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I'm not currently building a Star War's fleet but I have wanted a scaled Millennium Falcon equivalent to use for ACTA Star Fleet (and NO winging about this being a crossover, Reader!). I have loved the Millennium Falcon since I was a kid and saw the first Star Wars movie. So I have always wanted one. As such, I finally purchased one of Mr Bergstrom recently and painted it up.
Lots of detail for such a small ship
Painting it was very simple. I just followed this process:
Based the miniature on a flying stand.
Base coated it in Chaos Black
Wet brushed it in White
Inked it in Nuln Oil (i.e. black ink)
Dry brushed in White again to the level of paint application I wanted
Painted red bits in a suitable red paint using a VERY fine brush
Painted the engine outlet in light blue
Painted the gun in Administratum Grey
Painted Nuln Oil ink into depressed areas in order to highlight the raised areas.
I didn't use the hole in the model for inserting the flight stand as I felt it was a little too far to the back of the model for what I wanted. So I instead cut off the small peg at the top of the flight stand and glued the now flat top of the base of the centre of the miniature.
"Punch it Chewie!"
So how big is this tiny fella? You can see below next to an ADB Destroyer and MicoMachines Light Cruiser. Its the perfect size for an ADB 2400 scale fleet.
Under escort. Clearly been a bad boy again!
So its a good fit for ADB 2400 / Attack Wing / MicroMachines scale and will go well with my ACTA fleet.
Its a beastie of a base and just the right size and shape I needed for a Federation Starbase.
Guarding the frontier!
Starbase 27 was one of two new starbases (the other being SB12) built along the Klingon Border following the Four Years War. So this monster will be filling in for Federation starbases in my ACTA games.
Painting was fairly simple too.
Basecoat in Chaos Black
Wet brush in Administratum Grey
Ink in Black Ink
Do as many dry brush coats with Administratum Grey as required to get the desired effect (it too me about three goes to get the coat I was after).
Paint windows in a very light blue.
Paint details with Bleached Bone
Paint docking access ports in light blue
Close-up of docking access port
I have to confess that I haven't detailed the underside of this baby yet. Just wanted to get this one off my painting table as it was taking up room and I hate half finished projects.
Detail of the main promenade with windows
I haven't drawn up any ACTA data sheet for this one yet. Still need to think about that some more and pull out my old Star Fleet Battles SSD's for this sort of thing and translate it to ACTA.
Nice scale for my ADB 2400 scale Star Fleet mini's
So far the Yeti's and Savage Kin have been unlocked. See the concept art below.
Next up is the Hill Giant, and if that is funded Black Gate will be adding stuff that they were going to wait for a 3rd Kickstarter to produce. Namely beasties like the diminutive Greenlings. So this Kickstarter may indeed end up covering two Kickstarters.
Along with my playing around with developing ship data cards for Federation ships of the Next Generation era, I have also been developing some Cardassian ship data cards.
Galor I class Frigate
This was because of a scenario set early in the Cardassian War with the Federation. I'll get around to posting a battle report on that game sometime in the future, but for now I thought I would show off the odd Cardi ship in among the mix of Fed's I have been posting about.
So here is the Galor I class.
The miniature is an Attack Wing Galor. I am using Studio Bergstrom's version of a Galor as a Galor II and the MicroMachines Galor as a Galor III as each is bigger than the previous. These different sizes provide a chance to use them as Frigates, Light Cruisers and Heavy Cruisers.
Once I get the Galor II's painted, I'll show off these three sizes together.
This one continues the development of their 10mm Ogre Kingdoms line with the inclusion of Mammoth Riders. The Kickstarter can be found here.
More concept art
Funded within the first two hours, the Kickstarter is now well into its stretch goals. Some of the current stretch goals include Ogre Chieftains, an Ogre Shaman both on Mammoths and also on foot. Still yet to be unlocked are the Yeti's. Which I can't wait to see.
Test miniature with no tusks
So if you are keen to build yourself a 10mm Ogre Kingdom's army for Warmaster, get on over to the 10mm Ogre Mammoth Riders kickstarter and dive in.
Studio Bergstrom have added a range of FASA Star Trek style miniatures designed by Woomera Shipyards. There are only three miniatures in the range so far, but more are in the design and molding phase. I purchased three of the Arrow class Scout miniatures to see what they were like, as the range currently only has an image of the 3D designed ship. Well here she is...
Arrow class Fast Response Ship
The quality of the miniature is up to Bergstrom's usual excellent standard. The design is great, the detail fantastic. This is a really well designed miniature. It comes with a hole in the base to attach a flying stand and the nacelles are separate but easy to glue in with superglue.
The Arrow's nice sleek design
The Arrow class is a nice, sleek miniature that really looks like its a fast ship. Woomera's designs are looking really nice and I can't wait to see the next few miniatures to come along.
Detail of saucer reveals two decks
So, how does the Arrow compare to other miniatures? Very well. Its an ideal size for a scout ship. The miniature would fit with the ADB 2400 scale miniatures line and the Attack Wing scale miniatures (except for the stupidly small original Enterprise, what the heck was that all about making that miniature smaller than a pin!!!). Anyway, here are some comparison pictures for reference.
Above you can see the Arrow class compared to a MicroMachines USS Enterprise refit, an ADB 2400 scale Federation Destroyer and a Hot Wheels JJ Abrams USS Enterprise repainted.
The Scout and Destroyer together
And above is a closer look at the Arrow class and the ADB 2400 scale Destroyer of the Hermes, Saladin, Larson (and its been given another name somewhere also!) class.
So, my conclusion is that it looks great and definitely a nice addition to the fleet.