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40k "bolters" [message #44419] Fri, 24 February 2012 08:40 UTC Go to next message
avatar Twopounder  is currently offline Twopounder
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I just received my order today. Packaging was fine (lots of bubbles) and a surprisingly large box for the contents. I figured it would come in an envelope, but the box definitely eliminated any chance of breakage by DerPS.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/th_2012-02-23_18-52-47_630.jpg

The FUD material felt like normal plastic, though the frosting made it nearly impossible to make out details, but with enough light, you could definitely pick out the fine detailing. WD was more like wax, and became slimy when I cleaned it off. It also lost almost all the detail in it. Mind you, I bought WD so I could look at the difference between the two, and I would not recommend WD for any kind of miniature design after seeing the huge difference. I would imagine 1:72 scale models would be okay though.

Both plastics are brittle. I created a "sprue" to hold them together, and they had a habit of breaking off from it. FUD was especially prone to this.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/th_2012-02-23_18-54-06_699.jpg

I was going to use black ink to bring out the detailing, but it dried up so I had to use blue. The first thing I noticed is the heavy striations in both material, and WD is very porous.

Typically ink only runs into crevices to build high contrast and bring out details. It can't stay on flat, smooth surfaces and beads off into the cracks. Due to the pores and striations in the material, the ink actually went on more like paint.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/th_STA73399.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/th_STA73403.jpg

These are the original 3d models:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/th_Combi-BolterPlasmaBasev2.png

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/th_BolterBase.png

Purposing:

The smaller weapon definitely fits a bit better with my expectations. It is slightly larger than the weapon it replaces, but actually has a lot finer detail in the flash suppressor, forward sight armature, and magazine than it's predecessor. I also like the look of the holographic sight (though I'm going to fix some nagging problems with it).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/th_STA73395.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/th_STA73402.jpg

I'm slightly disappointed with the larger weapon. Not in the lack of details (I had expected it to be less detailed than FUD) but in some of the dimensions. I feel that it's a little too big, and the under slung plasma gun is a bit underwhelming. I'll probably make a slightly smaller version, and in both cases, bring out the size of the plasma gun so it looks more significant. I may also make them attachments for the stock version of the larger rifle instead.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/th_2012-02-24_00-02-49_998.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/th_2012-02-24_00-03-05_270.jpg

I think I'll also turn the larger version into a belt fed machine gun, as I feel the size fits that weapon type better.

Anywho, thanks for reading!

[Updated on: Fri, 24 February 2012 12:11 UTC]


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Re: 40k "bolters" [message #44497 is a reply to message #44419 ] Sun, 26 February 2012 13:34 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Twopounder  is currently offline Twopounder
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Additional (painted) pictures:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/STA73406.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/STA73407.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/GunMonkey/3d%20Prints/STA73408.jpg

I don't have the bolter fully painted, but you can see more details with it.


http://fracturedmesh.blogspot.com/ - my 3d modeling blog
Re: 40k "bolters" [message #44997 is a reply to message #44497 ] Wed, 07 March 2012 03:31 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Jabbakahut  is currently offline Jabbakahut
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I created an account here just to thank-you for posting this, as it answers questions I had as soon as I heard about this service. Do you have any photos of the smaller bolter painted? Or can you put it next to a normal one. The detail of that FUD looks impressive. I'm curious about larger pieces; say I design a multipart vehicle kit.


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Re: 40k "bolters" [message #45001 is a reply to message #44997 ] Wed, 07 March 2012 04:28 UTC Go to previous message
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Hey Jabba, glad I could help!

I haven't fully painted the smaller bolter yet, but I plan on doing so and making a small photo booth for better pictures. Hopefully I can do that tomorrow.

A multi-part kit is certainly viable, just keep in mind the cost. Typically you'll want to print a single set and use that as a master to mold additional out of resin or pewter. I'm currently working on reducing the cost of the bolters so that this isn't necessary, but they are much smaller than a multi-part model.

I have a substantial thread up at the B&C here.

There is also a bit more info on my blog, though most of that is still forthcoming.


http://fracturedmesh.blogspot.com/ - my 3d modeling blog

 
   
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