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Offline mlkr

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[BFG] My Grey Knight Fleet Project
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2016, 08:51:12 AM »
Wow :) Very impressive work and the results look very good indeed! Great work MCKnight and I am sure you will be able to produce a cool battlebarge when you tackle that project :)
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Re: [BFG] My Grey Knight Fleet Project
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2016, 10:26:13 PM »
Wow :) Very impressive work and the results look very good indeed! Great work MCKnight and I am sure you will be able to produce a cool battlebarge when you tackle that project :)
Making it look good is the easy part, making it affordable will be the hard part! xD

In the meantime I worked on the Nova a bit today, got it all blocked out and slowly going it and tweaking things, it's still a bit on the bulky side but once I get the geometry cleaned up more I'll start really tweaking the proportions and then going in with all the final detailing.

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Re: [BFG] My Grey Knight Fleet Project
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2016, 09:09:57 AM »
Printing is too expensive for production, just use into make the prototypes/masters and cast them.
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Re: [BFG] My Grey Knight Fleet Project
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2016, 03:25:01 PM »
Printing is too expensive for production, just use into make the prototypes/masters and cast them.
It depends. The problem with 3D Printing through agencies like Shapeways for materials like Frosted Ultra Detail which I used is that it's done by cm3. So that means that making sometime twice as long, twice as wide and twice as tall means the volume is increased eightfold, not just twice. That is what makes doing a Battlebarge daunting, the relative scale. There are some things I want to try, doing an internal framework in a cheaper material and just printing the "outer shell" of the model in the more expensive and detailer material might work to cut the cost down although it will increase the complexity of the project both for me as a designer and for anyone trying to build it.

As far as which I've already design, to be honest the costs for my prints aren't actually that bad. Compared to some of the Ebay Auctions and Recasters I've seen my cost is about the same for a Space Marine equivalent. That is of course ignoring the fact that aside from the Cruiser all of these are completely new designs and such. The only place I really "fall short" is the fact that mine don't come with bases.

It's a case of "6 in one hand, half dozen in the other". I'd argue that side is strictly better than the other, they each have their ups and downs from both the maker's and customer's perspectives.

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Re: [BFG] My Grey Knight Fleet Project
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2016, 10:11:21 PM »
awesome.............  Or better put Da Grots go "woooooo............"  You make me want to explore digital sculpting more than I did before.  Nice work dare Boss!

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Re: [BFG] My Grey Knight Fleet Project
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2016, 11:28:51 PM »
Nice, are you planning to sell them on shapeways? Paint them! i want to see them in color!

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Re: [BFG] My Grey Knight Fleet Project
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2016, 07:00:25 PM »
awesome.............  Or better put Da Grots go "woooooo............"  You make me want to explore digital sculpting more than I did before.  Nice work dare Boss!
Thanks!

Nice, are you planning to sell them on shapeways? Paint them! i want to see them in color!
You're not the first person to ask a question like that about this and a couple other projects of mine, I do have a Shapeways Shop for my Personal designs but that probably isn't the best place for stuff like this honestly so I'm still exploring a few options for that kind of stuff but I probably won't do anything until I figure out the last two escorts(Hunter/Nova) so I can do the whole lot at once, others have also expressed interest in the Model files themselves so that's a another wrinkle to figure out! xD

EDIT: Also for paint, I'm slowly working at it, I took one of the Gladiuses and brushed on some Vallejo Primer and while it already looks way better than the as-is translucent material but I think I need to get my airbrush set-up for this because with just the brush it's not as nice as I'd like for something this small/detailed, lots of pooling along edges and cracks and such. I'd probably still need to do plenty of touch-ups but still! xD

Unrelated for as far back as I could remember I always thought that Strike Cruisers had Torps, the FW GK SC seems to  but only just the other day was I looking at the rules and actually noticed that the Strike Cruiser....doesn't have Torps, so this might mean going back and tweaking my Strike Cruiser model to fix that up! xD
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Re: [BFG] My Grey Knight Fleet Project (Feb Update!)
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2016, 02:37:52 PM »
It's been awhile in the making but the core ships I set out to do are all done! The Nova in particular game me some trouble along the way but I think it came together really nicely in the end! The Hunter gave me some trouble because I got mixed up in the scaling initially but that was pretty simple to fix honestly.
I even went back and make some changes to the Strike Cruiser, the Forge World model had what looked like Torpedo Tubes for some reason and it wasn't until very recently that I learned that SCs don't actually have torpedoes at all! xD So while Fixing that I made some other minor changes to bring it in-line with the rules by pulling out the Torpedo Tubes and adding the Bombardment Cannon along with some other tweaks to better match the aesthetics of the rest of my designs!

View the Imgur Album here!

Now I just need to work on some simple Ordnance Markers and maybe even some bases(cause obviously mine don't come with them!) and then get down to painting! xD By the end I should have a somewhat respectable fleet, 3 Strike Cruisers, 4 Gladiuses, 2 Novas and 4 Hunters!

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Re: [BFG] My Grey Knight Fleet Project (Feb Update!)
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2016, 03:24:48 PM »
Great stuff!
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Re: [BFG] My Grey Knight Fleet Project (Feb Update!)
« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2016, 04:34:15 PM »
Thanks, decided to mess around a bit with designing a base/stand.

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Re: [BFG] My Grey Knight Fleet Project (Feb Update!)
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2016, 03:59:00 AM »
Well, finally pulled the Trigger on the 3d Printing Order so hopefully if all goes well I should be posting pictures by mid-March! Fingers Crossed they turn out as well as the last batch! xD

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Re: [BFG] 3D Printed Grey Knight Fleet Project (March Update!)
« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2016, 06:32:56 PM »
Alright, almost a month later I finally got the package! Shipping took forever but that's all in the past now!



Not a great picture but the translucent nature makes it tough! It will take me awhile to process these as I plan on doing to full guide/write up on working with this type of material and parts.

So far everything looks fine but I need to dive in and do a full inspection. Hopefully in a week or two I'll have something to show for it! I got 9 ships to work on after all! xD

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Re: [BFG] 3D Printed Grey Knight Fleet Project (March Update!)
« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2016, 09:04:08 PM »
Exciting stuff. =)
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Re: [BFG] 3D Printed Grey Knight Fleet Project (March Update!)
« Reply #28 on: March 20, 2016, 10:58:39 PM »
Yep ! resina or plastique ? Solid ? Supple ?

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Re: [BFG] 3D Printed Grey Knight Fleet Project (March Update!)
« Reply #29 on: March 21, 2016, 01:55:58 AM »
Yep ! resina or plastique ? Solid ? Supple ?
They were printed in Shapeway's Frosted Ultra Detail so it's a UV cured acrylic polymer. It's a good material to work with it's onyl real downside is that it is pretty brittle when compared to regular injection molded plastic.