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Re: [3D] 3D printable parts

Post#19 » Mar 13 2016 03:37

I have a Stormsurge inbound (thanks to few donations and a big personal saving) alongside FUD A1 arms and hands (Stormsurge and Riptide versions).
I will refine after the models: fitting, assembly, wall thinning.
Then I will work on the main weapon arm attachment, missile arms, the rear missile support, the cockpit hatch and maybe a cover for the original main weapon torso attachment.
My goal is to offer the parts to make the Stormsurge more in line with other battlesuits configurations.

I hope to finish these parts in mid-April if I can have enough spare time.

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Re: [3D] 3D printable parts

Post#20 » Mar 13 2016 08:04

Really nice to see your projects growing and the options available to us Tau collectors Kael'yn. I have yet to fill and smooth the '128 arms I ordered, but I will try to do a little bit each time I "hobby" between work and house projects. :D

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Re: [3D] 3D printable parts

Post#21 » Mar 13 2016 09:51

Kael'yn wrote:I have a Stormsurge inbound (thanks to few donations and a big personal saving) alongside FUD A1 arms and hands (Stormsurge and Riptide versions).
I will refine after the models: fitting, assembly, wall thinning.
Then I will work on the main weapon arm attachment, missile arms, the rear missile support, the cockpit hatch and maybe a cover for the original main weapon torso attachment.
My goal is to offer the parts to make the Stormsurge more in line with other battlesuits configurations.

I hope to finish these parts in mid-April if I can have enough spare time.


Outstanding. I feel like I gave GW (through Forge World) long enough to release their own fixes for some of the more glaring issues facing the the Stormsurge (falling over and rain, to mention two). The work you have done on the hands looks great.

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Post#22 » Mar 14 2016 06:22

Khanaris wrote:I feel like I gave GW (through Forge World) long enough to release their own fixes for some of the more glaring issues facing the the Stormsurge (falling over and rain, to mention two).


When the cat sleeps, the mice take over the house...

In the past 5 years, I asked FW regularly more barehead options for Tau (female, veterans, ...). Nothing came from them.
Since their HH range, they forgot to propose small improvement kits for 40k (sweet memories of flechette dischargers, seeker missiles, ... :roll: ).
The 40k community need also to fix other things: rules for example... lacks of FAQ, power creep, this kind of things is putting me away from gaming.

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Re: [3D] 3D printable parts

Post#23 » Mar 21 2016 04:48

I get a set of hands and arms today.
Frosted Ultra Details models.

Stormsurge arms (A1 version of both shoulder and gauntlet):
I've added a pic in modelglue review (http://www.advancedtautactica.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=24420)
Models will benefit to some improvements: cost (sprues are unnecessary on gauntlets, and I can save other material around), assembly (adding pins to help center the gauntlet) and details (some need to be more visible).
I will receive the Stormsurge model in the next week and maybe refine a little more the design (the shoulder seems a little small), then switch to other Stormsurge parts.

Riptide hands:
Sprue:
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And assembled (without wrist)
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Stormsurge hands are quite identical, only bigger (133%)

Cyanoacrylate gel glue recommended.
Fingers assembly is a little tricky (parts fit a little too tighlty on the Riptide, fine on Stormsurge), but not a big problem for experienced modelers.
Just remove the finger parts one by one to avoid making mistakes. Removing the parts from sprue is easy, near to plastic sprue removing (snapping, cutting, ...).

Adding hand to Riptide arms:
You need first to remove the plastic "hand" and "knuckle guard":
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You can then glue the wrist part (you can position it more or less retracted).
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And finish assembly
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Post#24 » Mar 22 2016 07:28

My immediate reaction to my first sight of these parts is "Gorgeous". Well done. Please keep the ideas and beautiful parts coming.

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Post#25 » Apr 08 2016 04:53

Thanks Deepstrike. I try dingo my best to add new technology models to our beloved hi-tech army.

And about the new models:
I've created a scaled down version of the A shoulder of the Stormsurge for the Riptide model:
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Model is here:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/GDFYW7HG8/vx104-quot-ripper-quot-exosuit-shoulders?key=e9bf5584fb0278bbbeafc74d7da6553a

I've worked too on a piranha luggage case inspired by redtide conversion (to see in its thread)
Model will be available soon.
http://www.advancedtautactica.com/viewtopic.php?p=309569&sid=a3803cf0a5d8f48a4ae1dd394bf1bad4#p309569

My Stormsurge plastic kit is still in transit (Wayland Games has an awful customer support ...) so I keep my teeth sharp with other models.

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Re: [3D] 3D printable parts

Post#26 » May 08 2016 01:40

Some news:

My Stormsurge kit is here (takes a looooooong time to come :( ...) and I started to work making the torso in 3D to create spare parts I told: cockpit hatch, missile shoulders support, ...
Here a preview of the model.
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Dimensions are not 100% accurate at the moment (I have around 5% tolerance), I am working on getting them as close to the model as I can before adding more details and build spare parts. Cockpit design is hard to reproduce accurately, due to the complex shape it have, and I need it to create a hatch that fit seamlessly in the model shapes.

With access to model, I have also almost finished the missile arms to mount them on arms HYMP-style. I will soon get a prototype to test its fitting on the Cluster Missile Array.
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Also, I noticed that my arms were a little too close to the torso, making them less free of movement than riptide arms. I will correct their design accordingly.

And last thing, for those who see a fun ;) model in my 3D Riptide thread: I finally found my source file and may finish it after the Stormsurge work.
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Post#27 » May 08 2016 01:45

I am really liking the interaction of the cluster missile system with the newer arms you've created. I think if you publish these to shapeways I will forego my original set and use these instead!

So nice. Good job! :D

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Post#28 » May 08 2016 03:50

Good job - I really love to see that organic modeling!

Did you mention what software you use?

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Post#29 » May 08 2016 05:14

That Tau...porn...thing...has very, very underscale Fusion Blasters.

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Post#30 » May 09 2016 02:54

That´s very interesting way to utilize the original Missile system from the SSurge. Rather than coming up with completely new set of arms modeled to look alike, this pretty much uses the premade assets from the original box and just gives you the hand attachment.
Very interesting concept, and I shall be looking forward to see an actual completed piece.

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Re: [3D] 3D printable parts

Post#31 » May 09 2016 06:47

Thanks to all.

@modelglue: these parts are compatible with my previous arms so you will only need to order the missile elbow instead of a full arm set.

@joc-wi: Blender user since 2001 ...

@Raverrn: Size does not matters ;)

@Myrdin: Using parts of the kits helps keeping the price of these parts low with good print quality. Missile array will still need a little surgery to be used (removing the half sphere), but nothing too hard.
I hope having more parts in two or three weeks to test them and show a preview of parts on a Stormsurge model kit.

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Post#32 » May 13 2016 12:21

:eek: OUTSTANDING WORK Kael'yn!!!
I eagerly await your continued amazing work on this and the back missile launcher pads like LimpWeanie's!

Kael'yn wrote:Some news:

My Stormsurge kit is here (takes a looooooong time to come :( ...) and I started to work making the torso in 3D to create spare parts I told: cockpit hatch, missile shoulders support, ...
Here a preview of the model.
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Post#33 » May 27 2016 08:35

Really interested to see the finish on these parts when they come in, superb CAD modelling. Why, back in my day we used glue and art blades I tell yah..this techno wizardy fangled doowhackeys of today, be the ruin of us all! ;) :P

It has always been entertaining seeing tau players take their new kits then just rip them apart into wholly new and improved versions.

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Re: [3D] 3D printable parts

Post#34 » May 28 2016 01:38

Thanks, Tael.
I started as a cut-and-glue hobbyist too (and still remain) and only upgraded my toolbox. Doing the Stormsurge top hatch in plasticard or milliput would have maybe taken less time but difficult to offer to other without casting or proper instructions ...
I see the 3D modelling as an easier way to share conversion parts to people that want the concept but don't have time/tools/skills to do that.

But I am still eager to see physical conversion like you and others shared in the past, today and in the future. After all, it's LimpWeanie scratchbuild arms that inspired that work.

Small update about models:
Model work was halted due to life concerns, but now I have more time to continue working on.

Missile arms prototypes are inbound. I will get my hands on them around the 7th of June (Shapeways Frosted orders from Nederland are very slow at the moment). I will check their fitting then offer the models to order on Shapeways and to get the free STL file.
Here a preview of the model I ordered: 3D preview
Shoulder pads and upper arms are the same than my previous models.
The small double-half sphere bits are adapters to space the current shoulder pads from the torso.

Storsmsurge torso shape is done and close to model, but I've done the error to apply a boolean operation too quickly and now I have difficulties to fit the shapes of hatch top to front plate. So I need to rebuild a front plate to blend with hatch :::(

Shadowsun "fun" model need some details (hair and jetpack), but I am confident to finish her in July after Stormsurge parts.

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Post#35 » Jun 15 2016 04:46

I have to say what your doing looks incredible, I have been eagerly awaiting an update. Would you sell the top hatch seperately?

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Post#36 » Jun 16 2016 12:57

Thanks.
Update is for July I hope, because life has priorities so 3D work has slowed.

At the moment arms are sold in one item to save on flat printing cost ($5 for each item in Frosted)
But I hope to provide enough models to cover everyone needs.
So hatch may be available separately and in bundles.

Also, I am testing to cast models to sell them cheaper than Shapeways (4 or 5 time cheaper I hope). The next update will show my attempts.

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