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Printing and assembling the Energy Monolith

2020-07-20 by David

We have a new and very large model coming your way soon for the Necrontyr range - the massive Energy Monolith!!!

 

Here's a little assembly diary, and a peek at the finished model. Wait until you see the scale at the end.....

 




The base of the energy monolith is a very simple one-piece print, if a little time-consuming. Each of those four corners is hollow inside, and you can fit LEDs (either 4 separate ones or a string of LEDs), so that they light up the interior.





Next you'll need to print the 4 second level pieces, which is quick and painless! They print upside down, so no print supports are required.





The third level is where the magic happens. This piece is also printed upside down, and there is one central print support (marked in red) holding up the plasma ball in the middle, which you will need to cut away.

 

Although this piece can be printed without extra supports, you might want to consider putting some extra slicer supports beneath that plasma ball, if your printer tends to make a messier surface for overhanging sections. My printer did a reasonable job here, so I'll just neaten things up with a blob of wood filler to smooth things out before painting.





With the third level flipped over and slotted in to place, you can begin to see the overall shape.

 

Please note that we recommend NOT gluing the pieces together until after you've basecoated the monolith in your chosen colours, as those inner spaces might be a little tight!

 




The last pieces are 4 top level sections, with runic script. These just glue into place on top, to finish the model.

 

 



To give you some idea of scale, here is Ned the Necron posing next to the complete Energy Monolith - it's HUUUUUGE!!

 

This measures 125mm (5") wide and 208mm (8") tall, with a large flat top surface for placing units.... if they want to take the risk?! Just don't fall in!!!

 

 

 

At a slightly lower camera angle, you can see the inner workings of the monolith. The little joining bars between sections are placed to suggest sparks of plasma energy corruscating around the inside, and it's been designed to look like the central plasma ball is floating without supports.

 

Hopefully this should all look stunning with a little bit of white and green airbrushing over the plasma sparks - let's see if my GW airbrush is up to the task?

 


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