Wednesday, June 16, 2021

3d printing 90 days later

Well, like a lot of people in the hobby, I said no to 3d printing for quite a long time for different reasons. But only idiots do not change their mind and If you want new skills or increase creativity, you need to go over boundaries. I would like today to share with you my experience and my opinion about my journey with 3d printing.

In March 2021 a friend of mine decided to buy another 3d printer and friendly sold is Elegoo Mars for 100$ to me. First I said no thank you, however during the week I changed my mind. The price was too attractive to miss the opportunity to try this technology.

At the beginning, you need to get some basic knowledge about the machine and slicers, overall it is not too bad or overwhelming. You need to spend some time on You tube, google and the community is pretty big, so it is pretty simple to get answers to your questions.

First setup, changed it quickly 

I had the chance to get 2 liters of resin for free so I printed like crazy, terrains, minis and other stuff. It is a lot of fun. The most interesting part of 3d printing is when you combine traditional builds and to add some 3d print parts, like doors or like I did for Star Wars with droids. If you print a full 3d print terrain, it is cool but when you can build something and no-one is able to say what is crafted and what is printed, this is when you did a great job.

This is a part I really enjoy with 3d printing. The capability to print stuff you can’t make or stuff you can’t find ! Of course you can print an entire army at home or a complete gaming table, however when you need one little thing at 8 pm and you are able to find it for free and to print it overnight, that is just awesome !

Let’s talk also about frustration, because the journey is not only a bright warn sunny day. First you need to get into the wording and definitions, vat, lead screen, FEP, etc. This is easy. However you will have to troubleshoot printers and prints and also to turn into a technician when you have to change parts by yourself. Lcd screen are consumables and soon enough, you ll have to change it. Maybe you like to open machines and learn how to fixed them, not me.

LCD screen failure (dark spots)

Trip to Home Depot to find new bolts

So at the very end what do I think about it. It is still a very new technology and sometimes you have the feeling to enter into unknown territory and to dig into it just like the companies that manufacture the machine you bought. It is very hard to find information about how to recycle machine parts and resin and I don’t like that. Some parts won’t work for long and you need to play the tech guy. But overall I like it. 3d printing boost your creativity and open new dimensions. Yes I recommend to get into this hobby. You won’t buy less minis trust me, you pile of shame is not going to disappear.

DIY curing oven

First print !

Printed droid

3d printed or not ?

Body printed, added plastic weapon

I closed my Facebook account

I closed my Paint or die miniatures Facebook account few month ago, for different reasons. Mainly because people were full of shit. Don't get me wrong, I have seen great stuff but I was tired and disgusted by political opinions, misogynistic messages, cats videos, school fights and other garbage who have nothing in common with our hobby and art.

I created a Facebook page which is better as you have more control but I realized that I just don't need Facebook. I don't miss it at all. So I decided to forget it for good. I still use Instagram and of course this blog. People still read this blog, which is amazing. To be honest I really like this format. It is quiet, I can take my time to write and think, compare to Facebook, where everything is done in a rush and where people spit out their venom. Also, believe it or not, most of my customers for commissions, they heard of me from this blog, thanks to Google ! 

See you and thank you for all the support.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Mörk Borg DM screen

I can talk to you about everything bad and 2020 but I prefer to focus on the good things. Mörk Borg is one of them. I missed the Kickstarter but I was able to buy a copy directly from the authors, I definitively was not able to wait the retail options. I can talk to you ten hours about the game and how the layout is great and how everything is good as hell, however if you know nothing about the game, it is maybe better to go here.

I want to start to play the game online as a DM soon and even if you don't even need a DM screen to run Mörk Borg, I needed one, because... I needed one. No official screen is available, so I had to do it by myself. Pictures are better that a long explanation. Not a vegan article.

Music that helped : Proclamation, Havohej, Profanatica.

Weathering with fire.

Used leather and did some cuts.

Time to add some stitches.

Transfer of the logo on leather.

Burned the leather.

Airbrushing to add some volume.

Time to add some text from the book.

Attached the boards with a basic rope and added some magnets.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

New builds

I planned to play Bolt Action and I decided to make some small terrains very quickly. I took the Proxxon, some foam, some old stuff and at the end of the day, it happened. 

Cleaning brushes

No matter what, expensive or inexpensive brushes, if you want to keep them long, you have to clean them regularly. You can buy dedicated products or you can use also a product you already use to clean your hands (for 20 seconds).

Castille soap from Dr Bronner is my favorite when it is about cleaning my hands and my brushes. You can dilute the liquid soap or not. You can just use the soap and massage the bristles of the brush until the result you like or let soak overnight. I used to buy Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner and Restorer and it is a good option too but to be honest, I see no difference. 

On the pictures attached you can see a brush I use for at least 6 years for washes before and after soap. It is not new but ready to brush for month. That works on natural and synthetic bristles. 

Remember a cleaner / restorer will never repair the tip!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Another piece of terrain

April month of the foam? certainly for me. It's been a while I wanted more buildings for my tabletop. Nothing specific here or really historic. I am pleased with the final result. I planned to do 2 to 3 more. Please find some pictures of the process and the final result. I planned nothing for this build, all on the fly.