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A windmill

February 1, 2020

As the very, very imaginative post title suggests, this post is about a windmill. Said windmill is one of the early prints on my Lotmaxx SC-10, and is a free model from Thingiverse. As basically a test print using pretty poor quality filament, it has quite harsh layer lines and I couldn’t really be bothered to clean it up. I was already thinking of simply giving it away (as I’ve done with some other test prints), but figured I’d paint it up for fun. While it wasn’t all that fun – the windmill blades especially were a pain – I have to say I’m quite pleased with the end result, especially when viewed from a tabletop distance. The natural stone look turned out pretty nice! I threw in a couple of minis to act as a size reference. I think the Fezzik/André the Giant mini makes for a great miller, or at least a mill worker. The windmill blades actually spin, that obviously warrants a mention.

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Luckily my newer prints are much smoother. The striated look on the close-up photo is exactly what I want to avoid, but then again: waste not, want not.

In non-miniature news (and pretty much explaining my lack of blog posts, I had my disputation last Saturday. Everything went well and I had a great time, so once the university paperwork is done, I get my PhD in education. My dissertation (in Finnish) deals with young people’s digital gaming – should you be interested, you can check out the summary here. And because it’s nice to occasionally share something outside the realm of minis, here I am posing, white tie and all, with one of my big brothers, my mother, and Emmi.

The happy family!

Back to the miniatures: with the windmill finished, I am now at 2/100 in my goal to finish 100 miniatures/scenery pieces during 2020. Might need to pick up the pace a bit.

23 comments

  1. Nice windmill mate, and congrats on your achievement! Very well done ☺️

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  2. Love the windmill, agree with you on the build lines being an issue, but if only table-top terrain, it works!

    More importantly, congratulations on the PhD! That is a ton of work!

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    • Thanks Eric! It certainly was, if not unpleasant 🙂

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  3. I like the windmill! Well done on your PhD! 🙂

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    • Thanks John, much appreciated!

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  4. Haha I love the title of the post but I would have gone with “A windmill and a white tie” just to draw people in. I think the windmill is really cool. Well done on the achievement man that’s brilliant and you look very smart and happy in the pic.

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    • Thanks IRO! Good call on the title…

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  5. Congrats on the PhD! Also, nice windmill!

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  6. Big congratulations! PhD’s are a huge amount of work (and uncertain ending!). You thesis sounds like an excellent area for original research. Will you end up doing additional studies or is this a stepping stone to something else?

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    • Thanks! I’ll keep up my research work with both that topic and others. I’m currently employed by Tampere University, which has a thriving Game Research Lab, so there are plenty of opportunities!

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  7. Love the windmill.

    Many congratulations on getting your PhD. It is a journey I have just started myself.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    • Thanks Pete, and good luck with yours! What’s it on?

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      • Thanks. I’m studying asymmetric warfare simulations at Bath Spa university.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

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        • Ooh, that sounds super interesting!

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  8. While the model is a bit meh, you’ve certainly done a good job on painting the stones!

    And huge congrats for the PhD! I can’t really imagine myself ever writing a dissertation, BA and MA theses were tough enough, but respect for anyone who puts in the work!

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    • Thanks! That’s a good summary of the model 😀 It’s not the fanciest, but then again, it’s free so can’t really complain.

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  9. Congratulations Dr. Mikko! And a very fine group of Suomolainens to boot! Lots of respect for you!

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    • Thanks so much, Mark!

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  10. Nice windmill, but more to the point – congratulations!

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  11. […] (to be honest, I still am). While the layer lines aren’t nearly as pronounced as in the windmill I showed earlier, they’re still more visible than in my latest prints. However, I think the piece is perfectly […]

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