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Monday, January 22, 2018

Slim Predator Turret

I decided that I like the look of the more streamlined, fixed turrets.  I reworked my predator turret in this fashion and I'm pretty happy with the results.  I'm working on putting some paint down on this sucker.  As you can see, I also widened the wheel base a bit.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wheeled Rhino Mk3

I did quite a bit of work recently.  The sides were redesigned to have more detail, including headlights and a rim around the wheel wells.  The turret was completely redesigned and is about 4-5mm shorter than the old version.

Versus the initial version from two weeks ago, I think this one definitely has a Space Marine aesthetic.

More to come!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Storm Bolter Bit

Nice quick post here.  I made a small Storm Bolter bit that slots into the hatch holes on my wheeled Rhino design.  It rotates freely.

Next up, I'll be doing a new version of the sides with headlights and increased detailing.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Wheeled Rhino Mk2 w/Predator Turret

I designed a Predator turret to go with my wheeled Rhino.  I wasn't interested in going with the standard design, but I did want to retain the Space Marines aesthetic.  I think this was a good attempt, but the turret is WAY too big.  It looks almost comical to me.  I'll definitely be redesigning it as a slim line version.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Wheeled Rhino Mk2

This is sort of a teaser image because I've done a TON of work on improving this design in the mean time.  I have Rhino, Razorback and Predator versions all designed at this point and needing to cycle through the printer.

Some initial feedback I got is that the detail is too limited and the wheels are too close into the body.  I'll post the next version on Monday, which includes a Predator turret.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wheeled APC/Rhino Mk1

This is my initial attempt at making a wheeled Rhino chassis.  I've been learning a lot about using Google Sketchup to design and print objects.  Overall, I was pleased with the result, but I think the aesthetic is a little off.  It looks more like a generic sci-fi transport to me than it does a Warhammer 40k transport.  The front in particular doesn't scream Space Marines to me.

I did include one photo of the un-assembled model.  It's hard to see, but there are tabs on the side of the body and slots on the side of the side pieces.  You don't have to line up anything...  just dab glue on the slots/tabs and stick together.  The goal was to make these EASY to assemble and somewhat modular.  I had to print the sides flat to eliminate any overhangs.  3D printers don't like overhangs!

Monday, January 8, 2018


I have so much new stuff to post.  I started a new job recently, which took ALL of my time and effort.  I joined a new team that had recently been formed to resolve what I can only describe as a circus of garbage.  Combine that with my brother having a spine surgery and then a second surgery to fix the results of the first surgery AND my wife having a particularly nasty and lasting stomach flu (I mean, really...  the flu is supposed to be a couple of days max!).

BUT...  I think things are under control now.  My goal is to queue up a good two weeks worth of Mon, Wed, Fri posts so that I can get back into the swing of things.

First up is something that's coming out soon.  GW just announced more Custodes models with a proper Codex and HQ options and what not.  I'm seriously considering building a 1000pt force.  1000 points seems manageable and given the elite nature of the army, would probably be only about 15 models!

Here are some of the pictures from Warhammer World Open Day.  The one Contemptor Dread looks like the basic plastic one with a really goofy wing bit glued onto the front.  I hope that's not an official plastic variant.  Looks pretty bad.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

3d Printed Eldar Hornet

Hey everyone.  I wanted to post something quick to show you what I'm working on right now.  I found an STL file online for a 3D printable Eldar Hornet.  I decided to give it a go.  This sucker is printed at a 0.15mm layer height and uses supports, since it's such a complex model.  The supports allow me to print the thing as one piece, but totally mess up the bottom of the model.  This isn't really an issue since you never really see the bottom of a model like this in game.

This is all the support material that I had to pry off the model after the print completed.

As you can see, this is perfectly serviceable for an essentially free proxy.  I have maybe $3 or so in filament materials tied up in this model.  It did take about 18 hours to print, but that was largely a press a button and walk away process.

You can see some snags here and there.  I have yet to clean the model up at all.  This is straight off the printer and pulled away from the support materials.

Here, you can see what I mean by the underside being a mess.  This is just a common side effect of having used support material.  Alternately, I could have printed the thing in segments, always making sure to have a flat underside.  The way I did it is quicker and actually looks better from above.  Also, the whole thing is a single piece of plastic, so no assembly was required and it's unlikely that anything will ever snap off.

Now, I just need to print another three.  The plan is to have two set up as long range, heavy weapons platforms and another two set up as highly mobile Shuriken Cannon platforms.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Life can be tough sometimes.  I haven't had much of a chance to do much gaming lately.  I have a couple of pieces of Legion terrain waiting for paint and a few other projects I'm wanting to work on.  What I don't have right now is time.  I'll be starting a new job in about two weeks.  At that point, I should have a lot more stability in my life.  My tentative plan is to go back to a MWF posting schedule at that point.  I probably won't post much over the next two weeks, though.

More to come.  I'm not dead.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Legion Terrain

Man...  3D printers are slow.  I was hoping to have some pictures to put up of some terrain I'm making, but it's all still sitting on the printer, slowly being created.  That one TIE Fighter piece I made took 23 hours to print.  The building I'm currently working on has more overall volume, but less actual plastic.

Hopefully, I'll have some pictures this weekend.