Category Archives: Pulp Adventures

Mini Update: 15mm MiB FBI Martix Hoods from Rebel Minis

Sometimes you pick up an almost random miniature or set of miniatures for no other reason than to paint – no plan or nothing much to report. That’s what the Mini Update will be for. Mostly pictures just to record what I’ve done (for my records, not yours – why the hell would you want a record?).

I’ve made such posts before but thought I would formalise this type of post as I can see from my media library I’ve quite a few images of ‘unrelated’ paint jobs to post about at the moment.

Nuff said. The first official “Mini Update”.

These 15mm guys from Rebel Minis – clearly MiB or FBI agents or Agents from the Matrix or Gangsters from a Tarantino movie. See, just proved how flexible they are for games!

15mm Men in Black MiB from Rebel Minis
Yes, I was tempted to try and paint this guy up as Dirty Harry. But didn’t. If I could sculpt I’d have made that pistol in to a big Magnum. If I come across a swapsie I might change him yet.
15mm Men in Black MiB from Rebel Minis
Reservoir Dogs anyone?

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A Full Complement: Firefly crew finally completed

UPDATE: Well it was annoying me. My attempt at at a shadowy goatee was rubbish so I’ve redone Jayne’s face and given him a shave.IMG_1676_28mm_painted_miniatures_warchest

Waaaay back in the mists of time I painted up one of the packs from GZG that (seemed to) depicted crew members from a rather popular sci fi TV series (and film) that I thoroughly enjoyed. The first pack contained 3 of the crew (the more ‘action’ orientated members) and they suited my desire to create some bounty hunter type crews at that time. There were 2 variants for each character so I painted one of each character ‘as per Firefly’ and took liberties with the other three.

The second pack are one pose each of the remaining crew. Probably more recognisable as their TV counterparts because of their more specific attire. Certainly en mass there is no mistaking who they resemble.

Here are the new additions. All 15mm.

15mm Firefly Crew from Ground Zero Games
My Verdict: Model okay. Could be a little more ‘action’ for this character. Painting not bad.

15mm Firefly Crew from Ground Zero Games

15mm Firefly Crew from Ground Zero Games
My Verdict: One of my favourite models from the set. Happy with the painting.

15mm Firefly Crew from Ground Zero Games

15mm Firefly Crew from Ground Zero Games
Verdict: Wash wasn’t quite that gormless looking and while the model is good it doesn’t look like the character. Quite happy with the paint.

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A City for All Scales: Fantasy Town follow-up

Posting this for the sake of being a completest – I spent some more time ‘evolving’ the fantasy town that I was messing around with on the post I made on the vinyl map printing – so I thought I’d record the finished thing here (if there ever is such a thing in this hobby).

At first glance you won’t notice a huge difference. I’ve replaced some of the smaller ‘true 15mm’  resin buildings with more Graffam houses. These ones are a little less ’15mm’ and more HO/OO or even 25mm in a couple of cases. Here’s the logic – by mixing scales a bit you can;

  • get a certain sense of perspective and irregularity of scale variation across the whole town
  • create (or undermine) a sense of ‘true scale’ thus making the terrain feasible with multiple scales (you’ll see a couple of shots with 25/28mm minis in there)
  • using mostly Graffam and paper models, get a better sense of architectural style. Some of the previous building just ‘jarred’ with the dominating theme.

Anyway, enough blether. Pics.

Graffam paper model fantasy town 15mm
Vampires and Hunters battle it out.
Graffam paper model fantasy town 15mm
I’ve got a post in mind showing the use of some of the old Usborne cut-out-terrain books. These stalls are from a couple of them. HO/OO

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WW2 US Paratroopers? What’s going on here then?

Quick post (for a change). Aside from Medieval, Dark Age and a smattering of Piratical or Sharpe-like Napoleonic Skirmishing, I’m not really a ‘historical’ wargamer/collector. I did however pick up a squad/platoon? of US Paras off eBay recently – 25 of them for the princely sum of £7.50.

And they were painted to what I would class an above average tabletop standard to boot. I rebased them and went to work on touching them up (stop it!). Some washes, highlight detailing and adding some insignia etc.

Here are a few of them.

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Mat procrastination finally pays off. DIY Fantasy and Sci-fi battle mats.

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.

City Town Terrain for Mordheim or Frostgrave fantasy gamesI’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.

Multi-Purpose Big Eyed Monsters from CP Models

Described by CP Models as Big Eyed Aliens – which they certainly are – but I’m sure I’ve seen their likes before but can’t quite put my finger on it…

Popular TV aside, these fellas were an impulse buy when shopping at CP Models a while back. I thought, “Okay, they’re 28mm but with monsters and aliens of this ilk, who’s to say they are out of scale with 15mm fellows?” At £6 for all four in the set, well… I couldn’t resist.

If you like painting flesh/skin tones then these are fun. I tried to give them unique head ‘patterns’ which works in the flesh but not so clear in the photos. One of the pics shows them with a Clear Horizon HADES team member. If I were him, I’d not be looking so cool. (More on those particular chaps soon.)

In the spirit of multi-functional, here we have scale-crossing plus genre-crossing goodness. Continue reading Multi-Purpose Big Eyed Monsters from CP Models