A Mage, an Elf and a Case of Weapons

Look at that, 22.00 and I am already in bed… I spent most of the day trying to finish off the conservatory, but I did have time to rescue the mage and Fey archer…

Look, look she has two arms!

I am not sure why it worked this time, but I did add in some extra supports on the troublesome arm.

I also achieved a shield…. along with lots of weapons… as it worked, I did a second set and am printing a third now.

The small lumps are left and right hands to allow some left/right handed militia. Tomorrow I am going to do some heads and then some bodies. I am also going to try using some weapons from the riders set I have from Iain’s ranges.

Back to work tomorrow so the kids decided on a pre school feast…

We had loaded potato skins for starters, Ramen as a main course then sticky toffee pudding for desert with a cheese/meat board with crackers later on.

Hopefully I will get something painted tomorrow… this made me chuckle…

Today I made an Ass for Myself

I really did, well technically I printed myself an ass, or perhaps it is a donkey…

I also managed to get a successful print of the 85% dwarf and Ranger. I did a militia miniature too, just forgot a left hand! More importantly, I actually managed to get the 85% mage done along with the elf archer. I tried another shield with added supports and it still failed, as did a spear for another militia mini.

One of the biggest problems I have is working out what the different bits of the miniature looks like, so at Lunchtime I basically opened the bits up in 3D builder and took a screen shot. I now have a reference to allow me to build the various bits from this set.

I also managed to get the FDM print done. It took 20 plus hours, but I am pleased with it…

The roof comes off the cottage too…

I cracked on With the conservatory and have got the ceiling finished. I ran out of longer nails for the nail gun and couldn’t get them locally so I had to fasten the thing up by using a hammer and brads… oh ye gods I ache now! I cannot actually move my right arm without yelping…

Today was also a day of weather…

These two photos were taken half An hour apart, there was about half an inch of snow down. We were cutting insulation and had to pack in as the snow was just covering it faster than we could wipe it off. So we went in for a cuppa and came back to a total lack of snow and bright sunshine.

Building, Printing and Painting

Today has been a busy one and I bloody ache!. We have only got the ceiling to do on the conservatory now, we have everything we need so we are going to crack on with it tomorrow. In between cups of tea and hammering I got this little thing printed from Iain Lovecraft’s frost…

This gibbet has a corpse in it (not sure how I am going to paint it). I am printing a different one off right now. I also managed to get a smidge of painting done on the Chaos Marines…

As I was painting them it suddenly came to me in a flash of … of.. what the **** am I thinking about now… these guys must have bespoke armour, the chances of finding someone (or something) that has spike coming out of the same bit is highly unlikely. So if Mozarg the unclean has his armour blown off then how on Earth or planet Mogadoooo for that matter is he going to get another bit. Sorry random bollocks break is now over.

I also managed to get the War dancer printed… however sadly the mage is still armless, I also snapped the foot off the paladin….

For some reason I printed the same lot off again so now have two of the witchhunter etc. The zweihander snapped on the Lanschnect …again. Tomorrow if the weather allows then I am just going to print the Mage and see if I can add in some other supports.

Unfortunately the heater in the shed packed in today, tripped the RCD and caused both printers to stop, the resin one, which had been temperamental all day restarted itself and the Ender restarted where it left off. Because I had been in the bath when it blew, I had to let the temperature come back up again. In this case I had to snip off a lump of filament where the print head had stopped. It seems to be going okay, my only concern is that it is going to run out of filament overnight… wish me luck!

Having an Early Night

Wind is picking up again. I decided to try and get a bit more done on the foam helmet. I have pretty much had to make it up as I went along….

I printed another top for the coffin. This time I did it on its edge and it has helped with the top layers. The ironing didn’t really work. I could have increased the top layers as well as the infil. But this has worked so I am leaving it be…

Left to right…Original, ironed and vertical

I was going to print some more ruins today, but I had to cut the power to do some more work on the electrics in the conservatory… basically I wanted to cut down the length of the cable as I just shoved it in to begin with. I didn’t want to spoil an 18 hour print, by switching things off…again!

Tomorrow I will try and get some painting done, as well as print some more cool stuff (weather dependant).

Painting and Printing

Today we are in the eye of the storm so it has been relatively calm, it is blowing back up again tomorrow. So The kids decided they wanted to go and hang out in town, the two eldest went off for a mooch and my son and I went to Tesco… his choice not mine. He had compiled a recipe list and tomorrow he is making us sticky toffee pudding.. so I really cannot complain. I also went and got some more Contrast paint… it suddenly dawned on me that I now have the entire range apart from one colour… looks like I quite like them.

I managed to get these printed…

The left hand side of the smaller two is for a mate at the club. The big one is a mash up of the right hand top and an open tomb from somewhere else. I put these together in Cura to merge them. I love the open tomb as it has a skeleton inside and also a removable sword… the guy said that he did it as any RPG group is going to take the sword so it might as well be detachable. The open one will go into my ‘Mordheim’ town. The biggest problem I had with these was a naff top layer…

Now I can probably either turn on the ironing option in Cura or add some more top layers. I will have to have a think which it will be.

I managed to get some painting done too…

I am certainly making slow progress on these. I will have to work on the tentacles and claw hands but I am sure I will get there soon.

Painting, a Bad Case of Wind and Snow

Today was another rotten day, wind up to 60mph and snow. You would imagine on Shetland that we would be used to it, but in fact it is a bit unusual, we will have one or the other, but not normally both. After yesterday’s bus incident, it was nearly a case of me joining them. We were running a bit low on feed for the horses so I braved the elements to get it, actually going into town wasn’t too bad, coming back was a nightmare. I was pooling along at 30mph like a good boy and came up to a long drift, as soon as my wheels hit it the wind caught the car on the side and caused it to shimmy, meaning the back end decided that it wanted to go first. Luckily there was nothing coming the other way so I managed to go wide and come back onto my side of the road. No harm done, but I did need to change my underwear when I got back.

It certainly isn’t a good day to be a sailor off Shetland too…

So when I came back we had a power cut for a couple of hours, my family were lovely and rushed to warn me that the printer would not be working. I got some bits and pieces sliced. I would not however want to be the man up the telegraph pole trying to get the power back on in 60mph winds, so Kudos to them.

It was so cold that I couldn’t even use my squirty foam to sort out gaps in the insulation in the conservatory. I just realised that I could have actually lit the fire in there and warmed up the foam… ahhh hindsight is a great thing!

This evening I did manage to get some painting done, just about finished the cultists as well as the Flamboyant dwarf…

Whilst pa noting these I chose a random Netflix film… ‘The Silence’. I can honestly say it wasn’t much to write home about, and this is coming from someone who will watch pretty much anything. I just got to the point where I thought it was getting to the main part of the film and realised that it had 16 minutes left.

Snow, Printers and Paint

Well the expected snow and wind came and today proved to be a bad day to be a bus driver…

70mph winds and snow, never a good mix. I had t go into town to help my mother in law fix her sink and nearly had the 4WD going sideways too.

I got my first ruined building printed, this came from the Frost Kickstarter by Iain Lovecraft…

I was going to print some other things but sadly, the printer decided it was too cold. The above building comes in three bits, ground, first floor and roof. I am going to add a floor into the second level to allow for miniature placement. The whole thing took 31 hours to print. But as you can see – it is quite large.

I also managed to get some painting done this evening, not a huge amount, but there was Progress happening…

I actually tried to photograph four miniatures here!

I went back over the tentacles and spines on the Nurgle lot with white as well as giving them a layer of Contrast Skeleton bone.

I also spent some time today messing around with the old 3D Builder as well as seeing what the heck I actually had regarding the 3D Printers.

I Got Motivated

So after, going on about how I couldn’t be bothered to do anything this evening I started watching one of the resident Evil films and needed up getting this far with this chappy…

I will redo him at 85% some time but for now he is something to paint. talking of which, I have eventually called it over on my first pot of my Contrast Black Templar. It has eventually run out to be more truthful, or is more like tar than Contrast paint. I will no doubt need to replace some of my more used ones soon enough too…. oh yeah, so much for the early night plan!

Feeling Meh…and Cold!

I am feeling a bit under the weather today and have struggled to get motivated to do anything. I did however manage to prize some miniatures off the printer…

85%, 90%, 92% and 100%… I put them next to Percy and as Mikko said, 85% is the one I went with…

As expected the weather turned, 60mph winds and snow. This morning it was 8 degrees, this evening it is – something and feels like -15 because of the wind. This is one of the reasons I think that caused my prints to fail…

The mage is missing an arm and the wardancer is missing a leg. The Paladin second from left is missing a foot, but that was my cock up, luckily I realised and had to hunt though the waste bin to find it! Next to her is a witch hunter.

Once the temperature rises then I will redo the failed two. I also managed to do some crows from my LOTR Patreon…

Hopefully I will feel a bit more motivated tomorrow… an early night should help… and finally, my son has been busy again… tonight’s tipple was butterbeer from the Harry Potter Universe…

Size Matters..

Yes it really does. 1.5mm flex shouldn’t be used when 2.5mm is the standard and you cannot mix and match miniatures when they are a different size.

On the electric front, everything now seems to be working fine, thanks for all of the positive vibes yesterday. I did however lose the front plate that has the built in WiFi extender…luckily that is now found, so I will get it fitted tomorrow. We are meant to be getting snow and 50mph winds…oh yipppeee!

I printed off the chappy (I couldn’t be bothered to try and work out how to spell the name of the German mercenary with the big sword) and the mage.. they came out really well…

I decided to put the bloke next to my original RPG Character, Sir Percival Fanhard… He is definitely a tall chap

So this evening I took the same file and scaled it at 80%, 90 and then 95%. I will find out tomorrow if there is a match…

I managed to do a smidge of painting too…