Originally Posted by Del
Awesome stuff Troy. I think the rhythms in the pose are really nice, and its got interest from every angle too which is something people often overlook with posed pieces (myself included).
I would say however that her weapon is gonna be under seeerious stress when its printed because it will be super thin as 37mm. If its gonna be pewter metal then it will probably hold up. I remember when I printed my model with a ribbon it came out tiny bit thinner than I actually sculpted it in relation to the model, and was exacerbated by the fact it becomes almost flexible at that size. Mine was 9inches too, so its a lot larger.
pics so you understand wtf i mean:
I'd recommend doing anything design-wise that you can to plump up that area were the Staff meets her hand. I promise it will seem unnoticeable to the character but will seriously improve the quality of the strength of the figure.
Hey man, you have nothing to worry about
Weve been over this issue more times than you can possibly imagine, weve printed so many versions and spent money on wasted prints, working with our printer to find the optimimum sizes at the tiny scale.
Basically what we come up with is that at this scale, everything freestanding should have a join thats no thinner than 1.5mm square, we tried 1mm, down to .5mm and up to 2mm and even 2.5mm - we wanted to go as thin as possible without sacrificing the integrity of the mini, and 1.5mm was the sweet spot
it worked a treat so thats the measurement we use for the thinnest free-standing parts.
The issue I can see with your model is that the ribbon is VERY thin and very long and has a large volume - If I were building this for 37mm scale it would need to be a 1.5mm 'square' piece minimum, or we would either do one of two things, make the ribbon much larger in width probably 4 - 5mm and probably 2-3mm thick, or if it was not a key feature - remove it alltogether.
There is one other point to make, which is the weapon is very flat and much easier to print / cast / mould - its not curved and taking up a lot of overall volume like your ribbon. What i mean by that is, it would take a larger square block of 'stuff' to print your ribbon than it would to print the Architects weapon. This is something we also spent a lot more money on trying, was overall volume heavy pieces that were flimsy - so for example a straight pole / staff weapon could be 1.5mm or even down to 1mm and survive the print / cast / mould process. BUT if we bent that same staff into a doughnut like shape it woulnt survive. Its also very difficult to package and post and survive all the way to the custmers greasy hands. So when we are cutting up the model, we cut it up so that each piece takes up the smallest volume of material ie make sure the model is pretty flat and easy to print / mould / cast.
Thanks for the heads up tho, we definitely become quickly aware of these issues at 37mm scale and spent a craptonne of money learning the hard way!
EDIT: I forgot to add jramauri that girl is awesome!!!!!!