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    JozisTinManJozisTinMan
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    My first foray into 3D Printing…  See blog post for details: https://jozistinman.blogspot.com/2019/12/3d-printed-6mm-snake-rail-fence-and-use.html

     

     

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    #127969
    Nathaniel Weber
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    Those came out great! And a good way to do what is otherwise a fiddly thing in 6mm (or an expensive, metal-cast thing).

    I am considering 6mm AWI, too. What make are those minis?

    #127970
    JozisTinManJozisTinMan
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    They are Baccus.  They are some great castings, do NOT judge them by my paint job!  I order them direct from the UK to the US and they are usually here in a week, here is a link: https://www.baccus6mm.com/catalogue/AmericanWarofIndependenceAWIAmericanRevolution/

     

    I was going to try and make them out of pasta noodle by hand, you are right, this is much better!

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    #127971
    Nathaniel Weber
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    Pasta noodle by hand would elicit this reaction:

    I like the minis (paint job too!).

    #128005
    Thomaston
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    I like the fense, could it be too fragile without the base?

    Tired is enough.

    #128017
    McKinstry
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    I see they are FDM type (filament) printers. Any thoughts on resin SLA types?

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    #128032
    JozisTinManJozisTinMan
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    Thomaston:  I think it would be too fragile and needs a robust base.  It actually works well for me, as my 6mm figures are on 3mm thick bases.  You could probably shave some of that height off, though in the software of your choice.

    McKinstry:  They were printed on a Makerbot Replicator+, I am not sure what the setting where.  I gave the Librarians my thumb drive,m told her how many copies I wanted and she did the slicer part.  There is a little whispy string you can see that I’ll need to clip off when I get around to painting them, but not too much.  I am getting a Crealty Ender 3 Pro, At least one other member of this forum (John) is using it successfully.

    The SLA printers are getting really cheap and seem to have exceptionally high quality, like the Anycubic Photon.

    The quality of the prints is amazing.  But, I decided to go with the FDM printer as my first as it seems much easier to operate, less mess, and I intend to mostly do terrain.  Really looking forward to that, as I like to use smaller-scale miniatures and being able to scale and edit terrain to match my figures and base sizes is going to be a game-changer.  For example, my first project is going to be a trench system for my Pendraken 10mm WW1 troops that are based on 40mm x 20mm bases.

    As I get more proficient, though, I can foresee investing in a SLA Printer like the one listed above.   As I game 28mm Pulp and Colonials and small scale 10mm / 6mm/ 3mm for everything else, I will primarily be doing terrain and custom markers, player aids, etc. and not figures.

    We’ll see how it goes, I’ll keep my blog up to date and you guys updated here.

     

    Nathaniel: I actually did LOL!  You need a ton of rail fences for AWI in South Carolina and the thought of doing it in angel hair pasta was shall we say daunting…

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    #128100
    Darkest Star GamesDarkest Star Games
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    The SLA printers are getting really cheap and seem to have exceptionally high quality, like the Anycubic Photon.

      Stay away from the Photon.  It can do some nice stuff but breaks a lot and their support is horrible.  The Epax 1X is a much better printer and their support is magnificent.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #129038
    Les Hammond
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    I see those snake rail fences a lot in ACW games. I assume they’re ‘just’ terrain eye candy and don’t really offer any cover?

    6mm France 1940

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    #129041
    MikeMike
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    I made fences from spaghetti once, all went well until I inkwashed them… 😐

    #129046
    JozisTinManJozisTinMan
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    @Les: Yes, I am not going to have them provide any cover, but maybe some sort of morale bonus? If you are militia manning a fence, it might mae you more likely to stand, perhaps?

    I am using the TFL  “Swamp Fix: scenario book, I will look up how they address the issue when I get home tonight.

    @Mike: As for Spaghetti fences… I feel for you, that was a lot of labor down the drain.

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    #129484
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    I made fences from spaghetti once, all went well until I inkwashed them… 😐

    classic…. I made a terrain table once by covering Kingspan with a mixture of compost and PVA. It went really well, but I ran out of mix and made a quick batch to finish the last board. Painted, put away…..

    I had in my haste neglected to boil that final batch. Mushrooms. Lots and lots of little mushrooms 🙂 It would have made a good SF terrain if I could have worked out how to preserve it.

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