Worshipers of the ancient Shapeshifter God Melmor, the Kobolds are ignoble lizard-dog horned demons who move around hopping on two legs. These short wicked monsters infest mines by stealing precious minerals and replacing it with toxic ones in order to spread the plague of their god. Cities with sewage systems are teeming with these evil and keen beings. Adventurers should never underestimate Kobolds: their innate abilities to brew potent poisons, stab and hide could catch even the most veteran soldiers off guard.
A big stepping stone in the production capacity of Monstrous Makings has been reached with the arrival of the Elegoo Saturn. Pre-Ordered in the first batch available, on the 6th June, I managed to score one of the rare Early Birds and then the waiting game was on. Elegoo had their fair share of troubles with the fulfilment but they kept us up to date with how things were going and I patiently waited for the dispatch notice.
My printer left the Elegoo factory on 28th August and a tense few weeks went by as I waited for it to arrive at the local warehouse, then on Tuesday I got the email saying it had been booked with the local courier for delivery and it arrived this morning.
I got too excited to do any kind of unboxing so I got straight onto setup and printing. The setup guide was straight forward and after making sure I could get the lid off the printer where is was going I cracked on with levelling. The process was very straight forward and in less than 15 mins I was loading up the first print. I always test each new printer with the same model, Hildara Bloodrage, she’s short and sliced at 50 microns, making for a fast print, and packed with detail. It also gives me a nice comparison with each new printer.
2:45 later and she’s all finished and ready for cleanup. Here are some shots of her with the supports on after a wash, supports removed (but no other post processing), and a light coat of Army Painter Grey Primer (still no other post processing)
First impressions are very good, with very little noticable layer lines and the larger build plate triples the capacity of the Sonic Mini next to it. I’m a very happy troll right now.
So to celebrate I will be offering a 20% discount on all SLA printed products. The discount will be automatically applied to each applicable product.
The ‘Troubles in Tavern’ set are an expanding set of ‘Heroes’ to mark milestones in Artisan Guild’s Patreon following. The latest hero, Gyros Shipwrecker has just been released and Artisan Guild have teased some details about the last 2(3) in the set.
Gyros Shipwrecker – Pirate Swashbuckler
At 7000 Patrons Artisan Guild will be releasing the following models to complete the set. In their own words here are the descriptions of Tino Kobold-Bane and Gnish & Gnosh
Tino Kobold-Bane, is inspired by our great personal trainer and friend Tino Rinderknecht. He will be the classic barbarian wielding a huge claymore. Will you unlock him in time to get rid of the Kobold who will infest our Patreon next month?
Gnish & Gnosh, two crazy gnomes! They will probably also get the name of “Double Trouble”, it works so well with the Troubles in Tavern line! This model will be a combination of two gnomes one on top of the other. The craziest one on the top, Gnish, will be throwing alchemical explosive concoctions like there’s no tomorrow. Gnosh, the stronger and growler brother, will be charging enemies from the bottom with a chained flail and shield. We are really in love with this character, and will stick to the concept we made as much as possible, with Gnish accidentally stamping the eye of the poor Gnosh.
Artisan Guild have continued revisiting their older releases to bring them up the spec with the newer one.
This time it was the Orc Barbarians that got a makeover. There are 2 extra bodies for the Modular Orc and Greatweapon Orcs along with many extra modular weapons. Throgar also gets his chance to ride Gorefang and the new Orc Warshrine is the perfect centre piece to your Orc encampment. The heroes also get modular ball joints so they can be equiped with a variety of other weapons too.
August’s release from Artisan Guild are the fantastic Eye-Cult Gryphkin. They are as always phenominal sculpts that would be perfect for a number of Dungeons and Dragons race like Aarakocra and Kenku which are so often underrepresented in model ranges.
The Legendary Arcanix is a huge model that is worthy of being an Epic Boss in its own right.
Once a cult of humans, the Gryphkins are the legendary people of the sky, often living in sacred or unholy place far away from the rest of the world. Their appearance and skill depends on where their eggs had been laid.
The noble High-Gryphkin of the Cult of the Eye protects the Eye of Tialevor from the lust of sorcerers and Kings on the peak of the Wyvern Mountains.
The eggs laid in the realms of mortals generate wingless Gryphkin, smaller, but skilled in the art of shadow manipulation, espionage and murder.
In the Cult of the Eye both forms are essential to keep the Eye safe and at the same time protect the world from its endless corruption, but It would seem that the evil influence of the Eye has slowly turned his jailers into his… thralls.
The Dwarven Oathbreakers take a break from mining only to realise they are not alone.
Recently Artisan Guild released an update to their Dwarven Defenders set to include the Mine Entrance scenery piece. I decided to print one out and paint it up, which also drove me to paint up the Oathbreakers I printed when they first came out.
I realised I needed to set up a little scene with the Sparksoot Goblins but you’ll have to excuse the rubbish image editing skills in the first pic.
The Cin’Dar Navy Core Crew has been released into the Skies of Sordane. Choose between the Crew Bundle or pick your own options to outfit this band of warriors and take to the skies.
Artisan Guild have been working through their back catalog of releases and adding extra models to the older releases to bring them up to the same level as the latest releases.
The Ogres have gained modular weapons, an extra 2 female Orge Grunts, a mount for Gronk Boomshot and a piece of scenery. The Ogre category has now been updated with all the latest releases.
A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Digital Taxidermy – Spool Tower Kickstarter sample files and how great they were for using up the empty spools from FDM printing. I got in touch with Digital Taxidermy and asked if they had any Sci-Fi files I could test as my main scenery focus is Infinity: The Game and they sent me some great files to test.
I got sent the Power Generator, Radar Dice tower and Ramps & Bridges, and here they are all printed and put together. I regret I haven’t had a chance to get any paint on them yet but I wanted to get this post out before the Kickstarter closes.
The files looked a lot more complex than the sample one I showed before but once I dug in they are actually very good. I was dubious about how the centre of the Power Generator would print without the support so I added one of my own.
I should have trusted the Digital Taxidermy though as my support fell over just as it was about to be ‘needed’ and the model printed just fine. The underside does look a bit messy but the outside is perfect and as you wont see inside once it’s assembled it doesn’t matter.
The Power Generator weighed in at 192g which for effectively 3 levels is well under the target of 100g per level that Digital Taxidermy set themselves.
Next on the printer was the bridge and the ramp which max out at 33g a pice making for a very material efficient and actually very strong construction. Good use of bridging and alternate direction layers produces a strong lightweight construction.
And finally the Rader Station Dice tower. This one is a bit heavier than the rest but the result is massive and well worth the extra filament as a centre piece. I didn’t have the files for the spool in the middle but the top and bottom come in at 320g and print supportless like the rest of the files. The result being a stylish and functional dice roller. The only change I might suggest is some sort of barrier (maybe removeble) to stop the dice from rolling too far accross the table.
For anyone interested in backing there is still time and more stretch goals are being unlocked everyday.
A month or 2 ago one of the Infinity: The Game community contacted me say he was planning on using my 28mm scale weapon files that I make for tabletop conversions to make him self a Cosplay variant of the weapon and I was intrigued.
I decided to give it a try myself and picked the recently released Nomad Pistol to try, it’s my favourite pistol so far and I wanted to start small.
I took some measurements from the file and my hand and initially settled on scaling the file to 50x the 28mm file. To test the size I cut the file in half and printed a few layers from the middle of it.
This turned out to be huge and needed shrinking again. 75% of the first print (so 3750% for the original file), printed another 2 layer slice and this was a much better size. Also fit on the build plate in one piece.
After settling on the size I took the file into Microsoft 3d builder to slice it in half and add holes for pieces of filament to align the halves afterwards. I then used Cura to slice the files ready to print. Using the Adaptive Layers feature in Cura I ended up with a layer height between 0.12mm and 0.28mm depending on the angle of the part.
Printed in 3dPrintz Blue Grey PLA on my Ender 5 Plus.
And then assembled using 20mm pieces of filament as pins and clamped until set.
And here it is ready for sanding.
Part 2: Sanding and Prepping for paint coming soon.
For access to all the 3d files I make for Infinity: The Game follow me on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/monstrousmakings)