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Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« Last post by No Head Ned on November 06, 2014, 03:52:49 PM »
The Colouring-in Room / Re: Halloween WiP
« Last post by No Head Ned on November 06, 2014, 03:48:15 PM »
28mm to his empty eyesockets
Non-FOD minis / Re: X-Wing boardgame
« Last post by GearHead on November 06, 2014, 01:56:34 AM »
That wampa's hilarious.
Hasslefree Gaming and Fluffery / Re: Blast from the past
« Last post by Ajsalium on November 05, 2014, 10:42:30 PM »
I think it now looks significantly better, and the two pieces are better tied together.

If anything, I would make it wider but not longer, to help keep the full shape of the dropship more compact (or squat).
Hasslefree Gaming and Fluffery / Re: Blast from the past
« Last post by Brandlin on November 05, 2014, 10:26:54 PM »
By popular demand... Some outline shapes for a curvier cockpit. We call this the Beyonce prototype.

More pictures on my blog.

Of course, now all those lovely flat panels that I was putting embossed details on to are either single or couble curvature so surface details will take a bit longer to add.

Comments welcome - particularly, is this an improvement? Not only is it curvier, but its also longer but not wider or deeper yet. But I have modelled it Parametrically so the whole design is only constrained by less than a dozen measurements so its very easy to rescale and fiddle with.
Non-FOD minis / Re: Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing
« Last post by BulldogUK on November 05, 2014, 07:32:29 PM »
I'll try and remember and get some pics tomorrow chaps :)

Game was ace, the mechanics of melee attacks v breath attacks works really well and there is a good range of dragon powers and skills. Looking forward to the first wave and what foot troops will add to the mix
Hasslefree Gaming and Fluffery / Re: Blast from the past
« Last post by Brandlin on November 05, 2014, 04:14:36 PM »
OK, sorry for the delay

Thank you for all the comments.

Trying to address each of them.

Boxy vs Curvy.

Remember that my original intention here was to make a drop ship for my old crow vehicles. Their style is angular and has the raised panel details that you see on the cockpit. The Listerine bottle was merely a 'shape' that appealed to me. Oddly in CAD the boxy vs curvy nature of the parts stands out way more than it does on the real prototype. I think a chunk of that is because the prototype has panels and other surface features on the hull that sharpen the outline more. I do agree that as presented it doesn't look cohesive.

On the prototype the cockpit is scratch built from styrene sheet - and that drove a lot of the straight lines and boxy-ness. I REALLY like the cockpit, but that's probably because i was so happy with how the prototype came out. But I'm also pretty well wedded to the Listerine hull shape.

The 'Space 1999' feel was somewhat deliberate, as i discussed on my original blog build five years ago - homage rather than copy.

I have two options really.

1. Make the cockpit curvier.
2. Make the hull more angular.

For a hollow hull I'm committed to either making a laser cut model to be assembled or scratchbuilding the hull to be resin cast. I think the resin casting of the hull is probably a bit beyond my scratchbuilding skills and knowledge right now. The cockpit is almost certainly going to have to be cast - probably from a 3d print. If the cockpit is going to be 3d printed then curves aren't a problem. So, I think I shall go that route.

NOTE: I just scared myself by loading the cockpit model up to shapeways to get a quote - $65 in their low detail white flexible plastic. but $402 for the detial white plastic! Even hollowing this out only brings the price down to $270! It's only 70 x 50 x 80 mm!! Sheesh. Even the Landing Feet are $8 a piece! SO master print and then cast is the only way forwards.

Detachable Cockpit

The cockpit is and always was detachable with magnets. However this was only ever done because the way the prototype was made with the cockpit and hull cast as separate pieces it was the easy design decision. I am not going to redesign to cockpit to be a 'ship' in its own right, but there will be detail on it that you could pretend are thrusters so that you can claim its an escape pod or suchlike. Personally if i was procuring military equipment and the the design gave the opportunity for the fly boys to 'jetison' the troop carrying module to save their own skins, i'm not sure thats a feature i would buy!

Hull or Container?

I have always toyed with the idea of replacing the hull with a 'frame' and having a removable 'pod' (magnets again of course). The 'Frame' would follow the line of the bulges so the engines are mounted in the same location as current and can be vectored. A 'spine' would run across the top of the current Hull Linking the forward and rear engine 'bulges' in a kind of capital 'I' shape. This remains a possibility for a variant in future. It wasn't done with the prototype because the poured resin Hull didn't make it feasible. I like the squat practical shape of the current ship, but dislike the fragile nature of such a variant when the detachable 'pod' is removed.  I would also have to solve the problem that the landing gear only fits in the hull not on the frame, so the vehicle cannot currently land unles sis has the pod. Finallt if the bulges are part of the frame rather than a hull then the pod shape is a pretty boring thunderbird 2 type oval with flattened sides :-(


What I am going to do is play with the scale of the overall components. regardless of boxy/curves i find the cockpit and engines to be a little on the small side, So they will get beefed up. Don't forget, as per the prototype, this has a pair of rear rudders to be cast and added - I've not CAD modeled it yet.

I may also rescale the rear hull so that it accomodates something bigger than the old crow and Goanna scout vehicles.

I want to be able to get Gladius Medium Tanks and Glaive Medium APCs in it. As well as the modular vehicles that never went on full release that I have a number of...

I think the Claymore Heavy APC will be a step too far, and the heavy Lancer and Sabre are bigger again


I like the squatter/shorter landing gear so that's staying.
The ramp will slide under the floor of the main hull. (which means redrawing a very large part of the hull structure).
The rear door will still be hinged and i think i'm going to keep it folding down. The hinge wont be in the way of the ramp and the door and ramp will locate with magnets. This means the ramp doesn't need to have an 'axle' in the main hull to pivot. I have toyed with the rear door hinging at the top to keep it clear from the ramp and it might look cool, but it means having to include some for of 'prop' to hold it up and I don't want the fiddle.

Anyway that's all for now.

More waffling and WIP designs for comment as they come.
General Ranting / Plastic vehicles for 30mm figures?
« Last post by Mr Teufel on November 05, 2014, 12:29:50 PM »
Where can I get a plastic hearse roughly suitable for 28-32mm figures? I have a diorama in mind: I want an undead Superman (or equivalent) ripping through the top of the hearse carrying him. So I need a hearse where I can modify the roof.

It's at the head of a procession, so other vehicles in the same scale would be nice, too.
Non-FOD minis / Re: Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing
« Last post by beefcake on November 05, 2014, 08:24:33 AM »
And a standard 28mm human :)
Information / Re: Next batch of minis
« Last post by Balgin Stondraeg on November 04, 2014, 09:21:06 PM »
Hey there guys, I can't speak for other models but, as far as Maika goes, I understand there is a good reason for the delays. While she's currently available in resin, two delicate points on her sword have proved prone to breaking when she is removed from the mold. One is right down near the tip of the blade as it reaches the tab. It had a slight tendency to break off just above the tip in a way that made it really awkward to fix. The sword hilt itself is delicate towards the top. I believe another feather may be added to help support the more delicate end of the hilt.

If there are delays for Maika I believe it's with good reason. I don't know anything about the mystic panda restock 'though.
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