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Rather Special: 15mm Spec Ops from Oddział Ósmy

Back to some 15mm. And sci fi to boot.

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.

Oddział Ósmy Oddzial Osmy 15mm insurgents sci fi modern skirmish Oddział Ósmy Oddzial Osmy 15mm insurgents sci fi modern skirmish

Just finishing off a dozen more of the insurgents. Photos to follow soon.

 

Gamer Confessions: Please talk me out of it…

A post with out pictures!

Someone, anyone, please talk me out of pledging for Dark Souls currently on Kickstarter.

I do not need any more board games or miniatures.

I’ve got Conan and Black Plague still to arrive – so another big box of miniatures might actually kill me.

Yet I still need talked out of it. (Most readers of this blog will be well aware of the ‘shiny’ and ‘compulsive’ nature of this hobby of ours.)

Talk me out of it! There’s 10 days to go as I write this…

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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