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Battle Wizard (Wargamining Mini)

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Battle Wizard (Wargamining Mini) by Zarquon Jan 23, 2012

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This is a derivative of “World of Warcraft - The Lich King“ by mandun in the sketchup warehouse.
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=c2108ac26e7cec1046f463434f849d53&prevstart=0

I'm working on making both of those models easily printable. This one was much less involved hence it being first.

It's pretty much the same set of changes as the other models I've posted from the sketchup warehouse.

  1. Removed unprintable details
  2. Simplified other details
  3. Stitched together some sections
  4. Removed some self intersections
  5. Mild 'artistic' changes (no more jokes about his belt buckle being his 'package'!)

I'll be playing him as my sub commander type model in my warmachine army. I haven't done his weapons yet and don't plan to for a while.

Note: Warmachine and the related terms are property of privateer press. This model is not intended to actually look like or be the model they provide but is simply my proxy for it.

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Printed one of these, but forgot go enable support...

And it came out great! The right hand didn't print right, but the left one was connected to the book so came out fine. If you would connect the right hand to the side with a bit of added support it would print out fine. Some cleanup and glueing later and it's what shows up as "I made it".

http://daid.mine.nu/~daid/IMG_20120125_204629.small.jpeghttp://daid.mine.nu/~daid/IMG_...

Originally (and I guess eventually now) I planned to connect the other hand to the ground with a sword or weapon of some type. I tried that on another model, which I haven
’t posted, using a quarter staff and it didn’t come out so impressive.

Did the one you posted as a copy of this really print without supports? That’s mind blowing that it can be done that way. How did the right arm print at all? I can’t even see from the picture what’s substantially ‘
not right’ about it. Did you print it as one piece/what needed gluing?

I think I’ll quickly toss an angled block in between his leg and his hand and give it a try when I get home from work today.

It created some strings and "support" during the first layers of the fingers. Note that I printed it at 0.1mm layers. Also, the right hand "shifted" during printing, because the "support" was wobbely, so I had to cut it lose and glue it again. That's why the hand is at the seamingly impossible angle ;-)

I gave it a try without supports. I added a bit between the leg and hand to hold it there. It came out pretty well. The new one is on the right exactly as he came out of the printer (no cleanup). http://imgur.com/HRDULhttp://imgur.com/HRDUL If I put a fan on him during the print or did 2 at a time he would probably be better. I don't need any more of them for now so I'm going to hold off on trying that.

Not bad at all :)

You are printing with ABS? PLA seems to work better for small things because it doesn't strink.

I just printed this: http://daid.mine.nu/~daid/IMG_20120129_162856.small.jpeghttp://daid.mine.nu/~daid/IMG_... just as a test. No cleanup done at all. The legs and arms are crazy thin. The model is an export from League of Legends, wi
th a bit of cleanup and weapons removed. She used to have a big gun and a top hat. The actual print looks better then on the photo (black PLA is hard to photograph). This is the model: http://daid.mine.nu/~daid/caitlin.pnghttp://daid.mine.nu/~daid/cait...

I
’m only printing with PLA. I don’t have any ABS around right now. The problem I was seeing with the support less one was that it’s just too soft during the entire print. The supports seemed to give it just enough time to cool a bit.

It looks pretty good. I’ve been staying away from thin
arms since my test piece of them did not come out well. I’ll guess the license of LoL doesn’t allow you to share the model here?

Figured you where printing with ABS because you said you bended the arms a bit, which seems impossible with PLA here.

Cooling seems very important, on my 2nd try of the Caitlin print one of her legs shifted and came out wrong. I have the skeinforge cool plugin on 5 seconds per layer. Which seems to do the trick for me, but my cooling fan has a very directional shroud on it.

I did add some manual support for the
hands which worked great. I'm still learing the 3D modeling tools, so I haven't managed to make the arms and legs thicker. Which should solve the last problem. Then I just need to print a weapon and it's ready for Thingiverse.

I brush each of mine with a blowtorch when I'm cleaning off the little threads. It makes them very posable actually.

What format can you export from LoL into?

I actually got the models from ingame using a 3D screenshot tool and a custom build to to read the format exported by that tool. So I don't have bone/animation information. I saved the files as STL, because I only needed the triangle information. But I'm editing them in 3D Studio Max.

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