Blender Quest – The Cheat

The Cheat is not deaaaaad!

I’m so glad The Cheat is not dead.

For those not in the know, The Cheat is a lovable and mischievous little… cheese, or maybe an anvil, from the Homestar Runner website.  He also happens to be the basis of The Cheat Commandos, which regulars here may know as “Cheekymandos.”

(Print. All. Our. Play-sets. And. Toys.)

Given that history, what better subject could I use for my second sculpting project?

On this leg of my quest, I drove deeper into the fog that is Blender and emerged on the other end with new skills:

Background Image:

I imported an image of Blue Laser Commander (and used the action figure in real life) as a reference for sculpting.

I wasn’t sure if it would help a lot, but I found myself looking back at it throughout the sculpting process.  If you’re sculpting something that already has artwork attached, I would highly recommend importing into the build area.

Multiple Bodies:

Dabbling in a multiple-body project was not without complications.  I started with a sphere for the main hunk of the project, added a cylinder and sculpted it for the head, then joined the two.

The result… worked… but it didn’t join the way I thought or expected it to.  I spent a lot more time than I’d care to admit on trying to fix and remove the “seam” between the two shapes.  Hopefully I’ll find another, better way to accomplish this the next time I cross that bridge.

Boolean Modifiers:

This quick tutorial helped me figure out how to use Boolean Modifiers to add a flat base.  This is a huge improvement as far as I’m concerned.  I didn’t even know where those tools were, and now I don’t have to be ashamed of weird surfaces attaching to the print bed.

I’m pretty excited about how he turned out.  If you are also a fan of The Cheat (or need pilots/drivers for all those Cheekymando vehicles), grab the file from MyMiniFactory and print one or a hundred out yourself!

Printed in PLA with 20% infill.  Supports are necessary to handle the overhangs of his arms and hair.  I’ve been thinking about giving him his signature spots, but for whatever reason, I still cannot bring myself to paint… Might have something to do with the one-year-old boy in my care that shoves everything in his mouth.

For now, The Cheat will be throwing light switch raves in my new workshop (once that’s finally finished).

Like what you’re seeing here?  Follow me on twitter @DragonMtnDesign or throw some fake internet points at u/DragonMountainDesign if you see me around Reddit.

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