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Made in gb
Junior Officer with Laspistol






Reading, Berks

With the new edition just around the corner I'm trying to distract myself from the shiny shiny Necrons by bulking out my old Imperial Guard force (it is that long since I last played!). Last time I made stuff for them, it was hand sculpted bodies cast in resin... or expensive FW body kits (I'm looking at you Cadian hazardous kit). This time I have the benefit of using my 3d printer to actually make units *really* cheaply, especially as there are a number of great companies making digital files for sale. My favourite are Reptilian Overlords, who currently do Tallarn and Valhallan-like infantry kits. I love the original Tallarn models, but could never afford them at the time, so I'm going to take this opportunity to do a Tallarn raiding force using the RO kit pieces, with some customisation and kitbashing as I go for the various units.



They have various leg and arm sets that will work nicely, but no rifles that I would consider interesting enough for a desert force, so I went and had a poke around Thingiverse and found two potential options

The first one I found is similar to the DKoK lasgun, which gives a nice intricate rifle that fits with their background. I found a Tallarn lasgun mod on Thingiverse too, which is where the wrapped barrel comes from. Oh how I love 3d printing!


I think the rifle is looking a bit big, so I may try scaling it down a little and see if that makes any difference. The alternative, which I'm currently favouring is the SMG look, which gives them a WW2 SAS feel that sort of fits with the overall raider theme that I have in my head

Again, I think the rifle needs scaling down a little tiny bit as it is quite chunky. The length is ok, but it feels a little too tall/wide.

I have no idea how the new edition is going to play as it's been about 8 years since I last read a rulebook or played a game... so I'll likely start with the standard lasgun infantry for now and they can be bulked out with specials/heavies later. I've tried printing all the separate bits and pieces and it was a pain in the backside... It also took up a lot of space on the printer's build plate, meaning it took two to three print runs to get one squad. This time I'm going to try pre-assembing the models before printing, so I can at least get the main poses sorted and so the occasional kitbash in Blender by adding extra kit or tweaking poses slightly to make them look different. With 6 bodies, 5 legs and 4 sets of arms, that's a fair number of options without duplication.

We'll see how the tweaking goes tonight for the lasguns and maybe I'll print one off to see it in reality

   
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Been Around the Block




Those are some great looking concepts, it will be interesting to see them in the flesh. I've got to admit I prefer the more traditional lasgun option, perhaps with the sten's as shotguns or on a stormtrooper unit? But at the end of the day it's your army and they both look good.

   
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Junior Officer with Laspistol






Reading, Berks

I settled on the sten look for now. I have some shotgun files to play with to make vets and will be going with a more sci-fi looking weapon for stormtroopers

The first print came out really nicely, so now I can start fiddling with Blender to make all the other poses to print while these get an undercoat between meetings.



These, including one failure, average out to about 12p a model after the $10 investment for the digital files, rather than £2.25 per plastic Cadian (or £4.50 for the hazard Cadians I did last time!). Much more viable for a horde of infantry, especially whiteshields

   
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Tyrant of Badab






HATE Club, East London

They look very cool, and I think the sten gun look is awesome for those guys. I don't think it would work for many models, but for these guys it totally does.

Though guards may sleep and ships may lay at anchor, our foes know full well that big guns never tire.
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Made in gb
Junior Officer with Laspistol






Reading, Berks

Thanks. I was tempted by the Autogun variant that the creator also made, but lasgun is more list-suitable. I forgot to mention that the sten came from Mkhand_Industries on Thingiverse. I want to try and keep a record of where everything comes from .

I fiddled a bit more with the models during this morning's meetings and put some small shoulder plates on them to bring it more in line with the original Tallarn, though not quite so massive. Another print has just started with 5 more lasgun infantry and one plasma gun.



The plasma gun came from the same place as the sten, but was resized a bit (x/y/z : 90% / 65% / 75%) to look more portable. I've never been a massive fan of the huge blocky plasma guns, so this feels a little bit more manageable.

[edit] I forgot to say at the start, but the intention for this is (for now at least) to be 100% 3d printed where possible. Where I can't find something I want for the army, I'll try and create something myself. I've been playing around with Blender recently and managed to come up with some brick walls (that are free to download) for my gaming table, so I hope to expand this to a little bit into non-brick objects a little. We shall see...

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Ellicott City, MD

Nice work! I hope they print out as cleanly as the renders look!

Valete,

JohnS

Valete,

JohnS

"You don't believe data - you test data. If I could put my finger on the moment we genuinely <expletive deleted> ourselves, it was the moment we decided that data was something you could use words like believe or disbelieve around"

-Jamie Sanderson 
   
Made in gb
Junior Officer with Laspistol






Reading, Berks

They printed really nicely, Reptilian Overlords' sculpts are fantastic.

Last night I did a quick block colour test to see what looks good. It's rough, but gives the overall impression



  • The main jacket is VMC Green Ochre.

  • The trousers, scarf and belt are all base coated VMC Sky grey, but will end up white. Trousers will probably vary between various bleached greens, browns and greys for a little bit of variation.

  • Boots and gloves are Rhinox Hide with gaiters VMC British Army camo

  • Webbing and the gun are Rakarth flesh. I tried a black sten, but it looked weird against the brighter colours. While looking up colours of stens for LRDG I discoverd that they never actually used them (doh!), they used heavier machineguns, rifles or Thompson SMG. Still... rule of cool, I like the look so we're sticking with it.





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    It seems the July painting competition is perfectly timed. With the theme of Objective Secured, some infantry are perfectly suited to submit to this and it helps give me a kick to get going.

    A fresh batch came off the printer today, including a melta from the Reptilian Overlords renegade guard set. (not sure if they are still a good thing for Guard or not... but hey, at this price... I'm tempted to see how big an army I can make, with all the options, before I get bored of painting infantry



    Now to see if they are cured enough for an undercoat tonight so I can start blocking colours tomorrow during meetings.

    Tonight I think I'll carry on stitching together the models digitally and create some more interesting combinations. I need a few sergeants and an officer to make up a semi-legit start to things., so maybe that's the aim for tonight

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    That test model is looking very promising! What else are you planning to include beyond the infantry squads?

       
    Made in gb
    Junior Officer with Laspistol






    Reading, Berks

    The plan is to try and work my way through everything eventually. Given the cost of printing 3rd party stuff compared to on-brand I want to see how long it takes to get bored of painting these guys and what bits I design to fill in gaps.

    When it comes to tanks, I don't want to be *that guy* that just prints copies of existing kits, I want things to fit thematically to 40k, but be unique. Reptilian Overlords do a really nice MBT, but I'm not sure if it is quite right. We shall see... it will be a while before I get to those though as I'll need Chimera proxies first.

    I suspect the one thing I will need to buy from GW will be Ogryns as I've yet to come across some nice ones that wold work as tallarn auxiliaries. The other option is to revert to an idea that never got completed for the old Malfian project and have O.G.R.Y.N mech suits or tracked servitors instead. We'll see when we get past the initial infantry and command push. Plenty of other things to sort first

       
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    Longtime Dakkanaut





    Ellicott City, MD

    I’m a big fan of the Mortian tanks. Their kickstarter, running right now, really has me tempted to go in for some half-tracks.

    They also have some very nifty looking Ogryn, although they don’t really fit the Tallarn aesthetic.

    Valete,

    JohnS

    Valete,

    JohnS

    "You don't believe data - you test data. If I could put my finger on the moment we genuinely <expletive deleted> ourselves, it was the moment we decided that data was something you could use words like believe or disbelieve around"

    -Jamie Sanderson 
       
    Made in us
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    Affton, MO. USA

    The Tallarn are coming out nicely .

    How long does it take for one of those resin figures to cure?

    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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