Brig Posted August 2, 2020 Share #1 Posted August 2, 2020 As the senior enlisted of a small, out of the way unit in Quantico...I often get asked if we have challenge coins, as Quantico breeds coin collectors. As we are usually a 6-10 man detachment...we do not. I recently got a 3D resin printer to putz around with...and a couple days ago decided to learn the ins and outs of Blender by trying the different tutorials in making a coin. Once I finish this, I intend to print some out and give them to my Marines. But thought I'd share the progress as this is an interesting learning curve and I can see these skills being used in personalizing plaques and retirement awards. For those who are thinking of getting into 3D printing or rendering, Blender is a completely free animation tool with crazy amounts of features. I'm actually amazed that they give something this complex away for free...that said, it comes with a steep learning curve and YouTube videos are a godsend. First, I created a base...this required me to learn how to use basic shapes, how to hollow them, and how to utilize vertices to round/smooth edges...in also got me familiar with some of the dozens of hotkeys in the program, and comfortable with working with 3D axis Once upon a time during my early days at the unit, my facilities chief was touring the camp and thought he saw a chicken sitting out on the fence. What it turned to be was a styrofoam chicken...which we think may have been used by role players and abandoned. He was in rough shape, missing feathers, with an eye falling off and missing his comb...so we dubbed him war chicken, replaced his comb with a National Defense Ribbon, wrote him an official bio, and tucked him under John's arm. Some of you have met John....https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/328029-meet-john/&tab=comments#comment-2636297. War Chicken has become sort of our mascot, is present at all unit functions, and occasionally sports an eye patch. So chicken had to be on the coin. I found a free 3D model of a chicken and tooled him up for the coin a bit...learning to bisect unneeded parts and even sculpt an eyepatch. Blender is essentially a giant digital clay sculpting program... Next I had to get chicken on the coin, which required me to further learn to scale and rotate objects, bisect and fill models and parts, as well as combine parts together. Once I put chicken on the coin, however, I realized he protruded rather far...so I had to learn to flatten models and shift them a bit for my purposes. I also found a free 3D EGA and added it to the void to fill up space. The only one I could find of decent quality was an M56...I would much prefer an earlier pattern, but alas none are to be found and I currently lack the skills to sculpt something so detailed myself... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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