Monday, September 12, 2016

3D printed modular building [part 1]

The 3rd project we are working on (besides the dungeon and the space corridor) is the modular building!

The design principles are very similar to the what we did for the dungeon:

  • Based on 10x10cm tiles.
  • Everything can be interlocked without glue.
  • Some sort of generic style that could fit a fantasy wargame but also something modern. (I'm looking forward to use this stuff for Frostgrave but also TwD)
  • And also for this one the layout will be loosely based on the tiles of Zombicide Black plague (I'm starting with the stuff for the mission 1).
This is what I got so far, I'm looking forward to add some additional details very soon like internal stairs, a couple of alternative styles for door and windows, internal walls...

Monday, September 5, 2016

The return of the space corridor (part 1)

Many years ago I did a first prototype of the 3D space corridor (the original goal was to do some sort of Space Hulk in 3D) the plan was to have a "master" 3D print done by one of those online printing services and then use to to cast a bunch of copies.

The casting was kinda messy and the quality of the copies was not up to my standards, so I ended up leaving the project on the side.... until now!

You can see below some tiles based on the original files plus a couple of tweaks (I added some slots for the magnets), this time I'm going to 3D print everything on my own which is way simpler.

Each "building block" is based on a 5x5 cm square, I'm considering scaling them to fit a 3 inc cube in order to use them for Deadzone, I'd like also to make some alternative versions with some exposed pipes and/or other machinery bits...

Monday, August 22, 2016

3D Printed Dungeon (part 4): Breaking the rules

Back when I started the design of the tiles I gave myself a couple of design principles in order to make something that looked consistent and that could be used in a modular way.

One of those principles was: "leave the external walls flat so you can stack easily different rooms together". Unfortunately for the new section I had to break this principle in order to make something that looks more interesting.

I probably said before that I'm using as guideline the tiles of Zombicide Black Plague, the idea will be to be able to play the different scenarios using a 3D dungeon (that I will use also for Massive Drakness and other games like Frostgrave) and for the moment I started working on the tiles of the scenario 0.

If you are familiar with that scenario there is a room marked 4V that has 4 cubic rooms on the sides and nothing in the middle, that would have looked very uninteresting if I was going to be true to the principle above!

So in order to spice things up I made a couple of new walls that have a broken column on the external side of the room.

Once they are put together facing each other they will provide some interesting pattern that is far better then a perfectly symmetric 4 way passage.

And this is everything else I have printed so far:

I'm planning to finish these two sections by the end of the month, then I will move to either the urban or the sci-fy project...

Monday, August 8, 2016

3D printed dungeon (part 3)

Since I got the 3D printer about 10 days ago I've been able to print about half of the components for the first section of the dungeon (around 15 individual pieces), in the meantime I also designed some new bits and merged together other components that were taking too long to be printed individually.

As you can see below I haven't painted anything yet, I'm waiting to finish the section before worrying about put some colour on it... and also some bits here and there don't quite match and I'll have to file some material in excess sooner or later.

This is what I got at the moment

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Behold the dungeon-themed bases!

One of the project that was in my waiting list was this one about dungeon-themed base toppers for my miniatures. When the new Warhammer Quest came out I started to design some themed bases but I never had the chance to actually make them... until I got a 3D printer a couple of days ago!

These are designed to fit a 25mm base and they have the same pattern I'm using for some of the floors of my 3D printed dungeon.

Usually I go for the the plastic bases by Mantic Games: they are cheap and if you flip them over you can use to slot at the bottom to fit a magnet. Your you can see the bases with my toppers just below.

And here some happy cultists (and a couple of demons) that finally have the bases they were waiting for.

I'll probably consider making them available for sale in a while, I have this idea about some sort of webstore when the customer can pick base size (20mm, 35mm...) shape (square, round ...) and one of the patterns (or even uploading a custom one) and I can just print them on demand. But that's something for another day!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

3D printed modular dungeon (part 2 IRL)

Last week I got my new pieces form the 3D print factory and I took some pictures...

This is the short wall that could work either as "solid" wall

or as two broken walls

This is the short wall with the small door, I'm planning to attach the door with some tiny hinges

And these are the components together with the floor (which has a different pattern from the one I did previously)

The remaining pictures shows the new small room together with the one I did at the beginning of the month:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

3D printed modular dungeon (part 2)

I just finished a couple of new tiles for my dungeon, last time I used as reference on of the rooms for Dungeon Saga but this time I'm focusing on a more generic design. 

The new walls will make possible to create a cubic room that will allow even more flexibility than before, this idea came out while I was playing Zombicide Black Plague and I thought: wouldn't be cool to make a 3D board for this?

This first wall will allow to make either a solid wall or can be used to make two half collapsed walls that will be very handy to make some scatter terrain on the field. This was designed again to be assembled without glue. 

This other one has still the same size but it has a doorway, and the design also includes a door that can be either glued or left unattached. The doorway has the same size of the ones in this wall I designed before.

And finally this is the new floor (10 cm x 10 cm) that can be used to build the cubic room, as usual I put some holes on the top and on the side to be able to magnetise everything.

And finally I tried to put all the pieces together to see how a 3D board for Zombicide would look like, this is the 3D version of the one in the very first scenario.

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