Sci-Fi


15mm Sci-Fi Villains, Scum and Characters from......

....a hive of different companies!As the sci-fi collection grows I have added alien characters for variety, scenery, objectives etc.....they are a mixture of Ion Age, Khurasan, Brigade Models and Critical Mass I believe?More to come and apologies for the poor quality of pictures and there is a scale picture of sorts!

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RIP Stan Lee

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee dies at 95 Were it not for Stan Lee, superheroes would be fewer in number, financially poorer, but better-adjusted people. The torch-bearing writer, editor, and longtime Marvel Comics head honcho has died, Marvel confirmed on Monday. He was 95.Lee’s innovations pushed comic books from the edge of obscurity to the cultural forefront as a legitimate American art form. And he helped usher in an era when superhero movies, including such global blockbusters as Marvel Studios’ Iron Man and Avengers franchises, rank as Hollywood’s most reliably bankable entertainment properties.The son of working-class Jewish immigrants from Romania, Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York in 1922. He adopted his famous pseudonym while employed as a proofreader and text filler at Timely Comics, the pulp publisher that later became Marvel. “I felt someday I’d be writing the Great American Novel and I didn’t want to use my real name on these silly little comics,” said Lee, who later legally ad

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X-Wing Second Edition – Wild West Meta

I’ve been playing X-Wing 2nd Edition for a few weeks on Vassal now. I finally put some ships on the table at a Quickfire Tournament. These are regularly hosted by the Moldy Crows at Athena Games. Games are comprised of 65-minute rounds where, despite flying some absolute nonsense, I finished 4th after going into the final round with a chance to win. The one thing that has stood out for me at present is the wide variety of lists out there. I have not flown against the same list once. After the list spam-fest of 1.0 this is a fantastic breath of fresh air! However, the game is still very young. Everyone has an abundance of new toys and ideas to mess around with but this Wild West Meta is fun! I know, “fun” is a dirty word in tabletop circles, but it’s entirely true. Would it not be great if people stopped caring about what the Meta is and started having fun? I know this concept is not new, last year our current world champion started the #whatmeta? trend which mixed things up for a while

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Gates of Antares battle report

Jeremy was over today with 1000pts of Concord minis to play against my Isorians. I decided to build a scenario based on the terrain I had on hand. I put some crystals and rock formations in the middle of the table to represent an outburst of a crystalline energy form that caused an explosion wrecking the surrounding territory. Scientists put down energy dampening and control facilities to contain it and now Concord and Isorian forces are moving onto the location to take control of it and use the energy. There are four objectives around the central section of the table which represent each control facility. The game runs six turns and whomever controls the most objectives will gain control of the energy and win the game. There are triangular section at each corner of the table 12″ in width and height. Each side is able to deploy half their force (fractions rounded down) and then bring the rest on starting with the second turn as per the standard rules. Deployment is from the 12″ edges of the initia

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Sci-Fi Flotsam: Walter Warbot and Servant Prime

I painted up a few more sci-fi figs to take part in the generic space opera games I've been working on.Walter the Warbot is a mini from the first Diehard Miniatures Kickstarter. He's still available as part of the second campaign, ending today.The second is a limited edition resin figure from Joe K Minis. It depicts "Servant Prime", a nefarious character from a comic book and novel I've never heard of. Still, super creepy. He reminded me of the alien weirdos mentioned in the Lankhmar books.

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Rogue Stars - A Quick Tour of Duty

This week I was mostly playing Rogue Stars.Several bods at t'club got together for a RS fest organised by Andy W and I joined in to give the rules a try as I'd not managed to attend previous gatherings.Six of us teamed up in pairs and rolled up random scenarios for a pre-set Crew as supplied by Andy with myself picking up an Inquisitor based Crew against Andy's Cultists which proved to be an interesting pair up. The scenario we rolled being the Rescue with one of my crew being the captive to be rescued.The game worked out to be a very evenly matched pair up with both sides giving each other a bloody nose. Initially things tended to go to the Cultists way while the Inquisition was a man down, but try as he might Andy failed to capitalise on the advantage by taking anyone out but repeatedly wounding the Servitor Cherub to the extreme and the Crusader ended the game with over 9 pins but only 1 wound but both refusing to get killed but the Inquisitor did go down mid game to an uncharacteristic good wound dice thr

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15mm Bears with blasters, the Care Bears grew up......

Started painted 15mm sci-fi again, the bears are from Khurasan, I'm trying for a mix of bounty hunters and scum of the galaxy (more villainy to come)......so I present the care bear brothers, bodyguards, drinkers, smokers, carnivores and smugglers!Currently working for the cyborg criminal queen "The Pink Lady".......I present Frank, Ray, Lee and Grumpy! 

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Mahran Vesh almost finished

So after a bit of work I am almost finished the Mahran Vesh combat drone. It took a bit longer than I intended because I had to drill and base all of the parts onto brass pins. Even though I washed the parts the oil from my hands was taking the primer and paint from the models. I will need to investigate a better solution for future. It turned out to be a lot more colourful than I originally intended but I just went where the model and the colours sent me. I did the glows on the energy pods differently this time and I am happier with how they look so I will be doing this method going forward. 

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Ambulls and Apes

Hi All,Been super busy the last 10 days or so. Saw the new Halloween movie with the kids, we loved it. Ate a pretzel the size of my head for Oktoberfest and went to a Badminton lesson with my daughter.In the mean time I did finish the Umber Hulks/Ambulls. The varnish was acting weird, and I kept finding tiny spots that were missed. Finally I just gave in and called them done.So here they are. After three times painting varnish on I'm leaving the shiny spots.For fun I put them around Ape force, which was finished earlier. I submitted all of them to the OWAC Sprint challenge. No real reason, just because I could.I then thought it might be nice to do an ape family portrait.Thanks for looking and commenting.

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Hobby Exhaustion: Causes and Solutions

It might sound like a rather quirky term; hobby exhaustion. It almost sounds a little absurd, I’d go as far to say. However, when you break down some of the ways you can find yourself stepping back from your brushes and miniatures, the symptoms are all too real. Some may call it a “funk” or a “wall”, but I find those terms to be ambiguous and obtuse respectfully. What I’ve found it to be categorically is a metaphorical fatigue. If you have hobby deadlines or fancy yourself a completionist then you’ll probably end up stewing angrily in these states; I know I have. Don’t worry, it can be overcome. The best way to approach this issue is analytically and with a positive outlook. So, let’s get started. Let’s begin by first identifying what hobby exhaustion is and how it becomes manifest. Typically, if you struggle to motivate yourself to sit at your hobby station this can be a clear sign. However, the biggest red flag is where simply thinking about start

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More 15mm rubble. Prodos Weyland Yutani Commandos and a welcome visitor ........

.....bearing gifts!Have a few more rubble markers to show, I do think now that the articulated lorry trailer should have been damaged more even if it was full ( I have another one I might do differently).....15mm figure for scale........My damn fine good friend (Vinnie) from Somerset arrived for a weeks holiday bearing birthday presents including books and scenery, here he is eating the last of the scones and annoying the dogs with his views on sharing....... He is a fellow wargamer and currently loves the Prodos 28mm range of aliens, marines and predators, I painted these commandos for him while he was here........

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Sci-fi Soldiers with Custom 3D Printed Heads

Pew Pew!Sure, you may be tempted by that new Star Wars Legion game, or your eye may wander to the freshly released Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team, but friends, custom sci-fi figures are where it's at!It's so simple! Follow my easy step by step instructions, and you too could have a unique set of space soldiers from a sci-fi property of your own design:Fall in love with a set of multi-part plastic figures, like Dreamforge's Eisenkern space Nazis.Wait for them to go out of production for a few years, and then pay through the nose to pick up a single box of figures.Get disgusted with the preponderance of REAL LIFE NAZIS who seem to be crawling out from under their rocks and decide you need to de-Nazi-fy your spacemen by replacing their Stahlhelm inspired helmets with alternate sculpts.Learn Zbrush and sculpt a digital head for your sci-fi troopers.3D print them, assemble everything and then paint them up!'troopers on industrial grating bases for guarding bases and breaching bulkheads of captured blockade runners.'tr

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Terminator Genisys - 1st outing.

Having made an impulse purchase in Warlord sale for Terminator Genisys in the thinking that the rules might work for my Russian Sci-fi project, I thought I would put them through there paces.I already had the buildings for a modern table with plenty of rubble and ruins should be easy to recreate the world according to skynet...  I watched the game play on Beasts of War and the rules seemed to flow quite nicely. I felt the original release price was excessive, but £10 which equates to not even a blister pack of cavalry these days you do get quite a lot for your money.Colour rulebook: 128 pages including modelling guide and points system.A Kyle Reese figure.10 Terminators.5 Crawling Terminators.16 Resistance Fighters.A gaming surface.a number of card barricades and tokens Dice to play the game.I pulled together a quick 500 points to give the rules a work through.Each player takes it in turns to roll the 'Fate' dice this either gives you one or two figures to move or your miss a go and pass the dice to your

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