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Just a simple pair of horrible spacebeasts frolicking in their native hellworld!
I'll have to gloss up the molten bits of the base at some point. Any tips on lava bases I should be aware of?
In retrospect, I think the glowing mouths were inspired by the "gorilla-wolf motherbroccolers" from Attack the Block.
I do not know if the designers intended this, but the pair of them are in a perfect pose for Magma Wrasslin.'
From the depths of SPACE, they came!
A menace unlike any the Solar System had yet seen! Their weapons--inexorable! Their strange mental powers--UNCANNY!
Bombshell's Counterblast line has a faction called the Edofleini. Can't prove anything, but I feel strongly that the designer had read David Wiesner's "June 29, 1999" at a formative age. The Edo are giant-brained cephalopods with zap guns and psionic powers, and if that doesn't tickle your fancy, perhaps a Space Squid has used an Emotive Transductor to suck all the JOY and WONDER from your heart? (They can do that, you know!)
I couldn't resist, anyway. Tried to give them a color scheme inspired by this coconut octopus.
Here's the four-eyed leader of the bunch, in its magnificent robe of office.
The gold-armored subordinate with Neural Halberd:
A vicious enforcer, tentacles flailing:
A four-eyed underling:
And a runtish Spawnling:
And here's a group shot!
Keep watching the skies! Guard your brains! ARE YOUR THOUGHTS YOUR OWN, CITIZEN?
Ever so many more pictures below if you click:
At last, a return to the retro-future that never will have been! 01434 is a three-pack of mouslings with four head options included. A plucky, adventurous crew of spacefaring rodents. It is unclear if they are an uplifted species, or naturally evolved descendants of the lab mice shot into space back in the heady fossil-fuel days before the Last World War. After all, who KNOWS what kinds of effects Deep Space has on the murine body and mind? (See PKD's "The Infinites" and James White's "The Conspirators"; no doubt there are others). But they're here, and they have blasters and space suits, and what more could you want? Are you made of stone?!
Introducing the quick-witted Buck Roquefort!
The intrepid Flash Gorgonzola!!
The dauntless Honor Chevington!!!
And the *overwhelmingly* well-armed James Camembertius Kirk!!!!
80085 is a BIG Bones mecha-mousling with missiles to spare. He is ready to rain down hellfire and bring on FROMAGEDDON. (or perhaps, LEERDAMMERUNG? Golly I love cheese puns.)
Here's the three from 01434:
And the whole crew (note, 01434 comes with mix-and-match heads--three bodies, two helmets and two unhelmeted heads):
A bit of surgery later and I put the leftover smaller helmet on 80085, the Space Mousling Heavy. I believe @Corsair was asking on another thread about small mousling heads for a Starfinder Ysoki; this is one possibility, being noticeably smaller than its counterparts and also space-ready!
I recently impulse-bought some pale neon yellow paint, and used it for the bases and minor OSL. The asteroid is a stress ball I touched up with some Reaper Alien Goo and that same phosphorescent paint.
A bunch more pictures if you want them; C&C welcome either way. Onward and starward, cadets!
All Hail Hydra!
This one I have put off painting since way back when. In it's unpainted form I thought it had soft details and was a bit crude. As soon as I started painting it now, the drybrushing revealed another side to it, so to speak.
It turned out much better than I expected, mainly as the faces are easier to read than when unpainted, and the details are not as shallow as I had thought.
Again, I use a big brush when painting big bones, this one was mainly painted with a 15mm wide flat and a 5mm flat. It was painted mainly with drybrushing with no washes used at all.
I started over a black undercoat, I painted the entire thing with new Citadel Incubi Darkness, and drybrushed this heavily with new Citadel Kantor Blue. Next was a heavy drybrush with old Gamecraft Olive Green on the top half and Vallejo Game Color Dead Flesh on the bottom half.
The stripes are in an old dark red I think is Leviathan Fire Dragon Red. I am not quite sure, as it was poured over into another pot at some point, and I did not write what it was on the new pot. I drybrushed the stripes with new Citadel Wazzdakka Red.
The back ridges, horns and claws were done with new Citadel XV-88, Bleached Bone and Reaper Splintered Bone. The mouths were painted Kantor Blue followed by Citadel Screamer Pink and Wazdakka Red, and a mix with yellow at the edges. Eyes in bleached bone, Yriel Yellow and Wazdakka Red. Teeth in Reaper Splintered Bone.
I printed out a base for it, and built it a little up on the front end to make the beast stand a little taller. The cracks and edges were hidden with clumps of tufts.
Many of the miniatures in the first Bones kickstarter were based on metal minis already in production. Might this be a factor for softer details on those than on the newer ones?
This was a paid add on on the KS.
Reaper Bones, from the first kickstarter 2013
Sculpted by Sandra Garrity
Made from Bonesium PVC
Bespoke printed 130mmx80mm base
Currently available from reapermini.com
And I *THINK* this should be the last of the SPACEFUTURE posts for a while (at least until I get the insect faction done). Reaper's Frank Russo, Mercenary Hero (50044) is a great sculpt, with a Superman jaw and muscles and a well-stocked utility belt. I think he was meant to be a gritty, grimdark superhero/villain/antihero after the line of Punisher or Crossbones or Reaper (dude comes with an extra head with a skull mask). He's a good Special Operative, but I wanted to put some color on there, dammit!
The result is more "The Incredibles" or Spaceman Spiff than "secret agent."
(Here's the sort of thing I imagine is a slow Tuesday for this guy: )
I got a regular, non-Wastelander Maelee from Bombshell a while back. A gorgeous sculpt; tried to do her justice. She, too, looks like she lives a life of vaguely futuristic adventure and excitement...more on the engineering-by-the-seat-of-her-pants, Ms Fix-it side of things than the fightpunching and pew-pews, perhaps. More rogue/bard than fighter, as it were.
And then there's the last of the Zombiesmith Mad Scientists...now, again, I can't PROVE anything, but I'm willing to bet the sculptor was not unfamiliar with the "Invader Zim" cartoon. Clearly a genius, clearly unstable. Capable of working technological miracles.
BUT while all of these look good and pulpy and retrofuture-compatible, they didn't *quite* match any of my existing spacefuture human factions (Galacteers, Space Communists, Wastelanders). So what do you do with a bunch of misfits? Put them all on the same team! And look at that: we have a fighter, a specialist, a wizard...just need a healer to round out the traditional party. And I found a metal Baymax for about a dollar...
TASK FORCE GAMMA!
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