Thursday, June 23, 2022

40K Strategium and Oldhammer Servitors

This strategium holo projector is a model I found on Thingiverse quite a long time ago, right when I first got interested in 3D printing. I also found a modded version, and I ended up tweaking both of them to make mine. 

This was a project that took way too much time, and certainly more money than was necessary. I wanted to try a light effect which required transparent resin, and ended up tweaking almost all the parts in Meshmixer and Tinkercad. I printed the hive city three times to get the scale right. The light source is a LED tea light- I replaced the LED with an ultra-bright one I happened to have in my stash.

The shields display the sigils of three forge worlds- Ryza, Stygies, and Mars. The idea I had is that strategium projectors are rare devices requiring specialized components from multiple forge worlds, none of which want to share their proprietary recipes. One icon is a decal, the others are freehand. There are probably twenty other decals on this thing :)

I'm also plugging away on my servitor project, the latest being these old-school sculpts from the late Rogue Trader era.

Here are the source files:




Monday, June 20, 2022

40K Space Vampires

I had a metal Cobalt-1 miniature primed up along with another batch, with no real purpose in mind. He looked like a half-Eldar rogue trader type, and as I was painting him I thought he might make a good 40K Vampire from the old Rogue Trader book. I held off finishing his clothes as the project grew in scope and I had the idea to make a pair of vampires and their natural forms.  


At that point I decided to start looking for a good feral vampire for the 'bat' form, and after some research I settled on some 3d printable STLs from the Masons Miniatures "Werebats vs. Werewolves" Kickstarter. After a short wait I got my hands on those and printed a couple off. I had also decided on watching the old Buck Rogers TV show from the early 80s to do some research, since they had a Space Vampire episode. I was reminded about my early crush on Erin Gray :) I watched the entire first season, funny how things I had forgotten all about came flooding back.

It took a few weeks to get anywhere on the project, and it got a little more complicated when I got the notion to work my #servoskullsaturday project into this one. I found a vampire bat skull STL online and printed two off. I used some greenstuff and styrene to '40K' them a bit. 

It was coming down to a deadline so I needed to commit to a figure for the female vampire. After printing a few contenders, I ended up using a Fenryll courtesan I had in the stash. I added a little reliquary and a skull to her.

In the end I opted to paint them with their hair color in mind, I like the contrast of the pair. The pale male reminds a bit of Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter. Hope to have them causing some trouble on the tabletop soon!

Friday, June 3, 2022

Inquisition Acolytes - Metal Daemonhunter and Witchhunter Ranges 2003 - Navigators

I finally manged to paint the metal Inquisition gun servitors. This completes the last of the metal acolytes from the early-to-mid 2000s Daemonhunters and Witch Hunters ranges. This is one of my all time favorite GW lines, certainly my favorite range from the 'Middlehammer' era.


I also recently painted a miniature designed by Heresy Labs. It is a 3d print that I picked up on eBay or Etsy, probably before I bought my resin printer. I painted him in the purples I use for Navigators. He's next to road shrine by Tesseract Tomb, which I printed on my Ender3. I added a few things to it- the statue bust on top was found on Scan the World and printed on my Mars2pro.

Lastly, a navigator from Kromlech that I think I forgot to post. 

Monday, May 23, 2022

Tau Kill Team - Pilot - TB-8 - Robot Samurai

When "May the 4th" rolled around I realized I had an amusing Tau version of BB-8 printed out, but I didn't get him painted up in time. Now that I had a little more free time I knocked out the droid, an air caste pilot, and a robot samurai.

These are all 3D printed on my Mars2Pro. Robot Samurai is 'Kanbei' from RNEstudio, TB8 is on Cults3D. He needed a little work on the little gun arm, it was way too delicate (and it still is!). Tall pilot was found on CGTrader.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Space Hulk Chapel - Build Something Contest 2022

Every year I look forward to the competitions run on the Lead Adventure Forum. This year the theme of the 'Build Something Contest' was 'Rest', and the terrain build had to relate to the theme. I'd been wanting to return to a Space Hulk tile again, and the theme fit with the chapel I'd been wanting to build for long while anyway. I have had a pile of Armorcast church pews for years!


I started off by consulting the book to get the room size correct. I'd later have to make another thin wall piece, as the extended chapel I made would not fit the layout in the scenarios. The base is 'Gatorfoam', a tougher version of foamcore that I like to use for terrain. Other pieces are Hirst Arts casts.

The removable relic case set into the floor is a custom piece I designed a couple years ago. I had it printed at Shapeways, and then I made a silicone mold. That was, of course, before 3D printers became viable to the average consumer! I imagine the skulls to be the craniums of past captains.


 I wanted to paint another altarpiece for this, and found an example I liked a lot online. I used Adobe Illustrator to trace the image, which I exported into Tinkercad so that I could make a 3D file.


I printed the resulting STL file on my Mars2Pro. I thought it came out great at the time, but I was still playing with settings and it does have some stepping that shows up worse later, despite attempts to fill the lines with paint.


The altarpiece was entirely freehand, with a fairly traditional monochrome layer first. 

An exploded view of all the parts. The last thing I did was make some candle scatter pieces, both alight and extinguished.

Simple room:

Chapel wall:

Extended room with raised platform:

Altar and tile that allows for a hidden compartment:

The final Imperial Navy Altarpiece:

All in all another successful build (made it to semifinals) and another piece for the now pretty big Hulk I have going. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Skulz Adeptus Mechanicus Set - Unreleased Servitors

I acquired the set of Adeptus Mechanicus from the 'Skulz' program many years ago, shortly after they were released, around the year 2K. I had done some painting for a GW Outrider, and in exchange for that he was able to acquire a set at one of the GW conventions. I guess Outriders could buy metal minis by weight at the time :)

I painted the Artisan many years ago as part of an LPL entry. Sadly, I picked a non-metallic-metal scheme and I wasn't so great at it then. The problem was trying to match that cartoony NMM for the rest of the set, years later!

I took the opportunity to finish up the two 'unreleased' servitors I acquired from eBay as well. Luckily I bought these several years ago, right before the Oldhammer era stuff started getting crazy expensive.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Genestealer Servo Skull

Up for this month's "Servo Skull Saturday" is a chunky metal servo skull I acquired in a Facebook Genestealer fan group several years ago. He's a big one... assuming from a patriarch.