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.

Undead, Giant Magic Toad Done… sort of

Well that is him printed. I still need to design a levitation base to make him float above the table top but the actual model is complete.

He is finished

I intend to add some Greenstuff lianas to the top where the disk joint is. You can just about see it on the photo above.

As you can see, he is quite tall. Because I removed the lumps and bumps and horns of the bottom he isn’t much taller than the original measurement yesterday. I reckon the base will be an inch high.

He took over 27 hours to print as he is. Add in the couple of error prints then we are up to 40 hours print time.

For those that were wondering what he is… voila….

Lord Croak…aka Giant, undead Magic Toad

Undead, Giant Magic Toad

So after 17 hours 10 minutes I have the first bit of him done.

The 45 degree angle certainly helped with the supports as it allowed them to pretty much come away in two large pieces.

I reckon he is now a nice size for then rest of the miniatures. Now onto the rest of him…

The top of the banner is done. Took 5 hours 11 minutes to complete. Not sure what setting I had it at, but that seems a long time. I nearly cocked up big time. (Well apart from snapping bits off it!) I sat there with it and tried to get it to fit onto the top of the main body part. It would not fit, at all. The top of the disk was totally out of line.

Lots of swearing took place!

I checked it over and over again and nope it wouldn’t fit. So I started thinking what I could do to get it sorted – this included cutting out the top of the disk and redoing it in Greenstuff. I wondered if I had increased the size by accident when slicing it etc. I knew I hadn’t. There was lots of head scratching going on and then before cutting things off I turned around and saw the second one I had printed! I was trying to place a 200% top onto a 150% base.

Ooooh it fits!

Funnily enough when I put it on the right base it works really well.

This thing is going to be huge. It is already about 8 inches (20cm tall) without its base. The base is being printed now. After 3 hours 50 minutes the top layers have decided to delaminate. Not sure whether it was temperature or a partially blockage. It was going to be a six hour print so I cut my losses. I have redone it in 3D builder and have removed all of the the bottom bits, the horns and lumps and bumps etc. I will give it a low flying base to give it a bit more stability and also to stop it being very tall.

I have set it away again and I will keep an eye on it to make sure that it doesn’t do anything silly again before bed time.

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.

Off the Printer…Ups and Downs

Today I tried to get the support off the giant magic toad and it was a nightmare! In the end I gave up as somehow I had clicked on add the supports everywhere…Doh! Wasted 9 hours of print time.

I have decided to redo him at 200% instead of the 150% that I had done before. This time I am printing it at a 45 degree angle, with supports only touching the build plate. It is a 14 hour print so we shall see how it gets on overnight. As with previously, I will crank the nozzle temperature up as it goes on.

I also decided to do a quick print (well 4 hours plus!) of the Leech Queen. The last time I printed her she had a lot of fracture lines right up the body, similar to the Big Beasty. The one below was glued back together in lots of places.

This time I set the temperature at 220 and I got a perfect print.

Mess on the left, fab in the right

I will need to hide the joint where the head and body connect, but I am really pleased with it. I have had this one for ages, but I had a quick check and it came from Black Scrolls Games.

The Giant magic toad should be ready by breakfast time tomorrow. I hope to get some painting done in a bit too.

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 Rebuild

Well I thought I would remove the support from the body. And see if it was saveable.

The legs and spines mostly pinged across the room, but luckily for once, I found all the bits.

Model and support

Now this might be able to be saved with some filler or something similar as well as some Greenstuff. I am printing a second one with the temperature bumped up to 220. According to the filament spec it can go up to 230. I intend to make a plastic tent to cover it tonight to try and keep some heat in. I have never tried pausing a print before so don’t know if it can carry on properly afterwards. I know technically that the printer has a system where if the print is stopped due to a power cut it will store where it stopped and will then carry on. I have never had to try so I cannot pass comment on it.

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 😱