Monday, 31 August 2009
Kitbash of the Week No.5 - Slammers Combat Car
The 'Inspiration Bus' made an unscheduled but very welcome stop this evening following the '15mm Slammers Combat Car Suggestions' thread on TMP.
A lot of GZG's Sci Fi AFVs are modular. V15-43A High-tech Grav Light Tank being no exception. It has a separate hull and turret section, which if simply left off, gives you the basic outline of a Slammers style Combat Car.
Here you see the basic hull of the High-tech Light Grav AFV with a gunner similar to that in the all new SG15-A17 NAC Pintle Gunners pack (pictured below).
If you mount the weapons directly into the hull and offset placement on either side of the vehicle you can easily squeeze three gunners into your new homebrew Combat Car.
Personally, I'd go for one cannon up front and two of the 'grenade launchers', one on either side, which could easily double as plasma weapons. Nothing to stop you using rotary cannons or plasma weapons taken from GZG's MAWPs if you prefer.
Next, let's add a bit more detail - the flat edges of your Combat Car troop compartment look plain don't they! No problem - just cut some small shapes from plasti-card and glue on, and /or cover in personal kit, blanket rolls, camo nets etc.
What's more, I deliberately chose the Light Tank as it's the same price as the APC and Command versions, but in this instance you have a tank turret left over to use for other kitbashes or turn into a defence turret!
Of course you can go to town detailing your creation, but the beauty of these kitbashes is simplicity!
Hope you feel inspired by this.
Incoming Transmission..... GZG 15mm NAC Heavy Weapon Teams
New from GZG this week, NAC heavy weapon teams & NAC Gunners:
New NAC standing gunners and pintle-mount weapons - can be used in the back of vehicles or as static mounts (eg: on fort walls or behind defences); The figures may also be cut down and used in turrets or vehicle hatches:
and 2 with grenade launcher) £2.50
Just the right stuff for manning the perimeter at Whiskey Outpost and holding off hordes of bugs!
Incoming Transmission..... GZG 15mm Tracked GunBots
You are going to love this little model.! Also available this week from GZG are Tracked GunBots. These fit the bill perfectly for modern day or near future robotics and have a certain 'Terminator' T100 charm to them.
The GunBots will provide perfect support for 15mm.co.uk's Automatons or become the 'soldiers' of a low tech mechanoid army in their own right. Need to storm a spaceship or space station? Send your GunBots out ahead. Lot's of great options with these models. Nice one Jon!
Incoming Transmission..... GZG 15mm Wheeled Mini-Drones
The new GZG Wheeled Mini-Drones previewed on Saturday (click here) will probably be on the webstore this week.
I like what Jon has done to display them! I'm tempted to mount them like this myself. I'm now planning to collect a dedicated force of these to use in conjunction with UAV's, aerial drones and MAWPs. Perhaps occasionally a (very) small human force can accompany them on the tabletop for recce, patrolling, escort and screening mission games.
15mm Sci Fi just gets better and better. Thanks for the intel Jon!
Sunday, 30 August 2009
IN THE PIPE... GZG New Israelis - ALL NEW SCULPTS
In this instance I think a picture speaks a thousand words..........
More pics & details to follow
I don't NEED 10 packs of guys with an arm moved here, a foot moved there, or captured mid pose out walking the dog. 3 minis will do, just three, like those above. Three minis who look like they are in combat. Three minis when placed together on a base tell a coherent story.
Latest Intel......GZG 15mm Aerial Mini-Drones (prototypes)
Jon has pulled a magnificent blinder as a result of this thread on TMP (click here). Here are two prototype 15mm mini aerial drones from GZG together with a metal 'flight' stand.
The fan/rotor on the GRAW style drone (right) is sculpted underneath as well! These will be very useful in the forthcoming TOMORROWS WAR Ambush Alley Games' Force on Force variant.
Critical Mass Games : GZG Photo Comparisons
Comparison photos of Critical Mass Games new releases with GZG New Israelis and NAC Marines. Click on photos for larger image.
Hope you found this update useful.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Latest Intel........ Rebel Minis New 15mm Sci Fi Infiltrators and Titan Marines
I am really pleased to be able to preview these two new sets of 15mm Sci Fi miniatures from Rebel Minis. My thanks to Mike for providing the intel!
First up 15mm Sci Fi Infiltrators. Six unique Ultra-Tech Nano-Suit infantry, special forces or operators. I believe they will be packaged as 21 assorted miniatures for $10.95.
I've been waiting expectantly on these and am not disappointed! I've placed a pre-order with Mike for two packs immediately to use variously as Ultra-Tech Grav Mech Infantry, dismounted Grav armour crew, downed dropship pilots and Spec Ops.
Mike hopes to be receiving stock of the Infiltrators next week. Keep an eye on Rebel Minis website for updates.
I'm also pleased to be able to share this WIP green of Rebel Minis upcoming Titan Marines.
For more details and availability, check out:
Incoming Transmission..... Rebel Minis 15mm Grav Tanks Remastered
I've always liked the look of Rebel Minis origina 15mm Sci Fil Grav Tanks. Mike has emailed me today to let me know that they have been remastered. The Thunder, Thumper and Warlord are now more substantial models and even better, come in at a lower price of $9.95 each.
Latest Intel.....GZG Alien Mercs, Part Deux
you must buy this summer....
GZG Alien Mercs II!
Alien Mercs, and listening to customer feedback, Jon at GZG has commissioned a second set of sculpts to compliment and add variation to the miniatures in the initial release (click here).
Khurasan Corporate Marine for comparison
Pack Contents: (L) X4, (Centre) X2, (R) X6
These are really nice miniatures and even just these 3 minis on their own make a brilliant cameo. The central figure wears goggles and his sidekicks goggles and WW1 fighter ace style 'flying helmets'.
I think they are better than the initial Alien Merc release and will easily find a place on many tabletops in Sci Fi shoot-outs, boarding actions and similar skirmish games. More than ever they've convinced me to paint the Khurasan Corporate Marines as Galactic Cops.
Jon has said that combined with the original SG15-X05 pack, SG15-X08 will create a platoon-sized unit of 24 figures with a 'Boss' to lead each "squad", a heavy weapon for each squad (in the SG15-X05 pack) and a mix of three poses of basic grunt.
Latest Intel.....GZG Remote Wheeled Mini-Bots
First of several new releases coming from GZG shortly are these Remote Wheeled Mini-Bots. Variants include MG, Rocket and Sensors/Recon.
They are lovely little models. Jon is also in the middle of creating tracked variants too. Despite the fact they are labelled 15mm, there is no reason why they can't be used for 28mm Modern and Sci Fi games as well. If you've played FRONTLINES: Fuels of War on the XBOX360 - you know how useful these little beasties can be!
Incoming Transmission: Heads Up!
First teaser shots of the new guys will appear in stages this weekend. So keep this channel open!
Chief of the Boat......OUT!
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Critical Mass Games - ARC Fleet Standard Rifle Infantry
Tonight I'm proud to preview Critical Mass Games' Arc Fleet Standard Rifle Infantry.
AFSR 1-8 available on 21st september, 2009. £3.20 per pack for 8 figures.
Monday, 24 August 2009
'O' GROUP.......Light Recon Orbats for FWC
Took some time out yesterday to organise my first batch of Critical Mass Light Recon figures for Future War Commander.
This force will be a High tech company. I've decided that these troops have AI integral to their unit structure, so each base will have two Light Recon figures and a human-sized armed AI walker.
I tried out several different AI walker miniatures with the Light Recon figures, including GMM-42 Medium Mecha Units from GZG’s 2mm range. When combined with infantry on the same base the walkers really do make a bold "Sci Fi" statement!
Because of the additional firepower inherent within each platoon, I'm aiming at 4 bases per platoon and 2 platoons to the company. I don't think it would be unreasonable to have 2 smaller but powerful companies rather than a single 4 platoon monster.
Organised in a similar fashion to the above, but with only one base of AI walkers per platoon. They will be supported by GZG Palladin Tanks.
(French Camo scheme)
This time, a generic 'light' company with 3 figures to a base, 3 bases to a platoon and 3 platoons to the company. They will be supported by a heavy platoon of 3 GZG Wheeled MAWPs and 3 GZG UAVs.
Finally but not least....
A recon platoon of 2 Old Crow Grav Outrider Scout Cars (with GZG missile pod upgrades), 2 'ultra' recon bases of converted Light Recon figures and 4 GZG UAVs.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Critical Mass Games: 15mm Protolene Hunter WIP
Craig at Critical Mass Games has sent over these WIPs of the forthcoming 15mm Sci Fi Protolene Hunters. What can I say?
Available 23rd November, 2009 from:
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Augmented Battle Suits - Fini!
I painted the figures using the 'speed painting' technique introduced by the Master Chef. Each figure was washed and scrubbed to buff up the metal before painting with 2 coats of Citadel Thrakka Green Wash. This was applied straight onto the bare metal. The weapon was painted black and the visor gold, then the entire model was drybrushed with Citadel Bolt Gun Metal. This picked out the highlights and edges of the armour and gave them a distinctly 'worn, been in combat far too long' look. Brilliant!
The washes took longer to dry than normal. Possibly due to the humidity in the air. Nevertheless, putting aside the drying breaks, I can claim completing these miniatures to a stunning tabletop quality in under half an hour, including the bases, no more than an hour of 'hands on' time.
Where the brusg=h had accidentally slipped or applied too much gold around the visor, I used an old pot of OOP Citadel Salamander Green to rectify the mistake. I found it compliments Thrakka Green perfectly and now aim to use Salamander Green to provide greater depth to 'shadow' areas or line specific detail if needed on future projects of this nature, prior to applying the Thrakka Green.
With my own platoon of miniatures out of the way, I painted the remaining Augmented Battle Suit figs to give to the Master Chef. He only wants a handful , including one to be the Master Chef, of course! He might as well have my redundant figs and use the cash to buy himself more CMG Light Recon or Standard Rifle Infantry.
I handled the 'Battle Suits' destined for the Master Chef slightly differently than mine. I began with one coat of Thrakka Green Wash but then followed with a coat of OOP Citadel Waaagh (or, as Heather called it "Oh my god that's vivid!" ) Green Ink.
I went for the Waaagh Green 'cause that's what MC prefers for his own miniatures and it'll allow him to repair any future damage to the paint job easily. The first coat was Thrakka Green to 'key' the model prior to applying the ink. Once drybrushed with Bolt Gun Metal, the tone of the green was subdued so that the overall effect actually looks really good.
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