I’ve had a bit of time up my sleeve recently, so I’ve decided to jump aboard the crowded Shapeways bandwagon as things there appear to be on the verge of getting interesting in regards to materials. I've probably got a few weeks left, so we'll see how far I get. In the tradition of more than a few WIP threads this will likely start out relatively promising and end out 'less promising' by the time I work on the finish. Effects: Laser flare/Gunfire The first experiment was a set of blast effects printed in FUD. This was mostly a test of wall thickness to see what I could get away with. if I had my time over, I wouldn’t have made support cages, as I’ve found that support material, the wax used by Shapeways, gives the FUD a coarse texture wherever it makes contact. Subsequently the smaller blasts had a kind of textured X through them. Mounts/escape holes were 5mm in diameter, suiting a range of weapons, though a series of steps were made to fit a broader range of guns. Painting wasn’t a great success, particularly using clear purple lacquer for decepticon fire. I’m awaiting delivery of the appropriate thinner, however it’s too late for one particular piece, which is now a pearly white from too many paint removal baths. It’s hard to find a good translucent purple paint. The orangey blast turned out OK, but the blending with yellow was obviously too subtle. The textured X shows up well in this photo. The blend turned out better in the flamey one, but I'm not satisfied with the stylisation of the flames. At least I know how fine a point I can get away with. Nothing has broken off yet. A rage of smaller muzzle flashes were printed at different sizes, which I'll paint soon. I’ve made two explosions, though only printed one. Given they end up close to $20 and the delivery cost is about the same, I’m not in a hurry to print the other one. Heads: I printed up a couple of heads in FUD, both based on old models from 6-8 years ago. The Comic Max head is just a TM plate, slightly larger than the others to scale with the Kabaya model. I'm dreading having to paint the details onto this one. The Galvatron head isn't a Titan Master, but splits into head, face and eyes for painting convenience. I didn't appreciate how small the eyes were until I received the print. They're slivers of plastic. Don't worry about the shoulder pads, I just made them on a whim to add to the biceps. I'm hoping not to bugger these guys up too much when painting. I've not painted figures with a brush before. We'll see how I go. Prototypes: Just stuffing around with rockets for Swoop. They're a bit tight currently and more detail is lost than I'd like. Thanks for indulging me.