The first Hue building

Here is the first Hue city building for my ongoing Vietnam war project. On the picture below you see an old scratch build building of my WWII collection. From a time  3D printing wasn’t available jet. On the left you see the start of the first building of a series of buildings from the citadel of Hue. think base line green. The STL file comes from a Kickstarter by WOW Buildings

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I wanted the pavement to fit with my other buildings so I build it the traditional way, foam and scribing. The walls surrounding the building are from WOW ,too. The base is PVC .

Above you see a few pictures of the build I added some debris to the broken wall .

the base coated building shows clearly the problem with 3D printing. You see the different print layers.

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But after painting these vanish more or less.

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The finished building with plants and grass added:

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For me the way to go is to combine 3d printing with traditional modeling. i think the finished building is presentable.

A Vietnamese hut

As the paint on the flight stand and the Hueys isn’t dry jet I thought I show you pictures of the next project. A vietnamese hut for a jungle village. As I got a 3D printer for x was I thought to use it to print a hut for my jungle terrain. Or a complete village? Not sure jet.

As I didn’t find an appropriate STL online I designed the hut myself using tinkercad.

Here are the pieces I designed:

Sorry forgot to take a picture of the roof.

Here are pictures of the printed version. Glued to a base.

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I will post more pictures of the progress in the future. There is a smaller version without the veranda and a raised version for swamp settlements in the pipeline.

Huey painting started

I starrtet to paint the 2 Hueys I printed. One as a medevac/dustoff chopper the other as a slick.

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As you can see I used white decal paper. Not a good choice for the letters in “MARINE” as I have to pint in the proper background again ,but i had no clear decal paper available. Have to order some more. But for the other decals it worked quite nicely.

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The Bell UH-1C “Huey”

What is Vietnam wargaming without the iconic helicopters the US forces were using there. After painting up some Marines and NVA, VC figures I thought it would be time to build some choppers. The Marines used the UH-1C and the Sikorsky H34 during the first years of the conflict . I start with the UH-1C.

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As I got two 3d printers a resin and a filament printer I tried to print a Huey on both of them and wanted to find out which printer would do the better job.

Here are pictures of the filament printed Huey:

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As you can see you can see the printing lines quite clearly. I didn’t like that very much and they would have shown after painting even more. So I printed one in resin:

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I like that one much more. So I will work with the resin printed ones. I started printing a second one and built a flight stand out of an old car antenna:

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The chopper will be attached with a magnet.

More to come

A special Space Marine of the Night Lords

As xmas is gone I can show you pictures of a special xmas present for my son , without spoiling his surprise. He liked it very much when he unwrapped it at xmas eve.

He is a huge Night lords fan and therefore I thought it fitting to build him a Night lord display marine. As I got a resin 3d printer ( Anycubic Photon) and found STL files ,on thingiverse, for printing marines I thought about doing a bigger then life marine. The parts on thingiverse are 28mm ( heroic GW scale) so I resized the parts to something like 200% the normal size and started printing.

Here are the parts:

I then sanded the parts to get rid of the supports and build the marine:

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I then added some more details like skulls, horns, a loincloth and a cloak and started painting:

here is the finished model in all its splendor:

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And a size comparison with one of my Galactic Knights marines:

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The miniature will find a fitting space in my sons flat!