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Really cool seeing the tiles glued together, I love following this project, using different colors for the slabs worked so well.
   
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Thank you Viterbi!

I'm mixing up the black wash per the Black Magic Craft video nd will apply to ONE of the quadrants tonight if there is time, tomorrow if not. I'm as hesitant to apply the wash as I was to glue down the tiles, although the wash is not as final a commitment as the glue as the tiles can always be repainted if I mess it up! The first building is nearly done painting and several of the do-dads for Quad 3- still need to print the 'grand finale' piece for Quad 4.

I used the Black Magic Craft method for painting the stone courtyard pavers, which is where the idea for all the different colors comes from.

I should have new photos up for tomorrow. Thanks for looking in and the kind words!

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Made up some washes and slapped 'em on the first quadrant:

Followed Black Magic Craft's directions and made up a bottle each of black and brown wash:



50% water, 40% matte medium, 5% flow enhancer, a bunch of black ink and a little brown ink for the black wash and a _lot_ of brown ink and a few drops of black ink for the brown wash.

Applied them to an extra piece to see how it would look (black on left, brown on right):



Loved how the black wash clung to the edges of each stone and filled the pockmarks and such- it cleaned up the wavering edges between the colors and reblackened the mortar lines where I had gone over quite nicely, I think.

So here's the before:



And the after:



The difference is really easier to see just in this shot, because the wall foundations aren't washed yet, so the contrast is easier to see. I'm not sure but what I might go with a second application, to dull things down even a bit more.

I've got other things painted up too, the gong shrine, some Foo Dogs, the first house, the roofs for the watch towers; I'll try to get photos up tomorrow.

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Looks good so far. And I get that struggle. If I have less than 100 of anything I can't use it for fear that I'll run out of the material before my project is done.

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The black wash is great, not sold on the brown myself. The board is coming along nicely.

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Yeah- the brown was to see how it made up; I put it side by side on the extra piece to see how it would look, the black is definitely better. I figure with as much as the bottles of stuff I bought will make, that first 4 ounce dropper bottle cost me maybe 90 cents to concoct.

I have high hopes for the brown to use on my science-fiction-y terrain pieces that are alot more primary browns and tans in color.

These boards are definitely blue-grey primary, for all that there is a surprsing amount of brown tossed into the stone variations.

Nearly done with this project- some touch up on the walls (I got the putty/filler applied yesterday as well as the wash), touch up on house#1. paint house#2 and finish off the scatter for Quad 4 and it's on to the next.

I hope to have some photos to put up a bit later.

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Next step, and I'm interested in all y'alls ideas:

I'm painting up the two houses that will feature in the villa. These are from Iain Lovecraft's original "Hobgoblin City" kickstarter, which were a combination of pan-Asian (heavily Japanese) architecture and fanciful (heavily Chinese) 'hobgoblin' variants. These files formed the basis for the follow-on 'Asian Adventures' kickstarter, which greatly expanded the range.

Here's a WIP of the two single story structures:



I like the look of the two, especially the contrasting rectangular theme to one and the circle motifs on the other. But I noticed that, even though clearly intended as single story structures, they stack pretty well and can be modified easily to obscure the 'stone' foundation on the one acting as the second story; I may have to either cover the sliding doors on the second story or add a balcony:





I'll have to print an additional house and that comes to my question:

Should the two story structure be:

- Two circle motif stories?
- Two rectangular motif stories?
- One of each, circles on top?
- One of each, rectangles on top?

Depending on y'alls consensus and my whim, the single story structure will be whatever is left over and will have the plain roof (as opposed to the fanciful 'hobgoblin' roof you see in these pictures).

What say you?

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Short update tonight:

1) Received no replies to my query about circles and squares, so went and printed off another house story with the easiest pattern to paint- squares (although the circles weren't terrible). It's printed and primered and I'll start painting hopefully tomorrow, certainly Friday when I'm back at the farm.

2) Finished some of the portable terrain/scatter and got some photos:

The Bell Shrine:


The Torii Gate:


The Gong:


The Foo Dogs:


I tried a different means of lighting, which clearly didn't work so well to bring out the colors (I'm actually quite pleased with the turquois wash to simulate verdigris/aged bronze) and will try to light it up better for final pics.

That darn gong was a bear to try to hang, I tried everything: fabricated my own hooks and set them into the gong and the arch, tried to attach swivels to the hooks, tried to make wire links, tried to tie the blasted thing together with thread; finally gave up, got rid of the two hooks and centered one and tied it on with thread. It is what it is, at least for now.

Need to drybrush wooden walkways for the walls, paint the little 'monk's house' and paint the second story of the 'big house' and I think I'm mostly done. I may print off some more scatter from the latest Iain Lovecraft set, and still want something grand for the empty fourth quarter, but will be happy to have this mostly done and able to move on to something new.

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Circles and cubes look both good, so I wouldn't have been any help Love the black wash for the tiling, adds a lot of depth! And the scatter terrain looks great, love the gong!
   
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Thanks very much, Viterbi! As it stands, I printed another house section featuring the 'square' pattern, as it seemed easier to paint. In the middle of finishing it, I'm not sure but they are equally easy/difficult. Time to get this project finished. As a change of pace, I have started prepping some of the white metal miniatures I've gotten from the Kensei line from Zenit Miniatures. It's been a _long_ while since I've painted any people and I need occupants for the villa. I also picked up the Oni collection from the Reaper Bones V campaign, so will have those guys also.

As the villa project is moving towards completion, I also had the 3d printers going on in the background and have this to show. This is a 'Celtic House' from Iain Lovecraft's collection of the same name. Everything printed with no supports and I needed to perform only very limited cleanup- came off the printer very much as you see here. The pegs built into the sections didn't fit at all (I think that has something to do with my printing, not the .stl files), but I wanted to magnetize anyway so cut them off, drilled out the spots where they had been located and inserted 5mm neodymium magnets. These are strong enough to avoid accidently knocking the roof or second floor off, but not so strong as to lift the whole structure up trying to get them apart. Painting will commence 'sometime'. I think it could be used for almost any Dark Age or even Medieval period and seems ready-purposed for WFB, Frostgrave and other games/rules systems like that. It does have wooden plank doors and half-doors for all the openings:











And to pass along the tip that I learned from you guys when working with magnets- especially the smaller, pesky rare-earth magnets: your suggestion was to keep them all together as a 'stick' and insert the whole stick into the cavity and 'break off' the last one. Then, keeping the orientation of the stick steady, insert the other magnet into the other cavity and break off. This ensures that the polarity of the magnets is always lined up correctly so they attract rather than repel.

I learn a lot from youse guys.

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That Celtic house is gorgeous. I’m so impressed by the 3D nowadays. If it doesn’t already exist, someone needs to start a business that prints on demand and ships to those of us without our own printers. More and more amazing models and bits are only available as STL files and I would love to get my hands on the models without having to purchase and learn 3D printing.

I agree with your magnet trick. For good measure, I also use a Sharpie to mark one side of the magnetic “stick” to keep track of which side goes up! Also, generally if I have a big enough magnet, I only use a magnet on one side and bare metal on the other. Eliminates the risk of gluing in a magnet upside down and the rare earth magnets hold plenty strong enough to metal for most applications such as weapon swaps. If a small magnet needs to hold a large object, I use two magnets with the marker to visually check polarity. For the bare metal, I often use pieces of old blades after they dull. The snap-off blades on the box cutter style knives and the X-acto replaceable blades provide a ready supply. I just snap them into pieces using two pairs od pliers and glue them on the model. They are thin enough to be easy to hide on a weapon’s interior panel.

Looking forward to seeing the houses get some paint.

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Thanks for looking in, RoS!

I used only one magnet in each point on this building and the thinnest washer I could find as the bit of metal as the other side attachment. Using bits of worn Xacto blades is brilliant- they're even thinner and why waste anything?!

Ditto on using a sharpie or bit of paint to mark a side of the magnets- with care I can make one building line up, but having standardization across all magnets would be even better- perfect for projects like sponson guns or switch-out turrets where you have more than one thing that has to line up correctly. I'll start using that trick immediately.

Part of the reason why I'm printing everything from space bunkers to Chinese houses to Celtic huts is I'm assembling and testing a library of stl files from Kickstarters that I've backed for which I hold commercial licenses to print. Eventually, I hope to make this a side hustle after my next retirement and do exactly as you describe: offer a catalog of a wide variety of buildings, figures, dungeon components, you name it and print them on demand.

I'm learning more about 3d printing every day and still refining what I'm looking for in my 'perfect printer'. I'm also at the point to where I can start a print with a reasonable expectation that it will run okay without me hovering over it and can thus get back to painting and kitbashing and scratchbuilding- the things I really like about our hobby.

Although, having grown up watching Star Trek (the original series) when it came out on TV brand new, there is something wonderful about having a 'replicator' in my very own house.

I am (holds up thumb and forefinger very close together) this close to finishing the Chinese walled villa and have started some Zenit Miniatures from their Chinese range to populate it- I'm hoping to have pictures very soon.

And then paint on some of the many things I've printed!

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The print service idea sounds cool, hope it develops into a feasible sideshow for you. And eagerly awaiting the chinese minis to populate your villa!
   
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Thank you Viterbi; I gots to admit, it has been a long time since I've done people figures, so having to 're-discover' a lot of techniques and practices. I do figure though that folks have seen enough pics of various pieces of courtyard for the villa, time to animate them with some people.

The Farm Project:

As some of you know, I work in Northern Virginia during the week and come home to our family's farm for the weekends (we rescue miniature horses and Shetlands and other smaller equines that the bigger rescues aren't equipped to handle). For the longest time I didn't have anything to work on at the Farm and kept pretty busy anyway with the chores and improvements and things like that.

Then Covid hit and I was extremely fortunate to be able to continue working from the Farm after they shut our buildings down. So I brought a bunch of projects and kept going after a fashion.

Now, as we build back up to the full office going full speed again, my wife suggested leaving a project here, to save lugging everything- model(s), paints, Xacto knives, brushes, etc back and forth every time. Seems simple, but it truly was an idea that never occurred too me, largely because I'm still trying to work on just one thing at a time.

Here's the first 'Farm Project' WIP picture: this is The Potion Shop from Oksana Klingell's Medieval Architecture set. She also designed the Watch Tower I put up here earlier.



A decent start at applying the base colors, I think, with more base coating and detailing to come.

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So, here's the weekly accomplishment from the apartment in Virginia, before I trek up to the Farm tomorrow:

First up, a house from the Medieval Architecture set by Oksana Klingell. This printed in four parts (I used the CR-6 FDM printer) and required no supports for anything. I need to file the pegs a little bit so it fits together smoothly. It has interior space (more pics later when it is painted or least WIP) that could be played:



Next, here's a treehouse from Iain Lovecraft's Celtic Village set. Also used the CR-6 for this and required no supports. Other than a little fuzz around the door, needs no clean up- this is how it came off the printer:



Here's a panoramic shot of the villa used linearly, rather than in square. I touched up all the putty I used between wall sections (helped a little, but not all the way) painted some red woodwork that I'd missed before and added some washes to the tile on top of the wall sections. I've a little more actual painting on the rest of the building sections and we're golden (got an interesting idea to try with them- making them interchangeably modular and having balconies that can be added for two story configurations- intriguing, yes?):



And finally, a start on the first wave of Kensei Rising miniatures by Zenit to ramble around this capacious villa:



And that's it for this week. As mentioned, tomorrow it's back to the farm and more work on the Potion Shop. I'm using a combination of inexpensive (spelled cheap) craft paints and excellent (and affordable!) hobby paints from Cephalopod Paints. Thy cover well, flow well and leave a bit of a texture paint effect- in a good way. You'll be the judge, as pics get put up.

Thank you for looking in and as always, you're constructive criticism is always welcome.

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Lovely update, interesting to see the villa in a line instead of the square. Works well too. And the Lovecraftian treehouse looks so cool, excited to see it get some paint in the future!
   
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Thanks for the update Meer_Cat. Your printer has been busy, and the prints look interesting. It's always nice to see your villa.

   
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Thank you Viterbi and Syro for looking in, and for the encouragement.

Wrapping up at the Farm now, threw paint at the potion shop last night for about an hour- hard to see anything because of bad lighting but getting all the base colors down, next week pavement and washes:





Again hard to see because of the angle, but behind the bottles on the shelf is a large window, which I have painted Dwarven Steel to make a reflective surface. I'm fixing to try to paint some shadowy, muted color reflections of the bottles in the glass (try, I say).

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So, the main apartment project- the Celtic A-frame house- is finished. Next up will be to finish off the Chinese ensemble I've got going so I can show off the finished Walled Villa.

Front door shot:





The door is hinged (incredible how the printer can leave a hole through the bottom and top of the frame literally the diameter of a pin) and the stone walls are a black base, dark grey 'wet' dry brush followed by a 'dry' light grey drybrush.

Side:


I may add a little more black wash to the red thatch lashing- I made this red so there would be a little bit of color to make the very bland roof thatch pop a bit.

The other end:


I actually need to print the half-door that goes in this opening.

Chimney Side:


The Second Story:


Ground Floor:


Under the Eaves:


Tried to paint the interior a bit- it's very tight working through the opening at the top; I'll try to get in here and touch up the floor a bit and possibly color the grey with a cream wash, to look more like plastering/daubing.

Everything magnetized so it doesn't fall apart at a touch when used for gaming.


The thatch is a base coat of Khaki, homemade brown wash over that and then touched up with Ivory drybrush.

The reason this got done in a week is because I forgot my laptop at the Farm when I headed back down to VA last Sunday, so I spent a comfortable week back in 1985 with no distraction, just time to read, paint and build models and run the 3d printer.

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Potion shop is looking great already, good luck with painting the reflection next time on the farm.
Celtic house is coming along great too, painting the interior seems like a pain, but worth it.
   
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I like your Celtic A-frame. That must have been such a pain to paint the inside. I'm impressed with what you said about the printer being able to leave the perfect size holes to make the door hinge.

   
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Thank you both for the encouragement- I'll take another whack at finishing off the interior. It's really as much because I'm CDO (OCD, except the letters are in the correct order ) as because it can be seen; I didn't realize how spotty the floor covering was until the pictures, because the camera can see in further than can the Mark I eyeball. Frankly, I'm impressed with myself that I got the rafters painted as well as they are, there really isn't lot of maneuver room in there!

Potion Shop (or should it be Shoppe?) should be finished this weekend and then next up is the treehouse. Callsign Lipstick-6 (CinC House, for you naval types) has already directed that this be compatible with the chibi Shetland Ponies and the Shire Stable, so I've thought of a couple of embellishments to carry on with that theme.

As I paint, the 3d printers are grinding out components for the next 'grand scale' project, but no pics on that until a) the Villa is completely done- including some people to run around in it and b) ALL (or at least most) of the pieces are printed. I lost a lot of time- and more importantly momentum- having to wait to finish printing pieces for the Villa, so lesson learned- have everything ready before hand that can be anticipated.

Thanks again for your comments and encouragement, more follows soonest.

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Very impressive 3D prints! I'm torn on whether the tree house or the a-frame is my favorite. I'm also very excited to try Black Magic Craft's black wash recipe... I've been using Luke's recipe (from Luke's APS YouTube channel) and it's good, but not great. Thanks for the demo... those paving stones look fantastic!

   
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Thanks very much, MacPhail! I do like how the pavers came out- without seeing the tute on YouTube I don't think I ever would have tried alternating so many colors throughout the pattern. In the end, I don't think it took significantly more time to do as opposed to other methods I've used over the years (and that employed fewer colors).

Lessons learned from the project:

1) Have a better idea of what the final outcome should look like, and track producing printed parts to meet that goal
2) Have everything printed before starting up painting
3) As each printer completes each piece- turn it off and let it 'reset' for awhile (I was getting some serious weirdness output when trying to run pieces back to back)
4) Be EXTREMELY careful prying pieces off the build plate when using a razor knife (stabbed myself a couple of times in the thumb)
5) If a print ends and I'm not around to pull it off the build plate before it cools, pre-heating the build plate again makes it easier to remove

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Cool terrain!

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Thanks, Shaz! Long time no see!

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Something different:

Fighter jet engines mounted on a Russian T-34 tank chassis, intended to snuff out oil field fires (wink wink, nudge nudge). If these guys aren't ready to die for the Emperor, I don't know Warhammer 40,000!


Supposedly a real vehicle (can't tell if it's a render from the pic resolution)






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You can't tell me this doesn't exist somewhere in the 40k Universe:



A variant of the Malcador?



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If not, make it so, Meer_Cat

   
 
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