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Yet a third, and thus far final, spacefuture character from Antediluvian Miniatures. He is billed as a bounty hunter and comes with two pauldron-mounted plasma cannons, but I wanted more of a blue-collar look. The industrial armor suit with its huge digging claw is amazing. The Miner is dwarf-sized, likely from a high-gravity world.
It's a tough life, prospecting for minerals in the asteroid belt.
More turnaround pix:
Especially when the ore vats start acting up.
BUT! once in a great while you strike paydirt.
And with the credits from a haul like that, even after the Protectorate takes its cut, you're set for a Martian year of good times! Oh yeah, it's animal protein and Ganymedean moonwine from here on out! And the FLAVORED nutrient paste, every day!
Success breeds envy, though...keep that exosuit on.
Featuring guest appearances from Crosswire (50018), the robot from Briony, Cybertechnician (50064), some Mantic mining terrain, the previously posted Buckland Rogers, and some Hydra Galacteers, as well as Reaper's shipping crates, soda machines, and starship generator. The rusty shed is corrugated cardstock; the bar is mostly a repurposed toy-car blister pack with some wire and gewgaws, plus the Starship Door.
This guy and Crosswire really would make a good pair of recurring bounty hunters/mercenaries/roughneck profiteers now that I think of it. The physical contrasts really sell them as a classic set of Those Two Guys.
Because we need more badelf fighting ladies.
Kev White, the sculptor, seems to have paid attention during "The First Avenger." Great uniform details. But I've already got the muscular and dynamic Zenith (50080) in that role, so I went with our neighbors to the North. The shield is, again, my addition.
Superhero team-up time!
And another mission (feat. Dirk Goodspeed, 50195, and Sasquatch, 50011).
Dungeon-crawling! They say it's a young humanoid's game, but that's not always true. A lifetime of experience and the survival skills necessary to get to one's golden or even orichalcum years are pretty useful.
Here's Sebastian, a knight of some experience from Hasslefree. Well armored and cautious, probably why he's still around.
And another, less cautious but equally seasoned adventurer, Conran the Barbarian, also from Hasslefree.
Here he is bonding with the grandkids (Serris, 02997 and Cuth Wolfson, 03701)
and at his day job.
(Conran is definitely a version of Pratchett's Cohen the Barbarian, who conceded that after a few hours of fighting a ten-thousand-man army he might start getting tired too--but so would his enemies, as they would be running uphill at that point.)
Fighter and barbarian-thief are a good start, but a well-rounded party should also have an arcanist and a healer. Jos Gebbler, 14317, and Estra, 60198, seem like good fits. A combined three centuries of adventuring experience pays off!
But there are threats yet older than they...
WHO GOES THERE?!
Another alien, "The Assimilator" from Antediluvian Miniatures. This sculpt is based on the THING from "Who Goes There?" as interpreted by an Classics Illustrated cover artist.
The illustration (pretty true to the original text!):
The sculpt alone is delightful, but the opportunities for paranoia in your space opera or horror game are just too good to pass up!
Crash-landing in Antarctica:
"well this sucks."
An encounter with the locals (featuring a Grenadier Elder Thing by way of Mirliton):
"You must be new here."
Guest appearance from Antarctic Explorer, 80072. (on left. OR IS HE?!)
Side note: It is left unclear in the Campbell story whether the form of this thing ever belonged to aliens that were not THE THING, but if there were non-THING aliens with this body plan I'd guess they were related to Rhan-Tegoth from "The Horror in the Museum." Another polar three-eyed monstrosity with writhing tendrils all about it, with mental powers and an appetite for dogs and men? And published five years before "Who Goes There?" Probably an influence at least. Perhaps THE THING is an assimilator on the meta-textual level too!
Antediluvian Miniatures is probably best known for its lost-world anachronistic reptiles, but they also have a space opera line! And in my opinion "Buckland Rogers, Bounty Hunter" is one of the best. A great crocodilian brute with gorilla arms and a face straight off of a Crystal Palace Megalosaurus reconstruction. Also a cybernetic reticule monocle and a three-barreled weapon of sinister design. Perfect for my retro spacefuture universe.
Look at those savage jaws, the muscled neck-hump, the jaunty little jumpsuit!
A great fit with my Galacteers (guest appearance from Betty, Space Heroine 50150)
"gOOd dAycycle neighBoR maY i bOrroW a cUp of dEpROtonated anTimaTTer"
Or with a rogue's gallery of other zoömorphic space aliens/a ragtag band of space pirates (featuring a Space Mouseling, 01434).
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