Friday, October 30, 2020

3D Printed Tomb Coffins

I printed out about a dozen coffins from, specifically these damaged ones by DM_Emporium. There's also one with a zweihander sword on the lid but I can't find the link now.

The Mausoleum

A mausoleum is a large tomb, and I thought that having a bunch of coffins prepared could be used for my MEST Dunjon of Death genre as well as for the MEST Mythos one. Therefore, I  painted them similar to the color of the "blackstone" common to Dunjon of Death.

I'm using "Vincent Price", by Bob Murch from the Weird Menace pack at Pulp Figures, as a reference.

All the elements laid together.

A broken coffin atop a plinth.

Hmm. Seems like somebody didn't like coffins and rummaged through here while strewing them about. Could be werewolves. 

Maybe it didn't end well for the wampiri. 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

3D Printed Terrain

 On Thingiverse, there's some really STL files for use as scatter terrain. 

  • The Oil Drum is at 1:32. To make it 28mm compatible, it should be 25mm tall. 
  • The Buddha is nice as a statue when painted in jade and finished with a gloss varnish layer.
  • The Dumpsters are also useful for urban terrain. There's two variations; here's the second.

I painted the dumpsters and oil-drums using the hairspray + salt technique.

HeroClix Master of Kung-fu with Buddha statue

Some dumpster fires

A bunch of oil-drums

Friday, October 16, 2020

Update 2020-10-16

It has been a crazy half-year. Knee injury. Shelter-in-place for COVID-19, while being at home nearly 24-7 with my kids. A new project at my place of employment. And my mother passed on.

FL-Sun QQ-S Pro

My FL-Sun QQ-S Pro
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First thing. 

Earlier this year I purchased a 3D printer. I decided to stick to the basics. Since I've already got more figurines than I could paint, I chose to get a relatively affordable PLA filament printer; FL-Sun QQ-S Pro. I'd use it for building scatter terrain.

What it is.

This model is a "delta-box" or "Kossel" FDM ("fused deposition modelling") design which means that the armatures hang from the triangular-shaped cage and can print heated PLA plastic atop a heated glass dais. It builds upwards of 12-inches (360mm) tall and about 10-inches (255mm) diameter.

I chose this model because it was compact, quiet, fast, and relatively affordable. 


After I received the product, I assembled it mostly by attaching the pre-assembled parts together with screws and clips. This was easy. I tried to run the machine the first few nights and got very frustrated because it didn't print anything properly.

After about a week I gave up.


Free time is a killer for me. I tweaked the SH44SER rules. I tweaked the MEST 2.x rules. I created maps and illustrations. I did research on many topics including space-flight. I needed to share my day-time use of my "den" (the "computer room") with my youngest and so I couldn't get access to much of my software workspace. I needed to share my "workarea" (the "dining room") with my spouse, and I couldn't get access to my painters workspace. 

So, I sort of gave up a little.

Terminal Boredom.

This actually seemed to be the kicker. 

Honestly, I spent most of time either scouring the RPG design forums or the various political forums because our current state-of-affairs in the USA are a bit wacko. After many weeks of this, and sulking due to other stress effectors (see above) I just let that stuff taper off.

I recognized that this would be a good time to re-start my 3D  printing endeavor. I watched lots of videos and read a bunch. I re-tried my printer after calibrating it and running the correct software. Basically, I decided to actually understand the expensive tool which I purchased.


I got several simple things printed. It worked!

With gusto, I decided to go forth and visit and print the small things from there. I started with elements for my terrain-building efforts. Doors, windows, ladders, etc. Each of the items I printed I think took somewhere between 5 and 30 minutes depending on their size. The windows were about 5 minutes, the doors about 15 minutes, and the coffins were about 30 minutes.

Here's a picture of what that looks like;

This is about $150.00 US in printed stuff were I to have purchased them.

Money Saved.

Fast-forward two weeks to today. I have printed nearly 150 items. The going rate online for purchasing the equivalent of what I printed is about $1.00 US for each tiny little element. I've saved about $150.00 at the sacrifice of my printer's time and my ability to load the latest shape files for it.

New Skills.

Blender 2.90 for my Mac. Blender 2.79 for my Windows box.
I'm an entry-level shmuck for 3D printed objects but I will learn more. I'm currently practicing my 3D modeling skills using some really nice software known as Blender 3D. Already, I have learned how to adjust other designer's shape files. I'm learning now how to build my own super simple elements such as windows and doors. Eventually, I intend to be able to craft whichever I need for gaming.