Help, 3D sculpting software required

 Sometimes when 3D printing you get an under extruded print. That's where not enough plastic comes out and the model isn't fully bonded together or is 'squeezy' to the touch. This happened to me due to a blockage, and thinking that this was a good opportunity to take advantage of an 'easy' to cut up model I thought I would make this into a ruin. Armed with Dremel with mini circular saw for cutting I hacked into this one. An hour later covered in plastic and with plastic in my eye (even though I was wearing protective goggles and mask) I vow never to do that again. That plastic is hard, hard, HARD!

The result is passable, or will be once I glue things back together and fill some places.

Moving forward, however, does anyone have some suggestions of easy to use software to erase parts of the building STL and smooth/close the shell back up. I tried Meshmixer but that was a pain, I don't want to have to spend a day learning how to use it if possible.

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One week to go... EVERYONE* GETS A FREE ITALIAN SPRUE.

One week to go... Progress on yet-to-be-revealed content and EVERYONE* GETS A FREE ITALIAN SPRUE.

'The Battle of Primosole Bridge campaign book' Kickstarter has only one week to go. Initially funded in 26 hours we now have more than doubled our funding goal and have backers from all over the world getting ready to refight the historical battle from Sicily 1943. With only one week to go before the end of the campaign there is still time for this pre-Christmas/pre-end of year investment in your gaming for 2022 (and still have a few weeks before Christmas!).

As we have mentioned previously Dan and I have the book largely complete. However, along with fine-tuning our various assigned parts of the text and rules, Dan is painting more models for studio photos to include in the book while I am finalising our best terrain board to date for more in-game/in-battle photos. This new gameboard which has not been publicly revealed yet is a 10' x4', purpose-built, fully sculpted terrain board which is a beautiful representation of the bridge and its environs in [near] real scale for 28mm miniatures. It includes what we are calling the 'realistic bridge'. This new 3D printed bridge which we have not mentioned until now.

After a major rework of the original STL so that it exactly fitted our requirements and at over 120 hours of 3d printing its near 4' long and admittedly not for everyone's games room. Having said that Valhalla Games always aims to raise the bar so in conjunction with the already stunning gameboards we have revealed on the pages of the book so far showing the 'representational bridge' on a [more reasonable] 6x4 table we look forward to revealing the new board to you also. If you want to see all of that, you're going to have to back the book on Kickstarter and you only have a week to do it.

*In other exciting news Wargames Atlantic have been even more generous to the project, we went to them cap in hand to see if we could get some more free Italian sprues to go with the books, they must be excited as their response was... I quote: "No limit - go for it." This means that EVERYONE that backs the book gets a random free Italian sprue from the box set here: https://wargamesatlantic.com/collections/world-ablaze/products/italian-infantry If we can get the new miniatures in time we will also include some images in the book itself for inspiration. (paint Dan paint!!). Do us a favour and hit that page in the link above so that they can see that their generosity is rewarded by interested potential customers.

We would like to remind you again that doubling up with a buddy and getting 2 books shipped to the same address is significantly less postage 'per book'.

Standby for even more exciting news in the next few days but get your pledge in now so you don't miss out as the next week fly's by. If we are able to add more content such as we have with the free sprue mentioned above we will. We won't be doing it as a 'stretch goal' but instead we will be retrofitting this extra reward into the original project, if we can give you more for the same price we will regardless of the final project total! (But don't stop nagging your friends to back it also).

Back it here(!): https://valhallagames.net/kickstarter ...or if you have done so already spread the word, did I mention its only 1 week to go ;-)

VHG_Rex

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Kickstarter Update 1 - 'The battle for Primosole Bridge'

Funded!!:

Welcome to the first update of the now funded 'The battle for Primosole Bridge' campaign book Kickstarter.

Once again, we would like to thank everybody who has made this project a reality. By backing you will not only have a fantastic campaign book that you can enjoy and play for years to come but you have also helped to educate people as to the heroic efforts (on both sides) in a little-known historical campaign.

This project was funded in a bit over 24 hours and we can't wait to see where it goes in the next 26 days or so.

After a brief bit of R&R Dan and I are straight back to work on the book again. I spent a good long session taking more photographs in a more 'studio shot' type format over the last couple of days. Whenever we do this, we always get carried away and take many, many photos, not all of which are relevant to the book, and we have included one below. This one won't appear in the book because it doesn't match the historical equipment for the campaign. Nevertheless, we think it's a great photo and wanted to share it with you.

We also wanted to take the opportunity to thank the fantastic guys at Wargames Atlantic and WOW buildings for generously providing free goodies for early bird backers. There are still free sprues and STL files available on the 2 books 'buddy up' early bird deal at the time of writing.

Don't forget to visit WOW Buildings (https://wowbuildings.net/) and Wargames Atlantic (https://wargamesatlantic.com/) to check out their webstores. We are sure that there will be something there of interest to you. Dan and I certainly get motivated whenever we see new stuff which is why our respective war games storage areas are bulging at the seams.

We're really enjoyed people reaching out to us to tell us about how excited they are about the book what they're doing in terms of preparation and what they are most looking forward to playing. A little bit later on we'll be calling for photos of your battle prep. We would like to see what your building, painting, and preparing, it inspires us also. If you are planning for a new British para army to play with in the campaign (like I am) have a look at Valhalla games YouTube channel where Dan does a paint and learn video giving you the colours and some hints on painting British paras as well as interesting history on the uniform itself and don't forget British paras have maroon berets *not* cherry red if you turn up with cherry red berets to the table Dan will have words with you. :-)

Very soon my British paras will be looking just like Dan's that you can see in the photo below.

If you haven't heard enough of Dan and I, we just wanted to remind you that we are chatting on 4 podcast channels right now, Henry Hyde's battle chat, the South Wales Warlords Sounds of Battle Podcast, Brads Cast Dice (the same feed as the official bolt action podcast) and of course Valhalla games own podcast, here: https://www.valhallagames.net/index.php/podcast-ep22-campaign-book-incoming.

As always you can contact us here https://www.valhallagames.net/index.php/contact

VHG_Rex
Dan's British paras with Jeep and trailer
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*Final* 'The Battle for Primosole Bridge campaign book' Kickstarter prelaunch information.

*Final* (probably final) 'The Battle for Primosole Bridge campaign book' Kickstarter prelaunch information - only about 33 hours to go.

Sign up for the Kickstarter notification here (https://www.valhallagames.net/kickstarter) so that you will know when it goes live.

The Kickstarter is planned to go live at the following dates & times:

  • New Zealand Friday 12 November 9am
  • Australia - Sydney Friday 12 November 7am
  • UK - London Thursday 11 November 8pm
  • USA - New York Thursday 11 November 3pm
  • USA - Los Angeles Thursday 11 November Noon/midday

From that list you should be able to work out your local time, the times are important because there are limited early bird offers (details below).

Buddy-up and save on freight:

The books will be shipping from Australia. If you are outside Australia in order to minimise freight costs we have created a 2 book pack deal shipping to the same address, consider ordering with a friend to reduce 'per-book' freight costs.

If you have not seen it the launch video it is live here: https://youtu.be/7sKSxdmukWk

More coverage:

Sounds of Battle Tabletop Media podcast interviewed Valhalla Games and their podcast is live now, they asked us all the hard questions about the book in relation to bolt action. They also reviewed a limited preview which we had provided. This was a fun podcast and we highly recommend listening and subscribing for a great mix of topics. My understanding is that all three guys plan to back the Kickstarter.

Cast Dice podcast plan to release an interview with Valhalla Games on the evening before the Kickstarter. This was a fun interview where we chat about the book and went into the detail of 'how the sausage was made' on several occasions. Brad is a fun guy and extremely knowledgeable, it's well worth a listen. I believe he plans to back the Kickstarter.

Henry Hyde, the author of https://thewargamingcompendium.com/, magazine editor and podcaster has interviewed us on his podcast Battle Chat. As an accomplished author and wargaming royalty we were proud to be told that our product was 'amazing' among many other compliments. Henry's interview takes a deep dive into Valhalla Games and Dan and my history, for wargaming and personal life. We hope that this podcast will be available during the Kickstarter period.

Valhallagames have also released our own podcast episode on the subject, subscribe to us by searching for Valhalla Games in your podcast app or use the web player

Here: https://www.valhallagames.net/index.php/podcast-ep22-campaign-book-incoming

Early bird free offers:

In the attached image you can see that we have been able to secure some free items for early bird pledges, there are only 50 early bird pledges available.

-Wargames Atlantic will be kindly supplying an Italian plastic sprue for the early bird backers from their forthcoming boxed set with each early bird book. https://wargamesatlantic.com/

-ADDITIONALLY, early bird backers will also receive a free 3D printable Italian building STL file generously supplied by WOW buildings. https://wowbuildings.net/ Full details in the Kickstarter, we love our WOW buildings and will feature one of their prints in the book in all its glory.

We sincerely hope you will partner with us to bring this project to life, this is a story that needs to be told and games that need to be played. Book is 90% complete right now and we look forward to being able to bring it to your gaming table.

Rex & Dan - Valhalla Games

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OTP terrain have a 48 hour site wide sale

OTP terrain, 3D printers based in Western Australia have a 48 hour site wide sale:

20% OFF STOREWIDE CODE: 20%-TREAT


https://www.otpterrain.com/

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Early bird give away items (limited offer)

Early bird give away items (limited offer)

Thanks to:

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Podcast EP22: Campaign book INCOMING

Podcast EP22: Campaign book Kickstarter - INCOMING.

Although other podcasts have done (and will do!!) a fantastic job of asking us the hard questions about the new The Battle for Primosole Bridge Campaign book (the Kickstarter is just days away now). Dan and I thought we had better say something ourselves on the subject :-).

Come with us as we discuss the book, the reason why we did it in the first place and a deep dive into the content.

Listen here https://pca.st/vdibfi9e in the web player (or click on the image below). Or search for us and subscribe to Valhallagames in your podcast app.
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News! - The Battle for Primosole Bridge campaign book

Just secured this a matter of hours ago, details to follow but I just had to share something now. We are excited to bring even more value to the book.

Don't forget the Pre-launch page is now live: https://www.valhallagames.net/kickstarter sign up now to be notified when its live.

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Product reveal video... in 3 hours

Today we are releasing the product reveal video for 'The Battle for Primosole Bridge' campaign book. Today marks the ONE WEEK point before the Kickstarter going live!

Hope you can join us, to watch in about 3 hours; at 3PM East Australian time/5pm New Zealand. Dan and I will be live for a chat during the six minute video and hopefully for a while after. But the video will remain afterward for you to check it out at your convenience, especially for those who aren't in a time-zone friendly to this time.

You will get to see our smiling faces and quite a number of internal pages from the book as well as some great photos of miniatures and terrain which will be included in the book.

See you here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sKSxdmukWk

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The Battle for Primosole Bridge campaign book' is coming very soon

Our 3 year project is edging closer the launch date it has has now been approved by Kickstarter and the prelaunch page is live here https://www.valhallagames.net/kickstarter we will have a full release preview video on YouTube in about a week on 4 November. A week after that on 11 November it will go live!

However we can now reveal that.... 'The Battle for Primosole Bridge campaign book' is coming very soon.

Click the 'Notify me on launch button' on the Kickstarter page to be the first to see it.

We are really looking forward to getting the video out next week.
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New list builder app from Warlord games

Valhallagames kickstarter launcing VERY soon click on the link below for details.

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New list builder app from Warlord games announced today full details in the YouTube video below. Hopefully valhallagames can get early access and give you feedback. It would be REALLY great to have a mobile friendly list builder solution for Bolt Action.

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Mediterranean Madness; completed X Arditi and More!

Dan shares his latest completed Italians; X Arditi sahariana patrol vehicles, and a weapons team, Sicilian campaign Durham Light Infantry and some more completed British paratroopers and German Fallschirmjager.

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Warlord releases details of the new Italy book

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Surprise! WW2 Italian Infantry - Wargames Atlantic

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SURPRISE! [Wargames Atlantic] have been busy bees in the background working on a few secret projects starting with this one! WW2 Italian Infantry is now Available for Pre-Order!
This highly detailed, highly versatile 32-figure set includes a crazy number of options to customize your Italian forces whether they are in Italy, France, North Africa, the Balkans, or even Russia.

Pre-order your WW2 Italians Now!

https://wargamesatlantic.com/products/italian-infantry

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New camera makes Dan's painting look even better!

What better subject for testing out my new camera but snapping some pix of Dan's minis which are visiting me for a top secret mission.

Click to see full sized image and then click or pinch to zoom in.

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Dan's hobby workbench update August '21

Dan's been busy buying, building, painting and more buying. Proving that you can never be bored or run out of things to do when you have miniature wargaming as your hobby! This is Dan's latest hobby update for August '21. Hope this inspires you.

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Bolt Action: Campaign: Italy: Soft Underbelly pre-order

If your like me and you end up purchasing the physical and e-book copy of all the Bolt action Books then you will be keen to know that the Bolt Action: Campaign: Italy: Soft Underbelly pre-order is now live on the Kindle Store, this also means we have a release date* of Oct 28 2021 . 

Also its at the bargain price of $14.21! (US$?)

Let the painting begin (well continue...)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0946LY2TK/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_9J33FR6JAZZSTTNDG31P?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

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Hairspray chipping - first attempt

Hairspray chipping - first attempt work in progress. Pretty happy so far, progress update to follow plus a bit of a how-to guide if someone would like it. Let me know if you do want something?

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Friday photo - Drying paint on a Sherman

Friday photo - Drying paint on a Sherman: Most of us have, at one time, used a hairdrier to dry paint when we were in a hurry but this photo apparently shows heat lamps drying the paint on the real thing. Apparently it took 4 minutes*! (*according to some guy on the internet)

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EP19: The Dungeons & Dragons episode

Welcome to the first valhallagames "wandering monsters" episode. Wikipedia defines Wandering monsters as follows (don't worry I put them right on a couple of points by way of a re-edit):

Wandering monsters - sometimes called Random encounters - were a feature of Dungeons & Dragons from its beginnings in the 1970s, and persist in that game and its offshoots to this day. Random encounters are usually determined by the gamemaster by rolling dice against a random encounter table. These rules can often result in VERY random seemingly in appropriate and quite humorous encounters. A wandering monster is perhaps something that you don't want, definitely something that you didn't expect, but ALWAYS interesting. Source: Wikipedia... with edits :-)

We hope you enjoy this Dungeons & Dragons digression from our normal miniature wargaming adventures, (typically in WWII). We will be back to our scheduled program as soon as we have spooned over these Kobolds.

(Kobold; Small humanoid (kobold), Lawful Evil. Armor Class 12, Hit Points 5 (2d6-2), Speed 30 ft.)

Get this episode in your podcast app (search for valhallagames) or click on the link below for the web player

Dan & Rex
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Latest podcast

Podcast EP22: Campaign book INCOMING:

The latetst podcast episode is live now. This should appear in your podcast app if you have subscribed (Search for valhallagames podcast in your app) or you can listen on the web player here

Podcast EP22: Campaign book Kickstarter - INCOMING.

Although other podcasts have done (and will do!!) a fantastic job of asking us the hard questions about the new The Battle for Primosole Bridge Campaign book (the Kickstarter is just days away now). Dan and I thought we had better say something ourselves on the subject :-).

Subscribe in your favourite podcast app (search for valhallagames) or click on the image below to listen in the web player.

Don't forget to check out the YouTube channel at https://valhallagames.net/youtube

...and don't forget if you would like to support us https://valhallagames.net/patron