Now that I’ve taken a lovely long look at the new Imperial Knight wargear, I’ve decided to 3D print some of the new goodies. Now $157 per Knight may be doable for some folks but I’m currently still looking for work so I decided to break out the old Google Sketchup and 3D printer to design some of my own weapons.
I threw together an Avenger Gatling Cannon first followed by the two carapace rocket pods. I plan on attempting to design a Thunderstrike Gauntlet but that seems a little beyond both my skills as a 3D modeler as well as my 3D printer’s abilities. I would like to design a Twin Icarus Autocannon but I may forego that since I plan on eventually getting quite a few Onager Dunecrawlers and I will make a conversion out of their Autocannon bits.
New Knight Weapons
I will post better pictures of the Gatling Cannon in the future. (After I print my MkII version which has more details and will be printed at a better resolution.)
Knight with A Fancy Hat
Dat Rocket Pod
Alternate view of Stormspear Rocket Pod
Make sure to check out my Etsy store and pick up a set of 3D printed game markers!
Recently I’ve been 3D printing conversion parts for a pair of Valkyries I’m hoping to bring to a tournament soon. I really like the aesthetic of twin turbines for wings instead of the static wings that come with the kit so that’s what I’ve been working on. I recently posted this conversion on my Etsy store. On top of that, an article over at 3DPrintingIndustry.com was written up about my (then) unfinished conversion.
I ran some LEDs through the ducts in the wings and wired them inside of the plane. This is my first conversion with electronics involved and it was all very straightforward.
V1 Freshly Printed Wing
V1 Painted up a wing to see the layers from the print better
So A few weeks ago, I decided to get into 3D printing and I bought a 3D printer on amazon.com. It seemed good for the price and people were giving it a great review (again for the price).
Sadly, the printer never showed up and seemed to get lost in the mail. I ordered another one.
Again, the printer got lost in the mail. Evidently, at least in my experience, these things fall off trucks. Like… a lot.
So I finally bit the bullet and decided to go the “generic rip off” way of things and picked up the same model and make as the printer I bought before, only without the logos and marketing and picked a Chinese knockoff on eBay for around 70% what I paid on Amazon (twice).
I have to tell you: it… is… amazing.
With no trouble at all I got the thing unpacked, leveled, aligned, calibrated and printing like a boss!
Here I am printing a black cube for funsies:
After the cube I printed the tank top conversion bit I’ve been working on in SketchUp Make for a while.
After cleaning up the bit. I placed it onto one of my Sister of Battle Adepta Sororitas Rhinos to convert it to an Immolator.
Tank Top Conversion
Last but not least, now I am printing out 4 more tank tops for my other rhinos. Looks to be about a 9 and a half hour long build.
Had a great time at the tournament on Sunday. Lost very hard but met lots of new, great people.
My first match (of three) was against a Grey Knight player and per usual my Salamanders just could not hold up to all the psy-bolt spam. Lost 2-15.
My second match was against an Eldar (Space Marine allies) player. DIdn’t get tabled but I was left with my Land Raider and a single tactical marine at the bottom of turn 5. Lost 2-19.
My last match was against an under-pointed Chaos Space Marines player. He had heard the tournament was 1500 points and was using a Dark Eldar vehicle as a Land Raider proxy. Still seemed like he was light on points and that make my victory sour. Won 13-2.
Here’s a picture from my second match. I didn’t get any other pictures because it was a pretty hectic day and I just forgot to whip my phone out.
Here I am in my first match against Michael getting my derriere given to me on a platter. It was a was either a major victory or a massacre, I truly can’t remember but I learned a lot and got an idea from his army (more on that later).
Here we are on day two. You can see my half painted army in the bottom left.
At the end of the tournament, I had 1 loss, 1 draw, and 2 wins. Very fun and very informative. Thanks again, Will, and everyone over there at HobbyTown. It was great seeing everyone and getting to test out my new list.
So playing in my first game I came up against a player with lots of Daemon Spawn. Freaking toughness 6 spawn. I had never gone up against such things and the way they were modeled (Fantasy dryads ripping out of the backs of Ogryns) was plainly just ridiculous (in a good way).
So I think I’m gonna try my hand at a little conversion and kit-bashing again. The idea behind my Sister of Battle with IG allies army is that they are all females (event Jacobus has been converted) so I just picked up a box of Warhammer Fantasy Orges and, that’s right, I’m gonna put gas masks and boobs on them. On top on that, I’m gonna try to put some Ork weapons on the fantasy models as the guns the Orks use are essentially stolen anyways; this will be a bit of Ogryn payback.
I mean… They already have moobs, how far of a stretch is this gonna be?
Going to a 1500 point game on March 23rd. Decided to finish out my army list with a sergeant who wields a power sword, plasma pistol and melta bombs.
I used parts from my Assault Marines bitz bin.
Death Korps of Krieg Sergeant
Based on what some folks on Facebook told me, I shaved down the hands quite a bit and I’m adding a picture from the back to show how the melta bomb sits above the backpack. As I told the same folks on Facebook, I like the over-sized weapons (plasma gun and melta bomb) on the figure but the hands did need to get shaved.
Just sitting here watching Last Resort on Hulu and painting on my Sisters of Battle tanks.
My trifecta of edge highlighting colors include (All from the new Citadel line of paints):
Altdorf Guard Blue
Temple Guard Blue
I also painted the iconography bits on the front and sides with Tin Bitz and all the trim on the tanks are in a few thin but opaque coats of Mephicton Red.
My previous project (New Sister of Battle figures) is on hold for a bit as I’m missing some bits. I have my heads on order from Hasslefree Miniatures.
The biggest gripe about the new minis is the greenstuff robes. Here’s a couple of pics to show the robs I put together for the minis.
Bear in mind that the back of the torso is still very much Dark Eldar but when I glue on a back pack all will come together.
What I rally need to find are just a boat load (60 or so) of the female Dark Eldar Kabalite Warrior torsos (there are only 3 per box of 10) and the same goes for their legs. On top of that, there are only two Daemonette corsets that fit the SoB and lack the Slaaneshi iconography in a box of ten Daemonettes.
All told, the cost per mini sits at: ~$50
That doesn’t include about 1-2 hours of labor assembling each.
Two boxes (Kabalite Warriors and Daemonettes): $30 each ($60)
Backpacks from the metal SoB troops: $17 for 3 ($5.75)
The heads from Hasslefree Miniatures: £4.00 + S&H ($12)
Bolters from Forgeworld: £11.00 + S&H for 10 ($3 each)
Greenstuff (when not buying in bulk) per robe/tabbard: $0.12
New bag of Styrene Plastic: $8
Taking the pseudo plans left on the Dakka Dakka forums, I decided to try my hand at making some custom Sisters of battle.
So far I’ve shaped up the Dark Eldar Kabalite Warrior legs to be pretty subdued and normal looking but I left the ridges on the upper thighs instead of using the Daemonette thighs. Adding the VERY small strips of sheet styrene is proving to be incredibly difficult.