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Some more Interface Zero 2.0 Kickstarter minis painted up for cyberpunk-themed games (and removed from their original "broccoli bases" and put on some War Cast Studios resin "tech" 25mm round bases instead).  Alas, that I don't know where I can actually GET more of these minis after the Kickstarter.  They're fairly straightforward poses, with hands held out, so they invite easy kit-bashing for hand-and-weapon swaps.

 

The Street Samurai is a pretty nice basic retro trope cyberpunk mini.  As cast, there's an extension to the long coat that includes the attached scabbard, so technically you could *leave off* the train and give him a much shorter coat, then do a hand-weapon swap to give him (for instance) another gun in his off hand.  The right half of his face has a mechanical look to it, and I'm guessing that "painted as intended" would be to paint the right side of his face in "chrome" or "gunmetal" appearance -- but I decided to deviate here and go for more of a "half Kabuki-mask" look, which I thought might fit better with the "cyber-samurai" theme.

 

As with capes for fantasy minis, the billowing trenchcoat begs for some sort of insignia on the back.  I was tempted to paint him up like a Japanese bosozoku (biker gang) member -- a white coat with lots of splashes of brush-work to suggest Kanji in red on the coat -- but this time around I went for dark, but with "Tron lines."  (I've got at least one more street samurai to paint up, so I think he might get the Bosozuku treatment instead.)

 

The MAIN POINT of this of more general interest, however, is with the Hacker: I had a piece of scrap laser-cut acrylic from a Warsenal "grab bag" deal, and I got the idea to try to use it to represent an "augmented reality" interface.  Since it was hot pink, I thought I'd go with a pink-and-black scheme for the figure as well.  (At least, I don't think I've painted up any other cyberpunk minis in hot-pink-and-black recently.)  For the display effect, I drilled a hole in the center of each side of the triangle, then took a piece of paperclip wire and bent it into a makeshift tiny "compass," with one length of wire longer than the other.  I then stuck the longer end in the drilled hole, and used some needle-nose pliers to drag the "compass" around in circles and arcs, gouging the plastic in the process.  When the piece is put under a light, the gouged lines seem to "light up" in relation to the translucent pink background, giving me my "holo" or "hyper-reality" display effect.  I then pinned the triangle to the Hacker's outstretched power-glove hand. 

 

I've tried "etching" this acrylic before (inspired by the pieces from Warsenal that actually ARE deliberately laser-etched for a "display" effect), but with a hobby knife, which is kind of hard to get to follow a curve without making a real mess of things.  This is the first time I thought to start with a drill hole and engineer a mini-"compass" to get some decent curved gouge lines.  I've got a few other featureless cut-acrylic pieces from the Warsenal "grab bag" that I intend to try etching some more, for "holo displays" or perhaps even Iron Kingdoms-style "runic circles" as additional figure effects.  (If only the acrylic weren't quite so THICK!)

 

 

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