Sci-Fi


Isorian Targeting Drones

As part of my Isorian army for Beyond the Gates of Antares I painted up a unit of 6 Targeting Drones. I wanted to make sure that I took a bit of time on them as they are a small unit and the globes on the top of the models would look good with a bit of blending. Targeting Drones Unlike the rest of the Isorian army thee models have had fully painted highlights and there isn’t any drybrushing on them. Not that the models would really do well with drybrushing. They painted up quite quickly even with the additional attention to detail. Now I just need to try them out in a game and see how well they do.

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"Somebody call a doctor!" Sci Fi figures and markers

I've been making progress on the sci-fi game I've been writing, and with it came a host of core hobby projects that I needed to complete: grunts and soldiers for multiple factions, bystanders and table scatter. With those basic components completed, I'm starting to work on some of the more unique bits for the game.Sci fi figures that don't look like they've leapt out of the GWs 41st millenium are uncommon, but thankfully Reaper Miniatures has a number in their Chronscope line that work for my needs.I'm aiming for a late 1970's sci fi cinema vibe for the game, and while this space cadet has a definite 1950s rocket girl overtones, she gets a pass by way of Erin Gray's "Buck Rogers" jumpsuit.In the original script for Star Wars, Uncle Owen was an anthropologist studying wookiees. In a nod to that forgotten manuscript, I've painted up this Captain Nemo from Reaper as Doctor Owens, a wilderness explorer leading a similar band of wooly alien natives.Opposing this heroic duo will be a horde of space monsters, each w

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Last of Imperial Assault--really!

No, for reals this time, this is the last of the Imperial Assault commission I took on. There was one lonely Gomorrean guard who needed painting and basing to match on of his colleagues. I managed to knock this off over the weekend despite the allure of the bike, kayak and garden.Up next: Some rebased 1/72-scale War of 1812 Americans. Just need to touch up a few rifle barrels that shed their paint during rebasing.

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Can you spare some sculpting feedback?

With 3D sculpting becoming commonplace in the production of wargaming miniatures I thought it was time to take a chance at sculpting some figures myself. I've never sculpted anything before, but I'm not one to let gross ignorance stop me from pursuing my hobby goals.I've been tweaking my first full body human model, and before I start creating variants running, gunning and getting up to no good, I was hoping you could provide any feedback to help me refine this base model. Any suggestions you have to improve it will be welcome, whether you are a sculptor, caster, 3D modeler, printer or miniature painter.1) This is a static pose, with some unfinished wrinkles and detailing in the clothing. Final sculpts will be more dynamically posed, with less obvious mirroring of body parts.2) I intend to send the models to be SLA printed to create masters for eventual spin casting. Do you see any red flags I need to keep in mind when reposing? I'm a bit concerned about the undercut that will be necessary for the back of the

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A Kill Team Battle

Yesterday Tim and I got together for a game of Kill Team.  This was my 5th game since we decided to try the game out earlier this year.  This would be our first game using our own custom Kill Teams rather than the pre-generated teams from the starter set or the Rouge Trader set.  Tim used is Deathwatch kill team and I took my trusty Orks.For this game we selected the Terror Tactics scenario.  The setting is a ruined sector frontieris settlement that has been taken over by an Ork Mekboy for his workshop.  The the goal of the battle is to do as much damage to the enemy as possible.  The first kill team to break is the looser. For this game we actually forgot to use any of the sector special rules.Deployment is complete.  For the Scouting Phase the Orks select Take Forward Positions and and the Deathwatch selected Eliminate Sentries.  Ork gunners move up to take better firing positions.Deathwatch marines target the advancing Orks.  They score a single flesh wound

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Proposed Ghar Rebel army list changes

The, lucky, folks in the UK were recently attending an Antares Game Day but on by Warlord Games. Some of the rules for that event (also available in the event Player Pack PDF) may be working their way into the game. There are some possible changes to the SV values of Assault and Battle suits but I think that the most critical one is a change to the Support Teams. Ghar Rebel Weapon Teams must be attached to Black Guard Infantry squads and cannot appear as individual squads. Those teams will be available as a 25 point option and can have their weapons upgraded. This seems like a fairly minor change but it has one significant implication in that it will change the composition of Tactical units in the army. In one of my 1250 point Ghar Rebel army lists I have two Support Teams as Tactical Choice. Once I get my Mag Cannon Support Team painted I would probably have three Support Teams in a list. Without those I will need to replace those teams with either Black Guard, Rebel Squads or more Command teams. Without the

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Painted Antares forces

I was at an event this morning and while I was there I took out all of my painted Beyond the Gates of Antares models and took some photos. Always nice to see them all out at once. One day I may use the all in a single game. Without adding any options I have 1210 points of Ghar Rebels and close to 1600 points of Isorians. Not pictured is an Isorian Targeting Shard that I have finished painting but not based.

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More painting done

Well they are no 100% finished, I still have to put some tufts on the bases, but these will soon be ready for the gaming table. The Attack Scutters are a good, cheap source of Scourer Cannons and fit into a list where a Battle Squad might be too many points. They also look neat. The Assault Squad is a much needed addition to the army since my regular opponent will be adding at least one Concord Krask Assault team to his army. I also suspect that these things can crack open something like a Combat Drone quite easily. The Light Drones were purchased for the Drone Commander since it looks really neat with lots of drones and probes. I started to paint the Drone Commander a while ago but never got it finished. This might be the impetus I need to get it finished. I am not sure what I will be painting next. I have some Epic terrain that I need to finish and I am also contemplating painting a Freeborn force.

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Two Gun Ghar Rebel Bomber

Recently Warlord Games had a warehouse clearance sale and I picked up a Ghar Bomber sprue and some Assault Suits. Sadly when they were packed instead of 1 Bomber sprue and 3 Assault sprues I got sent 3 Bomber sprues and 1 Assault sprue. I have no real use for three Bombers so I decided to do a quick bit of work and create a Bomber with two Disruptor cannons. Not exactly an earth-shattering bit of conversion work but it still looks nice.

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A win by a narrow margin

Jeremy and I met up at The Sentry Box today for a 1000 point game of Beyond the Gates of Antares. He had his Concord force, with his newly completed Combat Drone, and I brought an Isorian army that focused on a Tsan Ra assault force. Originally I was going to bring my Ghar Rebel troops and try out my new Assault Squad. Brett and I played a game some time ago and I was really impressed by how dangerous the Ghar Assault Squad was. Interestingly they charged a unit of Phase Troopers and did nothing in the first round of combat but then ripped them apart in the second. Instead I used I an old Isorian army list that I stumbled upon which has a five model unit of Tsan Ra and a transport drone. I’ve been waiting a long time to get that transport into a game. We decided to play the Recover at All Costs scenario from the main rulebook. Both of us had the same number of activations including a single MOD unit. Jeremy had three C3 Strike Squads, an X Launcher, Command Squad, Plasma Cannon and a Combat Drone. I had

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Imperial Settlers and Rancor

This week was club night and Terry hosted a game of Imperial Settlers. I had a hoot! What a pleasant and interesting game of resource management.George also hosted a WW2 plane game that I did not get a chance to watch.I have been doing a bit of painting to finish off a commission (some broken pieces that the manufacturer replaced for the owner).I finished the Rancor. What a lovely model! And huge!I left it glossy as all of the movie stills show it as a touch damp or slimy.I had some trouble getting a decent shot--it looks much nicer in person than these photos show off.Up next: I have on last gormorrian guard who is underway and hopefully some western gaming.

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Airbrushing The Quinjet

Ages ago, I did a quick bit of modelling on a plastic Avengers Quinjet, nothing fancy, I just added some wheels. This was mainly to be some scenery at a space port or something. I put off painting it for ages as I decided to wait until I got a new airbrush and use it as another test piece. The top was okay, in fact I was quite pleasd with the cammo effect I managed, but I did get some nasty splatter on the underneath. I also decided I did not like the blue very much. I can fix that…

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Ark Conversion

This is the Transformers model that I bought for next to nothing on eBay. I have removed all the internal crap and glued plastic over all the openings I could see from the inside, of which there were lots. It actually did not take long and in the greater scheme of things, this was one of the quickest conversions I have done, it only took three episodes of Game Of Thrones (I’m watching series 2 again). Now for undercoating with my new compressor, in white this time…

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