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"Schmitter. Like The Rest Of Them. Burned To A Crisp."


"I only got a glimpse of it, but it's big and shaggy."

This 28mm scale Lava Creature is sold by "Lost Heresy Miniatures" and can be downloaded as an STL (Standard Triangle Language) file from "MyMiniFactory" along with some round-shaped eggs. Sculpted by Bill Thornhill, the figure is strongly influenced by the Horta from Gene L. Coon's 1967 "Star Trek" television story "The Devil In The Dark" and was produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer.


"A sentient non-humanoid silicon cycle life form native to the planet Janus VI", the model was primed using a double helping of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and then sporadically splodged with "Citadel" Doombull Brown whilst its undercoat was still wet. The alien was then thoroughly drenched in "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and had its lava-like ridges carefully 'picked out' in "Vallejo" White.

"Battlefront Miniatures" WIPs - Three 15mm plastic 'D-Day' German Panzergrenadiers

These areas were subsequently treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Sun Yellow and later, Heavy Orange, before being shaded in both "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson and Agrax Earthshade. Finally, the mother Horta's ridges were daubed in (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Orange with a badly battered brush-tip and darkened down thanks to some additional "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson.


To be honest this model was a bit of a monster to print, as despite its STL file coming pre-supported, I didn't think the weak-looking struts would allow the miniature to survive the process and would 'tear away' from the build plate onto the FEP (i.e. the bottom of the resin tank). As a result, I initially placed an unsupported version of the creature directly onto the build plate and then watched the solid(ish) sculpt then shatter into a handful of pieces post-print when I tried to remove it with a metal scrapper. The second time round I used Bill's pre-supports, and despite my reservations (as I've had more "Lost Heresy Miniatures" fail than any other manufacturer) the figure printed out perfectly.

"Big Mr. Tong" WIPs - A Sardaukar trooper, Shaggy Rogers and Scooby Doo

With the first of what will probably be a long line of "Star Trek" inspired 3D prints painted, I have made some more inroads into my 50-point German Beach Defence Company for "Flames Of War" and am now just four 15mm plastic infantrymen away from completing my second German Panzergrenadier Platoon. Once these are finished, I can eagerly move on to the 7.5cm Tank-Hunter Platoon and Panzer IV Tanks I need to successfully fill out my sizeable force.


Lastly, I've been busy printing a seemingly endless number of 28mm scale figures taken from the formidably extensive range of models produced by "Big Mr. Tong" for his Patreon subscribers. Foremost of these are Shaggy Rogers and Scooby Doo from Mystery Inc. However, I have also started in earnest my plans for some bizarre battles between numerous science fiction film/television franchises by preparing a test Sardaukar trooper, which has clearly been inspired by the emperor's elite warriors depicted in David Lynch's 1984 movie "Dune"...

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undercoat2670
Nov 20, 2022

Great lava creature. I do recall the first time I saw it and being quite amazed. It moved well and seemed so much better than most effects of the time. I haven't seen the episode for a while and I bet it I saw it now I might be disappointed.... Yours looks fab though. It's incredible the variety of 3d prints you have. The mind boggles at what you will show next!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 20, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. I think both The Devil In The Dark and the Horta still stand up incredibly well today. Lots more 3D prints to show as I'm exploring the different ranges and genres out there still.

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wsd50
Nov 17, 2022

I always rather liked the "Lave Creature" from the original Star Trek series not the best creature of the series but still a pretty good story for it's time.


More £D printer goodness in the Scooby Doo and Dune figure too, The trouble is I bet you can print em' faster than you can paint them 😁.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 17, 2022
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The Horta is definitely one of my fave Star Trek monsters, Roger, so I was super-pleased to spot this STL. I'm finding the release schedule of Patreon utterly insane tbh. I can't actually print all the figures out, let alone paint them, so I'm trying to desperately prioritise them. But just as soon as I get one range on the painting table, another Patreon is released which immediately hooks me away. LOL!! 😁

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Nov 16, 2022

Great work on the Lava monster Simon, a pretty basic creation in the series, but we are talking early special effects.

Nice progress on the Germans, and lots more printing in the wings as well I see, does your printer have time to cool down inbetween all these prints ! LOL

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 16, 2022
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Thanks Dave. The Horta absolutely terrified me when I first watched the show, and that's made "The Devil In The Dark" one of my all-time fave Star Trek episodes.


LOL!! Lots printed and plenty to paint. It has caused me to stop buying figures though - apart from the metal Warlord Games ones I pick up to let me pick up the odd free Dr Who collection. Once I've got the figs I want though, that really could be it for the foreseeable.

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