I’m still reading and absorbing the new Necron codex and I’ve started building some new models. I’ve got an immortal squad and an annihilator barge that are just about done and a few more models in construction. In the mean time I’ve been thinking about building some Necron terrain.
I’m one of those players who would rather loose badly with a well painted army on a table full of good looking terrain than win with a plastic grey army on a table full of felt circle “woods” and cardboard buildings. To that end, I’m looking at creating some Necron themed terrain to go with my metal warriors.
I love Hirst Arts Molds(http://www.hirstarts.com/). Bruce Hirst sells a line of silicone molds that model builders can use to cast plaster blocks used to build all kinds of neat terrain. I’ve got many of his gothic and sci-fi molds. He also sells a line of Egyptian themed molds that I’d considered in the past for Necrons, but while Necrons have a certain Egyptian vibe, it wasn’t close enough for me to pull the trigger. With the reboot of the Necrons to be more Tomb Kings In Space, the Egyptian theme is a closer fit. But to tie the whole thing together I’m going to need some blocks with Necron glyphs on them.
After wondering at the marvels of 3D printing recently, I decided to produce my own 3D Necron glyphs to combine with Hirst Arts Egyptian molds to create some Necron terrain.
Unfortunately I’m an old fogey. As a point of reference, when I learned drafting in college, they still taught it with a drafting board and a T-square. Over the years I’ve learned 2D CAD, but haven’t made the leap into 3D modeling. I ended up designing some blocks in 2D and commissioning a 3D artist to put them into a printable format. After that I sent the file to Shapeways.com (http://www.shapeways.com/) for printing.
Two weeks later, there’s a package of nifty little blocks in the mail. That is just too cool for words. Here’s a pic of the finished blocks printed in plastic.
As a comparison, here’s one of the Hirst Arts blocks with hieroglyphics.
Unfortunately, I’m not ready to build just yet. As you can see above the HA blocks have a pocked and worn finish. Now I’ve now got to make a mold of the printed blocks, cast them in dental plaster and then I have to sandblast the casts so that they match the sand blasted finish of the HA ones. Then I can make one last mold of the sand blasted blocks and I’m in business! Yes, obsession is a dangerous thing.
I've got a draft design of a simple stele I'll try out. I've got a good holiday break coming up. Hopefully I can make some good headway on the army and get the blocks ready for molding.