Thursday, 11 July 2019

Just for Lee and Tamsin (and anyone else interested)

Ok some more printing projects - Tamsin enquired about printing the 1/100 scale Bergman files off thingiverse at 28mm scale

Airborne radio jeep, I got the orientation slightly wrong so front wheels need a bit of repair but the next one I do will be fine.
Next Lee asked about the Shermans- the Sherman and Bren Carrier are both printed in resin, the Sherman worked out at just over a £1 the Bren about 0.32p.
Then I did a Kangaroo ram on the fdm - cost 0.38 p and photographed against a commercial one £4.00 retail! Yeah on the fdm you can see some lines and they can be minimised but for me by the time painted etc and on the table they will hardly be visible.

The bastion by the way cost about £15 but I'm going to increase the'infill' which could reduce the cost to around £12 - not bad I think.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Bastion finished

i know you may be mighty bored of this by now 🤣 However the final parts for the bastion are done, I'm well impressed.
I shall now do some walks etc and let you have a rest before there's any more printing updates.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Half a bastion, half a bastion onwards

Half way there on the first bastion 😀

And if you thought I had forgotten the figures I've finished basing 2 squadrons of the British 6th Horse and a 15mm Ancient Greek army
No photos of the Greeks yet but here's a hasty photo of the British Horse.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Vauban - the start

Well after the mammoth 22 hour print the first two pieces of the first bastion is complete, the next two pieces I think I will print one at a time.
I scaled it down slightly and printed at 90% - I think it looks fine with the figures - so onwards and upwards

Friday, 5 July 2019

More printing and what of the future?

well up and running early today 🤣 First the resin printer is busy printing some 15mm jeeps! But last night I printed some more Prussians etc. In particular the Fusilier NCO and the first draft Austrian Grenadier.
The Grenadiers hat is too tall and musket too fine and fed this feedback to Dan but I like the position and it's going to be a good figure. The Prussian Fusilier NCO came out really well and I like him.

I'm using a new skin coloured resin which works well and seems less brittle dare I say it you could just about print and play 🤣
Onto the Vauban - I mentioned I was going to print this at 90% size quite an arbitrary reduction but as you know the CT figures are quite slender and I'm hoping it works ok if not we shall have to scale up! So the first two parts of the bastion are on the go and as it shows on the screen - estimated 22 hours so will post results tomorrow!

So at the club last night we got talking about the future of the hobby with all this technology - as it turns out there are now 6 of us with 3D printers - only me with a resin printer and whilst I'm new to the hobby some of the chaps have been very busy. Robbo had printed out the start of his Roman city wall! in 28mm - gate house towers etc and about 4 town houses in material about £12!!

When I did the 15mm Sherman it cost around £1 in resin the Bren carriers 0.35p the recent 40mm figure prints I did were about 30p each!

Now of course we discussed the initial outlay but in terms of the maths if 2 or 3 people grouped together it wouldn't take long to recoup the costs of both the machine and the materials.

Now I think it will be a long time before the figure manufacturers have to worry although I would be quite happy printing 20mm or smaller figures on the resin printer for use on the table.

However in terms of terrain  - with so many free files on offer or bundles of terrain at not a lot I really can't see me buying any more buildings add to that the ability to print in almost any scale so I can print the Vauban for example for 6mm right up to 40mm! then why would I. In terms of time then really apart from making sure everything is fine at the start then really the machines can be left to their own devices so we said for companies such as Hovels etc then maybe their days are numbered?  It may even have an impact on the plethora of MDF makers out there

As with all things rather than being a doom merchant I would prefer to embrace the change and see where it takes us.

Only 21 hours to go :)

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

More 3D printer madness

well after much deliberation I bought myself a Prusa MK3s fdm printer!  I have two projects for the 18th century figures I'd like to get done. The first is to build a harbour and docks with dockside buildings etc.  Printable Scenery seem to do a nice range that will fit and I also would like to be able to build a Vauban fortress.
Laserdream works do an excellent set of files to fill this gap.
Now an fdm printer is far less messy than a resin printer but the 'slicing' software for the two machines is very different so by way of an experiment and to start the learning I downloaded a free 'test' file from Laserdream works and set to.
The result can be seen below. I'm more than happy with the outcome and am now working out what I need to print!

The other consideration is if I scale it down slightly - the great thing with the printers is the ability to scale up or scale down and certainly some of the buildings I'm looking at producing are designed for the 'heroic' 28mm and will be scaled down to take up a far smaller footprint.
In the meantime here's the test piece. In terms of cost I reckon this cost around 0.90p

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Chilled Sunday afternoon

since moving home and setting the loft to be a bit of den I have managed to meet up with a colleague from my school days.
Steve and I go a long way back initially playing board games, then figure games. When I went in the Police he joined the army and whilst we never lost touch time and life conspired against us.
Steve lives in the same village and he quite rightly pointed out it we be could if we could set aside some time for some quality gaming.
So recently we've been getting together on most Sundays - Steve likes World War II so I've been quite happy us gaming with Blitzkrieg Commander IV out intention being to get to know the rules etc.
This weekend was an attack defence game with me taking the part of the British.
Photos below, whilst the objective was for the British to get infantry on the crossroads which I failed to do, the Chrurchills broke the German centre and broke their morale.

I have to admit I've enjoyed the rules immensely and really enjoy these chilled out few hours on a Sunday. Perhaps it's because we play the game and not the rules agreeing on points not covered based on our knowledge etc. perhaps it's because it's just good company and quality time.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

40mm Royal Horse Artillery

A bit of a change for me, Ian Smith ( he of the outstanding 40mm Napoleonic and ACW games) and Lee Gramson ( Napoleonic Therapy Project) commissioned Dan of digital Sculpts to make an Officer of the RHA for their 40mm Napoleonic project.

Ian asked if I'd do the test prints which I duly did and sent some to him to see if they fitted in with the collection.

The result I think speaks for itself.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Refighting History Volumes 7 and 8

Many of you know that I'm in a very fortunate position to engage in a number of refight s that feature in Charles Grants Refighting History series.

I recently heard from Charles about progress with Volume Seven of Refighting History.  It is now with Caliver being page set and proofs are bouncing back and forward between Caliver and Charles. Volume Seven is THE SEVEN YEARS WAR WESTERN THEATRE covering the battles of Warburg, Vellinghausen and Wilhelmsthal (the last one in two halves). I have a vested interest in these, having been involved with all four against my usual opponent at Charles' John Dougan.  Charles has walked all three battlefield and showed me some of the photos that he took when I last saw him. Some will be in the book.

Over the last couple of years we have found ourselves very much in the Western Theatre (with Ferdinand of Brunswick fast becoming one of my favourite generals)

There is more to come in the Western Theatre with Volume Eight. Last year in one of our Saturday evening planning meetings Charles floated the idea of a series of historical small actions in the Western Theatre. Having researched Savorys notes and various other sources he declared that there was no shortage of theseThe idea was that these could be fought with just a few units and might make a nice entry point into the Seven Years for those who did not want to raised huge armies. 

Volume 8 will also see a chapter on refighting the engagements using other rule sets such as Sharpe's Practice. 

Having picked a number of actions we decided it would be good to provide a range of suitable figures. French infantry and British grenadiers are already in the range.  So are British cavalry and French dragoonsWith Charles help I have now added Von Luckners Hussars, Freytag's Mounted Jager and we have the Chasseur de Fischer.  Our French Dragoons have now been joined by dismounted onesKeith’s Highlanders and dismountedjager are in the pipeline and I have more treats in store. 

In the next couple of months these forces will be mustered and we have the exciting prospect of some really interesting historical scenarios to fight in the coming year

In the meantime a picture of Von Luckner in action.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

40mm Prussians anyone?

The 40mm project continues to take another leap forward.
GrahamH has cast the command, fusiliers and Grenadiers and is sending me some metal masters to examine.

If all ok then I need to decide about putting them into production.?  Austrians are under way.
In the meantime some pics of the Grenadiers Graham has painted.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Playing around with the printer.

Whilst I primarily bought the resin printer to allow me to print resin masters for my figure range I really have been wanting to see what else it could do.

I noticed on Tamsin's blog that 'Gaslands' seems to be gaining some traction (😫) and likewise at my club there has been  a sudden surge of interest and people asking if I could print weapons etc for them to put on their cars etc.

There are loads of these items on thingiverse and I have duly obliged, however I thought I'd do a test on this interesting model.

The buggy has come out really well and the Humvee type model also looks fine, I Mam really impressed with the detail I can get and bear in mind the buggy was printed in one piece.

In addition I've been playing quite a bit of  15mm WWII and so thought I'd give a couple of vehicles a print - first up some Bren Carriers again I'm really pleased with these. 

Next to print will be some Shermans again all are available on Thingiverse the files by Bergman being particularly good.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Partizan - Invasion of the Sugar Islands

Today I kept up the tradition of putting on a demo game at the Newark show - first started many moons ago when it used to be held in a school sports hall!,

I had intended all along to do a game based on Stuart Insch's booklet on the invasion of the Sugar Islands and then fate intervened.

Whilst at Falkirk last week Captain Jack (Stuart Hutchinson) put on a most impressive pirate demo game on an 18x6 table which was essentially 3 6 foot square tables each one representing an island.

What was even better was that he said they were for sale, one volcano island was already spoken for but without hesitation Gavin (Gaming Figures) and I bought the other two sets - a quick tweak of the scenario and we rolled up at Partizan with our new game

So the terrain boards were made by Stuart and that included the fort. The houses are by Games of War painted by Gavin. The ship and boats are Firelock games from their blood and plunder range. The landing stages are by Games Workshop from their ' laketown building kit. With the exception of the militia which are Minden miniatures the remaining figures are either from my Crann Tara range or conversions of my figures.

I shall do another post on the show itself suffice to say it broke all their records for attendance. 
In terms of the game we used Musket and Tomahawks and bound three neither of us could believe the incredibly poor dice throwing by me for the Brits who by the end of the day had been forced to retire.
I sold all the copies of Stuart's booklet which means ((I think) it is now out of print - time for a second print run I think.