Tonight was a bit more productive than yesterday as I actually managed to paint things…
Here they are so far. They still have weapons and shields to do and then sort out any missed bits. These were really nice to paint so thumbs up to the sculptor as they were pretty speedy to do. Yeah I could have spent more time sorting out stripes and things but decided against it. I decided to make a leader by adding a back banner as befits an Aztecesque Beasty. Once the Greenstuff has cured I will cut it down and make it colourful. The leader is the only one that is a different colour. My original idea was to go black, then purple, but instead I went for grey, trying to make an albino type that would mark him out as special. His mount is the only one with s coloured crown too (well yes grey is a colour, but I meant bright colour).
Hopefully I will get these finished tomorrow. I am not sure how many I will add to a base and what size base to do. All of the other cavalry are on 20×40. I can definitely fit them onto one, but part of me things 30×40 as I can then spread them out a bit. I will have a play around tomorrow and see what I come up with…
So tonight I decided to do a bit more with the teeny lizards. I wasn’t really in the best of moods for it, but I got on with it.
I don’t know whether I actually like these or not. It might be they are at that awkward stage or it might just be the blue. I haven’t really decided.
I think that one of the problems is that the crossbow wood is too dark, I am definitely going to have to get it redone a lot lighter. The other problem is that there is still a fair bit of white visible. Once that goes they may look better.
I decided to get the flash taken off the bottom of the wood Elves earlier too. I used a file and the came up a treat…
A couple of times up and down on that thing and they were super smooth on the base.
We have the big pool I started last night with a smaller version from today. I decided to print off some more deadly plants as well as a couple of low stairs. The stairs are the same print, just put in different orientation. My plan for these is to make some kind of a plaza with the throne on it. The stairs will allow entrance to it.
I also managed to repaint the back banner on the hero.
A bit brighter than yesterday. I also added a bit more to the skink oracle, he is drying as I managed to snap his wand off!
Tomorrow I will build a base for this in 3D builder. I might see if I have any STL’s for plants etc that I can add into the designs.
Off to play on Hunter: Call of the Wild… my go to chill out game
Tonight I managed to get my lizardman hero finished. well apart from his shield that is. I remembered that Ann of Ann’s Immaterium had set up the March might or magic challenge … March Might or Magic . As I said I was going to add in my repurposed Allosaurus, I thought I had better get him done.
To be honest, I am going to redo the banners on the chair as they look a bit dull. Not exactly something that befits a hero. Sadly he never did get his base. Hopefully I will print him one in the next couple of days.
Talking of printing… I have been busy on that front too. Sadly I forgot to write down who designed what… so I can’t give credit, where credit is due.
These came of the build plate perfectly. We have a carnivorous plant selection. A snake and stone ball combo. An Aztec inspired medallion and then a brazier for burning all those hearts and incense. I am busy printing a water feature thing … think large stone bath!
Tomorrow I will see what else I can find to do. I will try and print the base for the Beasty as well as for the magic toad.
So after 17 hours 10 minutes I have the first bit of him done.
The 45 degree angle certainly helped with the supports as it allowed them to pretty much come away in two large pieces.
I reckon he is now a nice size for then rest of the miniatures. Now onto the rest of him…
The top of the banner is done. Took 5 hours 11 minutes to complete. Not sure what setting I had it at, but that seems a long time. I nearly cocked up big time. (Well apart from snapping bits off it!) I sat there with it and tried to get it to fit onto the top of the main body part. It would not fit, at all. The top of the disk was totally out of line.
I checked it over and over again and nope it wouldn’t fit. So I started thinking what I could do to get it sorted – this included cutting out the top of the disk and redoing it in Greenstuff. I wondered if I had increased the size by accident when slicing it etc. I knew I hadn’t. There was lots of head scratching going on and then before cutting things off I turned around and saw the second one I had printed! I was trying to place a 200% top onto a 150% base.
Funnily enough when I put it on the right base it works really well.
This thing is going to be huge. It is already about 8 inches (20cm tall) without its base. The base is being printed now. After 3 hours 50 minutes the top layers have decided to delaminate. Not sure whether it was temperature or a partially blockage. It was going to be a six hour print so I cut my losses. I have redone it in 3D builder and have removed all of the the bottom bits, the horns and lumps and bumps etc. I will give it a low flying base to give it a bit more stability and also to stop it being very tall.
I have set it away again and I will keep an eye on it to make sure that it doesn’t do anything silly again before bed time.
Yep two nights in a row! Flippin’ heck At this rate I will have them finished soonish! Well probably later than sooner, but at least I am getting going.
Tonight I decided to just do the metallics as they needed a few coats to get them to look solid.
I will crack on with these tomorrow evening (I hope). I must remember to find the shield for the old blood or whichever one he is.
As a total aside, the printer is merrily chugging away out there, I am just going out to bum up the temperature a few degrees for the overnight section of the print. I haven’t got a clue what bit it is printing as it is angled and is printing the supports first.
Yes, I managed some actual painting tonight, okay not a huge amount, but at least I managed something.
The thing in the middle is a mummified Slann, problem is he us too small I think. You can’t really see him because he is still covered in supports. I went into the shed to check on the progress and it ended there and then. Problem was I forgot he was in three bits and as the nozzle suddenly left the print I though it had failed after 9 hours 40 minutes. Pillock that I am!
He does look exceptionally small compared to the other two. I printed him at 150% of the original file, but he still seems teeny, especially compared to the other two beside him. I will finish him off tomorrow and Monday (two lots of 4 hour prints) and then see what I think.
Thanks for the supportive messages yesterday. I really did appreciate them.
Well after yesterday’s total mess of a print I decided to try and do something to help the print overnight. First of all I bumped up the temperature to 224 for the overnight section of the print.
Other thing I did was to build a temporary box for the printer to work in.
So after a bit of a worrying night, I woke up to a great print… mega phews were breathed.
The biggest problem I had was getting the bloody supports off. It was a 22 hour print and it seemed like 22 hours to get the support off. It was a nightmare! In the end I managed to pull only one foot off. You can just about see the line on the front foot.
It is a mighty Beasty and was well worth printing. Okay it took 34 hours in total (60 if you include the couple of duff prints). But it did save me £158 printing it. A whole roll of filament costs £18 for a 1kg roll. The whole thing weighs about 160g. So roughly £3.00 (a bit more for failed prints).
I have just measured him…he measure 12 inches (30cm) long. He does look large next to the Saurus cavalry and Kroxigor. (And this is at 70% size of the original!)
The major buggeration I have is that with the lock down is that I am running out of white spray paint. Places won’t post up here so I might have to hold fire on painting things for a while. I was going to phone ahead to the car place and buy some over the phone then pick them up from the door.
This shit has totally got real very quickly. I honestly think I have been sitting in a little bubble and somehow have persuaded myself that everything was going to be tickety-boo.
Tomorrow I will try and get something painted (unless I find something new and exciting to print).
Well I thought I would remove the support from the body. And see if it was saveable.
The legs and spines mostly pinged across the room, but luckily for once, I found all the bits.
Now this might be able to be saved with some filler or something similar as well as some Greenstuff. I am printing a second one with the temperature bumped up to 220. According to the filament spec it can go up to 230. I intend to make a plastic tent to cover it tonight to try and keep some heat in. I have never tried pausing a print before so don’t know if it can carry on properly afterwards. I know technically that the printer has a system where if the print is stopped due to a power cut it will store where it stopped and will then carry on. I have never had to try so I cannot pass comment on it.