I haven't posted much lately but this is because I've been getting a lot of hobby time in rather than blogging about it. I've been prepping, assembling, converting and priming away and now have a good chunk of my 15mm sci-fi forces ready for paint! They'll be surfacing over the next few days and weeks on the blog as I get them finished up. Here's a few minis I painted over the last week...
First up, some GZG Mercs. I plan to use these as Scatari mercenaries in the sci-fi universe me and Phyllion have started to flesh out.
After the Hellboy episode I decided to try a more earthy skintone and went for an orangey brown using GW dark flesh with a Vallejo flesh wash (with a hint of chocolate brown added) as a base. I then worked it up through dark flesh, dark flesh/tan, tan and tan/vermillion. These pictures don't really convey the depth of the colour (bottom photo best gets across the tonality best) as I managed to wash it out (as usual...)
When I bought some stuff from GZG at Salute I ended up with some of the wrong minis so Jon, being a great guy, exchanged them for the right ones and compensated me for postage with some of his free wheeled drones.
I though the blocky and design would fit in with my Scatari mercs, who could do with some anti-armour capability, so I painted them to look abused, crude and beat up.
I added some kill markings on the rocket launchers and some tribal markings on the large panels, as well as numbering the drones from 1-3 on the sides.
The Scatari are a comparatively primitive yet space-faring race who have had contact with the Confederation for the past 75 years. Their society is based upon a tribal system of clans where ties of kinship and honour run deep. Scatari mercenary warbands are usually composed of the tribes' youngbloods, led by an experienced warrior. Warbands travel offworld in pursuit of profit and technology, seeking any advantage which will give their clan an edge in the constant power struggle which is the Scatari Khanate.
As youngbloods gain experience and claim kills they augment their clan tattoos with kill-markings and trophies. The body of each Scatari warrior tells the story of their professional life, their kills, their wounds, their victories and their defeats. Senior warriors and chieftains will typically be covered in intricate tattoos which reflect their rank and achievements.
The Scatari are not a technologically advanced race and it is unclear how they attained FTL travel capability. Confederation xenocanthropoligsts speculate that they may have acquired FTL technology from a more advanced race, either through trade, guile or violence. However, no Scatari has yet been willing to divulge more detailed information on the history of their people. The Scatari make use of basic and reliable chemical projectile weaponry which fires solid slugs, explosive shells or rockets. They have also been known to make limited use of wheeled heavy weapons drones, as well as light vehicles and mechs, where the situation warrants.
Typically a Skatari mercenary warband will consist of anything between 30 and 100 warriors, split into smaller ad hoc groupings led by the most seasoned warriors present. Skatari battle doctrine focuses on aggression, strength and speed. Often Skatari chieftens seek to close with the enemy as quickly as possible, enveloping their positions and overwhelming them at close range with grenades, gunfire, knives and even teeth.
More CMG Blockhead Battlesuits. I love these sculpts and managed to get a few more done. They take a long-time to paint as I like to get the layering on the large panels as nice as I can.
Scatari and Blockheads face-off.