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Feedback requested (SW: Legion AT-ST)

Feedback requested (SW: Legion AT-ST)

I worked on this model last month and the only thing missing is the base. I am a bit torn here. The original plan was to have it wading through swampy water, with water running down the right foot. But I am a bit torn, since this would mean a.) break from the current basing and b.) I am not sure if I can even tape the base off well enough to cast the water. (The cut-outs for the movements tools could cause massive problems there.)

a.) could be solved by just doing a few future minis with both swamp and partial swamp bases, but I am still not sure about b.). So what do you think… worth a try or just keep with the current theme? Here is what it looks like now:

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Posted by on August 14, 2018 in Empire, Star Wars Legion

 

Contemplation lookout for Infinity

Contemplation lookout for Infinity

Today we have something from Infinity. While my Forward Base terrain is not completely finished yet, I am thinking about another table with urban terrain. There are two things that have me irritated about most urban tables for Infinity. And since urban seems to be the most popular table type for Infinity, most tables. The first is that most tables seems to be dominated by boxed shaped buildings with railing on top that are all on a single level. I will get into more details when I start more in-depth on my table. Which is what attracted my to Battle Kiwis Contemplation Lookout when I first saw it. So much actually, that I asked them about it when I saw their pre-release test model on a tournament photo. It provides a high lookout with cover, while on the ground level it has a very narrow footprint, leading to more open lanes of fire. At the same point it proves cover from shooters from above on other buildings. As such it should form a challenging centrepiece, or piece in the middle zone of the table.

Contemplation lookout Contemplation lookout

But the other thing that always irritated me is, that everything seems to be so clean, bright and nice. There is no soot, no dirt, no graffiti, no social underbelly. I can not imagine this to be the case. Even in the future of Infinity mankind is still at war with itself (and other races), so if it has not surpassed those habits, why should it have eliminated social inequality? Would the conqueror treat its new subject as good as his own people? I do not think so. So I want my urban table for Infinity to look that way. With graffiti, run down buildings, neglected municipal recreation areas, run down buildings and dirt.

Contemplation lookout Contemplation lookout

The kit itself come in a nice light off-white with protective film covering the parts. Which is nice, but did not fit my wishes, so I repainted it. A light grey seemed appropriate for a structure of this type, but I wanted a darker white, so everything was airbrushed with Vallejo USN Ghost Grey, which is a few shades darker and has very slight blue hint. The walkways and ramp were airbrushed in a German Panzer grey and highlighted with gun-metal while the upper railings were done in yellow. Here in Germany and many parts of Europe you often seen this on such municipal recreation structures where the designer felt they would look to bleak otherwise and I wanted to pick that idea up. I then painted on various graffiti. As strange as this might sound… while I have an airbrush, I find it easier to mimic graffiti painting by brush, which is what I did here for the most part. Some smaller graffiti were added using a paint pen. I tried to achieve a mix of more artistic graffiti, political or social criticism and the mundane ones.

Contemplation lookout Contemplation lookout

[/caption]Up next everything was given a very liberal wash with highly diluted streaking grime. When I hit the first graffiti made with the paint pen this caused lots of problems, since the white spirit used to dilute the paint reacted with the paint from the pen in that it washed it off. Since the ramp section had already dried, I could not change for a different weathering paint. So I used white spirit to wash those graffiti made with the pen off, replaced some of them with ones painted by brush using acrylics (although not all of them, so there is less graffiti here than planned) and carried on. After everything was given the base dirtying up, I returned to the model with the streaking grime, this time adding real streaks where the rainwater would flow down the building.

Contemplation lookout Contemplation lookout
Contemplation lookout Contemplation lookout
Contemplation lookout Contemplation lookout

The display on the upper deck could hold an old smart photo to give an interactive display on the table, but I wanted to keep things simple, so I just added some desert like flora to it.

Contemplation lookout Contemplation lookout
Contemplation lookout Contemplation lookout

I did not glue the display to the platform. While this could in theory form a landing pad or the like, I just wanted to make sure it could be stored more easily. I was contemplating adding rain water streaks to the glass of the display, but upon assembly I felt it looked too nice. On the other hand it stands a bit out with the rest being so run down. What do you think… rainwater marks yes or no?

Contemplation lookout Contemplation lookout
Contemplation lookout Contemplation lookout
 
 

Combined Army Suryats need a lift

Combined Army Suryats need a lift

Just a short post today of some additions to my Combined Army I painted a few weeks ago… a unit of Suryats. While Iam getting ever more of a feel for the game, I do at times struggle with the units at my disposal. Most infantry seem to die too fast, so I decided to paint up a unit of Suryats. With two wounds each, I hope they will be a little more robust, but since I have not fielded them yet, it is still too early to tell.

Combined Army Suryats

Combined Army Suryats

The lift in the background is from Antenocities Workshop as part of their Forward Base range. I repainted it a little to give it more contrast than just the light grey and yellow. Quite happy with it (and the second one from the set). I was contemplating buying the set or not, since they are designed for the post Kickstarter version of the Forward Base, but it seems the Kickstarter version (which I have) and the post Kickstarter version both have the same hight and shape so they fit mine as well. Although I have to say that the lugs where you can fit the security barriers to the roof of most Kickstarter buildings are in the way of them really hugging the buildings. Except for some of the  larger buildings where there are spots where the lugs are further apart. But I can live with that.

 

General Veers, Snowtroopers and Luke Skywalker

General Veers, Snowtroopers and Luke Skywalker

Continuing my quest to get my forces for Star Wars: Legion together… here are some more.

Up first is General Maximilian Veers… or as like to call him General Gordon Ramsey. As good as they seem to be with the uniforms and so on, they seem horrible with faces. The face o this mini rather reminds me of Gordon Ramsey rather than Julian Glover. (BTW: Looking at the preview pictures of Han Solo, that mini rather reminds me of Nathan Fillion playing Cpt. Reynolds in Firefly than Harrison Ford.) Anyway, here he is:

General Maximilian Veers

General Maximilian Veers

Up next are the Snowtroopers. Since I decided to keep my bases in a forest / jungle theme, I did not want to do them in snow theme. The background story for the unit rather has them as hazardous environment troops rather than dedicated snow troops. So I went with tan coloured clothing and coats instead of white. For a while I contemplated moss-green coats, but decided against it, since I wanted them to still look as light coloured as possible. Which I think I pulled off. But it proved to be harder than I thought. For one I was unsure about the looks during the whole process. Which lead me to do something I rarely do, that is paint one mini as a sample. Only when I was happy with that finished product, did i go back and paint the rest of the squad. And it all took me longer than I had wanted. I had always planned to keep the Star Wars minis simple and only do fast paint jobs, but with these it did not work out. I think they all took a little over twice as long as seven Stormtroopers took me.

Snowtroopers (Unit leader and heavy weapons)

Snowtroopers (Unit leader and heavy weapons)

Snowtroopers

Snowtroopers

And last is Luke Skywalker. His uniform matches the one worn on Bespin in the Star Wars movies, so i painted him that way. Again, the face does not really look like Mark Hamill, but it can not be helped.

While painting him I was wondering one thing. Points and abilities wise he is no match for Darth Vader in the game. But since his looks match Luke Skywalker on Bespin, when he was not as skilled as he was later on,… will Fantasy Flight games later release a more powerful version of him, matching the Skywalker at the time of Endor?

Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2018 in Empire, Rebels, Star Wars Legion

 

Battle Kiwi Star Wars terrain

Battle Kiwi Star Wars terrain

When they announced the Star Wars Legion game late last year, I knew, that I had to play it. And I knew that I needed some terrain for it. When I saw the Battle Kiwi Kickstarter I knew that this would be great for the game and I bought into it. And I was not disappointed. All the buildings went together very easy and required very little effort to make them even better. Plus they are super versatile.

Up first is the bunker. It has a good level of detail, provides cover to the minis standing atop the roof. I like the fact, that it has opening doors and that you can take part of the rear wall out, to give you the ability to connect it to different buildings they are planning to release later on. The three consoles that come with the bunker offer some nice cover to the minis inside. I repainted these dark grey and picked out the buttons and screens.

The tech working area is a nice homage to the ending areas on Scarif in Rogue one. The containers suffer a bit from the problem you have with all MDF terrain… you see a lot of the edges on small pieces. So I repainted these. Which was easy enough. Since the Battle Kiwi terrain is pre-painted, I took the paint really well. With the control console I simply picked out the buttons and details while painting the the antenna in gunmetal.

Now on to the big models… the dish for the shield generator on Endor and a Turbo Laser turret. The are really great in that they provide great LOS-blockers for both infantry and vehicle sized models, while being really scenic. I made some minor improvements in that  I picked out some of the cables in dark grey and painted the turbo lasers themselves in gunmetal grey. Since you can interchange the tops of both models, it gives you even more versatility and makes them easy to store.

Now this landing pad is undoubtedly the absolute centerpiece of the whole range. As you can see it really towers over the minis. That being said, it is easy to store, since the pylons are separate from the landing pad, which is itself is two parts, with the railings and light pylons coming off as well. As you can see, you can also do a lower landing pad and add some stairs to it and place some power generators on the pylons, or use the generators by itself. I only made some minor alterations to the model, by painting on landing lights and doing the openings into the platform itself in gunmetal grey.

The biggest problem with the model is, that it looks a bit bare by itself. So it was screaming out for a shuttle to be landed upon it. Since there is no model of a Lambda Class shuttle in the right scale, I could count myself lucky, that Martin has a 3D-printer and printed one out for me. The model itself is a bit simple, but as a terrain piece it is doing fine.

 
 

Darth Vader and Imperial troops for Star Wars Legion

Darth Vader and Imperial troops for Star Wars Legion

Star Wars: Legion seems to be quite a hype these days and I myself could not resist it myself. Having been born in 1977, I virtually grew up with the movies. I can still remember watching tape recordings of the movies on Saturday and Sunday mornings before my parents woke up. So, when they turned them into a wargame, I could not resist. That being said, I have decided to start so much new stuff in recent years, that I wanted to make sure, this would not become a huge time drain. So all the minis were painted a little more simple. So far I have only painted Imperial minis, but since I still have the Rebels from two core sets, I will most likely paint them later on.

I decided to give them all the classic looks and base them for a plant like Endor. But I have to admit, that my favorite movie in the series so far is Rogue One. So I decided to do them more dirty. So the legs of the Storm- and Scouttroopers are splattered with mud and Darth Vaders armour resembles that worn in the movie.

 

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2018 in Empire, Star Wars Legion

 

Infinity: Red Veil

Infinity: Red Veil

Like all wargamers, I am drawn to nice minis and will use any excuse to buy new ones.

For a long time I always wanted to give Infinity a try, what always kept me from doing so was, that I could not find an army / a faction where I liked all the minis. Or at least the vast majority. The. A couple of years ago they started redesigning their minis and I ended up liking virtually everything they did. So with Warzone taking a direction I did not like and me still wanting to play a more complex SciFi game, I took the plunge and started with Infinity and chose Combined Army (as you know). But could I let things end there? No!

So when the Red Veil box was released, I felt drawn to it. But could I justify another two armies? Not really. But since my mate Martin wanted to try the game as well and did not feel inspired by the minis, I had my excuse. Martin would get the Haquislam, I would keep the Yu Jing.

 

With the Yu Jing I went mostly with the colours of the studio miniatures, since I liked the Orange a lot. With the clothing I leaned more towards blues than greens, but this is about it. I know this is a bit boring, but I simply liked the orange. Plus it looks a little more accentuated in real life.

 

Now with the Haquislam I took a different route. I felt, they should look more basic, like nomadic people living in the desert. They should look like their clothing had to blend in with their surrounds, but also like it might at times take them a couple months until they could give their equipment a proper maintenance. I wanted their armour to be the main aspect of their looks. It was painted in an Israeli Defence Force Grey, which was then given some heavy weathering to make it look like the sand had started to blast paint off. Once that was done, the majority of their clothing was done in sand, brown and green colours.

I  have already painted a further 4 minis to give Martin a 300 points army with the ability to exchange a unit here an there. But unfortunately I forgot to take photos, so you will only see those later, when I harass Martin with my camera.

Infinity HVT Free Lance Stringer

Infinity HVT Free Lance Stringer

And to round things off, there is also the High Value Target, that comes with the Dire Foes box that features these two factions. I have to say, that the mini did not really inspire me, so I simply painted her up to look like some high functionary. I did her hair in bright colours as seems to be preferred in the Infinity universe.

All of these minis were paint during the spring of last year.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2018 in Haquislam, Infinity, Sci-Fi, Yu Jing

 

Forward Base Habitats 1, 3, 7 & 9

Forward Base Habitats 1, 3, 7 & 9

I continued work on the Forward Base Habitats last year. I started off with Habitat 7 early in 2017, the control tower.

It is an extremely nice kit. It can act as a LOS blocker, the lower walls offer nice partial cover and the control room and landing pad provide nice high vantage points. Again a lot of the different colours were done using the protective sheeting as  an airbrush mask. The only let down was that there were no screens provided. Most of the consoles come with screens printed out on gloss paper that you can glue on the consoles. In this case I painted the screens using greens to make them look like old fashioned monitors. More than a year later, I am still unsure if I like it. Maybe one day I will design my own screens and glue them on.

Up next was Habitat 9, the Armoury. All the wall panels and the table with the weapons add a lot of character to the building. It only has a small logical error. The storage area and counter are separated from the public area of the building by a heavy armoured door and steel bars. But the kits comes with wall racks full of weapons for the entry area. I do not think, that weapons would be placed in a public, unsecured area. So I simply replaced them with warning signs.

Last are Habitats 1 and 3, twice each. These were done last summer. Nothing extraordinary about these. What I did differently from the living quarters I had done before was, that I filled the tabletops for the tables with clear water. This created a much nicer finish than the high gloss varnish I used back then.

 

Additions to my Combined Army

Additions to my Combined Army

I am still in the process of learning how to play Infinity. The game has a tough learning curve and not getting to play that often does not help either, but I am getting better. Lately games have been getting closer and I even managed a win. What I found most helpful was concentrating on playing with the units I knew well and than adding a new one every now and then to see how it works for me. I found changing many units at once overtaxed me, since I had to keep too many new units in mind.

Anyway, since I only play with painted minis, this has resulted in a constant influx of painted minis.

 

 

(I am trying out some new settings here, so please feel free to click on any of the tiles for larger versions here.)

As previously shown, I went with a Havana Brown base and sandy yellow markings. But the more minis I painted that way, the more I felt something was lacking. So I added red markings from here on. And I liked that. So I went back to the old minis and added red markings to those as well (no worries… not going to bore you with photos of those).

As far as I understood the Infinity background for the Combined Army, especially the Morats, they go with a base colour for the environment they are fighting in. In this case brown for the muddy ground of the jungles on Paradiso. Over this they often apply the colours of the fighting unit, in this case red and yellow.

For the Morat units not completely covered in armoured suits (like Rodoks or Suryats) I also added camouflage clothing. With all the bright colours on the minis, camouflage does not completely make sense, but I felt it added some extra character.

 

 

Now for the Shasvastii based units I went a slightly different route. The infantry has brown armour, to tie them in with the others. But I felt they were more interested in not standing out. So no brightly coloured markings and rather camouflage clothing or capes.

And I went the same route with the Sphinx TAG.

 

The only units to which this colouring idea does not apply are the TAGs and drones. Those are done in a dark grey. Why… I always liked that look on the official minis.

I had always been a bit annoyed at the fact, that this meant they did not really match the rest of the army. When they released the Pneumarch of the Ur Negemony as the HVT for the Combined Army, I decided to use that mini to tie them all together. He has the dark grey armour of the TAGs and drones and combined them with the unit colours.

All these minis were painted over the course of the last 1 1/2 years.

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2018 in Combined Army, Infinity, Uncategorized

 

My Combined Army for Infinity so far

My Combined Army for Infinity so far

I just realised, that this is my first post in over two months. I guess my new years resolution must definitely be to post more.

One thing that I spend some a good amount of time on recently is getting started on my Infinity minis, namely Combined Army / Onyx Contact force. So what did I paint so far? You already saw the Xeodrons and Sogarat recently and this is what followed (all based on the Deep Forest bases by Antenocitis Workshop):

Rodoks

First I started with some Rodoks. As I said in my last Infinity post, I was not too happy with the sand tones and the Large OSL areas on the Sogarat. So I shifted to slightly different colors for the sand brown and use the OSL only for the eyes. Much happier with that. As a result I will probably paint the OSL on he Sogarat over, to match him better to the units I have. I als went and painted some geometrical lines over the helmets and shoulder pads instead of just picking out some plates. That also enhanced those minis a lot and will be used on the next Combined Army minis as well.

Rodok squad

Rodok squad

Rodok squad

Rodok squad

Last month I played my first three games of Infinity at a small tournament in Münster Germany and these saw their first use there. I am still a bit unsure about them. Thy packed a lot of punch in their link team and at times this proved to be deadly, but I felt they had problems making up their points and were pretty fast to die. So those will definitely need more testing to see if I like them.

Umbra Legates

I have to say I really loved these minis. Very fun to paint and the animation and poses are great. With these I also diversified the colors for the army by painting the apron-like parts of their uniforms in a reddish leather. It keeps with the brown theme of the rest of the army, but still adds some color. Same goes for the orange accents on these aprons, for they go nicely with the sand colours.

Umbra Legate

Umbra Legate

Umbra Legate

Umbra Legate

Umbra Legate

Umbra Legate

Umbra Legate

Umbra Legate

I played this one (counted as being armed with a spitfire) as part of the Rodok squad / link team at the tournament. Usually the other elements of his team worked out better, but once the range of his spitfire paid off.

Umbra Legate Hacker

Umbra Legate Hacker

Umbra Legate Hacker

Umbra Legate Hacker

Umbra Legate Hacker

Umbra Legate Hacker

Umbra Legate Hacker

Umbra Legate Hacker

I really love this minis. Game wise he was hard to tell at the tournament. During the first game, he never got close to anything hackable, but did very well in close combat. The second game my opponent had nothing hackable, but again he did good in close combat and secured me some vital points at the right moment. During the third game he stood his ground vs. a superior hacker only to be killed by a lucky rifle shot before his first activation.

Dr. Worm and drones

First of all, I found these minis very boring. Not much animation in them and somewhat unimaginative. Th good thing though is, that I got two of the old Dr. Worms off the Internet the other day, which should give me some nice variation in my army (together with the two more drones I already have).

To me they looked like green reptilian skin and that is the way I painted them, again adding more variation to the army. I went somewhat experimental and used some filters on their skin, that I usually use on armoured vehicle models. Otherwise I kept the brown / sand theme for their armour to blend them in with the rest off the army.

Med-Tech Obsidian Medchanoid and drones

Med-Tech Obsidian Medchanoid and drones

Med-Tech Obsidian Medchanoid and drones

Med-Tech Obsidian Medchanoid and drones

The drones were a mixed bag at the tournament. When thy were close enough to an injured / damaged unit the did their job nicely. When they were further away and had to get there, they usually died. That being said, for the minimal price tag they have and the chance to heal / repair other units without getting the Worm in harms way, they seem like a must buy item.

Dr. Worm himself was odd. Only once was he in a position to actually repair one of my Xeodrons and did a good job a it. He too proved very vulnerable, so I found it was good to keep him out of harms way (and more reason for the drones). But  what he did really well was killing unit moving though his LOS with a quick reaction shot.

Unidrons

These kind of are the linking element between my big TAG and the normal infantry in my Combined army. I decided to paint the (Onyx) TAGs and remotes with black and grey armour to make them look more menacing. Obviously this is at odds with the brown and sand of the infantry. But since the Unidrons come from the same bio-engineering process as the TAGs, their skin colours provide the link.

Unidrons

Unidrons

Unidrons

Unidrons

Before the tournament I had only painted these, because they were part of my starter and were on my workbench. During the tournament I really liked these. Yes they were more fragile than the Rodoks, but thy cost far less and seemed to provide better value for points. Plus these could be upgraded to forward observers for one point, which allowed them to claim the objectives. In fact I liked them so much, i ordered their box set.

Overdron

It was the Xeodrons that drew me towards the Combined Army when I decided to start with Infinity, so the Overdron was another must have item for me. The Overdron itself follows the colour scheme of th Xeodrons, while the Tin Bots that are to protect him follow that of the Unidrons.

Overdron and Tin Bots

Overdron and Tin Bots

Overdron and Tin Bots

Overdron and Tin Bots

Overdron and Tin Bots

Overdron and Tin Bots

Overdron

Overdron

Overdron and Tin Bots

Overdron and Tin Bots

Did not use him during the tournament, but on the grounds that he is even more expensive that the Xeodrons and that I had problems squeezing just one of them into 300 points, I daresay, I will rarely use him. Bit of a shame!

And that is it. Really like my force so far. So much so, that I felt a group shot was due:

Combined Army group shot

Combined Army group shot

Before anyone asks. I came last during the tournament, but I learned a lot. And I was quite happy with my result, since I managed to score a draw in one of my games. Not bad for my second game of Infinity ever.

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in Antenocities Workshop, Combined Army, Infinity, Sci-Fi