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Life on the Fringe: SHM 15mm Sci Fi Characters

Always with an eye towards character driven skirmish games, I do like my little squads of personalities and these guys from are just that.

I’m not 100% sure where the bot on the right came from (, old Traveller, or elsewhere) but the other 4 are from the SHM Range at 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! SHM range 15mm sci fi characters for skirmish games
Baroka Crime Lord, Razak Bouncer, Gizbin Mercenary, Skorath Mercenary from SHM Range. Bot on the right? Can’t recall…

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Mini Update: Meet “DUG” – A Classic 15mm Traveller miniature

Whilst I’m not the slowest painter on the planet, I do buy a lot of stuff and some projects take a good while to make it to the painting desk. A while back I posted about a great deal I got on some classic Traveller miniatures and I painted up some of the ‘military’ types over a year ago.

In the spirit of the Mini Update, this chap was an (almost random) mini I picked out to paint between painting some larger ‘groups’. He’s from the same purchase. Reminds me a lot of ABC Warriors or a bot that could be found in Mega City One – cartoony but in a good way.
Classic 15mm Traveller miniatures

Classic 15mm Traveller miniatures

Some 15mm Sci Fi Classics (GW Traveller)

eBay is a wonderful thing and keeps getting better with saved searches and notifications and such. That’s where these chaps came from along with a host of others – all 5 of the original box sets produced under the Traveller brand, made by Citadel in the 80s. In total over a 100 miniatures ranging from military and aliens to adventurers and space-suited guys. I’m almost embarrassed to say how much I paid for them – £23.22!

Maybe a bit chunky by today’s styles but full of character and very well sculpted models.

I’m not sure on the history but I believe they were long out of production but many if not all of them can be had at RAFM in the US (link).

These are the first bunch that made it to the paint table – low-tech sci fi military. While humming and hawing over a paint scheme I Googled and saw this blokes brilliant paint job (can’t find the link right now but will insert later – Found it: Link). I’ve followed suit and gone with the GI colour scheme too.  RAFM Traveller Games Workshop 15mm Sci Fi classicsRAFM Traveller Games Workshop 15mm Sci Fi classics

All of the figures needed stripping from an over-zealous previous owners preference for Enamel Gloss. That’s not a critique – they kinda resembles some of my first paint jobs in the early eighties and enamels were the default back then.