Geek Club … Day Two

I had to run the club today as one of them was off yesterday and the rest were desperate to finish theirs.

We got sand onto the bases today and metallics onto the gun barrels.

We will get the bases painted and flocked/tufts tomorrow.

I am really proud of them as they tried so hard.

Here is my effort…

If You Go Down to the Woods Today

You might see some deadly teddy bears….

I am printing some Urzans for the kids at school. I have decided to do each child a couple of bears to practice something a bit easier than the anthropomorphic miniatures.

This will allow them to get used to the paint and paint brushes. To make their life a bit easier I increased the size to 175%

All six of the kids want to join the Geek club. They got the choice of which beastie they fancied.

We kick of on Tuesday…

More Animals Anyone?

Tonight I decided to print another set of anthropomorphic beasties.

The Hedgehog riding the corgi is from Goonmaster Miniatures and the pair of armoured mice are from Naga Miniatures..,

The corgi looks weird as the saddle fits into the gap on the back.

As of next Tuesday my older half dozen kids in the school are going to paint up a mini each and then make a mini diorama on an old CD. I will run this over a number of weeks as a little Lunchtime club… I must be bonkers!

Painting an Otter

Last night after posting, I decided to get some paint on the 28mm otter. Now this guy came from Naga Miniatures and is one of many anthropomorphised animals in their collection. I honestly cannot say what he is meant to be representing. It has him down as a paladin. He does have a mix of dress and equipment. He has a macuahuitl and a metal shield as well as landschneckt style pantaloons. I don’t really care as I really like him.

I got him finished this evening… I might go back and do the cordage on his quilted gambeson.

When a Rhino is Not Worth Saving!

The last few days have been some of the most frustrating in 3D printing since the infamous Kabuto incident of 2019…I said I would print up a 40k Rhino for him. I suggested Thingiverse as sometimes there is good stuff is on there… sadly not this time. I got there in the end but it is Crap!

Here Mr Otterton inspects it. I had a few issues… first off was what is one supposed to look like. With zero interest in 40 k I wasn’t actually sure l. After checking a few reference pictures it seemed to be fine…ish. Seems to be missing rear exhaust ports and looks really wide.

The model itself was solid… way too much resin so I had to hollow out all the pieces.

It was split into five bits with no keys to make it go back together easily. Not dissing the designer here as I couldn’t have done this, but it really would have helped.

Each set of the two sides took nearly twelve hours to print… two sets of six for each bit.The middle section went weird and the rear doors look like the inside of an old ladies knitting box. This bit was over eight hours because of its size.

But the most annoying bit…

The sides are different sizes. Initially I thought user error, somehow I accidentally increased one of them. I don’t think so as the lights and exhausts seem to be the same size on both sides, same with the indentation. To be fair I could have reprinted one side and matched whichever it fitted… but by this evening I really, really couldn’t be ars*d.

Now there are a few out there that he could purchase, but he will need to check that they look right and also that they are printable.

Tonight I heard one of my new favourite taglines… this was by Chuck Yeager… he had mentioned ‘Sexual Intellectuals’ aka F*cking Know it All’s. I am so going to use it from now on.

I also finished the Sohei this evening…

Just some flock to add😜

Tomorrow I will endeavour to get some more painting done. I have a pile of samurai forces already undercoated in 15mm, so they seem a good place to start.

In Hot Water

Luckily not me, at least not yet… I am supposed to be writing my Standards and Quality report for work and it hasn’t happened yet!

What was in hot water were the dwarves…

I was quite a long way into resin printing before I found it about how hot water really helps remove the supports. So it is now often a standard practice with my prints.

I have now done another dozen dwarves, veterans this time…

The above are the two handed axeman. The other half dozen are single handed axe dudes.

I painted the bases of the sohei today, but didn’t take any photos. The dipping inks were ideal for this.

New Paint II

Well as promised I gave the five paints a go on the goats this evening and to be honest I am impressed straight off.

Apologies for the green goats 😉

So as you can see, from the above they look really good and do what they are meant to. Interestingly the papyrus dip looks more skeletal than the skeleton brown.

Now I had one minor issue, and by minor I mean minor…

No hole…

5 seconds later I had a hole.

Soo what are my first opinions…love these. The colours look good. Now as i said I got these at a reduced price. Tomorrow comes the big test to see whether I jump on a whole lot more.

That test is reactivation…I deliberately painted the whole miniature to see if it would cause issues with colour bleeds when I repaintthe bits that need a different colour… the two little goats will be a different colour tomorrow evening.

James got invited to try something different this evening…

He was dead chuffed getting second place after a joint shoot off for first.

Mantic Woes

This evening I decided I would do a quick glue together of a couple of packets of the zombie/mutant types. They were, for want of a better term, a bloody nightmare!

If you look at the two stood up beside each other. Notice the tabs on the bases. A lot of the joints looked something similar. It definitely wasn’t a case of ‘insert slot A in hole B’. Now I haven’t done huge amounts of Mantic stuff before. But this has nearly put me off for life. I am not sure if I was really lucky last time, or really unlucky this time. If it wasn’t for the Mantic plastic feel I would have said these were recasts.

On the up side the truck went together without any fuss or hassle.

The Mantic Box

This evening I got out the Mantic Zombie box and had a mooch. There are a lot of zombies, with multiples of each. Some big scary beasties and some armoured ones too. The later ones need building so to help me I went to find some pictures.

Where the heck are they? On the Internet I managed to find one imag… and that was a Mantic one, and when I clicked on it, it came up as a 404 error.

I could work out how to make the truck though..

I have Star Saga miniatures so I do have something to fight against them.

I reckon I can print terrain if required or rather when I need terrain.

Final Thirty Six

Today I cracked on and bit the bullet to get the last thirty six undead based (actually there were thirty eight 😉). I had to force myself to get the last dozen done.Tomorrow I am going to go to town with the rust etc…

My youngest and I are now on a count down to our trip south. Thursday will roll up soon enough, but tomorrow my hire digger arrives to get the potholes flattened out. So watch out for digger photos tomorrow.