Saturday, 10 June 2017

UCS Marines and NVD Forces flocked and loaded.

What a difference some static grass makes. I love these now and cannot wait to get them to table. Then next challenge will be to base up and paint some individual infantry for use with Starport Scum.


Seven infantry elements of the UCS Marine corps. These guys are the highest trained infantry in the Commonwealth, and possibly in known space.




Sunday, 4 June 2017

To 15mm or not to 15mm.

That is the question. I find myself being drawn to putting together some forces for 15mm sci fi games. I love the miniatures available, and love the size.

I see toy vehicles that I could buy in the pound shop and begin fantasising. I see amazing terrain and get inspired. I go on websites and look at prices and find them reasonable enough.

And yet I can't do it. I do not want to store 15mm terrain. It isn't huge, but space is a premium as is. I mean my generic yoghurt pots and other vacuum formed terrain would work in 15mm, but  only because they have no doors or anything that gives its scale away. I just can't.

I also think of the time I have invested in 6mm. Can I band on that? Do I have enough hobby time to have two scales going on?

This is on my mind over the next few weeks as I look at putting some money aside to pay for some new miniatures to paint over the summer holidays.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Colonial Defence Force.

There exist some solar systems where colonization has taken a firm hold. If you are lucky enough to have the financial backing and find a system with a couple of planets in the Goldilocks zone, you stood a chance at finding your colonies booming due to resource trade, tourism, or even wealthy expats wanting to live in luxury and being willing to pay for it.

Here are some photographs of squads of the New Vesta Defence Force. I will be flocking the bases this week and will post pictures when done. New Vesta is a small group of moderately wealthy independent colonies who have found that they can support themselves very well and have no need for outside trade. This trade still happens, but if necessary they can cut themselves off from the surrounding systems.

The populations range from the mega-rich to the agrarian workers. Defence forces are necessary to keep peace and show that these colonies are not to be messed with. 





I have also finally finished the command stand for my UCS Marine detachment. Still needs to be flocked though.



Saturday, 29 April 2017

Other Activities

In other news:

I finally finished Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt. It was a good read, the present tense was less jarring and the sentences were more complete. I cannot wait to read Empire's End, but don't want to fork out for a hardback, nor do I want to pay £9.99 for a kindle book. I shall wait until September for the paperback to be released.

While waiting I picked up The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes for £1.99 on my kindle. Having watched the Sy Fy series, I decided I would read the books and see what they are like. Not disappointed at all. I mean I know what is coming, but it still feels tense.

My X-Com gaming has slowed down because of being busy. I thought I would play it loads over Easter but did not load a game at all. Nor did I play Northgard, which is a fun game in Alpha.


Painting with the wife.

During the Easter break I managed to put brush to miniature one evening while my wife was scrapbooking. It was nice to be sitting at the table together, talking and doing something creative which we love.

Below are my Horizon Wars elements of the UCS Marines. I have six stands of infantry and one command element. I figures including a command element would be useful for other rule sets too.


Primed and fleshed, here are some planetary militia. I think they will be blue.

Assorted mecha. These are 10mm Battlearmour suits from Iron Wind Miniatures. They need some work, but are getting there.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

The ides of March

With March coming to an end I wanted to update on things going on here. There is very little movement on the hobby front. It turns out having two children and a full on job really cuts out any hobby time. I find myself looking forward to relaxing in front of the TV for half an hour a day or so.

I have, on weekends, been managing to play X-Com, Enemy Unknown in the evenings. This has been a huge amount of fun, and is a game I will strongly recommend. It has elements of role playing in that the soldiers grow and I become connected to them. It also has a very strong squad skirmish game, which is amazing. There are also mods that allow for even more customization.

I hope all is well with you out there.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

It happened again!

Went into hospital expecting a C-Section, came out with a natural, and quite speedy might I add birth. Dad of two now. Hobby time...dwindling. Wouldn't change it for anything.

Side note: I have a Horizon Wars scenario that I hope to play out over the next week.