Sunday, August 23, 2009

Comparison Shots!

Got some more minis from GZG and Splintered Light. Veyr happy with the quality of course. I have found the Splintered Light minis are made from a bit of a softer alloy than the GZG stuff.

Left to right; SLM Dark Elf, GZG 'Firefly', GZG Ravager, SLM 'Firefly.

Left to right; SLM 'Firefly', Eureka Sci-fi German, SLM 'Firefly', GZG 'Firefly.

Left to right; SLM 'Firefly, GZG 'Firefly, GZG Ravager, SLM 'Archer Collection' Rogue.

Left to right; SLM Vampire Lord, Eureka Sci-Fi German, SLM Minotaur, GZG Ravager.

Left to right; SLM Dark Elf, SLM Orc, GZG Ravager, SLM Vampire Lord,

Left to right; SLM Minotaur, GZG Ravager, SLM 'Archer Collection' Rogue, SLM Bugbear.

More Vehicles

Here is another pic of the Aryan Dropship with a mini for scale. Perhaps i should have done this a bit sooner because the doors aye a bit small. Should be easy to fix by cutting up the same part of the Lemun Russ turret and making double doors.

Another Aryan vehicle. I'm not sure wether this will be autonomous in my story or piloted at this point. It is one of the Infinity Drones, so i guess it'll be some sort of drone in my world.

Some Matchbox cars to use with the Buckeroo Gang. The GZG Ravagers just looked too baddass once i painted them up to Scavs. They are a bit out of scale. But if i keep the same scales with the same factions i don't think it'll get to me. :)
The first one is "The Bitch". A '69 Camero with extra armour and a mini gun.

An '80s SWAT vehicle that i think i'll add a .50cal to.

"Old Betsy", a typical gang member carrier and a place to haul thier scav and spoils of each confrontation.

I had to get one of these GZG 8 Wheeel APC's. I can echo everyones good reports on Jon's amazing delivery times. And i live in Australia! I think i'll put a mini-gun on this one and swap the .50cal to the SWAT vehicle. I'll use this 8 Wheeler to go with the New Eden Vault City Gene Troopers. The Gene Troopers will be somethin g like the Rouge Trooper of 2000 AD. But maybe i shouldn't speak too soon or i'll have another story change like i did with the GZG Ravagers. So it maybe prudent to get thigs painted before i designate any story to them.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Aryanriech Enclave Dropship

It's a GZG Mantis, but the slaved version. I managed to think up a way to make it Troop Carrier with the rectangular purfume bottle top and the left over pieces of a Leman Russ Tank for the hatches.

It has a bit of a Fallout 3 feel with its VToL functionality. And satisfies some of my Cyberpunk urges.

I think i still need to put together it's landing gear on the rear, if a can't think of another way around it.

Scavengers Final

After stripping the first lot i painted i decided to try my hand at the second paint scheme again. When doing the greenstuff for the googles and guns i found that detail i put in them was too small once painted over. I had to make the holes in the visors much more pronounced.

I didn't use Devlen Mud on these guys. I re-learnt the drybrushing technique and block painted the final highlight to get rid of some of the graininess that dry brushing leaves.

So these are much more high-tech Scavengers, not short of 2150. This crew's success would owe to the prime gear they've found over the years. Their transport is going to be aged however. Very much so, compared to the Aryanriech's Drop ship i'll post next.

Over all i've really enjoyed these models. Very intricate. And can't wait to get my brush onto the Space Crew and New NAC Marines from GZG, to see how they compare to thier Ravagers. They could with less detail and still be fantastic mini's.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

More Scavengers

So i finished more of the GZG Ravagers. I'll still mix these guys in with the other Buckaroos. They look a bit more high tech to me considering the paint scheme and the greenstuff re-modeling.

I really enjoyed doing these guys. Much more than the German Sci-Fi from Eureka, even though they turned out much cleaner.

I still have a couple more painting techniques i'd like to try up my sleeve, and a couple more factions to go. However, i'll be concentrating my work on terrrain and vehicle for the two factions i've already done, so i can start playing with these guys. And produce that Batrep i've been yapping on about.

Multi-Story Office Block

Doing projects for 15's is so satisfying. I had put off finishing this building to some painting, and overall the construction didn't take that long.

There were a couple of unplanned cuts to the thumb, but a drop of super glue closed them up nice and quickly.

This building is one of the more intact structures of DC 2150. I think on the hole i want my the city to be more of an abandoned place than a completely shell shocked ruins.

I'm yet to see how these different floors and rooms will come in handing when playing games in this enviroment. As i've previously mentioned holing up in rooms is a fairly good tactic if the Aryanriech or Super-Muntants are hell bent on eradicating every single person in your team.

Before i paint this multi-story and the three other buildings i'll make a couple more at least. Next on the list for terrain is a warehouse with parking lot and store front.

At some point i'll be needing something to base these buildings on. Some kind of MDF or plasticard should fit the bill. I'd prefer of course to find something cheap and that i don't need power tools to cut, seeing as i have none.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Scavengers & Greenstuff

So here are a few piccies of the changes i made to the other 8 GZG Ravagers. I found that what was hard in painting 15's well, were faces. So i greenstuffed some maskes and goggles on these guys to cover the shame of my fledgling painting.

I also buffed up the guns a bit by styling assault rifles, machine pistols and SMG's. This extra fire power will help the faction survive against some of the other nasties that will be crawling out of the wasteland.

Depending on how these guys turn out when i paint them, i may even go back and strip the first ravagers i did to uniform them all a bit.

I've done face masks and gun buffing before on 28's, but the goggles and magazines are a new endeavor. It all wasn't quite as hard as i expected, so i may be a bit more adventurous with my other factions.

Buckaroos Redux

I mentioned that i wasn't satisfied with my work on the Scavengers. After asking around the wonderful interwebs i got some help from Mark of Dropship Horizon and Deserter from the Post Apoc Forum. The help came in the form of washes and pictures of succesful use of Devlen Mud.

I much more satisfied with this result. It's not quite my 28's standard. But i'm happy so far with what i've produced.

The next batch of GZG Ravagers i'll do will be a bit brighter so maybe they won't be as dark as these guys.

Watch this space for the new Ravager paint job. Must say i'm very keen to find my groove in the 15' painting technique. I'm sure it'll be quite comfy!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Billy Hughes and the Buckaroos

I must admit i was hoping these guys would come out looking a bit better. But i'm happy with my second attempt at painting 15's.

The guy on the left is Billy Hughes. His group of scavangers are the best out of all the other smaller groups that come to the DC to find expensive luxury items and other nessesities that they sell and barter back at Babalon City out in the wastes.

Only the hardest of scavengers make their way into the Dead City. The Aryanriech regular patrols or the Super-mutants are a constant danger to those seeking an important find. Billy Hughes and his Buckaroos are one of those scavenger factions with the training and the tech to make it in and out alive. They are almost reaching radier status, but would never dare to try and take the territory that The Wolf Pack have carved out for themselves.

I have some vehicles lined up for this faction in the form of a '69 Camero that i'll fix a minigun to. A '80s Swat vehicle, and an old looking '50s pickup. I have 8 more of these fantastic GZG Ravagers to paint, and i may try my hand at some conversions seeing that they are exact doubles of the 8 i have just painted.

I think next on the agenda is to plough through some terrain before doing the last 8 and finishing of the vehicles for the scavengers and the Aryanriech vault. Step by step i'm getting closer to that promised Batrep.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Vault Raid Part 2

Here is the conclusion to the raid on the Aryanriech Vault. I must say i really enjoyed doing this. Conclusion here.

On reflection i don't see why any of my enjoyment would change doing games in 15mm. The down side to this Batrep is to continue this story i have weeks of painting and terrain making ahead of me. A task which would be so much easier in 15mm. Once again i'm seeing that silver lining, it looks rather good!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Vault Raid Part 1 Batrep

This Batrep uses the 5150 ruleset which i'm rather fond of. It's the constant exchange of fire that can go on and on. Love it. Anyway, this Batrep is done with my 28's, so i use rather convoluted rules since their aren't many figures. RPG lite is what Ed calls it IIRC. So you can check it out here.

I do like this style of game. Just a few figures with a bit of story. I'm pressuming with 15's i'll lose some of this feel and connect witht he squads rather than individuals. It's yet to be seen i suppose, but something for me to think about.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Every cloud has a silver lining...

Had a bit of a mishap when varnishing my first attempt at painting these guys!!

After trying all things possible to fix them, i resigned my self to pinching my girlfriends nail polish and starting over. On this next attempt, i decided to lay off the washes and was pleased with what i was able to produce.

Anyway. That's finishes the first squad for the Aryanriech faction. Next will be 16 of the GZG Ravagers to be used as Scavengers. After that, some vehicles for both of those factions and some terrain for them to fight to death over. Then a Batrep! Can i produce quickly enough for viewers to maintain interest? Can i produce quickly enought for myself to maintain interest? Both of us will just have to watch this space to find out!