Saturday, October 23, 2021

DS9 Crew update

So, a few weeks back, I painted up most of the crew of DS9, using paint to convert some ST:TNG Monopoly tokens. The two biggest omissions were Garak and Quark. I managed to find reasonable figures from Space Vixens from Mars.

Garak looks the part; Quark looks more like Brunt than Quark but whatever. "This imaginary figure is NOT HISTORICALLY ACCURATE!" Yeah, anyhow, they painted up okay. I tried to mimic Quark's 1990s southwestern sofa fabric coat. Meh. 

The biggest issue is Quark is enormous. Now, these monopoly tokens are thin and small. But Quark is still pretty over-sized even for 28mm.

Here he is with two proper 28mm figures: a Lost Unicorn Worf and a Space Vixens' Klingon.

I bought a second Quark, thinking I could lop off the head and attach it to another body to make a Rom. But no joy there. And I think recent experience demonstrates I don't have the lobes to sculpt a head freehand. So I am carving down the second quark to make a Nelix.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Back to the Future

And odds and ends post this week. I finished off an order from Crooked Dice with Doc and Marty from Back to the Future.

Nice figures. Unfortunately the lighting washed out the details on Doc's white jumpsuit. 

Marty also turned out nicely, I think.

I also ordered a few ST:TOS not-figures from Space Vixens from Mars.

The red shiorts are okay, I guess. 

The Gorn was pretty good. I had forgotten the whole lederhosen look of the Gorn's outfit. The ray gun makes going sense but a pointy piece of obsidian would have been better.

Up next: Finished off my ST:DS9 crew.

Saturday, October 9, 2021


I painted up some Ghostbusters from Crooked Dice Miniatures in the spirit of the month (a little pun there, for Terry). 

These are characters from the 2016 reboot; they also have figures from the 1984(?) original movie.

These are pretty nice figures and I only see a couple of painting goofs in the close-ups.

I used movie stills to try and replicate the costumes.

I've no idea who this figure (below) is supposed to represent (don't recall the 2016 movie enough to know).

These figures are much better than the Ghostbusters I have from a game (as one would expect).

They do, however, fit in pretty well with the ghosts and ghouls from the board game.

Up next: Maybe some random Trek. Maybe some 54mm AWI? Hard to say at this point.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

28mm A-Team

Crooked Dice miniatures recently released some A-Team figures. These are, I think, better sculpts the Foundry B-Team, which is the other option I can find.

Hannibal is a nice figure and Crooked Dice actually has a second Hannibal option.  Oddly neither seems to be holding the correct weapon for the character (a stainless Ruger Mini-14).

Overall, these are nice sculpts that capture the essence of the characters. I see I slopped Faceman's ascot.

The BA Baracus figure is very dynamic which make sit hard to paint and photograph (his punching arm is in the way and casts shadows. Looks like I need to go back and darken his eyebrows.

I was pretty happy with the skin tone I managed to get.

The figures scale well with other Crooked Dice offerings and are a bit smaller than Tangent Miniatures' Dirk Benedict figure.

Up next: No Zombtober for me this year but I will be finishing up a bunch of 28mm odds and ends. 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

More generic army guys

I finished a second box of Terminator figures that I received from Jonathan. I decide to give these fellows a grey jump suit with black trim. 

I think these would be useful for modern urban troops or near-future sci-fi (my initial idea had been the MACOs from Star Trek: Enterprise).

Up next: A few more TV characters.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

ST:VGR crew

So continuing last week's post about converting some 25mm ST:TNG monopoly tokens, I had a number of figures left over. I painted Guinan as was (since I didn't her). The remainder, I converted into the beginnings of a ST:VGR crew

I converted Troy into Janeway by scraping down Troy's uniform and giving Janeway full coverage with some modelling putty. Clearly, the Perry brothers are in no danger of being replaced.

I then cut off Troy's hair, smoothed the back of the figure, etched the uniform line in, and added the big Janeway 'doo. Overall, not terrible.

Riker became Chakotay by having his beard filed off, some paint colour reversals, and bit of tiny face tattooing (involving a lot of swearing). This was probably the most successful conversion.

Jordi became Tom Paris by scraping of the visor and the modelling a face and big playboy hair. 

Paris looks better in person but obviously I need some practice with faces!

Crusher posed problems because of her lab coat. But B'Elanna work a smock in two seasons (one to cover the actress's pregnancy and one because the character was pregnant). So Crusher became B'Elanna by filing off Crusher's bangs and adding some brow ridges. I also re-positioned her arm a bit. The ridges are easiest to see in person (kind of washed out here). 

I need a few more figures (Doctor, Kim, Tuvok, Seven, maybe Nelix) to complete the crew so I'll keep my eyes open for another set of figures. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

ST:DS9 crew

Over the past few years, I've painted up a couple of sets of monopoly tokens as 25mm ST:TNG and ST:TOS crews. These helped flesh out my Last Unicorn Away Team

A few weeks back, I saw another set of the ST:TNG figures which included the super rare four extra tokens you mail away for so I bought them. When I got them, I was like meh. Plus I now had a bunch of duplicate figures. But looking at them I was like, you know, these could be converted with some paint to ST: DS9.

So here is most of the crew of Deep Space 9. Some of the paint jobs look hilariously bad on film, which is not the case in person.

I used one of the mail-away (Dr. Pulaski) to make Dax. Some kind of weird frosting effect with the sealer has washed out her face. Picard became bald Sisko (the best Sisko), and Miles O'Brian stars as himself.

I already had a Tasha Yar, so she becomes Major Kira (with some kind of crazy Joker face). Data becomes Doctor Bashir. Wesley becomes Odo, and Worf get a command tunic and promotion. I need to find a Quark and a Rom.

For a "why not?" project, I'm happy. I used some putty to get a start on a ST:VGR crew that I'mm show next week. But I need ("NEED") another set of tokens to finish that off.