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#1 Eilif

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 05:38 PM

So I'm defintely ordering a couple of squads of Nova corp troopers in the Kickstarter, and I'd like to paint them up as cobra troopers. Here's what they look like in white.

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Should I leave them as-is or go with a head swap for something like this:Posted Image
The original heads have a helmet thats similar to Cobra trooper helmets, but Cobra troopers usually didn't wear gas masks. On the other hand, the replacement heads look spot on for some of the Cobra "VIper" troops, which are cool, but not quite as recognizable as the Cobra troopers. Also, I really like to switch up my figs a bit so they are different from others.

Alternatively, I could just embrace the futuristic look of the nova troops and go with these.
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:30 PM

I like the ideas. Get three sets, keep one "stock" and modify the other two sets with the different heads. Certainly an easy way to differentiate squads.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:07 PM

Is this for an RPG project, some proxies for a wargame, or just painting them up for fun?

Of the options presented, I think you could get pretty good mileage using the NOVA Corps as-is, just painting them in a Cobra scheme, and these guys just have the sense to actually wear gas masks rather than just silly bandannas (though the one helmet-less guy deserves either a putty facemask or a head-swap).

The first alternate head option looks interesting. (What is the manufacturer? I can't figure out how to find the origin of the image.) If I was in a GI Joe knock-off game and I had to fight some guys with those helmets painted blue, and red or silver face plates, I'd fully accept them as being some sort of Cobra trooper and not fret over-much. After all, the look of Cobra has changed a lot over the years.

The last head options, however, look awfully blocky. I assume that with that option you're not even trying for Cobra anymore, but I think part of the problem is that those heads are just too sharp and angular to fit with the armor, period. The sample model the helmet is shown on looks very chunky and blocky, more so than the NOVA Corps armor/uniform designs, I think.

As for myself, I'm pondering getting an extra set of NOVA Corps troopers, putting them on 25mm round bases with some sort of techno texturing, and painting them up as generic futuristic "corporate security." For a little variety, I might do a couple of helmet/head swaps -- for instance, I could grab one of the regular troopers, give his helmet to the bare-headed NOVA Corp Hero model, then give the newly-headless trooper a head-swap from my bitz box -- possibly someone with some futuristic headgear, and turn that character into some sort of specialist (medic, etc.).

I was also thinking about perhaps taking some extra Corps troopers and turning them into zombies or mutants, for some sort of space opera sci-horror setting. For that, I'd probably need a few plastic zombies (once they're more generally available in packs), or else I could go some sort of mutant/horror route and get a tentacle pack and have some troopers mutating a la the Flood from Halo. That way, I'd have something for my IMEF troopers (and my non-mutated NOVA Corps troopers) to shoot up, since so far there aren't any Bones Cyber-Reavers, Kulathians, or other swarming space-horrors.

It'll take a while before I actually get my hands on these figures, so I reason that I've still got plenty of time to figure out a plan, at least. :)

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 09:58 PM

Is this for an RPG project, some proxies for a wargame, or just painting them up for fun?

This would be for a wargame. Most likely Tomorrow's War, WarEngine or one of the other Generic (not tied to a particular figure line) wargames that my club plays

The first alternate head option looks interesting. (What is the manufacturer? I can't figure out how to find the origin of the image.)


It's by Pig Iron. I've used alot of their heads in conversions, but not this particular model


If I was in a GI Joe knock-off game and I had to fight some guys with those helmets painted blue, and red or silver face plates, I'd fully accept them as being some sort of Cobra trooper and not fret over-much. After all, the look of Cobra has changed a lot over the years.


For the record, the classic viper figure that inspired the choice of the first helmet is this one
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Also he's got more armor (unlike the blueshirted cobra troopers) so he'd better fit the Nova trooper look and as you say they have changed over the years and there have been dozens of Viper variants. I think I'll probably go with making them into Vipers.

The last head options, however, look awfully blocky. I assume that with that option you're not even trying for Cobra anymore, but I think part of the problem is that those heads are just too sharp and angular to fit with the armor, period.

Yeah, I just tossed them in because I liked the look, but they really don't fit the armor or the Cobra asthetic.



As for myself, I'm pondering getting an extra set of NOVA Corps troopers, putting them on 25mm round bases with some sort of techno texturing, and painting them up as generic futuristic "corporate security." For a little variety, I might do a couple of helmet/head swaps -- for instance, I could grab one of the regular troopers, give his helmet to the bare-headed NOVA Corp Hero model, then give the newly-headless trooper a head-swap from my bitz box -- possibly someone with some futuristic headgear, and turn that character into some sort of specialist (medic, etc.).

I was also thinking about perhaps taking some extra Corps troopers and turning them into zombies or mutants, for some sort of space opera sci-horror setting. For that, I'd probably need a few plastic zombies (once they're more generally available in packs), or else I could go some sort of mutant/horror route and get a tentacle pack and have some troopers mutating a la the Flood from Halo. That way, I'd have something for my IMEF troopers (and my non-mutated NOVA Corps troopers) to shoot up, since so far there aren't any Bones Cyber-Reavers, Kulathians, or other swarming space-horrors.


Sounds like a cool project. For nameless baddies, there a number of sources for cheap plastic zombies, aliens or troopers. No need to cut up nice Reaper figs to get the parts to convert them with.
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 10:35 PM

I just have this irresistable urge to shout "NO-VAAAAAA!!!!" in my best Chris Collins screech
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 11:38 PM

Red Star Miniatures does 28mm modern russians. Set CWR006 might make a decent analogue for the blueshirt grunts. Could get pricey for a lot of them, though.

I couldn't find much in more affordable plastic. Actually, TBH, a set of russians with helmets and AK's might not be a bad addition for Reaper. There's a lot of demand out there for some baddies with AK's who aren't dressed for the arctic.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:32 AM

I couldn't find much in more affordable plastic. Actually, TBH, a set of russians with helmets and AK's might not be a bad addition for Reaper. There's a lot of demand out there for some baddies with AK's who aren't dressed for the arctic.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:01 PM

 Good lord, this thread just made me realize I could paint my Nova figures up in the S.P.H.I.N.X. color scheme.

This makes me inordinately happy.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:12 PM

How about instead of finding a head to match a cobra trooper going the other way around? Find a cobra troop that matches the nova trooper heads!

 

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:40 PM

with this guy as Storm Shadow

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And this lad as Snake Eyes
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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:49 PM

 Good lord, this thread just made me realize I could paint my Nova figures up in the S.P.H.I.N.X. color scheme.

This makes me inordinately happy.

 

Now we just need a proper Shore Leave, Hunter Gathers, and Brock Samson to make the set complete. General Treister would also be a cool one to have. And, if you wanted to, I guess Cardholder and Doe could ostensibly be made using modified versions of these two guys - http://www.reapermin.../sku-down/50203

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Or maybe this guy would be easier to work with, but I think he's a bit too suave to play the part of either of them. http://www.reapermin.../sku-down/50010


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:10 AM

Love it, I was wondering what I'd do with them. 

 

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:09 PM

 Good lord, this thread just made me realize I could paint my Nova figures up in the S.P.H.I.N.X. color scheme.

This makes me inordinately happy.

I may do this myself... Or maybe OSI colors.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:34 AM

If you're interested in GI Joe/Cobra mods then here is my take on it.
 

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 03:58 PM

 Good lord, this thread just made me realize I could paint my Nova figures up in the S.P.H.I.N.X. color scheme.

This makes me inordinately happy.

 

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