Giant Worm Miniature Print Data

Looking for an absolute classic? You can’t go wrong with this gargantuan creature. Yes you heard me gargantuan. The base of this model is 4 inches (10.16 cm) in diameter with a height of just around 6 inches (16.24 cm). This is by far one of the largest miniatures I have made to date and owned. While there are several different types of massive worms to fight in Dungeons and Dragons the most common is the Purple Worm of which I am planning to paint it as. Well I actually am currently actively painting it and it is sitting on my table next to me while writing this.

This purple worm is an interesting model to be sure. There are several highlights about the design of this sculpt and several in my mind downfalls.

The Good: I really love how this model really fits together. The piece prints in 5 parts of decreasing size as you move up the model which essentially hug the body making a nice clean fit until the head which is a flat cut and uses pins to attach. The way the model is cut and built provides a natural curvature to the sculpt. The print is relatively easy to print although I did have one failure on the bottom piece of which it lost print adhesion. Thankfully it was almost done and I am able to hide the error with some green stuff to secure the bottom in place. The spine of the model was also easy to print and I noticed very little retraction issues along its spine.

The Bad: My singular most largest complaint is that the worm itself does not fit securely into the base of this model. As one of the few models in the entire collection that have the base separated from the monster completely it is obviously a weaker point in the sculpting strategy. The fit is not secure or snug and will require dirt or some kind of basing material to fill in the gap. I originally secured it with green stuff but will fill it in once I get more of the painting completed. A personal pet peeve is that I struggle with the orientation of this print. As you can see in the photograph the model consists of plates and scales along the model. The scaled portion typically in most lore descriptions and graphical images from fantasy genre use it as its belly. However the scaled portion on the model is too the side and not the underside which makes it a pose difficult (in my beginner mind) to paint. I am going to attempt to simulate a whale jumping out of water with its belly to the side. Hopefully my basing will help share that story.

Overall this model is one of my favorites for sure the only question next is… How the heck am I going to store it?

Layer Height: 0.08
Filament: Hatchbox PLA Silver
Printed On Prusa i3 MK3s
Print Profile: Cura 4.6 “Offical_FDG_Cura_ender3_and5miniatures_4mm” from The FatDragonGames website

File NamePrint TimeEstimated Material UsedMisc Notes
Worm Peg 5 minPrinted Twice
Worm_A4 hr 15 min20gPrint failed right at the end. This was devastating as I was so excited about the print. Turns out however that it is the bottom most piece of the worm and I can hide it, so I never reprinted the piece.
Worm_B3 hr 28 min11gMost obvious seam between A and B when gluing.
Worm_C2 hr 54 min9g
Worm_D2 hr 26 min7gTwo pegs go between D and E to help attach the head. Which was a nice touch since the cut was smooth
Worm_E2 hr 52 min8gMost obvious seam between D and E when gluing, this was a flat surface and did not fold into the model like the rest of the pieces
Worm_base10 hr 35 min40gThe hole for the worm is much too big and did not feel like it fit as neatly as many other models. I will have to fill in the gap with basing material after finish painting.

Where to Find STLs

Dragonlock Miniature store via DrivethroughRPG. Vendor images are frome Fat Dragon Game Website.

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