I’m proud to announce the Armored Recovery Vehicle is out of the garage now, and available on DriveThruRPG as usual.
This vehicle was fun to design and build, and includes parts that mean it can be used to tow any of our trucks on their bumper-mounted tow points. It also includes several moving parts like the armored windows, and a swing crane arm that can raise and extend.
The armored hull is also likely to feature on several more products on the way as well. I’d like to create a sci-fi APC for example, and maybe some more exotic vehicles like mine-flails, bridgelayers and ‘bobbin’ track layers. Pretty much a sci-fi set of Hobart’s “Funnies”.
It’s been a while since I updated this blog – I tend to post more progress on Facebook and Instagram these days – does anybody still read blogs? Anyway while New Zealand is out of Lockdown now, I did manage to produce two truck Expansion Kits while I was trapped working from home with my 3D printers.
The Extra Truck Bodies kit includes a set of four new truck bodies that can be combined with any of our existing trucks, like the Outpost Utility, Halftrack Recovery, Prospector Rover, Garbage Truck or Military Truck.
The Extra Truck Chassis kit includes three new chassis options, and a trailer that can also be combined with any of our truck kits. One of the chassis included is based on the German Army’s WW2 Raupenschlepper Ost, which was fun to create.
I’ve finally finished another Titan Terrain NZ building. This is their excellent free-standing ‘Factorum’ kit.
I haven’t reviewed this particular building, but the kit contents are fairly similar to another Titan Terrain building I built last year.
The building was assembled, and then the MDF was primed with a generic white spray can from a hardware store. It was painted with household acrylics and student’s ‘water-based oils’ from the local stationary warehouse.
It’s guarded by DAK future soldiers because I still haven’t got around to painting the appropriate figures from my Sci Fi collection! Curse my slackness, as I have some lovely metals from Crooked Dice’s Colony 87 set that would work perfectly here too.
The Military Cargo Transporter for 28-32mm scale wargames is now available on DriveThruRPG.
This is a 3D printable kit that builds into a working model. It’s designed to print easily on consumer FDM printers. Assembly is required.
I’m proud to announce our 3D printable Outpost Utility kit is available as part of the DriveThruRPG ‘AU Brushfire Relief Charity Bundles‘.
Every single penny of sales from these bundles goes to two Aussie Charities:
Disaster Relief and Recovery – Australia Red Cross
Bushfire Emergency – World Wildlife Fund of Australia
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Crooked Dice were kind enough to send me copies of the resin Hover Car they’re selling based on my design. They’re available on the Crooked Dice site here, and here for 16GBP each. Here’s a quick review of the sample vehicles I received and photographed.
First I have to say these are lovely resin casts. They’re clean, have minimal flashing that’s easy to trim or file away and go together well. The parts are also very crisp, and capture all of the detail from the original 3D designs. Some minor changes have been made to improve the ease of casting – they are very subtle though and I only noticed them because I was comparing them to 3D prints of the original files.
Each car consists of 7 separate parts. Three of them are new ‘jet exhaust’ pieces that Crooked Dice created for the vehicles. They fit into the underbody and the front vents and give the vehicle a solid base as well as a lovely flying look on the table. The remaining parts are the main body, a separate front bumper and the jet nozzles that sit in the front wheel wells. The bumper is separate because that’s the pour point for the resin I believe.
I’m impressed at how successfully Crooked Dice converted a set of 3D .STL files into a physical model, particularly since I was not considering casting when designing the original files. It’s a testament to the skill of their design and casting folks, particularly when you see they managed to capture all the detail, including the (possibly excessive) underbody with no casting issues!
I’m a little biased of course, but I would definitely recommend these resin vehicles if you need some sci-fi vehicles. I also have to say the Crooked Dice folks are a pleasure to deal with generally too, and their customer support is excellent.
The Military Truck kit is now available on DriveThruRPG.
This kit lets you build a 28mm-32mm scale SciFi Military transport vehicle that comes with several options for the cabin, back tray, and chassis. The tray walls and tail are also hinged so they can be opened.
The Military truck parts also works with all our other released Truck kits.
Mixing and matching the parts in each kit allows you to build even more vehicles. For example, here’s the Military Truck cabin combined with the Prospector Rover parts.
Crooked Dice Design Studio have licensed our latest vehicle release, the Cyberpunk Hover Car. If you’ve reached us via their Colony 87 Kickstarter, the rest of our Sci Fi Vehicle collection is available on DriveThruRPG as well. These are a series of 28mm scale vehicles that are designed for easy printing using home FDM printers for your Sci Fi wargame tabletop.
I commented at the end of the Vendorum review that Titan Terrain’s Factorum also looked quite tempting. I splurged and bought their larger Warehouse building instead. This building is also part of a good bundle deal Titan Terrain offer.
The above photo shows you my final, assembled Warehouse and it is a commanding piece of terrain which will make a great centrepiece to any industrial Sci-Fi or Cyberpunk 28mm table. It’s around 45cm long and 30cm at the widest point, and from above it’s roughly ‘L’ shaped.
This photo shows the 10 sheets of laser cut MDF and corrugated cardboard that comes in the kit. It’s a fairly hefty package and I think it’s good value for the price of NZ$54.90 (excluding shipping, at time of review).
Instructions are emailed separately as a PDF which shows how it all goes together. This is a reasonably large build and it took me around 4 hours to assemble. That does include giving the glue time to bond the MDF parts together. You’ll need some PVA, a sharp Xacto and a decent file or scrap of sandpaper to clean off the small cut tabs. I also had a bag of long rubber bands handy to hold the large pieces together while the glue cured. Painter’s masking tape also works well to keep things together temporarily.
The build steps are as you expect: there are two basic structures in the ‘L’ shape which you assemble and then join together. Additional pieces add surface detailing, and there’s a sheet of white trim parts including door frames, control panels, and building lights.
One side of the finished building includes a long loading dock with two large roller doors, and a smaller garage door (shown above), and the other side (shown here) features a back door and the building generator. Although it occurs to me you could turn that generator into a sort of back office/staff room if you painted the gridded side with windows. The building has three separate ladders to get to the roof area, so folks with sniper figures will be happy with the commanding view from the top. The corrugated cardboard also helps to hold figures in place on the sloped roofs as well.
Overall I think a very pleasing piece of terrain for a reasonable price, and I’m looking forward to painting it up and gaming over it.
The Cyberpunk HoverCar kit is available on DriveThruRPG now.
This kit lets you build two mix-and-match Cyberpunk Hover cars for your 28mm sci-fi tabletop. It’s the second kit in a series of street vehicles I’m working on, and the parts also mix with the Cyberpunk Compact Car kit for even more variety.
The next kit I’m working to produce in this series will be either a sci-fi convertable with seating for 28mm or 1/56th figures, or a sci-fi urban taxicab.