When looms a medieval zombie apocalypse (which, frankly, happens every time the local necromancer goes for a stroll) it’s not the lords and ladies, safely ensconced behind thick citadel walls and rows of nervous archers who get chomped; if serf’s up for Jack and Jill mudgrubber they’re crudités for Zed anon.
With a model this small, it’s all about pose. How do you communicate shambling corpse with the broadest strokes, while keeping overhangs to a minimum?
Some details unfortunately get lost in the printing, like this lovely compound tibial fracture.
I’m a little disappointed in the resolution of the print. Even at .1mm layer height the finer details of Zed’s leg get lost, as does his partially-revealed skull. My understanding is that several key powder printing patents expire in 2014, so perhaps by then we’ll be able to print this zombie with all his putrid details intact.
At that point I’ll have to go back and add some facial features, because for now Zed doesn’t have a nose or clearly defined mouth.
I had an Etsy store order come in and I just couldn’t get one of my slime counters to print properly. Tried everything; adjusting layer height, slower print speed, re-leveled the print bed.
Turns out one of my Z-axis shafts had worked its way loose, which made the platform wobble during the print. A little bolt tightening and I was good to go, but not until I’d already made a dozen or so failed slime counters.
The original slime counter is here, free to download.
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.
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.
There’s some healthy skepticism out there suggesting that the either the Beast requires support or won’t print at all on an FDM printer. I’ve been wanting to do some timelapse photography for a while, so this was a perfect opportunity to dig out an old webcam and show that si, se puede.
This is printing on a Replicator 1 with factory firmware. I had some weird webcam software issues so I ended up taking timed screenshots, which turned out to be handy because Replicator G’s “DONE” dialog got caught in the final frames.
You’ll see my hand flicker in there for a frame or two; I’m removing a piece of filament ramen leftover from the extruder clearing action. Didn’t want this model to get touched by His Noodly Appendage.
This model has become something of a 3D printing torture test for printer companies attempting to show off their new hardware’s abilities. Afinia managed to do it, and while this print failed above on a Replicator1, I’ve gotten dozens of these guys printed since. It’s like a beast farm ovah heah.