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!

Monday, 17 July 2017

10mm Ogre Kingdoms Mammoth Riders - Only 3 Hours to GO!

Only 3 Hours To GO!

Hill Giant and Greenlings

You had better hurry if you want to be involved!

You can find the Kickstarter here.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Studio Bergstrom's Millennium Falcon (aka Tramp Freighter)

Studio Bergstrom makes a tiny Millennium Falcon miniature called a Tramp Freighter. It's part of his Renegade Alliance range.

A teeny Millennium Falcon!

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.
  • Done!

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.