I got the final warrior built this evening so that is all four done, apart from their muskets which I am leaving off to allow me to ain’t the miniatures easier. I certainly had a Eureka moment this evening whilst working on this one. Evidently if you leave the arms off then you can get all the fiddly bits glued on a lot easier!
I really do like this set, and am pleased with how they have gone together. I still reckon they are going to be a right sod to paint, especially all the beadwork on pretty much everything!
After taking the photo I noticed at least a couple of mould lines that I had missed. Once the glue has totally set then I will get them scraped off. I will try and get these onto a wire tomorrow and then sprayed at the weekend.
I am a bit worried that the right arm of the back warrior is in the wrong place and might cause his musket to get in the way of the seated miniature. Only time will tell.
Hopefully I will feel like painting something tomorrow. I also thought I might dust off the old 3D printers and give them a bit of a run.
Tonight I was knackered so decided to just build another model, but ended up doing almost two.
These were not as straight forward as the first one as they have to sort of go together so thankfully I was using plastic cement which did give me a bit of movement until it went off fully.
The biggest problem I had was with the nearest model, the arm looked a bit weird no matter how I positioned it. The other annoyance was the hands on both of these are separate. Somehow I managed not to lose any of the small bits…
The nearest one still has his loincloth to add as well as his medicine pouch, powder horn, knife and war club.
I am actually looking forward to doing these, not sure why as I reckon they are going to be a sod to paint properly 🥴
Well tonight I blasted a bit of paint on the Knight and then lost motivation, so instead of messing about with colours on the frocks of the two female characters I went for a build option instead.
So the first of my four figures is pretty much built. I have the musket to add but will paint it separately.
I was trying to think of a nation to do him as, my first thought was Iroquois but I am not sure now. Most pictures I have seen all of them have ear ornamentation. These guys don’t seem to have so new thinks are required. The box doesn’t help as it simply calls them Indian wars kit number 1… perhaps I am overthinking this!
To be honest I am glad I like this one as, err I just bought another couple of sets, more First Nations and then a female post apocalyptic survivor with a crossbow… it’s not as if I haven’t got three thousand plus bits of lead and plastic to paint already… hey ho…looks like I never ever learn!
I managed to get these a bit further forward this evening…
They are nearly there, the ninja still need work, and then I can start on the rest of them including 10 Oni hounds, six ashigaru and six samurai, not to forget the skeletons, witches and some giant spiders with human heads!
Now while I was moving things around I found a problem with my seven samurai… can you spot it?
Thankfully the couple of days of solid rain seem to have eased and I managed to get out and get things sprayed…
Now interestingly enough, when I bought the spay wheel (aka cake spinner) it was very smooth… so in a fit of curiosity I wondered how thick the layer was. It was evidently thick enough to support itself when held…
Considering this is spray paint, then it must have had a fair few layers down on it. It was actually quite satisfying scraping it off with my knife as it lifted in sheets.
Anyway enough whittering on about my paint fetish…
I have new toys!!!
So I got this very nice parcel from Museum Miniatures this morning and, shock horror, I didn’t actually open it until this evening… how about that for self control!
I have got quite a lot to paint… first up the hoplites…
Spartans are without the crest, I have twice this amount, interspersed amongst the troops are some of the officers.
Next up the skirmishers…
I have some light/medium cavalry (and a free Companion cavalryman)
And finally a pile of stuff I really didn’t need, but looked cool 🙄
Tonight I decided to finish the samurai village houses, by finish I mean do the wood work, still a whole lot of things to do on them but at least it is something.
I still have the tiled roof ones to do (woodwork there too) but I will try and get them going tomorrow.
On the printer front the old resin one seems to be working again. I reformatted a completely different card and tried a new sliced file on it and away it went. So here is hoping that by tomorrow morning then I will have something on the build plate. The one thing I have noticed recently is a flexible build plate being advertised for resin printers. This would be an absolute godsend as I am sick of having to use a Stanley knife blade to get things off. The FDM has been working on more hex tiles too…
And finally Boats…or rather ancient ships. If you remember yesterday I had spent ages looking for a box of cardboard ships. Evidently I have dumped the ones I had made and put the unmade sheets into an envelope… I found them today purely by chance…
You can see from the above how munch bigger things are going to need to be to make them 1/300 scale. At least I now have a measurement to play with, and we all know that I am going to print at least one to try it out🥴… prepare for the swearing 😂.
Evidently the Northern Lights have been spotted tonight. Unfortunately the bit that fastens the camera to the tripod has disappeared. My Daughter loaned me a short stubby tripod, but it meant I needed to sit it on top of things… the highlight of the evening was me swearing as to why with a 30 second exposure with a high speed ISO I wasn’t getting anything… I tried and tried and tried again then realised that I had left the lens cap on!
So tonight I had a mooch in the 6mm box from Baccus and decided to try some base sizes for the command set.
I have two options…
The small one looks pretty naff and overcrowded where the larger one looks more open, but a bit narrow… these really are the only sizes of MDF bases that I have available. I think I am going to have to print something to make things fit.
I will have a look to see if I can find something nocking about, but I am not holding my breath.
Now I suppose that I could miss out the honjin screens, but that really isn’t very Japanese if I do.
If you heard a fell voice on the wind it was probably me explaining (very loudly, with added expletives) why I sometimes hate 3D Printing, I was swearing whilst trying to remove filament from both fans and from the heat block too.
Luckily I checked at the two hour mark rather than the six hour mark.
So if you remember, last night I said I was going for a raft to help secure the print, well one of the armour plates failed and in doing so caused an awful lot of spaghetti. This in turn either went upwards and melted on the heat block or went out and up/down to get itself twisted into both of the fans.
This what what I came in to see…
You can really tell which one failed…
To be honest, I am not going to waste any more time or filament on this*. This was really just so that I could wear it at a Games day while hosting a game, if I were to be truthful I was already getting a little uncomfortable about potential cultural appropriation. I have set the printer away on some more plains from the Hexon Hills Kickstarter and they are three hours in and absolutely fine.
*wasting time and filament may be reinstated when I get bored, interested or forget what an absolute b*stard this was to print 😉.
“Lazy Sod!” I hear you cry, however it was my good lady’s birthday today, so we got a take away and scoffed a very awesome Indian meal. Followed by laying about going “Urrrggghhh I ate too much!” However before collecting said meal I messed around in 3D builder chopping up a Kabuto helmet. I have only had it for about 5 months, better late than never I suppose.
As it is full sized it really needed a lot of chopping up, but I. Got there in the end. The neck guard is in strips, each of which is going to take 15 hours plus. The left and right helmet base a day and four hours each and then the helmet bowl in two bits will take another 16 hours plus each. I forgot to note the weight of it all.
It is pretty customisable, with various crests and accoutrements a available.
The helmet bowl itself has a few variants…
I believe that I am going to swear a lot making this, but I reckon the finished product will look pretty good…