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.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Generic army dudes

I did not quite get the basing done on the Star Trek figures I've been working on (just ran out drying time) so, instead, here are 17 generic modern special forces and/or sci-fi ground pounders/space marines. 

There are 28mm plastics from the Terminator game from a few years back (although the figure above is a resin character figure). Jonathan kindly passed this box onto me.

The box comes with four sprues. Each sprue has four bodies. Three of the bodies have inter-changeable arms and weapons. The fourth body just has a couple of choices of different arms.

I mixed and matched as best I could to avoid same-same poses. I think these guys would do for grunts in a GI Joe army. Or any kind near future or sci-fi setting.

I have another box of these to build. i was thinking of doing them in grey jump suits along the line of the MACOS in the later seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Up next: Some ST:DS9 28mm.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Last of the 3mm

This week, I finished the last of my 3mm Rommel painting. The biggest lot was 20 German infantry bases of two different types (samples below).

I'm sorry the pictures are poor--they are just too tiny for my camera even with a tripod and zoom.

Rommel also requires each side to have a supply base. I used some spare models and some sculpty to try and fabricate a representation of a pair of depots.

These look better in person than they do no camera. Can you see the guy mooning the camera?

Up next: Probably some 25mm Star Trek again. Then some 28mm sci-fi.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Street car

It was a slow week on the paint bench as I fiddle with the last of the 3mm WW2. In the meantime, I knocked off a repaint of an HO-scale street car for my Gotham layout.

This came in a pack of two. One was nice painted and this one was not (glossy bright green with silhouettes of riders in windows). I decided on a basic and gritty paint job, based loosely on the trolley at Fort Edmonton.

Good enough. I very much appreciated Bruce's use of a trolley as mobile cover during some gangster games so this gives me the same option.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

3mm German vehicles

I finished the German 3mm vehicles I bought this week. For each base shown, there are four more not shown! Apologies for the pictures--it is hard to get a decent shot this small.

First up are some mobile infantry (half tracks and trucks) as well as some artillery.

Then some tank destroyers/assault guns.

And finally some Panzer 2s, 3s and 4s.

Up next: German infantry.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

3mm British infantry and terrain

I finished some more 3mm figures for Rommel this week. These are very tiny; the bases are standard FoW 40x30mm bases. 

The British infantry come with strips of standing and strips of prone infantry. I left the strips (I did not want to be fiddling with individual 3mm figures) but separated them into advancing and defending groups. I added some extra cannon to the defenders. There are about 12 bases of each type.

I needed some bridges so got eight in five types. Not sure why they are showing as pink?

Rommel also requires entrenchment markers. I bought the simplest berms I could find.

Up next: German vehicles in 3mm.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Terrain refreshening

Basing 3mm troops is taking more time than painting the (drying time mostly), so I have also been refreshing some of my terrain.

 I have a bunch of old 4" GeoHex hills that I use on a playing mat that I textured a long time ago (12 years? maybe 15?). They are on the left above. I have been repainting them to match the mat and the troop bases (right). There is a slight colour shift in this image so the new paint looks a bit dustier than it is in person.

Since I'm using the same paint colours, the match to the bases is almost perfect. There are a couple of dozen hills to do so I am slowly chipping away at them.

I'm also pretty happy with the match to the playing mat. This should make the hills blend in a bit better than the old ones did.

Up next: British 3mm infantry blocks plus some terrain. Then maybe some German vehicles.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

25mm ST:TOS

I finally tracked down some playing pieces from an old monopoly game at a reasonable price. The tokens are 25mm Star Trek figures.

For game tokens, they are pretty nice. I wonder if Nurse Chapel was actually supposed to be Yeoman Rand?

These fit in with the other 25mm Trek figures I have below (Monopoly Picard, Monopoly Spock, Last Unicorn orange dude, First Corp admiral.

They are noticeably smaller than the Heroclix Trek figures.

 Up next: Some more 3mm WW2.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

3mm terrain and tanks

I managed a bit of painting among short vacation trips this week. I needed some objective markers so I thought these oases might be fun to try. These are 3mm palm trees and painted up well (after some farting about getting them glued down).

While they are listed as 3mm trees, they are really a bit more like 6mm items. For example, each trunk is thicker than the diameter of a Honey turret. Workable and all, though.

I also finished off the British vehicles I purchased. There are five bases of each type below, including Stuarts, Morris trucks, and universal carriers and A-13s, Grants, and Sherman IIs.

I also did some bases of 25 pounders. I've zoomed in to try and show off the crews (look for the helmets).

 Up next: Some 25mm star Trek and maybe then some 3mm British infantry.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Job lot of sci-fi

I'm on vacation this week and trying to be outdoors so only a few figures to show. First up is a mech guy Terry 3-D printed and gifted me.

This guy is big (28mm Pulp Figure archaeologist for scale, also new). I'm not sure on the scale of the print--not quite 54mm. Probably most useful as a sci-fi terrain piece statue?

I also knocked off a 54mm Mr. Spock. I see I slopped some gold braid (#$!*&^$) so will need to go back and tidy that.

This completes my TOS crew (I also have a different Kirk and a Pike, not show).

Up next: Some more 3mm WW2, I think.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

3mm WW2

A few weeks back, Bruce very kindly donated some surplus 2mm terrain. I was very much taken with Rommel when we played it back in the autumn so I ordered some 3mm WW2 tanks.

Apologies for the picture quality--it is hard to snap a shot of tanks these small. The bases are 40x30mm FoW size.

I spent a fair bit of time fiddling about with different basing techniques. These look much better in person than they do in these pictures (e.g., way less green).

A search of pictures on the web suggested some useful techniques: mono-colour tanks with a wash to bring up detail and contrasting bases to let the tanks pop a bit. Bruce helpfully suggested wall filler as a basing compound which allowed me to put some texture on the bases.

I then ended up in a cycle of painting, drybrushing, and washing. I was trying to use pre-made colours (so I could replicate look later) but also match my existing Hotz mat (cause I'm not buying another mat!) and to be vague enough that the units could do Italy, France 1940 and the desert.

The picture below is probably the most colour-true picture and achieved the arid-olive look I was going for. The finished units will have a paper unit tag (for basic info plus hits) taped to the bottom. It has been too hot to sit in front of the computer to figure these out.

Up next: I have a ton of other units underway, including individually posed strips of foot pounders! I also have a few terrain pieces (couple of oases, some bridges, some trenches). But likely a job lot of sci-fi and pulp next.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Some 3-D prints

I was driving by Terry's place a few weeks back and remembered he'd offer to gift me some 3-D woodpiles. So I stopped in for a chat on the porch and he handed me a clutch of stuff he's printed. Please don't ask for details about printing--I've no idea beyond they were grey-blue. 

I slapped some paint on them and, while I don't think I did the figures justice (they were very nice), I think they turned out pretty good despite my painting! I've been watching a lot of 70s sci-fi (Star Lost, Space 1999, Planet of the Apes) hence the basic space BDU approach to their gear.

The fellow with the open face (below) is an old metal figure and he fits in pretty well with the printed ones in terms of scale. I don't think I'll be getting into printing figures, but wow, these are awesome. Only brittle part was the gun barrel behind the lady's head (below) which I broke off while basing and then reattached with crazy glue and swearing.

Terry also gave me some terrain pieces (two wood piles) which are at least as nice as the cast resin I used to buy.

They are a touch big for 28mm gaming (with 25, 32 and 28 figures for scale) but you can just shrink the printing size if you want.

They fit in reasonably well with these 54mm figures.

Thanks for a cool diversion, Terry!