Thursday, February 23, 2017

Giant power suits and a drop ship.

Here are my next few paint projects.  First are four powered armor suits from Battlestations.  They are one piece figures with almost no flash.  I will have to do a little filing on the bases to make them level.  I plan on using these as hostile environment suits in my Traveller mini games.  
Front view.  The second from the left is in powered down position.  

Side view.  

And the rear view.
I also have a drop ship to add to my arsenal.  This is from Clearhorizon Miniatures and is called the Hades Banshee VTOL.  When it arrived I had to decide either closed and flying or doors open and landing gear deployed.  As you can see I choose the landed option.  There was a bit of flash and a degree of filing to deal with.  
Gear down, door open for quick deployment.

Rear ramp down.

Side view with both side doors open.
I hop to have these painted in the near future.  Since my other drop ships are green I was thinking pink, just kidding, no really, just kidding.  A dark blue with some light blue highlighting.  Not really sure just yet.  .  

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fine Young Aslan.

What is an attack force without ground troops to support it.  Just a bunch of fancy vehicles of course.  These Aslan are Leonid Warriors from RAFM's 15mm scifi line.  I painted up four combat squads, 1 command squad and 1 two member fire team.
For units I usually put six figures on individual bases.  The two figure base is a fire team with a hopefully devastating weapon.  Most of the figures are carrying weapons attached to a power pack on their backs.

This is a front view of the command squad.  With a lieutenant and two NCO's.

A view of the back of the command squad.

This would be the other two squads in the Aslan force.  All of these figures have backpacks instead of power packs.
These Aslan have been used at two different conventions, the first was NOWScon in the Cleveland area and the second was at TravellerconUSA in Lancaster.  In both battles the Aslan were on the receiving end of the short stick.  I did not bring my camera to either event so I have no pictures to show.  The figures had little to no flash to clan and were quite easy to paint once I figured out the paint scheme.  

Friday, July 22, 2016

What an Aslan needs for a real estate deal.

I can't believe it's been months since my last post.  Sorry for the delay.

What every Aslan needs is of course a strike force to assist the squatters in relocating.

    My friend Keith recommended the Ravenstar Mercury tanks as having an Aslan look, and I agreed.  So I purchased four tanks along with four troop transports and one command car.  I wanted them to have a similar look and of course camouflage.  So I went looking on YouTube for other peoples examples and tutorials.  I found a guy who used Silly Putty to help in painting some Sherman tanks.    
Step one.
I started with Desert Yellow primer.  Making all the vehicles look a bit bland.
Primed with Desert Yellow.
 Step Two.
I then took small amounts of Silly Putty and rolled it into small logs shapes.  The gently pressed it onto the vehicles in a set of curved designs.
Front view of the transports and command car.

Side view.
 Step three.
I sprayed Leather Brown paint onto the models and waited for the paint to dry.  Of course the vehicles looked like they had been attacked by poop flinging monkeys.
One of the tank chassis waiting to dry.  

The strike force ready for action.
 Step five.
I then peeled off the Silly Putty revealing the patterns you see here.
Step six.
I used a Sepia wash to bring out the detail, then sprayed a clear coat lacquer  to help protect the models.
The force again with the flash.

The command car.

Troop transports.

The mighty tanks.

One of the tanks with an alternate turret, maybe a Meson gun???
All in all I like the look of the models and I think they will see action soon.  Now I just need to get the troops painted up. Using the Silly Putty took a little patience it didn't stick at first, just a little pressure to make it stick.  The Silly Putty is reusable and didn't harm the paint or leave any residue.  

Friday, December 18, 2015

Laying of the keel.

I know starships don't really have or require a keel but these are "ships" so why not.  Years ago, actually decades now, I purchased the little book Traders and  Gunboats.  I really liked the Far Trader so I took some graph paper and made a scale floor plan for use in many Traveller adventures.  
From GDW.
A Far Trader deckplan.
Drawn back in the early 80's with pencil then drawn over again with pen.
I always wanted a Far Trader n 3d.  So I have officially begun the process of making one to 15mm scale.  First I copied my old deckplan, then I glued it to a sheet of 1/8" plywood.  This will give me a guide to cutting out the decks and someplace to attach the outer hull to.  
My copy of the deck plans glued to the plywood.
The materials that will be used in construction are s follows:
1 sheet of 1/8" plywood
1 sheet of paper covered foamboard
an undetermined number of 1" x 24" wood strips for interior walls
Wood parts.
The sheet of foamboard.
 The ship has not been named as of yet, no I am not looking for names.  I hope to have it ready by summer.  I am out of my knowledge and comfort zone with certain aspects of this build.  I have never attempted to bend foamboard and not have it crease.  

I am working on other projects such as a 10mm Hittite army and my Cygnar forces for Warmachine.   It may be a little time before I have more on this ship build.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Project done.

I apologize for taking so long to complete this.  But as Jeff Goldblum once said "Life finds a way".  Enough excuses, here is the base done in all it's glory.  I painted it as a corporation might have.  I didn't want a military  paint scheme with one main color and a few shades of the same.
Landing Pad with missile launcher

Another view of the landing pad.

Right to left, communication spire and power plant.

90 degree corridors.

End caps with missile pods.

Single length strait corridors.

Double length strait corridors.

Y or three way corridors.

Upper level hab domes.

Hab domes.

Block house, front view.

Block house, rear view.

One view of the hab base with some visitors.

An overhead view.

Another view.

And now from the other side.

A lower view.

The other side.
    My thoughts on working with this kit.  For the most part a well cast set, not much to clean.  On the power plant there was a spot where two cables blended into one making it difficult to paint it as two cables.  On the missile pods some work with filing to get them to fit into the bases.  I had to drill out the two holes where the antennas had to be inserted.  The biggest problem I had was deciding how to paint it.  

    All in all I like the look of the set, it definitely looks like it belongs in a scifi setting.  The docking connector fits snugly onto the tops of both the lower hab domes and the block house.  I glued the docking connector onto the bottom the both upper hab domes to keep the upper had domes from slipping off when used.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

First project for the year.

 Ion Age Habitation Base.  Now that the weather has finally begun to warm up I can once again use spray primer in the great outdoors.  A few months ago The Ion Age had a sale featuring their Habitation Dome Riser System and I decided to get their Habitation base.
View showing the base in one possible configuration

Same configuration different angle.

An overhead view.  The squares on the table are 1 inch for scale.

One final view.
My first step will be to prime all the pieces flat black.  Right now they are various shades of grey.
The main habitation dome showing the exterior door.

Two sides of the other domes.

The 90 degree corridor sections.

The three way corridors showing the flat areas where they would connect to other sections.

Double length connectors.

Single length connctors.

Upper domes

Left is the bottom of an upper dome to lower dome plate.  Right is landing pad with a space for mounting a missile pod.

End connectors with missile pods.

Another dome to dome connector with a power spire and a com spire.
As this project gets painted I will post more pictures.  I'm not sure if it will have a utilitarian paint scheme or some other.  Feel free to post your thoughts as to a viable paint scheme.