The latest installment of #ratweek introduces Biggie! Biggie is what happens when Hambone (Day 2) finishes eating.
Biggie’s belly is a direct result of the limitations of FDM printing. I needed some kind of support to keep his abdomen from turning into a big pile of ABS ramen, so I just extended his belly further down until it touched the base.
#staytuned! Two more rats will finish out the pack by Friday.
I’m working on a pack of rats, five or six different poses all based off my Magic: The Gathering Rat Token. There’s only so many ways you can pose a rodent before they start looking the same, so I thought I’d try something more epic in my latest rat.
This little fella hasn’t gotten past the low-resolution test print stage on my Replicator yet. His only points of attachment to his base are the tip of his tail and his feet, which form fulcrums for the rest of his body. Invariably around 40% of the way through the print, right at the hips, the stress of being wiggled by the extruder head detaches part of the model.
I’ve tried all kinds of wily 3d printing tricks, slowing down the extruders, increasing the number of shells, etc.
I have a gallery of Lovecraftian rats-but-not-rats in the scrap bucket. Here’s what he should look like.
I might give it one more go with slightly thicker legs that are less likely to break off. Stay tuned.
You can download the model here and give it a shot yourself. It’s not Forge-worthy until it can be verifiably printed. This looks like a job for a non-FDM machine like the mUVE 1, Form1, or b9Creator. Have at it, bots.
Paul Lynde as Templeton the rat in what is perhaps the greatest example of voice casting, ever, in the history of ever.
Careful watchers of the Scrying Pool will note that I’m taking a brief hiatus from working on the Drake token. I felt the need to crank out another model quickly, so I’m switching to an MTG Rat Token for a while. We’re about 75% done with the model here.
I have models for several Squirrel tokens in the Forge, so it’s not a huge step to do an evolutionary K-turn and go from Scuridae to Murinae.
The big difference between the rat and squirrel models is that I can open the rat’s mouth and arbitrarily pose him. The squirrels are limited to sitting on their haunches, mouths closed.
So that’s your basic rat. Whoopledy-doopelty. He’s really not worthy of the title MTG Rat Token yet; needs some scabies, matted fur, and maybe some open sores.
I’m planning to do some work with pose and surface textures to try to make this guy a little creepier. Scaly tail and some sharp fur tufts will help alot. Then I can go down the plague rat avenue, and hot diggety, I could make a rat swarm model. This could be a veritable smorgasboard of rats.
Stay tuned for test prints and the inevitable rat fails.