Monday, 20 November 2017

The Ebon Kingdom Day Sale!

As this Friday is Ebon Kingdom Day, the great King Griggatsétsa has decreed that the Tekumel Project offer an additional 10% off in-stock items to Tekumel Club members. The sale runs until Midnight Monday, Nov 27th.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Feast Thine Eyes...

3D printed Tékumel goodness from DAD

You're looking at a portion of the contents of a moderately sized box that arrived today. All DAD 3D printed stuff. Can you identify all the pieces?

The green tubs are what I use to store greens and master figures. On the other side of them are these figures, which I'll have to blog about some other time.

Friday, 22 September 2017

DAD H'lüss via Shapeways

DAD H'lüss

I liked the way the Hokun turned out printed in Shapeways' Frosted Extreme Detail so much that I asked David if I could try his H'lüss in the same material. He consented and I sent off the test order a little while ago. I have not heard back yet if the file passed all the tests. Fingers crossed! :-)

Friday, 8 September 2017

DAD Hokún - in Frosted Extreme Detail, from Shapeways

DAD Hokún

The Shapeways printed Hokún from David Allan Designs arrived today. See pictures above. They have a slight yellowish colouration, like old epoxy. Or bits of the main bodies do at least. But that doesn't seem to show in the pics; it's very slight, maybe that's why? 

Also, I miscounted what was on the arm sprue. There are actually three pairs of arms: spear(r), shield (l), 2-handed sword, and l-and-r swords.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Hokún Incoming!

Shapeways informed me earlier this week that the test prints of DAD Hokún have been shipped - yay! I'm looking forward to seeing how the "Frosted Extreme Detail" turns out. The sad part is, that if they are really nice, the expense is going to be high.

OTOH, how many Hokún does one really need? In the fluff, they are stated as sometimes ruling over humankind and as hunting them for sport. If we are talking about adventurers encountering the Hokún then we are probably talking about meeting a hunting party or perhaps an expedition that is far from home. In the latter case it might conceivably have a moderate to substantial human or other non-Hokún component. Warriors, bearers, etc; as slaves or sub-ordinates in any case. If you want to do a wargame using Hokún then a similar idea might be used: a relatively small core of Hokún comprising the command and elite elements, with a large component of subjugated human minions. Or sub-humans, perhaps?

Saturday, 26 August 2017

More Hokún!

Shapeways "Frosted Extreme Detail"

DAD Hokún

A belated follow-up to my last post, wherein I was attempting to obtain some transparent miniatures via Shapeways. As it turned out, once they had analysed the files vs the material requested, Shapeways declined to do the job because the designs didn't meet the minimum parameters in a number of spots. Basically they were too fine a models - too fragile - to survive the cleaning part of the printing (which I gather involves a water jet.) So that is where it has been sitting for the last while.

Then a friend of mine from Down Under, with more knowledge of these things than myself, suggested trying the "Frosted Detail" options. So today I went back and looked at the materials analysis again and guess what? Using that material the designs pass muster and can be printed.

So I placed the order as shown above. I opted for the "Frosted Extreme Detail" which is the most expensive of the two. Note that the single arm sprue will do for both the foot and cavalry figures I have ordered: one arm sprue per two Hokún.

The arm sprue costs  $7.74, so $3.87 per figure. This gives a cost, excluding postage, of $10.95US for the foot Hokún, and $23.19US for the mounted Hokún. 


CORRECTION (9/17/17): I didn't realize when I originally posted that the arm sprue has THREE sets of arms: a right arm with spear, a left arm with shield, a 2-handed sword, and left and right arm each with the same funky looking sword. So the actual cost per figure would be more like $2.58 for the arms. Giving a total COST of $7.08 + $2.58 = $9.66 for the foot figure, and $19.32 + $2.58 = $21.90 for the mounted figure.


Not cheap. Evil Empire sort of prices. And this is *cost*...not accounting for Royalties, etc. 

Still it might be of interest to some. Depending upon how they turn out. I am now wondering if the body cavity will be hollow or not. If so, could one do a "ship-in-a-bottle" sort of thing to insert the innards? How cool would that be?!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Transparent Hokún?

Hokún, by David Allan Designs (DAD)

With David's permission I uploaded his Hokún designs to Shapeways and ordered sample prints in Transparent Acrylic. It wasn't cheap, but neither was it unreasonably expensive either. Especially considering the subject! This is, I suspect, the only way we are going to get reasonable representations of this crystalline alien race.

There was a slight hiccup, with the arm/weapon sprue getting a warning flag but I placed the order anyway. The next step is that a Shapeways technician will review the files before printing and - if they pass that screening - then they will be printed and shipped. For this trial run I have only ordered one of each. I'll be sure to keep you guys updated as to the progress and will post pictures of the results, if successful. :-)