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Printing the Necrontyr defence walls

2019-07-22 by David

The Necrontyr Defence Walls set has now been fully printed and photographed, and will be hitting the paint desk this week for a release very soon!

 

Here are some pics of the printed items.....




▲ The gun emplacement features this typically necron-style energy weapon, and I was keen to make sure it printed it one piece without problem. Not only that, but it can be printed without supports!





▲ I also wanted to try something new for this project, so I grabbed some new rolls of clear PLA filament to use for the Necrontyr symbols. This was quite an interesting experience, as I'd never used it before.

 

My first attemptat printing (shown on the left) was done at 0.1mm layers (it's a very small piece) with no infill at all, and with the piece's back flat to the print bed. Of course the way 3D printers work for flat horizontal surfaces is to lay down a mesh of lines, and then to repeat several times - that produced a visible line pattern on the front surface, and as you can see the necrontyr symbol is quite hard to make out.

 

So I tried again, and this time oriented the symbol as shown on the right, with the front symbol surface at 90 degress to the print bed. As you can see, this gave a much clearer and more translucent effect.

 * Having said that, if I were to do it again, I would probably try standing the piece up on its top surface on the print bed, rather than at an angle!





▲ Here's the set contents! The wall pieces are 13cm long (approx 5"), and can be printed with the necrontyr symbols and wall as one piece (as on the right), or you can choose to print the symbol inserts separately.

 

Also included are some small joined pieces (shown on the right) to create more variety in your layouts.

 

At the back we have the two versions of the gun emplacement - both closed and open. The idea with these is that the top four quarters slide out mysteriously and the weapon deploys from inside (you've seen a Transformers movie, right?!). Green gauss death ensues.....





▲ This is just a simple defensive arrangement, with three wall sections, corner joint pieces, and a deployed gun tower.





▲ One last pic here, just to show a scale comparison between the imperial Aegis Defence Line and this Necrontyr version. Obviously, with Necrons being Necrons, the gun has to be a little bigger! 😄

 



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