NOTE: An updated version of this project can be found here:
Deep in the Golad Mountains of Domaar, in the vale of Prin Guls between the Night Elven realm of Khimzul, and the High Elven realm of Auborlon stand the watchtowers of Prin Guls as a first line of defense against a Night Elven attack.
This is a set of files designed to turn an ordinary Pringles chip can into a piece of 28mm wargaming terrain with a vaguely elven theme. It is the first piece of a planned modular elven fortress using a combination of 3d printed pieces, Pringles cans, Foam core and card stock. The top parapets are sized just big enough that 7 minis on 1" round bases can fit on the top.
The Tower Base, Tower Top Corbel piece, and Tower Top Parapet piece are designed to print without supports, but your mileage may vary. I don't know how to re-orient the stl's for correct printing in anything other than my slicer software (Pruse Control) - but basically, rotate the the flattest parts to the bed.
The Tower Window Piece I had a heck of a time getting to print right, and still have a curved back to smoothly attach to the can. I finally wound up using supports and printing it at a 12% angle to get something workable - but I have a lot of ridges.
Step 0: Note
Since Thingiverse keeps losing my pictures, I've uploaded a PDF of these instructions with PHOTOS to the files.
Step 1: Preparing the Pringles can
The sizing on the Tower Base and Tower Top Corbel pieces are sized to fit around the metal base of the can. This leaves a bit of a gap around the card board that my intention is to be able to use to slip a piece of textured cardstock in between. However, the rolled card board top of the can that the plastic lid fits to is too big, and needs to be carefully cut off.
The next thing you'll want to do is use a marker or pen to put a vertical line on the can so that you can line up the top and bottom pieces. You can use some sort of marking tool or square to do this, but in most cases, the nutrition box and ingredients text of the label itself provides a nice reference. I just lined a ruler up against that, and used a Sharpie.
If you're going to use some sort of card stock or paper around the tube, now is the time to put it on. Makes sure you have some sort of vertical line as a reference.
Step 2: Gluing Everything together.
I used 5 minute epoxy to glue everything together. I personally like to orient the can upside down so that the tower can be lifted to place miniatures underneath to show they're inside. If you're worried about the thing tipping over, you can use the can right side up, and fill the bottom with a layer of sand or plaster to weight things down.
When gluing the top parapet piece to the top corbel piece, you'll notice there are three small holes in each piece. These are designed to use short 5mm pieces of 1.75 filament as "keys" so that the two pieces are properly centered.
Glue one or more of the window pieces around the outside as desired.
After gluing, you'll probably need to use something to gap fill because of the extra tolerance I left around the can.
Step 3: Prime and Paint
Prime and Paint as desired.
Step 4: Game!
Use it in a game, and share a picture here using the I Made One button.
All of the pieces were pieces were modeled in Fusion 360.
The chips in the Pringles can were eaten at a previous game session.