Continuing from where we left off from Part 1, here’s second post to showcase our process through getting Overwatch’s Torbjorn’s turret from a 3d model to a final printed and finished piece.
Along the way, a lot of test fitting and imagining how the final piece will look like. Print time wise, most pieces ran from around 2-4 hours up to the taking around 12-14 hours for the largest pieces.
Pieces like the ones for the armoured leg were especially fun to finally see come together! The shield bit which was hinged over the leg itself was particularly satisfying to put together. In the interest of time, as the printed pieces were coming off the line, we were already gluing the seperate model parts together and started with the base application of putty. The putty will subsequently be sanded down to give a smooth finish. It’s parts like these which are a little morale sapping as you always know that there are 4 more identical ones to finish up!
Skipped a few steps along the way, because who wants to see boring sanding pictures right? In any case, this is the point where the legs have roughly been assembled and sanding down, before getting a nice coat of primer and then topped off with Gun Metal spray paint.
Shortly after, the metallic red leg armour pieces were assembled over the legs. The legs are almost identical except for the front one, which stretches out forward to provide more support for the overall model.
Testing the hingey-ness of the leg armour pieces. If only we could one day make moving mechanical leg mecha. One dayyyy….
The central hub of the turret simply seats flat on the circular recess which is formed my arranging the four turret legs together. For added support, we have also modelled in a circular cut for a standard sized PVC pipe to fit through! There are some other parts showing our we
And there, the lower assembly of Torbjorn’s turret completed and standing as planned! Luckily we did not have to go through too much finicking to get it right.
As we moved on to the upper assembly for the turret, these is one of the work in progress shots we took. Different colored filaments were used across the various machines we had and we weren’t too concerned about the base colours as all the parts were going to be finished and painted with a totally new coat of paint anyway. One can also see some of the parts on the left (such as the inner cannon barrel) are coated with light grey bits – those are the putty which we have used to get things smoothed down!
To provide more internal strength and also allow for disassembly to make the whole model much more portable, we have modelled in the hollows for PVC parts wot fit in. These are awesome core materials as they are easy to get our hands on, inexpensive, simple to cut down to the lengths required and also overall very light! Expect to see us making use of a lot more of these pipes as we go along 😉
Almost done here! All the disparate colours are gone now and the final intended colour scheme is making all the parts look super uniformed right now. We think Torbjorn would be proud of this lead raining monster.
And here we go, a somewhat final piece (except for the missile pod)!
Here’s a frontal shot of the finished turret!
And what fun is the turret if we only left is hanging around in the studios? So here’s the first public appearance of it at the local gaming convention – Gamestart 2016. Keeping watch over a high point here!
And woot, it’s always cool to showcase to cosplayers and let them have fun posing with the finished turret! And massive props to the super family behind this cute Mercy cosplay too; which has a lot of 3d printed parts too =D
And well, there you have it – our little (though lengthy journey through the 3d modelling and building of Torbjorn’s Turret! Learnt lots through this build and boy are we looking forward to doing the next massive project!