Friday, October 1, 2021

More Work On The Solar Panel

Continuing on from my work in the last post, I learned more about working in Blender. It turns out that for simple geometric shapes that I was working with, Blender is actually fairly easy to deal with. I was able to complete the base for my solar panel fairly quickly.

I managed to model the base for the solar panel with a minimum of pain. It's a simple structure with four feet and a "swivel" neck to mate with the underside of the panels from last post.

Here is what it looks like when printed.

Both the tri panel and the quad panel have a rectangular recess on the back, and they both fit the head of the base even without gluing. However, I will be fixing them with superglue after I do my typical post-processing for 3D printed objects, before painting them.


Next to a 28mm miniature, it's a fair-sized structure.
Remember, this is all available on Thingiverse, free for download and use by everyone.






Monday, September 27, 2021

In The Grim Darkness Of The Future, There Is... Green Energy?

I've been doing some miniature preparation and painting in the last bit, but I got distracted by terrain making. After seeing a number of hex style solar panels online, I decided to make some myself via 3D printing. A terrain piece like a solar array can be an interesting addition to games like Stargrave.

Since I'm most familiar with the 3D program Sketchup, I did most of my work for the panels there.

It was fairly quick to make, since most of the shapes are quite regular, and I made a tri panel and a quad panel. Each of the hex faces has a set of smaller hex panel lines inside.


Using my FDM printer, both of these printed out fairly well, although I had some adhesion issues causing some of the corners to curl up slightly. I might have to use a bigger brim to prevent that.

Close up, the surface is a bit rough, since I don't think I made the tops thick enough. However, with a coat of paint, I don't think this matters.

These are only the solar panels themselves, and I still need a base to hold them up. For all that I like Sketchup, it's a bit of a toy in terms of functionality, so I finally transitioned to using Blender for the base. This is a much more powerful tool, but it has quite a steep learning curve. I'm just starting to get the hang of it.

I'm currently just trying to make a fairly standard base with four feet, maybe eventually with some detail bits like control panels. This part of the model is still a work in progress, and I will update as I finish it.

What I have so far, the hex panels, are up on Thingiverse. Anyone is welcome to download and print them for use from the link here:


Sunday, August 15, 2021

More Creatures and Ruffians

I've painted up some more 3D printed miniatures for Stargrave. This time, they are some ruffians, the lowest level of pirates you can encounter in the game, and some tanglers, randomly generated creatures that can cause problems for the crew. Both sets of miniatures are printed on the Elegoo Mars Pro, i.e. they are resin 3D prints.
For ruffians, I thought quite a bit about what miniatures to use. They are supposed to be armed with only pistols and knives, and are the lowest level of pirates you can encounter. I ended up deciding on some space goblins available for free from Thingiverse. They are sculpted by an artist named VidovicArts and are full of character. Following some inspiration online, I decided to give them blue skin, as some sort of aliens, rather than go for the more GW-inspired green.


While each pose is unique, they are variations on a couple of different poses, usually with goggles, grenades, or knives added.

I also 3D printed the bases, collected from various sets of miniatures I have.

Here is a gobbo compared to my standard cyberpunk size comparison character. They'll serve as vicious little minions.

I also printed these grells, again free from Thingiverse. They fit the description of tanglers from Stargrave, which are just small creatures with a lot of tentacles. I just reduced them in size to be smaller than humans, as per description in the bestiary.


Here is one compared to my standard human. I like the simplicity of the design.

I'll be painting up some more pirates right away, mainly the more heavily equipped types.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

A Few More Stargrave Crew

I've completed a few more miniatures for my Stargrave crew, this time a combination of resin-printed and FDM-printed minis again.

This is another resin miniature from Papsikels' line-up. I digitally swapped the head on an existing miniature to make this into another "Witcher" style figure.

Again, I like the amount of detail that's available from a resin print.

The thinness of the design makes it impossible to print on an FDM printer.

This is one of my FDM prints with a head from a plastic kit (Wargames Factory Orcs) physically transplanted onto it. FDM prints have a tough time with facial detail, so I tend to just use plastic heads. This mini can be some sort of lightly armed alien.

This is the Cyberforge "wild child" figure I've shown here as an unpainted FDM print, finally painted now. I was surprised by the amount of detail kept by the printer, but it's still nothing compared to a resin mini.

All three miniatures shown together as a size comparison. With these done, I have more than enough miniatures to build a first Stargrave crew. I'll be doing some more creatures and pirates next.

 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Codebreaker and Casecracker

I've completed another couple of miniatures for my Stargrave crew. As I said last time, I bought a resin 3D printer (Elegoo Mars Pro), and I've been printing some miniatures out of that.

This is the first miniature from the new printer that I've painted. Again, this is from the excellent Papsikels store, and is the Cyberpunk version of a character from the Witcher series. This resin miniature was much easier to prepare and paint than FDM miniatures, as expected. The face area, especially, retains far more detail.

This particular mini is quite slim compared to others from the same line. I plan on using her as a hacker or codebreaker in Stargrave.

This is an FDM miniature I prepared and primed a while ago, and is one of the many excellent miniatures from the Ignis Quadrant Kickstarter. Since this is a space dwarf mechanic, I'll be using him as a chiseler or casecracker.

An interesting contrast of proportions here, but it's science fiction, so you can get all body types.
I've been printing quite a few items from the new printer, and I'll be showcasing them as I get through my paint queue.


Friday, July 16, 2021

More Stargrave Crew Minis

I've painted a few more miniatures for Stargrave, with all of them 3D printed using my FDM printer. After the terrain and creatures from last time, I went back to crew members, and finished up the captain and first mate for my first crew.

This miniature is again from Papsikels' excellent line-up, and it's a much more dynamic version of the "witcher" miniature I had shown here previously. However, my FDM printer simply couldn't do it justice, and pieces were not printed properly. I fixed up the miniature by attaching some Warhammer Fantasy bits, which many reading this will probably recognize. 

This is a nice sized miniature, and represents a pretty imposing tall man. I'll be using him as my captain.

For an FDM printer, this print was very successful and preserved a lot of the detail. This close-up really shows it.

This is also from Papsikels, and is supposed to be a "cyber sorceress". I think she is inspired by another character from the Witcher series. The mechanical bird drone is supposed to be a "cyber crow", but I painted it in a much brighter colour to make it stand out.

There is also a stand-alone version of the bird drone, and I'll be using it as a drone in Stargrave, which looks quite useful according to the rules, with the sorceress as my first mate.


I also painted a few Aliens-style "face-huggers" that I found on Thingiverse. These creatures can represent mind grippers, a type of dangerous random enemy from the Stargrave bestiary.

Since my old resin 3D printer died, and I was never satisfied with my FDM printer's ability to produce miniatures, I ended up buying another resin 3D printer. However, it's kept at someone else's house due to my wife having allergy issues with resin. I'll be showing painted results from that machine here soon too.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Stargrave Bestiary and Terrain

Sorry that I haven't posted in a while, but I 3D printed a lot of stuff recently and couldn't keep up with preparing and painting them.

Most of what I've done is for Stargrave, primarily concentrating on the bestiary for random encounters, and for terrain.

One of the creatures from potential random encounters is the horat, which is described as a wooly rhino type of creature. I printed and painted up one of the creatures from the Ignis Quadrant Kickstarter, which is sort of an alien rhino. I think my varnish treatment worked perfectly in this case, with no visible print lines at all.
This is a fair-sized beasty.

Also from the same source are these factory bots, which will look quite good as repair bots, as described per the Stargrave bestiary.


I also painted some terrain items, which will be useful in certain scenarios, and as general scatter terrain. The ventilation fans are also from the Ignis Quadrant Kickstarter, and are specifically required in one of the Stargrave scenarios. The medium cargo containers are from Novus Landing, the sequel campaign to Ignis Quadrant. I have quite a few more pieces of terrain to go.

For non-3D printed items, I have this Dungeons and Dragons umber hulk. The Stargrave bestiary has a creature called the "porigota", which sounds a lot like an umber hulk (or ambull if in GW-speak). I painted up this one fairly quickly, and it's a decent model with nice detail.

Again, a fairly large creature compared to a human.

I have quite the backlog of printed items to paint through, so there will be a lot more updates soon.