Props Shadow of Intent - CAS Covenant Assault Carrier

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Hey guys!

I couldn't wait any longer...

Shadow of Intent - The Continuation of a Covenant Armada

[/url]shadow_of_intent_by_pro_macbook by Fudz0732011, on Flickr[/IMG]

Shadow of Intent - Flagship of the Fleet of Retribution captained by Rtas 'Vadum

The Covenant CAS Assault Carrier has been on my list for awhile. This build will be done in conjunction with the Truth and Reconciliation (No, I haven't forgotten! Just rethinking my approach). I've had a 3d printer for the last couple of years and I've been trying adjust and calibrate it for building high detail models. With some tweaking and a little homebrew ingenuity, I've got it just where I need it. So, unlike my previous builds, this will done primarily with a 3d printer, Makerfarm's i3v Prusa to be exact, with final detail done by hand afterwards. Let's begin!

3d Modeling

One of the primary reasons I love the Assault Carrier is its size. The Halo universe boasts some very large structures. Between the Halos, the Ark, Pillar of Autumn, High Charity etc, there are some breathtakingly large objects throughout the story. But for some reason, way back in 2005 when I first played Halo 2, seeing the Prophet of Regret's carrier, Solemn Penance poised menacingly above the city of New Mombasa, I just fell in love with it. While the CCS cruiser, Truth and Reconciliation from Halo CE swayed me in it's unique design and shape, the Assault Carrier got me in its size. It's huge! At over 3.3 miles long (5.346 km) it's one of the larger ships in the Halo universe until we discover the Forerunner Dreadnought at the center of High Charity.

ANYway, so I wondered how I could convey this size in a model build. I'm almost finished with the CCS Cruiser Truth and Reconciliation. How awesome would it be, I wondered, to scale the Assault Carrier to the Cruiser. My model of the Reconciliation is 280 mm (11in) long. That would mean to properly scale the Assault Carrier, it would need to be 840mm long. That's about 33 inches or 2.75 feet. Pretty big, I thought. Perfect! Let's do it... But my 3d printer only has the space something 12in x 12in x 16in. Here's what I came up with -

I found an .obj file of the Assault Carrier online. I apologize that I could not find the maker of this model but much thanks to the individual who did such an awesome job. I take no credit in the design of this file.

[/url]CAS Top by Fudz0732011, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]CAS Bottom by Fudz0732011, on Flickr[/IMG]

It's a low resolution model. I prefer these kinds of models because it's easier to finish and smooth the surface and then comeback later to add the detail with styrene or smaller 3d printed artifacts. I'm using Microsoft 3D Builder. It's a nifty little program that was pre-installed on my laptop. I normally use Blender or Solidworks but 3d Builder is great for simple tasks such as scaling and cutting for 3d printing. So, after scaling the model to 840mm from nose to tail, I slice it right down the middle.

[/url]CAS Half by Fudz0732011, on Flickr[/IMG]

This surface will be face down on the print bed. Next, I slice Carrier up to manageable portions.

[/url]Model Exploded View by Fudz0732011, on Flickr[/IMG]

I divided it into fifths, which is about 6.6in per section. So, what I'll do is print each section, mirror it, print again, and then assemble a total of ten pieces together to build the model. I've already begun, four pieces have been printed already and the prow of the Carrier has been assembled.

3d Printing

[/url]IMG_0444 by Fudz0732011, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]IMG_0445 by Fudz0732011, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]IMG_0449 by Fudz0732011, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]IMG_0450 by Fudz0732011, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]IMG_0451 by Fudz0732011, on Flickr[/IMG]

And to illustrate the scale of the build, here is the prow next to the Truth and Reconciliation.

[/url]IMG_0452 by Fudz0732011, on Flickr[/IMG]

That's it for now. Stay tuned, I'm real excited about this build. To those who may have been interested in the Truth and Reconciliation build, I still plan on finishing it. Like I said before, I'm considering another approach at building it.

Thanks for reading!


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