Sunday, 10 May 2020

Cola Machines and 3D-Printed Laundry

Today we've got two (well technically three, but maths never was my strong point) pieces of terrain.

First up are two "Phoenix Fizz" vending machines, made by TT Combat. They are resin models with optional rear plates and doors, and can be assembled to have the doors open or closed. The styling is very 1950s, and they closely resemble the "Nuka Cola" machines from the Fallout computer games.

(A small digression here. One of the best books I own for terrain-making is "The Art of Fallout 4", which has concept sketches of loads of interesting machines, people and scenery in that game. It's like a "things to see and do" for wargaming terrain. If you can find a copy, I really recommend it.)

I painted the machines in Nuka Cola colours, together with brown bottles of normal cola and a sinister glowing blue bottle for "Quantum". The figure in the picture shows how to operate the machines. Remember to always wear eye protection. The Phoenix Drinks Corporation accepts no liability for splash damage.

The second bit of terrain is my first run-in with 3D printed stuff. It's a medieval laundry station, made by a company called Infinite Dimensions. The sculpting and design is great, but the 3D printing is a bit crude, and it's hard to disguise the fact that it's made out of thin layers put on top of one another, rather like the contours on an Ordnance Survey map. Seen from a distance, it's fine, but up close it's a little basic. I didn't want to stress the layers, so I didn't use any washes in painting it, as they would have seeped into the line marks.

Anyway, it'll do fine, and will be useful when the characters have to battle their way to a clean jumper, as so often happens in wargaming.

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