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My wife bought me most of the IMEF minis as a gift summertim some time back. I just need one more(not counting the Bulldog in Bones 4) and I'm planning to paint them all at once...but it makes sense to have one done as a test piece. Sure. That's my story. Also with him is a papercraft APC, because of course these guys will need armored support!
For no reason in particular, I decided to paint up some bones that weren't fantasy. First, I did a general search for military uniforms but I wasn't inspired by the modern stuff. Then I did a search for historical uniforms, which had more potential but still wasn't exactly what I was looking for either. In the end, I decided to make up my squad colors based off of the following line of reasoning: In the near future the battlefield has shifted from areas where chlorophyll and dirt predominate to urban areas and spaceship corridors. Tech has advanced to the point where avoiding detection by wavelengths out of the visual spectrum (IR, x-ray, etc) is more important than being seen normally. And maybe soldiers all have their own personal shields that negate the first few shots against them. In short, it can be like the old made new, where squads wear the colors of their employer/nation rather than drab greens or browns. I played around with a few ideas on the computer first, but in the end decided to use one member of the squad as a test and then do the remainder as a group paint. First up, a nice warm color. I didn't really take any in progress shots so here's the basically completed armor. I skipped the chest plate because I was thinking that it might be something that stands out. If not, it can easily be made to match the rest. Next up, cloth.
I've finally got around to painting a figure for my character in my friend Joff's Traveller game â€” Cyrus Button, bodyguard, enforcer, and party accountant. It's Bones 80016: IMEF: Nick Stone. Just in time for the campaign to fold. Oh well, timing is everything, they say. We never really used miniatures in that game anyway.