In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Expanse Thus Far

I'm really enjoying painting these old Traveller figures from
RAFM, even if they do have a rather '70s or '80s vibe about them.

So here's what I've done so far. People in space suits:

Pirate (L) and Cop (R)

White suits with coloured helmets

Couple of space babes in typically tight fitting suits

Coloured suits with white helmets
People without space suits for either shootouts on a colony world or the tunnels of an asteroid base:

Gangsters, pirates, thugs

Armed crew, adventurers, smugglers
Notice the big '80s hair on all the women.
Station workers, business man, high class lady, doctor
This figure made me think of the bounty hunter in the final episode of Firefly:
Spy, corporate ninja, bounty hunter

Sex workers
The ladies on either side are Falcon Figures from their "naked slave girl" pack.

The biggest group are the corporate security contractors, Advanced Security Services. 
Security officers

Tactical team

Security HQ. Two Supervisors, drone operator and Medic

I still have to finish assembling the drone and the armoured carriers.
I also need to decide on a base colour. I'm thinking light grey.
I've also assembled a more complex building. This will be a hotel, brothel, restaurant, bar. "Best pie in the Outer Colonies!"
Restaurant in front

Recharging station, also good place for signage

Sleeping pods out back

Monday, October 2, 2017

Escape Pod ?

My friend Keith has access to a 3D printer and has been playing.
He's been designing ships for Full Thrust  and other accessories inspired by playing Imperial Assault. 
At Kegscon I was able to pick up some prints  he did for me. A big spherical battleship and a bunch of spacey  looking shipping boxes and data modules.
So here my blue suited cargo tech does inventory on the boxes and the red suited crew person demonstrates that the 'battleship' might make a nifty escape pod or landing boat for dropping marines on an asteroid.
Although Marines in power armour probably don't need a vehicle to drop onto  an asteroid with minimal gravity.
But you get my drift.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

"Oh... THAT IED! "

Bit of a SitRep and miscellany here.
Now that the cadet training year has kicked off it's been a blur with something every weekend.
Two weekends ago it was gliding. Beautiful weather and they all got up.
Free range organic Air Cadets in their natural habitat

Last weekend I took them to the London International Air Show to watch jets zoom around and risk sun burn and heat stroke. Not a lot of vintage aircraft; a P-51, a DeHavilland Vampire, a replica MiG-15. But the USAF was there with lots, including about 6 of the new F-35s. One of which went up and was very fast. Here are some crappy pictures from my cell phone. I took a lot more of empty sky.

DeHavilland Vampire

Brace of A-10s

Two of my cadets mugging in front of the Canada 150 CF-18 Hornet. It later did some very impressive flying to show off in front of the USAF pilots.
I've also been doing some more characters for my SF project. This time people not in space suits.
People with guns; angry colonists, gangsters, pirates

People without guns; stripper, courier/warehouse worker, crewperson

I put some signage on the workshop too. New Frontier Tools which is a pun on where I work.

This weekend, if I hadn't already committed to running a game at KEGSCON, I would've been watching cadets go gliding again or supervising cadets getting lost in the woods on an orienteering competition (the first time the Squadron has sent a team to the Regional Orienteering Comp, so we win just by being there). But I was in darkest Kent County, enjoying KEGSCON while keeping in touch with doings via cell phone.

KEGSCON is a fun little games event in Chatham organized by a pair of friends, Keith and Brian. They had just over 60 people including about 20 for a Hobbit Strategy Battle Game tournament which featured some knock dead boards.


Brian moderates a 15mm ACW game using Carnage and Glory.
I ran my modern Afghanistan game. The Canadians were to enter the village, set up a perimeter, have a shura and sweep for weapons caches. Of course it all went pear shaped as the Taliban launched ambushes from the grape and pot fields to protect their local HQ and weapons caches.

Village centre

Social hour at the well

Overall table view. Canadians entered top left

Suspicious Landrover which backed up away from the approaching LAV. If the player had rolled right  (and had his attached ANA soldier with him he would've found a Taliban commander)

Canadians roll in

Trying to stop the Landrover. Fellow under the tree is a dicker waiting for someone to stop near an IED

Establishing a perimeter

Fire team gets ambushed and takes 2 KIAs and 1 wounded.
The mission changed radically as one fire team got hammered pretty badly from their rear arc, taking 3 casualties. They dragged themselves into the courtyard of the local Taliban HQ but the lone soldier was busy patching wounds so he didn't look in any doors to see Afghans hurriedly burning papers and bundling up gear to escape.
The players had fun and my free kriegspiel Dungeon Master approach helped keep the tension on. But the 25mm cannon on the LAVs did the job and hammered the Taliban pretty badly. I also rolled poorly when I launched RPGs at the LAVs which didn't help.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Painting the Expanse

Of course with a rush of enthusiasm I have pushed aside some commission work and started bashing on with my Firefly in the Expanse project.

My friend at work who has been saving me the CNC tool boxes was asking me what I was doing with them, so that spurred me last weekend to start some cutting and gluing.

The big double wide is a store/brothel/admin center/community center (maybe all 4, I'm not going to judge). The small building is a workshop surrounded by piles of junk and barrels of printer matrix or chemicals.

While the epoxy was setting I decided to start painting figures too and try out some techniques. I black spray primed the buildings on Monday after work, promptly dropping them causing some damage that needed repair! During the week was painting more figures, painting the buildings and I started the ship's launch too.

Since the buildings are converted shipping containers I printed off some corporate logos and made stencils, deliberately positioning them underneath/behind the added windows and roof thingies. Assorted old warning labels are on the ends at the big doors. I also painted anything retrofitted to the shipping container in a a light grey so it will stand out as something not original to the structure.

Blue Sun corporation

Weyland Corp

Checking around the workshop


back of workshop
The bases of the buildings haven't been painted yet. But I want the glue to have 24 hours to dry.

The RAFM figures come with nice round bases, so adding additional washers or MDF bases isn't really necessary.

I should add some more signage methinks. Perhaps in a mix of English, Hindi and Chinese or Russian. But I'll have to hand paint that as my printer is not of high enough resolution to do crisp lettering that small.

Friday, September 8, 2017

What Colour is Your Spacesuit?

RAFM ran a 40% off sale a month ago so I jumped on it and ordered the first figures for what I'm thinking of as my "Firefly meets some Dark Matter in the Expanse" project. They arrived the day after the Long Weekend, but up until today all my time has been taken up with overtime or cadet administration and bureaucracy.

I got two packs each of 7012 and 7022 who are in space suits. Plus one each of the crewmen, pirates, space vixens (!) and guerrillas to be colonists, plucky free roaming ship's crew, rebels, terrorists or gangsters. So there's a good mix of male and female unarmed, wielding knives, armed with pistols and a few with shotguns. Two packs of the planetary militia (pack #7023) will provide the local corporate security contractors. I also ordered one of these:

Spartan Grav APC

If I take the gun off it can be a nice ship's launch. Light grey with a broad red stripe around the aft end.

Looking at their 28mm SF stuff I noticed a nice drone to back up the Security guys.ASD MkII A2 (missile drone)
Although I guess it won't work in a vacuum. But the hallways in the colony will be big.

Two of RAFM's Imp APCs rounded out the order.


So now I"m pondering spacesuits. I'm thinking the space suited guys will be rebels/angry miners and security wonks rather than regular military. And because Major Matt Mason was a favourite toy as a child of the 70s, I'm thinking colours:

 Or maybe light grey with coloured insets/details.

One of the chaps on the CNC mills at work has been scrupulously saving for me the nifty plastic boxes that the cutting tools come in. I have big ones to make colonist buildings and smaller ones for containers in the planned warehouse.

Now to get cutting and painting!