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Masters of the Universe

Masters of the Universe

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About the Project

During a discussion on the forums about how cool the 80s were, we discussed lots of things from 8-bit computers to TV shows. A few clicks later and I had half a dozen MOTU minis ordered from Quest Miniatures on Etsy....

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3D printing Castle Grayskull

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It didn't go well.It didn't go well.

After a whole day at this, I’m sick of the smell of acetone.

I’m sick of removing and unclogging my print nozzles (the only way I know how to do this is to remove them, soak in acetone, pick out little bits of moulten ABS).

I remember now why my 3D printer has sat on a shelf for nearly two years, untouched and unloved. 3D printing is hard…..

He-Man

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He-Man from RNEstudioHe-Man from RNEstudio

It all started with a discussion on the BoW forums about going Back to the 80s (https://www.beastsofwar.com/forums/topic/hobby-weekender-01-03-back-to-the-80s/)

A few clicks later and I had a full set of Masters of the Universe characters in 32mm ordered from Quest Miniatures on Etsy. The He-Man miniature in the set actually didn’t look brilliant, but RNEStudio had a great looking Blood Bowl mini, obviously “inspired” by the muscle-man himself.

 

He-Man

I was resigned to the fact that the mini was always going to be a “proxy” for the main man, as there was no disguising that big spiky shoulder pad (my modelling skills are nowhere near good enough to consider cutting it off and re-creating the missing shoulder).

I was pleasantly surprised when the model arrived, to find that the shoulder pad is entirely optional! So, coupled with a sword, instead of a hand holding a football, the miniature actually looks like Eternia’s favourite hero-in-fur-shorts.

I often spend far too long on miniature painting, with little improvement over a simple block-and-ink paintjob that normally takes a couple of hours. This one took just over three hours, to get to a reasonable standard.

Sure, GW Duncan would go mad at some areas (around the feet and sword) where I lost patience with the whole two-thin-coats approach and just slurped the paint on straight from the pot, but I needed to see I was getting near to completion.

I reckon another hour or so and my first MOTU miniature should be complete. Hopefully the others will arrive before too much longer….

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