Friday, 21 July 2017

Community Challenge Update

Hi!

Just a quick post this evening to remind folks there's still time to enter the community challenge I'm running!

We've already had some fantastic entries and I'm interested to see what else folks do on the theme of Mercenary Mayhem!

Gunderson's Heavy Infantry

I've been slowly working through my mercenary heavy infantry and should have the remaining two done for the end of the month (quite an achievement as I'm also moving house at the same time!)

If you are interested, give me a shout!

All the best!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Group Challenge: Mercenary Mayhem!

Hi!

I've been thinking about running a monthly group challenge to encourage folks to have a look at 15mm sci-fi and get them painting. 

To get the ball rolling, I thought we could start with the theme of Mercenary Mayhem! 

I'm looking to see a squad of hard cases, armed to the teeth and on the lookout for trouble.


The Rules

Choose only from your existing unpainted miniatures collection.

The Mercenary Squad must consist of 5-10 figures plus up to a single vehicle.

The challenge runs from today, the 13th of July to the 31st of July and all entries will be featured here along with a brief description of the units background.

There is no prize for the challenge! It's just for fun!

If you want to enter, give us a shout!


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Workshop: Hover Drones

Hi!

Hovering gun drones are a great addition to any sci-fi collection and while there are several companies who make them, I thought I'd have a bash at making my own and posting a bit of a how to guide as I go.

First up, here's a pic of what the final piece ended up looking like:

Gun Drone With Comms Array

I went for a fairly simple design as it's pretty small and to much detail would detract from a mass produced floating killing machine!

The main body of the drone is made from a button. I got a pack of about fifty assorted sized buttons from my local craft shop for about £1.50 and selected a button with a 15mm diameter for the drone.

Drone Step by Step Production

The first step was to fill the holes with a little bit of greenstuff. Once it had dried, I added a plastic gemstone, also picked up from the same hobby shop to the underside. (I have found these gems brilliant for small scale modelling and they come on a sheet of about a hundred of various sizes for a couple of quid). 

A hole was drilled into the gem to accommodate the flight stand and a couple of small pieces of plasticard gave weapon supports and a forward sensor array. A second, smaller gem was then added to give a nice lens for the drone.

Weapon wise, I kept it simple and used a couple of small pieces of plasticard rectangles as the main gun body with a smaller, thinner piece to bulk them out. The barrels are made from greenstuff. (I always roll my leftover greenstuff into sausages to cure as it makes pretty handy pipes, tubing, rivets or any number of small details).

Completed Gun Drone

The final stage was to use a little bit of greenstuff to add a cowling to the top of the drone with a little grille scribed onto the back and the whole thing was put together ready for painting.

From start to finish, I think it took about 15-20 minutes to make and I've got enough gubbins to make loads of them and the cost for all the bits was under a fiver.

Drone in Action

I must admit that this project has rather inspired me to have a go at making some more exotic designs and I'll post any updates I have over the coming weeks.

Scale Shot

Hopefully folks have found the mini tutorial handy and it shows just how easy it is to use day to day materials to make sci-fi goodness in small scale. 

All the best!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Showcase: Ghoulani Enslavers

Hi!

I've had these guys for a while and thought it was high time I actually painted them. The figures are Ghoulani Enslavers, originally available from 15mm.co.uk.

Ghoulani Enslaver Warband

I must admit that when I first looked at the unpainted lead, the figures were really rather uninspiring with very rough sculpting and they've sat in my bits box for almost a decade but with my resurgent interest in 15mm sci-fi, I thought I'd give them a bash.

Imagine my surprise when they actually paint up really rather nicely!

Assorted Ghoulani Infantry

Some of the figures have been converted slightly, be it the addition of a helmet or weapon swap and several have had a little bit of greenstuff to give them a more rounded, alien head.

One figure that I gave a more complete conversion to was one of the Ghoulani skimmers. The original had a tiny, really roughly sculpted metal disc to skim around on and I replaced it with a button with a couple of sticky gems and a touch of green stuff.

The resulting figure is rather more effective:

Ghoulani Skimmer

 I suspect I'll be using a similar technique to make some Ghoulani drones to scoot around the place and I'm also thinking of using one of the riders to make a larger troop transport skimmer pilot.

Amongst the best figures in the range are the scientist types. The sculpting is still really rough but they still manage to ooze character, especially the guy on the right with the raised eyebrow:

 Ghoulani Scientists and Overlord

I've still got a few more Ghoulani sculpts awaiting painting which I'll show at a later date which should give me enough to give me a decent sized skirmish force.

Spysat of Ghoulani Operation

As I've found with quite a few 15mm sci-fi sculpts, the Ghoulani Enslavers look an awful lot better once given a decent coat of paint and I am also casting around to find some suitable robotic minions, vehicles and even some genetic experiments to flesh out the force.

 Ghoulani Enslavers in Action

Last up, here's the only other pics that I can find of painted Ghoulani Enslavers from the old 15mm.co.uk website and Noble Knight. As you can see, the pics aren't too inspiring:




It just goes to show that you should never take figures at face value as even the roughest sculpt can paint up into a decent looking figure. The Ghoulani do look a bit rough but they've also got that rubber B-Movie monster vibe to them.

All the best!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Mini Update

Hi!

I've been doing a bit of editing to the blog along with a bit of trimming following some handy advice from the community.

The Mollusc Freedom Alliance Strikes! 
(Infantry from Alternative Armies, Vehicle converted Hotwheels)

I'll be posting a weekly roundup of releases for 15mm scale instead of spamming the page with endless updates that can be easily missed as it can mean great new miniatures get lost in a sea of posts.

I've got some bits and bobs almost finished and will post up details tomorrow along with the first showcase article of the blog where I look at an individual range of figures and waffle about them a bit as well as featuring some actual painted stuff!

All the best!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Welcome to Small Scale Sci-fi Gaming!

Hi!

I've been a fan of 15mm sci-fi miniatures for quite a few years now with my first figure being one of the classic Laserburn miniatures produced by Alternative Armies.

Back in 2008, there was a real boom in manufacturers and folks who enthusiastically embraced 15's and a fair number of blogs popped up and many inspirational projects were showcased. Sadly over the years, this trend seems to have slowed down somewhat.

While there's a steady release of some really fantastic miniatures and a thriving Facebook community for all things 15mm sci-fi, there doesn't seem to be anywhere that collects together all the new release news as well as showcases collections of painted miniatures or features articles on converting, terrain building and battle reports in 15mm scale.

Insatiable Alien Eating Machines!
(Carnosaurs from CP Models, ERT Infantry from Alternative Armies)

This is why I have decided to start this blog! I have been looking around for somewhere that is searchable for handy articles, battle reports and so on and as I couldn't find anywhere that quite fit what I had in mind, I started it myself.

In the coming weeks and months, I hope to have regular posts covering new releases and reviews of some of the figure ranges out there as well as articles on painting, terrain building and so on but I also want to involve the wider community.

Each month I want to host a challenge. It will be something small, a vehicle character or squad along with a theme for the month's challenge. I want to see folks rummage through their bits boxes, lead piles and really show what 15mm can do!

I am also hoping to have the opportunity to post battle reports, interviews with gamers, sculptors and manufacturers too to really shine a light on just how great smale scale gaming can be!

Once I've got 15mm sci-fi covered, I hope to also showcase the best of 15mm fantasy as well as the smaller scales for both genres too.

If you are interested, please post here and I'll get in touch with some outlines for the sort of articles I am looking for and we shall see what we can do!

All the best!