Recently I treated myself to some figures from my favourite range of old figures: the 1990s vintage Copplestone designed ‘Future Skirmish’ now sold by Moonraker.Back in my teens they got used when I used to run RPG sessions of Cyberpunk 2020*; I always loved their ragged post Apocalypse look.
Here they are painted:
The figure on the left is more modern: a Casting Room cultist with a weapon swap that I have done to use as a medic/ Rougue Doc (he is painted red and white with a Plague Doctor mask so works for me) in Necromunda.
I’ll add them into Necromunda as hired guns or use them in other Sci- Fi games that come along.
A nice trip down memory lane….
* Which will return as a tabletop RPG to tie into the release of the Cyberpunk 2077 computer game.
Apologies for the nearly month long silence… been busy irl- all of it good thankfully.
Anyway here is a little something I’ve finished a Hobby Boss IDF Merkava IV MBT to give me a pair in 1/72nd.
As usual it was painted by brush in acylics them weathered with oil paint and pigment powders. I need to find a suitable figure to go in the commanders hatch that I left open.
First up is the compound that I made with the parts from Maenoferren which he had 3D printed. I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. Should get lots of use from Colonial through to 21st century. A big thanks to him again.
I also got some paint on the last bits of Ainsty Casting‘s Sewer section that I had sat about undercoated for at least a couple of years.
It is a nice system don’t get me wrong but it has been a bit of a white elephant costs wise. Today, knowing what I now know I’d go for printed mats but there is still an tangible tactile fun manipulating the resin blocks, not dissimilar to Lego really.
For a couple of things I’ve done in the past with it see here and here.
A fellow member of The Wargamers Forum had put up some pictures of the 1/72nd/ 20mm African themed terrain he was working on. Some of this scratchbuilt stuff he cast in resin for himself, I sent him a cheeky message seeing if he was willing to sell a few castings.
A week later, after money was sent via paypal, these arrived in the post:
Here they are finished:
I gave them a very quick paint job, the cast texture really took to the sponge, wash and drybrush techniques I used. They shall be very useful for my long running Rhodesian Bush War games.
Following on from my post on VDV Air Assault Brigades I’ve done some light armour to give them some support.
First up we have the ASU85: a light self propelled gun on the PT76 chassis, designed to give the VDV some anti- tank support. It was a replacement for the much earlier ASU57. At the time of its introduction its 85mm gun (based on the WW2 tank gun) was barely adequate for the task by the 1980s when it was still in service it would have been useless at its intended role. Still any soft skins or light armoured cars would be vulnerable to its gun.
Next we have the little known 2S25 Sprut SD, the replacement to the ASU85. Mounting the usual Russian 125mm smoothbore gun it can fire all the same ammo as an MBT but from a lightly armoured chassis based on the BMD3. Given the ammo types it can fire it makes up a pretty potent support vehicle for the modern day VDV.
Although not an airborne vehicle I painted up a few PT76 amphibious tanks. Developed after WW2 as a recce vehicle it is fully amphibious, accordingly it means it is not very well armed or armoured. Kept in service untill surprisingly recently in has seen combat in the Middle East, Vietnam, India, Africa and even Chechnya.
All models are 1/300th (6mm) scale and are from Heroics and Ros.
With the start of the next Necromunda campaign at the club I decided to get my remaining Van Saar figures painted. I didn’t like using unpainted minis last time but needs must mid campaign.
I bought a second box of Van Saar models to use some of the Forge World arms. They add some great new weapon options and they allow me to give my new gang a better mix of weapons; one of the lessons I learnt from last time was short range and heavy hitting was the way to go.
The 11 figures I’ve finished- same colour scheme as last time The rest of the photos are close ups showing them off in their speed painted glory- I should really go back and tidy up some of the eyes….
A pair of Lascarbines.
Plasma pistol and shield, Hand Flamer and knife, twin Las Pistol (added a Skittari head for a bit of a change).
The heavy hitters: Rad Cannon and a Meltagun/ Shock Stave combo.
A Radgun and a Juve with twin Las Pistols.
A flamer (worth it for the blaze trait) and a Suppression Laser.
I didn’t use all the Forge World arms, and have a had a present of some more, so I think a third box is in order… The change to get more models with energy shields is too good to pass and a champion with a multimelta will be great for taking down all the monsters/ brutes people seem to be buying in this time.
A quick post… I had been rather pleased with the winter bases on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. figures I recently finished so I churned out a handful of Under Fire Miniatures 20mm Chechen fighters.
The range has been sculpted wearing fairly substantial jackets and coats so it isn’t too much of a stretch to put the on winter bases. I went for a mixed of woodland and urban camo for them.
I really like how they have come out. I think some of the heavier support weapons on similar winter bases would look really good.