Looking over my more recent past posts you would think that I’d lost my love of 15mm Sci-fi. Not true. But is has taken a bit of a back seat.
So more recently I dug out a bunch of post apocalyptic “ganger” figures with a view to preparing them for a Gaslands type thing (I say Gaslands as it seems to be the Mad Max offering all are going for at the moment though they could easily be used for any similar rules set). I’ve not got a copy of said rules yet but they do seem to be doing very well and stirring up interest in this genre once again. All good.
Anyway, as I looked at these I thought they’d do equally well as Reaver-types as well (see Firefly) hence I went with a more uniformed black colouring. I resisted covering them in blood and such at this stage so that they would be good for the likes of Gaslands too and I think they work out quite well.
For info on the casting, detail etc, read the older post. These are the same – brimming with character and detail for 15mm. Totally sorted for a rag-tag band for Post Apocalypse, Sci Fi or even modern conflicts.
Always with an eye towards character driven skirmish games, I do like my little squads of personalities and these guys from 15mm.co.uk are just that.
I’m not 100% sure where the bot on the right came from (15mm.co.uk, old Traveller, or elsewhere) but the other 4 are from the SHM Range at 15mm.co.uk. The noble idea is to give up-and-coming sculptors a commercial outlet for their work. As you might expect then the sculpting is not the most ‘refined’ but there is certainly plenty of character and fun to be had with this range.
Of the many I have from the range, I selected a few that I thought would make an interesting ‘group’ for any of the dozen or so science fiction based skirmishing games out there – particularly suitable for Rogue Planet, a number of titles from Nordic Weasel or perhaps the upcoming Rogue Stars from Osprey but the awesome Andrea Sfiligoi of Ganesha Games. Have I played any? Nah, not yet – the proverbial non-Gaming Gamer Syndrome prevails. But I love the idea!
I’ve already painted up some miniatures from Oddział Ósmy – namely some 15mm insurgents (sci fi modern) and some rather cool vampires, also modern/sci fi. All from a rather large order from Assault Publishing whilst taking advantage of an attractive special offer a while back.
Below are some of the Special Forces types. Main take-away points;
Brilliant sculpting and casting
Full of character
Scale on the ‘larger’ size but nothing drastic
‘Largish heads’ to body size, but needed to squeeze in that extra character
Pewter of a ‘harder’ than normal quality making cleaning a bit more time consuming and blunt-inducing.
Just finishing off a dozen more of the insurgents. Photos to follow soon.
I’ve resisted buying some a gaming mat/battleboard for a good while. There are very fine specimens available on the market (Pworks and Deepcut spring to mind) but because I am an ‘in-active’ player I couldn’t justify the £30+ price tag on them. Plus, being into both fantasy and sci-fi I know I’d just end up ‘collecting’ a whole bunch. Up until now I’ve trundled along printing out my own boards and tiles and being ‘okay’ with the results. But there is a limit to what you can achieve with an A4 colour inkjet, graphic designer or not.
I’ve been humming and hawing over getting some custom mats printed up for some time. I gathered a few quotes from printers and done a bit of online research. But I faltered. Procrastinated. I simply hadn’t ‘seen’ a finished example so I couldn’t be sure of what I would be getting.
Long story short, I joined Sam and Tim the other week in Falkirk for a rare gaming outing (which was great fun btw chaps). Sam tinkers in similar areas to myself and had had a set of vinyl 2’x2′ mats printed for (Advanced) Song of Blades and Heroes. We played on one and I was suitably impressed by the print quality and material. Sam proffered the printers details (see note 1.) and a printed mat (see below). Back at home I started digging around for various artwork (see note 2.) that I’d been messing around with previously with a view to getting some mats printed myself previously. Continue reading Mat procrastination finally pays off. DIY Fantasy and Sci-fi battle mats.→
Miniature figure collector and painter (in that order) and solo wargamer whose opponent has lost his gaming mojo
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