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Got a 3D Printer – made some ships and tanks

I bought a 3D printer at the end of last year but it stood doing nothing for some time. Work was crazy leading up the Christmas break and during the break I got otherwise engaged. However I recently got it all up and running and how much fun I have had with it.

So far I have printed 1/3000 ships and 1/100 tanks and a lot of 2mm city buildings and walls (but more about that some other time).

Denmark Strait

The first thing I printed was the ships for the Battle of Denmark Strait 1941, where famously HMS Hood was sank by Bismarck.

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HMS Hood, Bismarck, HMS Prince of Wales and Prinz Eugen

These 3d files can be bought from Ghukek’s Miniatures,

The 3 files can be bought from Ghukek’s Miniatures on Wargaming 3d; https://www.wargaming3d.com/vendor/ghukek/

I painted them in grey, gave them a black wash highlighted some of he detail with the same grey and painted the deck details with a light brown. I gave the decks a light wash of brown.

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For the basing and wanted to get a quick results and painted the base in blue then outlined the bow wave in light blue and some streaks around the boat, then when dry some of the Atlantic blue from Vallejo (it is a modelling paste, link here). Let dry and carefully add some white to enforce waves and wake, and here and there. Really happy how they came out.

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We will try these out in battle shortly, I will write about it then. The Little One is reading up on the Naval Thunder Rules.

The second project was some Finnish Tanks, the Sturmi, or StuG to most of the world. I got the file for free at thingyverse, link here https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2609688/apps – It is not a perfect model but good enough.

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The wait for the print, it takes about 4 hours to print the tanks
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The prints with the supports as they come out of the printers.
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I ended up printing a company worth of these
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Really happy how they came out.

/ Hope that was of some interest, I will write about my experiences of using the printer and reflections later.

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Draught Excluders and Vinyl Floor tiles, or fields for Lund 1676

As you may know I like using adhesive vinyl floor tiles that you can get cheap from Poundland as bases for my terrain projects and have used both the long plank variety as well as the square foot type (as shown in a few old posts, like this one way back (link) or this one (link).

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They sell at £1 for 3 in Poundland, I suppose you could use them for your floor too. I like that they rigid yet flexible. They warp but you can kind or bend them back. Store them flat.
Dalarna (Sweden) during the 1943 Invasion (What-if) – tiles, cars, a table  and a small game of Chain of Command – Roll a One
Use in practice, each farm in my Sweden 1943 project has a separate tile made from one of the vinyl floor planks.
Sweden WW2 – Roll a One
A selection of Farm Tiles giving each farm as more immersive feel.

For the Lund 1675 project I want to make a wintery mat (later post) and also add some frozen fields with bushes etc around them. These would be stand alone fields and I wanted to make a test section to see how it would work out using some tiles and well as draught excluders. I got some of ebay, and the smallest one 9X6mm or something like that, they are handy in that they are adhesive. I think they are sent in container from China.

The ones I bought

The steps in the captions

First I cut out a piece of nylon plan, and attached some of the draught excluder. Both the tile is adhesive as is the excluder. Easy and quick.
Added some glue and then sprinkled some sand (bird cage sand) on the non-hedge parts.
I tried to use the brush to go in one direction when spreading out the sand. Let Dry.
Paint it shit brown, Let Dry
Dry brush the base with white
Mix 1 part PVA glue and 2 parts of Snow Flock with a little bit of white.
Add it to the top of the draught excluders and the ground that is not fields (try to do a 80-90% cover) you want some dark to shine through.
Water down some of the mix (pva, snow and white) say 1 part to 2 parts water and spread over the fields and sprinkle some snow flock all over.
Good to go…
Add some miniatures (you may want to add some more snow flock, I like it when it is not totally white)
Looks the part…

Hope that was of some use, these tiles will enhance the table and I will make them bespoke to the scenario and then a few generic ones. They are really easy to make and relatively cheap.

Now I just need to get some more vinyl floor tiles,

/ See you next time.