Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Elder Thing Idol

This Elder Thing idol comes to us from Fogbank Minis.  It's a great sculpt, the patina is excellent, but the striation artifacts from the figure being 3D printed are incredibly distracting.  Is it just me?  Whenever I bring up this issue I feel like I'm being a jerk.


Anonymous said...

You're not wrong.

Pegazus said...

You're not a jerk for noticing. But is striations an issue?

Striations would certainly be a negative for any figure competition. Something for a RPG sitting on a table? Probably not as noticeable, and I wouldn't have bothered working harder on it.

The figures I've done in PLA for competition have had the striations puttied over, and the entire thing sanded flat (Speintz figure; Reaper forums). It was a bit of work to do that. But the results were worth it. Judges commented that they didn't realize it was 3D printed until they noticed the little display I had of the "before" pieces. Link to the WIP is in the name/URL.

With the lower prices of resin printers, this striation problem will become less of problem for smaller figures.

Monstrim said...

Well, maybe they pioneered the technique WAY back then! (I agree, tho)

Unknown said...

I think the paint job is great, but I find the striation distracting too. I generally use my cheap resin printer for detail parts to avoid the striation as resin printers don't normally have that as a visible issue, but it has a small build area (115mm x 165mm x 155mm)(I printed that exact miniature for a friend with it a few years ago, search "elder thing" on thingiverse for the model, there's a couple versions but the first was back in 2016 uploaded by Hermes_aile who gave credit to the artist Darbadar aka Joel Joan Gillet Llagostera). For anything larger I have a large delta printer (275mm diameter x 385mm high build area) that does a great job, but I have to spend quite a bit of time finishing the parts to where I'll be happy with them; PLA gives better prints than ABS in general but ABS can be smoothed with just a little acetone vapor. There's a ton of tutorials out there on "finishing" 3D prints, but like any prop it just comes down to what level of finish the person is okay with. All in all I think Fogbank Minis did a great job painting it though.

Ministry Minion said...

There is a low-tech way those striations could be there (if we agreed to ignore the fact that we know it was 3D printed). It could have been cast in a cuttlefish bone. The result would be close, with the natural layers showing.