Beobachtungsturm were a type of watchtower used by the East Germans. I found a file of them on thingiverse and thought it would be a great addition to my Cold War games.
As you can see I did 2 of them of different sizes. The nice thing about 3d printing is this fllexibility- a 1/144 scaled original was printed out at half size and twice size, for 6mm and 20mm respectively.
Here they are unpainted and untextured. They were both given coats of Mr. Surfacer as an undercoat.
Now to write 2 scenarios to featuring them….
I was asked to re-photograph the Chemical tanks with something to give an indication of scale, so as it was not raining today I decided to take the oppertunity to grab a new Primaris Marines as well as a 1995 vintage Necromunda figure to give them some sense of scale.
More bits from thinigverse that I have printed off and painted up. Should be fun for 40k themed games. I’m sure I can make up a Nurgle themed narrative campaign out of them too. The red one will do if anyone runs a Corpse Grinder Cult gang in the next Necromunda campaign too.
I’ve used my 3D printer to run off some useful modern bits of scatter terrain. Not the most exciting bits, definately not in colour terms, but they should be good for set dressing on the table. All of them were printed from free stl files from either Wargaming3D or thingiverse.
First up we have a set of 6 sewer entrances. As I’ve already got a sewer system, the resin one from Ainsty, these should prove very useful.
Secondly I ran off a load of Jersey barriers. Great for modern games.
Finally I did some anti- tank obstacles… well not quite. The eagle eye amongst you might recognise these as concrete beach anti- erosion defences. Whilst they have been popularised in the alt WW2 game DUST Tactics they have also been used in the real world too. The Ukrainians used them successfuly as road blocks to stop an armoured thrust towards Mariopol by Russian/ Sepratist forces.
Once lockdown is over I’ll be able to add these to some games.
I’ve backed all three Kickstarters for The Great War board game. However when the last expansion was up, the French one, I didn’t buy any accompanying French tanks at the time.
Having got the box through I saw that the scenarios featuring French tanks need either three Schneider tanks or one Schneider and one St. Chamond. I decided to order myself a set of 3D printed tanks from Butler’s Printed models… I went for 1 of each type initially. I wanted to see what the quality was like firstly, then I figured I may order two more Schneiders later.
Then I got the 3D printer for xmas so I decided to print myself off a set of 3 Schneiders anyway.
First up are the Butler’s Printed Models. They are nice prints, didn’t take much cleaning up at all.
They look pretty smart with a coat of paint on too.
The 3D prints of my own aren’t as fine as the others but this isn’t down to my printer, rather because I scaled a 1:200 file up to 1:100, consequently the lack of detail in the original file became more apparent.
However with a coat of paint on them I’m really very pleased with how they look now.
The colourful, even stylish, French camo was fun to do abd I can’t wait to add this new dimension to my Great War games now.
Firstly I hope everyone is dstaying safe and well in these lock down times.
I’ve been using my time to do a bit of 3 D printing. and getting them prepped for paint. This just consists of a quick clean up and a few coats of Mr. Surfacer paint.
First up are a selection of vats and tanks.
Then with have some tank traps and an ammo cache that I’ll probably use for Zone Alfa.
Definately for Zone Alfa is this sign from Pripyat seen here un prepped.
Finally I printed off this Nuked city marker- no real use for it yet but I’m sure it will appear in a megagage at some point. Players always seem to love flinging nukes about in them….
As previously mentioned I recieved a 3D printer for xmas and the past couple of weeks I’ve been playing around with it. I have also been looking on various website for as many interesting looking free files that I could find to try out.
Assembly was a breeze with only one recalictrant cable proving to be difficult so I quickly printed off the test file to see how it turned out. I was rather pleased with the results. Fast and not too noisy (the cat is happy to sleep through it running)- generates a lot of heat though.
The next day was, however, less succesful due to what is best described as user generated errors. I tried printing out a different figure but that one failed when a support gave way.
I decided to get some simpler terrain bits printed, that is after all what I primarily want to use it for. I found some rather nice manhole covers/ sewer entrances so printed off a set of 6 for myself.
Given how pleased I was with these I tried my hand at rescalling some vehicles and printing them out. I found a 1:100 set of experimental/ prototype WW2 German designs and selected the smallest and resized it to 1:72. The first time I printed it I didn’t reorientate it so whilst one side printed out very nicely the other didn’t do well at all.
I asked about and it seems that the correct way to go is tracks down so I tried again. Much better this time, but when it cam to cleaning off the suppors I fear I may have lost some detail.
On person did suggest printing AFVs with them stood on their rear hull, I’m not really convinced but in the interests of experimentation I’ll give it a go.
I also resized some 1:200 WW1 tanks to 1:100 to use with the Great War board game I enjoy. It is a rather chunky print but once cleaned up I rather like it.
That is where I have got to so far. I want to try some more scenery before I go into full production to make myself a Necromunda set up.
I havve recently dipped my toe into the burgeoning world of 3D printing. Peter Fitzpatrick over at the great Shouting Into the Void blog: http://mojobob.blogspot.co.uk/ has been designing some great interwar vehicles that can be ordered from Shapeways.
I ordered two WW1 era trucks. With the free postage offer and the no rush option I was pleased to get the two for less than a tenner each. I opted to have then printed in the cheapest material WSF (White, Strong, flexible); from looking a peoples blogs previously it doesn’t have a great reputation but 1- the other options are really expensive and 2- I figured in 1/72 rather than 1/100 or 1/144 the printing marks would matter less. Anyway enough babble from me. On with the pics:
The detail that Peter has got into the models is great, really impressed with it. The pictures are of course blown up in the plastic the trucks are great. Even more so after a coat of primer then a blast of Tamiya spray paint.
Next time there is a free postage offer I’ll be after some more. Also the new T27 tankette for the Russians that has recently been released.