Wow this is turning into a nice end to a horrible year. The wife brought home a nice surprise package from Pete Lowe in the UK, Seems he bought a FDM 3D printer and has been playing around with it. He packed up a bunch of his prints and put them in the post for me. I guess I haven't been posting enough and he figured I needed something to do. What a great friend! Here is what I unpacked tofay.
|Ancients, to age of sail, to WWII|
Pretty cool. I spent some time cleaning a few of them and I am impressed with the detail, as good as any of the Warlord Black Seas ship models. I just assumed that FDM was much cruder than this based on the FDM 3D prints I saw from Shapeways several years ago. Needless to say I am pleasantly surprised. I am not sure where Peter obtained the STL files he used. I believe he mentioned Wargame Vault as one source when we talked a month or so ago. The Montanes is a perfect match to the historical plans, albeit a bit on the bulky side, like the Warlord 3rd rates. But the Temeraires are low and sleek, as are the frigates and sloops.
Then there are the WWII ships (1/3000 scale I think?) I will have to check Mal Wright's posts for ideas how to paint these. The triremes will be fun too, particularly the sail designs for them.
Well, between Peter Lowe and Henry Turner, I believe I have plenty to keep me busy in the shipyard for the foreseeable future! Cheers!