The first section of the Samurai Stone Walls set has just come off the printer, and been painted up!
▲ This was my goal for the stone walls model - a lower level of rough stones, with a higher level of textured earth plaster, topped by a couple of levels of those distinctive gun-metal grey curved roof tiles.
The set will come with corner pieces and a gateway section, and I'm hoping to construct a real sliding door mechanism! So if I can make it look as authentic as this wall I saw in Akizuki (an hour's drive away), I'll be very happy!
▲ The upper section and roof tiles are printed as one 12cm section, standing up on the print bed. No supports are required. This is how my test print came out, although I think buying bronze metallic filament was a mistake for clarity!!
Each section has magnet holes for 5mm rare earth magnets, to keep them neatly clicked together on the battlefield.
▲ My printer has a real problem with shaking (I should probably move it to a sturdier table!), so I smoothed over some of the obvious bumps with wood filler.
▲ I wanted to spray the upper wall section in stone effect spray, to give it a good textured finish, so the rooftiles had to be quickly masked off.
▲ Similarly for the bottom level of rocks, I masked off the parts that didn't need texture spray.
▲ After the texture spray had finished, a quick coat of matt black was sprayed over the whole piece.
▲ The two levels of wall are designed to be slotted together and separated as you need them.
▲ And here's the finished test version. On reflection, I decided to rework the lower level of rocks, to give it more definition and a more realistic finish.
▲ After another few hours of work (and much swearing at the software!), the 2nd version of the base had been done, and printed over night.
I think the jump from 1mm to 3mm of depth on the rocks really helps... plus I pushed and pulled and split many parts to give it more "life". Looking forward to painting that up!
Here's some news for you... the next range of 3d printable terrain will be historical - SAMURAI!!!
At our gaming club we've recently been getting into the Japanese samurai-era skirmish game Test of Honour, by Warlord Games. There's honestly not a lot of terrain available for the period, so I've decided to try making some of my own. I've jotted down every possible item of terrain I could think of, and came up with 89 items!! Yikes!
So when the last two Necrontyr designs are done and finished (very soon), there'll be a quick switch to finish the High Elf House and a mystery 40K vehicle, and then on to the samurai terrain.
(.... er.... and also a full range of either Tau-themed or Eldar-themed terrain..... ahem...)
▲ First work-in-progress 3d model, just getting the proportions right.
▲ Those roof tiles were a bit of a pain to work out, but happily all I had to do to check for reference was to look out at the neighbour's roof! I'm in Japan, by the way. Should have said, eh?
▲ These will be cunning split level walls, with the upper level separate from a lower rocky base. That will give people plenty of modularity.
▲ Work starts on the gateway section...
▲ ... and here's the first door design. I'm hoping to actually get this sliding as a real door would slide!
▲ More bloody roof tiles, over the gateway this time!
Next job will be to add convincing rock textures to the lower walls.
The last of the big Necrontyr designs is released today, so why not surround your Necron terrain with this massive and ancient wall?!
The set contains 3 types of wall sections (straight, corner and step junction), letting you create the layout of your choice, and also all the files needed for this huge Necron-themed gatetower structure!
▲ Ned the Necron is dwarfed by the monumental size of the gates - big enough to drive small tanks through!
▲ Those doors can be opened or closed during games! When they are closed, they really look very, VERY closed!
▲ Here's the view from the back of the gatetower. You can see that both doors open a full 90 degrees.
On the left you can see that the step junction joins up with the 75mm steps - the files for which are also included in the set. Alternatively, you can also combine this set with the full Pathway and Bridges set and even the Modular Hill set to create huge sections of elevated walkways.
▲ Each wall section is 105mm tall, and the straight sections are identical front and back. Sections can be joined together using the printable clips (included) or you could add 4~5mm rare earth magnets for quick joins, the holes for which are also included in the models.
The large Necrontyr symbol can be painted with a simple glow effect....
▲.... or you could leave it dark and foreboding.
I chose to do both, and painted one side lit and one side dark!
▲ The walkway surface also features Necron-themed engravings in large panels, and also 5mm strips of engravings along the sides.
▲ You could go totally mad and paint those walkway engravings as glowing symbols too!
▲ Wall sections quickly and easily fit together to span entire tables, if that's what you want!
▲ Just a quick pic of the various sections that make up the gatetower and walls. Every piece is designed to fit on even the smallest 125mm print bed.
Just some pics of last week's 40K game, when we made a Necrontyr tombcity in the middle of a jungle for our Eldar and Chaos forces to fight over....
It made a nice change to play over a bright and cheerful board, instead of our regular dark Necrontyr techno board... but I did kind of miss being able to add LEDs to everything!
This used most of the terrain pieces we've released so far, but in small quantities - pyramids, hills, generators, objectives, bridges and roads.
Oh look, what's that doing there?! That gatetower hasn't been released yet.... oops....
It's been a few weeks since the last release, so you'll be happy to hear that the last of the BIG prints has now been completed, and will be ready for release very soon..... the Necrontyr Tombcity Walls Set!
▲ This pile of printed pieces will become two straight sections and one enormous gatehouse!
▲ Here you can see the straight piece on the left differs slightly from the piece on the right - the back wall has a large gap in it! The piece is designed to work with the Pathways and Bridges Set, so that steps and bridges can be joined on to the tombcity walls. More photos of that soon....
▲ The piece above the large gates simply slides down onto the door hinges, and hold the doors in place. They can then be opened and closed during games.
▲ Finally, the two obelisks are added on top. They both have steps inside, allowing your Necrons to walk up from the lower walls to the battlements above the gate.
▲ A view from the side. Chunky, aren't they?!