I've been busy on the 3D printer again, trying out all sorts of things and getting to grips with parameters, print speeds and fill ratios.
I thought that it was time that I actually printed some bits I would use for something, so did some tanks scaled to match those in the Memoir '44 box - roughly 1/185th. This involves taking the 1/200th scale tank models from Marco Bergman's extensive collection and increasing them in size by roughly 10% (it's good enough, anyway).
First up, some Tiger Is. I would use these to show heavy tank units in scenarios which need them. The gun didn't print properly on one of them; I will need to replace it with wire before painting.
Just to add some variety I printed of a Memoir '44 unit's worth of Stugs.
And for those esoteric heavy tank units - a Sturmtiger.
Anyone thinking that 3D printing is about mass-production should be aware that the siz vehicles above were printed as one file and took 8 hours. I had the print-speed set fairly low, as a number of sites suggest this is a good thing for small objects. But it's still quite a while. I won't be turning out tons of these things on a regular basis.
I have also been printing off some buildings to add to the cities Godzilla and his friends frolic in in my Giant Monster Rampage games. They are all from a collection of Sim City buildings I found on Thingiverse.
This is an oil refinery. I took the file and printed it twice.
Here it is being menaced by Ghidorah. I love the little petrol tankers that are part of the base.
This is a capitol building. All cities need a bit of domed Victorian architecture.
Finally a factory. Like all of the buildings I rescaled them, but I think I overdid this one. I'll probably print it again and reduce it in size a little - print at 50% of its original size instead of the 100% I actually did.
It does look nice though.
This is my favourite bit. If I do reprint it, then this big model will either end up as a stronghold for HOTT, or may end up on a bring and buy.
I helped a friend set up and configure his printer yesterday - I am considered an expert now, after owning one for a week - and we printed off this lovely Rocktopus for my daughter, who has a bit of a thing for octopus. Octopi. Octopuses.
As I write this there are Hanomags on the printer - I can use them to indicate German Panzergrenadier units in Memoir '44. After that I have some Russian heavy tanks to print.
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