Printing and Painting

Today the Printer has been running quite a bit…

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

Painting and Printing.

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.

Whoops his saddle slipped backwards

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.

A Bit of Painting

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.

Printing and Painting

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.

Dread Saurian… AKA the Big Beasty

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.

It’s in there somewhere

So after a bit of a worrying night, I woke up to a great print… mega phews were breathed.

Print one on the left, print two on the right

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!)

He is missing his crest.

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).

Nine and a Half Hours In…

Printer still chuntering away out there.

Still twelve hours or so to go… this might be the longest print I have done so far.

Tune in tomorrow to see where we have got to.

It has definitely moved on from this…..

Kroxigor Force Assemled

Today I cleared off all of supports on the various Kroxigor.

Quite a force!

This is what the waste pile looks like from five of them…

I need to work out how to reduce the raft size and try some different supports. These were a bugger to get off. One of them actually pulled a foot off one of the earlier prints when it came away.

The other thing I did was to ‘design’ and print some other weapon heads.

The two bladed ones used the original weapon head base as seen in the foreground. The knife blade came from the goddess of War statue that I had printed ages ago. I removed the hand in 3D builder and added it to the weapon base. It did start off looking like the one with the spike, but the support took one of the prongs with it. It looked weird with just one of them so I snipped off.

The big Beasty torso is printing right now. I will have to wait until tomorrow to see it finished.

One hour in… 22 left to go!

I might actually have to paint something this evening 😱

Off the Printer… Tails and Armour

Today I printed off the armoured Kroxigor. He took over 4 hours to print, I couldn’t work out why he took an hour longer until I put him next the the rest. Originally I thought it was because of all of the spikes etc. But it was because he is about 25% bigger.

He is rather nice. Problem I had was that there was a lot of stringing. More than the other ones done at 216.

The other thing I did was to print the Dread Saurian tail.

I am really pleased with it. Touch wood that the temperature is spot on and the printer is dialled in properly too. Tomorrow I take off the remains of the filament spool and add a brand new one. The reason for the new one is a 22 hour print for the body of the big Beasty.

I also spent a bit of time this evening designing a few different weapon heads in 3D builder. I thought it would be a quick way to make the Kroxigor look a bit different. I still intend to add bits and bobs to their heads in Greenstuff. There are bits and pieces in the Seraphon box as well that can be added.

I gave some new filament a go today…it’s called cotton soft… came out a treat. I may be breaching copyright, but it is for personal use and not for sale.

Apologies for the mess around the printer!

Off the Printer… Success?

I decided to print the head crest (or whatever you call it) again. I believe I will not need any Greenstuff on this one… I hope!

For clarity, the wavy fault line is the support. The piece looks and feels solid. I am going to print off the armoured Kroxigor tomorrow and then will make a start on the dread Saurian. Tail first, then the torso. According to Cura the torso will take 22 hours to print! Hence the reason for wanting to get the thing dialled in properly…

Speaking of the Big Beasty… I found rules for one on the Forgeworld site. Not sure how many points one costs, but at least I found something!

Another 5 days before I can escape incarceration. Not much fun having to work from home when you aren’t exactly poorly, but are not exactly well.

Luckily the printer only needs a button pressing to achieve something 😉

Off the Printer… Fingers Crossed

So last night I changed the temperature half way through a print and had no issues. So I did another print with the temperature up to 216 instead of the 200 it had been at.

It seemed a bit high as it was bobbling and stringing, so I am printing another one at 210 to see what that is like.

I have actually lost count on how many of these I have printed! I think with the one on the build plate then I have got seven useable ones, nope I just counted and I have eight useable ones. I will print off one of the armoured ones to act as a leader.

Okay I got them all out!

These nine plus one more… I think I got carried away!

As I have so many I am going to add various bits and bobs added to them with Greenstuff, this will make the same ones a bit different. I am going to change some of the weapons to add variation too.

I will wait until I open the new roll of filament before going for the Dread Saurian print. To be honest part of me is tempted to redo the head crest as it looks a bit naff with the Greenstuff filling the gaps.