The Skies of Sordane Kickstarter has delivered another excellent crew bundle. This time the Merchant Guilds. These stunning models would fit a variety of characters and classes in popular role-playing settings and the extra additions of the Owl familiar and Spirtual Weapon models really give this set flavour.
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.
I wanted to highlight a Kickstarter I came across the other day. Spool Tower by Digital Taxidermy is fantastic way to re-use old fialment spools and turn them into something useful.
I dowloaded the sample files and after following the simple instructions tweaked the files to fit my empty spools. A bit of cheap eBay ‘Wood’ fialment (I’m not sure there’s any actual wood in there but it’s the right colour) and a few ink washes and some stipling and we get this.
Whilst still clearly a filament spool the result is brilliant. With a few more greebles and maybe a stone texture (paint or print) on the grey section you’d be hard pushed to find fault. Each printed layer (in this sample file) took only 68g of filament making it super cheap too.
The kickstarter has options for roof pieces to cover the top of the spool but they aren’t available in the sample files, however with the surround pieces in place a second spool fits nicely ontop for the addtional layers to be added.
I would strongly suggest you take a look if you have need for cheap terrain and have a abundance of spools. I will be printing up a bunch of different ones for the tables at my FLGS – Nerdy Coffee Co.