Saturday, 11 January 2014

The Yautja have landed!

Been mostly doing work on the buildings spent an evening gingerly filing off some of the markings from the tops of the buildings and then another starting a small Yautja shuttle/space ship. (Yautja being the proper name for Predator Species).

The body comes from an old computer mouse you may of seen these before as they where going to be a two man grav vehicle for my spy fi stuff that never got finished. I may dismantle the second one and do it up as a second vehicle being as I have quite a few Yautja that will need a ride. Its needs some more detailing at the moment its not based as I will paint it up and do that after it will sort of be tilting forward slightly. The stones will be sort of sensors but they'll be painted over as well. The wings at the rear have come from the packaging that come with most kids toys I've filed them down then pinned them to the body.

The back and the part where the buttons join in the middle need finishing off as there is a hole where there wheel button was and I'm in two minds whether to add some sort of burner/thruster to the back of it.





Also my package from Finland arrived on Friday with some more figures for this project. I already had the 3 single vacation Aliens (Yautja) from Khurasan but wanted to add in some Khurasan Huntarr (More Yautja) to increase the numbers and so I could play some games where I have Yautja Hunters trying to capture an Alien Queen for egg laying purposes.

There are four packs of Huntarr which strangely have disappeared of the Khursan site recently so I was a bit disappointed but a random browse of the Lead Adventure Forum's bazaar I spotted a pack of each for sale! Huzzah!

I can't tell you what the specific packs are called one is obviously a leader pack and one they heavy plasma burners and there are two packs here that have the typical Yautja weapons and one pack with the retractable spears and one of just wrist blades. These all come with the shoulder burners as well which need glueing on. As a bonus I have recieved 9 spear armed Yautja instead of 8 so happy days. Most of these all have 2 of each sculpt per pack apart from the heavy burner pack which you get 3. I plan on converting some anyhow. I quite fancy having some discs, net launchers and perhaps a whip theres quite a variety of weapons in the various movies. 

The Pack of Leader's

The Wrist blade armed pack.

Spear and wrist blade armed pack 9 figures with 5 individual sculpts

The Shoulder burners for the two packs above.

The boys with the heavy artillery. These will be Blooded Warriors that usually over see hunting parts and carry the heavy weapons.

This next pic is what I intend to make the Yautja  Hounds from the Predators movie from they are going to need a bit of putty work mainly to add spines I intend on adding around 5 spines to each one to give the impression of the movie ones. They are wearing sort of body armour which I don't mind as again there's a large variety with equipment. These originally come from Micro Panzer a Vaethaka Hound unit. These where bought from the same guy who I got the Huntarr from so it was like it was meant to be as I'd earmarked these a year ago for the role! The main thing that held me back was the overseas shipping and only wanting this single pack which in my mind pushes the cost up of the figures.




34 comments:

  1. Great post Simon although I cant read the last part the text is very small

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    1. Thanks sorted. For some reason it copied the text size of the photo caption... Ah the joys of blogger!

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  2. Great use of an old mouse, should pain up nice

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  3. Great post and I have to admit I never knew the real name of the Predators

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    1. Cheers I'm a big fan of the novels and if you read the Aliens Vs Predator Series (Prey, Hunter's Planet and War) theres a lot more background info than the snippets the films give you

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  4. Looks like good hunting in the future. Ah the mouse, everyone loves the old mouse.

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    1. I struggled tbh to find anything that would match up to the artwork that you could buy commercially there's never been a movie memorabilia one made either and the arts. Thanks to Hybrid Horde for linking me to Dawn of the Lead's shuttle which I copied but in a smaller scale.

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  5. Mate, this is going to be one if the best projects ever! Looking forward to seeing it develop.

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    1. I hope the burn lasts with it. I am enjoying reading the books again plus I've noticed some new books out which should keep the enthusiasm going.

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  6. Good post Simon, and thanks for the info on the predator books. I have these minis from Khurasan and I'm interested to see what you do with the colour scheme!

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    1. Thanks. There are stacks of books mate probably about 10-12 predator/AVP books now. The Aliens are good as well Steel Egg is a good one

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  7. Great post Simon , i follow the work from colors .
    Cheers .

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    1. Cheers Vincent I have my first Yautja being painted as test piece if I it works I'll crack on with the rest.

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  8. This is getting better and Better. Great use of a mouse. and fantastic figure find.

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    1. Cheers mate. I'm pretty sure there will be a second ship. I had though of using the Halo Micro Ops Banshee and just re-painting it but when I saw one in the shops it was to small probably half the size of the mouse.

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  9. Ah, what did we do before computer mice existed :-) ? You're going to have quite an army of this species, I think. It'll need something special to give them much of a contest!

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    1. Oh yes are a horde of Aliens not enough? I have some additions to the bug ranks as well. I've not got them yet but they will have some big brothers.

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  10. Really looking forwards to seeing these painted up mate. :)

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    1. I'll hopefully have the first Yautja ready this week.

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  11. It's all coming along nicely, Simon. You're right about the books - they give far more background info than the films.

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  12. Looking better and better Simon!

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  13. Very cool projects, Simon. Looking forward to more updates. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean, I hopefully plan to have some things finished this week its all started an in progress at the moment lol

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  14. Things are coming together nicely. The mouse makes a great shuttle.

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  15. Thanks I had a painting session last night. first pack of Aliens and Queen are finished apart from basing. The First Yautja test paint is nearly finished as well just needs some highlighting

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  16. I pity the force that has to take these guys on, I thought Arnie had enough trouble fighting against just one - and hes ARNIE!

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    1. Hunting has its own rules and its all different rules when its total war!

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  17. Excellent Simon. What rules will you be using?

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    1. Thanks. Not sure yet. Potentially Gruntz. But will also see what happens with the AVP by Produs Games.

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