Shoulder Pauldrons

Ordering custom 3D printed shoulder pouldrons from Shapeways.

Created by yeomanmodels

They say no man has a hobby unless it costs more money than he can afford and requires more time than he can spare. In that spirit: 3D -printed shoulder pouldrons.

To me, pouldrons are the most iconic part of power armor and I really like painting them. Although, I am not a fan of painting the trim in the squad color. Mainly because it makes it difficult to create a balanced paint scheme. The trim make sense in terms of fluff and has a more substantial look.

I  don’t particularly like studded pouldrons and I find them a pain to paint. Also, since the release of Battle at Calth, I associate them much more strongly with 30k and the Sauroters are a Second Founding Chapter.

Custom 3D-printing is expensive but it was either this or custom transfers. The chapter sign is far too complicated for me to free hand. Hoplites wore their shields on their left arm so I might make the left pouldrons all bronze. I think an embossed design fist that concept better. Although, I really haven’t decided on a color scheme yet.

There is also a choice of material between regular, or the wonderfully named frosted ultra detail. I will probably go for the more expensive option as I won’t have an opportunity to see a sample. Also, the cheaper price is not cheap.

On the bright side, it does solve a problem I’ve had with Tactical Squad box sets. If I want to have multiple weapon options I am usually limited by the amount of pouldrons I have. I also don’t particularly like the pouldrons with the sunburst or scroll. With 50 custom pouldrons I’ll have enough to magnetize specialists, sergeants and HQ choices with multiple weapon options.

The pouldrons were designed by a seller on the Shapeways platform called yeomanmodels. The Shapeways site is a matketplace for sellers of 3D printed objects. I had a great experience with the site and seller. You can find the store here. I’ll post some photos of the pouldrons when they arrive.


The Sauroters

Sauroters Capter Symbol
The Vergina Sun

Having gotten back into the hobby in 2014, after a break of twenty years, I have decided to try and produce something a bit ambitious. My goal is to create an original Space Marine Chapter including fluff.

I want to model and paint a demi-company plus some HQ choices. I am going for an infantry list but I would also like to include some vehicles. My initial goal is 1000 points. I have chosen a demi-company formation because it seems like a solid choice chrunch-wise. It also gives me a clear goal, plenty of models to paint and a solid base if I want to increase the size of my army.

There is more than one way to enjoy this hobby: reading the fluff, playing the game and the painting and modelling. Of these I am probably least interested in playing the game although, that may change once I have painted an army. That said, I still want to create a balanced (yet fluffy) list. I am particularly keen on creating something that is as WYSIWYG as possible.

My initial idea was to create something based on the Greek Hoplites. This is by no means an original idea but I do like the aesthetic so reason enough. I chose the Vergina Sun as the Chapter symbol. It’s associated with Ancient Greek culture, but as I subsequently discovered, has had some unfortunate connotations in modern day Europe. I hope the choice is not in poor taste.

I am going to try and post weekly. I hope that this schedule will motivate me as well as be a record of my progress. I anticipate this project taking a year. I’m pretty sure 12 year old me would think I was awesome now, which is nice because I’m fairly unimpressive in general.