Wednesday, 21 March 2018

3D Printing... I bloody love it!


Wow been awhile since the last post, I made that fatal mistake of stating that it was getting warmer again and that I'd start getting back in the flow of things..

What happened.. The Beast for the East and the worst weather in decades... Ooops!

Still I'm almost got back into the hobby swing so it's time for some Blogging! (Yay?).

So we all know about 3D printing and how it's been slowly but surely improving and getting cheaper over the last few years.

I'm a big fan of it myself so I'd thought I'd share my experience.

3D printed trucks

I own a fair number of 3D 1/56 scale WW2 which I have bought over the years and honestly while still not quite at the level of plastic kits once painted and on the tabletop they aren't far from it.

Spot the 3D printed.
So whats the made benefit for me to go the 3D printed route, simple it's the cost.

Ranging from £3 - £7 to ''print'' a 1.56 scale tank or £6 - £15 to buy (At the lower end quality, mind places like Shapeways you can spend £30-£50 on high end stuff).

Lucky for me a good friend has a 3D printer which is earning it's keep.

A futuristic artillery tank ''Hammer of Gods'' next too a Tiger 1.
Now there are some dodgy areas when it come to 3D printing, you really don't want to step on anyone's IP (So no printing endless 40k tanks). 

But like the futuristic artillery tank ''Hammer of Gods'' pictured above there are many files around of suitable proxies which can fit in the lore of 40k (While note a perfect match, pretty damn good).

So what are your views? Do you own any 3D printed bits

That's your lot for now, thanks for reading and Ta Ta for now! 


14 comments:

  1. It's certainly getting more and more tempting.

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    1. Aye bud, it's not perfect and unless you go very high end they aren't as nice a kit to build and paint. Good enough for my cheap ass though.

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  2. "Spot the 3D printed"

    - my guess is the halftrack with the flackvierling in the back. There's something odd about it. Or is it just a shoddy chinese copy of a fujimi kit?

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    1. The Sd Kfz 7/1 is indeed one of them, it's a very poor print bought print from Butlers Printed Model which at the time was £10. Still another hiding in the picture though but good spot :)

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    2. The Panzer IV closest to the camera? Just because it seems like an early model (ausf D I think) that I'm not aware of being available as a plastic model.

      My guess for the others are PSC for the Panther, Hanomag ausf C, the Stug and the Panzer IV ausf F2; matchbox for the Puma; Hasegawa or Dragon for the Kubel, Dragon for the Hanomag ausf D.

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    3. Aye it's the PIV Ausf A, very high quality Shapeways print (Can't remember the cost but around £25-£30). The Panther G is resin Die Waffenkammer, Kubel is metal Foundry Miniatures and everything else is plastic Warlord Games. Good eye with the spot again though :)

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    4. Ah, they are 28mm? The warlord ones are rescaled PSC so I wasn't all that off.

      But seriously, that ausf A looks good. Only reason I thought it was a print is beacuse it's an unusual model, which of course lends itself to 3d printing.

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    5. 1/56 scale are what the Warlord and the rest are advertised as, much prefer it over 1/48 as there are just far more cheaper options in 1/56 :)

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  3. I've got a custom Knight 'fist' that looks more like the clamp on the sentinel power lifter. There are a few other things I've seen for terrain on various blogs and would love to check into...

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    1. Yeah my mate Pat uses his for terrain, it does a solid job for that.

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  4. I don't own any printed vehicles as the examples I've seen so far have either had far too much cleanup required from the layering process or are unable to manage fine detail like tank gun barrels very well. (Am sure on highest end printers this wouldn't be such an issue, but the whole idea of printing models is for cutting costs, right?)

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    1. Yeah clean up time is high but it tends to be the case what you save not having to build them you put into sanding and cutting. If you own the high end printers than the prints are cheap, it's when you buy the high end stuff from shapeways it's gets painful.

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  5. Your printed trucks look amazing - better than a lot of other printed stuff I've seen. Once the technology takes a couple more steps forward, I don't think there'll be any looking back in our hobby.

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    1. They look ok from a distance, having them on a base with a snow theme helps draw the eye :)

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