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Online, from a certain market of miniatures, I found some "Kaosball" team expansion packs on clearance (for a better price than what they're listed at now, as of this writing).  Each pack contains 13 32mm-scale minis in 2 poses (6 of one pose on 25mm square bases, and 7 of an alt pose on 25mm round bases), a "bust" that represents the "team coach," and a game-specific 12-sided die (which I suppose isn't much use for anything, unless I actually wanted to play the game).  Anyway, this worked out to being under $1 a figure, and the sculpts looked interesting, so I got a few packs.  (I find it hilarious, though, that while most of the packs are marked down, the "Felinia Hellcats" -- scantily-clad gun-toting cat-girls -- are specifically marked as "[CLEARANCE]" and yet they're priced at about 3x the asking price for each of the other teams.)

 

I originally picked these guys up (the "Samaria Barbarians") with a vague intent that "someday" I would run a Savage Worlds convention one-shot scenario heavily inspired by the "Brütal Legend" video game ... but it occurred to me that few if any of my players would have heard of that game, and I'm no particular "expert" on anything rock-and-roll-related, so maybe I'm not the best person to GM such a setting.

However, I could always use a few more post-apocalyptic wastelanders.  The "big hair" style here doesn't necessarily look like it would fit the current Fallout aesthetic as established in Fallout 4 and Fallout 76, but I think these guys wouldn't look terribly out of place in the original Fallout 1 & 2 (what with all the "Mad Max" and "Fist of the North Star" wannabes wandering about in those games).  I removed the figures from their bases, putty-and-texture-stamped the 25mm round bases, putty-and-texture-stamped some plastic 25mm rounds for the remaining figures, and did a few hand swaps and bit-add-ons to give a few of the figures visible ranged weaponry.  (I figured that would give me a little more buy-in if I were to field a gang of these guys for an encounter and then they start FIRING on the PCs, versus what pushback I might get if they *appeared* to only be armed with axes.)

I used some paper printed license plates to add some "junk armor" elements to further reinforce the "post-apocalyptic" vibe.

Each team pack also comes with a "bust" to represent the team coach.  I went with a bronze-and-verdigris scheme for each.

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Here's a detail of a couple of the busts (left one is "The Prince" from the "Samaria Barbarians" set; right one is from "Boomtown Cowboys") that come with the sets.  Each bust is supposed to represent a "team coach," and is of course is far out of scale figure-wise from the team members themselves ... but, hey, it's a BUST, so I figured I could try painting them up as bronze with a "verdigris" wash, and work them in as some sort of terrain elements.  (I just probably need to position each one atop a plinth or column or something other monument-like.)

Alas, there are no solemn, sober expressions to be found among the busts (at least, not that I've seen), so it's all wide grins, sneers, smirks, cocked eyebrows, and whatnot.  But maybe once I work these in, they won't look too outrageously out of place.

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Here's a closer-in picture of one of the "Runners."  The "Runner" figures are all standing with their left hand "throwing the horns," and for a few of them I did a hand-swap to be holding a gun, or else I just simply glued a gun there and hoped it would pass for looking like he was holding it.  (The latter is what I did in this case.)  

(Note: Each team has two types of figures -- 6 "Bruisers," and 7 "Runners."  Usually the "Runner" figure looks a bit more lightweight, but not necessarily.  Here, for whatever reason, the "BRUISERS" are posed in a running mode, whereas the "RUNNERS" are just standing there.  I just figured I should throw in that clarification, since I referred to this guy as a "Runner" without context or anything about him that would make him obviously a "runner" of any sort.)

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On 11/16/2019 at 4:39 PM, Jordan Peacock said:

 

 

Here's a detail of a couple of the busts (left one is "The Prince" from the "Samaria Barbarians" set; right one is from "Boomtown Cowboys") that come with the sets.  Each bust is supposed to represent a "team coach," and is of course is far out of scale figure-wise from the team members themselves ... but, hey, it's a BUST, so I figured I could try painting them up as bronze with a "verdigris" wash, and work them in as some sort of terrain elements.  (I just probably need to position each one atop a plinth or column or something other monument-like.)

Alas, there are no solemn, sober expressions to be found among the busts (at least, not that I've seen), so it's all wide grins, sneers, smirks, cocked eyebrows, and whatnot.  But maybe once I work these in, they won't look too outrageously out of place.

 

Busts of leaders are common in real life / history.

 

Maybe you can get inspiration from looking at those to see how you can use them as terrain.

 

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