Epizikl's Excellent 3D Ammunition Models

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

Russian forum poster Epizikl has great skill with computer assisted drafting software: He has rendered in great detail a veritable multitude of different ammunition types and loads, including rare and obscure types that are rarely if ever seen constituted in the real world. His work can be seen in photo dumps on both forums.guns.ru and popgun.ru; some of his renders are reproduced below:

Russian 7N25 armor-piercing 9x18mm Makarov ammunition, rendered by Epizikl.
12.7108 B-32 armor-piercing incendiary ammunition, rendered by Epizikl.
5.4539 7N22 armor-piercing ammunition, rendered by Epizikl.
5.7x28mm FN, probably SS-90, rendered by Epizikl.
6.557 Federov; this was Vladimir Fyodorov's "ideal" round proposed for adoption in the early 1900s to replace 7.62x54R and be used in his Avtomat. Instead, the Imperial Russian Army substituted 6.5x50SR Japanese, stocks of which were on-hand at the time. By Epizikl.
6.538 Grendel, featuring what appears to be either an aluminum or nickel-plated case, and a very interesting bullet that may have been inspired by 7N6, by Epizikl.
9x39mm SP-6 armor piercing subsonic round, by Epizikl.

Epizikl’s renders are not without their errors, but in many cases it appears he is working from sources that I do not have – and wish I did! Like Epizikl, rendering ammunition via CAD is a hobby of mine, though I do not generally undertake to achieve the level of detail that his renders do. I highly recommend readers who are interested in ammunition click through the two links above, and look at every one of the many rounds he has lovingly rendered and posted online!

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • Thatguy Thatguy on Aug 14, 2015

    Please use words correctly, words have meaning. None of these are renders, they're simply screenshots out of a CAD tool, 99% it's solidworks. And before we annoit him a God of CAD, you should really know these are less than an hour of work a cartridge if you've got the dimensions of the cartridge. Don't get me wrong now, there's nothing wrong with these. Just like there's nothing wrong with a routine out to first in baseball. But this isn't difficult, it isn't novel, it isn't even rendering. Hell, if he really knew what he was doing, he could have rendered each of these in about 5-15 minutes and made them look fucking amazing. Sorry, but this might be impressive to someone who doesn't use these tools, this isn't even close to special if you know what you're doing with the tool in the first place.

  • Roguetechie Roguetechie on Aug 14, 2015

    you know... CAD is like Japanese calligraphy done by samurai. If it seems so easy anyone could do it in 45 minutes, they couldn't and it wasn't.
    Also not to nitpick but the last intermediate inventor 2012 course I took was recent enough to remember that yes that is in fact what the book, the ahtodesk.com tutorial, and instructor called a render.
    specifically because you no longer have your xyz and gridding according to settings you pick for the design environment. His tool palettes aren't out, a background has been picked, and a directional light source is present.
    Also to get between your design environment and images like this you have to select said variables already mentioned and then tell it to render...(I don't read before I click the buttons anymore terms most likely wrong)
    also constraints dimensions etc are missing...
    therefore render

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    • Roguetechie Roguetechie on Aug 16, 2015

      @Nathaniel F. Ah I am an AutoDesk user inventor 2012 mostly. I don't render a bunch... Mostly because my projects are perpetually in flux lol!! And that whole hours and hours thing lol. But considering that I live in Oregon... It would be silly to use solid works. I've heard SW has advantages over inventor, but my instructor from college still answers my emails and helps me if I draw myself into a corner heh. that is a hell of a motivator for keeping the faith....