A little over a month ago, I bought a model kit of the Death Dealer. This kit is a sculpt inspired by Frank Frazetta’s famous painting. The complete model with base and rider stands over 9" tall.
As I started building it, I though it would be cool to scan it so I can print it later at a different scale. For this purpose, I dusted off my EinScan 3D scanner, and started with the horse.
The horse is a little over 6" tall at the top of the neck, and 9.5" long, which posed a problem, as the scanner envelope is just under 8" in diameter and and about 5.5" in height. To add to the problem, the horse’s feet/hooves have 3/8" long posts designed to pin it into the display base, which I didn’t want to cut. Those posts not only add to the height, but also make the model a little wobbly on the turntable.
The solution was to use double face tape on the turntable surface to keep the model from moving. After a bunch of failed/aborted attempts, I finally figured out the best way of scanning this beast. Scan the body from the neck back, and then scan the head separately.
The body was scanned in 6 separate position due to the height, and the head took only 3 scans. The beauty of the EinScan software is that it does all the stitching automatically. The head was then “transplanted” to rest of the horse using MeshMixer.
The original scan was about 3 million triangles, but got it down to .25%, so it’s currently about 750K triangles, and about 35MB in size.
The image below, is of the reduced raw scan with the head attached. The only modification was the removal of the pegs at the bottom of the hooves.
Some detail needs enhancing/sharpening, and some areas need smoothing. Once that’s done, I’ll start scanning the rider and some of the accessories (shield, axe, sword bridle, etc).