15mm Sci-Fi, Xeno-Archiologist and a ‘Xenomorph Clearly Distinct from Other Xenomorphs with it’s own Cultural Heritage and Belief System’ or XCDOXCHBS for short.

Well hey, ‘Alien’ can sound a little Xenophobic particularly in these enlightened times and since there are so many different kinds. Here in the Imperium we prefer to use XCDOXCHBS, and since humans are a minority we try to not piss XCDOXCHBS off. Clearly the Department of Classification and Acronymic Harmony has a great deal of work to do and a substantial volume of resources (since filthy lucre has long since been abandoned) have been allocated for the development of a much more manageable acronym.

Here we have a couple of rum coves, one of whom is a Xeno-Archiologist (obviously not the full title) and the other a rather fun armed (but naked!) pal.

exp-and-al

The Archiologist is from the Ion Age range and even though she’s listed as a trader I think she looks pretty good digging through some smelly old ruins. The other chap is a Khurasan Alien of some sort, was it the assorted criminals set? I’m not sure. I really like him and think he’s got something of an early Dr.Who ‘man in a rubber suit’ vibe, which looks pretty cool.

So, it’s not long until the Rogue Stars rulest gets released and I’ve decared it to be a birthday treat! Hopefully it’ll be a nice, simple and fun system that I can have an excuse to paint up some figures for…….. my 15mm hoarding hasn’t diminished. Hopefully it’ll have a random encounter type thing in it for the solitary gamer, if not I’m sure I can adapt the one from Starport Scum.

As always there are other things on the go. I had the urge to sculpt a 10mm scale vampire count, which should be finished soonish and I’ve yet to get more half ogres done. Bit of a knock from a generous dose of man-flu (and yet going into work since it’s more peaceful!) so have been pretty low energy-wise. Getting back on form though, so once I get these essays past the draft stage and back to students in time for the Christmas holidays (to re-write!) I can relax and play a bit.

Thanks for looking.

 

15mm Sci-Fi, Xeno-Archiologist and a ‘Xenomorph Clearly Distinct from Other Xenomorphs with it’s own Cultural Heritage and Belief System’ or XCDOXCHBS for short.

15mm Rogue Trader….. no grim…. no darkness…. only splendid fun!

Hello all. A new month dawns and so does another of my little side projects.

This time it’s a re-imagining of the 40k universe through the lens of the classic Rogue Trader, add a little bit of rose tint to those spectacles a to make the Universe much less Grim and much more Fabulous and round it off with a diverse selection of models at mostly 15mm but also quite a few beasties and the like from a range of different scales (I’m quite liking the idea of using lots of the beasts from the Silver Tower game for this).

Here’s my first bunch of models in a rather lamentably poor photo I’m afraid (for some reason my camera is really not happy taking pictures in daylight):

Imperial Security

These guys are how I imagine the Imperial Guard to be in this much more chilled out distant future. The Imperial Security Forces are your bog standard colonial, shipboard and regular soldier type (Backpacks? Who needs bulky rations when a 3 course meal is available in pill form!), and is generally more than happy to grapple and karate-chop any alien bandit, space pirate or demonic entity while safe in the knowledge that he’s got lots of back-up…… in exactly the same overalls and hardhats…… who may also be close to retirement. I’ll be using them as the onboard security detail for my Rogue Trader-esque explorers. There will be lots of aliens as part of the team as well – my idea of the Imperium is much more inclusive than the popular alternative. Think of it as a bit more D.R. & Quinch as opposed to “In the grim Dar….”, well, you know.

dr and quinch

The hapless security crew were purchased from the always splendid Khurasan Miniatures ages ago, they’ve been fun and easy to paint. At the time I got several of the same packs so I’m thinking of adding a Yellow and Blue team to provide replacements whenever needed.

In other news, more sculpting done, almost finished 3 more spearmen – leading to a total of 6! Woop! And 2 pairs of nicely sculpted Troll’s legs….. ahem. Also some Ground Zero Games sci-fi scenery gradually being put together and more 15mm figures.

Pictures coming soon!

Thanks for looking.

15mm Rogue Trader….. no grim…. no darkness…. only splendid fun!

Something a little different… 15mm Thuloid Cultist and How to Host a Dungeon

Welcome all. Once again the rank and file painting has ground me down! So I’ve unearthed my 15mm stash with a mind to getting together some figures for a Dungeon Crawl type game suitable for solo play.

I ordered a load of sci-fi 15mm stuff from Khurasan Miniatures quite a while ago and think that the Thuloid Cultists would be great baddies to stuff a dungeon with! First of all a Cultist with weird sci-fi halberd (no doubt a piece if erratically functioning ancient technology gifted by a horror from beyond the veil):

Okay, so it’s a bit of a change from the razzle-dazzle of the Landsknechts but I’m pretty happy with the grubby look he’s got. The mouldy, damp looking robes and rusty weapon are as good as I can get of an evening and I think he gives the impression of someone who really doesn’t get above ground very often.

He’ll be ganging up with zombies, skeletons and all manner of other monsters to populate a dungeon made up of some old Rackham tiles from the Hybrid boxed game – very nice and creepy looking with some nice card doors. Playing the role of adventuring warbands will be a bunch of Ral Partha Dwarves and Humans, some of whom will be converted and maybe even make a few attempts at sculpting.

Now, the problem I’ve always had with gaming is context. Some people can conjure up awesome back-stories and plotlines, but I’m not one of those people. For me it’s always been a matter of ‘two mutually antagonistic parties meet – FIGHT!’, which is fine but can make for a somewhat unrewarding experience (especially as now I haven’t been gaming for many years so I’m keen to look at it as interactive storytelling).

So, Dungeons….. Baddies……Adventurers, simple recipe eh? Now for the honourable mention of “How To Host a Dungeon”, the title of this game didn’t have me gripped I must admit. However, after a little read through the free sample rules I was hooked. It’s a game in which you simulate the development of an underground network from initial Primordial starting points through to Civilisation, Destruction of said Civilisation, Infestation by monsters and finally the arrival of a suitably sinister overlord to use the site as it’s secret lair.

What a fabulous concept! You simply use Pens, Paper and Dice to essentially generate and entire history of thousands of years and best of all – You’ve got a Dungeon ready for crawling at the end of it. There are systems which generate tombs, treasures, magic chambers…. you name it, it’s there (and if not, just replace the name of something you don’t fancy on a chart to something you do).

I know, I’m getting a bit over excited, but I love finding stuff like this. Not only that but drawing plays a big part in my everyday life and I’ve always had an interest in cartography – especially the abstract mapmaking which has become quite popular in contemporary drawing and collage. Basically I’ve got an excuse to mess about with maps and draw stuff, what’s not to love!

Thanks for looking.

Something a little different… 15mm Thuloid Cultist and How to Host a Dungeon

Gang member No.3 and a little bit of scenery

So, after the inevitable interruptions of the real world, I’ve managed to get a bit more painting done and not only that but a bit of scenery too! The newly painted gang member is the grim looking fellow in the middle with the gasmask and furs, a slightly duller paintscheme than the previous two but I thought it quite suited the figure and the flash of blue hair livens it up a bit.

Gang 3

Gang 4

As the gang grows, ever so slowly I’m afraid, I thought I’d add some scenery.

First though I must give the credit for the idea to the creator of the fantastic Tiny Solitary Soldiers blog, who posted his recipe for these brilliant tiles a few years ago and I’ve only just been brave enough to have a go at myself!

At the moment they are still a work in progress, only 3 have been made so far and I’ve just got the base silver and wash on. There is a fair bit to do, more weathering and lighting etc, and the bubbles trapped by my very basic plaster casts made from the Hirst Arts molds will be transformed into battle damage and acid burns. Currently I’m intending to produce 10 of these utility type spaces, then expand with research, entertainment, command and security facilities as well as a vault for all that lovely space treasure to be hidden in – kind of like in the classic Evil Genius computer game (I’ve got a few bags of boiler suited minions from Khurasan miniatures who’ll fit the expendable security role nicely).

Anyhow, these scenic additions are giving my Space Pirates a vessel to rampage through although currently they’ve got pretty easy pickings and I’m planning to put some other occupants on board soon.

Gang member No.3 and a little bit of scenery

Gang Member 2 and a bit of sculpture

The second 15mm Space Pirate is now painted up and ready for some reavin’ and raidin’. Another one of the Khurasan post apocalypse range, this one painted up quite nicely and there are plenty of variants which I could’ve tried out (good thing I’ve got more than one of each figure!) and I’ve got some plans for weapon swaps and so forth in the future.

Today I also tried my hand at a bit of 15mm scale sculpting during some down-time at work this afternoon. I’ve made a number of abortive attempts over the years at sculpting 28mm stuff but always lost interest or real life interruptions would scupper my best laid plans. In any case, this afternoon I bent myself a wire armature, jammed it into a cork and dusted off my battered tub of ProCreate putty and started to wave my sculpting tool about a bit. These are the results so far:

Okay, so I’m not giving up the day job but I’m pretty pleased with it so far. Characteristically though I’ve not got a plan and am working toward a generic sci-fi crewman or trader type. Still lots to do though and I’m kind of dreading the arms and the head, but hey, it might be a bit of a wonk…… but it’s mine!

Thanks for looking.

Gang Member 2 and a bit of sculpture

15mm Gang Member

Still on the 15mm figures at the moment and the Post Apocalypse gang member sets from Khurasan miniatures are pretty fabulous. Whilst I like the Ion Age figures a great deal, the Khurasan figures certainly pip them to the post in terms of crispness of casting – granted my experience is faily limited as yet and I hope to purchase the Prang Raiders set in the near future (this month’s freebie from Ion Storm is a robot monkey, which quite frankly I must have). As well as being impressed with the quality of the Khurasan figures I was amazed at how little time it took for my models to make it all the way from the USA, it was in fact much quicker than several UK based companies that have only been a few hundred miles away! Well done Khurasan, rest assured that my wishlist is ever growing.

Now, onto the painted figure, this was one of the Post Apocalyplse gang members that is frankly beautifully detailed. Simple, elegant and a joy to paint I even managed to get a hint of lipstick on. This model (and the rest of the gang) would be great for the obvious Mad Max/Fallout type game, but I think they’d make great Necromunda Gangers or Space Pirate types.

Ganger1

Ganger1 Side

Thanks for looking.

15mm Gang Member

15mm Sci-Fi… the latest addiction!

So, after a little break and some time doing the dangerous thing of wandering around the interwebs looking at new miniatures I stumbled across the splendid world of 15mm miniatures.

Many years ago I painted up a few 15mm WWII units for a friend, but never really engaged with WWII miniatures generally and didn’t get around to exploring the scale any further. Fast forward a few years and I am suddenly beset with a myriad of different vendors whose ranges cater for every possible science-fictional taste and are no doubt eager for my hard earned cash! Since (as has probably been made abundantly clear) I am a slave to by baser impulses, I went shopping.

My first port of call was Alternative Armies (who I had first become aware of in the days of Slaughterloo) and their oh so very fun Ion Age range. I promptly purchased their Year One and Year Two Collections which contain a grand total of 24 of the monthly bonus figures that normally come with any order. These turned out to be a real surprise and, although a little chunky, are really great miniatures packed full of character.

So far I’ve painted one of the models, listed as a Female Legion Officer, and it was quick and fun. I’m going to be using her as the dastardly mastermind of an Intergalactic crime syndicate…. or something (faux superhero cape being a physical manifestaion of her delusions of grandeur).

Female Legion Officer 2

Female Legion Officer 1

There’s quite a few left to do, I’ve organised a few mercenary/loveable rogue types who’ll head up a series of good vs. evil antics, robots and aliens. There are however a few I’ll probably leave for some more seasonal adventures i.e. robot santa and Halloween witchy-poo lady.

I’ve also been spending some time customising some solo rules so I can actually get some gaming (for one) in. I’ll be posting some narrative games and more painted models soon

Thanks for looking.

15mm Sci-Fi… the latest addiction!