Sci-Fi


More Imperial Assault figures

Finished today are some of the baddies from the Heart of the Empire expansion to Imperial Assault.First up are four figures (two sentry droids and two storm troopers in riot gear) on the simple "indoor" bases that we'd agreed to.The droids are menacing look ( a touch Terminator...). I'm sad the highlighting I did was so muted by the wash. Oh well.The idea of storm troopers in riot gear is an odd one. Nice figures but I'm wondering about the Empire's interest in non-lethal crowd control? Maybe these guys washed out of the Stormtrooper  marksmanship class?There are four of these guys: two on indoor bases and two on rubble bases (bah-dum-bump).I have a few more of the baddies from this expansion to finish up (including a walker, some more droids, and some shapeshifters) before moving onto the next one.

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Memoir and War Rockets at the club

We had six guys out at the club on Tuesday. Scott hosted Chen, Dan and Terry in a game of War Rockets. This was also the club debut of Scott's Valkyrie fleet (pink ships).The gist, I gather, was Team Pink had to subdue a freighter (maybe the yellow ship?) while the other two (smaller teams) ran interference (successfully, as it turns out). A super pretty game!Taylor and I ended up plating some Memoir 44. We started on Sword Beach and the Jerries tried to drive Team Redwing back into the sea.Taylor made a slow but steady advance, cleaning out the main bunker I held while winnowing down my forces. Then he played a dastardly card and grabbed a city and won the game!A bad day for the Hun. There was some levity as a Sherman turned tail and ran and was chased by three panzer down onto the beach. This "Rommel" maneuver did not play out to conclusion before the game ended.We then set up Omaha beach with its nasty set of cliffs.Taylor was very aggressive with his tanks, constantly pulling my infantry out of position a

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Doing the Hammerhead lift

So a few people asked about the steps I took to lift the Hammerhead model from the base. The actual idea was from ForgottenLore at the Tac Comms forum.Thanks to Don at Onslaught Miniatures it was actually easy to do. When he designed the vehicle he put a small tab at the bottom of it so that when it was glued to a base there would be a small lift. I tried it out and it didn’t look as if it was high enough to give the impression of hovering. As well, it would make it difficult to put sand on and paint the base with the vehicle so close. All of the vehicles come with metal sprues that the weapon pods and engines are attached to and so it was a simple task to clip a piece of metal into the right length and then glue it to base. Once that dried the model was glue to the metal sprue. Voila! Instant hovering vehicle. It is a wildly simple solution but it is based on the foresight that the model sculptor had in the first place.

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Tau vehicles started

We had a week or so of higher temperatures so I managed to get the first six Tau Hammerheads primed and started work on getting some base colours on them. I primed them using the Army Painter Skeleton Bone primer and then tested out a few different GW shades on the bottom tab to see which colour looked best. The idea was that I could shade the model as well as get some darker tones in the recesses with one pass. After I decided on a colour I tossed all that work aside and used Seraphim Sepia instead. Fairly typical for me really.I originally wanted to do the weapons in white but when I put down the grey base that I was going to use for the white it looked really good so I have stayed with that. Hammerheads WIP I need to touch up some of the colours and then add some highlights. One small problem is that I am not sure what colour to use to correct some of my painting errors so there may be some trial and error involved in that.

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15mm Sci-Fi Paramilitary Police....

.....and Medical Support! Post-Brexit force someone said?Another submission to the challenge (146 points), the figures are from Alternative Armies and the 5 police resin figures are in my top 10 favourite sci-fi figures (a little flawed but the two foot rule negates this) but on the other hand the medical synthetic's are more flawed but still usable due to medical crosses sculpted on them!These guys are willing to sort out any minor planetary disputes over natural resources your local government might have for a large fee or small percentage.....The vehicles are metal GZG plus body bags from The Scene!Cyber Mastiffs or Robo Land Sharks.....Medical Synthetics.......The Aircars............Bikers.......The girls and guys of Black Water contractor security....Even did a head swap.......

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54mm AWI and 33mm Star Wars

So a bit of an odds-and-sods post today. I finished off a 54mm AWI Prussian General. This figure is from an old kids play set so the detail is a touch thin. And basing it (no integral base? on a kids play set? really? ) was a real hassle. That is probably why he sat on the painting table half finished for two years.I'm moving into a small commission. A fellow I did some Imperial Assault figures for in 2015 asked me to paint some expansions to match. I started on the Heart of the Empire expansion and first up are three heroes.I'm a bit out of the loop on Star Wars but this lady wookie had cool goggles and a lot of demolition charges.Then there is Star Wars Wolverine with some kind of impractical hand weapon. Clearly no match for a blaster.And finally Big Headed lady who actually seems toknow what she is doing. All are painted to match the cards that came with the expansion.Up next are a selection of imperial troops.

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Basing my Epic Tau

So I haven’t figured out how I want to paint my Epic Tau but I have figured out how to base the vehicles. The models from Onslaught have a small tab at the bottom to lift them off of the base. it adds a bit of height but not enough, to my mind, to properly portray them as being skimmers. It also doesn’t leave a lot of room to work on the base or paint the bottom of the figs. Thanks to a suggestion from the Tac Comms forum I used some of the metal sprues from the vehicles to life the models up higher. Now they have a suitable height and I can get in under the models to do the bases. Normally I don’t like basing Epic vehicles but in the case of skimmers I think it is necessary to properly convey that they are skimmers.

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Ev's Challenge - The Story So Far

It's Day 24 of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge IX (well, day 24 or thereabouts, depending where you are in relation to the International Date Line), and I thought it's about time for an update on my own output so far.First up was a Viking take on Santa Claus, the Jarl of Yule.A Wargames Foundry figure, he looks superbly unimpressed at the next selection, an Ice Troll from Reaper Miniatures. He's one of their Bones range, and repays the effort taken to pick out the details.The next submission was for the Bonus Theme Round 'Reconnaissance'. I picked a couple of H.P. Lovecraft's Mi-Go, the alien fungi from Yuggoth (aka Pluto). They are spying on the humans in preparation for a mission of conquest, and one has purchased a telescope to help in the task. Unfortunately, he's completely failed to take into account his species' complete lack of eyes.The latest submission is this little fellow;A toy scorpion re-purposed as a tabletop gaming piece and given a shiny new coat of paint, Mr Stabby is just the thing

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Transporter Detail

The interior gubbins has been finished off, the screens have been added and it is just about finished. I think. The bridge has three screens on the main wall, and looks quite good. The back wall of the bridge has a famous nebula display… The green screen displays are not brilliant, but taken overall, they will have to do. The EVA suits came up very nice. The rear part is the engineering section with some Star Trek screens. The Med bay area with medical bed and medical screens. I may add a few more lengths of wire as it looks quite good. When the lights are on, the red tubes illuminate nicely. Now I need to work on the landing pad for it.

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Near Future, Sci-Fi US Force....

......for fighting an alien invasion or fighting among the stars!A mixture of White Dragon Miniatures, Khurasan and GZG, these are the forces being designed to meet the alien threat to earth (although I do think aliens lock their doors when they go past) or to take and help humanity to the stars!A SEAL team with synthetics.......  Recon Mechs........Fiddler Heavy Mech........They work alongside modern forces and armour for the time being but not the only nation to build their near future forces.....The Russians are coming!

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Operation: Side Hustle (An Ambull Adventure)

Hi All,This was actually my last game of 2018, but I've had a lot of fiddly things to do lately so it took me awhile to write it up. Once again I met up with Lasgunpacker and Dai. This time Dai brought an extra gang and his son along.We played another Ambull hunt scenario using the new blind counters. I followed Airborne's suggestion and put the two higher value Ambulls in the middle of the table. For this game we used the Shadow War rules, which are essentially Necromunda, give or take.I used my cellphone to take the pictures and then tweaked them only in Photoshop with the Poster edge filter and some minor exposure adjustments.Enjoy.In the end a fun game. Dai's son came away with the win, capturing the greatest point value of Ambulls.  Both Dai and Lasgunpackers gangs got pretty chewed up.Is this the end of the Ambull Shenanigans scenarios? Hard to say. I'll have to see if there are new people to try it out on as is, or if we need to add another layer to the story.I also realized that Escape From Nu Or

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Space Zombies (Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge)

This post originally appeared on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.With the holidays in full swing and our house host to a variety of out of town friends and relatives, it was a challenge to sneak away and get any painting done. With everyone back at work and things falling into their usual routine I managed to polish off a small set of intergalactic undead for the Painting Challenge.I picked these up from Tim Prow's Diehard Miniatures Kickstarter last year and I've been dying to get some paint on them. Perhaps it was my desire to get them "right", but I wound up repainting them with a few different color schemes before I was happy.These undead astronauts started unlife in dark blue space suits with orange and white accents, a color palette I stole from the Netflix "Lost in Space" series. Unfortunately, with their bulbous helmets and dark blue colors they looked more like undead deep sea divers than wayward spacefarers. Repainting them in a classic white spacesuit made them seem more prone to wandering

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