Saturday, 25 June 2016

Voroshilovetz

I'm building another Soviet artillery tractor in 15mm (1/100 scale), this time the Voroshilovetz, the replacement for the aging Komintern.

A lot of the geometry is from the Komintern model, but almost everything needs some adjustment, and the running gear had to be rebuilt almost from scratch.

I had a go at building a canopy for the back, but it wasn't very successful. I can't seem to get the drape of the fabric right. I'll give it another go, but I have to say that organic shapes are really giving me grief.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

T-18 (15mm)

Here's my 3d-printed T-18  in 1/100 scale (15mm) all painted up.

I'm not really completely happy with the weathering — the chipping isn't particularly convincing, and I'm not sure quite what to do about it.

Character Generation Wheel

This is the system I like for generating characters for my D&D-ish games.

It provides players with a reasonable degree of flexibility in choosing the class they want to play, providing decent characters without churning out a never-ending string of superheroes.

Here's the PDF file (21.3KB, opens in a new tab or window). It's laid out with two A5 pages on A4, and instructions are included.

Note that this is NOT a character sheet, though I guess you could use it as one. It's simply an aid to character generation.

Note also that this is just a no-frills version of a much fancier one I've presented before. This one just requires no assembly, is all.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Itch, It Returns To Trouble My Slumbers

That OSRIC cover always makes me think "Jazz hands!"
If I were to start GMing my fantasy campaign again — and it's quite a big if — I think I'd probably go with an AD&D / OSRIC based system. (Or maybe I'd revive my increasingly eclectic version of S&W).

There are elements I'd add from more recent systems, such as D&D5e's Advantage/Disadvantage system, and the much more intuitive ascending AC system with attendant combat bonus. There are other things that would need to be adjusted too, to get around absurdities like only thieves ever being able to even attempt to pick a lock or only rangers ever being able to have any chance of tracking.

I've seriously considered using D&D5e with all the "Old School" optional rules and restrictions in place to make it a bit less of a fantasy-superhero game, and that could conceivably work quite well for what I want, but I think it would tend to be confusing for the players who would have a whole bunch of expectations from other campaigns which would be doomed to disappointment, leading to resentment and muttering.

Anyway, it's just the germ of an idea at this stage.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Burford-Kegresse (15mm)

This is the Burford-Kegresse, a British half-tracked machine-gun carrier, from about 1926 I think.

It mounted two Vickers guns on a modified aircraft Scarff mount.

I've been pondering how to build the model so that the guns could be adjustable; it's not impossible, but I think the 3d-printing tolerances might make it impractical in this scale. Maybe when I re-scale it up to 1/72.

The 1/100 scale model for 15mm gaming is available at http://shpws.me/MiBM

Now the 1/72 scale version is available at http://shpws.me/MiXh

The rivets on this one are the same size as the 1/100 scale model, but thanks to the overall increase in size, they look a bit less like baseballs.

Also, the Scarff mount and Vickers guns are separate components, sprued to the main body of the vehicle. That means that after they've been cut away, they can be assembled at any orientation and/or elevation you choose.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

T-24 (15mm)

Here's my 1/100 scale (15mm) 3d-printed model of the 1932 Soviet T-24 medium tank.

This one is printed in WSF nylon, and is available at http://shpws.me/Ma76

I notice that the blurring of detail in WSF makes the road wheels look like tiny Thomas-the-Tank-Engine faces painted by Munch. That's kind of weird.

Long Tom (15mm)

The latest of my digital models for 3d-printing is an artillery piece.

The 155 mm Creusot "Long Tom" was a French field gun manufactured by Schneider et Cie in Le Creusot, France and used by the Boers in the Second Boer War.

Shapeways' render
The gun barrel and trail are separate pieces (sprued together), so that the gun can be assembled at any elevation, or even in travel mode.

This model is 1/100 scale, for use with 15mm figures. It's available at http://shpws.me/MhXb

Saturday, 4 June 2016

6mm Improbable - painted



3d-printed by Shapeways in FUD (frosted ultra detail) resin. It should have two Gatling guns on the rear balcony, but one was lost in transit. At some stage, I'll get some 6mm artillerymen (probably Franco-Prussian War Prussians, because I like the pickelhaube) to crew it.

Dimensions are 37mm long x 24mm wide x 30mm tall, to the top of the funnels.

It can be bought at http://shpws.me/M8Xl

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Huge, but tiny - HMSLS Improbable in 6mm

Available at http://shpws.me/M8Xl


Here's the FUD print of HMSLS Improbable in 6mm. It's just had the Gatlings glued in place and been primed black (the picture is overexposed so that we can see anything more than a silhouette).

It shows some quite rugged printing artifacts on some of the surfaces, but it looks much worse in a close-up photo than it does in real life, so I'm not too unhappy. It would be better printed in FED, but this will do me for the present.

One of the Gatlings was lost during the handling process, so it's only got one at the back instead of two. There are a couple of places where it could do with fragile structures being beefed up, such as in the front wheels which are only attached by a slender post.

T18, SU18, SdKfz3 primed

SdKfz 3 (15mm, WSF) primed
Here are my latest military vehicle prints from Shapeways.

I've cleaned off the extraneous printing crap (though possibly not completely, by the look of the T-18's suspension) and sprayed them with Vallejo surface primer, which makes them a thousand percent easier to photograph, without hiding any surface imperfections.

The SdKfz 3 (to the right) has been printed in WSF, while the T-18 and SU-18 (below) have both been printed in FUD.

[Insert here regular complaint about the high cost of printing in decent resolution resin]
T-18 and SU-18 (15mm, FUD) primed.

The next batch

Booty arrived precisely as scheduled on 2016-06-02.
The newest batch of prints from Shapeways arrived this morning. Three sets of earrings, some 15mm vehicles, and two versions of HMSLS Improbable in 15-20mm and 6mm scales.

There was some breakage and incomplete printing on the Improbable — I shall have to beef up the railings and steering rods a bit more to make them sturdier and more reliable in printing, and the Gatling guns on the 6mm version are going to be very fiddly to install, but overall I'm pretty happy with it. Now I need some figures to go on them. The Gatlings in WSF on the 15mm/20mm version are surprisingly decent; I had thought that they might need to be replaced by FUD prints, but now I think they'll be just fine.

The earrings are, as with all the metal stuff I've ordered from Shapeways, just great. I've been very impressed with the quality of their cast bronze, and I'll be very interested to see how it ages over the years.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Tančík vz. 33 tankette (15mm)

Here's the WSF render for a new model, the Czech Tančík vz. 33 tankette, based (like many others) on the chassis of the Carden Loyd carrier.

This is the 15mm (1/100 scale) version; there's a 20mm (1/72) version in the works.

You can get it at http://shpws.me/MgdR

http://shpws.me/Mhq3
The 1/72 scale (20-25mm) version is now also available. You can find it at http://shpws.me/Mhq3

There's not much to differentiate the two of them except size, but the 1/72 version has a bit more refinement in detailing things like the machine-guns.

Monday, 30 May 2016

T-27a tankette

This is my 3d-printed Soviet T-27a tankette in 1/100 (15mm) scale, along with a Peter Pig WW1 British artilleryman for scale.

I thought it turned out pretty well, for a WSF print.

Garford-Putilov

This is my 3d-printed model of the WW1-vintage Russian Garford-Putilov armoured truck, based on the chassis of the American chain-driven Garford lorry. It served throughout the First World War and after, used both by the Soviets and organisations like the Freikorps. Apparently the Germans even encountered some outside Leningrad (?) in WW2, though they didn't last long.

It really needs to be printed in FUD, because in WSF it's lost most of its rivets, and rivets are unequivocally good.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Mighty Bob Semple Tank


Behold, the mighty 15mm Bob Semple tank, in all its majestic glory!

The colour scheme is somewhat conjectural, as nobody seems to know for sure exactly what the colours were. The darker colour was definitely green, but the lighter tone might have been red-brown (as here), a lighter khaki-green, or possibly even a darkish yellow ochre. Other markings are completely absent in any of the photos I've seen — no serial numbers, no national or tactical markings. I imagine that if it had ever actually gone into action, it would have been supplied (very briefly) with those things.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Latest Shapeways Booty

Here's the latest batch of my 15mm models, received from Shapeways this morning, all in WSF nylon.

I've de-sprued turrets, scrubbed them down with a toothbrush to remove any excess nylon powder, and sprayed them with a pale grey primer to make it possible to photograph them, but that's all that's been done to them thus far.

They are, from left to right:

  1. Bob Semple tank (New Zealand, WW2)
  2. Garford-Putilov armoured truck (Russia/Soviet Union, WW1—WW2)
  3. T-27 tankette (Soviet Union)
  4. T-24 medium tank (Soviet Union)

The limitations of the 3d printing process and material shows up most starkly in the steeply-sloped glacis of the Garford-Putilov's turret. The print layers are very apparent there. However, overall I'm quite pleased with them. As I've mentioned before, WSF isn't adequate for scale modelling purposes, but for wargaming models it's just fine.

Desktop stereolithography printers for high-resolution resin printing are available now for well under $US5,000, so I'm hopeful of being able to afford one of my own before senility sets in irretrievably.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Vickers Medium Mk.III update

I've done nothing new today, but what I have done is remodel my 15mm (1/100 scale) Vickers Medium Mk.III quite extensively.

I wanted to try to get the price down a bit, and I did succeed — I managed to knock a couple of bucks off the price in WSF, but pretty much halved the price in FUD. So that's nice.

More importantly, I'm a lot happier with the construction now. This was my very first Blender model, and my inexperience with that programme and with Shapeways' limitations were apparent. It's better now. There's more that I could do to improve it, but not much useful stuff, so I'll probably leave it here.

It's at http://shpws.me/LDbx.

Monday, 23 May 2016

DollMask

White pencil on black paper. Approx. A4.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Humber LRC (15mm)

Not one of my own designs for a change, this is the 15mm (1/100 scale) Humber LRC (Light Reconnaissance Car) from Battlefront.

I've had these sitting around for years, and just got around to getting some paint on them. The markings are, I'm pretty sure, quite wrong — they're just a bunch of decals I happened to have to hand.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Komintern Komin-up

In progress: the Komintern artillery tractor, which was based on the running-gear of the T-24.

I thought it would be a doddle, since I could just re-use the stuff I'd already done for the T-24.... and to a certain degree, that's true. Except that I had to make a new drive wheel, new idler, and new track links. But at least I did get to use the suspension and road wheels, so that's nice.

I'm tossing up at the moment whether to leave the windows blank, or make holes in the cab shell for them. I'm tending towards making them solid for painting, since I don't want to build a multi-part model, and it would be pretty impossible to get at the inside of the cab to paint seats and what-not.


Well, here it is. It's quite a beast.

It's at http://shpws.me/Md5G for $18 in WSF.

EDIT: It's now also available in 1/72 scale at http://shpws.me/MdQa



The engine housing was too rounded in my first attempt, so I rebuilt it. I took the opportunity at the same time to detail the radiator grill a bit more.



EDIT EDIT: It's now also also available in 1/285 scale at http://shpws.me/MjpE (single model) and at http://shpws.me/MjpC (sprue of four vehicles).