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.
A quick paint job was needed on the second ambot from the box of two I bought ages ago as I managed to earn enough credits in the Necromunda campaign to afforda second one, fortunately my game had a high enough rep too.
Also here is a better picture of the Orlock ganger/ ammo jack I posted the other week.
My Cold War gaming collection grows ever bigger with this modest set of additions.
I painted up 3 company bases and 4 individual stands of the T10 heavy tank and 2 company bases of the PT76.
The T10 heavy tank was the ultimate iteration of the IS tank from World War Two, the IS designation was dropped after Stalin’s death. Armed with a 122mm gun it was intended that these heavy tank would act in the overwatch/ supporting fire role to the smaller gunned T54/55 and T62 tanks. A battalion of them was to be found in a Tank division. With the advent of gun launched ATGMs their raison d’etre diminished and as the Cold War progressed they were relegated to more 2nd line units. Still they’ll be a useful addition to my Soviet collection as they’ll allow me to replicate earlier formations to fight my friends’ Leopard 1/ M48s in the case of the West Germans or Chieftans in the case of the Brits.
The PT76 was similarly an early Cold War tank. Armed with a rather small 76mm gun their amphibious capability meant that they were an ideal recce tank. Given their rather weak armour and gun it is surprising that they saw service with the Russian as late as the second Chechen War in the late 1990s. They also served extensively in other theatres, notably in the Middle East and Vietnam. Painting up these two bases now allows me to field up to a battlion of them in 5core: Brigade Commander terms.
I wanted to add an Ammo Jack (a special hanger on used in campaign games of Necromunda) to my roster and given that they can be equipped with a Bolter I thought it would be nice to use an old 90’s figure for the purpose.
I bought one from ebay and gave him a quick paint job. I’m rather happy with how he turned out (the club lighting was less than flattering) I’ll re photograph him outside when it stops raining.
I’ve just finished this rather smart little ambulance in 1/72nd scale from Academy.
I struggled a bit with decals, even after all these years of making models it is still something I find problematic.
The tractor and bomb trolley makes for some nice extras- they’d go well with the old Airfix figures on a air base set up.
Both should be good for my WW2 games or even into the Korean War.
The aforementioned tournament was to be 125 points so I thought hard about what to take. I decided to go with a small but powerful team dedicated to the Chaos god Nurgle. A terminator leader and 5 marines. The pox walkers proved to be a failure in 2 practice games out of three so I decided not to take them.
My leader in Terminator armour.
I painted all the Plague Marines that I owned – seemed the sensible thing to do.
Plague Marine with Bolter and knife.
Plague Marine with Blight Launcher- my favourite weapon, it’s rather powerful.
Plague Champion with power glove.
The figures were a pleasure to paint- their 3D CAD designs made them rather detailed but easy to paint. A coating of the GW technical paint ‘Nurgle’s Rot’ adding a nice finishing touch at the end.
I got a few sample of the recent BAOR range from Under Fire Miniatures and have got some paint on them.
An a close up of one of the miniatures (with some gravestones)…
They are really nice figures and I’m reliably informed that there are expansions to the range in the form of support weapons on the way.