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Title: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on August 17, 2019, 02:14:46 AM
I’ve been working on 15mm science fiction off and on for years. I’m back on again, and with the excellent 15mm threads running here, I thought I’d share my meager efforts.

I just finished up the first member of my crew I’ll use to play Five Parsecs from Home. 

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/40/6053-170819031002.jpeg)
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Gunner Dunbar on August 17, 2019, 07:14:09 AM
Nice mini
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 17, 2019, 07:32:04 AM
Very nice work.

Who made the base figure?
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on August 17, 2019, 12:27:42 PM
Very nice work.

Who made the base figure?

It’s from GZG’s “Free Trader Crew” not-Firefly set.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Skullhamma on August 17, 2019, 04:53:08 PM
Very nice! I hope to see more of them soon!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 17, 2019, 09:14:36 PM
It’s from GZG’s “Free Trader Crew” not-Firefly set.
Thanks, I will put it on my shopping list.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: blacksmith on August 18, 2019, 12:37:10 AM
I like how you painted his face, as well as the lights on coat, shirt and trousers. More please.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Jagannath on August 18, 2019, 09:40:41 AM
Very nice dude, looking forward to seeing more.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: CookAndrewB on August 19, 2019, 03:30:40 PM
Great start, and I can't wait to see more! I picked up the Five Parsecs Salvage Crew for my games. I may also pick up the Gang War expansion just to see what else it offers. First game should be this weekend.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Brummie on August 22, 2019, 06:16:13 PM
Excellent highlighting!

Welcome to the 15mm sci fi madness!   ;D
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Skullhamma on August 23, 2019, 02:26:18 PM
Welcome to the 15mm sci fi madness!   ;D


Once you walk this path you no longer belong to the normal wargamers!  ;D
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on August 23, 2019, 11:13:12 PM

Once you walk this path you no longer belong to the normal wargamers!  ;D

We’re normal, it’s all those other people who are weird. :p
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on September 06, 2019, 02:39:25 AM
Some progress. Progress is good!

First, Reda Richy.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/40/6053-060919024131.jpeg)


Next, Tine Wooders, retired Space Patrol pilot and now the primary pilot of the crew’s ship, Fortune’s Fool.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/40/6053-060919024037.jpeg)

I don’t know why I have so much trouble with blue.  It shouldn’t be a big deal, but the highlighting always goes weird on me.  But I’m not so worried about that here, because I managed to freehand a design on the back of her jacket that I’m really happy with.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/40/6053-060919024101.jpeg)


Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Ockman on September 06, 2019, 06:24:51 AM
This is a great start, looking good!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: CookAndrewB on September 06, 2019, 04:22:58 PM
Looks great, and I can appreciate just how small that freehand logo is.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: War Monkey on September 06, 2019, 07:09:36 PM
Really nice work, I agree hand painted logos are hard to do and when you get it right it's  great. Very nice logo!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on September 06, 2019, 11:55:16 PM
Really nice work, I agree hand painted logos are hard to do and when you get it right it's  great. Very nice logo!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on September 21, 2019, 02:04:10 AM
The crew of the Fortune’s Fool, assembled.

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/40/6053-210919030242.jpeg)

Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Skullhamma on September 21, 2019, 07:39:02 AM
I love them! Great job on those, the colours are amazing! :)
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Post by: DivisMal on September 21, 2019, 08:16:55 AM
Brilliant faces, sir! That’s an awesome paintjob.
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Post by: blacksmith on September 21, 2019, 08:28:54 AM
Great lights!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on September 21, 2019, 11:55:19 PM
Thanks. They all have Reqper’s “Tanned Skin” triad. I tried using fair skin and golden skin on some of them, but those triads are so light and so close together that they just wash out. I ended up repainting them with the tanned skin colors.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on September 30, 2019, 02:20:08 AM
I payed a game!

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/41/6053-300919031145.jpeg)

After some fooling around to get a feel for the rules, I played the first battle of my Five Parsecs from Home campaign last night. In the end I beat the enemies, with one of mine injured.

I went through the next turn’s activities, and know I’ll be fighting some vigilantes. So next in the queue I’ll be painting some vigilantes. :)
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: CookAndrewB on September 30, 2019, 01:20:12 PM
Hey, congrats, Bill! That board looks very satisfying all put together. Are any of those buildings the "new" ones?
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on September 30, 2019, 02:34:05 PM
Hey, congrats, Bill! That board looks very satisfying all put together. Are any of those buildings the "new" ones?

No, these are my ancient Matakishi-style cork buildings. Along with some GZG buildings, Ebbles paper pieces, and Combat Wombat hovertrucks.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: CookAndrewB on September 30, 2019, 02:59:58 PM
No, these are my ancient Matakishi-style cork buildings. Along with some GZG buildings, Ebbles paper pieces, and Combat Wombat hovertrucks.

Those look great. The mix of styles works well together. Consistent paint makes all the difference!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: War Monkey on September 30, 2019, 11:29:59 PM
Great board and figures too! Your crew is truely ready  to hit the Stars! Looking forward  to  your  reports.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on November 09, 2019, 04:26:58 AM
I've finally finished the vigilantes I need for my next Five Parsecs game. I’ve been working on terrain and other projects along with these minis, thus the slow progress.

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/42/6053-091119051746.jpeg)

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/42/6053-091119051811.jpeg)

Again, these are all GZG. Some armed civilians, one from the assault team pack, and a couple of free traders.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Ockman on November 09, 2019, 08:12:06 AM
That's a really cool crew! Love your work, friend!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on November 09, 2019, 12:14:25 PM
That's a really cool crew! Love your work, friend!

Thanks! It’s your work and all the others posting about their 15mm projects that helps me keep working on my project.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Oldben1 on November 09, 2019, 12:44:53 PM
I love the bright colours.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: CookAndrewB on November 12, 2019, 03:44:49 PM
Those look lovely, Bill. I'm particularly fond of the guy on the far left. That one stands out as a really sharp paint job. Love the green and blue work on the clothes.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on November 15, 2019, 04:56:22 PM
I finally posted a battle report of the game I played last weekend.

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/42/6053-151119174552.jpeg)

You can find it at https://www.velociengineer.net/?p=194
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on November 16, 2019, 04:10:05 PM
And I finished up repainting most of my GZG buildings. If all goes well I can use them in a game tonight.

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/42/6053-161119170834.jpeg)
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Ockman on November 16, 2019, 05:59:26 PM
Billchuck, those buildings look wonderful!  :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on November 16, 2019, 10:14:55 PM
Billchuck, those buildings look wonderful!  :-* :-* :-*

Thanks.  It was pretty simple.  I primed them grey, then sponged on white.  I used blue tape to mask for the stripe, sponged the orange paint on.  Windows are the usual, then I hit some detail bits with black and highlighted them. I stole the planter idea on the left from someone, Ludanto I think.

Building bases are cut down from 12” adhesive vinyl floor tiles.  Cheap and easy to cut.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Metternich on November 17, 2019, 01:40:03 AM
I particularly liked the vigilantees.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Oldben1 on November 17, 2019, 02:36:01 AM
White and orange.  Looking pretty sharp.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: War Monkey on November 17, 2019, 04:46:45 AM
Very nice terrain and buildings!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: CookAndrewB on November 18, 2019, 02:54:26 PM
Good battle report. Nice of the team to help Watts find a sawbones.

Terrain for the game looked grand. Do you play the green bases as full forrest terrain for the purposes of blocking sight? Maybe you talked about it and I could have missed it.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on November 18, 2019, 07:39:48 PM
Good battle report. Nice of the team to help Watts find a sawbones.
It seemed a good way to explain why the rivalry ended.
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Terrain for the game looked grand. Do you play the green bases as full forrest terrain for the purposes of blocking sight? Maybe you talked about it and I could have missed it.
The green bases are thick woods, and the trees are moved around freely. I’m looking at some better solutions, because I think they are ugly. And I hate those trees. But it’s what I have right now.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: CookAndrewB on November 18, 2019, 08:26:11 PM
I think the trees are fine. Not sure how much better they could be. The green areas could easily be touched up with the sponge painting done on the tabletop, or even a little bit of gravel/flock fixed to the surface. Truthfully, I don't think any of that is needed as they serve their purpose at low cost. The only thing sexier than photo-realistic terrain is cheap terrain that holds up under use lol.

I agree, that was a clever way to resolve the rivalry.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on January 13, 2020, 03:24:12 AM
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/43/6053-130120041403.jpeg)

I’ve finished up this platoon of GZG’s UNSC light infantry. This was a speed painting project because I wanted to get something done. These took me a week of about an hour each evening to go from primer to finished.

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/43/6053-130120041431.jpeg)

I have a pile of support weapons and specialists from the same starter deal pack, but when I started these up I decided those were a separate project for my “finish each project before I start another” resolution.  So they will show up after a few other projects.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: War Monkey on January 13, 2020, 04:16:06 AM
Those are looking really good!
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Post by: Cacique Caribe on January 13, 2020, 04:22:32 AM
Wow, fantastic work.  Inspiring.

Dam
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 13, 2020, 02:55:52 PM
That is a very nice start to the new year. Great looking figures. I tend to think of "speed painting" as 2-3 colors with little more than a quick dry brush. I think you took this well beyond that point!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on January 13, 2020, 03:40:47 PM
That is a very nice start to the new year. Great looking figures. I tend to think of "speed painting" as 2-3 colors with little more than a quick dry brush. I think you took this well beyond that point!

I totally cheated.  The green is an ink wash over white primer (that whole contrast paint thing isn’t new at all).  The guns and other gray equipment are base color with highlights. The helmets are done with metallic paint from one of those gold paint pens. 
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 13, 2020, 03:45:52 PM
Well, that is a VERY satisfying effect if that is the case.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Skullhamma on January 13, 2020, 04:07:56 PM
Great work on those GZG guys and fantastic terrain! You seem to have a lot of fun with the Five Parsecs!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Ockman on January 20, 2020, 06:45:03 AM
Love those GZG UNSC. I have a squad of five, but I can't seem to decide how to paint them. Are they wearing body suits with integrated boots or are they separate? Your paintjob looked really good, so I think I will go mono-colour like you.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on January 20, 2020, 01:25:16 PM
The boots look integrated to the suit. I’ll try to get some closeup pics of one tonight or tomorrow.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Brummie on January 20, 2020, 03:22:12 PM
I have a whole platoon with Heavy weapons and thought the boots looked integrated into the suit.

Fabulous PJs on these, your characters are fantastic. Nice scheme on the troopers as well, simple and effective is the holy grail for figure painting imo  lol
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on January 21, 2020, 01:24:42 AM
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/43/6053-210120012133.jpeg)

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/43/6053-210120012200.jpeg)

There is a lot of detail on these if you want to go looking for it.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Ockman on January 21, 2020, 03:45:18 PM
Thanks for that close-up! Will have to decide what theme to use...
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Jagannath on January 23, 2020, 10:56:21 PM
This thread is coming along really nicely! You've done a great job on those UNSC suits - I hated painting them, too hard work painting them my way.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: DivisMal on March 09, 2020, 05:11:38 AM
Great progress and some nice color schemes, Billchuck!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Skullhamma on March 10, 2020, 07:51:10 PM
Great stuff! Please keep them coming!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: zrunelord on March 10, 2020, 09:06:28 PM
Keep it up Billchuck,
Some nice stuff there  ;).

Z
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on March 11, 2020, 01:46:02 AM
Thanks everyone.  I’ve been working on my WW2 Tunisia project lately, so not much sci-fi going on.

However, someone asked me how I painted the character figures.  So I painted one a while back as an example.  I finally got a picture of the finished mini, so here it all is.  I cribbed this from Jagannath’s (and others’) style of painting, so I can practice my brush control. 

I start with white primer.  Then I put on the base coat, darker than the color I want to finish with, which fills in all the low areas.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/43/6053-200120034432.jpeg)
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/43/6053-200120034458.jpeg)

Next is my mid color, which will be most of the color on each block.  Cover most of the mini, but avoid the low places and shadows.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/44/6053-110320014217.jpeg)
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/44/6053-110320014248.jpeg)

Last is the highlight color.  This just goes on the raised areas, trying to make them pop a bit.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/44/6053-110320014314.jpeg)
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/44/6053-110320014334.jpeg)

Finish it with the base (brown base coat, beige dry brush, black around the edge) and pick out a few small details, and suddenly poor Galain is in a spot of trouble with the law.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/44/6053-110320005203.jpeg)

“What, this gun?  No sir, I just found it laying by that bush right there.  Honest!”
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Ockman on March 11, 2020, 05:03:05 AM
That's really nice!

Thanks for the tutorial!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Brummie on March 11, 2020, 06:59:25 PM
Thanks for the tips!

Where are those orange troopers from? I recognize them but no idea from where..
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on March 11, 2020, 09:16:18 PM
Thanks for the tips!

Where are those orange troopers from? I recognize them but no idea from where..

Millgeek Designs, now out of production.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on March 31, 2020, 01:51:12 AM
At last, I’ve finished up these infantry figures from Millgeek.

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/45/6053-310320014956.jpeg)
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: CookAndrewB on March 31, 2020, 03:21:31 PM
Good looking group, Bill. Do you use a pink paint for the edge highlights, or just blend white into your red? Seems a weird question, but I'm curious. I got some pink paints a while back and I actually think they look better than blending. Can't say what I like about it more, but it looks more natural or something.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Ockman on March 31, 2020, 06:11:04 PM
Those look amazing, friend!

Still live the building in the back!
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on March 31, 2020, 06:17:05 PM
Good looking group, Bill. Do you use a pink paint for the edge highlights, or just blend white into your red? Seems a weird question, but I'm curious. I got some pink paints a while back and I actually think they look better than blending. Can't say what I like about it more, but it looks more natural or something.

It’s actually more orange.  Three layers, Reaper’s Fire Red/Phoenix Red/Fire Orange.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: CookAndrewB on March 31, 2020, 06:56:42 PM
Ah, probably just the way my screen shows the colors.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: mellis1644 on March 31, 2020, 08:34:35 PM
Really great work here - inspiring. :)
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on April 01, 2020, 02:58:55 AM
Those look amazing, friend!

Still live the building in the back!

It’s not much compared to your buildings, but I’m trying.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on May 24, 2020, 01:19:52 PM
I wanted to get a pile of minis on the table, so I tossed together some rules I’ve been thinking about and played a game.

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/46/6053-240520131403.jpeg)
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Cacique Caribe on May 24, 2020, 03:14:51 PM
Was that Captain Malcolm Reynolds?  :)

(https://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/43/6053-200120034432.jpeg)

Dan
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on May 24, 2020, 04:13:24 PM
Yes, from the GZG free trader pack.

https://shop.groundzerogames.co.uk/15mm-stargrunt/infantry/human-characters-and-misc-aliens/sg15-x04a.html
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: zrunelord on May 24, 2020, 05:02:38 PM
Nice work Bill.
Pity those Millgeek minis are oop as they are quite nice and the orange /white scheme really came out nice.

Z
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Ockman on May 24, 2020, 05:52:00 PM
That's looking awesome! Will we get an AAR?
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Billchuck on May 24, 2020, 05:56:11 PM
That's looking awesome! Will we get an AAR?

No, I didn’t take notes to write up an AAR. I was testing out some rule ideas to see if they would work.

I do have a 5 Parsecs AAR that I will finish writing up soon.
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Cacique Caribe on May 24, 2020, 06:38:52 PM
Yes, from the GZG free trader pack.

https://shop.groundzerogames.co.uk/15mm-stargrunt/infantry/human-characters-and-misc-aliens/sg15-x04a.html

Fantastic!  Thanks so much.

Dan
Title: Re: Billchuck’s 15mm sci-fi
Post by: Ockman on May 25, 2020, 06:34:20 AM
I do have a 5 Parsecs AAR that I will finish writing up soon.

AAR! AAR! AAR!