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18 Nov 2023 10:01 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "1/144 Assualt Boat Markers" to "1/144 Assault Boat Markers"

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UshCha18 Nov 2023 5:58 a.m. PST

These pics may be of interest. These were a rapid response to a need for a recent "Big" game between the authors. We tried to do without boats but it was unsatisfactory. The craft are seen in the pictures straight off the Printer and into the game. Not even a lick of paint and at only low resolution again due to time constraints.



They are about scale for a 6 man assault craft but they are pretending to be 9 man. I used a smaller vessel as its fits better with the ground scale river. I could add an Outboard motor and crew but saw no point its a little used marker and if it had crew it would be no better as as then I would feel I needed loaded and unloaded versions and to faff with changing in the middle of a tense game, no way that's going to happen a waste of time and breaks concentration.

The first pic is from the actual game, boats returning unloaded having dropped the troops off. The second is just the boat on its own with some real scale 1/144 troops for size.

H Man one of the real uses of 3D printing, rapid creation of vital items to support specific scenarios.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2023 10:24 a.m. PST

Looks good to me: game table ready.

Just a splash of green or brown contrast paint would probably take them to the next level.

UshCha18 Nov 2023 10:45 a.m. PST

Oberlindes Sol LIC Black seems more typical so black for the next game. Screwed up trying to be too clever in the first one and the scenario is not yet dead so Paul is making me do it again ;-). The next one should last a few more evenings.

PS I could make the .STL available through AOTRS Shipyards if anybody was interested.

Artilleryman18 Nov 2023 1:05 p.m. PST

Simple and elegant as the best military solutions always are. Nicely done.

crashtestdummy20 Nov 2023 9:09 a.m. PST

And if it's the iconic German WW2 one you're after:-
      I printed a bunch of these at 1:300 – no supports; no problems.

      UshCha20 Nov 2023 10:24 a.m. PST

      crashtestdummy The link does not work for me.

      crashtestdummy21 Nov 2023 3:03 a.m. PST

      Got a "page does not exist" error from the link (presumably as did you). Checking against the page itself, the only difference seems to be the https:/ designation, which Opera didn't need to find it again.

        Try with that – I haven't got my head around how to edit posts here, otherwise I'd try it myself to make sure it works. I've just accessed the page again to make sure it IS still there :) Let me know if that works or not; I'm sure you weren't the only one trying, so we'll sort it out somehow – Kevin

        UshCha21 Nov 2023 8:13 a.m. PST

        crashtestdummy- put the link in google sans the WWW. and it worked.

        They also have a Zodiac FC530. Interesting design approach, more detail and outboard but no crew and no tiller for the outboard. I Looked at that and thought that was no gain. Plus the detail is probably below useful level at 1/144. Too many folk seem to expect to use the same model 1/144 to 28mm which is bonkers, either not enough detail at 28mm or not suitable for 1/144. Looked at some 12mm figures and they looked horrid, weapons far too big at the size shown guessing 1/72 or even 28mm. Guess its done so they print at 1/144 but its not good If I wanted anything but 1/144 and even then the detail would be too small I suspect to paint or even see.

        crashtestdummy23 Nov 2023 9:09 a.m. PST

        Uscha – To be fair, I can't be 100% that was the one I printed. I've found another saved file – probably thingiverse – but that has a base (hexagonal plinth type) so I didn't use it. Rescaling to 6mm/1:300 also often minimises a lot of sins. Found this one, but it's not free:-

        If I come across the one I did use, I'll post it.
          Cheers – Kevin

          UshCha23 Nov 2023 10:16 a.m. PST

          crashtestdummy I appreciate your help but in the end I decided to do my own boats, so I am no longer looking and I would hate to waste your time. The thread was a great help as it made me think harder about what really I wanted and why.

          The trouble is once you start modelling bits for 3D printing you get very firm ideas about the what and why of models and so you tend to do a a lot of your own models as they are the only ones that fit precisely to your requirements. Unlike conventional scratch building once you have the 3D model you can have as many as you want with no effort. Effectivly super scratch building.

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