Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Star Wars Rebel ATRT

 Something Else I have been working on in July is this ATRT or All Terrain Recon Transport from the Star Wars Legion Core set. I am quite pleased to finish this model as this means I have painted all the Rebel half of the core set. This comes with 3 weapon options but in game terms only what card you have equipped matters as its not WYSIWYG. I did try to magnetise it but failed miserably and gave up after the second attempt. I have a second one which I bought really cheap off ebay and I am going to try and magnetise this one as well but will do it during assembly as my attempt on the first one was thwarted by gluing in the forward shield (my impatience in waiting for the magnets to arrive I assembled it thinking it would be quite easy to do!) I think I will have better success doing it this time around but 

I really enjoyed doing this one I got it started I did a bit of experimentation with only washing creases and using drybrushing, sponges to create weathering. The bases are still all basic as I am not sure exactly how I want to 

Friday, 30 July 2021

Star Wars Legion Rebel Trooper Upgrade Expansion

 Hi everyone! What a scorcher mid July has been! I know its turned a little cooler this week but such is typical of British weather! I only did a few bits of painting last week in the warmer weather as I couldn't be bothered after being at work all day. I only managed the odd half hour or so before going to work each day with the patio doors open whilst it is much cooler! Still on the Sci Fi kick I have been chipping away at some of my Star Wars Legion Backlog.

I grabbed these a few weeks back after spottng them on Amazon and still having some credit left from leaving present. So I decided to get a set to give me some variety in my Rebel Trooper units. I didn't realise however upon opening the set, that this expansion comes with a trooper unit card as well having special weapon or blaster options for the 3 regular troopers. If I had known I would of done these sooner as this gives me my third required Corp unit for playing the main game. I'd need to stretch the other two units a little but thats fine as you only need a leader and 3 troopers for a minimum size unit of Rebel Troopers. I may pick up a second set of these and use the alt blaster arms on them all.

These were far more fun to paint than I though they were going to be. I think them being all different species and requiring different skin tones etc is whats made them far more interesting to do.

I must confess not seeing this species before but they look distinct thats for sure. This is an Ishi Tib Trooper Captain upgrade and replaces the regular unit leader.

Next we have a Theelin armed with a DLT-20A rifle a sort of long range blaster weapon. The Theelin species is the first one I am familiar with from the movies as one of the singers in Jabba's Palace is one. Googling images for references seems to indicate there are quite a few in the Star Wars Cartoons. 

This is an Ithorian or Hammerhead another I wasn't really familiar with but I love the look of this guy and after doing some googling really enjoyed painting him up. He is armed with an SX-21 which is a sort of close range shotgun type blaster. 

The Gran Trooper Specialist gives you a bonus card slot (I need to look it up exactly as I haven't gotten my head around this part of the rules properly yet) I loved doing this guy I can remember having the action figure as a kid. Though I think he was part of Jabba's guards on the Skiffs from memory.

As you can see they mix in quite well with the troopers that I have already finished.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Rise of the Machines!!

 Continuing the sci fi theme we have various robots/droids finished this week. First up from Crooked Dice we have Mean Machine part of the Apocalypse range and one I've had since the Apocalypse Kickstarter way back. Of course he can be used in sci fi settings and he has a bit of a bounty hunter look about him. 

As more of a character figure I added in some brass detailing here and there and tried a blue wash on his pistol. Finishing it with a silver drybrush and some gold plating.

Copplestone Casting Future Wars FW15 Terminator Robots. Chunky sculpts which I love and useful for both Spy Fi and Sci Fi. I got these ages ago for another project which I have forgotten about but could easily be used as in an Argonauts cast or Killbots in 7TV Apocalypse.

 I painted them pretty similarly to Mean Machine without the brass plating and after a wash of dark tone liked how they looked. I painted there weapons in US Grey/Green and as an after thought gave them coloured shoulder joints so I can differentiate between them on the tabletop if needed. 

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Star Wars Legion Luke Skywalker (Star Wars Version)

 Had been mostly painting droids for Stargrave/7TV however I ran out of black paint and primer this week and won't get chance to pop to a LGS until the weekend so Whilst assembling some other miniatures  I have quickly painted Luke who was the last of my Primed Legion Core set. I'd already partly painted the base. So quickly painted him whilst watching a movie last night.

I can also use all my Star Wars stuff for Stargrave! All thats left of the Rebel side of the Core set is the ATRT! That was proving just as frustrating as I tried to magnetise the weapons but I failed miserably. I think I need some slightly smaller ones and need to plan it a bit better the 2mm by 1mm magnets are to big. 

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Hasslfree Hayden and Smudgster

 There has been some mention of playing Stargrave on my local game stores Facebook group by a bunch of folk which has kind of got me intrigued a little by it I must admit. When leaving my last job I got given an Amazon gift voucher which has just been sitting there since March so I picked up the rulebook and some small magnets which I'd had sitting in my basket for god knows how long. Anyway it has got me thinking of figures so I have had a rummage and dug out some Sci Fi stuff out of the leadpile. A lot of these are figures I've just picked up because I loved the look of the figures but never really had much of a plan for them. I can also use them for 7TV as Alien Mercenaries I've been looking some to accompany Mekon in my Dan Dare Alien cast.

The first up is Hayden by Hasslefree miniatures. Hayden is a mech pilot and comes under the Grymn section of the store. I also would like to grab the other male pilot as the poses are just fab. I kept the paint scheme simple. I did think about adding camouflage to the trousers but just left them as they were in the end.

Next up is another cool fig I've always loved the look of Smudgster also by Hasslefree miniatures. An Anthropomorphic Pug in Power armour with a Pulse Carbine :D I really want the other sculpt where he is carrying a BFG and about to light his cigar with a zippo lighter. But it always seems to be out of stock. 

All my Alien Mercs so far with Hansa Nairoba from the Gates of Antares range (A Kev White sculpt also) I always loved the cyber enhancements on this mini. I had planned to use him alongside Van Saar gangers but then changed my mind so he stands in as all sorts in 7TV but seems perfect for Stargrave!

I have dug out some robots from various sources and may of ahem taken advantage of the Hasslefree Summer Sale which ends today use Summer2021 for 20% off but only until the end of today!

I had to retake some pics but my book also arrived last night so will be this evening read!

Friday, 25 June 2021

Pulp Figures Gangland Gal

 Picked up some Pulp Figures and other bits and pieces from my LGS this month. Mainly for 7TV Pulp but some may get used for other games. I am painting random stuff at the moment as a palate cleanser for all the Femdroids and minions I did last month.

First up is on of the Pulp Figures Gangland Girls. This one really made me want this set. She could be a gangland enforcer, Government agent or maybe even a SOE Operative perhaps?

Lovely sculpt by Bob Murch I also love the Gangster with Tommy Gun and the Circus Ring master come magician vibe from one the bottom left lady. The two right hand ones I think will make good spies or resistance types.