Wednesday 12 September 2012

Federal Reinforcements on the way - works-in-progress

I've been really busy with real world work -  a couple of big graphic design commissions that have taken up a lot of time - so the painting has suffered a little recently. I have managed to make some progress, so here's a quick update.

First of all, I've got my Khurasan Federal Army troops finished off...
These are among my favourite infantry figures on the market. There are some that I still need to get to complete the set - medics, female troopers and heavy weapon mounts etc.

I recently added some of Critical Mass Games Protolene as a non-human unit of the Federal Army and I wanted another few races. The new Meso-Nai from Khurasan fitted the bill perfectly. All I needed was to paint them in the same colour scheme as the Federals and they looked the part... well the one test paint that I've finished, and he's still to get the base finished...

I also picked up a really cheap, and pretty poor Transformer style plastic toy from Poundland (for a £1) that looked like it could have potential. I've pulled it apart, glued it back together minus some parts, and minimal bits and bobs and a fair amount of plasticard and it looks good so far. Some parts don't match up that well, especially the tracks, but I'm sure some added bud and debris should hide that.
I undercoated this in black before taking pics, so it's hard to see the detail. You can still see the horrendous bright yellow plastic it was molded in...
You can see from the Khurasan minis that this is quite a beast of a tank. I'll post more as these progress.

I also picked up some Space Demons from Khurasan. These have been on the want list for a long time and I could resist no more. The mini is actually a bit greener than in the pics. I went for green over the usual black/silver or blue, just to be different, but not sure if I'm happy. I've eleven of these painted and waiting for the bases to be finished. 

Monday 3 September 2012

Moonside City Fabricants

Forsey owes it's status in the galaxy to it's main moon, which is one of the most resource rich moons outside Federal Space. Forsey's Child is a satellite moon lacking in any breathable atmosphere but still has a population on a similar scale to Forsey itself. It's major city is Moonside, a vast metropolis that is 90% under the surface of the moon. Suffering from massive overpopulation, the lower city is a hive of poverty and deprivation. Conditions are so bad that even the droid and fabricant population is desperate to find a way to escape down to the surface of Forsey, where the life is hard but where oppurtunities to build a life are easier to find.

These fabricants have escaped their corporate bondage and have travelled groundside as stowaways. Knowing they have no sentient rights they will do anything to avoid returning Moonside to a life in the mines or pleasure pits.

These figures are fabricants from The Departments Bladerunner inspired range.

15mm Scifi Figure Comparison Part 5

I've done quite a few figure size comparison posts on here but not for a while, so with a few new figures through the door recently I thought it was time for some new scale pics.

First up is the new range from The Department, which consist of Bladerunner style figures, including some really cool replicants. The figures in this range are mostly of the 18mm/larger sized figures, but the two replicants are closer to the traditional size.
Here they are alongside some other manufacturers miniatures.
These are, from left to right, Critical Mass Arc trooper, Department detective, Laserburn ships crew, Khurasan Control Battalion Riflething, Department fabricant, and Micropanzer SAS.

I also picked up a Halo Micro Ops Falcon gunship, which is supposedly 1/100 scale, so should be perfect for 15mm scifi. The packs include infantry, and I know there was a great deal of excitement that we could see official Halo minis in 15mm. Now I know that the Spartans from Halo are supposed to be a lot taller than a normal human, but these minis are huge, as you can see from the next pic...
These are, from left to right, Khurasan Meso-Nai, Khurasan Riflething, Critical Mass Arc Trooper, and lastly the Spartan figure that comes in the Falcon pack. I may use this as an advanced Augmented human and include it in my army.

Got to get some painting done!!

I never seem to get the time to paint right now so I suppose I need to manage my time better. I've got a great little helicopter to get some paint on, plus I picked up one of the great Halo Micro Ops Falcon gunships. I've also got to base a set of Brigade (UK) human mercenaries that I've painted in red and black. I'm going to call this unit "The Deadpool" after a favourite Marvel mercenary superhero (?).


Just dropped through the letterbox. Khurasans Meso-Nai - these guys are going to be an alien regiment for my Federal Army - plus a pack of the Space Demons. I've held off from buying some of these Aliens for way too long.

So. Time to get the paint moving out of the bottle and onto some lead.