Thursday, 11 August 2011
The Ventaurans have Landed
Struck down with a headcold, I was at home on Tuesday when the postman dropped off a little packet from Eureka Miniatures. Upon opening it, I discovered my pre-ordered Ventaurans, freshly emerged from Eureka's 300Club.
The figures are as good in the flesh as they appear in these photos Nic released earlier, with the distinctive Ventauran helmet and the tight fitting light bodyarmour and light backpacks.
Weapons-wise, the Ventaurans are armed with light automatic weapons, and have a heavier SAW, plus missile launcher and Autocannon as support weapons. While the weapons are mid-tech, and quite nicely LBB Traveller, the missile launcher and the autocannon are just a little too retro for my liking. I think I can tech up the missile launcher but the autocannon, to me, poses a bit of a quandry. It seems too heavy to be made easily mobile on its ground mount, which seems a little at odds with the general light infantry vibe of the rest of the range.
But having said that, I really like the Ventaurans and I'm glad they're available. I expect them to appear on the Eureka website soon and have included the figure codes on the above pictures for those keen to get in and order some.
Ventauran technical - Ventauran autocannon on Ground Zero Games Utility Grav sled (V15-29A). That's blu-tac around the gunner's hands, BTW.
Another view of the technical.
Left to Right: Khurasan Felid, GZG New Israeli, Rebel Miniatures Earth Force Marine, 15mm.co.uk HOF Retained Knight, Eureka Ventauran, GZG UNSC-L rifleman.
Left to Right: GZG New Israeli, Rebel Miniatures Earth Force Marine, Eureka Ventauran, GZG USMC-L Rifleman, Khurasan Felid
Posted by David at Thursday, August 11, 2011
Labels: Eureka Miniatures, Ventaurans
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What about mounting the autocannon on some sort of grav skimmer or something? Cobble together a crewman with a head swap and there ya go, more mobility.ReplyDelete
I just got these in the mail myself yesterday. They are indeed as good as you say and they, being Eureka minis, are slightly taller than other 15mm's, which lends them an even more Alien appearance. I cant wait to paint 'em up!ReplyDelete
Uesugi Kenshin (TMP)
These look great. I'm looking forward to being able to order these... Any possibility for a comparison shot?ReplyDelete
looks great, they might even be useful for 15 mm Quorian. I think i'm going to have to order a platoon or so.ReplyDelete
Oh that bloody Zhodani again !ReplyDelete
Great looking, i fear of postage from Australia thou..
But with these and Scifi Germans i am really tempted !
Could you make comparison photos with some GZG NIs,Khurasan Felid and Rebel Titan marines ?
They look as good as the original older 25mm versions that ive had for longer than i care to remember...ReplyDelete
I agree with Eli you could mount that SAW Autocanon on a GZG hover sled. :) http://shop.groundzerogames.net/images/uploads/HMAWP.jpgReplyDelete
The Laserburn range (link to the right) some nice two seater grav trucks that might look good with that cannon and gunner mounted on the small flatbed.ReplyDelete
I'd mount it on the cheap Old Crow grav jeep (two for £4).ReplyDelete
The standing Ventauran officer is 19mm from the top of his base to the top of his helmet, which makes him taller than the standing GZG UNSC-L rifleman. I have added some size comparison photos to the article as requested, as well as trying the Autocannon out on the deck of the GZG Utility G-sled as a "Ventauran technical".ReplyDelete
The Ventauran autocannon on Ground Zero Games Utility Grav sled look good almost like a one man vehicle, but i pictured the autocannon on a much smaller grav or hover platform and making it apart of the actual weapon that the Ventauran gunner actually controls via some sort of remote system and when its in position he jumps onboard and blasts away...ReplyDelete