Faire Play III

Witness Faire Play III: a fully articulated, 3d printed, Barbie-compatible battle tardigrade.

The tardigrade, hereafter to be referred to as Brenda, is roughly the size of a domestic cat when printed at 100% scale, and comprises 61 separate pieces. Brenda has five body segments, eight articulated legs, and is fully poseable.

This time around Barbie eschews the full plate from the original Faire Play in exchange for a fantasy barbarian furkini. The furkini and boots are printed in NinjaFlex TPE, and are designed to fit a Barbie Made to Move doll. They’ll probably fit other dolls of similar size, but I haven’t tested them yet.

kneeling

Brenda’s saddle includes a mounting bracket for Barbie’s yoga mat because it’s always wise to warm up with some sun salutations before sack and pillage day.

saddle cu

Also included in but not pictured are a Mongol-style recurve bow and a three-headed flail.

I’ve set this playset up as a pay-what-you-like download with a $1 minimum. Yep, you can get the tardigrade, the furkini, a full compliment of Barbie-compatible weapons and armor, a saddle, and— AND! a 3D printable yoga mat for a BUCK, people.

Feel free to donate more than $1 if you like the project and would like to see more stuff like this exist in the future. Even if you don’t have a 3D printer it never hurts to throw an indie designer a bone. I’m just sayin.

Better yet: it’s Creative Commons licensed! You’re free to remix and redistribute this work as long as you credit Jim “Zheng3” Rodda as the original designer. Credits for the giants upon whose shoulders I’ve stood to create Faire Play III are listed in the .ZIP file.

Designing and executing Faire Play III was a yuuuge endeavor and a full description of it is beyond the scope of a single blog post. Watch this space for more photos and behind-the-scenes stories of how the latest and greatest in Barbie-compatible wargear came to pass.

UPDATE: Hello, SciFri Twitter followers! Here’s an extra couple of photos just for you guys! While you’re here you might want to check out SciFri Bingo in advance of tomorrow’s show.

feeding

Tardigrades LURVE themselves some garbanzo beans. It is known.

tree pose

And as always, #staytuned, my friends. I’ve got the Next Thing bubbling in the hopper already. See pics of embryonic Plutarch on Ye Olde Instagramme.

Lao Zheng out.

20 thoughts on “Faire Play III

  1. Bill

    Battle Waterbear? I’m in!
    I wonder, what is the possibility of getting the previous fair play armours updated to the Made To Move doll? Or do they work as is?

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    1. zheng3 Post author

      I haven’t tried the old Faire Play armor on a Made to Move. It’d probably fit, especially if you printed in flexible TPE. Flexible TPE is my new jam.

      My printers are full time occupied with printing backer rewards from the last Kickstarter, so once that’s done I could try putting Faire Play armor on a Made to Move.

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    1. zheng3 Post author

      Thanks Sparky! The best way to support the project is to head over to http://bazaar.zheng3.com and purchase the Faire Play III set. It’s a pay-what-you-like download so feel free to get up into the double digits if you really like the idea.

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    1. zheng3 Post author

      Thanks! By and large I used ColorFabb PLA/PHA for the hard bits and NinjaFlex for the flexible stuff. It’s all painted with acrylics and spray paints so the color of the filament doesn’t matter much.

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  2. Edward

    So I have started print out the tardigrade and was wondering if you had some kind of quantity of each part that needs to be printed.

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      1. Amy

        If such a txt file exists in the zip, I can’t find it. Do you think you could post it, please? Thanks! I finally found someone with a printer, and I’m stoked to be able to have a battlegrade of my own!

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  3. Sadie McFarlane

    I’ve been working on the tardigrade, and for the most part, how it goes together is pretty intuitive – but I can’t figure out how to put the flail together to save my life. I figured the three “pins” were supposed to go in the holes the middle of the flail heads, but I’ve broken (didn’t think it was possible!) two of them trying to fit them into the holes. What’s the secret? Am I supposed to be doing something completely different? Perhaps I should just take some lovely E-6000 and glue the halves together? Thanks for any tips!

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    1. zheng3 Post author

      The pins should snap fit into the holes and expand once they’re inside, but if they keep breaking when you insert them you might try warming them up for a few seconds with a hair dryer set on high. (Assuming you’re printing in PLA.)

      Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with tossing the pins and using a good adhesive to hold the flail halves together.

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      1. Sadie McFarlane

        Thanks. I’m actually using ABS, and I tried softening them in hot water, which seems to help everything else. I’ll just use some E-6000. Apart from this little snafuette, I have to say this is one the best designed builds I’ve run across – thanks!

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  4. Sadie McFarlane

    Well, I’m flummoxed – I printed all the tardigrade parts so I could put them all together at once, but the claws absolutely WILL NOT go in (I tried soaking them and the feet in hot water straight from the tea kettle, but it just ain’t happening!) ABS just seems to be too hard. Would PLA be more likely to soften up enough? Or should I find someplace that can print something flexi? We don’t have a flexi-struder, so I’m a bit hampered.. Advice would be great – the beast needs claws!

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    1. Amy

      I haven’t printed mine yet, but I looked at the claws in the viewer, and I have an idea: If you are comfortable with an exacto knife, I would try delicately shaving off the tips of those conical pivot points in the claw sockets. Remove the smallest amounts until the claw will snap in.

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