I am opening a new log about creating a new line of weapons for the imperial guard foot soldiers. I started learning 3d modelling a couple of weeks ago, while falling for the 3d technology. I have high hopes that this technology will soon help us customize our armies beyond imagination.
I previously made a very first attempt in my Elysian logs printing some home made grenade launchers and plasma guns with mixed results. I had use a basic plastic technology to print my models.
Learning from that experience I went and search for some material that will offer better details. I found something that look very promising: UV cured acrylic polymer. It's suppose to be able to print walls as fine as 0.3mm and details of 0.1mm (Yes! One tens of a millimeter!). They seems very well indicated for the amount of details miniatures need.
From that, I wanted to solve a problem that I had when assembling my Elysian soldiers. It seems that I never had the weapons set that I wanted. From a box of soldier I would have 10 lasguns, and a couple of meltas and grenade launchers but no plasma or flamer, from another set I could buy 5 shotguns and from yet another plasma and flamers. And even when buying all that I would be short of special weapons of some sort. it's obviously a commercial strategy and it left me doubtful.
So I started thinking about a modular weapons set that would include all imperial guard's regular and special weapons and since we are at it, with extra accessories to customize them. Here were my first drawings trying to find a cool new design and get the scale right using Elysian weapon's dimensions:
Here is the list of objects I want to create for the set of weapons (Green: done, Yellow: started):
- Common body
- Lasgun nozzle
- Lasgun eagle nozzle
- Lasgun magazine
- Shotgun nozzle
- Shotgun magazine
- Plasma nozzle
- Plasma cooler
- Melta nozzle
- Melta tank
- Grenade launcher nozzle
- Grenade launcher magazine
- Flamer nozzle
- Flamer tank
- Sniper nozzle
- Sniper telescopic sight
- Demolition charge
- Plasma pistol
- Auxiliary grenade launcher
- Recoil system
I am learning 3d modeling with the free version of Google sketchup 8. There is some must watch videos in their training section for people that want to learn and. The software is really easy to use and you can start modelling in seconds.
From my first work I uploaded a 3d printable version on a cloud based 3d printing company that were offering UV cured acrylic polymer printing (Shapeways). The main goal was to check for problems because you have to follow certain design pattern when modelling something that would be printed.
But first some pictures of the Pharos patterns MKI pattern's of the lasgun and shotgun with some or none of the accessories:
You can find my first try at a weapons set to assemble 10 lasguns or 10 shotguns on the printer website.
I would like to have your feedback on the idea and the designs and if you think I should include something else in the project .