My name is Mr. Harold and I'm a 15mm miniatures addict. Some of you might recognize me from TMP or my blog, http://clearhorizonsalvage.blogspot.com, but now I've come to invade and contribute to Dropship Horizon...
I'm going to start up a new feature, with this as the first installment, that I'll be calling "Quick Look". The idea is that I'll take a product and post several picture of it in an unpainted/un-built stage with some discussion of quality, price, availability, etc. I will then post a painted/finished picture of the product.
I hope that this will allow me to contribute more often, and perhaps get to some of those miniatures that don't sometimes get reviews.
I look forward to hearing any comments or suggestions you might have!
Quick Look, Ground Zero Games 8-Wheel MICV
(available at: http://shop.groundzerogames.net/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=1492) Price: £7.50
This is a great vehicle model, that would be at home in anything from near future to far future. There are four different "types": an APC, the MICV (like a Bradley), a command vehicle and a fire support/light tank.
The MICV comes with a turret that goes in the middle, you could use some system of magnets, or just not glue it on and you would be able to easily switch it out with the other top plates.
The parts include the two wheel sprues, the axles, the body, the top plate, the turret and the tank commander. The sprue with the tank commander also includes the top hatch, in case you wanted to do a button-down look.
I had a little bit of trouble putting the wheel on the axles and then the body, but I was told that if you glue the axles on the body first, and then glue the wheels on it's much easier. Even though, it didn't take me very long and everything else went together nicely.
These vehicles have a lot of character to them, and remind me very much of the Stryker class of vehicles. I have another MICV and a fire support variant that I need to finish up to make a small patrol force.
These would work great as a patrol detail for a Planetary Defense Force, or any force that needs high-mobility, low-cost vehicles to patrol areas with roads.
I've painted this up with a three tone camo using tamyia masking tape cut into little triangles and such. I then went the easy route and just used spray primers. I really like how it turned out and I think the colors lend themselves to both urban environments and a "Mars" type planet.