|Steve Jackson Ogre MkIII and some forge world tank busters.|
Coming out of the ClosetIt's true. For several years now I've been collecting and painting 6mm sci fi. Tanks, Mechs, Ogres (or as I like to think of them, BOLO's) troops, robots, Titans- the whole shebang! My close friends have known for years, and have supported me throughout tough times, like the Ogre kickstarter, and have tolerated my 6mm napoleonics.
Now I'm ready to admit it publicly, and embrace- nay- be proud of my wee ways.
But in order to come out, I needed to have platform upon which to do it.
OffworldingI was keen on making a new "planet" inspired by Venus and Mars and well, any good sci fi movie. Part of the plan was to incorporate all the vaccuform craters I've been hording over the years. I know I wanted an orange look, but not too orange. The main choice of color would rest on what paints were available at the local Home Depot and ACE Hardware off color bins.
I scored a gallon of deck paint with sand already in it, tannish color for $8, a quart of red brown for $4, and a pint of yellow for $2. I already had a sampler pint of orange and a gallon of "Vallejo flat earth" that I had custom made last year as my base color (I use it as the base for all my mats no matter what terrrain, so my bases can match).
One stretched canvas later, some foam cut hills, and a few layers of paint and drybrushing, a decent enough planet was made.
|under painting of the Vallejo brown. This is really a stain on a very wet canvas|
|The done mat- in the shade, so the colors here are muted.|
|This picture captures the true color of the planet. Hm.. I need a name....|
|Infantry use the leviathan for a screen, and take advantage of it's shields|
|cute light jeeps scout ahead and worry about their cammo choices...|
As my Combat! rules allow for Bolos, or Leviathans as I call them, the classic Ogre model fits the bill. I swear the lines on the Steve Jackson Ogre are as iconic as a 62 Chrysler 300.
|Heavy Gear Mechs are swarmed by Skyth bugs|
These pics cover just some of the collection, set up for a test photo shoot. As you can see, I'm all over the place with manufacturers. One company who's minis I am keen on is the Dark Realm Miniatures line from Microworld games. They are actually quite pricey for 6's, but I love the sculpts.
Right, now that that's out of the bag, time to actually get these rules penned up.