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