks panzerfaust but has a big old anti tank mine being totted by the guy with bronze balls.

Turns out I can manage a 5th squad of 50% SMG. So either the project got overlarge, I've undersized my squads, or I just have some extra flexibility.  Hopefully I can find an opponent this year and get the traditional 'full painted and lose your first game' game in.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

WW2 Romanians Great Escape Games (2) - Machine Gun, Flamethrower, SMG squad

I've fallen off the wagon! Too long since my last post. Here are the next wave of the Romanians. Once again they are 28mm metals from Great Escape Games. 

The SMG squad is largely equipped with Russian and German SMGs. There is a pack of figs that I ordered for more flexibility in late war Romanians (more captured gear available!), and is padded out with some of the stock infantry (stolen from full size rifle squads making an appearance soon)






Thursday, February 10, 2022

WW2 Romanians Great Escape Games (1) - platoon assets (hq, sniper, mortar, resita atg)

Finally I'm getting around to posting up some pictures of painted stuff. I finished these right at the beginning of the year but got bogged down with pictures. My dave-cave is in a state of disarray so it's a bit of a hassle to carve out the space needed for pictures. I'm also not SUPER happy with my light box for pictures yet. It might be a backdrop issue, or it might be that it's a bit too small. 

These folks are from Great Escape Games, one of maybe 3 companies that do 28mm metal Romanians for world war 2. I found their range to be the most comprehensive so I ordered up their platoon pack and a bunch of side products so I didn't need to faff about filling in gaps. One and done is how I typically like to order up projects. Hilariously I find myself needing some more crew for guns (as I printed an artillery piece). Oh well, the nature of the game (see what I did there?). 

Please enjoy photos of: a platoon headquarters, sniper team, light mortar team, and antitank gun (a resita 75mm gun, which I think was domestically produced). 


Bases were finished with "Luke's ready mix" something I saw on another blog and wanted to experiment with. Fast, easy, and doesn't look shabby. 


The minis were protected with future floor polish applied with a brush. I figure with metal figs, and a skirmish range it will worthwhile having a hard finish. I should, and probably will eventually, hit it with some matte to get rid of the shine. 





Wednesday, February 2, 2022

3d printing nerd gifts (4) - finished products

Doug works fast. The package arrived 8 days ago and he's already finished his tanks. I hope that he will forgive me in 'stealing' his pictures he sent me for a post. It's nice to have some continuity and see the final product in this series. I can't do better but heavily quote from the email. 

"Before I forget again, thanks for the support removal.  I was quite prepared to do that (had picked up some others in the past so knew what to expect).  it is a pain to do.

The StuG had a barrel replacement as the ink tube was a perfect fit.  I took your advise and coated the Valentine's with runny super-glue with a few coats and it did smooth out a bit. 
The miscast boogie wheel on the Valetine is not an issue as you can see I covered the track area with lots (and lots!) of snow - it is a Lend-Lease arriving on the Moscow front just at the end of 1941. This ‘evens-out’ my collection which now can accommodate 3 a side.
The StuG is to fight my t34-85 during the summer of 1943 also in Russia for some one-on-one action.   The side armor are plastic pieces which match perfectly with your print - your scaling is perfect!"
I will concur with Doug, removing supports is a bit of a pain. Certainly some are worse than others. Gotta say these look great, as does pretty much everything Doug ends up producing. 
Head over and take a look at his blog Dots of Paint for more.

Sunday, January 30, 2022

3d printing nerd gifts (3) - Tank Bodies

 Part three on my gift post is pretty brief as we've looked at slicers and supports. Now we just see something a bit larger and more complicated printed out. I attempted to place some supports within the track segments so EVERY SINGLE WHEEL wouldn't suck from overhangs. Unfortunately the support didn't work well (too narrow I think....I used a plugin for manually placing rods). This unfortunately meant there was some extra spaghetti around the tanks, but thankfully tank tracks are easy to weather to cover up the crappy printed bits. 

Most of this post is pictures with little of my usual long winded commentary. Strangely I omitted taking pictures of the StuG, but perhaps I figured it's just more of the same. Enjoy.

Ah yes, the 16hour print. I run my print jobs at a slow speed and thin layers to improve quality and avoid knocking them off the build plate. I've sorta had issues so this is a 'once burned, twice shy' thing. 

Thursday, January 27, 2022

3d printing nerd gifts (2) - Valentine Tank Turret

As part of the gift I'm printing for Doug (dots of paint blog) he also requested two tanks. We will look at some of the challenges of more complex shapes in this post. FDM printers sorta suck with undersupprted overhangs.....which is to say printing in midair works poorly. With an angle you can manage a gradual extension out without problems (such as an arched door). Otherwise you get big droopy loops and poor quality or worse. 


Supports, a throwaway structure connected to the ground/build plate which rise up to the unsupported part are the solution. Supports have their own challenge, besides the waste of material and time....they usually leave some cruddy artifacts where they connect. It is therefore key to choose the best orientation to minimize overhangs, or to make them where they aren't going to be seen well. For tanks, and me, that seems to be barrel up.

Our slicer, conveniently, shows in red where the overhangs are. This is based on a setting you tell it where your own printer/settings start to fail. For me it's about 60degrees. Note also that if you printed this without supports it'd fallover almost immediately and be a spaghetti mess in no time. You need a decent amount of contact with the build plate.

 Once again, I'm using a 1:100 model which requires me to remember to upsize it, and what percent to use.

 After slicing you can (and should) preview the print to make sure the computer hasn't chosen to do something wacky. Here we see the original structure in red (technically the walls are red and inside fill is yellow. We aren't looking at a cross section so we don't see the yellow right now). 

The blue is the support. It quite clearly illustrates how a throwaway structure is generated which will rise up to support the part of the model which are more than 60degrees off of vertical (such as the bump closest to us there is a pillar)

 Printed we see things look pretty decent. The barrel is a bit rough. I suspect this is due to flexing of the tall narrow structure so the small play in the material means perfect alignment doesn't happen and the layer lines are a lot more obvious.

More photos without commentary to follow. Note the final picture gives you a sense of the type of artifact you see where supports contact the model.