March Hobby Update

Oh my word, where is the year going!!? You may have noticed that my last post was back at the start of Feb and this post is technically still in March- maybe, probabaly, just…depending on time zone. I admit it, there is no plan for this post and frantically rambling to generate some content for March. So just what I have I been up to over the last almost two month?

Well I firmly believe I have found yet another aspect of the ‘hobby’ to procrastinate away my time. Last Black Friday I ordered an Elegoo Mars 2 Pro resin 3D printer. It arrived not long before Christmas, but I didn’t get round to playing with it till about the New Year. However, it has since dominated my hobby time. I have had fun printing all sorts of miniatures and of course painted… πŸ™‚

3D Printing

What’s all this printing about? Well I have typed a whole paragraph or two justifying why I got the printer. I’ve deleted after admitting to myself, I just wanted to give it a go and see what minis I could print. So the first thing I did after ordering the printer (that’s right it hadn’t even arrived) was browse various digital model repositories Thingiverse, Cults3D, and joined a few Facebook Printing groups. Here I found a whole new hobby of finding STLs. I must have gigabytes of 3D models downloaded to print now, I’ll never get round to printing even a small percentage of them. Of course there is the almost obligatory IP infringing copies of GW models. From cool epic space marines to 40k scale titans. I even managed to find an STL for the Space Marine Primaris Heavy Intercessors months before they released. All I can say is that there are a lot of talented 3D modelers out there who enjoy the grim dark universe. I guess that’s really not a surprise.

One of the things that caught my eye was with respect to Adeptus Titanicus terrain, a new creator was starting up with the idea of creating terrain for AT that could integrate with the current GW terrain offerings for AT. Offering a massive increase in variety of terrain for not much cost (if you forget about the cost of the printer and consumables lol). Grim Dark Terrain opened my eyes of wealth of creators on Patreon.

Below are is a small selection of my first miniature prints, a modern interpretation of an old-school Furibundus Dreadnought, and a Contemptor Dreadnought (40k scale and AT scale) and a Pi-rat Thrower by Punga Miniatures (Patreon, MMF Store, website).

Grim Dark Terrain

I subscribed to Grim Dark Terrain (this was on patreon, but moved away from that funding platform) and have been printing their ‘Walls of Mytilene’ to use in AT. I have used both the Mars and the Ender to have a go at these, and to be honest I should keep going, as I have not yet achieved the length of wall I want. A lockdown or two ago Ash Mayhew came up with some solo play AT mission/rules, which assault a defended wall. Which I hopefully wont get round to playing during lockdown πŸ˜‰

Below are some quick pictures taken over the course of the last few months, showing my current progress on the wall, printed on both my Mars and Ender printers, and also some of my own remixing of GDT towers with an eye to mounting titan weapons on top. I think it came out great.

Aphyrion Miniatures

One of the Patreons I am supporting is Aphyrion Miniatures, she produces Titans, Knights, and tanks, in a predominantly grim dark tech kinda vibe. I ended up finding Lauren’s patreon from a throw away comment by Broncofish of Grimdark Terrain regarding some awesome looking titans to print for Adeptus Titanicus.

Here’s a bunch of stuff I’ve printed, messed around with, in the process of building, even – dare I say it – almost ready to paint. The tank is a Okytus Venator, scaled down to 25% for AT. The legs belong to a Nephilim titan (sadly Aphyrion has withdrawn this from sale now as she wasn’t satisfied with her work – it being among her first designs. But keep your eyes open for the Asamus), a Myrtus Tormentor with additional weapons scaled down from the Aiakos Centurius. Speaking of the Aiakos – there is an AT scale stood on a remixed Reaver sized base, as the Aiakos is about Reaver sized. There is also the Heavy Paragon Armour infantry sporting my remixed Dark Angel shields.

Infinity Shasvastii

I am supposed to be painting another Infinity Shasvastii model for a local online Infinity painting comp, I’ve got to April 4th, at least it is assembled and primed. I am not holding out much hope for this to get painted in time. If I get it painted you can expect to see a Shasvastii Sheskiin from the action pack (EG & GG affiliate links) appear on the blog.

Infinity Defiance

Way back in Nov 2019, I backed the Infinity Defiance Kickstarter, well I got my delivery notification recently, and I am expecting to come through the door next week – Wednesday to be exact. Of course I think the UK are the last to get the wave 1 shipment thanks to Brexit. So I don’t know if I’ll bother doing an unboxing post, they’re old news now lol. I’m not great at quick turnarounds, i have half a post in my drafts folder about unboxing the Forgeworld Lion El Johnson but i never finished it on release day so it seemed redundant lol. At least I have my first Defiance miniature painted already πŸ™‚

Ooooh… I need to go look for some scifi bases suitable for Defiance to print!! If you have any ideas for these, post the links in the comments below, please.

Splayedhammer Quest

Finally, I have not forgotten about my attempt to build my own version of Warhammer Quest ’95. I have a couple of articles in work, I just need to get round to finishing them (and of course my project). However, in the mean time, I have been messing around looking at ways to make the game’s archways. I came up with two designs (so far) one I got cut by CogoTwo out of 3mm MDF, along with a portcullis. The other I created in Tinkercad and printed myself on the Ender-3.

Of course Warhammer Quest Cursed City is up for pre-order this weekend. Will I order that? Will that further delay/kill my WHQ95 project? If you’re getting Cursed City yourselves, please consider using one of my affiliate links.

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