3D Printed Warhammer 40,000 Bolt Pistol
It’s finally done!
A few months ago I built a 3d printer called Prusa i3 mark 2s (there will be a different post about this printer) and started printing on it. I printed couple small models like this and it was quite satisfying for short period of time. So I thought, maybe print something bigger? Okay but it can’t be anything, it must be something special. I am Warhammer 40k fan, so I was searching for something related with W40k and found this baby.
Alright, so I have got a model. Now, how to print it as quickly as I can?
After few hours of tweaking print settings in Cura slicer, I’ve got it with one issue which you can see on the photo.
You can clearly see lines in front of the pistol, the reason for this was setting “Initial Z Layer Overlap” which was set to low and because of it first layer of the model was too high and layers weren’t close enough.
Generally, the most important settings were:
- Layer Height – 0.15 mm
- Infill Density – 20%
- Infill Pattern – Lines
- Printing Temp. – 210 C
- Build Plate Temp. – 60 C
- Retraction Enabled
- Retraction Speed – 35 mm/s
- Retraction Distance – 0.8 mm
- Flow – 100%
- Filament Prusa Silver PLA 1.75 mm
- Print Speed – 60 mm/s
- Enabled Supports
- Support Overhang Angle – 70
- Support Density – 13%
- Build Plate Adhesion Type – Raft
- Initial Z Layer Overlap – 0.1 (the right one for me)
- Raft Base Thickness – 0.3mm
- Raft Extra Margin – 5 mm
Overall printing time was about 76 hours which actually weren’t that bad given the fact that dimensions of the model are: 25 cm high, 30 cm long and 7,5 cm thick.
Okay, so we have fully 3d printed bolt pistol model after gluing all parts together. Now it needs to be painted. I used Citadel paints from games-workshop:
- Macragge Blue
- Nuln Oil
- Balthasar Gold
- Auric Armour Gold
- Screaming Skull
- Rakkarth Flesh
- Ushabti Bone
- Agrax Earthsahde
- Rhinox Hide
Painting took about 12 hours but it wasn’t end. I thought it will look great with purity seal. I found a good model for this and printed it on default high settings. Purity seal isn’t only seal but also inscriptions. I found some Ultramarines quotes and symbols and printed it (not in 3D 😀 ).
All we need now is make this piece of paper look old. I’ve done this using tea. Simply just make yourself a strong tea with 2 tea bags in 250 ml of water.
When the tea is ready and room temperature, you can soak the paper in tea and wait (about 10 mins should be enough).
Take out paper, lay it on the towel and dry with hair dryer.
At this point, you can also burn it a little bit but be careful.