Last September (2016) was the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. I did paint these at that time in ‘tribute’ to the show and universe. I would add though, I’m not a Trekkie by any stretch of the imagination – I like it, but we never really gelled, unlike that other famous sci-fi franchise 😉
That aside, these “Space Explorers” were available from a small US business called AstroMiniatures which I believe have since stopped trading (boo!). No doubt some cease and desist order played a part in that. I’ve a few Klingon-types and Romulan-types still to paint and these are about half of the Federation-types I bought as I traded a handful with a fellow gamer sometime back.
I’m glad I did paint them up as they look better painted than in lead and I may never have bothered to put a brush on them had it not been for the anniversary.
At the same time I painted up the little u-haul six wheeler and trailer from GZG. Nice. Also pictures is a grav sled-thing from 15mm.co.uk that was kicking around and seemed to fit for photo purposes.
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.
I recently posted about some blood sucking vampires from Poland. From the same stable come these rather brilliant 15mm Insurgents. Call them what you will, but for me they are some of those great multi-functional character models that will slot in to Post Apocalypse, Sci Fi or even modern conflicts in some cases.
I think most people will agree that Rebel Miniatures Titan Marines make good “baddies” with their sinister face-masks and Germanesque style helmets. Even the elite troopers are called Stormtroopers.
Inspired by the packaging artwork on some terrain sitting near by at the time, I decided to make my chaps “Samurai” centric. The helmets lend themselves to the look and with the addition of some banners, helmet decorations and gloss for lacquer, hey presto.
I came late to the party when it comes to a certain Joss Whedon sci-fi TV show. Needlesstosay, the combination of Han Solo-type desperadoes living life on the fringes of space with a distinctive Old West vibe with Bladrunnesque accents was always going to be a winner for me.
These fellas from Ground Zero Games are excellent models of some protagonists that could make an appearance in such a TV setting. GZG kindly offer 2 options for each potential character-type. The first image shows a more vanilla take on some of a ships crew. The second set a bit more licence is taken.
That Splintered Light Miniatures order I’ve been waiting for turned up today (yeah!) – amongst many other goodies is another sculptor’s interpretation of the same/similar theme. I see a head-to-head vote-off coming…