Saturday, 22 July 2017

50 bases for £1

I find these bases add real weight to my miniatures. Most of them are also magnetic.


In other news, I have begun the process of basing up my 6mm WW2 forces. I currently have two squads of German and two squads of US infantry who need to have their bases painted and flocked. Pictures will come in another post.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sunspoke Security and Rebasing

I have some updates.

The Sunspoke Mining Company has a system where it transplants an entire semi self-sustaining colony onto a planet in order to save costs with having to deliver as many supplies across the vast expanse. Sometimes, however, the venture can prove unsuccessful and the company pulls out, taking with it as many people as want to go. 

These people are members of Sunspoke security, or were until the company pulled off this rock. They decided to remain to help provide law enforcement to the other settlers who decided to remain. Many of those settlers were farmers, who provided the nourishment element of the self sustaining colony. 


Below are other miniatures who I have spent the weekend re-basing. I used a cheap craft paint from The Works, I guess it is beige. I then used Agrax Earth wash quite heavily and as it stands I am very pleased with them. They are generic enough that they will fit in many settings, and don't just look like I couldn't be bothered to finish painting after texturing the base.


I have re-based every single individually based 6mm Sci Fi miniature that I own, and have also begun painting a lot of civilians, some "jedi" type figures, and some individually based New Vesta Security.

Pleased to be getting back on track.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

UCS Marines and NVD Forces flocked and loaded.

What a difference some static grass makes. I love these now and cannot wait to get them to table. Then next challenge will be to base up and paint some individual infantry for use with Starport Scum.


Seven infantry elements of the UCS Marine corps. These guys are the highest trained infantry in the Commonwealth, and possibly in known space.




Sunday, 4 June 2017

To 15mm or not to 15mm.

That is the question. I find myself being drawn to putting together some forces for 15mm sci fi games. I love the miniatures available, and love the size.

I see toy vehicles that I could buy in the pound shop and begin fantasising. I see amazing terrain and get inspired. I go on websites and look at prices and find them reasonable enough.

And yet I can't do it. I do not want to store 15mm terrain. It isn't huge, but space is a premium as is. I mean my generic yoghurt pots and other vacuum formed terrain would work in 15mm, but  only because they have no doors or anything that gives its scale away. I just can't.

I also think of the time I have invested in 6mm. Can I band on that? Do I have enough hobby time to have two scales going on?

This is on my mind over the next few weeks as I look at putting some money aside to pay for some new miniatures to paint over the summer holidays.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Colonial Defence Force.

There exist some solar systems where colonization has taken a firm hold. If you are lucky enough to have the financial backing and find a system with a couple of planets in the Goldilocks zone, you stood a chance at finding your colonies booming due to resource trade, tourism, or even wealthy expats wanting to live in luxury and being willing to pay for it.

Here are some photographs of squads of the New Vesta Defence Force. I will be flocking the bases this week and will post pictures when done. New Vesta is a small group of moderately wealthy independent colonies who have found that they can support themselves very well and have no need for outside trade. This trade still happens, but if necessary they can cut themselves off from the surrounding systems.

The populations range from the mega-rich to the agrarian workers. Defence forces are necessary to keep peace and show that these colonies are not to be messed with. 





I have also finally finished the command stand for my UCS Marine detachment. Still needs to be flocked though.



Saturday, 29 April 2017

Other Activities

In other news:

I finally finished Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt. It was a good read, the present tense was less jarring and the sentences were more complete. I cannot wait to read Empire's End, but don't want to fork out for a hardback, nor do I want to pay £9.99 for a kindle book. I shall wait until September for the paperback to be released.

While waiting I picked up The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes for £1.99 on my kindle. Having watched the Sy Fy series, I decided I would read the books and see what they are like. Not disappointed at all. I mean I know what is coming, but it still feels tense.

My X-Com gaming has slowed down because of being busy. I thought I would play it loads over Easter but did not load a game at all. Nor did I play Northgard, which is a fun game in Alpha.


Painting with the wife.

During the Easter break I managed to put brush to miniature one evening while my wife was scrapbooking. It was nice to be sitting at the table together, talking and doing something creative which we love.

Below are my Horizon Wars elements of the UCS Marines. I have six stands of infantry and one command element. I figures including a command element would be useful for other rule sets too.


Primed and fleshed, here are some planetary militia. I think they will be blue.

Assorted mecha. These are 10mm Battlearmour suits from Iron Wind Miniatures. They need some work, but are getting there.