Slow and Steady
It’s been a busy few weeks so sadly my projects have had to take a back seat. I say projects because there is a super secret birthday project in the works for my dad. I’ve already said too much.
A Colonial Marine Observation Post (OP). The tent is from plasticard with green-stuff flaps and top, with a few edges onto the body to give a canvas like appearance. Most of the effect is paint.
This will be a potential objective for the Felines. It can reactive fire, but otherwise is something to be seized or destroyed. I am 50-50 on if a sniper detachment should be deployed near this objective. It will likely draw Colonial Marine assets to defend it, simply to deny the enemy an easy victory.
A Feline gun emplacement. Made from a nail and plasticard (squint in the right light and the gun shield and mantlet are visible under the cam-net). The Cam-net is cotton with two small posts.
I made the cam-net in a new way. I mixed water, glue and thick green paint into the fabric to help it keep it’s shape. It dries a lot lighter, but gives a good infusion. Since I wanted to try a Swedish scop-kit effect, a light colour was the best base. From there I did reverse hi-lighting (going from light to dark with the most raised areas the darkest). The gradual wet blend is lost at this scale. I have to say it works since it took me 20 pics to get 3 to choose from…the colours and flock shifted the focus.
For game play, these will be off-board artillery pieces with a need for a forward observer and separate activation. In some scenarios, the Colonial Marine objective will be to destroy this with an air-strike. Observe a shot, make expertise roll for counter-battery, aircraft inbound. Big boom, go home for victory beers.
CinC Solar Empire Marines Felinoids. This is a Protector Squad. Like the Infiltrators, these start the game holding potential objectives. A larger squad, but not elite like the Infiltrators. By sheer chance of selecting models, I made this with only three poses. Not the most exciting in terms of variety.
Extreme close-up of the OP being over-run. CinC Solar Empire Marines and Felinoids. The scale of the felinoids is apparent here…absolutely giant! Again, I think those swords they carry are going to translate to a game effect.
So the project is rolling along nicely. This is good as I have agreed to run this as a game for the Edmonton Wargame Group annual games day: MayDay (http://maydayconvention.com/). If you will be in Edmonton during that time, it will be worth checking out.
To actually have this project to a level I would like I need to get more terrain done and a lot more models. 2 more platoons of Marines. 3 more squads of felines, a mortar team, a towed anti-tank gun, and the tank squad. The support elements may get trimmed to only 2 of those 3…and the towed gun is on thin ice.
The terrain is the other big part. TV station needs the broadcast tower assembled, then I have some more blocks of ruins to paint, and a bunch of intact urban to build.
Hopefully something stirred some interest for somebody.