How to make your own free* warhammer 40k drop pod from scratch.

*You must pay for the ink and paper.

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This is a very cheap way of making warhammer 40k drop pods, you can make tons of them very quickly and inexpensively. It takes me about 10 minutes to construct one.

Leave a comment if you want it a different colour to match your army’s colour scheme and I will email you a copy with freshly coloured paintwork.

Save one of these images to your computer. (choose whatever colour you like)

Print it on thin card or thick paper, cut in out keeping the tabs intact.

fold everything inwards. For each tab: apply a thin layer of PVA glue to the tab then stick it onto the main model.

Enjoy! Any comments, feedback, ideas for improvement or constructive criticism are greatly appreciated!

Example of finished model:

How I made the model

I first made some prototypes in blender to get the main shape.

I then used the unfold python script to get a paper model template from these 3d models.

Using these templates, I painted in the detail with the Gimp from scratch.

base .blend files can be downloaded from here (4 mb):


python temperature checker

here is a quick python module I wrote to return a list of the current temperatures of the cores in a duel core processor computer. Works fine on my computer, not sure about other peoples. It is more efficient than it looks, as the the file it is reading is stored in a pseudo-filesystem which is in memory (at least I think so anyway)

def findtemperature():
    '''(c) 2009 Louis Taylor
       licensed under GPLv2

    returns an list of an integer for
    each processor in a duel-core computer, in Celcius.
    e.g. ['temperature for processor 0:', 38, 'temperature for processor 1:', 29]
    if your os != linux2 it will not work'''

    process1file=open('/proc/acpi/thermal_zone/TZS0/temperature', 'r')

    process2file=open('/proc/acpi/thermal_zone/TZS1/temperature', 'r')

    return list(['temperature for processor 0:',temp1, 'temperature for processor 1:', temp2])

monks of kazadurian standard bearer

This was sculpted for my very slowly growing hand-sculpted army. I plan to cast this man using a one-piece mould. This is possible because I sculpted the banner separately (it is blue-tacked on in the picture). The banner is more complex, so I will sculpt a new one for each cast of this figure. If you look at the hands, you can see the oddness of my bad sculpting 😦

green for standard bearer monk

The Machine Of Green

A low altitude flying craft. An advanced built-in real-time 3d scanner sends an augmented reality image to the driver through goggles, on top of this a GPS gives directions. An on-board computer uses the 3d data of the environment to attempt to alert the driver of any potential collisions.

even more images

These are all lighted with a HDR image.

some more images


All of these are 3d renderings composited onto photographs with the bender node system.

Some random images

In the next few days, I will be posting some random images, mostly made in 3d.
I will post them as soon as I find them, as they are all scatted amongst many Hard drives.
Here are the first few from an animation I was making: