Monday, 17 May 2021

Crooked Dice Female Minions

 Hi folks May has seen me busily beavering away at getting a new cast finished for a 7TV Event in Mid June. I am still saving to get a new car for work due to my job changing to being site based. So no new figures for a good while for me. So I had a dig through my lead pile and looked through my unfinished minis and have found a fair few figs I can use to make an all female Spy Fi cast. Loosely they will be based on the Circus/smuggling group in Octopussy. Though red will also be the colour of my Shiva minions and cast.

These will form the core of my extras which will be a squad of Security Guards with the potential addition of a dog handler.

The full set of Female Minions.

Commander and pistol armed Minions with the one on the right hand side likely to be used as the Security Dog Handler.

SMG Troopers a staple of spy fi Security forces!

Two rifle armed troopers. 

Next up will be more specialised Extra's like Spies, Ninjas and then onto Stars!

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Star Wars Legion Rebel Infantry Part 2

More Star Wars Legion this time the other half of my Rebel Infantry finished completing the two squads you get in the Core set. I had planned on doing the ATRT and Han Solo, Chewie and Luke but there is a 7TV Day in mid June I want to use as an excuse to get some other stuff done out the leadpile.

The two unit leaders (I finished the left one in the first batch)

Two Duros Troopers not sure which blue skin I prefer. But tried to make them different tones.

Z6 Rotary Blaster Cannon Troopers main staple weapon of Rebel Infantry Squads. I made perhaps the error of doing the right hand one with a pale sand jacket when his gloves also need to be pale sand to match the squad.
MPL-57 Troopers (anti armour weapons.) I convert the left one slightly by just repostioning the head. I think it works ok.

First Rebel Squad. These guys have pale sand gloves/Padding on the Duros and the ochre helmet band. 

Second squad green helmet bands to match the uniforms and ochre gloves and padding on the Duros.

All my  Rebel minis painted so far. Two Core units. One Special Forces and Commander and Operatives. I still need one more Core unit but don't fancy more Rebel Infantry purely for variety reasons. I think I may go down the 3D print route for more of those or at least invest in some alternative heads for them. I am tempted by Fleet Troopers I think most of all.


Monday, 10 May 2021

Star Wars Legion K2S0


Finally got my new work phone so catching up with photos of stuff finished and getting them posted. Here we have K2S0 reprogrammed Imperial Droid serving with Cassian Andor. Love the character of this droid such humor in Rogue One as well. I am excited for the Cassian Series they are doing on Disney Plus. K2S0 still needs the markings for his shoulders they are on there way after the seller resent them as they must of got lost from when I ordered them in January! 

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Star Wars Legion Rebel Infantry

 March over I hadn't quite managed to get all the Rebel infantry done. Currently I have half finished  and the other half are progressing with them nearly all base coated ready for washes to be applied. 

Rather than paint them a squad at a time I have painted the figures in pairs. With the exception of the squad leader as I wasn't sure how I was going to do the camo on his coat. The squads share similar colour schemes with only the gloves and the hard outer ring on the helmets being different between the two units.  I may get more infantry later on so will have to think on how I will do those differently. Though to be honest I'd like some different models to change up the squads more. There are some aliens you can pick up but I think they are specialists you add to your normal squads so may have to look at what 3D Print options are available.

These guys have sand coloured gloves with ochre helmet trims.

This set has ochre gloves and the helmet trims are all green to match the rest of the uniform.

This was tricky and was more of an experiment on the camo coat that Han Solo wears in ROTJ as like the path finders all the online images seem to differ in colouration.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

In a Galaxy Far Far Away

I had started writing this post not long after my previous post however got a bit sidetracked with things going on with work. Anyway for Christmas I got given some Star Wars Legion figures in the form of Cassian Andor and K2S0, Jyn Urso and the Pathfinders Special Force set for the Fantasy Flight (Now AMG) game.

 I have spent January beavering away painting them all and currently only have K2S0 to finish off. I originally planned to use them in 7TV (Which will probably still happen as rumours of a Star Wars themed 7TV day may be planned this year)

They have been an absolute blast to paint and with Disney Plus providing me with plenty of Star Wars inspiration I have gone the whole hog and picked up the Rebel and Imperial Core set. I got a quick demo in from a friend before lockdown occurred at Christmas and the game is quite funny if a little different to my normal types of games.

Starting with the Pathfinders I painted the standard squad leader first. I found images online quite tricky to come. Don't get me wrong there are tons of images but what was frustrating was the huge variance in colouring from one image to the next what is green in one image is then grey in another! He was a bit of experiment colours wise but I think he turned out ok.

Next up a pair of regular troopers again googled loads of images and I think I found who they were based on from some photos of the Art book for Rogue One.

This guy I think has a different helmet in the movie its more similar to the one on the lady below.

This lady is one of the characters who comes to the aid of the Rogue One expedition and is deployed from the U Wing the breaches the shield before it locks down.

This guy has like a sniper variant of the normal blaster according to the equipment cards.

Final the two Alien members finish off the squad of Pathfinders the Lizard like Pao and the hairy Ape like Bistan.

Corporal Pao who replaces the human squad leader I first painted.

Bistan who is a door gunner on the U Wing blowing the leg off an AT AT which is harassing the ground forces. I found him quite tricky to paint as the stills show he has human colour skin but has long grey/white fur with the skin still showing underneath

The Whole Pathfinder Squad.

Next up is one of the main Characters from Rogue One Jyn Urso! Daughter of the Imperial scientist who worked on the Death Star (No spoilers other than that)

Jyn was a bit tricky to paint she is very dynamically posed but the scarves and arms make it a bit awkward to get the some areas of the body. Jyn also came in a lot of pieces with both arms, head and the two pieces of scarf being separate. 

Next up is Captain Cassian Andor, the Rebel spy who is assigned by the Rebel command to assist Jyn find her father and later on in the movie retrieve the Death Star plans from Scariff. Cassian is assisted by a reprogrammed Imperial Security Droid called K2S0 who I absolutely love in the movie and gives has some great one liners. K2S0 isn't quiet finished yet but I hope to have him done by the end of this week as he is about 75% finished.

Cassian was easier to paint up the only slightly awkward spot was his right side of his face being close to his coat hood. You get  quite a few options with this kit they are hard plastic on sprue. K2S0 has options for being unarmed (which I went for as that's how K2S0 is in most of the movie) Cassian has his standard blaster pistol, his pistol when it is converted into sniper mode and then a second blaster which is more of a concealed smaller weapon. I went for his standard blaster as the model and Jyn are equipped as they are when they are both on the Imperial Occupied moon Jedha. I am tempted to get a second set and make the Sniper and armed versions of K2S0.

All my Rebel forces so far. I have gone about the game the wrong way in regards to Force compostion. Jyn/Cassian can be Commanders which are fine and they sort of synergy (well so I am told) the Pathfinders are a Special Forces unit and I need to have a minimum of 3 Corps units and a commander before adding anything else on. The Core set fortunately gives me two Corps units in the form of Standard Rebel Infantry both of which have some different weapon options. I also get Luke Skywalker (In Bespin attire) and AT-RT Walker which has some different weapon options (I am looking into magnetise this one). Which leaves me with one more Corps unit to get. Looking online I can get more Rebel infantry, Veterans or Fleet Troopers I am leaning more towards the Fleet Troopers tbh as they feature at the end of Rogue One and for me fit that them where as the veterans are dressed in the Uniforms the Rebels wear on Hoth.

Besides the core set I also pick up Han Solo and Chewie but my plan is to paint all the Core set Rebels then paint those. Imperials will get painted once I have a playable painted force of Rebels as I plan to start playing Legion and Board in Brum when lock down is over and we can get out and hopefully get gaming again.