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More planetary explorers! Hydra's Jane Hunter x2 and Galacteer Trooper Advancing with Atomic Bazooka.
I picked up a Reaper Futuristic Weapons pack (50025) and didn't know what to do with it for the longest time. But then the Muse slapped me in the head, saying FLAMETHROWER SPACE LADY.
How wise the Muse is.
Presenting "Torch" Marigold of the Galacteers. You need a seam welded or a bug-eyed monstrosity turned to ash, she is on the job!
Also presenting Corporal Hernandez, heavy weapons specialist.
Space is big. Sometimes it contains big problems.
Sometimes those big problems require big solutions.
That's the good Corporal's time to shine. With the brightness of a thousand suns.
I love this sculpt so much.
And here is Lieutenant Yang, xenthropologist and exodiplomat extraordinaire.This is the unmodified 'Jane Hunter' model.
This spaceship is an even larger plastic egg with fins made from wooden dolphin cutouts and engines made from multiple types of fruit-paste-pouch caps. Why do I have so many of those caps? Children/nieces/nephews are the gift that keeps giving.
Until next time, cadets!
Hydra's Retro Raygun line is delightful. I've finally managed to get a couple of shots where the light is adequate to do them and their jetpacks and spacesuits justice.
Meet Dr. Zahn, Chief Science Officer. He's not the fittest or youngest of the Galacteers, but a genius intellect and a life of broad-based learning can more than justify a broad-based spacesuit.
And here is the Chief of Security, Sergeant Macklin. He looks like his springs are wound a bit too tight. SPACE MADNESS is always a risk on these excursions, especially with a dangerous job like his. The Redshirt Blues are a known issue.
Next, here's Comet! An uplifted chimpanzee, Comet knows more spaceship engineering than most humans. After all, Comet was designed for the job, and wefumblefeet have to make do with studying. (I think my favorite detail is the foot-gloves. Genius and adorable.)
Comet would never mutiny and side with other Space Apes in a waste-flinging rebellion, overthrowing his human pals for primate self-governance, so let's forget the subject even came up. Just put that thought out of your head, mister! Nope, not something to worry about at all.
The landing craft is a wooden egg with some bird cutouts mutilated into fins, an applesauce-pack-cap jet, and some goggle-vent retrothrusters.
Until next time, cadets!
Venus, as we all know, is a boiling toxic hell of molten metal and sulfurous rains. But in our grandparents' day and the day of *their* parents, it was a mysterious swamp/rainforest of impossible lushness and growth, a primordial and fecund Ur-Jungle of perpetual rot and growth. So it is in my Spacefuture games.
Nolzur's makes a Displacer Beast, which iconic D&D monster was inspired by van Vogt's Coeurl (from the "Voyage of the Space-Beagle"). It seemed fitting to paint it up as a SPACE PANTHER! taking patterning cues evenly from tigers and blue-ringed octopodes.
Here is a Hydra Valkeeri trooper with a disruptor rifle. They are a broad-shouldered, statuesque people, and I've painted them as photosynthetic.
Which is the more dangerous game? Who the hunted, and who the hunter?
Or do they hunt together, pursuing that floundering interloper upon their planet--MAN? (Yes, it's that one; that's what they are hunting.)
So one of the central villains in my HS game club game are going to be a band of cultists worshiping an evil snake god. I've been painting up the various Reaper Bones cultists to represent this group. This info is unknown to the players yet, so I had a yelp of excitement and joy when I was reading the kid's PC backgrounds last night. One of the PCs listed her estranged mother's profession as a "cultist". Perfect tie in to the villain - but then I had a sad face when I realized this PC is a gnome, and thus her mother would be a gnome, too.
So now I am on a quest to find a decent mini to represent a gnome (or halfling) cultist.
Well, I lied. Looks like we're doing spacefuture minis first.
I'm a big fan of the retrofuture aesthetic, and 50227, DeeDee, is a great example. So are Hydra Miniatures' Galacteers, which I've been painting in neat color-coded fashion.
Here's the AstroGirl in that scheme, a laser-packing, problem-solving planetary explorer.
Hydra also has a set of Valkeeri, which are more or less Space Amazons. DeeDee would work out well for these too! This time the uniform is painted less extensively, as is appropriate for the boiling jungle-swamps of Retro-Venus.
Other things you may expect to see in the SPACEFUTURE!! tag include BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- green-skinned Space Independent and Confident Women
- MOLE PEOPLE FROM SIRIUS!!
- Moravecs (androids)
- Mutants and wasteland survivors
- Crawlers (Bathalians and similar)
- COMMIES FROM THE MOON
-Technophilosophers of Mars (Reaper's Alien Overlords and similar)
- Space Apes
- Other, different Space Apes
Until next time, cadets!
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