Monday, 27 February 2012

Always two there are...

With the lack of not-Jedi in 15mm, it's up to us to find miniatures out there which with minor modification can at least bridge the gap until something better comes along...

So, with a little green-stuff and an appropriate miniature I've set about creating a Master to fill out the ranks!

Just 3 work in progress shots, just need to decide on the angle for the lightsaber...

I might have gone a little overboard with the detailing on the cloak, but I can always cover that up when painting if needed.

Anyway, thanks for looking and as always comments are welcome!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Out of the darkness...

Just a quick update today, a Light Essence user for Blasters and Bulkheads (a shameless copy of a conversion that I saw on another blog - will mention it in comments if I find it again!) and a few troopers.

First up, two shots of my Essence User:

Another view:

Next up, some troopers.  I've done them in the same style as my Blasters and Bulkheads Rebellion Officers but they could just as easily be used for Vault-Dwellers or a security squad for use with Alien/s.

Trooper 1:

Trooper 2:

Trooper 3:

All minis are from GZG this time around, I've got a few Fallout type minis partially done, just need to choose a tidy paint scheme for them and I'll post them in the next day or two.

Thanks for looking, as always comments are welcome!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Gooooood Mornin' Alderaan!

A few more updates, more minis painted yesterday and I think I'm starting to get the hang of 15mm now, still not up to my 28's but getting there slowly.

Anyway, first up are my ground crew, be it Rebellion (for Blasters and Bulkheads) or other:

A deck officer and two engineers, can be used for a multitude of gaming systems.

I'm very impressed with these minis from GZG, they take washes very well...

Next up, some droids (I'm sure I've seen them before somewhere...):

And now for the last members of the team (and probably my best current attempt):

Over now to my Alien/s gaming minis - a few more test vac-suited cannon fodder:

There we have it, got some more undercoated and a few converted (will show them soon!) and will have another update for you in a few days!

Hope you enjoy, comments welcome!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Life but not as we know it...

Well my minis are undercoated, ready for painting later in the week.

A new batch of GZG and minis from The Scene arrived yesterday (thanks guys!) so they'll be put to good use in the very near future.

Also a bit of good news from Khurasan - appears that there'll be some "Men in Parkas with Guns" available shortly by the sounds of it - no idea what they could be used for though... ;-)

This does however, mean that this post is all about those loveable non-human companions that every good sci-fi show/film/game must have, Aliens & Robots!!!

They've been there all along, from the early days of Metropolis through to the far-flung reaches of the galaxy in innumerable games such as Borderlands and the retro-world of Fallout...

These are some of the lesser-known or plain forgotten about gems from the past, in no particular order and not an exhaustive list by any means - that would take forever and four days!  I list them here to hopefully give you some ideas to use in your games.

We'll start with a game I used to own on the spectrum - Shadowfire.  The game itself is annoyingly hard especially if you're only 5 (at time of playing it!) so I remember it more for the box art than anything else, which included a diverse number of suitably odd characters including some robots and excellent aliens:

As you can see, in addition to the standard bald guy and woman with dodgy 80's sci-fi hair, there are, nestled in behind more relatable characters, the robots - a dodgy silver monkey thing and the more enigmatic flying green orb!  The orb in particular is a staple of many a sci-fi franchise, from Star Wars through to Fallout.  Also in attendance are the standard bird-man (Mad Robot Harook possibly? Just add wings!) and the tusked bounty-hunter thing (I have no idea what that could possibly be... although there's bound to be a mini out there for him).

Moving on we jump to a film from 1983 - Space Raiders!  Generally people who I talk to about this film dislike it as it re-uses many of the special effects from the excellent Battle Beyond the Stars, I quite like it because of the varied crew on board what used to be Nell (please don't say you don't know what Nell is... the spaceship with the sassy attitude!):

As a side note, one of the alien actors went on to portray Hawk in Buck Rodgers...

Plenty of scope for creating a crew for your games here - a Uhl maybe? Garn? a little bit of greenstuff would go a long way...

I'll now move onto Robots alone, both nice and not so...

First up is Silent Running, a brilliant little film starring Bruce Dern, with Hewey, Dewey and Lewey, or as I call them, the "Triumvirate of Trash"!

Ok, I admit, I'm bitter because Bruce Dern knocked over the yellow one (which is obviously the most awesome, being yellow) and to be fair they do look like Artoo's poor relative:

They do the job as good companions though (check out GZG for some inspiration...) and they are some of the good guys of the robot world.

Now we move onto the grey area - Disney's The Black Hole.  I say grey area because whilst the film is good, with the cast it should have been better - Ernest Borgnine and Topol! Come on!

Anyway, onto the important bit:

The robots, the good: VINCENT, the bad: Maximilian, the ugly: BOB (not his fault, being part of the Bio-Sanitation-Battalion... honestly).

Maximilian is an exceptional creation (although not strictly a robot - I won't tell you just in case you haven't seen it) and is purely evil - some of the things that he does in this film are horrific - hammer horror horrific - I was stunned that it was even allowed in a Disney film - seems there's talk of a remake as well.

Maximilian in all his glory:

Finally, there is my favourite bad-guy robot in any film (including Terminator), Hector from Saturn 3.  If you've never heard of Saturn 3, it stars Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel and Farrah Fawcett.  Hector is the main star though...

The only word I can use is "menacing", Hector is the scariest robot on film.  Ever.  If you're old enough and can find a copy - watch it.  It's a film that can be a bit slow in places although that is down to the time it was made, it went for a more story based narrative than action, which worked well in my opinion.

Hector also has the distinction of having the most disturbing act for a robot on film - just watch it and see if you agree, I'm open to suggestions if you can find one worse.

So, there we have it, random companions and antagonists for your gaming pleasure, must now find Hector in 15mm to run around my Star Base tiles...

Hope you enjoyed and got a little inspiration!

Monday, 13 February 2012

A change of scenery...

Back again!

Only a small post today, finished off a droid companion for Blasters and Bulkheads (one that's been stuck in the harsh desert climate for some time...) along with another Imperial Officer and the remaining Space Demons - main difference being the basing material has changed for the two latter minis, comments welcome as to which you thing looks better - larger desert bases or smaller moon rock ones...  I really can't decide!

Onto the pics:

The Droid (desert base):

The Imperial Officer (moon-like surface):

Remaining Space Demons:

And a close-up shot of the "leader" alien:

Thanks again for looking, comments/suggestions welcome!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Another World...

Remember I said I occasionally take a stroll off the beaten path?  Well this post is a small detour, just a quick little insight as to where the name for this blog came from.

Way back in 1991, a game called "Another World" was developed by a man named Eric Chahi.  It was one of the first games I played on my Amiga 500 (remember those?) and is still amongst my favourite games today.

It was a game with innovative design, a fabulously rendered alien world and a compelling story (not that there was any real  narration mind you!).

It opens with your character performing an experiment with a particle accelerator, which goes awry when the installation is hit by lightning, sending you into what I assume is another dimension.  You're thrown in at the deep end, literally - the first screen in the game involves you falling/appearing in a deep pool of some description.  The first time I played it I didn't realise the game had actually started until I was killed by the creature at the bottom of the lake!

Here are a few screenshots for you, hopefully you can get something out of it as I do (I've got a Mawe from Hasslefree crying out to be painted up as the beast from the background!) and I fully encourage you to find the game online to try out, there are a few places you can download the demo and can still purchase from certain sources (none of which I can seem to recall at the moment).

The box art:

The pool (with the Beast in the background):

The Beast:

And finally, a link to a deviantart image by Orioto:

I haven't asked permission to post the image but hope you visit Orioto's page as it's definitely worth a view.

Until next time, hope you enjoy!

Didn't Bleed Red...

Just a quick update here, a few more Space Demons finished and hopefully a better shot of the Space-suited mini & the Dark Essence user...

Space Demons:

A different shot:

Space-suited mini (taken with a natural light source - let me know if it's better!):

Finally my Dark Essence user:

That'll be the last of the repeat pics, only new stuff from now on.

Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Testing, testing...

Here they are, my first ever 15mm minis - be nice, I'm usually used to painting 28mm and I've got shaky hands from too much caffeine, so that fact that these actually look anything like they are supposed to is a miracle!

First up, we have a human civilian supplied by GZG, this one is intended for use with Blasters & Bulkheads (not-StarWars) as an Imperial Officer.  I understand that faces have always been a bit of a weakness for me but painting in 15mm seems to have made that issue even more obvious!  Any comments on how to improve would be welcome!

Imperial Officer:

Next up, more a colour test than anything else, is a Rebel Officer, again based on a civilian by GZG.

Rebel Officer:

Again by GZG is a very slightly converted civilian to be used as a Dark Essence user...

Now we move on to my Alien/s based minis, I have to say that the minis here, both the space-suited ones from GZG and Khurasan's excellent Space Demons are superbly sculpted, they'd be brilliant for 28mm and how they can get the detail that they do into 15mm astounds me.  So, without further ado:

Space-suited human:

Space Demon:

So there we have it, the test miniatures for 15mm...  I've already realised that I need to thin my flesh-coloured paint for the faces and that I need to use more contrast between the colours, lighter highlights etc.

I have to apologise for the quality of the photos - left it a bit late to take them and have a rubbish light - need to take better ones next time!

Anyway, until next time, hope you enjoy and thanks in advance!

An Introduction...

Just a quick little post to get started, this blog is intended to track my foray into the world of miniature gaming in a brand-new (for me) scale: 15mm.

I intend to convert if needed, paint and eventually game with these minis and will try my best to keep a reasonably up to date set of posts.

From time to time I will probably throw a few other things of interest in here, maybe the odd comment on sci-fi related films or a link to an image that I think will get the creative juices flowing, so please be aware that I do have a tendency to get off the path!

Anyway, enough of all this, now onto the proper stuff and I hope you enjoy!