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Hello everyone, I will use this thread to track and share my various 3D sculpting and printing projects.

General info:
Programs I use
1. zBrush -This is mostly what I use right now. I own the full version of the software so I have access to all the features.
2. Fusion 360 -This is a very powerful CAD/CAM software. It is free for personal use. I haven't really done much more than download the software and create an account.
3. Blender -Free open-source 3D Package. Gets better and better with every release. I have started learning how to use it but haven't really done anything completely with it yet.

Printers I own
1. Moai 130 -Resin printer. Laser based and not LCD.
2. Photon -Resin printer, LCD based.
3. Ender 3 -FDM printer.

Ok, on to the less boring stuff.

I was trawling through some old hard drives looking for reference images that I had saved and I came across pictures of some figures that I had converted and painted for a contest some years ago. The contest was for Alpha Forge Games and their Star Mogul game/setting. The idea was to build and paint a Salvage Crew. Don't remember who won or what the prize was, but I remember really enjoying building and painting their stuff.

Here is a pic I took for the contest:

That shows the entire crew and the vehicle that I painted for them. All models were Alpha Forge miniatures with a few conversions here and there.

So that spiked my nostalgia hard and I decided to make updated versions of that crew. If they get used for gaming, it will most likely be in Mantic's Deadzone rules, or possibly Blood In Space for some Solo gaming. The general theme of a salvage crew riding around and picking the bones from carcasses fits in with Mantic's overall setting so I decided to set the crew in that universe as well.

Ok, so, I decided to start with the vehicle, know as the Salvage Dog:


Cool model for it's time and I really enjoyed building and painting it. In order to update it, I decided to go with the GCPS Mule Transport vehicle from Mantic. Really liking the model so far. Pretty much no flash to speak of and everything fits together extremely well. I do hate the tires for it though so I decided to knock some of my own up and print them out. I am also thinking about adding some sort of crane or grabbing arm onto it since it is a cargo vehicle and not so much a transport. Not decided on that yet.


Really excited since this is the first thing I have managed to get to print well and at the correct size. I was really having trouble with the software resizing items on me seemingly at random. Super frustrating. Seems to be working with me for now though. Mine are the lighter colored tires, just to be clear.

Here is a picture from inside zBrush for anyone who might be interested:


Of course, after I got them off the printer, cleaned up and cured, I realized that I forgot to mirror 2 of them so the tread is incorrect on one side. I will have to fix that and reprint.

The models for the crew will be some mix of printed sculpts of my own or conversions of more modern figures that I like.

I started working on a sculpt for the power armored figure, which I named Abraham:
Old Figure


zBrush Sculpt WIP



I also work on various other sculpts at the same time. I tend to bounce around so as not to get too caught up on one sculpt. Going from one to another helps keep me looking at them with fresh eyes, and lets me practice a variety of skills.

Here are a couple sculpts from what I refer to as the Nostalgia Project:

Eric from the Saturday morning Dungeons & Dragons cartoon.


I need to rework parts of him as the prints I managed weren't to my satisfaction. The details weren't good and my sizing issue seems to have returned. I'll attempt to get decent pictures of them this week, but I start back to work and will not have tons of free time.


Talisman Barbarian Number 1


Original figure (not my figure or photo):


That's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2020/06/14 19:15:58


   
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Affton, MO. USA

Really like that old Abraham figure, looks alien yet still human.

If they are a salvage crew I could see them salvaging four of the left(or right) side tire from a planet and not wanting to go back once one of them figures it out .

Oh....subscribed by the way. I’ll have to glean some knowledge off of programs from you. Unfortunately all I have is a chromebook, so downloading real programs isn’t in the near future .


LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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 Theophony wrote:
Really like that old Abraham figure, looks alien yet still human.

If they are a salvage crew I could see them salvaging four of the left(or right) side tire from a planet and not wanting to go back once one of them figures it out .

Oh....subscribed by the way. I’ll have to glean some knowledge off of programs from you. Unfortunately all I have is a chromebook, so downloading real programs isn’t in the near future .

Thanks Theo. I like the old figures too. They certainly have old school vibes. My tastes have moved to more precise and well defined sculpts though. More modern, if you will.

The salvage angle definitely fits, but it would also affect the performance of the tire so I'm sure they would flip them on their rims. I printed a new set...

I don't know how much knowledge I can impart, but I will certainly do my best to answer questions for you. An actual PC with a fair amount of power will probably be necessary if you want to get into creating stuff.

Here is a bad picture of my 2 prints:
Spoiler:

Red Box--1st Print--2nd Print--Perry
Spoiler for huge picture

Still tons to figure out.

More later after I get something else done and or printed.

Thanks for stopping by.

   
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Affton, MO. USA

The prints are looking good . Are those resin or FDM? Details look like they came out well either way with not-Eric.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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 Theophony wrote:
The prints are looking good . Are those resin or FDM? Details look like they came out well either way with not-Eric.

Wow, I thought I amswered you Theo, sorry.

Resin print on my Photon.

Details are decent but the chainmail is barely there so I need to investigate a new method for it.

I have been working on and finally finished another figure.

Sgt. Slaughter from G.I Joe.

Also, this happened while I slept last night:


The details on Sgt. Slaughter came out really quite well. Its hard to see that here but I think it will show them much better once painted.

Pretty excited.

I also started trying to dial in my Moai, and I can't wait to print the Sgt. on it. The detail level will be similar to the Photon, but the prints should be much crisper.

   
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Looks pretty awesome, are you planning more GI Joe inspired ones?

"Wir sehen hiermit wieder die Sprache als das Dasein des Geistes." - The Phenomenology of Spirit 
   
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 H wrote:
Looks pretty awesome, are you planning more GI Joe inspired ones?

Yes. Very much so. No particular rhyme or reason to which ones I do in what order, but so far I'm working on: Snake Eyes, Nemesis Enforcer, Big Boa, and the S.N.A.K.E. Battle Armor.

   
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 Taarnak wrote:
Yes. Very much so. No particular rhyme or reason to which ones I do in what order, but so far I'm working on: Snake Eyes, Nemesis Enforcer, Big Boa, and the S.N.A.K.E. Battle Armor.
Awesome, I hope to maybe actually gain some modeling skills myself to do the same sort of thing myself. Right now, I don't even know how to model even the simplest of things just yet though. I haven't even set up my 3D printer yet though, but I'm getting closer.

"Wir sehen hiermit wieder die Sprache als das Dasein des Geistes." - The Phenomenology of Spirit 
   
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Affton, MO. USA

Great work on the Sarge.

He will be a wonderful commander for Catchcans

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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H wrote:Awesome, I hope to maybe actually gain some modeling skills myself to do the same sort of thing myself. Right now, I don't even know how to model even the simplest of things just yet though. I haven't even set up my 3D printer yet though, but I'm getting closer.

Not sure if you have software yet or not, but I posted some thoughts for you on software and hardware in Theophony's 3D Printing thread.

Whichever you choose, there are almost certainly enough tutorials on YouTube to get you going.

Theophony wrote:Great work on the Sarge.

He will be a wonderful commander for Catchcans

Thanks Theo.

Thinking about resizing him to fit with Catachans, and doing a couple more prints to dial in resin settings, made me reevaluate his proportions.

Here is a shot of the 3 test prints next to a figure from Star Wars Legion:


As you can see, his proportions were much more "true scale" than "heroic scale". He looks tiny next to the Legion figure, even at the same height. I went back into zBrush and adjusted his proportions a bit.



In addition to that, I widened his body, and thickened it. Plus a few other little changes, mainly for print purposes.

Also, I decided to try to make an animated GIF of him. I had played around with this previously with other sculpts. Still not entirely sure I like the results. Needs more tweaking, I think.



   
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Affton, MO. USA

That animated gif is missing roller skates , just reminds me of my youth and people skating and doing tricks like spinning in circles .

I went and printed him out at the 40mm scale you had him in. He came out great, a little damage on his back where the supports I put on him went, but nothing terrible. Here he is with a couple of striking scorpion (he calls them maggots) who have joined the cause to fight Cobra.

I need to find my hobby files to take care of the tiny bumps on him from my printer settings. I’ve been using clippers, but some are just so small I wind up doing damage instead of removing excess.

Great model .

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Thanks Theo! Did you manage any work on the Sgt.?

No new print for me yet, but this happened:


Still WIP.

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2020/07/19 00:49:24


   
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Affton, MO. USA

Sorry, no painting has happened....except house painting. Almost all three kids rooms are done, master bedroom done, kitchen done. Still need both bathrooms and family room done.

Cobra Commander is just screaming to be made into a chibi, and I dislike chibi.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
 
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