Monday, 4 September 2017

Killer Bugs - Starship Troopers style Arachnids from Shapeways

First archtype is painted

I have wanted to find some Starship Troopers style Arachnid killer bugs suitable for 10mm scale miniatures for ages now.

The flash shows off the colours better

So browsing through Shapeways, I came across Daniel Radcliffe excellent Killer Bugs. Dropping Dradcliffe a line, he was very kind enough to make a version that would work nicely for 10mm (and also 15mm for that fact!).

The scary end!

Called Chopper Bug 5 this little blighter certainly fits the mold of beastie I was after.

First ten Chopper Bugs in White Strong and Flexible from Shapeways

Painting was simple. I used a gloss black spray as both an undercoat and to act as the main colour representing the glossy nature of chitin found on many insects. I then used a bright red and an orange-yellow colour to paint the miniature once the base coat was dry. And that was it!

The backside and underneath of the mini

I based these on a 25mm by 50mm base. The archtype test paint job was painted to act as a guide for the rest of the nest. I'm pretty happy with the colours and so will stick with this colour set for the rest. It just needs some dirt and flock and its ready to go!

From above

I've bought ten of the vermin already in White Strong and Flexible (WSF) as a test. But now that these all printed and are the ideal scale I intend to get more once my wallet recovers from grabbing a bunch of Halo stuff as Spartan Games have gone bust.

So how do they compare scale wise? Below I have placed the Chopper Bug next to some Pendraken 10mm Scifi miniatures and an Epic Scale Landraider. I intend to use these for my 15mm Scifi miniatures as well (when they get painted). So these will make a nice Alien Bug army for Future War Commander or similar ruleset.

Size comparison against 10mm Pendraken Scifi miniatures and an Epic Landraider

One down, nine more of this batch to go!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

HALO Ground Command Covenant Phantom dropship

Speaking of Spartan Games going bust 😒

Poor lads at Spartan! They produced some wonderful games and I'm sad to see them go out of business.

I frantically bought a bunch of Halo Ground Command and Halo Fleet Battles items before my local store sold out. Needless to say, one's wallet is rather thin at the moment.

One of the things I did manage to lay my hands on was the Covenant Phantom dropship. This is the same size as the UNSC Pelican dropship (see post here). So it suits 10mm nicely but isn't sized to fit with the Halo Ground Command 15mm sized miniatures. So in fond farewell to Spartan Games, below are a few pictures of what you get (or would have gotten) in the box.

Flying stand, tokens and front side of the Phantom's data sheet

The model itself and the other side of the data sheet

Needless to say, I wouldn't doubt that 343 Industries will be looking to licence someone else to carry the game forwards and that would very likely mean that 343 has possession of the molds for these miniatures. So they may very well come back in to production some time in the near future.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Halo Ground Command UNSC Pelican Dropship

UNSC Pelican Dropship components

My pre-order for the Halo Ground Command UNSC Pelican Dropship arrived during the week from The Combat Company and I have only really just had the time to have a decent look at it. So here are some pictures showing the miniature and its scale compared to the 15mm UNSC troops.

The first images are of the data cards and order chips that come with the miniature.

Below you can see the large flight stand that comes with the miniature.

Below is the miniature itself on my cutting board. Next to the miniature are a set of 15mm UNSC troopers still on their spru (confession time - I haven't yet painted any of my Halo Ground Command units, much to my shame. Too many other things that need painting right now). The scale on my cutting board is inches, even though I'm a metric dude.

Pelican model (top) with wings detached

Pelican model (side)

Pelican model (underneath)

The model comes with the rear hatch sealed. So no internal details are visible.

Given that the Pelican is 1:300 scale, I've put together a comparison shot below comparing the Pelican, the UNSC 15mm troops and some 10mm Pendraken Miniatures SciFi soldiers. As you can see, the 10mm soldiers are more in scale with the Pelican.

10mm Pendraken SciFi soldiers next to 15mm UNSC troopers

Spartan Games wanted originally to produce the Pelican in scale with the rest of the game. But this would have produced a large and expensive miniature. So they settled for a near enough scale, being 1:300. That scale, as you can see, is pretty darn good for 10mm. I'm not complaining. A 15mm version with open rear hatch would have been excellent, but a 10mm version for me is sweet as well.

This time I'll use the flash!

Concluding thoughts: it's a nice model that scales well with 10mm sci-fi miniatures, such as those from Pendraken, but is too small to fit in scale with the 15mm Halo Ground Command miniatures. So it will make a nice backdrop but won't really suit anything other than a flyby on the Halo battlefield.

That said, I want to get some more for my 10mm sci-fi miniatures. So in time I may get some more!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Nebula class ship data card for ACTA Star Fleet

It's high time I returned to posting about my conversions for the Next Generation era ship data cards for ACTA Star Fleet. The last ship I posted about was the Ambassador class of explorer vessels for Star Fleet. So below is the Nebula class.

The Nebula Class starship

The above model is from the Furuta range of miniatures. Its light weight enough to be able to rest on a standard flight stand. The saucer section is detachable and I have inked and highlighted the model. You can find out more about this in an older post here.

The ship data card is below. Given its less offensively armed than the Ambassador, the Nebula is a cheaper vessel point value wise.

Next ship I need to develop stats for is the Galaxy class. But that's a post for another time.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Klingon L18 Corvette's from Studio Bergstrom and Woomera Shipyards

L18 A and L18B Corvette's in comparison to the Studio Bergstrom Praetor Destroyer, MicroMachines D7 and Attack Wing K'tinga.

I received some of the Woomera Shipyards L18 Corvette's from Studio Bergstrom the other day. These are in the ADB 2400 (1:3788) scale and are small. However they are very detailed and nicely made. The detail really comes to its own when you drybrush or wash these miniatures.

The L18B (foreground) and the L18A in the background

As a bit of advice, insert the boom before you try to glue the base in. The bases I use are for A Call to Arms Star Fleet and so the stalk at the top goes in far enough to force the boom downwards. I inserted the boom first, then dropped super glue in to the hole where the stand goes, then inserted the stand. I then had to move the boom upwards a bit as it was forced downwards by the stalk at the top of the stand going in to the base of the model. So just be prepared to push the boom back in to place before the super glue dries.

L18B from behind

Underneath the L18B

L18A close-up

L18A from behind

As you can see from above, I also bent the nacelle's outwards to a 45 degree angle as I felt this made them look sexier and also helps to distinguish them from their larger cousins made in the ADB 2500 (1:3125) scale.

L18B close-up

Painting was fairly simple. I just followed the process I used for most of my other Klingon ACTA ships. The end of the post here has a summary of the painting process. The only thing that I did differently was that I used a red colour (Red Gore if I remember correctly) to paint the triangle designs on the wings.

So final opinion? Damn nice ships!

These make excellent small patrol and anti-piracy ships for the Klingon Empire. Definitely looking forward to their bigger cousins that have just become available on the Studio Bergstrom Woomera Shipyards page.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Klingon D-10 Riskadh Heavy Cruiser

Here's a new addition to the Klingon Imperial Navy, the D-10 Riskadh Heavy Cruiser!

The fleet forms up

This beastie is from Studio Bergstrom and Woomera Shipyards (have a look here). It fits with the ADB 2500 series (i.e 1:3125 scale) but will also be released in the ADB 2400 series (i.e. 3788 scale) in the near future.

Shapeways D4, the D-10 and Studio Bergstrom Bird of Prey

As most of my Star Fleet miniatures fit the ADB 2400 / MicroMachine / Attack Wing scale, I am very keen to see these in the smaller scale.

Excellent detail on this thing

So "why get this in the larger 2500 series scale?" I hear you ask. Because I wanted one! Also, my intent is to use this as a command cruiser and planetary assault ship. Basically it will be an 'Original Series' era fleet flag ship with plenty of shuttles and marines just waiting to bash some heads in. Perfect for the period covering the Four Years War through to the General War for ACTA Star Fleet.

The side most Federation captains would prefer to see

Because it will be a different ship to the D-10 Riskadh I'll need to give it a new designation. Either in the 'C' or 'B' category. As the 'B' class of Klingon vessels were the massive dreadnoughts of the Imperial Navy, and this is going to be appearing with my Four Years War fleet, then the B-1 seems appropriate as this ship dwarfs the rest of my Klingon forces from that period.

The business end! Lots of detail here

So this monster would be produced in limited numbers and only be involved in major fleet engagements and planetary assaults once local defensive forces had been eliminated. So, B-1 it is then. Need to give it a decent Klingon name as well. Where's Google....?

Pre-painted assembly

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Enterprise-era Warp Delta for ACTA Star Fleet

Warp Delta in formation

I have just finished painting my Warp Delta's that I bought from Shapeways. You can find these at Armadillo Miniatures on Shapeways here: Warp Delta 1/4400 Attack Wing.

Warp Delta's with the NX class

The come nicely scales for the Attack-Wing NX class starship. Once again, Coelian has done an outstanding job with these.

A closer look

If you plan to get any, I suggest getting them in Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) as these have some very nice detail that adds to the miniature. Have a look at the following images for more of an idea.

Anyway, there you go. If you are after some Warp Delta's that scale with the other Attack-Wing Star Trek era ships (or any MicroMachines or ADB's 2400 scale ships) then these are for you! Some final shots for more reference. Enjoy!