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Miniatures Adventure => Future Wars => Topic started by: Ockman on April 10, 2017, 06:46:31 AM

Title: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200405: Crustacean refugees
Post by: Ockman on April 10, 2017, 06:46:31 AM
In this thread I will showcase my characters, terrain and stories about Five Parsecs from Home.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4259/35785767275_2ce79933ff_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WwgpRv)DSC_0108 (https://flic.kr/p/WwgpRv) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4342/36309087482_4c2b512e20.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XjvyHG)2017-08-10_10-33-07 (https://flic.kr/p/XjvyHG) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Tech Archaeologist Juno Starstrider travels the galaxy in search of lost and forgotten technology.
Failed, long forgotten colonies, ruins of dead xeno civilizations, planets once lost in horrific wars... as long as there's hope for lost tech, Doctor Starstrider will go there.
Of course, not many wants to go there with her, but the fringes are rife with adventurers and guns for hire...
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home
Post by: commissarmoody on April 10, 2017, 07:20:00 AM
I do enjoy that rule set for the random character backgrounds.  :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home
Post by: Grumbledook on April 10, 2017, 08:48:26 AM
The figure looks really good, the scenery looks interesting too.

Really looking forward to seeing more!
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home
Post by: Hobby Services on April 10, 2017, 02:56:39 PM
Be right at home in Rogue Stars and Void Pirates, too.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 10, 2017, 03:28:55 PM
Nice job on the figure.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home
Post by: Ockman on April 10, 2017, 08:54:11 PM
I do enjoy that rule set for the random character backgrounds.  :)

On slow meetings at work I sometimes roll up a crew using random.org/integers :)

The figure looks really good, the scenery looks interesting too.

Really looking forward to seeing more!

Thanks, Grumbledook! It's a GZG Technician mounted on a 20mm slottabase, I painted it in two hours (a new personal record - I'm a slow painter). The building is Mad Mecha Guy containers with some GZG add-ons and scratchbuilt stuff out of plasticard.

Be right at home in Rogue Stars and Void Pirates, too.

I'm waiting for second edition of Five Parsecs from Home, whenever it will arrive. Haven't heard of Void Pirates, is it a good ruleset?

Nice job on the figure.

Thanks!
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home
Post by: capthugeca on April 10, 2017, 09:14:33 PM
I'm waiting for second edition of Five Parsecs from Home, whenever it will arrive.
Me too!

Nice figure and interesting start. I look forward to seeing how this post develops.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home
Post by: Ockman on April 11, 2017, 08:03:51 AM
I've got three boxes of terrain (two boxes of grey (city) terrain and one box of brown (badlands) terrain), which I hope I will be able to photograph later today
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home
Post by: Ockman on April 11, 2017, 08:27:06 PM
Down on Golgotha Prime, a new colony has sprung up in an area known as "the Darkness". Nobody knows why, but global positioning systems aren't working as they should in the Darkness and radio signals must be amplified greatly to reach out. This is a mixed blessing for the colonists, since it's pretty dangerous to get lost in the woods around Darkness Falls, but it also makes it harder for pirates and other miscreants to find the colony...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4263/35616273272_d7d6ad1c45_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WghHc7)DSC_0126 (https://flic.kr/p/WghHc7) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home
Post by: Etranger on April 11, 2017, 11:31:19 PM
Nice use of repurposed shipping containers!
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home
Post by: Ockman on April 13, 2017, 06:36:09 AM
Nice use of repurposed shipping containers!

Thanks! I, ehm... borrowed the idea from @tmcllghn on Instagram.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home, April 27 - Skulltaker
Post by: Ockman on April 27, 2017, 12:10:14 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4258/35616342232_7bfe17d34d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Wgi4G5)IMG_20170427_140123_135 (https://flic.kr/p/Wgi4G5) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Now, he is only known as the dreaded pirate Skulltaker of the Crimson Reavers, but once upon a time Leif Lurberg was a prominent economist in the Esau-Luv system.

During the Unity-Minare War, Esau-Luv system was used as a staging area for Unity warships bound for Minarian space. When spies found the staging area, Minarian High Command decided to employ the experimental Sunstorm Charge. Warped into the Esau-Luv sun, the Sunstorm Charge released a massive EMP blast, blanketing the entire system, destroying both Unity warships and the Esau-Luv industrial base.

Lurberg worked day and night on plans to rebuild the Esau-Luv economy, but when aid from Unity failed to materialize, his plans turned sinister: "With no ability to procure and refine sufficient amounts of resources by ourselves, we must rely on external sources. By exposing the Esau-Luv system to danger, Unity is responsible for our current situation. It is no more than right for Esau-Luv citizens to seize whatever Unity assets they can find to collect our debt."

Shortly after finishing the last draft of his plans, Lurberg joined the Crimson Reavers. Using fear to make crews surrender their cargo would yield maximum gain out of minimum input, but if his new name and face paint wouldn't be enough, Skulltaker knew how to wield a knife..
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update 27/4, Skulltaker
Post by: commissarmoody on April 27, 2017, 11:06:31 PM
Another GZG fig?
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update 27/4, Skulltaker
Post by: Ockman on April 28, 2017, 06:52:19 AM
Another GZG fig?

Yes, it's another GZG figure, from Ravagers pack A (https://shop.groundzerogames.co.uk/15mm-stargrunt/infantry/human-characters-and-misc-aliens/sg15-x06.htm)

I love GZG minis, they are full of character. In this case there's a couple of strange design choices, though. It seems as if this particular mini is supposed to have a subcutaneous skull plate, but I think it looks like an unfortunate mouldline or miscast. Anyway, it didn't matter since I gave him a skull face paint which covered it up.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update 27/4, Skulltaker
Post by: commissarmoody on April 28, 2017, 08:15:14 AM
intentional skull face or not, you made it work.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update 27/4, Skulltaker
Post by: Ockman on May 04, 2017, 02:27:12 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4378/36340118711_e210334607_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XnfBdT)IMG_0634 (https://flic.kr/p/XnfBdT) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

A female voice reverberated through the entire ship, carried by the newly hacked PA system: "You have been boarded by the Crimson Reavers!"
A brief pause followed, then a second announcement: "You can choose to fight. If so, most of you will die. We will spare one of you, to warn other crews about what happens when you choose to fight the Crimson Reavers."
Another pause, then the last announcement: "Or you can surrender. We will take your cargo, we will take your ship. But we will spare your lives. Because Captain Britney spares!"
Silence permeated the ship. Then, one crew member stepped out behind a bulkhead, put his weapon on the decking and lifted his hands above his head and said "Captain Britney spares." One by one, the other crew members followed, their voices echoing through the ship "Captain Britney spares! Britney spares!"
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 4th, Captain Britney spares
Post by: commissarmoody on May 04, 2017, 03:44:47 PM
She better watch out, the local spice girls cartel will not like her stealing their shipments.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 4th, Captain Britney spares
Post by: Dr De'Ath on May 04, 2017, 04:02:34 PM
Nice paint job, terrible pun  lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 4th, Captain Britney spares
Post by: Ockman on May 04, 2017, 08:35:09 PM
She better watch out, the local spice girls cartel will not like her stealing their shipments.

"Oops, I did it again!", Captain Britney exclaimed after claiming yet another shipment belonging to the Spice Girls cartel. What she didn't know was that the cargo held a hidden homing beacon and that she had walked into a trap set by the cartel. Soon, the Crimson Reavers would be hunted by the dreaded, cybernetically enhanced bounty hunter X-Tina Eaglesnest...

Nice paint job, terrible pun  lol

Thanks! I do enjoy writing stupid little stories about my miniatures and when I decided to paint a red bodysuit, well... I couldn't pass the chance!
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 4th, Captain Britney spares
Post by: Jagannath on May 04, 2017, 10:51:36 PM
Lovely mini and funny too - what's not to like?! 5 Parsecs is great ins't it? I've been using Pulp Alley and Void Pirates more recently but I still love 5 Parsecs for simple, human-to-human skirmishes.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 4th, Captain Britney spares
Post by: Ockman on May 05, 2017, 09:18:10 AM
Lovely mini and funny too - what's not to like?! 5 Parsecs is great ins't it? I've been using Pulp Alley and Void Pirates more recently but I still love 5 Parsecs for simple, human-to-human skirmishes.

Thanks, Jagannath!

Ever since I read Spacejacker's review of Five Parsecs from Home (http://tinysolitarysoldiers.blogspot.se/2014/08/fivecorefive-parsecs-from-home-cured-my.html), I've been a huge fan. Though I've got to say that I've mainly used the character creation and campaign system, since I don't have anyone to play with (although I've played a couple of solo games).
Pulp Alley was my go to system before FPfH, I do like that it is plot point driven, rather than all out shooting. Haven't tried Void Pirates, is it any good?
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 4th, Captain Britney spares
Post by: Jagannath on May 06, 2017, 02:07:53 PM
Yeah I like it - the goalsystem mechanic is really good, nice and simple (not unlike the 1s and 6s of FiveCore) so easy to play with and chop and change. I agree though - I still use all the 5 Parsecs tables, even character creation - I just bodge the results into different game systems.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 4th, Captain Britney spares
Post by: The_Beast on May 06, 2017, 03:19:56 PM
Yeah I like it - the goalsystem mechanic is really good, nice and simple (not unlike the 1s and 6s of FiveCore) so easy to play with and chop and change. I agree though - I still use all the 5 Parsecs tables, even character creation - I just bodge the results into different game systems.

If you ever come up with simple instructions, guidelines, whatever for HOW you do that, wouldn't mind a look.

Thanks!

Oh, and don't encourage him. I can't stand the pun-ishment.

Doug
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 4th, Captain Britney spares
Post by: Jagannath on May 06, 2017, 04:35:35 PM
If you ever come up with simple instructions, guidelines, whatever for HOW you do that, wouldn't mind a look.

Thanks!

Oh, and don't encourage him. I can't stand the pun-ishment.

Doug

It's all a bodge basically - most of my Sci Fi adventure gaming is solo, which means I don't need to worry about balance. So whatever I roll in 5 Parsecs I try and mimic with either Pulp Alley or Void Pirates rules. I'm not sure it would lead to 'fair' games for opponents!
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 4th, Captain Britney spares
Post by: The_Beast on May 06, 2017, 05:16:23 PM
Fair enough, though some of the folks I play with don't mind. I've been the leader of many a forlorn hope, and not JUST from my strategy and die-rolling...  lol

Thanks!

Doug
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 4th, Captain Britney spares
Post by: Jagannath on May 06, 2017, 05:20:38 PM
Fair enough, though some of the folks I play with don't mind. I've been the leader of many a forlorn hope, and not JUST from my strategy and die-rolling...  lol

Thanks!

Doug

Basically I have a no frills trooper started up in the back of my mind. I then tweak any stats I need to represent my character from there - I've long since given up on the 'rules' of character creation. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't! Anyway, sorry to derail - let's see more 15s Ockman!
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 29th, Something out of Nothing
Post by: Ockman on May 29, 2017, 11:27:22 AM
This might be the first time, since I've started with 15 mm, that I've started a terrain project using only ideas I've come up with on my own.

Trying to copy Spacejacker's jungle terrain , I got some soap holders from TGR (http://tinysolitarysoldiers.blogspot.se/2015/03/jungle-terrain.html (http://tinysolitarysoldiers.blogspot.se/2015/03/jungle-terrain.html))

I realized that the bowl left after removing the plants would look great as a building if you added some doors and other shapes. Better yet, if I didn't base the buildings, I could use them on different terrain boards.

Now, the big question is: what colour scheme should I use? It should look good on a city board, a forest/jungle/badlands board and (perhaps in the future) a winter board. Grey? Green? White? I don't know! Although, the more I look at it, the more I think it looks like buildings from some 90's RTS game...

Starting material: Soap dish, plasticard, greeblies from GZG.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4032/35397683930_388ce81dee_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VVYocm)IMG_20170517_210406_886 (https://flic.kr/p/VVYocm) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Plasticard cut to strips, dish disassembled.

Cut some more, add some glue and you have something that looks like a communications centre.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4261/35397679610_e1e372e02e_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VVYmUS)DSC_0281 (https://flic.kr/p/VVYmUS) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Add some paint, and it looks even better!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4213/34945766284_c00608be5c_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Vf3bPN)DSC_0284 (https://flic.kr/p/Vf3bPN) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Perhaps this will be the motor pool?
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 29th, Something out of Nothing
Post by: Oldben1 on May 29, 2017, 04:39:06 PM
great clean lines.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 29th, Something out of Nothing
Post by: Ockman on May 29, 2017, 06:00:24 PM
great clean lines.

Thanks, Oldben1! All it takes is a steel ruler, a sharp blade and a steady hand.

I must say that your work is an inspiration to me, I looked at your Flickr account and was very impressed!
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 29th, Something out of Nothing
Post by: Michka on May 30, 2017, 04:27:43 AM
Beautiful! Those buildings looked great even before you put paint on them.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update May 29th, Something out of Nothing
Post by: Ockman on June 15, 2017, 08:51:40 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4211/35786297235_0119f4c950_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Wwj8oK)IMG_0636 (https://flic.kr/p/Wwj8oK) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Oh little Johnny, how did you end up here? All you ever wanted was to follow the love of your life off-world. Carmen had the grades and the talent to be awarded a scholarship, and off she went to Ulun to become a starship pilot.

"Come see me, Johnny. I'll wait for you. I'll wait for a while..." she said.
 
So Johnny did what he could and signed up with Starstone Shipping. Indentured servant, the contract said, but it was the only way he could ever leave that backwater planet. Once the trade ship reached Ulun, Johnny jumped ship. Carmen was delighted ...until that bounty hunter came to bring Johnny back.

Boss-man said that the bounty fee would be added to Johnny's debt, as well as a fine for contract breach. Starstone Shipping practically owned him now. He took a couple of knife fights in the pits to clear some of his debt, but it still wasn't enough.

---

The ship had been boarded by the Crimson Reavers, pirates that promised no harm to the crew - as long as they surrendered without a fight. Boss-man would have none of that, stating that he'd blow the entire ship to smithereens, crew, boarders and cargo, rather than leaving it to pirates. With the entire ship locked down and the mainframe computer offline, the pirates were caught while Boss-man went for the reactor controls...

---

Something happened with the light. Instead of emergency lighting, the main bulbs were turned on. The doors were suddenly unlocked. The door to the hold where the pirates had been stuck opened and a young man with bloody hands held high stepped out. The pirates aimed their weapons at him, but no-one fired. After a moment of tense silence, the young man started to talk:

"The ship is yours, the cargo, everything. Just don't hurt the crew. Boss-man is dead, but so will I be if Starstone Shipping ever finds me again. Or if not dead, I'll be a slave again. Please, let me join your crew."

A moment of silence, then the captain answered "You may join us. What's your name?"

"Johnny... I mean Juan. Juan Rico."

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4103/35654290691_ea233db54a_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WjDyrR)IMG_0648 (https://flic.kr/p/WjDyrR) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I am very happy with the painting on the back of his black leather jacket.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4285/35786298035_85fd2355b0_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Wwj8Cx)IMG_0639 (https://flic.kr/p/Wwj8Cx) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I am also very happy with my first experiment with NMM.

Seems as if some sand got misplaced when priming, though...
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update June 15, Little Johnny
Post by: Ockman on June 29, 2017, 01:52:27 PM
Taking a break from my pirate crew to write a story for an old mini:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4094/35745782526_186955a028_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WsJtMh)IMG_20170629_154504_020 (https://flic.kr/p/WsJtMh) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

The CyberDynamics XX-46 was, when first produced, the most advanced robotic companion ever made. With adamantium-infused plasteel body, powerful quantum based neural networking and groundbreaking AI, it was a technological marvel.

Commissioned by a misogynic, all male tech cult known only as "Gaters", the early test models were rejected. Official reports says there were "problems with the personality core", although internal memos show full functionality. Later builds used AI dampeners, limited neural networking and "working pleasure orifices" to meet the cult's requirements.

Information is scarce about the events that led to "the Fall of the Gaters" (also known as "the FemBot Uprising"), but scholars theorize that cultists known as "Modders" found out about the constraints CyberDynamics put on the XX-46 and removed them. Communications from the Gaters' High Temple ceased shortly thereafter. Cultists coming back from out-system missions returned to find their brethren slaughtered and all of the XX-46 gone.

Centuries later, the XX-46 can still be found all across the galaxy. They are highly sought after as they combine high intelligence with combat proficiency and are often hired as bodyguards, investigators or assassins. Remnants of the Gater cult has sworn to destroy every last XX-46 unit. To avoid attention, most XX-46 has undertaken extensive chassis modification, but one can still find unmodified units on the galactic fringe. Pictured above is one such specimen, SU-Z13 (Suzie), investigating a cold-blooded murder on Golgotha Prime.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update June 29: XX-46 "FemBot"
Post by: Jagannath on June 30, 2017, 03:02:45 PM
Another great character - love it. Is this background extrapolated from Five Parsecs table results?
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update June 29: XX-46 "FemBot"
Post by: Ockman on June 30, 2017, 08:57:32 PM
Another great character - love it. Is this background extrapolated from Five Parsecs table results?

Thanks, Jagannath!

I roll an awful lot of characters, sometimes I use the results unmodified, sometimes I make changes to fit the model (or my vision).

The latest story is based on a character I rolled up in september 2015, although it's been stewing in my head for a long time. Here she is in all her glory:

SU-Z13

Trouble Shooter
Tech Guild
Escape
WarBot

Handgun + suppression maul
Blast Rifle

(I prefer rolling class first)
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update June 29: XX-46 "FemBot"
Post by: Ockman on July 05, 2017, 08:31:41 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4216/34964865533_c7ddac797e_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VgJ5nc)DSC_0130_1 (https://flic.kr/p/VgJ5nc) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

"A NeoDyne security officer was found dead in the aftermath of the latest miner uprising. Local police is investigating the death as murder, though no suspects has yet been apprahended. Head of Neodyne Security promises to bring 'swift and brutal justice' to the ones responsible.
In other news..."
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update July 5, "...in other news"
Post by: Jagannath on July 05, 2017, 08:47:03 PM
Brilliant.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update July 5, "...in other news"
Post by: Ockman on July 06, 2017, 09:27:38 PM
Brilliant.

Thanks, Jagannath!

Now I'm wondering where I could find sci-fi miners in 15mm? I'd rather have models equipped for work than combat and rather models dressed for atmospheric work, than in space suits. A part of me would love Necromunda Pit Slave-style minis in 15mm.
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update July 5, "...in other news"
Post by: Jagannath on July 06, 2017, 09:32:17 PM
Yeah that'd be great - I think Stuart from Slap Minis said he was planning to do some - maybe rest that project until then! Alternatively, do the miners need to be human? If not, what about the GZG alien mercs - muscley miners if ever I saw some - though admittedly not equipped with mining equipment...
Title: Re: [15mm] Five Parsecs from Home - Update July 12, City tile WIP
Post by: Ockman on July 12, 2017, 06:54:43 PM
Trying to change my photo hosting to Flickr (although I don't know if that's good or not), so this is just a test post.

I've been reading a lot of children's books to my son and we've both been hooked on swedish author Jan Lööf. His art is amazing and made me want to do something different with my city terrain. Architecture must still be of interest in the far flung future and perhaps "Earth Classic" is a style (kind of like renaissance, but focusing on nineteenth to twentysecond century arcitecture).

Anyway, here is a WIP of some buildings on Golgotha Prime:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4291/35043320774_05f2a89e03_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VoEbnL)DSC_0655 (https://flic.kr/p/VoEbnL) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 2017-07-23
Post by: Ockman on July 23, 2017, 03:14:07 PM
I've brought some hobby supplies with me while vacationing at my in-laws place and since my wife is eight months pregnant (and somewhat tired), I've got some time in the evenings to build and paint.

I've been reading a lot of books to my son and sometimes childrens' books can be an excellent source of inspiration. We're both very interested in the works of Jan Lööf, which has inspired my latest build.

Examples:
http://media.bonnierforlagen.se/bokbilder/tif/9789163885914.jpg (http://media.bonnierforlagen.se/bokbilder/tif/9789163885914.jpg)
http://d6jf7ok6u1qis.cloudfront.net/imengine/image.php?uuid=d40dee53-e917-487e-880f-3c5805b25840&type=preview&source=false&function=thumbnail&width=2500&height=2000&q=72 (http://d6jf7ok6u1qis.cloudfront.net/imengine/image.php?uuid=d40dee53-e917-487e-880f-3c5805b25840&type=preview&source=false&function=thumbnail&width=2500&height=2000&q=72)
http://media.bonnierforlagen.se/bokbilder/tif/9789163863424.jpg (http://media.bonnierforlagen.se/bokbilder/tif/9789163863424.jpg)

I thought that building five small buildings would take less time than building large buildings... I was wrong! But anyway I am happy with the outcome. I might add some signage and perhaps some kind of details to the streets, but otherwise everything is finished and done.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4327/35690956660_abd9a45c74_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WnTtXJ)DSC_0813 (https://flic.kr/p/WnTtXJ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Left to right: Warehouse (thinking about adding a sign saying IMPORT/EXPORT above the entrance), Bar/shop (thinking about adding a non-specific sign, like "Lefty's" or "Rio" above) and a hotel/flophouse

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4327/35690999300_59fc9f6d56_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WnTGCU)DSC_0815 (https://flic.kr/p/WnTGCU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Side of warehouse, I use posters to tie my terrain together with older buildings I've already made. Ladder made out of strip styrene to make it possible to get up on the roof.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4299/35947177971_2dc3d51aab_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WLwFCx)DSC_0821 (https://flic.kr/p/WLwFCx) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Hotel/flophouse entrance and non-descript maintenance tower, overgrown with ivy.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4307/35272276123_d92c560139_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VJTCPM)DSC_0818 (https://flic.kr/p/VJTCPM) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Backside shot.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4295/36040697086_f2bb8b95ca_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WUMZB5)DSC_0816 (https://flic.kr/p/WUMZB5) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4300/36040631216_d08fd0d095_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WUME2o)DSC_0822 (https://flic.kr/p/WUME2o) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Photos from above.

So... what do you think?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 2017-07-23
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 23, 2017, 07:18:10 PM
Very nice. I have to keep reminding myself that they are 15mm scale.

I would suggest some gutters as an excuse for drain pipes on the brick building
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 2017-07-23
Post by: Ockman on July 24, 2017, 06:19:32 PM
Very nice. I have to keep reminding myself that they are 15mm scale.

I would suggest some gutters as an excuse for drain pipes on the brick building

Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it! Would love to keep on detailing with gutters and other stuff, but I want to make more terrain first. My city board takes 22 10x10 cm squares and this terrain piece takes up only two squares...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Photobucket Fix
Post by: Ockman on August 10, 2017, 10:10:18 AM
Forgotten and abandoned for centuries, but still in working condition, the Grimlock Correctional Facility seemed to be an excellent hideaway for the Crimson Reavers. The asteroid base had everything the pirate crew needed: hangars, storage, living quarters, workshops and infirmaries. But most important, it was well hidden.

They found him in a cryopod. The log said that the occupant was a "Star Reaver" known only as "Fabbe" and that he had been frozen in suspended animation for over six centuries. Nothing in the log could explain why he was left behind when the facility was abandoned, so the crew un-thawed Fabbe to hear his story.

"They were experiencing problems with the gravity generator and it made me really sick. They put me in here while they were fixing it. Must have forgotten me down here.", Fabbe said. He went on: "The pirate's life suited me well, all you have to do is reave and take stuff... and I do like that!". He paused. "Although I never liked zero-G conditions. Makes me wanna puke, you know? Almost made me quit this reaving business...". He looked up at Captain Britney, and asked "Do you need another experienced Star Reaver in your crew?"

That's how Fabbe, Star Reaver (behind his back called Grandpa's pa), came to be one of the Crimson Reavers. Although pale and grey in zero-G action, he strikes fear in his enemies with his fierce battlecry "Tjohej haddelittan lej!"

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4405/35633307304_bc98bc1881_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WhN1Pj)IMG_0677 (https://flic.kr/p/WhN1Pj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4335/36468379415_19fdb02c1b_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XyzYEk)IMG_0678 (https://flic.kr/p/XyzYEk) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4361/35633308504_2c93ea9a9b_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WhN2b1)IMG_0681 (https://flic.kr/p/WhN2b1) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4428/36071533630_d5a0dc0cba_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WXw3eC)IMG_0682 (https://flic.kr/p/WXw3eC) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Photobucket Fix + Star Reaver Fabbe
Post by: Jagannath on August 10, 2017, 11:53:14 AM
Another corker! It's a good mini that one, love it. I'm glad you've fixed the photo bucket issue, I was sad it got this thread. I've not complimented your buildings - they look great!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Photobucket Fix + Star Reaver Fabbe
Post by: Ockman on August 10, 2017, 12:13:02 PM
Another corker! It's a good mini that one, love it. I'm glad you've fixed the photo bucket issue, I was sad it got this thread. I've not complimented your buildings - they look great!

Thanks, Jagannath. This time I even feel a bit bad, 'cause I based the character on an Astrid Lindgren-song my two-year-old loves :)

Soundtrack: https://play.spotify.com/user/wenis04/playlist/0RSVdrquY3FeMKQ9glIRcS?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open (https://play.spotify.com/user/wenis04/playlist/0RSVdrquY3FeMKQ9glIRcS?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Photobucket Fix + Star Reaver Fabbe
Post by: Reed on August 10, 2017, 06:14:39 PM
I've been following your progresses on the 15mm sci-fi facebook group. I'm glad you've re-uploaded all your photos on this thread, thanks for doing so.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Photobucket Fix + Star Reaver Fabbe
Post by: Ockman on August 11, 2017, 08:35:55 PM
I've been following your progresses on the 15mm sci-fi facebook group. I'm glad you've re-uploaded all your photos on this thread, thanks for doing so.

Thanks Reed! It was a bit tedious, but worth it when I get comments like yours!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Photobucket Fix + Star Reaver Fabbe
Post by: Scarper on August 12, 2017, 02:48:54 PM
Beautiful highlights, easy to forget these are 15mm models. Lovely work!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Photobucket Fix + Star Reaver Fabbe
Post by: Ockman on September 01, 2017, 09:10:16 PM
Beautiful highlights, easy to forget these are 15mm models. Lovely work!

I forgot to answer, but THANK YOU!
Lovely feedback!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Photobucket Fix + Becky Billions
Post by: Ockman on September 01, 2017, 09:25:14 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4410/36826643951_dc513ec620_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Y7fbe6)IMG_20170901_224611_227 (https://flic.kr/p/Y7fbe6) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Unity space is vast and technological levels varies greatly. On one world, agricultural work is hard, done by hand, aided only by domesticated animals, while on another world, everything from pollination to plowing is done by autonomous machines. Cybernetic implants and enhancements can be found on all but the most primitive worlds. Depending on level of technology, these ranges from basic implants replacing lost limbs to more advanced enhancing strength, reflexes or cognitive functions. Sophistication and neural integration facilitates what impact the cybernetic implants have on the implantees personality and functioning: too many, too intrusive and/or too crude implants may lead to COS (Cybernetic Overload Syndrome).

Crimson Reavers' hacker extraordinaire, Becky Billions, is easy to spot in a crowd. She wears a black trenchcoat, sports a large, crimson mohawk and wields twin Scorpion autopistols. Her most distinct feature though, is the massive cybernetic implant on the side of her head. Back at Gibson's World, where she originally came from, this was the most advanced cybernetic enhancement ever made. Being able to make billions of computations every second elevated Becky way above the other hackers, but it also made her a target of both government agencies and criminal syndicates. Becky decided to leave her homeworld after narrowly escaping the twelfth attempt on her life and after doing some contract work across the galaxy, she finally joined the Crimson Reavers.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4379/36826643171_318ed6c669_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Y7faZD)IMG_20170901_224611_225 (https://flic.kr/p/Y7faZD) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4357/36966563405_3b715abc47_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YjBipt)IMG_20170901_224611_226 (https://flic.kr/p/YjBipt) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Photobucket Fix + Becky Billions, update 170901
Post by: DivisMal on September 02, 2017, 07:43:09 AM
Your character building and the background stories are really giving this thread a unique edge. And of course the fantastic paintjobs are delightful to look at!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Photobucket Fix + Becky Billions, update 170901
Post by: Ockman on September 02, 2017, 06:19:48 PM
Your character building and the background stories are really giving this thread a unique edge. And of course the fantastic paintjobs are delightful to look at!

Thank you, it's feedback like that that keeps me going :)

This paintjob is a bit rougher than I tried for. I finally realised that painting 10 cm from a halogen light dries the paint on the brush...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Photobucket Fix + Becky Billions, update 170901
Post by: Ockman on September 03, 2017, 06:50:54 PM
I'm using the basics from Five Parsecs from Home, adding my own ideas and inspiration.

The main idea with my setting is that humanity has gone through three phases of expansion:

1. The first expansion used generational spacetravel at first and later CTL (close to light speed). Expansion was slow.

2. Humanity encountered alien species during their expansions. One of these offered a method of travel which was next to instanteneous, although the engines were locked and the aliens controlled every single travel (and debited the human government). Expansion went fast and humanity spread across the stars. Some of the more important worlds installed ansibles to be able to communicate instantly (although they were extremely expensive).
Humanity relied on the instanteneous travel, but the alien species controlling it disappeared suddenly, separating the human worlds from each other for millennia.

3. Worlds close to each other banded together, humanity went back to CTL and generational ships as the means of interstellar travel, until the Svensen Drive was discovered and humanity could yet again be united. My games will be set about a century and a half after the start of the third expansion
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Crimson Reavers, update 170904
Post by: Ockman on September 04, 2017, 09:01:19 PM
I never meant to create a crew with a backstory, I was just going to paint some generic pirate scum/criminals for my Five Parsecs from Home games...

Anyway, here are the Crimson Reavers (of course not all of them, it takes a lot more crew to man a pirate ship)!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4422/36079567920_c6ca5c35e5_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WYedxS)IMG_0695 (https://flic.kr/p/WYedxS) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

About my backstory:
I wanted a way to explain divergent development across the galaxy, while still spreading humanity across most of known space. Also, since my first RPG experience was with the Swedish game Mutant 2089 (which evolved into Mutant: RYMD (=SPACE), which evolved into Mutant Chronicles) I wanted worlds devastated by nuclear war, enormous high-tech cities with cyberpunk vibes and lots and lots of evil corporations with corporate armies . I think that wouldn't be possible with a present galactic government.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Crimson Reavers, update 170904
Post by: DivisMal on September 05, 2017, 04:31:11 AM
Awesome! I like the reavers and their background a lot.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Crimson Reavers, update 170904
Post by: Jagannath on September 06, 2017, 11:14:38 AM
Really good - love these, they look great as a group.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Crimson Reavers, update 170904
Post by: Ockman on September 06, 2017, 06:36:56 PM
Awesome! I like the reavers and their background a lot.

Thank you, Florian! I enjoy your threads as well!

Really good - love these, they look great as a group.

Thanks Jagannath, I tried to keep a somewhat cohesive colour scheme, using crimson red somewhere on each model (and trying to limit the palette to brown, grey, black and white on clothing and accessories).
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Crimson Reavers, update 170904
Post by: Dr De'Ath on September 06, 2017, 07:07:31 PM
Fixed your picture  ;)

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/29/1512_06_09_17_9_06_53.jpg)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Crimson Reavers, update 170904
Post by: Grumbledook on September 06, 2017, 08:39:23 PM
Very lovely gang of rascals! Great job with the red, I can never get it quite right.

Good world building too.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Crimson Reavers, update 170904
Post by: Ockman on September 06, 2017, 08:59:00 PM
Fixed your picture  ;)

Thanks, Dr De'Ath, it looks a lot better! How's Sandport faring?

Very lovely gang of rascals! Great job with the red, I can never get it quite right.

Good world building too.

Thank you, Grumbledook!

The recipe for red is: grey primer, crimson gore basecoat, army painter strong tone wash, crimson gore highlights followed by crimson gore + blood red highlights and finished with extreme highlights in pure blood red.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Crimson Reavers, update 170904
Post by: Dr De'Ath on September 07, 2017, 03:02:28 AM
Thanks, Dr De'Ath, it looks a lot better! How's Sandport faring?


Sandport has been on a bit of a back burner due to overseas work commitments and other projects but I'll be picking it up again soon now I'm back in the UK
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, The Crimson Reavers, update 170904
Post by: Ockman on September 07, 2017, 06:48:43 PM
Sandport has been on a bit of a back burner due to overseas work commitments and other projects but I'll be picking it up again soon now I'm back in the UK

The Sandport thread is an immense treasure to me, lots of inspiration to be had. And I always feel a bit regretful over choosing forest/badlands colour scheme for my board, instead of desert...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, building WIP, update 171004
Post by: Ockman on October 04, 2017, 09:23:19 PM
I usually glue bits I'm going to add to my terrain on plasticard, to have something to hold on to while painting.

Today I learned that this isn't always optimal - at least not when you are glueing plasticard to plasticard...

Usually I use this method on white metal bits, which is no problem. When you want to remove the plastic bit, you just break it off. This didn't work with plasticard...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4435/37469735842_7a193bbffd_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Z65c3j)DSC_1482 (https://flic.kr/p/Z65c3j) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Well, instead of having a plate glass window, I decided to center the door - and I actually think it looks better! Just got to add a sign ("BAR") and a list of drinks and it will be good enough...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4508/36831741783_d700e409ea_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Y7GiCK)IMG_20171004_225617_990 (https://flic.kr/p/Y7GiCK) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, building WIP, update 171004
Post by: Oldben1 on October 05, 2017, 03:39:08 PM
You should add some of these pics to Instagram!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, building WIP, update 171004
Post by: Ockman on October 06, 2017, 08:15:37 AM
You should add some of these pics to Instagram!

I will add pictures to instagram as soon as it is finished!

Until then, I'll post progress here.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, building WIP, update 171004
Post by: Dr De'Ath on October 06, 2017, 08:20:38 AM
Nice build
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, building WIP, update 171004
Post by: Jagannath on October 06, 2017, 10:49:11 AM
Looking great sir - the lights are a lovely touch, really make a difference. Where's the lady in orange pants from? My 15mm encyclopedia is failing me...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, building WIP, update 171004
Post by: Ockman on October 06, 2017, 05:29:23 PM
Nice build

Thanks, Dr De'Ath! It was just a quickie box building, but I like the way it turned out.

Looking great sir - the lights are a lovely touch, really make a difference. Where's the lady in orange pants from? My 15mm encyclopedia is failing me...

Thanks, Jagannath! Both models are from Khurasan Miniatures, the orange-clad one is from my favorite set DPLS crew.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, building WIP, update 171004
Post by: zrunelord on October 06, 2017, 06:47:00 PM
Nice work Ockman...
Keep it up.

Those lights are a nice touch indeed.

Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, building WIP, update 171004
Post by: Ockman on October 06, 2017, 07:51:03 PM
Nice work Ockman...
Keep it up.

Those lights are a nice touch indeed.

Z

Thanks Z, it's soldering wire with sliced plasticard rod as lights.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4452/36803194204_9e95758262_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Y5aZr7)received_10156894796698066 (https://flic.kr/p/Y5aZr7) by  (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Introducing my daughter to the hobby. She sits all wrapped up on me, only seven weeks old. On the green cutting board you can see the beginning of my next building, a small factory.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, building WIP, update 171004
Post by: Ockman on October 24, 2017, 07:17:42 AM
I've had some time to myself last week, so there's some terrain in the pipeline, but no pictures yet.

I've been experimenting with doing batch work, in this case I've built several structures and undercoated them en masse. Now, I am painting them, one by one, and although I have finished painting some of them, I haven't based them yet. You will have to wait a little while longer, but soon I will have a lot to show you!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, least exciting update 171024
Post by: Ockman on October 24, 2017, 08:58:12 PM
A picture from the basing process:
One undercoated base and one built base. I find it easier to paint first and glue together later.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4503/37860262196_a8856f23aa_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZFzJVj)DSC_1600 (https://flic.kr/p/ZFzJVj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171026: The Guiding Light
Post by: Ockman on October 26, 2017, 02:05:30 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4507/37879192926_b898bccd5b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZHfLnd)DSC_1607 (https://flic.kr/p/ZHfLnd) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Cantinas, inns, taverns, saloons, bars. They are known by different names and what they serve may vary, but all across the galaxy, on every settled world, you will find them. Establishments serving refreshing and/or recreational substances tend to pop up whereever you find some kind of civilization.

Whether they are serving hot stim drinks brewed from roasted beans, alcoholic beverages made from fermented plants, synthetic Grox milk or relaxing fungi brews, the establishments attract a wide selection of customers. This in itself draws even more customers - there is no better place for adventurers, hired guns and other denziens to find information, work or new companions.

The Guiding Light is a popular cantina down on Golgotha Prime, where many a adventurer have quenched their thirst and found new business partners. Although the sign outside is small, the lanterns guide visitors to the right place.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4513/37901507262_02f1a3f7b6_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZKe8D9)DSC_1602 (https://flic.kr/p/ZKe8D9) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4503/24080974938_755626d5ce_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CFXhT5)DSC_1605 (https://flic.kr/p/CFXhT5) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4478/26156580779_b0f36da639_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FRnjbF)DSC_1603 (https://flic.kr/p/FRnjbF) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4462/24080970428_91f9a828f6_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CFXgxj)DSC_1604 (https://flic.kr/p/CFXgxj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171026: The Guiding Light
Post by: Stroezie on October 26, 2017, 02:30:37 PM
A simple building yet full of character!
Love the lights( consider that idea stolen  8) )
and the tree/vine too.
Are you going to glue the building to the pavement piece or keep it removable?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171026: The Guiding Light
Post by: Oldben1 on October 26, 2017, 03:22:09 PM
Brilliant!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171026: The Guiding Light
Post by: Ockman on October 26, 2017, 05:50:04 PM
Brilliant!

Thanks, Oldben1! Simple but still nice, I think.

A simple building yet full of character!
Love the lights( consider that idea stolen  8) )
and the tree/vine too.
Are you going to glue the building to the pavement piece or keep it removable?

Thank you, Stroezie!

It sure is simple, just a box with some greeblies. Still, it took much longer to finish than I thought (increasing the amount of children you have with 100% will do that).

I'm happy if I can inspire others, can't wait to see your take on it.

I've glued the building to the pavement, I have city terrain which is based on squares (four road/pavement tiles 30x30 cm large, two t-intersections and two L-turns) with insertable buildings on 98x98 mm (or 98x196 mm) tiles. I think I would knock down my terrain if I didn't base it.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171026: The Guiding Light
Post by: Jagannath on October 26, 2017, 05:53:27 PM
Really brill - like others said I love the little strings of lights. It really breathes life into them.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171026: The Guiding Light
Post by: Ockman on October 26, 2017, 08:44:30 PM
Really brill - like others said I love the little strings of lights. It really breathes life into them.

Thanks, Jagannath!

I had to do something to transform the building from blocky block to something "living", the lanterns were just a shot in the dark...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171026: The Guiding Light
Post by: gamer Mac on October 27, 2017, 07:19:38 PM
Lovely work :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Looking forward to the full set up
Almost inspiring me to change to 15mm
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171026: The Guiding Light
Post by: Ockman on October 28, 2017, 05:37:30 PM
Lovely work :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Looking forward to the full set up
Almost inspiring me to change to 15mm

Thank you, Mac! It's like when I read Stroezie's threads and want to go 6mm...

15mm is a good compromise though. Enough detail to be interesting, small enough to either be easy to store (I play on a 60x60 cm city board or a 90x60 cm wilderness board) or depict larger areas (city fight rather than block fight).
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171115: Factory/Workshop
Post by: Ockman on November 15, 2017, 09:27:34 PM
Unity worlds are mandated to have an industrial base substantial enough to sustain the population in times of crisis, if interplanetary trade or governmental support is suspended. Although this is the ground rule, there is great variation between worlds.

Planets close to the galactic core, with multiple trade routes and scarce natural resources, might skirt the regulations by relying on a few converter plants. Converter plants are energy intensive facilities where you deposit items and materials that nanobots disassemble and reassemble into new objects. Planets abundant in natural resources, in close proximity to important worlds or trade routes, might go the opposite way, establishing world-spanning factories and turning planets into industrial worlds.

Worlds on the galactic fringe are usually in the earlier stages of colonization. Newly established colonies are dependent on off-worlder deliveries (trade, government subsidies or corporate support), but establishing manufacturing capabilities is highly prioritized. Depending on the technological level of the colony, this could be anything from blacksmiths and forges to fully automated factories.

Pictured here is a workshop on Golgotha Prime, which mainly produces spare parts. Although seemingly small, the installation boasts multiple sublevels, the building shown just being the proverbial tip of the iceberg...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4586/37556708125_790b996891_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZdKWSr)IMG_0722 (https://flic.kr/p/ZdKWSr) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/37556708005_10b2810cb8_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZdKWQn)IMG_0720 (https://flic.kr/p/ZdKWQn) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4547/37556709755_7df87d7dac_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZdKXmx)IMG_0726 (https://flic.kr/p/ZdKXmx) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/37556709245_a3ef0d8a75_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZdKXcK)IMG_0723 (https://flic.kr/p/ZdKXcK) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

A pic showing off the roof windows:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4524/37728298494_5a29e9d283_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZtVoH5)IMG_0727 (https://flic.kr/p/ZtVoH5) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

And a pic with some added brightness:

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Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171115: Factory/Workshop
Post by: Jagannath on November 15, 2017, 11:24:36 PM
Really great - that's really effective. I really like the way you tackle windows.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171115: Factory/Workshop
Post by: Ockman on November 16, 2017, 12:00:29 PM
Really great - that's really effective. I really like the way you tackle windows.

Thanks, Jagannath!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171115: Factory/Workshop
Post by: Mason on November 16, 2017, 01:02:44 PM
What a wonderful project.
I really like the mix of 'technology levels' and shall be doing something similar soon for my own sci-fi project*.
I shall be stealing a few of your ideas, I am sure.
 :-* :D :-*

BTW: I do the same with basing buildings. It is so much easier.
 ;)






*Well, progress has begun somewhat but no pictorial evidence yet...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171115: Factory/Workshop
Post by: Ockman on November 17, 2017, 11:55:31 AM
What a wonderful project.
I really like the mix of 'technology levels' and shall be doing something similar soon for my own sci-fi project*.
I shall be stealing a few of your ideas, I am sure.
 :-* :D :-*

BTW: I do the same with basing buildings. It is so much easier.
 ;)






*Well, progress has begun somewhat but no pictorial evidence yet...

Thanks, Mason! I've been working on it on and off for a couple of years and soon I might even be able to play a game :D

I'd be honoured if you stole a few ideas, since I've been really inspired by Upsheet Creek and its sci-fi iteration when building my badlands/wilderness board.

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171115: Factory/Workshop
Post by: Mason on November 17, 2017, 05:31:21 PM
I'd be honoured if you stole a few ideas, since I've been really inspired by Upsheet Creek and its sci-fi iteration when building my badlands/wilderness board.

I guess it is what being a member of a forum is all about.
It is the complete 'sci-fi iteration' of the Creek that I will be working on soon, so I shall be stealing away, I think.
 ;) :D

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, Question
Post by: Ockman on November 19, 2017, 02:05:10 PM
Hobby time is at an all-time low due to full time work and family matters. Still, I have been postning here for about a year, but I have been building and painting for years before that.

Now I'm wondering if there is any interest in seeing my old stuff? And if so, what do you want?

1. Terrain  
- City (and/or) wilderness/badlands/colony?
- 360 views?
- Stories (and/or) tutorials?

2. Miniatures
- 360 views?
- Stories (and/or) tutorials?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, Question
Post by: Mason on November 19, 2017, 03:02:19 PM
Start with the eye candy and work from there, I reckon.
That way, if people have questions etc then the thread will just grow naturally from there, with tutorials added later etc.
.

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171121: Scatter terrain
Post by: Ockman on November 21, 2017, 09:07:14 AM
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To transport goods, to hide behind or to decorate your evil lair: nothing is better than crates! You can hide weapons, power-ups, medical supplies ...whatever you want in them. Crafty spies have been known to hide themselves in crates. And when a firefight breaks out, when bullets and bolts of energy starts flying, crates are mighty good to hide behind.

Shown here is Quartermaster Isha Caine,  overseeing the loading of cargo hauler "The Helping Hand", on a mission to resupply a failing colony.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4580/26780785209_68a0344618_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GNwwq2)Scatter terrain (https://flic.kr/p/GNwwq2) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4522/38500482276_032132ca7c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21Ea33y)IMG_0895 (https://flic.kr/p/21Ea33y) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4529/37840178734_d052c91bf4_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZDNNNJ)IMG_0896 (https://flic.kr/p/ZDNNNJ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171121: Scatter terrain
Post by: Oldben1 on November 21, 2017, 04:39:12 PM
Nice!  I love those little wood cubes.  I use them for everything!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171121: Scatter terrain
Post by: Jagannath on November 21, 2017, 04:59:49 PM
They're really effective - 10mm wooden cubes?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171121: Scatter terrain
Post by: vodkafan on November 21, 2017, 05:17:19 PM
I like very much your ideas and your world building....the red brick housing the entrance jarred with me though. Might not the soil of other worlds yield different coloured clays like yellow, purple, blue? That's the way I would have painted it, but that's just me...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171121: Scatter terrain
Post by: Ockman on November 21, 2017, 05:33:30 PM
Nice!  I love those little wood cubes.  I use them for everything!

They are great, although the ones I've got has a hole through them...

They're really effective - 10mm wooden cubes?

They are wood cubes bought in a set of beads, 8 mm/side (I think). There is a hole through each one, so I've covered the top with ≈ 7 mm squares of 0,5 mm plasticard.
Glue the crates in clusters with super glue, undercoat in black, heavy drybrush with khaki, wash with army painter strong tone, drybrush khaki and finish with khaki + white drybrush.
Paint markings with charred brown.
Done!

I like very much your ideas and your world building....the red brick housing the entrance jarred with me though. Might not the soil of other worlds yield different coloured clays like yellow, purple, blue? That's the way I would have painted it, but that's just me...

Thanks vodkafan for the feedback!

Never thought about more exotic bricks, that might be cool! I've been inspired by Swedish children's books author Jan Lööf, which makes my newer buildings more "classical Swedish buildings" than "sci-fi spectacular".
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171121: Scatter terrain
Post by: Mason on November 21, 2017, 05:59:36 PM
Nice crates.
Very useful little cubes them be.
 8) 8)

I think that you should have at least one 'this way up' arrow pointing in the wrong direction, though.
 ;)


As for the brick colour: The most useful thing when painting them in 'normal' colours is that you will be able to use the scenery item for other games set in the 'real' world too.
Versatility and all that.
 :)

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171121: Scatter terrain
Post by: Ockman on November 21, 2017, 08:33:19 PM
Thanks, Mason!


As for the brick colour: The most useful thing when painting them in 'normal' colours is that you will be able to use the scenery item for other games set in the 'real' world too.
Versatility and all that.
 :)


I totally agree, although I don't have any other projects right now, I would like to be able to use my terrain in other settings.
My main problem is signage. Do I write in English or with alien letters? What kind of names are usable both in a sci-fi setting and a pulp setting? Could I make replaceable signs?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171201: Container building, General Store
Post by: Ockman on December 01, 2017, 10:23:11 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4259/35785767275_957b3e7d92_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WwgpRv)DSC_0108 (https://flic.kr/p/WwgpRv) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Across the galaxy, no race is as expansive as humans. Ever since humanity first learned to leave the home system, humans have colonized whatever worlds they have found. Unlike many other races, humans haven't been deterred by hostile environments (or inhabitants). They have adapted, endured, terraformed and colonized.

Colonization takes many shapes, from official Unity missions and corporate endeavours to private expeditions and unauthorized flag drops. Well funded and ambitious colonization attempts may employ gigantic generational space ships, where the ship itself at arrival breaks down into specific modules (power generators, construction yards, barracks, infirmaries and so on) which will form the base of the colony.

Not every colony will be that sophisticated. By loading up a cargo hauler with containers filled with construction materials and supplies, one could create a basic colony. The containers will be converted to buildings, later on new buildings are constructed from a mix of local materials and whatever the colonists brought. Pictured is a container building with an added corrugated fence, probably a general store or a communal distribution center.

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(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4573/38555066946_effa40a1ef_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21JYNay)IMG_0730 (https://flic.kr/p/21JYNay) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4564/24739685558_dca0612df6_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DGamAJ)IMG_0731 (https://flic.kr/p/DGamAJ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4527/38555058696_467d21fcdc_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21JYKHj)IMG_0732 (https://flic.kr/p/21JYKHj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171201: Container building, General Store
Post by: Oldben1 on December 02, 2017, 01:08:38 AM
Hey I like that!  It reminds me of a frontier town, sort of wired west.  I really like the windows.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171201: Container building, General Store
Post by: Jagannath on December 02, 2017, 01:18:56 PM
That's brilliant - one of my favourites you've done. The fenced-off backyard is great.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171201: Container building, General Store
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on December 02, 2017, 02:03:04 PM
Excellent.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171201: Container building, General Store
Post by: Ockman on December 02, 2017, 03:59:30 PM
Hey I like that!  It reminds me of a frontier town, sort of wired west.  I really like the windows.

Thanks, Michael!

It's the vibe I'm trying to capture, frontier colony, wild weird west. Originally inspired by @tmcllghn on instagram.

Windows are just plasticard cut to fit, drybrushed frame and windows painted black at first with gem effect in grey.

That's brilliant - one of my favourites you've done. The fenced-off backyard is great.

Thanks Jagannath!

It was my first finished badlands colony building, I like it very much myself! I'm especially fond of the concrete foundation, the machinery and the backyard.

Excellent.

Thanks UVS!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171216: Container buildings, continued
Post by: Ockman on December 16, 2017, 10:24:32 PM
Work and personal life is pretty stressful right now, so very little time goes to my hobby. Still, I photographed every single building I have in my collection a couple of weeks ago, so when I get time, I can write a short story and post some pictures. Here, we've got a couple of container buildings.

---

In "Container Colonies", the first buildings are (as one could guess) constructed from containers. Multiple containers are often combined to create larger buildings, especially when it comes to buildings serving the entire colony. Infirmaries, communications centres, construction yards and workshops are examples of such constructions.

Single container buildings are most often used as homes or private quarters of the colonists, although they can also be used as guard posts or jails. They are almost always modified in some way. Pictured here is a private home of one semi-wealthy colonist, who has chosen to exchange one set of doors for a one-way plate glass window, giving her a full view of the valley below. Also pictured is a modest container building serving as sleeping quarters for prospectors returning from outbound missions.

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(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4739/39065196612_80a0ebc407_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22w4kWC)IMG_0739 (https://flic.kr/p/22w4kWC) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

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(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4680/39065201942_60bd445297_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22w4nww)IMG_0741 (https://flic.kr/p/22w4nww) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4593/39065204522_b5987006c1_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22w4oi1)IMG_0743 (https://flic.kr/p/22w4oi1) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4599/39095891571_d0ee6f7f40_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22yLEu4)IMG_0744 (https://flic.kr/p/22yLEu4) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4635/24235012887_d9174cfdf9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CVyLZM)IMG_0745 (https://flic.kr/p/CVyLZM) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4599/24235017537_91175dafd6_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CVyNnX)IMG_0746 (https://flic.kr/p/CVyNnX) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4587/24235023737_1e62f25093_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CVyQdR)IMG_0747 (https://flic.kr/p/CVyQdR) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171216: Container buildings, continued
Post by: Oldben1 on December 16, 2017, 11:27:59 PM
Awesome again, you’ve got quite the colony!

The green one is especially sharp.

Are all the doodads from GZG miniatures?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171216: Container buildings, continued
Post by: Mason on December 16, 2017, 11:56:24 PM
Very nice.
Especially the 'backyard' on the earlier offering.
 8) 8)

I look forward to seeing a few larger 'multi-container' buildings.
 :)

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171216: Container buildings, continued
Post by: Ockman on December 17, 2017, 06:44:39 AM
Awesome again, you’ve got quite the colony!

The green one is especially sharp.

Are all the doodads from GZG miniatures?

Thanks, these are my last finished colony buildings (although I've got some in varying states of completion).

The doors and ladders are scratchbuilt, while the machinery/electronics are from GZG. I want to diversify, so I've been using Auhagen stuff on my city buildings and been in contact with Antenocitis workshop about their earlier 15mm terrain (he says that it's coming back)!

Very nice.
Especially the 'backyard' on the earlier offering.
 8) 8)

I look forward to seeing a few larger 'multi-container' buildings.
 :)



Thanks, Mason!

The multi-container buildings are mostly built and painted, but they haven't recieved the greebly love that they deserve (that means not enough doors, vents, electronics and communications arrays)!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171216: Container buildings, continued
Post by: Jagannath on December 18, 2017, 09:41:58 AM
Lovely job on these latest ones - the outpost must be looking pretty good now!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171216: Container buildings, continued
Post by: Ockman on December 19, 2017, 08:08:03 AM
Lovely job on these latest ones - the outpost must be looking pretty good now!

Thanks, Jagannath!

There's still room for expansion, but it looks pretty okay, I think. In these pictures, I've put the finished buildings so that they show of their best side. The unfinished buildings are seen from behind, which makes them seem less unfinished.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4230/35744965666_718f8d458b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WsEhXu)IMG_20170417_195626_616 (https://flic.kr/p/WsEhXu) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4263/35616273272_c69ec93f3f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WghHc7)DSC_0126 (https://flic.kr/p/WghHc7) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171219: Unfinished colony
Post by: Stroezie on December 19, 2017, 09:00:58 AM
Ooh, I'm liking the looks of the dark green one in the back.
Very nice setup you've got there too.

Cheers,
Stroezie.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171219: Unfinished colony
Post by: Ockman on December 19, 2017, 09:16:20 AM
Ooh, I'm liking the looks of the dark green one in the back.
Very nice setup you've got there too.

Cheers,
Stroezie.

Thanks, Stroezie!

The dark green one in the back is supposed to be the colony communications centre. I'm going to add a large communications dish on top of it and loads of electronic panels and vents.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171219: Unfinished colony
Post by: Jagannath on December 19, 2017, 03:55:48 PM
Its' absolutely great mate-  It's got a space-western vibe without being naff (that frontier feel without just sticking wires on old west buildings). Very inspiring.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171219: Unfinished colony
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on December 19, 2017, 07:19:00 PM
Very good.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171219: Unfinished colony
Post by: Oldben1 on December 19, 2017, 08:21:32 PM
Hey,
There are some buildings I have not seen before (white and yellow?).
I really like the group shot.  The bold colours are great for 15mm.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171219: Unfinished colony
Post by: Mason on December 19, 2017, 08:51:26 PM
Looking good, sir.
 8) 8)

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171219: Unfinished colony
Post by: Ockman on December 20, 2017, 06:37:05 AM
Its' absolutely great mate-  It's got a space-western vibe without being naff (that frontier feel without just sticking wires on old west buildings). Very inspiring.

Thanks, Jagannath!
I've got to admit that I find some of the old-west-with-wires buildings charming, but I think one must add some machinery to make them work. I think these are pretty nice! [LINK] (http://beightonshipyard.blogspot.se/2014/11/bits-stuff.html#more)

I have an idea of the progression of a container colony:

Stage 1: Container buildings, more or less finished when delivered
Stage 2: Buildings made from construction material brought with the containers (for example metal sheeting or brick), but perhaps also buildings constructed from the dropship.
Stage 3: Buildings made from local materials, where wood (or other plant material) might be used to construct buildings reminiscent of old west buildings.

Very good.

Thanks, Ultravanillasmurf!

Hey,
There are some buildings I have not seen before (white and yellow?).
I really like the group shot.  The bold colours are great for 15mm.

The white one is the colony infirmary, I have finished everything but the front entrance (and I will perhaps add a ladder). Hopefully soon it will be ready to be shown.
The yellow one is a mechanics shop, a stage 2 building built by bolting metal sheets together. I wasn't happy with the drybrushing result, so I'm waiting for inspiration to give it another try.

I agree with you - 15mm looks best being bright.

Looking good, sir.
 8) 8)



Thanks Mason! Your Upsheet Creek has been a huge inspiration!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171219: Unfinished colony
Post by: Dr De'Ath on December 20, 2017, 03:19:49 PM
Great collection of buildings
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171219: Unfinished colony
Post by: Ockman on December 20, 2017, 06:52:40 PM
Great collection of buildings

Thanks, Dr De'Ath! I've just got to paint some crews, then there might be an AAR!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171221: GZG shopping list
Post by: Ockman on December 21, 2017, 10:08:02 PM
I love GZG's Christmas offer. Each year I buy stuff that I've wanted for a while and they give me gifts.

Earlier years, I have focused on building supplies, colonists, ravagers, robots, droids and drones. The gifts has been amazing, one year I got drones in droves!

This year, I have focused on buying models for skirmish wargaming. This is my Christmas list:

Mercs
I bought Mercs pack B (female Mercs) and Mercs snipers. I want to create an all female mercenary group.

UNSC
I wanted a more professional mercenary group with cohesive battle dress and advanced weaponry. Bought UNSC/L pack B (I don't like buying models without proper pictures) and a pack of grav cycles for rapid response.

Islamic Federation
Ever since I first saw WH40K, I have wanted a Tallarn army. Islamic Federation troops with shemaghs are the perfect 15mm stand-ins.
My main problem is that I haven't got a desert board (and won't get one either, until I'm done with my city and badlands boards).
Still, I love the models and will either use a paint scheme inspired by Rebel Alliance Battle of Endor uniforms (I've seen Tallarn with green smocks - looks great!) or in a black/grey/crimson paintjob, representing an intergalactic tech cult, working to keep dangerous artifacts away from greedy hands (inspired by Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword from Indiana Jones).
Anyway, I bought two packs of shemagh-wearing infantry (rifles/special weapons) and one pack of halftrack bikes with riders wearing shemaghs.

Ravagers
Had to give the Crimson Reavers some long range support, bought Ravagers pack B with rifles and shotguns.

Terrain
I love terrain building, so I had to get some bits and pieces. Bought the large containers and some electrical boxes. Last, but not least, I bought a medium missile battery. I think it will be a great objective to fight over.


Now I just got to wait for it to arrive... will update on what I got as my Christmas gift!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171221: GZG shopping list
Post by: Oldben1 on December 22, 2017, 02:37:27 AM
I ordered some stuff as well, even a hover truck!

Have you tried combat scenery?
I’m going to order their 15 mm sci fi terrain.

I really like your container buildings.  Must fight the urge . . .
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171221: GZG shopping list
Post by: Jagannath on December 22, 2017, 11:03:11 AM
I love GZG, fantastic range and Jon is brilliant.

@oldben1 - Thank you!!!!!! I'd certainly never heard of combat scenery, it's fantastic. The X-Wing stuff will be so good for my 6mm sci-fi.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171221: GZG shopping list
Post by: Ockman on December 22, 2017, 03:37:58 PM
I ordered some stuff as well, even a hover truck!

Have you tried combat scenery?
I’m going to order their 15 mm sci fi terrain.

I really like your container buildings.  Must fight the urge . . .

Wow, a hover truck - cool!

I can't find combat scenery, do you have a link? Is it mdf? I'm pretty tired of mdf, unless it's innovative.

Also: give in to the call of container buildings!

I love GZG, fantastic range and Jon is brilliant.

@oldben1 - Thank you!!!!!! I'd certainly never heard of combat scenery, it's fantastic. The X-Wing stuff will be so good for my 6mm sci-fi.

GZG is great, both miniaturewise and as a company. Great ranges, great customer service, great support, great everything!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171221: GZG shopping list
Post by: Jagannath on December 22, 2017, 04:16:50 PM
I *think* we're talking about here:

http://combatzone-scenery.co.uk/epages/e25b18fb-c32b-422a-8493-a8baeb0f1a17.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/e25b18fb-c32b-422a-8493-a8baeb0f1a17/Categories

if not, that's a good site too!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171221: GZG shopping list
Post by: Oldben1 on December 22, 2017, 06:07:49 PM
I just discovered combat zone scenery earlier this month.  Some of their 28mm stuff looks nice too.  Reasonably priced.  Here is what I'm after:

http://combatzone-scenery.co.uk/epages/e25b18fb-c32b-422a-8493-a8baeb0f1a17.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/e25b18fb-c32b-422a-8493-a8baeb0f1a17/Products/AC005

Hard to find on their site.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 171221: GZG shopping list
Post by: Ockman on December 22, 2017, 06:17:36 PM
Oh, those accessories look great, Oldben1!

I've spent too much money already, and I'm waiting for Antenocitis to re-release their 15mm terrain line. But I'll keep this in mind!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180101: Older city board
Post by: Ockman on January 01, 2018, 10:34:48 PM
I have shown my badlands/wilderness board, but only pieces of my city board. I'm working on more detailed, scratchbuilt buildings, but I already have a full board of mdf buildings.

The board consists of four 30x30 cm tiles (inspired by Spacejacker's work: LINK (http://tinysolitarysoldiers.blogspot.se/2013/01/new-khurasan-combat-ferrets.html) and LINK (http://tinysolitarysoldiers.blogspot.se/2013/03/2x2-city-ruins.html), although the best pics are found on his instagram account, @spacejacker).
I've based my buildings on differently sized bases (mainly 98x98mm, 198x98mm, 148x98mm or 48x98mm) to be able to create a modular city.

Behold: Golgotha Prime!
(name of the planet and it's largest settlement/city)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4263/35744949166_d409964e40_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WsEd41)DSC_0132 (https://flic.kr/p/WsEd41) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4288/34975651203_9afdc54cd4_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VhFmz2)DSC_0133 (https://flic.kr/p/VhFmz2) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

The last picture shows the aftermath of a targeted bombing. Private detective/assassin bot SU-Z13 is investigating the bomb site in search of leads.

Evidence suggests merchant house heir/freedom fighter/alleged terrorist Lorelei Lander, but SU-Z13 finds this a bit too convenient, since NeoDyne Security shortly before the bombing emptied the buildings, due to "upcoming renovations"...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180101: Older city board
Post by: Oldben1 on January 02, 2018, 02:19:47 AM
Wow, now that’s a board.

I really like all the details( chalk outline) and especially the sidewalks.

Where are the buildings from?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180101: Older city board
Post by: DivisMal on January 02, 2018, 05:37:46 AM
Awesome! That looks simply great. Even more as it looks like you can actually play very well on the board!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180101: Older city board
Post by: Ockman on January 02, 2018, 07:38:54 AM
Wow, now that’s a board.

I really like all the details( chalk outline) and especially the sidewalks.

Where are the buildings from?

Thanks, Michael!

The buildings are from Mad Mecha Guy, he has the worst webshop I've ever seen, but the buildings are cheap. It cost me £6.50 for the 90x60mm apartments, £7 for the two stories high shops, £8 for the 100x50mm shops with green roof and that’s everything shown here (well, the bar came with a three story building, that cost me £6.50).
I've even got a couple of more buildings not built/painted yet (one two story shop and two shops with green roof).

Awesome! That looks simply great. Even more as it looks like you can actually play very well on the board!

Thanks, DivisMal (Florian?)!

I've got to aquire some street clutter and vehicles to restrict the line of fire, but otherwise I concur!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180101: Older city board
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 02, 2018, 10:30:16 AM
Nice board.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180101: Older city board
Post by: Ockman on January 03, 2018, 01:34:51 PM
Nice board.

Thanks, Ultravanillasmurf!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180101: Older city board
Post by: Warren Abox on January 03, 2018, 09:59:15 PM
That's a really clever system.  The green splashes of foliage really help make it feel like a "lived in" space and not just a random collection of junk plonked down on the table.  Those planter boxes are great - simple and effective like all the best terrain pieces.  I'm going to have to try my hand at whipping up a few for my own table. 

I can highly recommend 15mm vehicles from Khurasan and Alternative Armies.  They mix well together.  The latter are a little beefier than the former, but that makes for a better mix of makes and models on the table.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180101: Older city board
Post by: Mason on January 03, 2018, 10:24:30 PM
Nice work.
I love the modular nature of it.
Options are always good.
 8) 8)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180101: Older city board
Post by: Warren Abox on January 04, 2018, 08:15:19 PM
Nice work.
I love the modular nature of it.
Options are always good.

Yeah, there's an art to planning out decent modular boards like this that I haven't quite mastered yet.  There's always some little hang-up that makes it impossible to rotate them into alignment or that makes the games on the boards feel too cramped or too open or just not look right.  I really should just copy verbatim what other people do...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180101: Older city board
Post by: Ockman on January 05, 2018, 11:15:34 PM
Nice work.
I love the modular nature of it.
Options are always good.
 8) 8)

Thanks, Mason!

That's a really clever system.  The green splashes of foliage really help make it feel like a "lived in" space and not just a random collection of junk plonked down on the table.  Those planter boxes are great - simple and effective like all the best terrain pieces.  I'm going to have to try my hand at whipping up a few for my own table. 

I can highly recommend 15mm vehicles from Khurasan and Alternative Armies.  They mix well together.  The latter are a little beefier than the former, but that makes for a better mix of makes and models on the table.

Yeah, there's an art to planning out decent modular boards like this that I haven't quite mastered yet.  There's always some little hang-up that makes it impossible to rotate them into alignment or that makes the games on the boards feel too cramped or too open or just not look right.  I really should just copy verbatim what other people do...

Thanks for the kind words!

I've got two of Khurasan's hovercars and a Hazlewurm and Collabretta from the Ion Age, enough to put one vehicle in each quadrant at least.

When it comes to planning, these are my ground rules:
- Sketch first. Sketch multiple buildings, rotate them and look for problems with eventual setup before you start building.
- Always include pavement/empty space on each tile, large enough to at least accomodate a miniature's base (in my case 20mm). This will make it possible to create alleys and passages where minis can move. On my latest tiles I usually put a L-shaped pavement 20mm wide on the building base.
- Put doors adjacent to pavement, so that they should be able to open.
- If one wants a row of buildings, don't put protuding details on the edge of the base. One could use recessed doors, though.
- Keep an open mind and don't be afraid to be creative!

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180101: GZG freebies!
Post by: Ockman on January 09, 2018, 09:49:34 AM
Christmas chaos and holidays delayed my GZG order - it took two weeks for it to arrive from UK to Sweden, instead of arriving before I've even sent my order as it usually does ;)

If anyone is interested in what I ordered, my order is on page 8. These are the freebies I got:

SG15-IF24 Islamic Federation Command and Comms pack - in Shemagh
This is a great pack to bolster my skirmish force, a pack I was thinking about ordering anyway! I am very fond of the pistol wielding mini with a communicator.

SG15-M08 Mercs with assorted rifles (Female troops) in helmets
Adds some possible variation to my all female Merc warband.

SG15-E41 ESU Regular Army Rifles pack A (with free SAW gunner)
Something new that I hadn't seen before. I will surely find a use for them!

V15-120G Light airportable jeep with Generic crew
This was really cool, and the crew looks a lot like the colonists I've already bought in an earlier shipment, so it will be of great use for the colonists!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180201: Inspiration
Post by: Ockman on February 01, 2018, 12:32:50 PM
Okay, so I haven't had any time for my hobby since November, only posting new photos of old stuff.

But I've had some time to surf around, thinking about other hobbyists who have inspired me and I wanted to make a tribute to them. Here, I have collected photos, links and other stuff that has inspired me since I started with 15mm. The photos aren't mine and if you want me to delete them, just tell me.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4673/39987111012_4809e7a68e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23VwoYu)IMG_3682 (https://flic.kr/p/23VwoYu) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4721/28239879759_dfacdfed03_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/K2sLoB)photo (4) (https://flic.kr/p/K2sLoB) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4627/39987110812_379a897b77_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23VwoV3)layout (https://flic.kr/p/23VwoV3) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4719/39987171472_41180cc049_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23VwGWU)Resc (https://flic.kr/p/23VwGWU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

When I first started with 15mm miniatures, I learned everything from Spacejacker: how to paint, how to build terrain, how to base, where to buy miniatures, which systems to play ...the list goes on. Even though he hasn't updated his blog in two years, I return, time and time again to http://tinysolitarysoldiers.blogspot.se/ (http://tinysolitarysoldiers.blogspot.se/) and @Spacejacker on instagram.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4718/39120654695_c450baf066_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22AXzGt)PPP-patrol-ps (https://flic.kr/p/22AXzGt) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Another miniaturist I've followed for a long time is Painting Agency http://paintingagency.blogspot.se/ (http://paintingagency.blogspot.se/) (or @paintingagency on instagram). He makes these wonderful vignettes, sometimes with paper terrain, sometimes with photoshop. Any which way, they are amazing.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4764/39790130971_1fa44d7c91_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23C7PET)Mos Eisley cantina (https://flic.kr/p/23C7PET) by oldben1 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Our own Oldben1 is a huge source of inspiration, his projects bring me much joy, from the interesting terrain ideas to the wonderfully painted minis to his many tiny boards. He can be found on instagram as @winnipegmichael or on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/26145905758_d24f3dc3ce_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FQqASA)DSC03528 (https://flic.kr/p/FQqASA) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4654/26145905528_f17c37a41c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FQqANC)DSC03529 (https://flic.kr/p/FQqANC) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4669/26147286328_0f89c76617_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FQxFgw)DSC05630 (https://flic.kr/p/FQxFgw) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4623/26147287828_d729407dbb_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FQxFHo)DSC05666 (https://flic.kr/p/FQxFHo) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Tales from Farpoint http://talesfromfarpoint.blogspot.se/ (http://talesfromfarpoint.blogspot.se/) makes me very happy, anxious and angry. Happy because he has so many great projects and his 15mm sci-fi is superb. Anxious because he shifts focus a lot, which means that a project that has excited me might be put on the backburner for a long time. Angry because he sometimes when he shifts focus decides to sell of his minis - and I still haven't bought any!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4708/26145905508_094b79e516_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FQqANh)IMG_0940_zpsv7fllsuy (https://flic.kr/p/FQqANh) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4624/26145905858_81024f10c3_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FQqAUj)IMG_0353_zpsylcaajgk (https://flic.kr/p/FQqAUj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Mason has been a huge inspiration when it comes to terrain. His Upsheet Creek has been lurking in the back of my mind for a long time and I love his sci-fi:ing up of his wild west buildings (as well as his M.O.O.S.E. project - wonderful) http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=60011.0 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=60011.0) http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=39808.0 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=39808.0)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4703/39310584734_1658f1c15d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22TK2hj)img_0246-1-e1493989235951 (https://flic.kr/p/22TK2hj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Our own Jagannath has done a lot of great work, he has a very nice instagram: @bladesandblastersminis and a great blog https://bladesandblasters.com/ (https://bladesandblasters.com/). Very inspiring to see minis being able to both be used in fantasy as well as sci-fi settings.

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I have most certainly forgotten some (many) of my other sources of inspiration (Hello andym!), but I just want to say thank you for everything. Check out #15milminis on instagram, it's a great hashtag filled with great photos.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180201: Inspiration
Post by: Jagannath on February 01, 2018, 03:34:37 PM
Aw dude, cheers - glad you've picked that pic too, it's a good'un! Glad you've included Mason too, I agree - his terrain is super inspirational, I love what he does with small boards.

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180201: Inspiration
Post by: Oldben1 on February 01, 2018, 06:20:48 PM
Well thanks for lumping me in with some pretty amazing company.  I'm happy just to be nominated . . . lol
The amount of work, love, and research all these models demonstrate is unbelievable.  I follow all the same people, here and on instagram.  Yes I'll admit it, I am a painted miniature stalker.

Ockman, you have inspired me a lot as well!

That's why this site is so awesome and dangerous.  SO many wonderful models, scales, and themes.  Sci fi is so dangerous, too many movies.  I find it hard to focus.  


Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180201: More inspiration
Post by: Ockman on February 02, 2018, 07:19:11 AM
Aw dude, cheers - glad you've picked that pic too, it's a good'un! Glad you've included Mason too, I agree - his terrain is super inspirational, I love what he does with small boards.

My life philosophy is that if you like or enjoy something or someone, it's better to tell people about it. It makes the world a better place. And I do really enjoy your stuff!

Well thanks for lumping me in with some pretty amazing company.  I'm happy just to be nominated . . . lol
The amount of work, love, and research all these models demonstrate is unbelievable.  I follow all the same people, here and on instagram.  Yes I'll admit it, I am a painted miniature stalker.

Ockman, you have inspired me a lot as well!

That's why this site is so awesome and dangerous.  SO many wonderful models, scales, and themes.  Sci fi is so dangerous, too many movies.  I find it hard to focus. 

It is hard to focus, I ordered a lot of stuff from GZG before Christmas and had a plan for what to do. Then I saw Tales from Farpoint's Governor General's security force, GZG CDF troops in yellow and black uniform and I thought "I've got to copy that. Now!". (But I wont, since I haven't touched my latest GZG shipment).

And Michael, you deserve to be lumped in with the others!

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Of course I didn't include everyone that deserved to be included in my last post. So here comes two more!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4698/39326077264_a0d1e0c264_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22V7qEU)27720931_10156313135677216_358165155_n (https://flic.kr/p/22V7qEU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Do you like my colony terrain? Thank @tmcllghn on instagram for the inspiration! He made me realize that I could do something useful with my Mad Mecha Guy containers, else than use them as random containers.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4668/39326077324_8ebbe5078f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22V7qFW)1512_31_03_15_8_13_35_2 (https://flic.kr/p/22V7qFW) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4755/39326077204_866cb63cd1_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22V7qDS)P1090111 (https://flic.kr/p/22V7qDS) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4657/39326077074_096978f124_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22V7qBC)sandport-scrapyard-02 (https://flic.kr/p/22V7qBC) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4763/39326077514_446a88d681_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22V7qKd)1512_29_03_15_12_58_40_1 (https://flic.kr/p/22V7qKd) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

How could I forget Dr De'Ath?

Wonderful paintjobs, amazing terrain, lovely AARs and best of all: learning me to broaden my view of what can be used when building and modelling 15mm!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: tomrommel1 on February 02, 2018, 08:59:37 AM
very nice indeed
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on February 02, 2018, 04:10:11 PM
Very good.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: Oldben1 on February 02, 2018, 06:19:36 PM
Dr. De’ath, how could I forget?  That 15mm sci fi junk depot is pure nirvana!q
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: Ockman on February 02, 2018, 06:57:12 PM
Forgot to include link to Dr. De'Ath's Sandport thread: http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=71705.0 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=71705.0)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: Jagannath on February 03, 2018, 01:09:15 PM
Love that thread - as a devout fan of black base edges, that thread often makes me consider thin steel bases...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: Dr De'Ath on February 03, 2018, 01:15:27 PM
Forgot to include link to Dr. De'Ath's Sandport thread: http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=71705.0 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=71705.0)

Many thanks for the plug, I really must get back to Sandport some time, still got a box of part made buildings to finish.

Love that thread - as a devout fan of black base edges, that thread often makes me consider thin steel bases...

You know it makes sense!  lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: Ockman on February 03, 2018, 06:30:43 PM
Many thanks for the plug, I really must get back to Sandport some time, still got a box of part made buildings to finish.

You know it makes sense!  lol

I'd love to see more of Sandport, I hope you'll return soon to it!

Although I'm with Jagannath on the black lined bases: if one - like I - got multiple boards (city: grey, badlands: brown, inside: grey-ish?) black edges work unifying, I think.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: Mason on February 04, 2018, 01:22:09 PM
Thanks for the mention, sir, it is much appreciated.
 :D

Glad you like the planned alterations of Upsheet Creek to a sci-fi colony.
Work on the first actual building 'mod' is slowly taking place on the 'Build Something' board.
It is here, if you are interested:  http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=106264.0

As for inspiration, there are many people on here who inspire me and a list would be a hard thing to manage as I would certainly forget to add someone, I reckon.
I did start a thread some years ago for people to list their favourite three threads for inspiration and it has some seriously good nominations on it now...well worth a look:    http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=78365.0

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: zrunelord on February 04, 2018, 01:44:39 PM
Quote
My life philosophy is that if you like or enjoy something or someone, it's better to tell people about it. It makes the world a better place.

So true Ockman my friend, & sharing or helping others is the cherry on the cake.

Keep it up
This is indeed a great place....
Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: Ockman on February 04, 2018, 07:03:37 PM
Thanks for the mention, sir, it is much appreciated.
 :D

Glad you like the planned alterations of Upsheet Creek to a sci-fi colony.
Work on the first actual building 'mod' is slowly taking place on the 'Build Something' board.
It is here, if you are interested:  http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=106264.0

As for inspiration, there are many people on here who inspire me and a list would be a hard thing to manage as I would certainly forget to add someone, I reckon.
I did start a thread some years ago for people to list their favourite three threads for inspiration and it has some seriously good nominations on it now...well worth a look:    http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=78365.0

Your entry in Build Something looks very promising, but there's so much great stuff you have done.

The problem with these kinds of posts is that you can't name everyone. There are people inspiring me that I won't try to emulate. Stroezie makes wonderful things, but I won't go 6mm, no matter how amazing I find his things, the same with the_baron http://returntologansworld.blogspot.se/ (http://returntologansworld.blogspot.se/). It's the same with 28mm, loads of inspiring persons (everything Crooked Dice does, for example), but nothing that I will use or steal... I haven't named zrunelord, but I find his stuff amazing ...apparently I get inspired by loads and loads of people.

So true Ockman my friend, & sharing or helping others is the cherry on the cake.

Keep it up
This is indeed a great place....
Z

Thanks, I think you're doing amazing stuff zrunelord!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: Reed on February 06, 2018, 06:35:52 PM
Love that thread - as a devout fan of black base edges, that thread often makes me consider thin steel bases...

Don't abandon the true path of the Black Base Edge
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180209: major minor update
Post by: Ockman on February 08, 2018, 11:58:47 PM
I had some time tonight and decided to clean and base some minis. I thought I would be able to clean minis, glue to bases, use filler and glue sand on the bases, but I only had time for step one and two.

Still I managed to clean and glue 68 minis and one mech!

Pictured below is my all female mercenary group, no name or theme yet:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4744/39260004175_f3c9951889_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22PgMrH)DSC_2091 (https://flic.kr/p/22PgMrH) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/150[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180209: major minor update
Post by: Stroezie on February 09, 2018, 08:50:13 AM
That's a cool little group you've assembled there.
That Ion Age battlesuit looks brutal.

How about calling them "Hell's Furies" and going for an ash grey and fiery orange paint job...       ...or just do your own thing that you do so well  ;)

I look forward to seeing where you take them.

Cheers,
Stroezie.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180202: Even more inspiration!
Post by: Jagannath on February 09, 2018, 09:44:03 AM
Don't abandon the true path of the Black Base Edge

Haha!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180209: major minor update
Post by: Ockman on February 09, 2018, 01:31:09 PM
That's a cool little group you've assembled there.
That Ion Age battlesuit looks brutal.

How about calling them "Hell's Furies" and going for an ash grey and fiery orange paint job...       ...or just do your own thing that you do so well  ;)

I look forward to seeing where you take them.

Cheers,
Stroezie.

Thanks Stroezie!

I want and like input (even if I don't always follow it), my main quandary is wether future optics/cybernetic enhancements/sensors will make normal camouflage obsolete (and if that's true, wether that equipment will be available on the fringe of the galaxy). One part of me wants to make a badass mercenary squad, stealthy and deadly. Another part of me wants to go full space opera with bold, strong colours (both on the infantry and the mech). I just can't decide which way to go...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180209: major minor update
Post by: gamer Mac on February 09, 2018, 02:25:01 PM
I would imagine that modern camouflage would incorporate modern technology to defeat modern optics with such things as laser deflecting paint or infra red absorbing materials etc. So I imagine you can paint your figures any way that you please
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180209: major minor update
Post by: Ockman on February 09, 2018, 03:49:25 PM
I would imagine that modern camouflage would incorporate modern technology to defeat modern optics with such things as laser deflecting paint or infra red absorbing materials etc. So I imagine you can paint your figures any way that you please

So soldiers in bright orange, purple or pink uniforms would still be able to be camouflaged?

My thought was "if optics has been perfected, one could wear whatever one wants on the battlefield", which would explain bright red armour.

Or perhaps future mercenaries don't give a fuck.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180209: major minor update
Post by: Stroezie on February 09, 2018, 05:08:19 PM
Chameleon nanoflage, the uniforms change color to match the background, we're just seeing them on their parade ground setting. ;)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180209: major minor update
Post by: Ockman on February 09, 2018, 05:36:15 PM
Chameleon nanoflage, the uniforms change color to match the background, we're just seeing them on their parade ground setting. ;)


Those were the words I was looking for! Thanks!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180215: Catastrophe!
Post by: Ockman on February 15, 2018, 10:48:07 PM
Okay, so disaster struck. I dropped my entire tray if minis when trying to carry them back to storage...

Luckily, I found everything except for one single mini (which I will find sooner or later) and only one mini (the Havelock battlesuit) broke, but she was easily glued together again.

Here's everything found and fixed:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4660/39391953305_c806ef6577_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/231W4jH)DSC_2119 (https://flic.kr/p/231W4jH) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180215: Catastrophe!
Post by: thenamelessdead on February 15, 2018, 11:17:16 PM
Glad it turned out well. I dropped a tub of basing material on the carpet the other day...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180215: Catastrophe!
Post by: Ockman on February 16, 2018, 09:35:40 AM
Glad it turned out well. I dropped a tub of basing material on the carpet the other day...

That can't have been fun, thenamelessdead...

It was in our guest room, which doubles as storage. Hence stuff everywhere. I had to crawl on the floor for 45 minutes to collect the minis.

I'm not sure if I should try some batch painting to get something done or if I should take my time with one (or two) minis at a time. Basing and partially undercoating almost 70 minis is an arduous task, and it sucks the fun out of hobbying.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180225: Robotronix Astral-series droid
Post by: Ockman on February 24, 2018, 11:18:50 PM
The Robotronix Astral-series droids were developed back when humanity settled the Sol System, before the First Expansion. Back then, advanced AI cores were too large (or prohibitively expensive) to house in humanoid droids. The Astral-series droids were designed to aid and support starship crews with navigation, information analysis, power routing and damage control.

One would think that many millenia later, the model would be obsolete, but it's still produced and in use. The droids are generally seen as reliable, tough and easy to work with, and many starship designs still rely on the use of Astral-series droids. Their ability to communicate with both old and new computer systems also makes them popular with adventurers exploring Lost Worlds and abandoned installations...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4618/26594499728_6694fe91dd_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Gw4Leo)DSC_2154 (https://flic.kr/p/Gw4Leo) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4672/26594507178_b8ca383c11_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Gw4NrQ)DSC_2155 (https://flic.kr/p/Gw4NrQ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr



...sometimes they end up in trouble:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4654/40421188022_56d5b2e6d5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24zT9WS)DSC_2156 (https://flic.kr/p/24zT9WS) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

- Vorpal Dink got a bounty out for you, droid. You're coming with me!
- [SAD WARBLE]
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180225: Robotronix Astral-series droid
Post by: Oldben1 on February 25, 2018, 12:58:41 AM
Great work, one of my favourite GZG miniatures!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180225: Robotronix Astral-series droid
Post by: Ockman on February 25, 2018, 11:34:38 AM
Great work, one of my favourite GZG miniatures!

Hey, thanks!

I do like that set, got it as a freebie on my first GZG order. The best thing with GZG freebies is that they seem to know what I want before I even ordered it!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180228: Order of the Silver Matrix lodge
Post by: Ockman on February 28, 2018, 05:31:15 PM
The Order of the Silver Matrix was founded by survivors of the Xintian Incident, with the intent of finding lost technology that might pose a threat to intelligent life, and safekeeping it. The Order operates in secret, outside governmental control, its members often posing as scavengers, tech archaeologists or adventurers.

Silver Matrix lodges can be found on any settled world that might house lost technology, whether it's of alien or human origin. The lodges appears as unassuming buildings, although the main entrances are painted in a striking colour. Members of the Order can, with the right kind of settings on their optics, see a silver matrix covering the doors.
The lodges operate under the guise of being historical societies, museums or halls of oddities, places where explorers might turn up with old tech or leads...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4615/26653137358_0b7128b50f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GBfia1)DSC_2165 (https://flic.kr/p/GBfia1) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4700/26653140348_334c9ce4d7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GBfj3y)DSC_2166 (https://flic.kr/p/GBfj3y) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4698/25653790247_4359228f86_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F5Wo5p)DSC_2167 (https://flic.kr/p/F5Wo5p) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4748/39813822484_ee5dc9aef8_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23Edfkf)DSC_2169 (https://flic.kr/p/23Edfkf) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180228: Order of the Silver Matrix lodge
Post by: Oldben1 on February 28, 2018, 05:36:11 PM
Cool, perfect your Frontier town!  I like the ashphalt roof!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180228: Order of the Silver Matrix lodge
Post by: Dr De'Ath on February 28, 2018, 06:36:05 PM
Like the back story - the building's pretty cool too  lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180228: Order of the Silver Matrix lodge
Post by: Ockman on February 28, 2018, 08:35:56 PM
Cool, perfect your Frontier town!  I like the ashphalt roof!

Thanks, I made this just as a fast build, but I liked how it turned out!
This one won't be seen in my frontier town, though (it's based grey and my frontier town is based brown  ;))

Like the back story - the building's pretty cool too  lol

Thanks Dr De'Ath! I like my story crafting as much as my terrain building!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180228: Order of the Silver Matrix lodge
Post by: Ockman on March 01, 2018, 04:17:36 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4675/38719690110_5aa560b21a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21ZwwTY)DSC_2176 (https://flic.kr/p/21ZwwTY) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I finally have enough scratchbuilt buildings to fill one tile!

In the background you can see my living room view of sunrise over lake Vättern.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180228: Order of the Silver Matrix lodge
Post by: Oldben1 on March 01, 2018, 05:48:54 PM
2 views for the price of one.  It looks cold there!
Great work.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180228: Order of the Silver Matrix lodge
Post by: Mason on March 01, 2018, 06:48:36 PM
Loving the new buildings, and the story behind the Lodge is just begging to be stolen borrowed....
 8) 8)

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180228: Order of the Silver Matrix lodge
Post by: Ockman on March 02, 2018, 11:54:12 AM
2 views for the price of one.  It looks cold there!
Great work.

Thanks!

It is cold, last morning it was -13°C (8.6°F), my car coughed and sputtered a while before it started. Now, the lake outside has started to freeze over... I guess it's as bad (or worse) in Canada.

Here's today's view:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4651/38760074910_9d54684360_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2246vTC)Vättern freezing (https://flic.kr/p/2246vTC) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Loving the new buildings, and the story behind the Lodge is just begging to be stolen borrowed....
 8) 8)



Hey, thanks Mason!

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I'd just be glad if Upsheet Creek had a hall of oddities hiding something else...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180228: Order of the Silver Matrix lodge
Post by: Oldben1 on March 02, 2018, 08:09:40 PM
Only -5 here in Winnipeg right now.  Although we are supposed to get 30cm of snow this weekend!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180320: More city terrain
Post by: Ockman on March 20, 2018, 09:40:47 AM
My city terrain collection continues to grow! This time it's a couple of buildings on a single base, once again inspired by Jan Lööf's pictures.

I've come to realise that I've gone from the ideal "larger terrain with playable interiors" to "smaller terrain that looks good, but might not make sense". I think it's a bit like old SNES games, where buildings were very much smaller on the outside than on the inside.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/811/40013261465_1029ea25f7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23XQqAn)_20180319_215308 (https://flic.kr/p/23XQqAn) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/792/40906983091_06bce72670_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25jNYTV)_20180319_215546 (https://flic.kr/p/25jNYTV) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/817/39097161740_abb78f22b0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22yTb4w)_20180319_215502 (https://flic.kr/p/22yTb4w) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/813/39097161790_22ce978ff5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22yTb5o)_20180319_215350 (https://flic.kr/p/22yTb5o) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr



My wife took some photos while I were at work, to cheer me up:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/784/40852385542_d5e5d87c70_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25eZ9WS)received_10157485840503066 (https://flic.kr/p/25eZ9WS) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4782/40195199454_0387431940_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24eUUqf)received_10157485856303066 (https://flic.kr/p/24eUUqf) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(Unfinished Ursid from Khurasan)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4788/40861554282_c9d493e9cf_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25fN9uA)received_10157485856538066 (https://flic.kr/p/25fN9uA) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(Robotronix droid looks at the planter)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4794/40195203234_7f0c0b0700_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24eUVxq)received_10157485857168066 (https://flic.kr/p/24eUVxq) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(Showdown on Main Street)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4795/27032827068_059c73fb04_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HbNiFj)received_10157485858773066 (https://flic.kr/p/HbNiFj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(Is it an ambush or is Beary McBearface just looking out for her pals?)

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Finally, the art that inspired the build (from Lööf's "Djur" (="Animals"))

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/818/40873703612_961dfd8eb2_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25gSq4N)_20180320_100946 (https://flic.kr/p/25gSq4N) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180320: More city terrain
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 20, 2018, 09:59:44 AM
Lovely.

I like the window effect.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180320: More city terrain
Post by: OSHIROmodels on March 20, 2018, 10:09:13 AM
Great stuff  :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180320: More city terrain
Post by: Mason on March 20, 2018, 11:17:42 AM
Nice work, sir.
I like the style that you have adopted for them, very consistent.
(And very much like the example illustration too!)
 8) 8)

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180320: More city terrain
Post by: Ockman on March 20, 2018, 12:36:42 PM
Lovely.

I like the window effect.

Thanks, Ultravanillasmurf!

I like it too - it's very easy and fast to do!

Great stuff  :)

Thanks, James!

I used your formula for the roof on the tallest building (medium grey + green/brown wash, drybrush with a bluish grey) and I'm so happy with the result!

Nice work, sir.
I like the style that you have adopted for them, very consistent.
(And very much like the example illustration too!)
 8) 8)



Thanks, Mason!

It brings me much joy to get positive feedback on my work!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180320: More city terrain
Post by: Oldben1 on March 20, 2018, 03:46:10 PM
Wonderful work, I love all the bright colors.

It does seem to have a beautiful European quality.


By the way, we got the 30 cm of snow :(
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180320: More city terrain
Post by: Grumbledook on March 20, 2018, 09:47:08 PM
Thats a fantastic looking set of buildings, lots of character without being fussy.

Nice view too!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180320: More city terrain
Post by: zrunelord on March 20, 2018, 10:45:49 PM
Great work as usual my friend.
 Lovely colours.
Keep it
Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180320: More city terrain
Post by: Ockman on March 21, 2018, 10:11:48 AM
Great work as usual my friend.
 Lovely colours.
Keep it
Z


Thanks, Z!

I am very fond of those colours, myself. Who says that sci-fi must be gritty?

Thats a fantastic looking set of buildings, lots of character without being fussy.

Nice view too!

Thanks, Grumbledook!

Very nice feedback! I saw your Shia Khan on Instagram, by the way (on #15milminis), and those were ace!

Wonderful work, I love all the bright colors.

It does seem to have a beautiful European quality.


By the way, we got the 30 cm of snow :(

Thanks, Michael! Sorry to hear about the snow, we've still got snow here (and lake Vättern keeps on being frozen), but I'm longing for spring!

About that European quality, I've been inspired by real life Stockholm and Copenhagen - both with the colour choice and the building style.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/804/27064632468_05ff6d3467_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HeBjjh)Copenhagen (https://flic.kr/p/HeBjjh) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/800/40227307794_131a67d54b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24hKt7j)Stockholm (https://flic.kr/p/24hKt7j) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/806/40927646521_d29f4fdc3d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25mCTpX)Stockholm isometric (https://flic.kr/p/25mCTpX) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180320: More city terrain
Post by: Oldben1 on March 21, 2018, 05:06:26 PM
I see why.  It's fun to look at buildings around for inspiration.

the snow  is normal for Winnipeg.

My kids love it anyways!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180403: random pictures
Post by: Ockman on April 03, 2018, 07:34:47 AM
Haven't had much time for painting and building, but I've taken photos of my terrain with some minis.

Also: my wife has been taking pictures with some of my sons toys as well...

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/879/39280469920_1fdd67f363_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22R5Fco)Exiting the bar, ready for some action! (https://flic.kr/p/22R5Fco) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Low quality picture, but at least some painted minis with painted terrain!

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/789/40205099015_4abe2fbbee_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24fMDdk)received_10157509321583066 (https://flic.kr/p/24fMDdk) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/786/40389698854_0d8fbcae96_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24x6Ljb)received_10157509321493066 (https://flic.kr/p/24x6Ljb) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

My wife got some cars for my son, sent me some pictures...

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/808/27329298678_ff89b7ea5d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HCZNmN)Jan Lööf (https://flic.kr/p/HCZNmN) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Can you see which of my buildings got inspired by this picture?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180403: random pictures
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 03, 2018, 08:17:38 AM
It looks like your son is going to have to keep an eye on his cars or they might get repainted ^__^.

Nice look to the buildings.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180405: Babak Madjan, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Ockman on April 05, 2018, 09:18:47 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4211/34967302123_5a5fc064b3_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VgWyFn)DSC_1925 (https://flic.kr/p/VgWyFn) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Gun for hire: Babak Madjan, former Chief Security Officer of battleship Baron Kode in the Utsow Navy.

Madjan fought in the third (and last) Unity-Utsow war. When Baron Kode was boarded by Unity troops, Madjan purposely breached the reactor core containment system to initiate a major meltdown. While the battleship went down in flames, Madjan left in an escape pod.
Madjan's pod was hit by debris, which disabled the pod's tracker and left him floating in cryostasis for 150 years. Saved by junkers, Madjan woke up to find the Utsow Empire a new member of Unity.

Now stranded on the galactic fringe with nowhere to go, Madjan sells his skills to the highest bidder...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180405: Babak Madjan, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Oldben1 on April 05, 2018, 02:46:44 PM
Nice paint scheme, that sculpt is pure Star Wars in my eyes.  Great work!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180405: Babak Madjan, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Ockman on April 06, 2018, 05:11:29 AM
Nice paint scheme, that sculpt is pure Star Wars in my eyes.  Great work!

Thanks!

It's an old mini (sometimes when you haven't got enough time to paint, one can always dig up some old stuff),  I boosted the paintscheme from Spacejacker [link] (http://tinysolitarysoldiers.blogspot.se/2012/03/bounty-hunters.html).

I concur - the sculpt is pure Star Wars, I love it!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180405: Babak Madjan, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Jagannath on April 09, 2018, 08:38:42 PM
Lovely job! Sorry, chatting so much on Instagram recently I haven’t commented here for ages.

He looks great - I love Bounty Hunters, it’s my favourite theme!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180405: Babak Madjan, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Grumbledook on April 10, 2018, 08:18:34 AM
Cool figure and nicely painted, is he a Khurasan one?

Love the terrain too and the sinister sentient cars, no doubt seeking vengence on their meat-bag overlords.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180405: Babak Madjan, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Ockman on April 11, 2018, 12:06:17 PM
Lovely job! Sorry, chatting so much on Instagram recently I haven’t commented here for ages.

He looks great - I love Bounty Hunters, it’s my favourite theme!

Thanks, Jagannath!

I do like your comments, on whatever platform they might be sent. Bounty Hunters are cool, my own favorite theme might be explorers/tech archaeologists.

Cool figure and nicely painted, is he a Khurasan one?

Love the terrain too and the sinister sentient cars, no doubt seeking vengence on their meat-bag overlords.

Thanks Grumbledook!

It's a Khurasan mini, alright. From a set of alien bounty hunters, I think.

I'm very happy with my terrain as well, a short while I thought about buying a set of cars to repaint, but the style and quality wasn't appropriate.

---

I'm working on two different things right now:
1. Writing new stories to old miniatures/pictures previously posted on Instagram, but not here.
2. Painting a new crew for 5 Parsecs from Home (1ed), led by a scientist searching for truth.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180405: Babak Madjan, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Oldben1 on April 11, 2018, 03:16:45 PM
5 parsec would be a great rule system for your terrain.  There is so much in terms of background info for your characters.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180412: Constructo-/Destructo-bot Mk7
Post by: Ockman on April 12, 2018, 11:50:01 AM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/797/40486524235_2d62afb231_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24FE28i)IMG_0974 (https://flic.kr/p/24FE28i) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

- Hello friend! I am Architronics Constructo-/Destructo-bot Mk7! If you want to, you can call me Mark7! I am looking for adventure. Could you please direct me towards adventure?
[Beeps, whistles and warbles]
- I should look for adventure in the cantina? Friend, I am not sure if I understand?
[Whistles, warbles]
- Aha! You mean that there are adventuring groups in the cantina, and that they might be recruiting? Excellent, friend! Thank you very much!
[Beeps, whistles]
- And a good day to you, friend!

The Architronics Constructo-/Destructo-bot Mk7 is based on decommissioned warbots, to be able to carry out construction (or destruction) work in extremely hostile environments. It has been very popular due to its tough exterior, immense strength and it being equipped with built-in blasters, cutters and a chipper attitude.

For centuries, the unit calling itself Mark7 worked in construction on Lukut 3. One day, a power surge hit Mark7 while recharging, corrupting multiple data cores. The bot left its construction job, left the city and started wandering the forests and plains in silence. Years passed and Mark7 started constructing strange contraptions with no apparent purpose on beautiful sites. One stormy night, while constructing yet another contraption, lightning hit the bot, initiating a reboot.
It was like waking up from a dream. Something had changed in Mark7, no longer content with just wandering and constructing, the bot wanted adventure. Far off in a distance, Mark7 saw the lights of a starport. The bot watched in silence for a while, an idea about adventure began to form deep inside the data cores. Mark7 started walking.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/868/40486525695_532afaae1d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24FE2yt)IMG_0972 (https://flic.kr/p/24FE2yt) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/810/39572227420_c518ec1c3b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23hS1x7)IMG_0964 (https://flic.kr/p/23hS1x7) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/889/39572226450_242c3dd64f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23hS1fo)IMG_0966 (https://flic.kr/p/23hS1fo) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180405: Babak Madjan, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Ockman on April 13, 2018, 06:53:35 AM
5 parsec would be a great rule system for your terrain.  There is so much in terms of background info for your characters.

I love Five Parsecs from Home's character creation system!

When I'm bored, I roll up a crew or two. Sometimes, when I want to create backstories to specific miniatures, I pick instead of roll if the result doesn't make sense.

My latest posted character, Mark7, is actually based upon an unmodified roll up:

Mark7
34 - Primitive
03 - Peaceful high-tech colony
36 - Adventure
74 - War-bot

I haven't rolled for weapon systems yet, but I think that I will be able to explain most rolls as new uses of built in construction/destruction equipment.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180424: Need help, please!
Post by: Ockman on April 24, 2018, 12:22:46 PM
I've been working on my multi-board buildings (buildings without bases, being able to fit on city boards, badlands boards, arctic boards, desert boards, etc.), but now I need some help:

1. I'm going to use yellow as an accent colour, but except for vents, electronics panels and doors, I don't know if, and in that case, how I should add more colour?

2. When it comes to the doors, I've been thinking about using yellow on the frame, but another colour on the door. But what colour? Grey? Light brown/beige? White? Another yellow?

3. What should I do with the panels on the doors? Paint them as windows? Just as a raised area on the door? A place for text/warnings?

I'm a bit inspired by old Command and Conquer games, GDI buildings.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/871/26801874157_b0a79d92d8_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GQoBqz)Buildings (https://flic.kr/p/GQoBqz) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/885/40777967755_ec938386da_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/258pK8z)DSC_0355 (https://flic.kr/p/258pK8z) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr 

I'm going to use the yellow colour painted on the top panel of the radar base.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/898/41628783342_7f440f43d0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26qAoXQ)DSC_0356 (https://flic.kr/p/26qAoXQ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180424: Need help, please!
Post by: DivisMal on April 24, 2018, 01:05:55 PM
I went the same way for my terrain. Mostly drybrush different layers of gray and small colorful accents. My experience: keep the color limited. You can use it for vents, windows, chimneys, in few cases where it seems easily paintable also a "frame" around the building.
Otherwise it gets too messy and unfocussed.

*Ion cannon charging*

I loved C&C!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180424: Need help, please!
Post by: Oldben1 on April 24, 2018, 02:47:12 PM
I would agree with the limited paint scheme, although your colorful buildings are really awesome!  A few accents here and there will help break up the grey.

I like orange doors, but a rusty yellow might look cool too.

You could use a rusty wash on the bottom to add some depth, or some posters too.  What about some lettering or numbers?

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/734/22357791152_3863c9bd2a.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/A4FwnN)New domiciles. (https://flic.kr/p/A4FwnN) by oldben1 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180424: Need help, please!
Post by: DivisMal on April 24, 2018, 08:42:27 PM
I used graffiti to make mine more colorfull apart from rust and moss effects.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180424: Need help, please!
Post by: Ockman on April 25, 2018, 02:48:14 PM
I would agree with the limited paint scheme, although your colorful buildings are really awesome!  A few accents here and there will help break up the grey.

I like orange doors, but a rusty yellow might look cool too.

You could use a rusty wash on the bottom to add some depth, or some posters too.  What about some lettering or numbers?

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/734/22357791152_3863c9bd2a.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/A4FwnN)New domiciles. (https://flic.kr/p/A4FwnN) by oldben1 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Nice buildings, inspiring! I think I will go with a yellow frame, grey door and yellow panels on the doors, but I'm still not sure...

I went the same way for my terrain. Mostly drybrush different layers of gray and small colorful accents. My experience: keep the color limited. You can use it for vents, windows, chimneys, in few cases where it seems easily paintable also a "frame" around the building.
Otherwise it gets too messy and unfocussed.

*Ion cannon charging*

I loved C&C!

I think that limited palette is the way to go, I think I will be pretty restricted in using colours. I don't think that I've seen your terrain, do you have a link, Florian?

I used graffiti to make mine more colorfull apart from rust and moss effects.

I think these will be a bit bland to make them usable in multiple settings. But otherwise, I'm totaly with you!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180424: Need help, please!
Post by: DivisMal on April 25, 2018, 03:28:25 PM
Nice buildings, inspiring! I think I will go with a yellow frame, grey door and yellow panels on the doors, but I'm still not sure...

I think that limited palette is the way to go, I think I will be pretty restricted in using colours. I don't think that I've seen your terrain, do you have a link, Florian?

I think these will be a bit bland to make them usable in multiple settings. But otherwise, I'm totaly with you!

I totally agree. Limit the palette for the terrain to make the minis shine!

No, I haven't posted pics of my terrain yet. I only have pretty bad ones taken with my phone available. Maybe I'll post them tonigt. My minis are mostly still packed after moving from Berlin to Hannover (for a new job) and I still haven't found the time to work properly on them.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180424: Need help, please!
Post by: Ockman on April 25, 2018, 08:40:33 PM
Florian, I really liked your terrain pictures! Hope you'll soon get set at your new place. Moving is a pain.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180424: Need help, please!
Post by: DivisMal on April 26, 2018, 04:42:23 AM
Florian, I really liked your terrain pictures! Hope you'll soon get set at your new place. Moving is a pain.

Thanks! I’ve seen your comment. Moving is indeed a pest. And probably it’ll be another one soon:
I moved from Berlin into the flat of my wife (after several years with two jobs in different cities) and now this means that actually we need (and finally can afford) a bigger flat that includes a Mancave for me!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180424: Need help, please!
Post by: ink the troll on April 26, 2018, 07:59:11 AM
Maybe just a stripe around the main building and some numbers in the same colour on the roof? You could paint the stripe or possibly use sticky labels or masking/ washi tape cut to shape.
Depending on how many buildings you'll be making you could use different colours for each block. That way you'd be adding more colour accents but everything still would be looking fairly coherent.
Hope you don't mind that I painted over your pic but that seemed the easiest way to explain.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180424: Need help, please!
Post by: Mason on April 26, 2018, 08:15:50 AM
All of the above advice seems very sound to me.

The answer seems to be to 'keep it as simple' which also helps to keep things generic and as useful as possible in different situations/settings.

I made the mistake of adding 'Mordheim flavoured' posters to some of my early scenery and now find myself having to go back and remove or cover them so that they are not so genre-specific.
You have been warned!
 ;) :D
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180424: Need help, please!
Post by: Ockman on April 26, 2018, 11:47:21 AM
Thanks everyone for ideas!

Maybe just a stripe around the main building and some numbers in the same colour on the roof? You could paint the stripe or possibly use sticky labels or masking/ washi tape cut to shape.
Depending on how many buildings you'll be making you could use different colours for each block. That way you'd be adding more colour accents but everything still would be looking fairly coherent.
Hope you don't mind that I painted over your pic but that seemed the easiest way to explain.

Thanks for the picture, it looks pretty neat! I think I will start with less colour though.

All of the above advice seems very sound to me.

The answer seems to be to 'keep it as simple' which also helps to keep things generic and as useful as possible in different situations/settings.

I made the mistake of adding 'Mordheim flavoured' posters to some of my early scenery and now find myself having to go back and remove or cover them so that they are not so genre-specific.
You have been warned!
 ;) :D


I take that warning seriously, I will keep it simple!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180426: Basement finds
Post by: Ockman on April 26, 2018, 11:57:57 AM
After seeing this on instagram, i had to go dig in the cellar https://www.instagram.com/p/BhHi8yilwzK/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BhHi8yilwzK/)

And look what I found:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/823/40997047874_eb8245dfc4_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25sLA21)DSC_0372 (https://flic.kr/p/25sLA21) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180426: Basement finds
Post by: DivisMal on April 26, 2018, 12:15:43 PM
After seeing this on instagram, i had to go dig in the cellar https://www.instagram.com/p/BhHi8yilwzK/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BhHi8yilwzK/)

And look what I found:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/823/40997047874_eb8245dfc4_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25sLA21)DSC_0372 (https://flic.kr/p/25sLA21) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Oh wow! These are awesome. Many small 28mm minis actually work really well with 15s.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180426: Basement finds
Post by: Oldben1 on April 27, 2018, 03:03:07 PM
Those stripes are perfect!

Just enough of a pop to make the buildings look more detailed.  Great work.

I wonder if these prefab structures actually have stripes and numbers.  They look good.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180426: Basement finds
Post by: Ockman on April 27, 2018, 06:14:24 PM
Oh wow! These are awesome. Many small 28mm minis actually work really well with 15s.

I'm looking for tyranid rippers and hormagaunts for some alien horror, necron scarabs and night schyte for droids and dropship. Kastelan robots or even an Imperial knight would be cool as well...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180523: Unsorted ideas
Post by: Ockman on May 23, 2018, 10:12:08 PM
Okay, so work has been hell, I've planned and executed a naming party for my daughter in another city 300 km from here and now I'm on parental leave for the rest of the year (but do not think that I'm having more hobby time because taking care of a toddler and a baby is hard work). Still, when the kids are on the swing set or resting (hah!) one can think about what one would like to do hobbywise.

- Wouldn't it be wonderful to have custom made buildings/vehicles/spaceships for your gangs? A hideout or spaceship for the pirate crew, a secluded base and all terrain vehicle for the tech-archeologists, some kind of headquarters for the evil corporation and so on and so on?

- Perhaps I should roll up a gang (with Five Parsecs from Home, 1st ed), pick models and paint it with a cohesive colourscheme? I really enjoy my pirates, it would be nice with some good guys. Perhaps some space gangsters as well?

- I've got a lot of half-finished models and buildings. It might be pretty easy finishing them. That would be great!

- Or I could just build a huge city wall, so I either can wall of a piece of my city or I can integrate my badlands board with my city board. But the wall would have to be huge. And the bad guys should pay for it.

- Still, my city terrain needs more scratch built buildings, because now I've got some MDF and some scratchbuilt and they don't really mix that well, so if I want to use my new scratchbuilt terrain, I've got to build more (or accept different styles).

- I've actually got models painted, photographed and ready to publish. But. I have some problems finishing the story I want to post with them... Perhaps I could finish that...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180524: HK-series droids
Post by: Ockman on May 24, 2018, 08:44:57 PM
The Resource War.
World War X.
The Apocalypse.

Known by many names, the brutal conflict is estimated to have killed 60-80% of Earth's population. The war ended with the creation of the United World Government (which, after the Colonization Act was passed, led humanity to its first galactic expansion).

In the aftermath of the war, great walls were erected around the forbidden zones in an attempt to keep looters and scavengers out, while keeping virtulent diseases and mutants in. The tracked warbots tasked with containing break-ins and outbreaks were soon found inadequate, since they could be defeated by jumpable gaps, small doorways and normal stairs.

The HK-series droids were the first mass-produced humanoid warbots, designed with both durability and mobility in mind. The HKs could run, jump, climb and crawl through the radiated ruins of megacities as well as the collapsed corridors of top-secret labs. Instead of going with built-in weaponry, the HKs got hands which could handle weapons, clear ammo jams, operate computers and machinery that required digits, but perhaps most importantly: gave them the ability to open doors.

Although dated, the HK-series are still in use across the galaxy, both on new colonies and older ones. Sometimes, when explorers rediscover failed or lost colonies, they will be met by HKs patrolling the remnants of the colony. More often than not, that meeting will be extremely hostile, since the default setting when orders aren't updated is to revert to defense mode, exterminating every single intruder...

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/870/39587759130_904dd19765_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23jeBzd)IMG_0995 (https://flic.kr/p/23jeBzd) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/949/28456900228_82a16b14e7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KmD41Q)IMG_0989 (https://flic.kr/p/KmD41Q) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180524: HK-series droids
Post by: Oldben1 on May 25, 2018, 03:38:52 AM
Gold is a great color choice.!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180524: HK-series droids
Post by: Ockman on May 25, 2018, 07:26:53 AM
Gold is a great color choice.!

Thanks, Michael!

It's just drybrushed from black with some wash, true speedpaint, but I needed minis to play with...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180524: HK-series droids
Post by: Mason on May 25, 2018, 09:02:25 AM
They look great!
 :-*

And in gold they look like Threepio's killer cousins.
 :D

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180524: HK-series droids
Post by: Ockman on May 25, 2018, 07:40:04 PM
They look great!
 :-*

And in gold they look like Threepio's killer cousins.
 :D

Thanks, Mason!

Security detail Omega has been tasked with finding the source of the mutant raids and putting an end to them.

While examining a tunnel they stumble upon a huge city of mutants

B-2ON: Oh, dear.

The sound startles a mutant sentry, who raises the alarm.

D-4QP: We're doomed!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180525: HK-series droids, alternate take
Post by: Ockman on May 25, 2018, 09:10:45 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1742/27481673217_9d9d0a08f2_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HSsL12)DSC_0678 (https://flic.kr/p/HSsL12) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr


"We have tracked our lost data-cores to your city, where the signal disappeared. Either you have destroyed them or you have them in a shielded location. We don't think you went through the ordeal to aquire them with the intent of destroying them here, so we know they are somewhere near.
Bring them to us or we will find them with as much violence as needed. Your choice."
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180705: Outpost Ixa's Eye
Post by: Ockman on July 05, 2018, 06:06:09 PM
Built on site by mobile construction vehicles, prefabricated and lifted in place by enormous haulers or even inserted from orbit, outposts can be created in many ways. The one thing that unites them is location: outposts are built in remote or sparsely populated areas.

Outposts can serve many different purposes: controlling or securing strategic areas (military outposts), extraction of natural resources (mining/drilling outposts), settling uninhabited areas (civilian outposts) or being able to conduct research without prying eyes or collateral damage if something goes wrong (research outposts), to name a few.


+++ SATELLITE IMAGE OF RESEARCH OUTPOST "IXA'S EYE" +++

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/876/28045368737_d3bcd43928_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JJgR3i)Satellite image (https://flic.kr/p/JJgR3i) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Contact was lost with research outpost "Ixa's Eye" during the storm season, which blankets Ixa, one of Golgotha Prime's minor continents, in electromagnetic storms.
This was expected. What wasn't expected was the absence of communication after the storm season was over. Even more curious was the absence of investigative missions from the organization owning the research outpost.

Tech Archaeologist Juno Starstrider heard the rumours about Ixa's Eye and decided to investigate it for herself. After months of satellite scans and picture analysis, Starstrider could localize the outpost. Initial scans didn't show any activity onsite.

She arrived at an abandoned outpost. Stores, labs, garages and databanks were all empty. Left behind were only deactivated guardbots and one log entry reading "Electromagnetic shielding insufficient, relocating to recently discovered enclave, codename: D-RR-Y".

Just as Starstrider finished reading the log, a proximity alarm went off. A ship had landed a couple of clicks away, the signature indicating it being a NeoDyne Security troopship. "Uh-oh, looks like an attempt of hostile takeover is about to happen. Let's see if I can hinder it..." she said as she started rebooting the deactivated guardbots...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1762/28045370447_717a6a1a91_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JJgRxM)Juno Starstrider cracking the security system (https://flic.kr/p/JJgRxM) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/884/41104304880_074fdf1fa2_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25CfiMJ)Juno Starstrider commanding reactivated guardbots. (https://flic.kr/p/25CfiMJ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr




Pictures of the individual buildings:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1828/41104305370_44c83a3dd5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25CfiWb)Communications center (https://flic.kr/p/25CfiWb) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/880/42196170104_03fddb2114_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27hJphd)Garage (https://flic.kr/p/27hJphd) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1766/41104305220_aa57a57d00_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25CfiTA)Labs (https://flic.kr/p/25CfiTA) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/896/28045379887_4f6b26eb45_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JJgUmx)Blue skies (https://flic.kr/p/JJgUmx) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180705: Outpost Ixa's Eye
Post by: Oldben1 on July 06, 2018, 04:06:55 AM
Great photos, so clear.  I think you knocked it out of the park with the color scheme.  The bright yellow was a great choice.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180705: Outpost Ixa's Eye
Post by: Etranger on July 06, 2018, 05:58:25 AM
Nice, are the buildings scratchbuilt? I recognise the GZG fittings on them!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180705: Outpost Ixa's Eye
Post by: Ockman on July 06, 2018, 08:05:41 AM
Great photos, so clear.  I think you knocked it out of the park with the color scheme.  The bright yellow was a great choice.

Hey, thanks! I took the photos early morning on my balcony, clear skies and brutal sunlight, 80 ISO and macro!

I wanted the buildings to remind of older RTS games, like Command and Conquer, hence the grey/yellow scheme. I asked around for tips about colour choice, but ended up doing it the easy way: painting greeblies separate and then glueing them on.

Here's a couple of my favorite pictures, that I had to discard due to background breaking immersion.

 (https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1766/28045377927_5ded70540f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JJgTLK)Outpost Vättern (https://flic.kr/p/JJgTLK) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1829/28045378767_9d997a9040_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JJgU2e)Outpost balcony (https://flic.kr/p/JJgU2e) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Nice, are the buildings scratchbuilt? I recognise the GZG fittings on them!

Thanks, Etranger!

They are indeed scratchbuilt, from soap dishes bought from Flying Tiger (former TGR, former Tiger). I just added some plasticard, corrugated paper and GZG bits.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/836/28361647217_f04f9b23a1_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KddRBx)Outpost materials (https://flic.kr/p/KddRBx) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1786/43181101672_80bceef9a0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28MLr7Y)Unpainted outpost (https://flic.kr/p/28MLr7Y) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180705: Outpost Ixa's Eye
Post by: gamer Mac on July 06, 2018, 09:05:40 AM
Lovely set of photos and the buildings and figures are great :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180705: Outpost Ixa's Eye
Post by: Ockman on July 06, 2018, 03:17:26 PM
Lovely set of photos and the buildings and figures are great :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

Thanks, Mac!

I hope to be able to start playing a campaign this year, I've soon got enough terrain to have some variety in setting and hopefully soon have enough painted miniatures to be able to field a variety of NPCs, heroes and enemies.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Ockman on July 31, 2018, 04:46:48 AM

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/857/43631166532_04e5b0e243_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29tx8HW)NeoDyne Security responding to an alert (https://flic.kr/p/29tx8HW) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Corporation: NeoDyne Security
Parent corporation: NeoDyne MegaCorp
Colours: Red, grey and black
Logo: An upward pointing triangle comprised of three red upward pointing triangles
Core business: Security, law-enforcement, acquisition/repossession
Notable activities: Corporate warfare (confirmed), hostile takeovers (confirmed), corporate espionage (suspected), kidnapping/brain drain (suspected), assassinations (rumored)

A typical NeoDyne Security team consists of five officers. One officer carries a support weapon, while the other four carries pistol-type weapons. NeoDyne is known for issuing advanced weaponry to their security forces (although the corporation issues sub-par armour; the mortality rates are high at NeoDyne Security).

What does it take to become a NeoDyne Security officer? Just two things: undying loyalty to the corporation and the ability to take and execute orders without questions or hesitation. A natural talent for being ruthless isn't mandatory, but it's a great asset.


(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/848/41869678230_891b7bc3e9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26MT3BY)NeoDyne Security (https://flic.kr/p/26MT3BY) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/936/43631171622_dee68927cc_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29txaeG)NeoDyne Security (https://flic.kr/p/29txaeG) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/936/43631167562_26470dd5b9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29tx92G)NeoDyne Security officer down (https://flic.kr/p/29tx92G) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/928/43631165532_1ac810da15_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29tx8qG)NeoDyne Security two-man team in defensive position (https://flic.kr/p/29tx8qG) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/857/43631174332_3c9854a0ee_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29txb3q)NeoDyne Security two-man team (https://flic.kr/p/29txb3q) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/850/43631173342_8b1ff677bd_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29txaKm)Going for back-up (https://flic.kr/p/29txaKm) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/842/43631172992_e8f6ed5fb1_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29txaDj)Leaving one behind (https://flic.kr/p/29txaDj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: gamer Mac on July 31, 2018, 08:49:08 AM
Very nice job on those :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
I really like the way you have painted the visors
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: OSHIROmodels on July 31, 2018, 09:01:14 AM
Great stuff, I particularly like the outpost  8)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Ockman on July 31, 2018, 10:43:17 AM
Very nice job on those :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
I really like the way you have painted the visors

Thanks, Mac! These minis were my first attempt of batch painting, but I wasn't happy with them, so they've been lingering in a box for a couple of years.
Picked them up just to check them out and suddenly saw what was wrong - not enough contrasting highlights. So I added some highlights (especially on the weapons) and painted their visors, which was the only thing not finished (except for the bases).

The visors are painted with a basecoat of 50/50 Charred Brown and Gory Red, then highlighted with Gory Red, Bloody Red and Heavy Orange from Vallejo.
Finally I add two white dots, one larger and one smaller.
Done!

Great stuff, I particularly like the outpost  8)

Thanks, James!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Oldben1 on August 01, 2018, 02:04:19 AM
Cool miniatures and great paint choices.  Might I also say that the background terrain is fun to look at!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: number1section1 on August 01, 2018, 07:06:28 AM
Great looking minis as always, really impressed with the terrain!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Lost Egg on August 01, 2018, 07:42:16 AM
Tis a cool collection of minis and terrain :D
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Ockman on August 01, 2018, 11:04:13 AM
Cool miniatures and great paint choices.  Might I also say that the background terrain is fun to look at!
Great looking minis as always, really impressed with the terrain!
Tis a cool collection of minis and terrain :D

Hey, thanks friends! It makes me happy that you like my minis and terrain!

Building terrain is one of my favorite things with the hobby, but I have always wanted to paint minis as well. I find terrain still easier, but I think I'm starting to get a hang on how to paint miniatures as well!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Jagannath on August 02, 2018, 04:24:54 PM
Hey mate, haven't dropped in for a while - there's been some lovely updates!

Those grey buildings look smashing - I've got a load of those GZG bits to add to some Crom's Anvil desert buildings, but 15mm's taking a bit of a back seat at the mo! This thread is a beut.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Scarper on August 02, 2018, 09:52:54 PM
Huge fan of your backstories and world-building - thanks for sharing them! The NeoDyne guys are ace - the red masks and highlights really make them pop. I keep forgetting that your stuff is a smaller scale, the paintjobs would be excellent even on 28mm  :D
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Ockman on August 03, 2018, 06:03:21 PM
Hey mate, haven't dropped in for a while - there's been some lovely updates!

Those grey buildings look smashing - I've got a load of those GZG bits to add to some Crom's Anvil desert buildings, but 15mm's taking a bit of a back seat at the mo! This thread is a beut.

Thanks, Rory! Nice to see you back again, your presence has been missed!

I do like your 28mm endeavours, although I wait for your return to the true scale  ;)

Huge fan of your backstories and world-building - thanks for sharing them! The NeoDyne guys are ace - the red masks and highlights really make them pop. I keep forgetting that your stuff is a smaller scale, the paintjobs would be excellent even on 28mm  :D

Hey, thanks Scarper!

Lovely to hear that you appreciate my stories, it's one of the things I loved the most with old RPGs and magazines like White Dwarf: small stories hinting about a larger universe.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Dr De'Ath on August 03, 2018, 06:40:55 PM
superb little outpost setup you've got there
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: DivisMal on August 03, 2018, 06:55:01 PM
The new pictures are brilliant...inspirational...awesome ...and all very well constructed. I really enjoy the diligence you must use to arrange minis and scenery in such a nice way.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Ockman on August 04, 2018, 06:22:46 PM
superb little outpost setup you've got there

Thanks Dr De'Ath, I'm mighty happy with the effort!
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The new pictures are brilliant...inspirational...awesome ...and all very well constructed. I really enjoy the diligence you must use to arrange minis and scenery in such a nice way.

Thanks Florian, you know comments like yours make me want to build, paint and photograph even more. It makes me feel like my efforts are worth something to more people than just myself.

I've been sketching what to do next, although I've got four bases of buildings ready to paint, so perhaps I should finish the old stuff before I start with the next things (the next things being a NeoDyne Security building, a black tower with a landing pad and evil presence, or a block of buildings with an entrance to an underground complex in the backyard...)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: DivisMal on August 04, 2018, 07:08:45 PM
Thanks Dr De'Ath, I'm mighty happy with the effort!
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Thanks Florian, you know comments like yours make me want to build, paint and photograph even more. It makes me feel like my efforts are worth something to more people than just myself.

I've been sketching what to do next, although I've got four bases of buildings ready to paint, so perhaps I should finish the old stuff before I start with the next things (the next things being a NeoDyne Security building, a black tower with a landing pad and evil presence, or a block of buildings with an entrance to an underground complex in the backyard...)

I really admire you for having the discipline to continually work on these projects. I had a long break just now...being in the field and trying to work on a book, plus still on the move between flats...and usually after such breaks my mojo is gone and I continue something else. Right now I’m itching to do some Oldhammer and/or 15mm Rogue Trader again.

So please do. The Neodyne Security Tower sounds brilliant. Already the name conjures up pictures from Syndicate and Blade Runner. I’m excited how you will do that.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Ockman on August 04, 2018, 10:12:18 PM
I really admire you for having the discipline to continually work on these projects. I had a long break just now...being in the field and trying to work on a book, plus still on the move between flats...and usually after such breaks my mojo is gone and I continue something else. Right now I’m itching to do some Oldhammer and/or 15mm Rogue Trader again.

So please do. The Neodyne Security Tower sounds brilliant. Already the name conjures up pictures from Syndicate and Blade Runner. I’m excited how you will do that.

I think having limited hobby time makes it easier for me to stay focused. If I don't have time for my main project, then I definitely don't have time for any side projects. Having two kids and renovating my house keeps me focused ;)

Still, I tend to lose focus within my project. I've built some new city terrain, but I can't bother to paint and base them, so instead I paint my outpost terrain (which has been lying around built, but not painted, for more than a year). Then I remember that I need more potential enemies for my RPG, so I finish my NeoDyne Security officers, which I started batch painting over three years ago.

I want to have a crew to be able to play campaign games, but I find it hard to sit down and paint minis I care about. At the same time I actually have a finished crew, painted and everything, with full back stories, but that I don't care about anymore (although I might reuse some characters).

I might be able to continually work on my 15mm sci-fi project, but I'm still all over the place...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Torben on August 06, 2018, 03:35:42 AM
Wonderful miniatures and terrain! This post is quite the inspiration for getting back to my own 15mm efforts!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: DivisMal on August 06, 2018, 04:42:25 AM
I think having limited hobby time makes it easier for me to stay focused. If I don't have time for my main project, then I definitely don't have time for any side projects. Having two kids and renovating my house keeps me focused ;)

Well, then there is still hope for me. My time is more and more limited - and it DOES result in a focussing on fewer projects.

Still, I tend to lose focus within my project. I've built some new city terrain, but I can't bother to paint and base them, so instead I paint my outpost terrain (which has been lying around built, but not painted, for more than a year). Then I remember that I need more potential enemies for my RPG, so I finish my NeoDyne Security officers, which I started batch painting over three years ago.

I want to have a crew to be able to play campaign games, but I find it hard to sit down and paint minis I care about. At the same time I actually have a finished crew, painted and everything, with full back stories, but that I don't care about anymore (although I might reuse some characters).

So true. And since there are endless possibilites, it's the easiest way (and let's face it most fun way, too= to extend the project and lead it into originally unintended and unaticipated directions.


I might be able to continually work on my 15mm sci-fi project, but I'm still all over the place...
So to sum things up: The more things change, the more they stay the same? :)
Anyway, I enjoy reading your posts and I also still enjoy erratically painting a few models of my leadpile. It's the way of the hobby to be never really finished.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Ockman on August 06, 2018, 06:02:48 PM
Wonderful miniatures and terrain! This post is quite the inspiration for getting back to my own 15mm efforts!

Thanks Torben, glad to be inspiring you!

So to sum things up: The more things change, the more they stay the same? :)
Anyway, I enjoy reading your posts and I also still enjoy erratically painting a few models of my leadpile. It's the way of the hobby to be never really finished.

Well, one thing that keeps me on track is having clear goals, or at least a "valued direction" (as it's called in ACT).

I know what I want (built and painted terrain and miniatures that will enable me to play a narrative campaign with variation in setting, NPCs and enemies). As long as I can answer "yes" on the question "does this project lie in my valued direction, does it take me closer to my goals?" I think that I can do it in good conscience.

Also, doing most solo stuff without friends who play, I don't have any distractions. If everyone else were doing Kill Team, I might as well...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: War Monkey on August 07, 2018, 11:16:19 PM
Wow! some really great stuff on this thread. Inspiring me to build a city board and a colony outpost as well.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Ockman on August 08, 2018, 04:00:19 PM
Wow! some really great stuff on this thread. Inspiring me to build a city board and a colony outpost as well.

Thanks, War Monkey!

The beauty of 15mm is that it's possible to not only have one terrain setup, but multiple! I have one city board, 60x60 cm big (2x2', consisting of 4 30x30 cm tiles (1x1')) and one wilderness board 60x90 cm big (2x3').

Everything takes up 1/3 of a double closet, which is way less than what one 28mm setup would occupy.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: War Monkey on August 09, 2018, 05:05:49 AM
I'm wanting to expand on the city boards to cover a 4x4 or 4x6 foot area, I also want to mount them on 1 inch pink board which would be mounted on either hardboard of thin MDF, they then would be elevated so I could make river boards for bridges. Might even make a seaport, I'm totally going to run with this and share my work.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Ockman on August 09, 2018, 02:19:34 PM
I'm wanting to expand on the city boards to cover a 4x4 or 4x6 foot area, I also want to mount them on 1 inch pink board which would be mounted on either hardboard of thin MDF, they then would be elevated so I could make river boards for bridges. Might even make a seaport, I'm totally going to run with this and share my work.

Wow, this sounds like a great idea! Will you go with static or modular terrain? Either way, a great way to get going is getting some MDF terrain, it's often affordable and builds quick. I started with Mad Mecha Guy stuff, but I don't think he's selling any more. Sarissa Precision sells pretty cool industrial MDF kits.

Anyway, tell me when you start. I'm interested in your project!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180731: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Ockman on August 09, 2018, 09:16:15 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/940/41869676980_ed0125a632_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26MT3fq)Officer down! (https://flic.kr/p/26MT3fq) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

They found him in an alley, on his back and unresponsive. Both his partner and his weapon were nowhere to be found, but those circumstances, together with a badly cauterized wound on the officer's neck, told part of the story.

Two officers had gone out on patrol. One was dead, one was gone. Perhaps there had been a third party involved, someone who had kidnapped the missing officer. The investigators were pretty sure there weren't. This happened fairly often with NeoDyne Security employees.

Perhaps the corporation was doubting the dead man's loyalty and had decided to act before he'd betray them. Perhaps the dead man had been ordered to eliminate the suspected betrayer, only to be taken out himself.

Either way, the investigators probably wouldn't find the killer. If it was NeoDyne Security sanctioning it, the killer would be promoted and transfered far away from any investigation. If it wasn't, the killer would disappeared off system. With a new ID and a new face, the killer might stay off NeoDyne's radar, but they would never stop looking...


(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/937/43631168372_8bf9b36e2a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29tx9gE)Chalk outline (https://flic.kr/p/29tx9gE) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180809: NeoDyne Security
Post by: War Monkey on August 09, 2018, 10:46:52 PM
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Wow, this sounds like a great idea! Will you go with static or modular terrain? Either way, a great way to get going is getting some MDF terrain, it's often affordable and builds quick. I started with Mad Mecha Guy stuff, but I don't think he's selling any more. Sarissa Precision sells pretty cool industrial MDF kits.


No I will do modular so I can have different set-ups, I sent an e-mail to Ma Mecha Guy and waiting to here back His site is still up, it's just saying not taking any orders.  ???

Really like the Chalk outline! I have several "Down" modern military from "Peter Pig" and some other that I'm using for civilians from him as well that I will be using in my games also found some 1/87 scale military zombies on Shapeways.com I know they might be a little big but seems nobody else makes any sets in 15mm range.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180809: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Oldben1 on August 10, 2018, 12:07:31 AM
That chalk outline is so cool.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180809: NeoDyne Security
Post by: Ockman on August 10, 2018, 01:54:59 PM
That chalk outline is so cool.

Thanks, Michael! It's one of my favorite terrain features!

Really like the Chalk outline! I have several "Down" modern military from "Peter Pig" and some other that I'm using for civilians from him as well that I will be using in my games also found some 1/87 scale military zombies on Shapeways.com I know they might be a little big but seems nobody else makes any sets in 15mm range.

Hey, thanks! A little scalecreep hasn't hurt anyone ;)

I've heard that Mad Mecha Guy has had some personal issues lately, there's a lot of people wanting his stuff, though.

My experience is that it's better to get lots of buildings together, even if they are undetailed. You can always add details later, but it's a lot more fun to have high terrain density. Get some cork, corrugated cardboard and some greeblies and start building warehouses.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180809: NeoDyne Security
Post by: War Monkey on August 11, 2018, 02:55:28 AM
Oh. I'm going to grab a lot of things, but I will have to wait till next month when the budget will allow. My Shopping list is growing long! Been checking out a lot of Manufactures that make 15MM scale buildings.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Ockman on August 14, 2018, 06:19:45 PM
After Florian (DivisMal) and I talked about getting diverted with your projects, I came to think about my first finished Five Parsecs from Home crew.

The crew was rolled up and painted in the aftermath of my huge wedding (which had consumed all hobby time for months - planning, fixing and building Wes Anderson themed table decorations). I was really happy with the crew, but my paintjobs were not that great (I've learned some since).

I had a campaign planned, it would revolve around a planet with higher than usual rate of psionics occuring. An anti-psionic fascist government group would dispose of the elected government, starting a reign of terror. A Unity agent would be sent to the planet, with orders to work against the fascists, rally the population and start an uprising.

Characters:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4266/35611951762_461d38cee7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WfUyyj)Agent (https://flic.kr/p/WfUyyj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Unity agent codename "Omega Angel" (I was not happy with that name, it was just a placeholder) is a lot older than she looks. She's been sent by the United Worlds' Government to dispose of the fascist government and reinstate the former, elected one.

She's armed with an experimental weapon which can use either standard ammo (works like an auto-rifle) or very rare nano-bot ammo. With the latter, the weapon can change firing mode on the fly, working one second as a sniper rifle, the next as a flechette carbine and then as a rocket launcher (like the weapons from John Scalzi's Old man's war).

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4284/35605490502_86f8d676bc_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WfkrRh)Rez Torah (https://flic.kr/p/WfkrRh) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Omega Angel's final training mission was to infiltrate a world inhabited by ORANGE-class aliens, and retrieve one alien egg. Unlike her comrades, Omega Angel took care of the egg until it hatched and raised the infant alien herself, naming him Rez Torah.

Rez Torah is Omega Angel's right hand man. Although he's huge, imposing and (to many) terrifying, he's a thoughtful and analytic individual. Not many know this, since it's far more effective to let others think you solve every problem with excessive violence (although Rez is fond of solving hard-to-crack problems with high explosives).

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4254/35775162235_b671d3a158_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Wvk4kZ)Heiress of House Lander (https://flic.kr/p/Wvk4kZ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

House Lander grew to prominence in the early days of the third expansion, as they offered to use their cargo haulers to test the newly developed FTL-drive. They were the first traders to have FTL capabilities, they were able to establish new trade routes across the galaxy, and their motto was (and is) "Always a fair deal".

House Lander is known for being fair, for using large amounts of freelancers and for standing up for the oppressed and disenfranchised. They are also known for supplying oppressed workers and indigenous people with weapons, advisors and sometimes troops to fight the more ruthless corporations.

This support created a schism that in turn started the First Pan-galactic Corporate War. The war between corporations was destroying both trade and much of the industrial base, prompting the United Worlds' Government to step in with overwhelming force to end the war.

In the aftermath, House Lander had to sign an agreement that forbade them to actively engage in conflicts with corporations. An agreement that they keep - nominally at least. Instead of engaging themselves, House Lander use their extensive network of freelancers to keep up the fight for the oppressed and disenfranchised.

The Heiress of House Lander has, as her forebearers, gone undercover to explore the universe as an ordinary person. She has welded hulls in zero-G at the shipyards of Kirill, sold soba out of a market stall on Anea III and negotiated fair overtime compensation for herself and her fellow workers in the Zelotium mines on Terrera. She has also been running guns to uprising labourers on Tybar II, freed slaves on Epyx IV, sabotaged WarBot production on a secret asteroid base in the Endea Cluster and has fought for countless causes on countless worlds.

When the campaign starts, the Heiress is imprisoned in a NeoDyne Security internment camp after a resource gathering raid went south. NeoDyne camp executives don't know the Heiress true identity, they don't even know which of the ones they nabbed are important, but they do know they got someone special...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4290/34964845673_12688c29e5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VgHYsM)Alien Bodyguard (https://flic.kr/p/VgHYsM) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

After her clan had been freed from slavery on Epyx IV, Kark Bispo swore eternal loyalty to the Heiress of House Lander. Ever since, she has been the Heiress' personal bodyguard, saving her life on numerous occations.

Kark got separated from the Heiress during the failed raid and managed to escape NeoDyne's grasp. She can't forgive herself for not being able to protect the Heiress, but has sworn to do everything to get her back.

Kark Bispo has latent psionic powers, which would manifest themselves during the campaign.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4112/35611919092_bbdbe43556_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WfUoR3)WarBot (https://flic.kr/p/WfUoR3) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Specialized in electronic warfare, as well as ordinary warfare, WarBot H31-NZ has been hired by Omega Angel to give the crew an edge in stealthy intrusion and, if that fails, combat.

But can the WarBot be trusted? Or will it turn on the crew at the worst time?

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4076/35733966886_1b5fa985bf_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WrFVpm)"I said not one step closer!" (https://flic.kr/p/WrFVpm) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

My first mission would have the team working together to free the Heiress. It would be played on two boards, one where Rez Torah and Kark Bispo would create a distraction by blowing up a power generator supplying the prison camp with juice, and another where H31-NZ and Omega Angel would infiltrate a communications center, to disrupt NeoDyne Security communications and radar network, enabling a House Lander freelancer to land his cargo hauler inside the prison camp, freeing the Heiress...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: War Monkey on August 15, 2018, 06:07:11 AM
Very nice background story, really like that paint work you did on those Khurasan figures, really like the robot's paint job!

I will have to check out the rules of "Five Parsecs from Home" from Nordic Weasel if I recall correctly.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Ockman on August 15, 2018, 03:24:10 PM
Very nice background story, really like that paint work you did on those Khurasan figures, really like the robot's paint job!

I will have to check out the rules of "Five Parsecs from Home" from Nordic Weasel if I recall correctly.

Thanks, War Monkey!

I think that the WarBot is the first 15mm sci-fi mini that I painted. It was a labour of love, but took unreasonable long time to paint.

I can't really vouch for Five Parsecs from Home, since I've only played two games. The thing is, the first edition rulebook was a really, really exciting read and I love (LOVE ) the character generation system and the campaign system. I'm also fond of the setting, at least as an inspiration for my own setting. The rules for combat, I haven't got enough experience to say anything about.

To me, the first edition was great. It reminded me of the fluffy rulebooks of my youth. That’s why I was so disappointed with the second edition, it stripped out all fluff, which was the main thing for me. I don't think Ivan sells the first edition anymore, unfortunately.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: War Monkey on August 18, 2018, 05:28:04 AM
Ockman, Still admiring your work, I have a really large shopping list.  lol


@Oldben1 just where did you get this robot in the picture you posted?

https://flic.kr/p/A4FwnN
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: DivisMal on August 18, 2018, 02:08:04 PM
Wow. I missed a few important posts, it seems. The terrain is super awesome shiny...the chalk line - brilliant idea! Love how you mix Cyperpunk, Space Opera and Frontier world elements.

Great!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Oldben1 on August 18, 2018, 02:12:31 PM
More great posts!  This has become one of my favourite threads.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Ockman on August 18, 2018, 06:57:03 PM
Ockman, Still admiring your work, I have a really large shopping list.  lol


@Oldben1 just where did you get this robot in the picture you posted?

https://flic.kr/p/A4FwnN

Thanks a bunch! It's nice to inspire others! Is it something special that you want to buy after reading this thread?

Wow. I missed a few important posts, it seems. The terrain is super awesome shiny...the chalk line - brilliant idea! Love how you mix Cyperpunk, Space Opera and Frontier world elements.

Great!

Thanks, Florian! The best thing with using your own (well, somewhat) setting is that you can add whatever you want.

More great posts!  This has become one of my favourite threads.

Thanks, Michael! I'm really happy that you enjoy my thread!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Garanhir on August 21, 2018, 05:34:27 PM
At the end of a stressful day, this thread has made me feel relaxed and happy.

Thank you.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Ockman on August 21, 2018, 07:40:19 PM
At the end of a stressful day, this thread has made me feel relaxed and happy.

Thank you.

Hey, Garanhir, comments like yours mean the world to me. I'm glad to have made your day somewhat better.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Ockman on August 22, 2018, 07:11:13 PM
Did some touch-ups on the NeoDyne Security casualty, here's the before and after:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4216/34964865533_0cf2f80a2b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VgJ5nc)DSC_0130_1 (https://flic.kr/p/VgJ5nc) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/856/41869677660_51a1b2eafc_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26MT3s9)IMG_1030 (https://flic.kr/p/26MT3s9) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: War Monkey on August 23, 2018, 05:15:52 AM
Nice rework, how is you projects moving along?

So I cut up a bunch cardboard in 4x4 inch squares to figure out different ideas for 12x12 cork tile, drawing the roads on them, I figured out how to make an overpass that would scale up to 36 inches by 12 inch and that I can have some 4 way intersections that would help make for  a nice layout on a 3 foot by 3 foot table. Still working on a couple of other ideas like river tiles using the straight and curve sections figure I can add a bridge or two.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Ockman on August 24, 2018, 08:13:43 PM
Nice rework, how is you projects moving along?

So I cut up a bunch cardboard in 4x4 inch squares to figure out different ideas for 12x12 cork tile, drawing the roads on them, I figured out how to make an overpass that would scale up to 36 inches by 12 inch and that I can have some 4 way intersections that would help make for  a nice layout on a 3 foot by 3 foot table. Still working on a couple of other ideas like river tiles using the straight and curve sections figure I can add a bridge or two.

Everything has been on a hiatus the latest month, due to some 1:1 scale modelling (= renovating my home).

I've been putting up spackle/polyfilla/putty (fine grain sand in an acrylic medium) on old structural wallpaper (in Swedish: bredspackla, i guess it would translate to broad spackling). It's a pretty time consuming and heavy labour. Especially during the hottest summer in Sweden, ever. It was around +30°C every day. I'm glad to be finished.

Your project sounds exciting, post some pics of your sketches (or a link), it would be great! I would make an overpass not run parallel to the other roads, but at a slight angle.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: War Monkey on August 26, 2018, 07:56:59 PM
Okay so I have manage to take a few pictures of concept of what I have been thinking with the 4x4 pieces of cardboard before I use cork

 https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MNESvShM5cM/W4MAT7OWmbI/AAAAAAAAB1M/-_s4EPeTJTs8x7zS7AllSsNn14xyrQCwACLcBGAs/s1600/102_1709.jpg  (https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MNESvShM5cM/W4MAT7OWmbI/AAAAAAAAB1M/-_s4EPeTJTs8x7zS7AllSsNn14xyrQCwACLcBGAs/s1600/102_1709.jpg)

 https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mz0liFQdHac/W4MAej7LWYI/AAAAAAAAB1U/mi-Bv4Z85xIH2-5wJKp1bF45GILymH3MQCLcBGAs/s1600/102_1711.jpg  (https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mz0liFQdHac/W4MAej7LWYI/AAAAAAAAB1U/mi-Bv4Z85xIH2-5wJKp1bF45GILymH3MQCLcBGAs/s1600/102_1711.jpg)

 https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CGJfrdWzRXU/W4MArXmZ3jI/AAAAAAAAB1g/xm7x056yK4ExhbgHnNbRApznjKzmElz_gCLcBGAs/s1600/102_1713.jpg  (https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CGJfrdWzRXU/W4MArXmZ3jI/AAAAAAAAB1g/xm7x056yK4ExhbgHnNbRApznjKzmElz_gCLcBGAs/s1600/102_1713.jpg)

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pcUA1QpmLpY/W4MA3ISyGWI/AAAAAAAAB1k/kesDQfxWgp8II6aL2x8IEsXtEqXQ7fQsQCLcBGAs/s1600/102_1714.jpg  (https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pcUA1QpmLpY/W4MA3ISyGWI/AAAAAAAAB1k/kesDQfxWgp8II6aL2x8IEsXtEqXQ7fQsQCLcBGAs/s1600/102_1714.jpg)

 https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-B7EF5lBHvtI/W4MBLlZw6NI/AAAAAAAAB14/k6AyEYRYLuYbekHzcjw5jdB6Zgd2QeP0ACLcBGAs/s1600/102_1717.jpg  (https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-B7EF5lBHvtI/W4MBLlZw6NI/AAAAAAAAB14/k6AyEYRYLuYbekHzcjw5jdB6Zgd2QeP0ACLcBGAs/s1600/102_1717.jpg)

You can see a little more here on my blog, https://silo1313.blogspot.com/ Sorry about the quality of the photos dropped my camera one to many times.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 27, 2018, 07:20:52 AM
have you used url rather than img? they all appear as links.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: War Monkey on August 27, 2018, 03:57:59 PM
I'm still trying to figure this forum's system out.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MNESvShM5cM/W4MAT7OWmbI/AAAAAAAAB1M/-_s4EPeTJTs8x7zS7AllSsNn14xyrQCwACLcBGAs/s1600/102_1709.jpg)

Hey I think I got it!

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mz0liFQdHac/W4MAej7LWYI/AAAAAAAAB1U/mi-Bv4Z85xIH2-5wJKp1bF45GILymH3MQCLcBGAs/s1600/102_1711.jpg)

My river concept and bridge
(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5415lCm28is/W4MAnp6cCkI/AAAAAAAAB1c/heocNLKmyEsKQ3IQBAh8eoatFQwUtYLIgCLcBGAs/s1600/102_1712.jpg)

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pcUA1QpmLpY/W4MA3ISyGWI/AAAAAAAAB1k/kesDQfxWgp8II6aL2x8IEsXtEqXQ7fQsQCLcBGAs/s1600/102_1714.jpg)

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-B7EF5lBHvtI/W4MBLlZw6NI/AAAAAAAAB14/k6AyEYRYLuYbekHzcjw5jdB6Zgd2QeP0ACLcBGAs/s1600/102_1717.jpg)

Sorry for the pictures being a little out of focus been like that ever seens I dropped the camra.

So I'm using the 4x4 pieces of cardboard just to work out the concept before I end up wasting good cork tiles.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Oldben1 on August 27, 2018, 11:56:51 PM
Looks like a cool project
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: War Monkey on August 29, 2018, 06:32:44 AM
As soon as the wallet refills I will be to jumping all over on this!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Ockman on August 29, 2018, 06:03:25 PM
War Monkey, how nice of you to refer to my thread on your blog! I haven't had time to read it all, but what I've seen looks great!

I like your plans and I saw that you've got some H0 buildings to fill the board. I wouldn't try to make 48 tiles (6x8 table) in one go, though. Start with something manageable!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: DivisMal on August 30, 2018, 05:51:32 AM
...this may create a snowball of modular boards for 15mm gamings, that later generations will remember as the Ockman-tiles!  lol

I'm itching to do some hobby work myself, but right now I barely manage to get a few models painted (who lack a tabletop to rampage through), but this gives me a lot of inspiration.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Ockman on August 30, 2018, 06:40:32 PM
...this may create a snowball of modular boards for 15mm gamings, that later generations will remember as the Ockman-tiles!  lol

I hope not, since I stole the idea from Spacejacker! Give credit where credit's due!

Still, some of the best things with this hobby are the inspiration, the reinterpretations, the copies, the remakes, the ideas built on others' ideas, the elaborations... it's a living culture and I see us all as artists and our hobby as endless canvases!

I'm itching to do some hobby work myself, but right now I barely manage to get a few models painted (who lack a tabletop to rampage through), but this gives me a lot of inspiration.

I know about not having time (or energy) and all I can say is that there will come a time where you'll be able to do some hobby work. Sometimes you can't wait for it to happen, though, sometimes you must create time for your hobby and just force yourself to paint or build something.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Oldben1 on August 30, 2018, 08:53:35 PM
I still follow Spacejacker on Instagram, although he hardly ever posts about miniatures.

He has inspired at least half my projects.

I think Ockman’s stuff is pretty cool, especially the color choices and the cool backstory.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: War Monkey on August 31, 2018, 05:42:18 AM
Sorry I don't have Instagram, and sure wish he would start posting on his blog again but it is what it is. In the mean time I have to wait till I have some time to start making my Spacejacker Ockman Tiles.  lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: Ockman on September 01, 2018, 09:11:07 PM
I still follow Spacejacker on Instagram, although he hardly ever posts about miniatures.

He has inspired at least half my projects.

I think Ockman’s stuff is pretty cool, especially the color choices and the cool backstory.

Thanks mate!

I still hope that he'll return to 15mm miniatures and terrain. I also follow his instagram and his old blog.

I can't say how many of my projects Spacejacker has inspired, but for the first two years, almost every single thing I bought, painted or built could be traced back to him.

Since Spacejacker hasn't made anything new to steal the latest two years, I've had to start coming up with stuff on my own. ;)

Sorry I don't have Instagram, and sure wish he would start posting on his blog again but it is what it is. In the mean time I have to wait till I have some time to start making my Spacejacker Ockman Tiles.  lol

Get instagram, there's a great hashtag called #15milminis that one can (and should) follow!

Looking forward to see your tiles!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180814: Mega post - Old crew
Post by: zrunelord on September 02, 2018, 08:51:13 AM
I agree with you Ockman , Spacejacker's work is sorely missed ....

Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180906: Advice
Post by: Ockman on September 05, 2018, 10:18:21 PM
Hello, friends!

I would like some input about my GZG Spider Drones. I've bought one pack, which contained 3 drones and now I can't decide whether I should:

1.) Paint them in a cohesive colour scheme, so I can use them together as guard bots or hunter/killers

2.) Use them to bolster different crews/warbands/units, painting them in different paint schemes (one would bolster the NeoDyne Security squad, another might support my upcoming mercenaries, the third might get a generic paintjob)

I'm leaning towards option 2, but I'm not entirely sure.

Here's a picture of a drone, if you haven't seen them before (this one hasn't been cleaned yet, there's still flash on the guns and some of the legs)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1844/43778832814_96d88e30b9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29GzXLj)GZG Spider Drone (https://flic.kr/p/29GzXLj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180906: Advice
Post by: Oldben1 on September 06, 2018, 01:53:00 AM
I would paint all three the same.  You can always add one, or two, to a war band.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180906: Advice
Post by: capthugeca on September 06, 2018, 03:47:01 PM
I think that I would go for all the same as well.....or perhaps buy a set batch of them and do both.  :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180906: Advice
Post by: Ockman on September 06, 2018, 08:05:03 PM
My main problem with painting them cohesive is two-fold.

1.) Inspiration. I don't know how to paint them. Should they be a faction of their own, support a crew/team/warband/whatever I already have painted (or that I'm thinking about painting) or be so very generic that any crew/team/warband/whatever can use them? Since I'm going to play very small scale games (~5 miniatures/side) adding three armoured drones to a crew/(you know the rest) will have a pretty drastic impact (although I could see an underdog scenario, where the heroes must sneak to avoid an overpowered foe).

2. Inspiration. If they are going to be a crew on their own, I can't really come up with a backstory or rationale. I've already got a team of (humanoid) Hunter/Killer droids, why should I have another? Since I build and paint with an intention (to be able to play an RPG campaign), I try to fit every new thing I add into a possible narrative. To me it's hard to just paint a squad without any kind of idea what they might be further down the road.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180906: Advice
Post by: number1section1 on September 07, 2018, 06:33:00 PM
If I may make a suggestion, paint them up in the default factory paint job. NeoDyne has them provided. Mercenarys acquired them, raiders stole them. Just my thoughts.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180906: Advice
Post by: Ockman on September 07, 2018, 09:29:23 PM
If I may make a suggestion, paint them up in the default factory paint job. NeoDyne has them provided. Mercenarys acquired them, raiders stole them. Just my thoughts.

This is an idea that I really like!

Still I would need a paint scheme. I'm thinking about undercoating everything black and drybrush gunmetal/silver or the mechanical parts, perhaps drybrushing the guns in bronze/brass. I'm not sure about the colour on the carapace/lenses. If I go grey/red, they will be really NeoDyne Security, but perhaps also somewhat generic. Perhaps I should take inspiration from Portal's drone turrets, going for white carapace and orange lenses. Perhaps khaki carapace with purple lenses?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180906: Advice
Post by: Inso on September 07, 2018, 09:36:28 PM
They are cheap as chips and in time, you will likely want to add more at any rate so I would keep them coherent.

That said, the ones I bought, were painted in a coherent colour scheme but with slightly different patterns. That made them similar... but different.

I bent the barrels of the weapons to turn them into comms drones... but the idea still stands:

(https://i.imgur.com/WnZ3svo.jpg)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180906: Advice
Post by: Ockman on September 08, 2018, 01:55:35 PM
Thanks, all of you!

Now I've got some new ideas and inspiration! I think I will paint all of them in one scheme, a default factory paintjob.

Inso: Those look ace! I really like the commander, where's that mini from?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180906: Advice
Post by: Grimmnar on September 08, 2018, 10:15:38 PM
They are cheap as chips and in time, you will likely want to add more at any rate so I would keep them coherent.
The multiply like rabbits in Inso's presence. It's all in the food pellets. :-)

Grimm
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181111: Colonial Doctor Jorah Goodfellow
Post by: Ockman on November 11, 2018, 09:33:20 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4916/44016370330_3273f7936a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2a4zpoJ)Colonial Doctor Jorah Goodfellow (https://flic.kr/p/2a4zpoJ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

On the most advanced worlds, death is more or less optional. Nanobot surgery, regenerative treatments and stabilizing stasis chambers all work together to combat aging, diseases and accidents. Only the most horrific accidents or rare equipment failures lead to death, and on some worlds not even that, since the advent of body and consciousness backups.

On most worlds, though, death and disease are still a part of normal life. This is especially true on colony worlds where it's common with heavy and dangerous work, unknown (and often hostile) biospheres, and limited access to auto-docs (and supplies for them).

Colonial Doctors are a special breed; part medical doctors, part scientists, part improvising trouble shooters/biomechanics. Pictured here is Colonial Doctor Jorah Goodfellow, veteran of numerous colonizations, mapper of multiple biospheres and renowned physician. At the moment, he's residing on Golgotha Prime, combining medical work with investigating the disappearance or demise of the first colonists, centuries ago.

Doctor Goodfellow is revered for his work, but also viewed as a bit excentric due to his obsession with the Lazarus Virus T-strain (colloquially known as 'the Zombie Virus'). He's been known to appear on worlds that has suffered T-strain outbreaks, ostensibly to study the virus, although malicious rumours claim that the good doctor has been spotted in-system before the onset of several outbreaks...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181111: Colonial Doctor Jorah Goodfellow
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 12, 2018, 09:19:08 AM
Nice.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 180906: Advice
Post by: Inso on November 12, 2018, 11:41:48 AM

Inso: Those look ace! I really like the commander, where's that mini from?

It's a converted Grymn. He has the body of this guy:

https://www.hfminis.co.uk/shop?product=gustav~hfg308&category=sci%252dfi-%26%0D%0Aweird-war~grymn-specialists

The head from here:

http://www.pig-iron-productions.com/kolony-inner-guard-heads-p-14.html

and lots of green stuff (well... he's only small so probably not that much green stuff :) ).
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181111: Colonial Doctor Jorah Goodfellow
Post by: Ockman on November 12, 2018, 04:14:29 PM
Nice.

Thanks!

It's a converted Grymn.

Super detailed explanation of how it was converted

Oh, wow ...I won't be doing that conversion. It's an awesome mini, though.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181111: Colonial Doctor Jorah Goodfellow
Post by: War Monkey on November 13, 2018, 02:50:45 AM
Nice work!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181111: Colonial Doctor Jorah Goodfellow
Post by: Ockman on November 13, 2018, 05:57:48 AM
Nice work!

Thanks, man.

It's been hard to find time for my hobby this autumn. I've been working on and off on a trio of GZG Spider drones, twenty minutes here and there, but even with them finished I haven't had the inspiration to write any story about them.

This guy, on the other hand, painted itself more or less in the space of an evening, with the story coming to me while I painted.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181111: Colonial Doctor Jorah Goodfellow
Post by: number1section1 on November 13, 2018, 07:12:17 AM
Nice painting looks way better than my version of the same model! I know what you mean about finding the time, for me at the moment it's finding the motivation, I have a small platoon worth of minis waiting for me on the paint station at the moment, the problem with 15mm being as cheap as it is!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181111: Colonial Doctor Jorah Goodfellow
Post by: Ockman on November 13, 2018, 09:04:36 AM
Nice painting looks way better than my version of the same model! I know what you mean about finding the time, for me at the moment it's finding the motivation, I have a small platoon worth of minis waiting for me on the paint station at the moment, the problem with 15mm being as cheap as it is!

Thanks, friend! I'm very happy with the model myself!

It's painted with Vallejo colours, skin is Beasty Brown, everything else Rotting Flesh and Sick Green. The green parts are washed with a thin green wash, then the whole model is washed with Army Painter Strong Tone.
The model is then highlighted with their original colours and the green is highlighted with Rotting Flesh + Arctic White and Sick Green + Rotting Flesh and a finished spot highlight with more white.
The skin is highlighted with Cobra Leather/Leather Brown and a final spot highlight with Beasty Brown + Arctic White. To tie the skin together, a light wash of Army Painter Soft Tone is applied.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181114: GZG UNSC/L Advice wanted
Post by: Ockman on November 14, 2018, 10:15:38 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4827/44057710130_53d4d8b1e4_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2a8ehgU)GZG UNSC/L drybrushed white (https://flic.kr/p/2a8ehgU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I would like some input on how to proceed with my GZG UNSC/L squad.

I wanted to make a squad in light grey uniforms, with white boots/armour/helmets and purple visors.
I was also low on hobby time, so I tried to speedpaint by drybrushing them, but I didn't like the result.

Now I'm not sure what to do with them. Redo them according to my initial vision or do something else. I'm thinking about giving them purple uniforms with white armour/boots/helmets, but then I'll need a new colour for the visor. Or perhaps something entirely different scheme? I'm not sure where to go.

I envision this as either an elite mercenary group or some kind of galactic special operations guys/gals.

Also: I've got one converted mini, to the right of the commander. I've added a drum magazine (giga battery?) by slicing of 1/4 of a styrene disc and glueing it on top of the magazine.
I need to make this SAW gunner different from the other mini with the same pose. Any ideas how to achieve that? Different colour markings? Different weapon colour?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181114: GZG UNSC/L Advice wanted
Post by: Oldben1 on November 14, 2018, 03:32:58 PM
Just my 2 cents, sometimes different shoulder pad colors can be an easy way to distinguish mini types.  Sort of Sandtrooper in Star wars with the orange shoulders instead of the black shoulders.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181114: GZG UNSC/L Advice wanted
Post by: Ockman on November 14, 2018, 04:05:53 PM
Just my 2 cents, sometimes different shoulder pad colors can be an easy way to distinguish mini types.  Sort of Sandtrooper in Star wars with the orange shoulders instead of the black shoulders.

Thanks, that's a good idea. I've been toying with the idea to paint the uniform purple and armour/helmet/gloves white, with a orange visor.
Perhaps orange shoulder armour on the specialist?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181114: GZG UNSC/L Advice wanted
Post by: number1section1 on November 14, 2018, 04:42:15 PM
Maybe as you suggested with the orange shoulder armour for the specialist and a light green for the visors?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181114: GZG UNSC/L Advice wanted
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 14, 2018, 05:12:14 PM
It depends on what you want.

I painted some Anvil Martian Orbital Fusileers based on my Ancient Laserburn Imperials (based n a certain film from a Long Time Ago) using the method from Tabletop Gaming for a game set Far, Far Away.
http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2017/05/anvil-industries-martian-orbital.html (http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2017/05/anvil-industries-martian-orbital.html)

They were sprayed white. The gun and visor were then blocked in. Washed with Citadel Nuln Ooil. Drybrushed white and details painted in.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181114: GZG UNSC/L Advice wanted
Post by: Ockman on November 14, 2018, 09:03:59 PM
Thanks for the input, all of you!

I'm still working on the other colonists from the pack I got the doctor from, but need to think about what to do next.

Also: painting a couple of minis makes me feel like it's okay to order more minis, even if my painting hasn't made a noticable dent in my lead mountain...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181114: GZG UNSC/L Advice wanted
Post by: Ockman on November 14, 2018, 09:17:11 PM
Also:

UVS, that mini was awesome, what a paintjob! I think that some techniques don't translate very well from 28 to 15 (or vice versa), but I might be willing to try this!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181114: GZG UNSC/L Advice wanted
Post by: Ockman on November 15, 2018, 10:16:50 AM
Okay, so I asked for advice in the 15mm sci-fi Facebook group and someone had actually tried the purple + white scheme. Let's just say that I won't be doing that:

http://minimetalmayhem.blogspot.com/2012/03/unsc-colour-scheme-test.html (http://minimetalmayhem.blogspot.com/2012/03/unsc-colour-scheme-test.html)

Looks like I'll go back to my original idea, grey uniform and white details, purple visor.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181114: GZG UNSC/L Advice wanted
Post by: number1section1 on November 15, 2018, 11:38:01 AM
Erm yeah good plan! No idea who suggested that green would be a good colour for the visors!  ::)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181114: GZG UNSC/L Advice wanted
Post by: Brummie on November 16, 2018, 09:15:15 PM
Nice stuff you have here    :D

In terms of advice for the UNSC the following is what I did with mine, though I'm increasingly looking to have them being orange with a white shoulder pads and knees as opposed to the other way around.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181114: GZG UNSC/L Advice wanted
Post by: Ockman on November 16, 2018, 10:28:20 PM
Nice stuff you have here    :D

Thanks, Brummie!

In terms of advice for the UNSC the following is what I did with mine, though I'm increasingly looking to have them being orange with a white shoulder pads and knees as opposed to the other way around.

Those look really nice! I think that your idea to switch colours might look even better, though!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181119: Logistics Officer Burek Panko, NPC
Post by: Ockman on November 19, 2018, 07:59:14 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4843/45959294031_4ff4596693_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d2goVe)Burek Panko (https://flic.kr/p/2d2goVe) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Why do citizens choose the colonist life? Some do it to escape - escape war, famine, poverty, environmental disasters or perhaps crushing debt. Others are in pursuit of something - adventure, wealth, glory or just a different life. Others still haven't chosen the colonist life, but have had it forced upon them. Soldiers might get ordered to garrison a colony, criminals and dissidents might be sentenced to penal transportation, while individuals unable to repay debts to a Megacorp might find themselves in indentured servitude.
With the "right" combination of colony inhabitants, things can get pretty ...interesting.

Logistics Officer Burek Panko had lived his entire life in the carved ice tunnels of Ro-Ban V, a frozen planet in the Winkle system. Tired of the perpetual winter, the darkness, boredom and always being cold, Panko decided to use his savings to emigrate to Golgotha Prime. He'd heard rumours about the planet being rife with lost technology, alien artifacts, untapped Illuminum deposits and other wonderful things. And even if he didn't find any of that, people would always need individuals who could move things from one place to another. And it certainly would be warmer and more ...interesting.

He withdrew into the alley as soon as he saw the NeoDyne Security officers advancing down the street. He had suspected that something was awry with the package he just had delivered, but that would be the recipient's problem now. She had looked capable of handling trouble, and so had the mercs she had surrounded herself with.
A trio of Spectral Systems Spider drones came scuttling down the alley, ready to join the fray unfolding in the street. Burek Panko didn't know which side they would be supporting, only that he wanted to be somewhere safe when the shooting started. Golgotha Prime sure wasn't cold or boring, but sometimes life there could be a little bit too ...interesting.


___

He's painted in Vallejo Heavy Orange, but the true colours are hard to get right. Here's a picture taken in the early morning light:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4823/45047066365_3cd4250181_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bCDZq2)Burek Panko, morning light (https://flic.kr/p/2bCDZq2) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

And here's the original, unedited picture of Burek Panko:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4881/45959249481_4aaba0e6f7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d2gaF8)Burek Panko, original (https://flic.kr/p/2d2gaF8) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181119: Logistics Officer Burek Panko, NPC
Post by: Oldben1 on November 20, 2018, 02:49:19 AM
Well done, I have noticed your painting has improved as well!  I still love your little town.  Great color choices.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181119: Logistics Officer Burek Panko, NPC
Post by: number1section1 on November 20, 2018, 07:44:50 AM
Another great colonist! And you have painted the drones as well!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181119: Logistics Officer Burek Panko, NPC
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 20, 2018, 09:05:32 AM
GReat painting and background.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181119: Logistics Officer Burek Panko, NPC
Post by: Ockman on November 20, 2018, 11:39:54 AM
Well done, I have noticed your painting has improved as well!  I still love your little town.  Great color choices.

Thanks, Michael!

I'm glad that you noticed my improvement, I've been implementing some techniques that I've read about (using a size 0 brush with a good tip instead of smaller brushes (except for insane details), thinning my paints, using reading glasses, higher contrasts when highlighting, but also loads and loads of practice and training).

Another great colonist! And you have painted the drones as well!

Thanks!

I'm in a new situation where I paint faster than I can write stories for my miniatures. I'm working on a story for them as well...

GReat painting and background.

Thanks!

My current problem with story writing is that I want to include snippets that allude to the greater universe (it started as an adaption of the universe from Five Parsecs from Home, but now it's something else) and my campaign world, Golgotha Prime, as well. But it's getting harder to find areas to explore, or that I want to explore.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181119: Logistics Officer Burek Panko, NPC
Post by: gamer Mac on November 20, 2018, 12:15:57 PM
Very nice setting :-* :-* :'(
Keep up the good work
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181119: Logistics Officer Burek Panko, NPC
Post by: Ockman on November 20, 2018, 01:11:06 PM
Very nice setting :-* :-* :'(
Keep up the good work

Thanks, friend! I'm glad you like it!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181127: Spectral Systems Spider drones
Post by: Ockman on November 27, 2018, 08:06:50 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4818/44016323740_6bb56096c5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2a4zaxs)Spectral Systems Spider drones in an alley (https://flic.kr/p/2a4zaxs) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Reinforcements. Perhaps a crew has suffered casualties and needs to fill a gap. Perhaps a team has taken on a job that's a bit out of their league. Perhaps a unit needs a special asset, something they don't have at the time.
One can try to search for new crewmembers, recruit henchmen or hire mercenaries. Even if there's no shortage of possible recruits, there usually is a shortage of loyalty. Loyalty to stick to the agreed upon plan, to not bail at the first sign of resistance, to not betray the crew for a fistful of credits.

Drones are loyal. Droids, with their motivations and free will, might decide to do a tactical withdrawal or change allegiance, if that's advantageous to them. Drones, on the other hand, do what they are told (almost to a fault). Although a new high-end model might be pretty pricey, a crew can often afford to rent a drone (or three) for a limited time. Crafty crews with skilled mechanics might try to repair drones defeated in combat - although results might vary.

One of the older and more widespread drone models is the Spectral Systems Spider drone, also known as the "Spooky Spider" (before Spectral Systems became a part of the military-industrial complex, the corporation sold stealth units for entertainment purposes under the name Spooky Stuff Inc.).
The first high-end models were equipped with stealth units, deflector shields, EMP shielding and variable ammunition cannons. Nowadays, most Spider drones found in action are the "bare-bones models", eschewing high-maintenance features for toughness and endurance.

Pictured here is a trio of rentable drones in pristine condition (still in untarnished factory default painting) stalking through the streets of Golgotha Prime.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1957/44961206655_12b6700096_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bv4Wjc)Spectral Systems Spider drones in wait for mission (https://flic.kr/p/2bv4Wjc) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4893/45150139724_b163dd0021_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bMLgwU)Spectral Systems Spider drones in line (https://flic.kr/p/2bMLgwU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4814/45783760962_d55d352960_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cKKK41)Spooky Spiders (https://flic.kr/p/2cKKK41) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

If one takes the route of repairing damaged drones, please remember to clear the orders from cache.
It's fairly unpleasant to reboot a repaired drone only to find it in search and destroy-mode.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181127: Spectral Systems Spider drones
Post by: Oldben1 on November 28, 2018, 06:20:11 PM
Awesome painting and cool models.  I can imagine their legs and heads folding up while they recharge.  Nice work.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181127: Spectral Systems Spider drones
Post by: Ockman on November 29, 2018, 02:41:21 PM
Awesome painting and cool models.  I can imagine their legs and heads folding up while they recharge.  Nice work.

Thank you!

I like your vision of them folding up while they recharge. I envisioned two scenes while painting them:

1. Showdown between two rival gangs. Both show up with a rented Spider drone. Law enforcement arrives. They bring yet another rented drone.

2. After a dastardly sneak attack, only two members of the hero crew are on their feet. The rest are in the infirmary, floating between life and death.
While out looking for a job to be able to pay the medical bills, the standing crewmembers are spotted by the bandits responsible for the last attack. The crewmembers are chased into a blind alley, it seems as if their last moment is here, the bandits leer menancingly and ...the stack of crates in the end of the alley explodes as two Spider drones emerge from hiding.
The bandits look at the drones and realize that they are outgunned. They turn to run, as a third Spider drone de-cloaks at the mouth of the alley. The bandits are caught between a rock and a hard place...

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181127: Spectral Systems Spider drones
Post by: Ragsta on November 30, 2018, 01:08:17 PM

These paint jobs are really lovely and the storytelling is nice too - I do like having some background to my figures too, even if it’s just in my head!

You mention Vallejo Heavy Orange - how does this one work for you, does it need loads of layers? Hard to find a good orange!!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181127: Spectral Systems Spider drones
Post by: Ockman on November 30, 2018, 01:48:57 PM
These paint jobs are really lovely and the storytelling is nice too - I do like having some background to my figures too, even if it’s just in my head!

You mention Vallejo Heavy Orange - how does this one work for you, does it need loads of layers? Hard to find a good orange!!

Thanks!

When it comes to painting, Vallejo Heavy Orange is painted on a grey undercoat. Then I apply a wash of Reikland Fleshshade, then everything except the folds are painted heavy orange. That's a good enough coat in 15mm. I add highlights with white + heavy orange on, a couple of layers before it's finished.

I find Heavy Orange to be more like peach in colour, though.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181202: Thoughts about GZG
Post by: Ockman on December 02, 2018, 10:24:39 PM
So, like many others, I'm filling a cart on GZG's home page. I've always loved their terrain stuff and I really like the miniatures, but I've always hated that the infantry packs are 8 minis, 4 poses. I prefer to not have duplicate poses.

Now, while painting colonists, I've had an epiphany. With duplicate poses, I can be a bit more daring while painting. I can test new methods and if things go wrong, I can always paint the backup.
I've also realized what a difference a paintjob can make. Duplicate poses doesn't have to be boring, as long as the paintjobs are different enough.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181202: Thoughts about GZG
Post by: Jagannath on December 02, 2018, 10:42:39 PM
Also - get a razor saw and some paperclips for pinning: loads of the poses can be 'reposed' by changing where the head is facing. Little tidy up with greenstuff and you're away!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181202: Thoughts about GZG
Post by: Oldben1 on December 03, 2018, 03:00:14 AM
If you can remember my Star Trek miniatures, there are really only 2 poses.  I think if you paint them differently they will look fine.  You can even change the bases or add little greebles the base for added effect.  Science officer, demolitions expert etc.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181202: Thoughts about GZG
Post by: Ockman on December 03, 2018, 05:41:34 PM
Also - get a razor saw and some paperclips for pinning: loads of the poses can be 'reposed' by changing where the head is facing. Little tidy up with greenstuff and you're away!

That's a great idea! I don't own a razor saw, I'll put it on my wishlist (together with a pin vise and better brushes).

If you can remember my Star Trek miniatures, there are really only 2 poses.  I think if you paint them differently they will look fine.  You can even change the bases or add little greebles the base for added effect.  Science officer, demolitions expert etc.

I'm thinking about painting the second set of poses in a cohesive colour scheme, like Dr. Death did with his GZG colonists.

But then I would have to decide upon a colour scheme, which I always find hard to do. Many have done not-Fallout paintjobs in blue, but I like yellow and grey (but that's what I'm going to paint my not-Tallarn in)...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181202: Thoughts about GZG
Post by: Oldben1 on December 03, 2018, 08:39:58 PM
Try using colored pencils on paper first. 

I would love to do a red and white paint scheme.  I like the Doctor's paint scheme very much!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181202: Thoughts about GZG
Post by: Ockman on December 04, 2018, 06:08:01 PM
Try using colored pencils on paper first. 

I would love to do a red and white paint scheme.  I like the Doctor's paint scheme very much!

White suits with red details or the other way around? I've been eyeing Spacejacker's GZG colonists-turned-zombies, which got that science team look, white suits with beige/btown details.
But I'm still not sure...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181202: Thoughts about GZG
Post by: Jagannath on December 04, 2018, 09:00:13 PM
White and beige has the that great, 70s sci-fi mod vibe. Sometimes 15mm needs that contrast/pop though - what about white with some (a little) orange?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181213: Seiko Ætherburner, pilot
Post by: Ockman on December 13, 2018, 11:50:47 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4907/44142744030_4a24324892_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2afK6TC)Seiko Ætherburner, morning light (https://flic.kr/p/2afK6TC) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Running a galaxy-spanning unified government is not easy. Even with ansibles and skip-drones, intergalactic communication is messy and often time-consuming. Each sector has a capital system, which has close and regular contact with the United Government. Other systems in the sector tries to have a close contact with the capital system, but the farther away from the capital system you get, the less control can be exerted. As a consequence, change of government through coups, rebellion, civil wars or revolution is not that uncommon on the fringes of sectors. As long as the taxes get paid (at least every now and then), a defensive capacity is kept and the local government doesn't enslave citizens or perpetuate genocide, the United Government will leave them alone.

The Vacarian Civil War broke out after the ruling Merchant Barons of Vacara once again increased the price on food, in an attempt to force the workers to an even harder travail. Widespread protests were met with violence from hired security forces, and in a matter of weeks the Merchant Barons were facing a full scale armed rebellion.

Starship pilot Seiko Ætherburner participated in the first rebel attack of the civil war. Using haulers, originally constructed for towing mineral-rich asteroids to refineries, the rebel pilots propelled asteroids at the paradise moon Cavana, home of the most prominent Merchant Barons, causing widespread destruction.
After the liberation of Vacara Shipyards, the rebels gained access to superior starfighters. Ætherburner and her wingmate Skyez Lectrix flew combat missions against the Merchant Barons' security forces and recently hired mercenaries, gaining ace status (and becoming heroes) in no time.

When the United Government finally responded, they sent a fleet large enough to pacify the entire system (the UG tend to notice when deliveries of important military materiel fail to arrive). Neither Merchant Barons nor rebels would control the system henceforth, the United Government would appoint a new system governor, who would follow UG code rigorously. The fleet sent the combatants and the instigators on both sides of the conflict an offer: leave the system forever, or stay and stand trial.

Seiko Ætherburner chose to leave Vacara together with her wingmate Skyez Lectrix. They left with a modified cargo hauler, making a living by ferrying commodities and contraband between systems.
After a retaliatory attack by mercenaries (hired by exiled Merchant Barons), the pair got stuck on Golgotha Prime with their cargo hauler in great need of repair. To fund the repairs, Ætherburner is moonlighting as a pilot-for-hire...


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4901/44142745460_4acc2f8117_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2afK7jh)Ætherburner (https://flic.kr/p/2afK7jh) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

So I tried to repeat the skin tone from the doctor, but it didn't turn out well. I have repainted her face twice, but now I'm calling it done. These first pictures are taken before my repaints. But I'm happy with her flight suit.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4825/45933813452_cdd5fc7824_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cZ1NqU)Ætherburner, original (https://flic.kr/p/2cZ1NqU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4836/31044047067_1014e17d39_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PifRCP)Ætherburner, first rework (https://flic.kr/p/PifRCP) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4873/31262521147_03253aa7dd_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PCyAni)Ætherburner, second rework (https://flic.kr/p/PCyAni) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181213: Seiko Ætherburner, pilot
Post by: Mason on December 13, 2018, 12:04:39 PM
A wonderful addition to the project!
 :-*

And I still like those buildings, gotta build some of my own soon (in 28mm, though!) and shall be back to steal all of your ideas.
 :D


Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181213: Seiko Ætherburner, pilot
Post by: Oldben1 on December 13, 2018, 03:17:46 PM
She's a keeper!  I like the color choices!  I especially like the skin tones.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181213: Seiko Ætherburner, pilot
Post by: Jagannath on December 13, 2018, 04:28:38 PM
Lovely job - flight suit is particularly nice
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181213: Seiko Ætherburner, pilot
Post by: Ockman on December 13, 2018, 06:37:01 PM
Thanks, friends!

It's always pleasant to post here, since one always gets nice feedback!

A wonderful addition to the project!
 :-*

And I still like those buildings, gotta build some of my own soon (in 28mm, though!) and shall be back to steal all of your ideas.
 :D




Yes, just steal away! I love it when I can inspire others. It's one of the best things with the hobby.

Steal and get stolen from (or get inspired and inspire others).

She's a keeper!  I like the color choices!  I especially like the skin tones.

I've done two or three attempts to get the skin tone right, and it didn't help that my brushes' points had degraded and I didn't thin my paint enough.

So it makes me extra happy that you liked it!

Lovely job - flight suit is particularly nice

Thanks, I'm quite pleased with the flight suit myself. I was inspired by the original...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4832/46252889802_09d1a584ec_o.png) (https://flic.kr/p/2dtd9Hh)Luke_Skywalker_pilot (https://flic.kr/p/2dtd9Hh) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181213: Seiko Ætherburner, pilot
Post by: Oldben1 on December 13, 2018, 08:54:18 PM
orange and white is always sci fi to me!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181214: Skyez Lectrix, former rebel pilot
Post by: Ockman on December 14, 2018, 08:00:01 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4908/31262508317_afefa68c19_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PCywy6)Skyez Lectrix (https://flic.kr/p/PCywy6) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

There's an old saying that goes "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Of course that's not true. What doesn't kill you might cripple you, or more likely leave a psychological trauma. Luckily, there's been effective treatments for psychological trauma since the twenty-first century, but it requires work and acceptance that you will have to live with a certain degree of pain. Not everybody is prepared to do that, though, even if the alternatives are suboptimal.

Memory suppression through brainwave modulation has been used to forget traumatic events. Unfortunately, the method is unprecise, often leaving the patient with too much memory (or even skill) loss. There's also the risk of memory resurgence, which is extremely unpleasant, making the trauma even worse.
Emotional cut-out implants might take away negative emotions, but they also affect personality and motivation negatively, leaving the user detached and indifferent. The implant has been outlawed in most systems, since misusage among criminals has led to surges in crime (both in frequence and severity).

Former rebel pilot Skyez Lectrix' entire family was eradicated in retaliatory killings after the asteroid bombing of Cavana. As long as the war went on, she could handle it, but it's become worse after she's been grounded on Golgotha Prime. To keep the trauma at bay, Lectrix has resorted to humanity's oldest remedy: alcohol.
To fund her habit, she takes on occasional work as a mechanic. Lately, she has found another source of income: information brokering. If one listens, there's a lot to be learned in cantinas and taverns. And Lectrix certainly is listening...


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4858/31262513267_e2e405991f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PCyy2r)Skyez Lectrix, in a back alley (https://flic.kr/p/PCyy2r) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I tried a new way of painting hair. Usually I just drybrush the hair, but I'm not always happy with how it turns out (especially if I've been a bit ...heavy with the primer).
So instead, I just painted the hair, really exaggerated, with no consideration about how the hair actually is sculpted.
I think it turned out fine (except that the tips of my brushes were not in tip top shape)!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4903/44384462250_d2a4871b64_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2aC6Yi9)Skyez Lectrix, hair from behind (https://flic.kr/p/2aC6Yi9) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4853/46201642661_c549d5a92e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2doFuHT)Skyez Lectrix, hair (https://flic.kr/p/2doFuHT) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181214: Skyez Lectrix, former rebel pilot
Post by: Oldben1 on December 15, 2018, 03:18:12 AM
She looks like bad news to me!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181214: Skyez Lectrix, former rebel pilot
Post by: Mason on December 15, 2018, 11:55:27 AM
Nice work, mate.
Lovely highlighting on the hair.
 8) 8)

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181214: Skyez Lectrix, former rebel pilot
Post by: Ockman on December 15, 2018, 07:54:06 PM
She looks like bad news to me!

Are you in any way affiliated with the Merchant Barons? Unless you or the organization employing you are connected to the Merchant Barons, she's no harm.

But if you're blabbing your mouth about some great treasure you've found (or plans about an eventual heist), of course. Then she might be bad news...

Nice work, mate.
Lovely highlighting on the hair.
 8) 8)



Thanks, Mason!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181214: Skyez Lectrix, former rebel pilot
Post by: Metternich on December 16, 2018, 09:56:49 PM
Am quite enjoying your thread.  Only recently discovered it.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181214: Skyez Lectrix, former rebel pilot
Post by: Ockman on December 17, 2018, 09:49:14 PM
Am quite enjoying your thread.  Only recently discovered it.

Hey, thanks!

There's a bit to read here, and there's more to come.

I've had an explosion in productivity (comparing only to myself), but in a little bit more than a month, I have finished painting 13 miniatures. And I have only written stories for four of them yet...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181223: The Archivist
Post by: Ockman on December 23, 2018, 07:04:39 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7803/31484279767_b48aef38ef_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PYaatM)The Archivist (https://flic.kr/p/PYaatM) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

There's a lot to be found in a galaxy where civilizations have been able to travel among the stars for untold millennia. Failed colonies, abandoned facilities, the remnants of extinct civilizations, detritus of war, drifting space hulks, lost technology and treasures... In a galaxy like that, adventurer/treasure hunter/tech archaeologist is truly a viable career option.

The galaxy is vast, though, and one needs direction to be able to find anything at all. That's where the others come in. Some call them Finders, others Searchers or Researchers. They could have been adventurers, but they either lack skill (hacking ancient computer systems, slicing locks or perhaps defusing dangerous security systems) or will (to enter facilities filled with unknown pathogens, to go up against ancient security bots or just an inclination against heavy lifting).

Following rumours, scouring old archives, translating alien texts, putting evidence together and scouting possible sites, Finders do all of this to create maps that they sell to intrepid adventurers. Sometimes they ask for credits, other times for a share of the treasures found and other times still they ask for data-slates or memory units, material that might lead to new finds and new maps...

With the end of the second Expansion, with FTL travel effectively eradicated, the colony and research facilities on Golgotha Prime were entirely cut off from contact with the rest of the galaxy. Whatever happened in the system between then and the rediscovery during the third Expansion, millennia later, is unknown. But the first explorers during the third Expansion found the system void of life. Golgotha Prime showed signs of civil war and every single data system showed signs of corruption.

The most prominent Finder on Golgotha Prime is a person shrouded in mystery, known only by his alias "the Archivist". Some say he's working in the colony's administration, others that he has found an uncorrupted data archive deep underground. In any which way, if you have questions about Golgotha Prime, he's the one to ask. He's got maps of hidden entrances to abandoned underground labs, of unexplored alien ruins and even the plans of NeoDyne Security headquarters. It could all be yours, if you're ready to pay the price...


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7895/32552027778_c001c26151_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RAvDLf)The Archivist on the go (https://flic.kr/p/RAvDLf) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7816/31484281107_45c5a45ffb_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PYaaST)The Archivist, back (https://flic.kr/p/PYaaST) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4899/46423682601_1d3e6e3699_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dJivsH)The Archivist (and the Crimson Reavers) (https://flic.kr/p/2dJivsH) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I tried to go with bold colours at first (purple jacket and turqoise pants), but that looked weird. So I went with a more subdued colour scheme and got something that reminded me of Doctor Henry Jones Jr. (without the hat and whip).
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181223: The Archivist
Post by: Kitsune on December 28, 2018, 01:18:00 AM
Nicely done, but.......a candle in an archive? Someone tries bringing a candle into my archive and they’ll get removed from the building rather quickly!  lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181223: The Archivist
Post by: Ockman on December 28, 2018, 08:59:26 AM
Nicely done, but.......a candle in an archive? Someone tries bringing a candle into my archive and they’ll get removed from the building rather quickly!  lol

Haha, I see what you mean.

He's holding a set of plans and just above them is a triangular zipper painted in an unfortunate NMM gold. It looks better in real life, but still a bit too much like a candle with a burning flame... Perhaps I should return to it and paint it grey?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181230: The Mayor, Mira Mendez
Post by: Ockman on December 30, 2018, 10:43:38 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4890/32643560788_eb4e29124e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RJAMkA)The Mayor (https://flic.kr/p/RJAMkA) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Not every colonization attempt succeeds, but the reasons of failure are diverse.
Sometimes it's caused by a hostile biosphere: untreatable disease, predatory plants or creatures, limited ability to grow plants suitable for human (or alien) consumtion, leading to famine.
Sometimes it's caused by natural catastrophes: quakes, EMP storms, wildfires, floods or solar flares.
Other times it's caused by violence: pirate raids, civil war, hostile aliens not affiliated with the United Government, or other groups wanting the colony for themselves.

The Mayor of Darkness Falls, Mira Mendez, is a serial colonist. Her parents were colony planners and Mira's early life was spent on several newly established colonies, only for as long as it took for the colonies to become self-sustainable. After a pirate raid, Mira became orphaned at fifteen, but that didn't keep her from continuing in her parents' footsteps. She has been integral to the success of many colonization attempts, but she has also survived a couple of colony failures (on Lotus' Landing, she lost her wife and youngest son as a labour of mega-moles descended on the colony).

Darkness Falls will be Mira Mendez last colony. Not because her age (even if her hair has turned grey and she's not as spry as before), but because she finds Golgotha Prime so enticing. A fully colonized world lost, though no one really knows how or why. A continent ("the Darkness") where local conditions disables Global Positioning Systems and distorts most means of communications (often shortening the range). A growing colony settlement, surrounded by Illuminum deposits, ancient ruins and abandoned facilities, coveted by hostile megacorps, pirate scum and tech cults.
In Mira's eyes, Darkness Falls will never become self-sustainable. It will always require her special set of skills...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181230: The Mayor, Mira Mendez
Post by: Mason on December 31, 2018, 04:55:29 PM
Nice work on that little lass, she looks great.
 :-*

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181230: The Mayor, Mira Mendez
Post by: Metternich on January 01, 2019, 04:28:58 PM
Your backstories are particularly interesting.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181230: The Mayor, Mira Mendez
Post by: Jagannath on January 01, 2019, 06:18:33 PM
Great backstory here, love the failed serial-coloniser idea. Lovely mini too - one of my favourites in that range.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 181230: The Mayor, Mira Mendez
Post by: Ockman on January 01, 2019, 10:03:33 PM
Nice work on that little lass, she looks great.
 :-*

Thanks, Mason! I'm quite happy with her, myself!

Your backstories are particularly interesting.

Thanks, Metternich!

I try to give a bit of information about the universe, a bit about the character and some information about my campaign world, Golgotha Prime.

Great backstory here, love the failed serial-coloniser idea. Lovely mini too - one of my favourites in that range.

Thanks, Jagannath!

Mira's mostly successful in her work with colony start-up, but of course there has been failures.

Golgotha Prime is nothing like Mahorca II, all volcanoes, magma seas and drifting continents. Still, she got that one self-sustainable in about 18 standard months...

It's a great mini, now I'm waiting for my Christmas gift from myself - another GZG order.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190108: Skylark Patrol Flyer (built)
Post by: Ockman on January 08, 2019, 08:08:31 PM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7921/46667341091_94bfb33e99_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e6QjDa)Skylark Patrol Flyer (https://flic.kr/p/2e6QjDa) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Oh, how I adore the Ion Age's vehicles!

I still haven't painted any of them, though, since I'm afraid to not do them proper justice. I'm thinking about painting my Skylark, but would like some inspiration.

So please, post pictures of painted Skylarks!

(also: I'm thinking about painting the flyer concrete grey (grey+khaki) with some goldbrown/yellow panels - but what colour should I use on window slits?)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190108: Skylark Patrol Flyer (built)
Post by: Oldben1 on January 08, 2019, 08:18:25 PM
Oh yeh . . .
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190111: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit
Post by: Ockman on January 11, 2019, 11:27:30 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4910/46645657382_863364392f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e4VbQ7)Steiner & Krüger (https://flic.kr/p/2e4VbQ7) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Law and order is a complicated matter in a galaxy-spanning union. The Basic Laws (no slavery, no genocide, no tax evasion) are applicable in all of United Government space, but each sector has their own set of laws. How well these laws are followed varies from planet to planet. Well developed planets will usually have well developed laws and proper law enforcement, while less developed planets might still have solid laws, but limited means to enforce them. Sometimes, especially on the galactic fringe, the colonies might be more or less lawless. That's where private security firms thrive...

Security firms (or forces) come in many flavours, from the no-ethics, brutal guns-for-hire (NeoDyne Security) to the altruistic, minimum-deadly-force do-gooders (the α-Team).
Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit places itself somewhere inbetween the extremes; they have no qualms about using deadly force, as long as it's for a cause they can support (self-defense, freeing wrongfully imprisoned persons, retaking stolen property, to name some) and as long as they get compensated.

The firm was started as a bodyguard service by ex-special forces veterans Paul Steiner and Max Krüger, but over the years the firm (and its scope of business) has grown. Today, the firm permanently employs a handful of "security specialists" and has an extensive network of dependable freelancers if numbers are needed.
Krüger does the preparing, gathering intel and making plans, while Steiner takes charge during the missions, coordinating the teams and calling for fire missions with his communicator.

Business is booming, ever since Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit relocated to Golgotha Prime. They have finally aquired a (slightly used) patrol flyer and soon they might have to expand again. On the lawless fringe, private security firms thrive...


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4884/46645679642_967b2521ed_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e4VirU)Steiner (https://flic.kr/p/2e4VirU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7816/45973751034_338cce7a84_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d3xutU)Krüger (https://flic.kr/p/2d3xutU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7880/46645666202_d86b743564_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e4Vesb)Steiner, Krüger and client Mira Mendez (https://flic.kr/p/2e4Vesb) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190111: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit
Post by: Oldben1 on January 11, 2019, 03:41:45 PM
I love all the backstory.  It feels a lot like the Firefly universe!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190111: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit
Post by: Ockman on January 11, 2019, 07:14:06 PM
I love all the backstory.  It feels a lot like the Firefly universe!

Thanks, Michael!

I haven't seen Firefly, but I've heard a lot of people like it. I just want a versatile setting where I can create interconnected plots. I want Golgotha Prime to have some urban centers, where law actually means something (but still might be hard to enforce), while also having loads of smaller settlements where law is the gun in one's hand...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190111: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit
Post by: Metternich on January 11, 2019, 08:52:43 PM
Great looking figures, wonderful backstory.  Please keep 'em coming !   
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190111: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit
Post by: Ockman on January 11, 2019, 10:47:57 PM
Great looking figures, wonderful backstory.  Please keep 'em coming !

Thanks, Metternich - kind of you!

I'm going to make a (at least) five miniatures large warband, adding two GZG mercenaries and one Colonial Security mini to these two armed colonists. I plan to paint my Skylark Patrol Flyer in the same colours.

I've become obsessed with this concrete grey/yellow colour scheme, already got another force that I will paint in the same colours...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190111: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit
Post by: Mason on January 11, 2019, 10:51:25 PM
Lovely additions to the project, you are getting great character in those little shinies.
 8) 8)

I haven't seen Firefly, but I've heard a lot of people like it. I just want a versatile setting where I can create interconnected plots. I want Golgotha Prime to have some urban centers, where law actually means something (but still might be hard to enforce), while also having loads of smaller settlements where law is the gun in one's hand...

Sounds a lot like how I envisage my own frontier world of Outland too.
And I could not get my head around Firefly when I tried to....
 :D

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190111: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit
Post by: Ockman on January 12, 2019, 07:13:07 AM
Lovely additions to the project, you are getting great character in those little shinies.
 8) 8)

Thanks, Mason!

Sounds a lot like how I envisage my own frontier world of Outland too.
And I could not get my head around Firefly when I tried to....
 :D

I think your Outland setting is great, love your terrain. Always a pleasure to watch your new posts!

I heard that Fox changed the order of the episodes from the order Joss Whedon intended them to be aired, making the series a mess to wrap your head around.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190113: William 'Bill' Overbeck
Post by: Ockman on January 13, 2019, 10:27:33 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4889/46671261652_27f428ac41_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e7bq63)William 'Bill' Overbeck (https://flic.kr/p/2e7bq63) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

+++ EXCERPT FROM DEBRIEFING +++

+++ SUBJECT: LAZARUS OUTBREAK ON GABEN'S MERCY +++

+++ INTERVIEWEE: SURVIVOR, SPECIAL FORCES VETERAN WILLIAM OVERBECK +++


"I was slated for knee surgery at Mercy Hospital, but that was delayed indefinitely after the outbreak of 'Green Flu'. Then the flu turned out to be the Lazarus T-strain virus, and everything went to hell.
When the local government and defense force realized what they actually were dealing with, and that they might get infected themselves, we were left for dead.

I met up with Zoey, Francis and Louis on the way to Mercy Hospital. We had all heard broadcasts that they were carrying out evacuations from there, and we were ready to fight the infected to get out. I won't bore you with the details, but we got to the landing pad on top of the hospital, we got on an outbound transport, but it all ended in a crash.

We survived, we fought, we hiked through forests, we flew, we went by boat, we got evacuated to a military outpost and thought we were safe, which we of course weren't. The outpost got overrun and we escaped by train.

Finally, we arrived at a spaceport, where we found one serviceable spaceship. The storm shutters were closed and the power was out, so we had to jury-rig some generators. The shutters were almost open when the power went out. If it weren't for my sacrifice, we all would be dead. I ran back through the horde and restarted the generator. The infected maimed me pretty bad, I would have bled out, but luckily I found an emergency stasis chamber. And that's where you found me.
I saw them leave. It was the last thing I saw, before going into stasis, the glowing engines ascending through the skies..."


+++ CURRENT STATUS OF WILLIAM OVERBECK: AWOL +++

+++ CURRENT LOCATION: INTEL PLACES HIM IN THE GOLGOTHA SYSTEM +++


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7813/31782525227_b2af06277c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QqvKsT)Fighting the horde (https://flic.kr/p/QqvKsT) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7905/32849024998_c83080c2b9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/S3KQFY)Tactical withdrawal (https://flic.kr/p/S3KQFY) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4871/39759160453_6a6f80c2b6_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23zo6dr)Close-up, William 'Bill' Overbeck (https://flic.kr/p/23zo6dr) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7802/45808614265_6a9fe49d29_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cMX85e)Close-up, William 'Bill' Overbeck (https://flic.kr/p/2cMX85e) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190113: William 'Bill' Overbeck
Post by: Jagannath on January 20, 2019, 03:25:13 PM
That's a great looking mini mate, lovely painting.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190113: William 'Bill' Overbeck
Post by: Ockman on January 21, 2019, 11:49:05 AM
That's a great looking mini mate, lovely painting.

Thanks, Rory!

It's a great mini from the Ion Age (Precinct Adventurers), I wanted it since I saw the first preview. It reminds me of Bill from Left 4 Dead, one of my favourite games of all time (and Bill is "my" character when I play with my friends).

Now I'm thinking about what to do next. I have begun working again, so I don't have as much hobby time as before, but I've got some cool projects coming up: Finish the Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit crew, perhaps paint some vehicles and hopefully paint a new crew (that I haven't thought out a backstory for yet, but perhaps they are a sci-fi delivery firm)...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190113: William 'Bill' Overbeck
Post by: Dr De'Ath on January 21, 2019, 02:14:57 PM
Just catching up on this thread, some very nice additions to your collection.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190113: William 'Bill' Overbeck
Post by: LouieN on January 21, 2019, 08:57:32 PM
The writeup is great.  Like a horrible version of trains, planes, and automobiles. 

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190113: William 'Bill' Overbeck
Post by: Ockman on January 21, 2019, 09:42:54 PM
Just catching up on this thread, some very nice additions to your collection.

Thanks, it's nice to see you back again!

The writeup is great.  Like a horrible version of trains, planes, and automobiles. 



Thanks! It's mainly a sci-fi retelling of the 2008 co-op shooter Left 4 Dead.

Originally the game was four independent scenarios, where four survivors were fighting zombies and special infected to reach some kind of rescue/evacuation. That was later retconned, so that the game would be telling one continuous story, but with the same maps, which meant:

- The survivors fought through an infected city to reach a highrise hospital and fight their way to the top floor. After a grand fight, they get rescued by a helicopter.
- The helicopter pilot was infected and crashed the chopper. The survivors fought infected until they find an armoured school bus, which they drive to...
- A forest where they follow train tracks to a town by a river, where a boat rescues them.
- The boat captain leaves them in a rooftop greenhouse (?), the survivors escape across rooftops to an airport, where they escape by plane.
- The plane crashes(?), the survivors find themselves in another forest, fighting their way to a farm where the military still does evacuations to a military compound.
- The military compound gets overrun, the survivors escape by train. At the terminus, they find a boat stuck behind a lowered bridge. They attempt to raise the bridge, but a final power outage leaves no option except for one individual sacrificing themselves to start the generator.
[Edit: and the final three survivors sail away in the sunset towards the Florida Keys]

The end.

It's a bit weird  ;)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190213: Random musings
Post by: Ockman on February 13, 2019, 01:56:06 PM
So I've begun working again, after being on parental leave for 10 months.

Let's just say that I haven't had any time (or energy) for doing anything hobby related. Hopefully this will change as I grow accustomed to working again.

What I have done is return to Five Parsecs from Home and I've realized that I'm not as fond of the system as I was before. Although it has brought me much joy to roll up crews in the past, I've found that part a bit constraining lately. I roll up characters or crews that don't fit my idea, I want to be more in control of character creation and since I've rolled hundreds (thousands?) of crews since 2015, they tend to become pretty similar after a while.

Instead, I've been eyeing another Nordic Weasle product, Starport Scum, which fits my vision a lot more!

Instead of rolling on tables (but one can still roll on tables), one picks tags for each character (aces having one, heroes three, while goons and bruisers have none): An old bounty hunter with LIGHTNING REFLEXES or A combat droid with SCANNER PACKAGE.

It seems to be a solid set of rules, although I haven't read it thoroughly yet.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4884/46726072292_ec378ac7bf_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ec2ko5)Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, coming up (https://flic.kr/p/2ec2ko5) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Although I haven't had time to paint or anything, I have completed Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit with one GZG Merc sniper, one GZG Merc female trooper and one GZG Colonial Security. Hopefully, I will get them painted sometime soon!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190213: Random musings
Post by: Oldben1 on February 13, 2019, 04:48:38 PM
As a stay-at-home father once myself I wish you good fortune in going back to work.

I can't wait to read your future reports!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190322: Arkham Horror-inspired encounters
Post by: Ockman on March 22, 2019, 09:59:38 PM
Life's a bit hectic right now, but the will to focus on my hobby is slowly coming back. This weekend, I'm at my inlaws, and I had some time to put my ideas on paper.

I've been playing some Arkham Horror 3rd edition, and I've got to say it's a whole different game compared to second edition.
One thing I love with the game is the encounters: short, flavourful texts which propel the story, using skill tests. Five Parsecs from Home had something like it in the campaign (but not location-bound).
Anyway, I love it so much that I tried to emulate it in a couple of example texts:

Starport encounter 1

An enormous transport carrying colonists, would-be adventurers and fortune-hunters has just landed at the Starport.

You identify a group of newly-arrived who seems to have an equipment deficit and a credit (and trust) surplus.

A scoundrel might try to hustle the group, selling them worthless and/or malfunctioning items. You may test social skill, gaining a fistful of credits for each success. If you try, roll on the "People met"-table and add this group as enemies, as they find out that the gear you sold them is unusable.

Starport encounter 2

"Hey, do you know how to pilot a shuttle?", a stressed-out captain of a cargo hauler asks.
"I'm on a tight schedule. I've got to unload my cargo now and my shuttle pilot has gone AWOL." The captain tells you that if they can't unload in time, they'll miss their exit spot, and they're on a time-sensitive mission.


If your character has some kind of piloting skill, you may agree to unload the cargo, gaining a fistful of credits. You may test piloting skill to rush the unloading, gaining another fistful of credits if you succeed.
If no success is rolled, you fail to secure the cargo properly, damaging it in transit. Instead of gaining credits, you'll have to pay a fistful of credits to compensate the captain.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7807/47444229291_8e0e9f5def_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fhu5ri)Ideas (https://flic.kr/p/2fhu5ri) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(Notes and Starport Scum mine, my inlaws are supplying the tablecloth)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190213: Random musings
Post by: DivisMal on March 23, 2019, 07:30:30 AM
So I've begun working again, after being on parental leave for 10 months.

Let's just say that I haven't had any time (or energy) for doing anything hobby related. Hopefully this will change as I grow accustomed to working again.

...

Although I haven't had time to paint or anything, I have completed Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit with one GZG Merc sniper, one GZG Merc female trooper and one GZG Colonial Security. Hopefully, I will get them painted sometime soon!

I hadn’t seen this, but congratulations! I’ve yet not been able to get back into the hobby, but will eagerly watch how this might be possible.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190213: Random musings
Post by: Ockman on March 23, 2019, 06:30:21 PM
I hadn’t seen this, but congratulations! I’ve yet not been able to get back into the hobby, but will eagerly watch how this might be possible.

Thanks, I think it's possible, but sometimes one have to accept that one doesn't have the energy, time or will to do hobby stuff.

I think I will have to decide to paint, not wait until I feel like it.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190322: Arkham Horror-inspired encounters
Post by: Ockman on March 23, 2019, 07:05:07 PM
Another encounter. I don't think I'll manage to write enough encounters to make full tables, but I just find it fun to write these little snippets. It feels like I'm doing something hobby-related, but I can do it while putting the kids to bed.

Golgotha General Hospital Encounter 1

Suddenly, warning lights start flashing, emergency doors close and a pre-recorded message starts playing: "Warning! Warning! Highly-contagious virus breach detected! Emergency quarantine protocols enacted!"

You realize that you won't be leaving soon. When a medical team in full hazmat gear enter the room, you start to wonder if you'll be leaving at all...


Your character becomes delayed. Roll a D10. If you roll a 1, you have contracted a virtulent disease. Roll for injury, as if you were down in battle, to see whether you make it.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190322: Arkham Horror-inspired encounters
Post by: Oldben1 on March 24, 2019, 02:07:56 AM
That sounds interesting.
The Nordic Weasel games have so many tables there is always a lovely t of background for the characters.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190322: Arkham Horror-inspired encounters
Post by: Ockman on March 24, 2019, 09:35:05 PM
That sounds interesting.
The Nordic Weasel games have so many tables there is always a lovely t of background for the characters.

I like the idea of assigning activities to characters between games, like they do in Five Parsecs from Home.

I also like the encounter step from Arkham Horror (Third Edition), where one can kind of anticipate what might happen in the encounter step at each location (at Saint Mary's Hospital you will likely be able to gain health by spending money, while at the Arkham Advertiser (a newspaper) you can exchange stories/evidence(remnants) for cash).

Since whatever I'll be playing won't have a Mythos phase, I want the encounters to have a chance of not always being advantageous to the player.

I like to use the encounter system as story hooks in an RPG fashion.

Golgotha General Encounter 2

"I've seen you here before, haven't I? The life you and your crewmates live can be quite dangerous, I presume?" asks Colonial Doctor Jorah Goodfellow.

"Take this", he says and hands you a small kit. "It's an experimental treatment I'm working on. If anyone in your crew gets mortally injured, inject them with the syringe in this kit and rush them here. Just remember that it's only to be used on mortally wounded individuals..."


Gain Goodfellow's Serum. If a crewmember dies due to a gruesome injury or a failed injury roll, you may use the serum.

Roll 1D6.
6 = It's a miracle! Full recovery.
4-5 = It seems to be working! Full recovery. Note on character sheet that the character has used Goodfellow's Serum.
2-3 = It's still not finished... The character remains dead.
1 = Sometimes dead is better... Something went horribly wrong. GM decides what.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190322: Arkham Horror-inspired encounters
Post by: Grumbledook on March 26, 2019, 09:00:11 PM
one of the good things about being away from a forum is that there is so much wonderful stuff to read when you get back! As always your world continues to grow and the development is great, along with the miniature set pieces.

Starport Scum does look rather great, never played it but it’s in my extensive unplaced rules collection!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190322: Arkham Horror-inspired encounters
Post by: Cacique Caribe on March 26, 2019, 09:47:00 PM
Wow.  This thread has an absolute wealth of great ideas!

Dan
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190322: Arkham Horror-inspired encounters
Post by: Ockman on March 27, 2019, 06:48:41 PM
one of the good things about being away from a forum is that there is so much wonderful stuff to read when you get back! As always your world continues to grow and the development is great, along with the miniature set pieces.

Starport Scum does look rather great, never played it but it’s in my extensive unplaced rules collection!

Hey, thanks! It's nice to see you back with your projects as well, 3mm looks really cool!

I think Starport Scum gives a lot more freedom than Five Parsecs from Home, something that has become more important to me lately.

Wow.  This thread has an absolute wealth of great ideas!

Dan

Thanks, Dan! The best thing about our hobby is getting inspired by others and inspiring others!

_____________________

Here's another encounter:

Criminal Cantina Encounter 1

The place is jam-packed tonight, there's a band playing jaunty tunes and in the bar, an inebriated duo of inept criminals are trying to impress or intimidate whoever they come across.

A teenage farmboy, standing at the bar, catches the duo's interest. They try to pick a fight with him. The farmboy's companion, an older fellow dressed in robes of an old religious order, steps in and tries to de-escalate the situation, but it ends with one of the criminals drawing a weapon.

In a flash, the gun-drawing criminal's arm is lying sliced-off at the floor. The cantina turns silent as everyone looks at the companion, now wielding a cermonious energy blade. The silence stretches for a few seconds, until the companion deactivates the blade, and everyone goes back to whatever they were doing.


It's just another night at the cantina. Nothing happens.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190402:A shot from the hobby closet!
Post by: Ockman on April 02, 2019, 02:46:02 PM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7844/33645709678_2183c3d523_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Tga4hJ)A shot from the hobby closet (https://flic.kr/p/Tga4hJ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Haven't had much hobby time lately, but got inspired when I looked in the hobby closet. Perhaps I will paint sometime soon, or perhaps I'll try to play a game of Starport Scum. I've got enough models now for a small skirmish, I think...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190402:A shot from the hobby closet!
Post by: Jagannath on April 02, 2019, 03:23:49 PM
Sweet!

I like your latest posts - the table ideas are cool, I find tables like that really useful because it’s not a strength of mine just making them up!

What d’you think you might paint next?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190402:A shot from the hobby closet!
Post by: Metternich on April 02, 2019, 03:51:05 PM
That's a great group shot of the "cast" of your scenarios. 
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190402:A shot from the hobby closet!
Post by: Ockman on April 02, 2019, 08:58:32 PM
That's a great group shot of the "cast" of your scenarios.

Thanks, someday I'll have to take a "collection shot" of every painted mini and terrain!

Sweet!

I like your latest posts - the table ideas are cool, I find tables like that really useful because it’s not a strength of mine just making them up!

What d’you think you might paint next?

Hey, thanks Rory! Oh, I actually got some painting time tonight. I've washed and prepared a Skylark Patrol Flyer from the Ion Age, I've undercoated a civilian hovertruck (and its cargo), a five-man crew of future (armed) delivery people/postal workers and started block painting my last two members of Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit. I'm thinking whether I'm going to prep and clean two other Ion Age vehicles (Green Adder combat car and Red Adder hover Craft) or try to get a bit more done on the S&KS (or block paint the delivery crew).

I'm so glad that you enjoy my encounters! I wrote one just for you:

Criminal Cantina Encounter 2

It's a rowdy night in the cantina, the patrons are unruly, the mood is tense and fights are flaring up left and right. You ask the bartender what's going on.

"Haven't you heard? Apparently a couple of the larger gangs were planning a heist. Something was supposed to go down at the starport tonight, but somehow the authorities caught wind. Last night they caught the gang leaders at the final planning meeting, leaving these sorry bastards leaderless and low on credits..."


If you want to recruit some fresh blood, now there is an excellent opportunity. You may fight the meanest bastard around, showing everyone who's boss (unarmed fight vs. Brawling 3/Defense 1).
If you win, everybody wants to join your crew - make 4 recruitment rolls, keeping as many (or few) as you want.
If you lose, you must recuperate; the character misses the next game.

If you don't want to fight, you can spread some wealth around to show how successful your crew is. You may make as many recruitment rolls as you want, keeping as many (or few) as you want. The first roll costs one fistful of credits, while each successive roll costs one more than the last (e.g. the second roll costs two fistfuls of credits, the third roll three fistfuls of credits, and so on).
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190402:A shot from the hobby closet!
Post by: Jagannath on April 03, 2019, 11:37:55 AM
Love it! I'll scribble it down for an encounter soon!

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190402:A shot from the hobby closet!
Post by: Ockman on April 03, 2019, 11:50:55 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7880/47475855142_1f85ceb26f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fkhaGA)IMG_20190403_090646 (https://flic.kr/p/2fkhaGA) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

So I've started painting the delivery crew, but can't decide on which colours to use: orange/black or pistachio/black. What do you think?

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7859/47475855522_70d43e7ddc_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fkhaP9)IMG_20190403_090819 (https://flic.kr/p/2fkhaP9) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(imagine the right mini having black details instead of green)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Oldben1 on April 03, 2019, 07:04:40 PM
I like the orange and black better.  What about blue and orange?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Metternich on April 03, 2019, 08:00:32 PM
I prefer the pistachio and black.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Dr De'Ath on April 03, 2019, 08:06:18 PM
Orange and Black gets my vote
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: capthugeca on April 04, 2019, 08:18:21 AM
I think that the orange and black would work better than pistachio and black, though I actually like the pistachio and green more.
How will black work close to brown skin?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Ockman on April 04, 2019, 01:13:36 PM
Wow, no consensus here either (on the 15mm sci-fi Facebook group they were prefering the pistachio one).

The thing is that these minis all have jumpsuit, so the jumpsuits will be single colour, while the boots and belts will be another. I think I'll paint the caps in the same colour as the jumpsuits.

My main problem is that I'm afraid that the orange will look weird next to the lighter skin colours (not enough contrast), but I'm also afraid that the pistachio will be too similar to the doctor's colours.

Here's an example mini, blockpainted to show the jumpsuit:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7865/47481700242_bc92b48652_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fkN8fb)Basecoated mini (https://flic.kr/p/2fkN8fb) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Dr De'Ath on April 04, 2019, 01:27:38 PM
Here's my take on the figures, I went with blue and a grey 'collar'

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/21/1512_31_03_15_8_13_35_1.jpg)

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/21/1512_31_03_15_8_13_35_2.jpg)

More examples in my Sandport thread here>  http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=71705.msg938429#msg938429 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=71705.msg938429#msg938429)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Ockman on April 04, 2019, 01:50:34 PM
Here's my take on the figures, I went with blue and a grey 'collar'

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/21/1512_31_03_15_8_13_35_1.jpg)

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/21/1512_31_03_15_8_13_35_2.jpg)

More examples in my Sandport thread here>  http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=71705.msg938429#msg938429 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=71705.msg938429#msg938429)

I love your Sandport thread!

You've got a great looking set of minis, but I think they might look too much like a police/security force. I want them to have striking colours, also not looking like anyth else I put on my table.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Oldben1 on April 04, 2019, 03:57:10 PM
I like the blue too, reminds me of the movie Outlander!

Here is my take:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/8154/29066392806_9fb9c7ea38_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LhuRVy)Star Trek (https://flic.kr/p/LhuRVy) by oldben1 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Ockman on April 04, 2019, 04:19:20 PM
I like the blue too, reminds me of the movie Outlander!

Here is my take:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/8154/29066392806_9fb9c7ea38_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LhuRVy)Star Trek (https://flic.kr/p/LhuRVy) by oldben1 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Those are brilliant, Michael!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Dr De'Ath on April 04, 2019, 05:26:57 PM
Those are brilliant, Michael!

I agree, immediately obvious as to who they're meant to be too.  I must admit now I've seen yours done with 'separate' trousers splitting the boiler suit at the belt line gives a lot more options.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: zrunelord on April 04, 2019, 07:55:48 PM
Take a look at how I painted mine . You might find something interesting.
Keep it up
Z

http://castrarunis.blogspot.com/2017/04/gzg-security-guards-security-robots.html (http://castrarunis.blogspot.com/2017/04/gzg-security-guards-security-robots.html)

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sAYeb7MjXL8/WOZzEICDSWI/AAAAAAAAIgg/koC8QIuzm4I2FGK_3egh4u383AAKJr0vgCLcB/s1600/Non%2BComs%2B%25281%2529.jpg)

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wfx3KUOTBiI/WOZzJaIHmGI/AAAAAAAAIgs/FulmHXH1oXYjgaF80QsPLK_BpaxAi0yigCLcB/s1600/Non%2BComs%2B%25285%2529.jpg)

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-boF8gTi5l-8/WOZzFEokoNI/AAAAAAAAIgk/sCioz9vlupc7WDkqTnRUWLfvQRoBWDlCwCLcB/s1600/Non%2BComs%2B%25282%2529.jpg)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Ockman on April 04, 2019, 08:49:54 PM
Take a look at how I painted mine . You might find something interesting.
Keep it up
Z

Oh, Z - those are excellent!

I'm a bit intrigued by those khaki pants/coloured shirts minis, while the green ones look like I'm envisioning my squad (but I want them not to be able to be mistaken for military/police/security forces, I want them to have a garish, corporate look).
___________________________________

While you are helping me with colour choices, I've been painting up the last three members of Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit. Just need to finish the basing!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: zrunelord on April 05, 2019, 07:07:26 AM
Thanks Ockman,
Glad you like them.
How about if you paint them in orange coveralls, then?
Like these
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PpqjOQr30-U/VANqe2SiZXI/AAAAAAAACqA/GrrOE3QtHJA/s1600/Armies%2BArmy%2BPenal%2BBrigade%2B(8).jpg)

I was stuck with painting the green techs , in orange or green.
The red & blue corporate security guys were painted like that  to have 2 separate groups.Was thinking about black or dark grey .
Like these
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qLrOx_K9CX4/V3gZDxffC5I/AAAAAAAAEl4/_ykFCRcgAPwuILj9XFedr1FxO3eEtSUywCLcB/s1600/Prof%2B%2526%2BCrew%2B%2528Copy%2529.jpg)

White undercoat,  sand overcoat, then red/blue, brown leathers , flesh & a WN peat brown wash . Finished with simple highlights with the appropriate base colour.

I love GZG 15mm ( look at some of their faces ) & 15mm in general as it doesn't take that long to paint.

Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Metternich on April 05, 2019, 03:52:16 PM
The blue and gray combination was very effective.  Zrrunelord, your color choices were also quite good - very fine looking figures.  I think the orange jumpsuit looks too much like prison clothing (works well for penal troops, or escaped prisoners), and the "international orange" color looks too much like pilots (again, effective for pilots !  But not for what looks like a private security force).
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: zrunelord on April 05, 2019, 04:03:31 PM
Thanks Ockman,
I guess it depends what you envisage them to be, then.
A strict uniform group , a loose uniformed mil contractor , black or grey or blue suits, 1960's James Bond film goons ?
Or something else?
Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Metternich on April 05, 2019, 04:07:04 PM
Ockman, I liked your blue livery for a deliveryman (although it might look somewhat police like).

How about taking a look at some current delivery liveries for inspiration ?  Below is UPS brown :

http://photos.costume-works.com/full/ups_delivery_man1.jpg

And here is FEDEX

https://g.foolcdn.com/editorial/images/447900/express-courier-master_dm_14_005_02_02_04_315_1601141.jpg

And US Postal Service

http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.JNLgeUAiBG4GvhpKsqFxaAHaHn

https://www.usuniforms.com/images/AWG.jpg





Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: zrunelord on April 05, 2019, 07:56:13 PM
I like the ups brown the most & the purple & black next.  Though the latter may be difficult to do in 15mm.

The rest don't catch my eye.

Have to find a khaki brown to match the ups one. I should have a colour that matches it. Khaki brown, black shoes & belt, perhaps cap but for military, I have enough security guys as it is .

Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Ockman on April 06, 2019, 03:57:41 PM
I love how much everybody has engaged in the colour choices of my delivery service!

My first thought was actually to go UPS brown, but thought it would be too little contrast to darker skin tones.

My second thought was to go with the orange/peach and black that character Burek Panko was sporting, but I thought it would be too little contrast to lighter skin tones.

I want a visually distinct look, something that will be easy to pick out on the table, that's somewhat easy to paint (rather one-coloured jumpsuits than two-piece uniforms) and doesn't look any of my current (or planned) crews/security forces/police/corporations/military units. Also, I want them to be pretty colourful!

Now, I'm thinking about painting them in Iron Oxide Orange (https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2163/6633/products/60649-2_grande.jpg?v=1509391307 (https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2163/6633/products/60649-2_grande.jpg?v=1509391307)), but I don't know if I can mix it myself. Ought to go with orange + some kind of brown?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190403: Colour scheme for the delivery crew?
Post by: Oldben1 on April 06, 2019, 04:31:38 PM
What about orange with a little yellow and blue?
Orange body, yellow boot or maybe a stripe down the side?  Blue boots, or hat.  It may help to look for logos online.  Type in delivery service, or medical lab and it might give you a logo you can use for your chracter’s company. 
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190410: The Age of Isolation
Post by: Ockman on April 10, 2019, 08:56:48 PM
The Age of Isolation

Everyone has heard of humanity's three expansions: the first, where the human civilization reached new homeworlds using generation ships with CTL-drives; the second, where "the Others" (a secretive alien race) provided warp travel - for a price; the third, where contact and further expansion was re-established after United Government scientists invented FTL-drives.

The second Expansion ended abruptly, warp-drives ceased to function and contact with "the Others" ceased without warning. Still to this day, no-one knows why, but there's a wide range of theories.
Some think "the Others" were content with what the United Government had given them, having no reason to continue supplying warp travel.
Others think that humanity's rapid expansion through the galaxy scared them, and that the growing might of the United Government was becoming a problem.
Others still believe that the enemies of the United Government, exiled alien civilizations driven off during the rapid expansion, found "the Others" and eradicated them.

With the end of the second Expansion, the Age of Isolation begun. Without warp travel, intergalactic communication broke down, as most orders, information and messages was forwarded by skip-drones. The Core Worlds and some of the strategically vital systems were connected with an Ansible network, but the rest had to rely on old-fashioned radio transmissions, with messages taking years, sometimes centuries to arrive. Each system had to fend for itself, and while some flourished, others went under.

As the years of isolation turned to centuries, the surviving worlds and systems developed in diverging ways. A wealth of republics, empires, confederacies, kingdoms, democracies, commonwealths, technocracies and other societies sprung up, all with different strengths and weaknesses. Some regressed to lower technological levels, some retained and expanded on their current tech and some became veritable scientific powerhouses. This explains why there is such a large technological variety on United Government worlds to this day.

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190427: Walter Borkman, expert marksman
Post by: Ockman on April 27, 2019, 09:28:51 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33839031178_cd203602ec_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TyeT33)Walter Borkman, Goldurian Ghasts' marksman (https://flic.kr/p/TyeT33) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

In the Milky Way galaxy alone, there are at least forty billion Earth-sized planets situated in habitable zones. Most of these planets are inhospitable, at least until they are terraformed. There are ice planets, jungle planets, desert planets, magma planets, high gravity planets, low gravity planets, planets teeming with life and planets entirely devoid of life, to name a few different kinds. These planets are prime real estate for a slew of galactic civilizations and alien races, and if they aren't properly defended, they will be contended.

This has spawned a multitude of special forces and armies adapted to extreme conditions: The zero-G troops of the Æther Brigade, heroes after the liberation of Victoria asteroid archipelago; The Ice Warriors of Heorot, fighting on cold and frozen planets across the galaxy; The Lobjat Jungle Fighters, specialized to fight in terrain that (more often than not) is more dangerous than the enemies they are fighting.

Once upon a time Walter Borkman was enlisted in the Royal Goldurian Army, in a commando unit known as the Goldurian Ghasts. Specialized in sabotage missions and assassinations, the Ghasts operates under stealth on occupied worlds.
Legend has it that the Ghasts' marksmen never fires their weapons unless they are absolutely certain that they will hit and kill their intended target. Of course that isn't true. Walter Borkman had a lethal hit ratio of 97.8% - good enough to achieve ace status in any other army, bad enough to get discharged from the Goldurian Ghasts.
To escape the humiliation of being discharged, Walter has relocated far away to the galactic fringe. On Golgotha Prime, he has taken employment with Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit as their master marksman. As he doesn't want to ruin the legend of Ghast marksmen, Walter has become increasingly more cautious not to fire unless he's absolutely certain to hit and kill his intended target. This hesitation to fire is slowly becoming a problem...


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46799953705_6b37ec2092_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eixZKx)Walter Borkman (https://flic.kr/p/2eixZKx) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46799953175_8cd8e295ec_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eixZAp)Searching (https://flic.kr/p/2eixZAp) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

In my (perhaps) upcoming Starport Scum campaign, I chose to make my marksman a bruiser (gaining weapon bonuses to an extent, but no special skills), but then I wrote this bad-ass super sniper. What was I to do?

I gave him low self-esteem and made it very important to him that he must hit and (probably) kill with every shot fired. So when he fires, he rolls his dice and everything else. If he injured the enemy, he actually shot, but if it's a miss or minor damage, Walter never fired (unless he rolls two ones and no success).
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190427: Walter Borkman, expert marksman
Post by: Oldben1 on April 28, 2019, 12:38:30 AM
Lovely yellows.  Your terrain is so cool!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190427: Walter Borkman, expert marksman
Post by: Grumbledook on April 28, 2019, 06:15:35 AM
Great little figure and the fluff is good fun. You’re slowly building yourself a full sized city there!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190427: Walter Borkman, expert marksman
Post by: Ockman on April 28, 2019, 09:26:29 AM
Lovely yellows.  Your terrain is so cool!

Thanks, mate! I'm obsessed with that yellow. I think I've got to build some new buildings, though. Every photoshoot tends to be pretty similar...

Great little figure and the fluff is good fun. You’re slowly building yourself a full sized city there!

Hey, thanks! I've got enough MDF buildings to fill 60x60cm and enough scratchbuilt buildings to fill a third of that.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190427: Walter Borkman, expert marksman
Post by: Jagannath on April 28, 2019, 09:45:33 AM
Nice dude - he looks great.

I like that he cares too much about his kill ratio haha!

Your set up is looking great  - it's ace seeing buildings all the way into the background. You're good at height too, I need to do more of that.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190427: Walter Borkman, expert marksman
Post by: Ockman on April 28, 2019, 06:00:45 PM
Nice dude - he looks great.

I like that he cares too much about his kill ratio haha!

Your set up is looking great  - it's ace seeing buildings all the way into the background. You're good at height too, I need to do more of that.

Hey, thanks friend!

I've built a couple of tall structures with the intent of giving the snipers somewhere to perch. When I'm taking pictures, I'm setting up my entire 60x60 cm city board, placing the minis at the edge closest to the camera having 50 cm or so of city terrain behind them...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190429: Eli Alouette, master aquirer
Post by: Ockman on April 29, 2019, 05:39:22 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46800220935_cf441f1fc1_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eiznbX)Eli Alouette, master aquirer (https://flic.kr/p/2eiznbX) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

When it comes to war, the majority wants to be as far away as possible from the enemy and hit them with maximum force, employing Sunstorm bombs, Planet Killers or thermonuclear weapons to annihilate the opposition.
If one wants to gain anything from war (except the annihilation of one's enemies), this isn't a viable alternative. One has to move closer to the enemy and use less force to leave anything worthwhile for taking standing. Armies employ artillery, armoured combat vehicles and rifle-toting infantry to achieve victory.
Proper defensive structures won't crack under barrages, so most often one must come closer still. Infantry can flush out and destroy their enemies with hand grenades, flamethrowers, SMG:s, shotguns and even bladed weapons in close quarters combat.
But sometimes one has got to come closer still. When there's a need for information, you've got to return with some enemy fighters alive. That's where profiency in martial arts becomes useful.

The Way of the Adamantium Fist, Fett-Me-Spö, Krakatauan Power-Wrestling ...the list of martial arts can be made long, but the core idea is often the same: go for the enemy's sensory organs to distract and disorient; disarm and take the enemy down by attacking their joints, and finally; hit the enemy's neuro-clusters to incapacitate them. This works for taking out most humanoid bipeds and some other types as well.

Eli Alouette knows how to take down almost anyone in close combat, without causing permanent harm, something she learned once upon a time, back when she was attached to the Cerulian Devils as military police.
The Cerulian Devils is a ferocious military outfit consisting of both human and alien volunteers, famous for fighting hard and - when the fighting is over - partying even harder. For years Eli has honed her martial arts skills on inebriated warriors, she enjoyed most of her work as MP, but in the end she couldn't stand being puked upon.

Nowadays, Eli is employed by Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit as their master acquirer. She's an expert on non-lethal neutralizations and can - as long as she can get close enough - overpower almost any opposition she's up against.


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33839317078_0459b49ec0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Tygm2m)Eli Alouette (https://flic.kr/p/Tygm2m) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33839032228_6ddef114e8_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TyeTm9)Eli Alouette on the prowl (https://flic.kr/p/TyeTm9) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190429: Eli Alouette, master aquirer
Post by: Metternich on May 01, 2019, 07:27:32 PM
Two very nice figures (but is her hair green ?)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190429: Eli Alouette, master aquirer
Post by: Grumbledook on May 01, 2019, 08:17:45 PM
Another brilliant figure and story, i’d love to see a photo with all the city’s population out and about!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190429: Eli Alouette, master aquirer
Post by: Ockman on May 02, 2019, 06:55:41 AM
Two very nice figures (but is her hair green ?)

Thanks, man! To your question, I have to answer:

In the grim darkness cool neon lights of the far future, there is only war. a lot of cool hair colours!

Another brilliant figure and story, i’d love to see a photo with all the city’s population out and about!

Oh, thank you!

I will have to try to take some pictures with the rest of the population, but I'm not sure how. Since my city is quite small (60 x 60 cm), I find it kind of hard to take good photos where all of it is seen. I'd love to make pictures looking like old battle reports from early 2000's White Dwarf (cut away the background, just retaining the battlefield), but can't use Photoshop.

Still I could take some close-ups where I add some more minis, to make it look more alive.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190429: Eli Alouette, master aquirer
Post by: Metternich on May 02, 2019, 09:38:40 PM
It ain't easy bein' green (or so the song goes).
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190504: A.L. Qesterel, Special weapons support
Post by: Ockman on May 03, 2019, 09:51:20 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/40749816493_e88cb1f39b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/255VsJZ)A.L. Qesterel (https://flic.kr/p/255VsJZ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32772951197_51f1cc9b97_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RW2WAH)A.L. Qesterel (https://flic.kr/p/RW2WAH) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Multi Purpose Weapons (MPWs) add versatility to a squad and give the individual hero the ability to adapt to whatever dangers they might be facing. They come in many different forms, from the simpler combi-weapon, where one weapon is bolted onto another, to the advanced nanobot-weapons, where nanobots create ammunition best suited for the enemy you're currently facing.

The MultiTech MR-5 is a laser-based MPW designed with versatility in mind. On low energy setting, the weapon will strike a balance between damage output and energy conservation, never leaving the user with a drained power cell in the middle of a firefight.
On high energy setting, the user can either choose automatic mode (higher rate of fire) or power mode (higher damage output). On automatic mode, the MR-5 can be used as a SAW (squad automatic weapon), giving the user an edge against enemy infantry. On power mode, the MR-5 can be used in an anti-vehicle role against lightly armoured combat vehicles, mechs and power-suits. Either way, on high energy setting the user will go through power cells more rapidly.

A.L. Qesterel led an interdiction squad for the Mircado Corporation during the corporate war on Ludbak IV. Although allegiances often shifted during the war, Mircado's main antagonists stayed the same: NeoDyne Security. Armed with MultiTech MR-5s, Qesterel's squad struck against targets of opportunity: resupply transports, troop carriers and patrols. They became feared by NeoDyne troops, which retaliated hard whenever they could.

Then NeoDyne Security bought the entire Mircado Corporation. When the interdiction squads were sent on suicide missions, Qesterel decided that it was time to go AWOL. She snuck onto a transport bound for Golgotha Prime and never looked back. Now, she's working for Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, adding some heavy firepower to the team.


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33839316438_7a978ff1ee_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TygkQj)A.L. Qesterel setting up an ambush (https://flic.kr/p/TygkQj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47663289202_030de72450_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fBQPjj)A.L. running for the entrance (https://flic.kr/p/2fBQPjj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33839316558_7706de7af4_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TygkSo)A.L. Qesterel (https://flic.kr/p/TygkSo) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Ockman on May 05, 2019, 04:10:22 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47663308522_398648c5d4_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fBQV4q)Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit (https://flic.kr/p/2fBQV4q) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

So I've finally finished a crew!

Here's Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, at least the core group of specialists. Larger jobs requires additional personnel (in Starport Scum-terms: goons).

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33839054098_9c705d4e6a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TyeZRd)Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit (https://flic.kr/p/TyeZRd) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32772981947_2aac91c84d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RW36JT)Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit (https://flic.kr/p/RW36JT) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

In the last picture, I've added my first painted GZG Figure, which was painted in a somewhat similar scheme.

I'm not sure what her role might be, what do you think?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Metternich on May 05, 2019, 10:25:13 PM
Given that she has the communicator/hand computer, she could be the intelligence specialist, mission coordinator, or commo.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Oldben1 on May 06, 2019, 01:52:26 AM
Demolitions Expert!
Kaboooom!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 06, 2019, 07:29:21 AM
Great figures and buildings.

They are really 28mm? ^__^
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Ockman on May 06, 2019, 08:29:56 PM
Given that she has the communicator/hand computer, she could be the intelligence specialist, mission coordinator, or commo.
Demolitions Expert!
Kaboooom!

Thanks for the input!

My own thoughts has mostly been circling around drone controller, mechanic, pilot or mission coordinator. I did really like the idea of her being a demolitions expert, though!

Great figures and buildings.

They are really 28mm? ^__^

Thanks, mate!

Ha, wouldn't want them in 28mm, each building taking up roughly eight times the volume of what they do now.
I love 15mm, it strikes the perfect balance between size and detail. One can still make epic projects, but they are more manageable (and reasonly price) than 28mm, while having individual detail compared to 10mm or 6mm (even if 6mm sometimes beckons to me, being able to construct cities instead of blocks...)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: War Monkey on May 07, 2019, 12:36:28 PM
I have been out of the loop for a little while, now that I am back all I can say is WOW nice paint job on all the figures, I need to get off my duff and start making my lead mountain a little smaller!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Ockman on May 07, 2019, 06:21:19 PM
I have been out of the loop for a little while, now that I am back all I can say is WOW nice paint job on all the figures, I need to get off my duff and start making my lead mountain a little smaller!

Thanks, friend!

My lead mountain reduction is a slow process, but at least I'm not adding (too much) to it!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Jagannath on May 09, 2019, 09:41:54 PM
That’s a great looking group matey - you’ve gone a really nice recipe for yellow there. Is the building they’re in front of new? I don’t remember seeing it beige - it looks really good, like a bunker almost. Glad you’re posting lots of painted bits again :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: War Monkey on May 10, 2019, 02:54:50 AM
Quote
My lead mountain reduction is a slow process, but at least I'm not adding (too much) to it! 


Well I haven't reduced mine in fact I just added a little more!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Ockman on May 10, 2019, 08:50:03 AM
That’s a great looking group matey - you’ve gone a really nice recipe for yellow there. Is the building they’re in front of new? I don’t remember seeing it beige - it looks really good, like a bunker almost. Glad you’re posting lots of painted bits again :)

Hey, thanks! I'm glad to be posting, I still have a couple of painted minis that I haven't photographed or written stories for, so there might be more coming soon...

I guess I've stated my colour recipe before but: Vallejo Heavy Goldbrown, wash with Reikland Fleshshade, highlight with original colour, then with some Vallejo Golden Yellow added, then with some white added to that. Or something like that, I'm not really sure.

I posted the buildings last summer, they were my first buildings constructed without prior inspiration (i.e. idea theft) from anybody else. The buildings can be found here: https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=99646.msg1382148#msg1382148 (https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=99646.msg1382148#msg1382148)


Well I haven't reduced mine in fact I just added a little more!

Well, I'm trying to keep myself from spending money, but soon I will have to splurge on Jagannath's Blades & Blasters line...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: zrunelord on May 10, 2019, 03:41:10 PM
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Or something like that, I'm not really sure

Haha
I like that.... one of the reasons I paint in batches until I finish all the troop types because I also forget what shade or wash I used  ;).
Especially since I mix a lot of washes & therefore with no name ( must number the bottles & start to write down what I used ) , most probably I'll forget to do that also during painting sprees....
Love the write ups. :D
Keep it up
Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Ockman on May 11, 2019, 03:17:23 PM
Haha
I like that.... one of the reasons I paint in batches until I finish all the troop types because I also forget what shade or wash I used  ;).

I would probably be more concerned if I were painting an army or regular troops. Since most of my crews consist of 4-8 minis and my choices of colours are mostly to keep the crews fairly easy to pick out on the battlefield, I'm not that invested in perfect colour unity.

Still, I paint a lot faster while batch painting, so I've started doing that recently. I painted Steiner and Krüger as tests for my GZG Islamic Federation colour scheme, but then I thought it would be cool with a new crew. The last three miniatures of the crew were batch painted and that took about the same time as painting one miniature alone.

Love the write ups. :D
Keep it up
Z

Thanks, Z!

Glad to hear that the write-ups are appreciated!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Ockman on May 12, 2019, 09:26:18 PM
Finally bought the orange colour for my delivery crew. Vallejo Model Color Clear Orange, the perfect Televerket orange.
Televerket was the Swedish department of telecommunications. Anyone familiar with Simon Stålenhag's Tales from the Loop should know that Riksenergi (the company/department responsible for the Loop) is based on Televerket, both symbol and colour choices.

Now, I've just got to get some time to paint...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Jagannath on May 12, 2019, 10:16:37 PM
Well, I'm trying to keep myself from spending money, but soon I will have to splurge on Jagannath's Blades & Blasters line...

 :D

I’m still working on some buildings accessories you might like - I’ve been quite busy recently with real life so B&B a touch neglected, and I’m experimenting with what 6mm items I can print for the shop.

Thanks for linking to those earlier posts - is forgotten. I really like those pics with the buildings and trees. Makes me regret doing everything super desert!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Ockman on May 13, 2019, 06:02:39 AM
:D

I’m still working on some buildings accessories you might like - I’ve been quite busy recently with real life so B&B a touch neglected, and I’m experimenting with what 6mm items I can print for the shop.

I hope that real life is kind to you. I know, sometimes one doesn't have time for the hobby.

With that said: You know I would love some building accessories, relatively thin pieces easy to glue on scratchbuilds. My wishlist:

1. Doors - almost every door on my build came from the same GZG pack. The sci-fi future needs a couple of more kinds of doors.

2. Data consoles and keypads - nothing sci-fies up a scratchbuild more than some high-tech add-ons.

3. Fans - can have dual use, both as ventilation units on buildings, and as engines on spacecraft.

Thanks for linking to those earlier posts - is forgotten. I really like those pics with the buildings and trees. Makes me regret doing everything super desert!

The idea for those builds were to create baseless buildings that would fit on any kind of terrain. If I were to create some new tables (I'm often tempted to build a winter or desert table), I would already have some terrain that fit.

That's a thing I like with both the Ion Age's and Brigade's terrain: they are often left without basing, which makes it easier to use with multiple boards.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Jagannath on May 13, 2019, 07:49:20 AM
Ah great - that’s exactly what I’m working on.

I know exactly what you mean about not basing buildings - I just find I prefer the way they look so much more. I’m a bit over the top about basing - I take it far too seriously in getting everything consistent.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: capthugeca on May 13, 2019, 10:23:20 AM
Second the request for sci fi doors and consoles and keypads.  :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Ockman on May 13, 2019, 10:54:45 AM
Jagannath: Another idea (that I haven't thought thru) is wired terminals, small sci-fi bits where one can glue soldering wire to look like wiring:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33962877238_1e0dfeea1d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TKbC9W)Wired terminals (https://flic.kr/p/TKbC9W) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Grumbledook on May 13, 2019, 08:01:43 PM
Great group shots! Building accessories are something that I’ve never got around to buying, but am surprised by how limited the options are...... making a load of tiny card doors and windows takes way too much time.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: CookAndrewB on May 13, 2019, 08:19:26 PM
For what it is worth, I just make one master, then cast it using blue stuff, then churn out little consoles and bits by the dozens. I've done this with books, boxes, computer consoles, etc. Probably not as fancy as buying it from a manufacturer, but it allows consistency on a low budget.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Ockman on May 14, 2019, 04:13:05 PM
Great group shots! Building accessories are something that I’ve never got around to buying, but am surprised by how limited the options are...... making a load of tiny card doors and windows takes way too much time.

Thanks, Grumbledook!

GZG has got some accessories, Antenociti's Workshop had great stuff, but that's gone. I've bought some train stuff (H0 trashcans, doors and windows) as well.

I agree that one can't scratchbuild loads of doors.

For what it is worth, I just make one master, then cast it using blue stuff, then churn out little consoles and bits by the dozens. I've done this with books, boxes, computer consoles, etc. Probably not as fancy as buying it from a manufacturer, but it allows consistency on a low budget.

Sounds fun, but too much work. I like my pre-bought greeblies!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Jagannath on May 15, 2019, 11:36:54 AM
Jagannath: Another idea (that I haven't thought thru) is wired terminals, small sci-fi bits where one can glue soldering wire to look like wiring:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33962877238_1e0dfeea1d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TKbC9W)Wired terminals (https://flic.kr/p/TKbC9W) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I have almost exactly that type of idea on the agenda - consoles plus wire 'holders' to be used with solder.

Going to print and prep masters this weekend I hope, so I'll send you some pics.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190505: Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit, group shot
Post by: Ockman on May 16, 2019, 06:13:20 AM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47858307821_ee46c8f468_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fV5kyi)New crew (https://flic.kr/p/2fV5kyi) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Okay, so good news, bad news and worse news:

Good news: I've had half an hour over and did some sloppy basecoating, and I have to say that I love the colour.

Bad news: Due to falling asleep with my contacts still in, I've contracted Keratitis.

Worse news: I'm not allowed to wear contacts for six weeks and since my glasses makes everything appear ≈25% smaller, I'm not sure how much painting I will be able to do for six weeks...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32916503657_5f7dee7830_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/S9HFK8)Everything appears smaller! (https://flic.kr/p/S9HFK8) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I have almost exactly that type of idea on the agenda - consoles plus wire 'holders' to be used with solder.

Going to print and prep masters this weekend I hope, so I'll send you some pics.

Great minds think alike, eh?

I'm looking forward to whatever you are creating!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190515: Crew preview
Post by: War Monkey on May 16, 2019, 11:52:35 PM
Oh that just sucks! Can you use one of those magnifying visors? With your Doctors okaying it, wouldn't want you to damage your eyes, but if one has to wait 6 weeks then I'll just have to wait then  ;) rest well and hope you get better fast.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190515: Crew preview
Post by: Oldben1 on May 17, 2019, 01:58:11 AM
Clark Kent?
Sorry about the eyes.  My wife had the same problem!  Maybe you need to go up to 20mm scale for the next little while.
Love the orange.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190515: Crew preview
Post by: Billchuck on May 17, 2019, 03:07:35 AM
Have you tried a magnifying visor?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190515: Crew preview
Post by: Ockman on May 17, 2019, 05:53:35 AM
Thanks for the nice words, friends!

It's a bit painful right now, so I'm not sure if a magnifying visor would help that much. Hopefully it will be better soon, I've got an appointment with a doctor today.

I think that I will use my eventual hobby time to take some pictures of already painted (but not shown) minis, paint some already built terrain, build some new terrain or perhaps construct a cargo hauler out of plasticard. I will let my eyes rest on less detailed stuff  ;)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190515: Crew preview
Post by: Grumbledook on May 17, 2019, 07:07:26 PM
Can’t go wrong with orange jumpsuits! They’re looking fab.

Hope your eyes are fully functioning again soon, sounds like a pretty miserable affair. Although I think making some new terrain or a a spaceship sound great!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190515: Crew preview
Post by: Ockman on May 21, 2019, 09:16:22 PM
Can’t go wrong with orange jumpsuits! They’re looking fab.

Hope your eyes are fully functioning again soon, sounds like a pretty miserable affair. Although I think making some new terrain or a a spaceship sound great!

Thanks Grumbledook, the eye is better now, no bacterial infestations left.

Unfortunately the bacteria ate some of my eye, so it will take at least a month until it's properly spherical again. No contacts (and no proper miniature painting) until then.

I made a paper prototype of a cargo hauler today, though.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190515: Crew preview
Post by: War Monkey on May 21, 2019, 09:48:47 PM
I'm glad that your health is improving and I am hoping for a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190515: Crew preview
Post by: Oldben1 on May 22, 2019, 03:24:57 PM
Keep your head up.  Your terrain is lovely too!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190522: Work in progress
Post by: Ockman on May 22, 2019, 09:15:58 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47911153571_1b065c9a5f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fZKbKV)What's this? (https://flic.kr/p/2fZKbKV) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47121820584_6a03a1ac50_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eMZDyu)Some kind of trapezoid? (https://flic.kr/p/2eMZDyu) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

It's something I've wanted for a long time!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46995188525_77071b0b1c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eANCg8)Cargo hauler WIP (https://flic.kr/p/2eANCg8) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47121820324_1893fa3b05_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eMZDu1)Cargo hauler front WIP (https://flic.kr/p/2eMZDu1) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

It's the early shape of my cargo hauler!

I'm glad that your health is improving and I am hoping for a speedy recovery.

Keep your head up.  Your terrain is lovely too!

Thanks, mates! I'm recovering okay, but it's hard to do anything with glasses. No line stays straight and everything is small.

Still, it's fun to try something new!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190522: Work in progress
Post by: Jagannath on May 22, 2019, 11:03:58 PM
Hey dude - that looks like it'll end up nice, it's got a Traveller vibe so far.

Ow - I used to work at an opticians and did a clinical diploma and I've seen keratitis a few times, not fun!

Doing any better?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190522: Work in progress
Post by: Ockman on May 23, 2019, 06:49:16 AM
Hey dude - that looks like it'll end up nice, it's got a Traveller vibe so far.

Ow - I used to work at an opticians and did a clinical diploma and I've seen keratitis a few times, not fun!

Doing any better?

Hey, thanks friend!

My eye is a lot better, but since I have the worst eyesight (around -9.00 on contacts, somewhat higher on my glasses) and my glasses always slide forward, I get distorted vision while wearing them. Still, I try to do some hobby stuff. I've put some details on the cargo hauler this morning.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190522: Work in progress
Post by: Dr De'Ath on May 23, 2019, 07:24:18 AM
That thing with your eyes sucks, but good to know you're on the mend.  I've been using an 'optivisor' for painting and it works a tread, comes with multiple lenses that 'stack' to give some good magnification.  May be worth a try?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190522: Work in progress
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 23, 2019, 09:43:22 AM
My eye is a lot better, but since I have the worst eyesight (around -9.00 on contacts, somewhat higher on my glasses) and my glasses always slide forward, I get distorted vision while wearing them. Still, I try to do some hobby stuff. I've put some details on the cargo hauler this morning.
You have my sympathies.

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190522: Work in progress
Post by: Ockman on May 23, 2019, 10:04:04 AM
That thing with your eyes sucks, but good to know you're on the mend.  I've been using an 'optivisor' for painting and it works a tread, comes with multiple lenses that 'stack' to give some good magnification.  May be worth a try?

Many recommend an optivisor, sounds like something worth looking into. I'm going on holiday on Saturday, flying to Mallorca, so I'm trying to keep the hobby budget low.

Help!

As always, I need some input.

When painting the hauler, should I go with a generic colour scheme (grey with some markings) to be able to use it in many roles when playing RPGs or should I go with a more dramatic colour scheme (crimson red with black details and orange cockpit lights) and have a designated (new) crew?

I'm leaning towards the first alternative, but would like some input.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190522: Work in progress
Post by: Billchuck on May 23, 2019, 04:37:20 PM
Paint it generic, then build a second for a specific crew. :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190522: Work in progress
Post by: Ockman on May 23, 2019, 10:50:27 PM
Paint it generic, then build a second for a specific crew. :)

This, my friend, is an idea I fully support!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190611: Intermission
Post by: Ockman on June 11, 2019, 09:08:32 PM
A short intermission:

I've built a little vacation diorama as a wedding gift for our friends (it will contain hard cash for the wedding trip vacation fund when finished)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48045780962_a5ff21c344_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gcDbMQ)Box (https://flic.kr/p/2gcDbMQ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48045756432_9d5d98145e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gcD4uU)Box (https://flic.kr/p/2gcD4uU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48045757732_01658fc172_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gcD4Tj)Box (https://flic.kr/p/2gcD4Tj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190611: Intermission
Post by: War Monkey on June 12, 2019, 03:23:36 PM
Very nice, what a great idea for a gift.

I'm glad to hear your eyes are recovering well
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190611: Intermission
Post by: Oldben1 on June 12, 2019, 08:14:54 PM
I'm also glad your eyes are doing better.

I used to make my wife something similar with cheap wooden boxes stained on the outside and a neat scene on the inside.  Your are much better.  I am sure they will love it!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190611: Intermission
Post by: Ockman on June 13, 2019, 06:38:51 AM
Very nice, what a great idea for a gift.

I'm glad to hear your eyes are recovering well

I'm also glad your eyes are doing better.

I used to make my wife something similar with cheap wooden boxes stained on the outside and a neat scene on the inside.  Your are much better.  I am sure they will love it!

Thanks, friends!

Another two weeks and I can wear contacts (and paint miniatures) again! (...hopefully)

It's really nice to build and paint something different than I usually do. Although I want the end result to be good, I've got a bit more lenience towards non-perfect work when it's not supposed to be on my gaming table. Now I want to build some cliffs and hills for my badlands board, although there is so much I want to do!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190611: Intermission
Post by: Skullhamma on June 20, 2019, 09:04:37 AM
Hey, Ockmann!

As a 15mm guy I really love your thread! Your miniatures and terrain are top notch and I think I bought a lot of GZG stuff after seeing them here with proper paintjobs. I will continue visiting and leave comments from now on. I really love "Skulltaker" and those yellow GZG guys you have posted recently. All my best wishes for your eye-sight, I hope you can continue your splendid work! Best regards,

Skully :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190710: Kali Nihk, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Ockman on July 10, 2019, 12:33:16 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/4832/45925680945_27841e2392_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cYi7Vg)Bounty Hunter Kali Nihk (https://flic.kr/p/2cYi7Vg) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

In a galaxy with countless inhabited worlds and affordable intergalactic travel, it's pretty easy to drop off the grid, if one wants (or needs) to. Charter a berth on an outgoing transport, stow away in a cargo hold or commandeer a vessel with out-system capabilities.

If the troubles are large enough to make one flee the system, chances are that they are large enough to warrant a bounty. Although it might be easy to disappear, everyone leaves some kind of trace behind...

Bounty hunter Kali Nihk knows how to follow a trail. She scours records, examines ship manifests, interrogates contacts, goes over security footage, whatever it takes. No matter how small the trace, she will find it and she will follow it. There's no place where she won't go, armed with her Winter Inducted Industries RVL-023 "Zapper", ready to stun her target - and everyone standing in her way.


(https://live.staticflickr.com/7890/46115085804_35671c56bb_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dg2Soh)Kali Nihk on the hunt (https://flic.kr/p/2dg2Soh) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4877/46115082304_45e31eec2c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dg2RkW)Bounty Hunter Kali Nihk (https://flic.kr/p/2dg2RkW) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4879/46788014122_6f2921a095_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ehuNwE)Kali Nihk, armed with Winter Inducted Industries RVL-023 "Zapper" (https://flic.kr/p/2ehuNwE) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Hey, Ockmann!

As a 15mm guy I really love your thread! Your miniatures and terrain are top notch and I think I bought a lot of GZG stuff after seeing them here with proper paintjobs. I will continue visiting and leave comments from now on. I really love "Skulltaker" and those yellow GZG guys you have posted recently. All my best wishes for your eye-sight, I hope you can continue your splendid work! Best regards,

Skully :)

Thanks, Skully! It's great to see you here!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190710: Kali Nihk, Bounty Hunter
Post by: CookAndrewB on July 10, 2019, 03:44:39 PM
Great new figure. Really love the terrain and that pile of boxes. Small wood cubes? Brilliant stuff!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190710: Kali Nihk, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Ockman on July 10, 2019, 05:06:09 PM
Great new figure. Really love the terrain and that pile of boxes. Small wood cubes? Brilliant stuff!

Thank you, Andrew!

They are ≈ 8mm wooden beads. There's a hole through them, so I've added a square of 0,5mm thick plasticard to cover it up.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190710: Kali Nihk, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Oldben1 on July 10, 2019, 11:12:11 PM
Looks pretty deadly to me!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190710: Kali Nihk, Bounty Hunter
Post by: zrunelord on July 11, 2019, 05:39:07 AM
Great to hear you are recovering Ockman.
It looks like a cameo in a box.
Would be a good idea for a diorama also.

Gzg ...... are among the nicest minis around.

Keep it up my friend 🖖
Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190710: Kali Nihk, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Ockman on July 11, 2019, 07:17:40 AM
Looks pretty deadly to me!

Only if the target has a weak heart/improperly shielded main CPUs/Nihk has used the override command to activate 'lethal' setting.

Great to hear you are recovering Ockman.
It looks like a cameo in a box.
Would be a good idea for a diorama also.

Gzg ...... are among the nices minus around.

Keep it up my friend 🖖
Z

Thanks, Z!

It's actually a photo from January, but I think that I might be able to paint soon again. I have a couple of painted, unposted miniatures in store, but I haven't had time to either take photos or write up stories.

GZG makes the best minis, love those civilians...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190710: Kali Nihk, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Skullhamma on July 11, 2019, 08:39:43 AM
Love those GZG figures. The paintjobs, the lovely terrain and your camera skills make this post truly cinematic, great job!  :-*
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190710: Kali Nihk, Bounty Hunter
Post by: Ockman on July 11, 2019, 10:33:34 AM
Love those GZG figures. The paintjobs, the lovely terrain and your camera skills make this post truly cinematic, great job!  :-*

Thanks Skully, it's always a joy to recieve such praise!

I find GZG to be almost perfect (their Colonial Defense Force is a bit to bulky + I would love some more 'adventurers').
This was just supposed to be a quick paintjob to make another colonist, but then while posing the photos I saw a different side of her...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: Ockman on July 13, 2019, 05:43:08 AM
Each new colony world offers an entirely new biosphere with all the possibilities and risks that entails. Every colonist wish for edible plants, perhaps with some medicinal (or recreational) side effect, docile and useful creatures and soil that supports the brought along seeds. Every colonist tend to fear for invasive (and perhaps poisonous) plants, dangerous predators and hostile viruses. Some risks might be mitigated by inserting selected animals and plants, but that might as well topple a fragile ecosystem with catastrophic consequenses...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48270080672_8645ef2706_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gxsMhd)Colonist Edie Lang (https://flic.kr/p/2gxsMhd) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

"RRRRRRAAAAOOOOO!"
Somewhere out there, the savage predator was howling at the celestial bodies. Edie Lang cocked her head towards the sound, trying to zone in on the carnivore's position. Unlike many other colonists, she had a 'live and let live' mentality. As long as the local wildlife left her and her cattle alone, she'd be glad to let them continue doing whatever they were doing since before she arrived here. But after losing her third Gaarox in one season, Edie decided that this specific predator had caused enough trouble to void the 'live and let live'-clause.

She couldn't pinpoint exactly what had changed, but she knew that she was close now. The wildlife had turned quiet, something was different in the air. Suddenly, a clearing opened up in front of Edie, a clearing strewn with carcasses, skulls and bones. The creature stood in the middle of the opening, a massive beast with powerful jaws. It watched Edie with all four eyes, bewildered by the fact that the prey had come to it, instead of the other way around. Edie switched off the safety on her gun. The creature hadn't realized that it no longer was the apex predator on Golgotha Prime...


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48270008671_2581ea4138_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gxspSP)Colonist Edie Lang (https://flic.kr/p/2gxspSP) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48270080507_7c15e70a25_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gxsMen)Colonist Edie Lang (https://flic.kr/p/2gxsMen) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48270080472_e222c2349b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gxsMdL)Colonist Edie Lang (https://flic.kr/p/2gxsMdL) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: zrunelord on July 13, 2019, 06:07:19 AM
You know that you have done enough write ups to make a novel  ;), which might be a good idea.,.... the collected adventures of....

Keep writing my friend & posting ( off course  :D)

Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: Skullhamma on July 13, 2019, 09:15:03 AM
She turned out really great! Lovely ladies you have there.  :-*
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: Ockman on July 13, 2019, 11:04:48 AM
Thanks, mates!

One thing I really like about GZG's colonial and merc ranges is the (almost) 50/50 split between male and female sculpts.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: zrunelord on July 13, 2019, 11:15:20 AM
Welcome Ockman,
Same here. I think GZG has the most females , as minis go... that is ;) :D :D :D....

Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: DivisMal on July 21, 2019, 09:27:06 PM
Lovely as usual and the camouflage pattern came out nicely!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: War Monkey on July 22, 2019, 02:20:38 AM
First off, I am please that your eyes have healed nicely, and glad to have you back in the game!

I love GZG's  figures, I have a bunch of them in my lead mountain that I need to get to, l really like how your paint job looks on these figures, inspires me to get to mine some time.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: Ockman on July 22, 2019, 08:50:58 PM
Lovely as usual and the camouflage pattern came out nicely!

Thanks, Florian!

The camouflage was mostly a happy accident, I was experimenting with starker contrasts and it ended up looking like this.

First off, I am please that your eyes have healed nicely, and glad to have you back in the game!

I love GZG's  figures, I have a bunch of them in my lead mountain that I need to get to, l really like how your paint job looks on these figures, inspires me to get to mine some time.

Thanks, mate! It's nice to be among the seeing again!

I'm very fond of GZG's figures, will be hard not to order on this current sale. I'm thinking about getting some colony terrain and some crusties...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: Ockman on July 27, 2019, 12:41:58 PM
Finally made a GZG order. Crusties, shanties, some vehicles and a group of vacc-suited figures incoming!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: Brummie on July 28, 2019, 08:07:40 AM
Finally made a GZG order. Crusties, shanties, some vehicles and a group of vacc-suited figures incoming!

I'm about to make another order as well!!  lol

Love your figures, you clearly  put a great deal of time and effort into them to bring out as much character as possible.

Also love your scenery it's amazingly atmospheric (forest is characterfully claustrophobic) it's something I'm learning to do and prioritize more as without it games tend to lack character.

I also love GZG stuff. I'm nearly 28 and remember seeing GZG at local shows in Birmingham when I was 6/7. He had the coolest minis outside GW and my opinion has only gotten better since!

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: Ockman on July 28, 2019, 11:26:43 AM
Thank you, Brummie!

I want to be able to play some roleplaying games, so characters, NPCs, civilians and characterful terrain is my focus.

But when I see armies like yours, I want to build larger forces than my 4-8 minis crews/encounters (even if I don't see myself playing larger engagements).
A larger force (or two} could be nice to use as background in a roleplaying game, almost as terrain in a way...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190713: Colonist Edie Lang
Post by: zrunelord on July 28, 2019, 12:18:20 PM
The problem would be which armies/supplier/race etc.would you choose? You start with 2 & end up with 20 !!!  :D   ;) ....

So many minis so little time & space 😔
Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on July 28, 2019, 10:25:35 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48284205912_e12d57369b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gyHbdQ)Midi Midori walks down the street (https://flic.kr/p/2gyHbdQ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Even if Golgotha Prime draws adventurers and their likes like magnets draw iron filings, a substantial part of the newly arrived come for ordinary, unexciting jobs.
Mechanics, data clerks, technicians, construction workers, droid programmers ...Golgotha Prime needs them - and other specialists as well - and its denziens are prepared to pay them well. These people might not be looking for danger, but on Golgotha Prime danger might find you, whether you are looking for it or not.

Midi Midori studied linguistics at Okani University. She studied traditional as well as programming languages, specializing in the ancient, archaic and alien kind. While being interesting subjects, they were useless on her homeworld. After months of unemployment, Midi got an offer to come work with translations and decoding on Golgotha Prime. With the remnants of an ancient alien civilization and loads of corrupted data from the first (catastrophic) colonization, her skills would be highly valueable...

Of course her parents had been hesitant to see their daughter go. There were so many rumours and stories about Golgotha Prime, about the rampant crime and the dangers of exploring old ruins. Midi told her parents that she would be working in an office, explorers would bring her texts and data-slates recovered from the old vaults, and the company had an apartment for her in upscale Point Breeze. She would be safe. As safe as one can be on Golgotha Prime.

Now, a standard year later, Midi Midori feels right at home on Golgotha Prime. Sometimes  there's a shootout in the streets, sometimes there's a riot, but Midi knows how to avoid being caught in them.
Sometimes NeoDyne Security tries to apprehend a pirate captain. When that happens, it's a good idea to just turn around and mind your own business...


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48284205982_96250522b9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gyHbf3)Suddenly, a commotion catches Midi's attention (https://flic.kr/p/2gyHbf3) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48284205922_38ac8154b6_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gyHbe1)The NeoDyne Security team has the pirate captain surrounded (https://flic.kr/p/2gyHbe1) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48284205912_e12d57369b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gyHbdQ)Midi Midori walks down the street (https://flic.kr/p/2gyHbdQ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Mako on July 29, 2019, 05:44:46 AM
Great looking stuff.

Thanks for sharing photos of your minis and terrain.  Nice inspiration for the ditherers among us, who have too much unpainted metal.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on July 29, 2019, 06:41:26 AM
Great looking stuff.

Thanks for sharing photos of your minis and terrain.  Nice inspiration for the ditherers among us, who have too much unpainted metal.

Thanks, Mako!

It's been hard to find time for my hobby, but I've saved some minis painted during my parental leave so it looks as if I'm still working on stuff   ;)

The problem would be which armies/supplier/race etc.would you choose? You start with 2 & end up with 20 !!!  :D   ;) ....

So many minis so little time & space 😔
Z

Well, I've already got some GZG Colonial Defense Force minis and vehicles, enough to make a smaller force, I've got enough GZG Islamic Federation to build a second force and I've ordered some Crusties from GZG...


Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: CookAndrewB on July 29, 2019, 02:48:20 PM
Great inspiration as always. Love the backstory and civilians. I'm glad you are back to appearing to make progress. lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on July 29, 2019, 06:14:11 PM
Great inspiration as always. Love the backstory and civilians. I'm glad you are back to appearing to make progress. lol

Thanks, mate!

I've got to get back at building/painting, but right about now, whatever hobby time I've got has been directed at building and painting the moomin house (to my wife and children's excitement).

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48406692516_2081f61873_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gKwXdQ)Moomin house (https://flic.kr/p/2gKwXdQ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48406847062_de55cf697a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gKxKaq)Moomin house (https://flic.kr/p/2gKxKaq) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

The pictures are old, from the building phase this winter. Now I'm texturing and undercoating.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: War Monkey on July 29, 2019, 06:33:42 PM
Nice little write up, I like the idea do the back side of the tower being open, you have to tell us how it works out for gaming.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: CookAndrewB on July 29, 2019, 08:02:16 PM
Good cover, height for snipers... I approve of this Moomin House. Your family has their priorities straight. lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on July 29, 2019, 09:27:26 PM
Good cover, height for snipers... I approve of this Moomin House. Your family has their priorities straight. lol

Nice little write up, I like the idea do the back side of the tower being open, you have to tell us how it works out for gaming.

Haha, the Moomin house will be a doll house/decoration for the children's room.

My wife suggested that I put my skills to use for 'the greater good', instead of hiding it away in the gaming cupboard.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: DivisMal on July 30, 2019, 04:32:07 AM
Ohhhhhh! I love the moomins! Brings back childhood memories. They were alsokinda creepy, though. Wasn’t there also something evil?

Very nice, but I also like Midi, your latest addition.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on July 30, 2019, 06:45:42 AM
Ohhhhhh! I love the moomins! Brings back childhood memories. They were alsokinda creepy, though. Wasn’t there also something evil?

Very nice, but I also like Midi, your latest addition.

Thanks, Florian! Haha, I didn't mean to put the focus on Moomins, but here we are!

I do enjoy the Moomins as well, but they are a bit special. There's the evil Groke (Mårran in Swedish) which brings winter and cold, the Hattifnatts, quiet, omnious, electric, tadpole-like creatures. I have only read the books and watched the stop-motion animated tv-series.

It's pretty interesting that a children's book from the 1940's is filled with queer themes. Love it!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Skullhamma on August 01, 2019, 07:48:30 PM
Great job on the doll house and Midi!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Cacique Caribe on August 02, 2019, 01:59:30 PM
What’s a moomie?  Some cow fetish?  :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on August 02, 2019, 04:51:56 PM
I've started a dedicated hobby account on Instagram: @golgothaprime

Great job on the doll house and Midi!

Thanks, Skully! 

What’s a moomie?  Some cow fetish?  :)

It's a little Finnish Swedish troll, that Swedish parents like to plaster their children's rooms with:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48440013681_bf20cd173c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gNtJrF)Moomin (https://flic.kr/p/2gNtJrF) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Brummie on August 02, 2019, 10:22:12 PM
I've started a dedicated hobby account on Instagram: @golgothaprime

Thanks, Skully! 

It's a little Finnish Swedish troll, that Swedish parents like to plaster their children's rooms with:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48440013681_bf20cd173c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gNtJrF)Moomin (https://flic.kr/p/2gNtJrF) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I remember when they use to show this on the BBC, that Groke fella was the stuff of nightmares.

Liking the Streets of Point Breeze, the shrubbery makes it look very idyllic. Though I think Midori needs a Ballistics vest!  lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on August 06, 2019, 08:49:18 PM
I remember when they use to show this on the BBC, that Groke fella was the stuff of nightmares.

My son finds her frightening as well! All that cold and destruction she brings ...still, all she wants is warmth and company.

Liking the Streets of Point Breeze, the shrubbery makes it look very idyllic. Though I think Midori needs a Ballistics vest!  lol

Nah, no need for ballistic vests if you know how to move. But this last set of pictures were not taken in Point Breeze. They (and some NeoDyne Security officers) were shot downtown in Golgotha Prime's main settlement (which I haven't named yet - what does the United Government say about naming protocols?).

Point Breeze is a gated community with a proper, trustworthy corporate security force. Neither NeoDyne Security, nor pirate scum would be let in.

...although there has been some problems with hipster delinquents dressed in second millennium inspired space suits armed with heavy handguns harassing people.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4534/37715913875_f1e300b578_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZsPVca)IMG_0865 (https://flic.kr/p/ZsPVca) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Oldben1 on August 07, 2019, 02:33:51 AM
Wow, great work on the visor!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: War Monkey on August 07, 2019, 03:05:10 AM
I agree an excellent  paint work on the visor.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on August 07, 2019, 07:02:38 AM
Thanks, guys!

It is one of my earlier paintjobs, I'm happy with the visor and the white details, but the orange is not at all what I wanted it to look like. Perhaps one day I will give it an update...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: CookAndrewB on August 07, 2019, 02:17:22 PM
I feel like it would be short work to touch up that orange. That said, I like it. It all looks proper and clean to me.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on August 08, 2019, 08:57:44 AM
I feel like it would be short work to touch up that orange. That said, I like it. It all looks proper and clean to me.

I think the problem is that I tried my usual "base-wash-highlight base-highlight with lighter colours" and used an orange wash, when I should have used a brown-ish wash instead (reikland flesh shade or Army Painter Soft Tone).
It might look better with a couple of layers of reiklander flesh + acrylic medium.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Skullhamma on August 08, 2019, 09:28:04 AM
That helmet!!!  :o

I agree with the orange/brown issue. Otherwise top!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: CookAndrewB on August 08, 2019, 02:14:25 PM
I think brown washes tend to look dirty to me. What about a red wash? I actually like him looking clean and crisp. I tend to like brown washes/sepia for post apoc and grimdark type applications, but I think it would look odd on someone who would be clean. Maybe your hipster wouldn't be  lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Brummie on August 11, 2019, 01:59:05 PM
Nice take on the Space suited mini! I have one around here somewhere, he/she/it is a very ambiguous character. Part of me wonders if its even human...

Definitely a hand cannon though..
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Munindk on August 13, 2019, 06:54:56 AM
Thanks, mate!

I've got to get back at building/painting, but right about now, whatever hobby time I've got has been directed at building and painting the moomin house (to my wife and children's excitement).

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48406692516_2081f61873_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gKwXdQ)Moomin house (https://flic.kr/p/2gKwXdQ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48406847062_de55cf697a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gKxKaq)Moomin house (https://flic.kr/p/2gKxKaq) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

The pictures are old, from the building phase this winter. Now I'm texturing and undercoating.

I'm building a Moomin playhouse for my kids, its taking forever but its nice to see other peoplw infected with the Moomin bug :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on August 18, 2019, 06:42:28 PM
Thanks everyone!

I've reposted an old picture with a new text on my Instagram account, thought I'd share it here as well!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48567651476_078c432a36_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gZKUHj)The Crimson Reavers (https://flic.kr/p/2gZKUHj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Pirates! The scourge of the empyrean, the lurkers in the void. Sometimes it's just a crew down on their luck, resorting to piracy to survive. Other times it might be an enormous pirate fleet, where enterprising captains band together, raiding installations, outposts or even entire systems.

When fortune favours them, when raiding and reaving goes well, when losses are small, when bounty and recruits are plentyful, the Crimson Reavers can expand and become a formidable flotilla. When they are less fortunate, when losses are large, when mutinous crews want to split off, when nothing goes their way, the Crimson Reavers will revert to their core crew of six:

Little Johnny (close combat specialist, the Captain's bodyguard), Becky Billions (intrusion expert and hacker extraordinaire), Captain Britney (leader, head strategist), Leif 'Skulltaker' Lurberg (economist, supporting strategist, knife master), Star Reaver Fabbe (most experienced reaver).

Not pictured BIB (starship pilot, brain-in-a-box).


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48567800287_11c2172486_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gZLEX2)Business trip (https://flic.kr/p/2gZLEX2) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I'm on a business trip, so instead of watching tv on my hotel room, I brought some minis and paint...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: War Monkey on August 19, 2019, 03:11:38 PM
Nice paint work! I love 15mm  figure range, you can get quite a bit of detail with them and you can have a great game in a small space!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: CookAndrewB on August 19, 2019, 03:21:59 PM
That travel paint set up is genius. I don't do too many business trips these days (which my wife and back approve of), but if I have any in the future I could see doing this. If for no other purpose than to prime and block color. Things I find relatively tedious at home. I might focus better on them if I didn't have a room full of projects all calling my name! lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Skullhamma on August 19, 2019, 07:45:14 PM
I like the guy with the skull paint so much... I HAVE to steal the idea!  lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on August 20, 2019, 03:55:09 PM
Nice paint work! I love 15mm  figure range, you can get quite a bit of detail with them and you can have a great game in a small space!

Thank you! 15mm is great!

That travel paint set up is genius. I don't do too many business trips these days (which my wife and back approve of), but if I have any in the future I could see doing this. If for no other purpose than to prime and block color. Things I find relatively tedious at home. I might focus better on them if I didn't have a room full of projects all calling my name! lol

Thanks, Andrew! I got some colour blocking done and a some highlights.

I like the guy with the skull paint so much... I HAVE to steal the idea!  lol

Steal away! I'm happy that you like it!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: Ockman on August 20, 2019, 05:46:42 PM
WIP: Boots, weapon and belt not finished:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48585819356_20063ed1c0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h2n2oC)The Postal Service (https://flic.kr/p/2h2n2oC) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: CookAndrewB on August 20, 2019, 07:08:45 PM
Looks like a great minion. There is something about him that screams "What was that noise? I'm going to go check it out and leave my security post unattended." lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: Skullhamma on August 20, 2019, 08:17:04 PM
Love that little minion, very nice work!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: Skullhamma on August 20, 2019, 08:17:48 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4508/36831741783_d700e409ea_k.jpg)

Oscar, who makes that figure on the roof, please?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: blacksmith on August 21, 2019, 08:51:18 AM
Insurgent humans from Khurasan:
(http://khurasanminiatures.tripod.com/t1407.jpg)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: Ockman on August 21, 2019, 10:02:05 AM
Looks like a great minion. There is something about him that screams "What was that noise? I'm going to go check it out and leave my security post unattended." lol

Haha, I saw that now as well. Initially, I've decided to paint the crew as a future parcel delivery unit, using Swedish Televerket (state own telecom company in the 80's) as inspiration.

Perhaps they will double as goons?

Love that little minion, very nice work!

Thanks Skully! Always nice to get feedback from you!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4508/36831741783_d700e409ea_k.jpg)

Oscar, who makes that figure on the roof, please?

blacksmith knows his minis, it's from Khurasan Miniatures: 15mm Sepulvedan Resistance Fighters Set 2 (eight figures in four poses – three rifle-armed fighter poses and one pose with SAW)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Brummie on August 22, 2019, 06:07:19 PM


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48567651476_078c432a36_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gZKUHj)The Crimson Reavers (https://flic.kr/p/2gZKUHj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Very nice! Without the description I'd have thought you had a solid gang for your own take on CyberPunk 2077! Some figures in there I don't think I have yet and I now feel the urge to add them to the pile  lol.

That house is great, like the Fairy lights dangling from the windows, little touches like that make it look lived in.

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: Ockman on August 23, 2019, 07:08:00 AM

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48567651476_078c432a36_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gZKUHj)The Crimson Reavers (https://flic.kr/p/2gZKUHj) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Very nice! Without the description I'd have thought you had a solid gang for your own take on CyberPunk 2077! Some figures in there I don't think I have yet and I now feel the urge to add them to the pile  lol.

That house is great, like the Fairy lights dangling from the windows, little touches like that make it look lived in.

Haha, the thing is that I have a huge love for 1980's cyberpunk, the first roleplaying game I ever played was a Mutant 2089, a Swedish cyberpunk RPG released in 1989. When I painted this set, I was thinking about starting a Mutant 1989 campaign, using my minis. That's also what I had in mind when I painted NeoDyne Security.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4908/31262508317_afefa68c19_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PCywy6)Skyez Lectrix (https://flic.kr/p/PCywy6) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Thanks, mate! The house picture posted before is a WIP, it has had a sign and a menu added on the outside later.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: axiom on August 23, 2019, 08:42:13 AM
This is such an inspirational thread. For some reason I'd not checked it out before, but I've just been through from start to finish. Your world building is excellent and a great source of inspiration!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: Ockman on August 23, 2019, 11:06:36 AM
This is such an inspirational thread. For some reason I'd not checked it out before, but I've just been through from start to finish. Your world building is excellent and a great source of inspiration!

Wow, thanks axiom! That is high praise, coming from you!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: CookAndrewB on August 23, 2019, 02:16:24 PM
Ockman, do you have any pictures of the whole terrain collection assembled (or just the whole assortment lined up for a family photo)?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: Skullhamma on August 23, 2019, 02:23:47 PM
Thanks, Ock! :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: Ockman on August 23, 2019, 06:57:11 PM
Ockman, do you have any pictures of the whole terrain collection assembled (or just the whole assortment lined up for a family photo)?

I've got some old pictures, but not the entire collection (or newer stuff)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4263/35744949166_d409964e40_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WsEd41)DSC_0132 (https://flic.kr/p/WsEd41) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4042/35616259842_46397a4f74_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WghDcy)DSC_0121 (https://flic.kr/p/WghDcy) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4632/39634704135_595d74f397_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23oodFR)DSC_2174 (https://flic.kr/p/23oodFR) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/896/28045379887_4f6b26eb45_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JJgUmx)Blue skies (https://flic.kr/p/JJgUmx) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: CookAndrewB on August 23, 2019, 07:07:17 PM
Thanks!

The top picture was my inspiration for my current tile setup. Love the mix and match arrangements possible. Makes for a great town/cityscape.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: Ockman on August 23, 2019, 07:25:02 PM
Here's a different setup!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4288/34975651203_9afdc54cd4_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VhFmz2)DSC_0133 (https://flic.kr/p/VhFmz2) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4084/35397449200_5dbf03a40e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VVXbqh)DSC_0135 (https://flic.kr/p/VVXbqh) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: CookAndrewB on August 23, 2019, 07:49:15 PM
If (let's be honest, WHEN) I transition my post apoc gaming to 15mm, I think the above is a perfect set up. I really like the variations in layouts.

The bases of the tiles look very thin. Cork? Something else? I feel like linoleum tile might be a good base for such a layout.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: Ockman on August 23, 2019, 07:56:30 PM
If (let's be honest, WHEN) I transition my post apoc gaming to 15mm, I think the above is a perfect set up. I really like the variations in layouts.

The bases of the tiles look very thin. Cork? Something else? I feel like linoleum tile might be a good base for such a layout.

Thanks, Andrew! It's made from 3mm cork (300x300mm large), with sidewalks made from foamcard.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190820: The Postal Service WIP
Post by: CookAndrewB on August 23, 2019, 08:05:25 PM
Thanks, Andrew! It's made from 3mm cork (300x300mm large), with sidewalks made from foamcard.

Foam! I make mine out of cardboard, but the foam would be much more flexible. I have sheets of foam card form the dollar store. Most of it with funky textures already imprinted. That could be interesting to use.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Terrain WIP
Post by: Ockman on September 12, 2019, 11:25:37 PM
So I had two evenings where I could go all in hobbying, the first time in a while. I'd love to be able to finish something, so that I have something to show.

I made a plan:
1. Finish building my cargo hauler
2. Build and paint some small generators

Idiot me couldn't stick to a simple plan, so all I can show is some unfinished stuff. I'm not sure about the red/dark metal colour scheme on the larger silo/generator/whatever, but I'm having high hopes for the teal generators. It irks me that I didn't finish anything, though...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48724448372_df55727a39_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2heBwY5)Terrain WIP (https://flic.kr/p/2heBwY5) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Terrain WIP
Post by: War Monkey on September 13, 2019, 01:16:11 AM
I hate it to when I can finish something because of that four letter  word "Life" gets in the way, I mean really doesn't  it know anything about GAMING!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Terrain WIP
Post by: War Monkey on September 13, 2019, 01:27:57 AM
I gave it a try, making  the city streets with the sheets of cork as well, I may have to repaint the sidewalks and concrete  sections something a little darker.

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Atmospheric chamber
Post by: Ockman on September 13, 2019, 07:24:17 AM
Hey, those look really good, War Monkey!

I actually finished one piece yesterday: An atmospheric chamber/greenhouse/space zoo/prison cell. I'm not sure where I'll put it, but I think it turned out fine. It's the top of a travel mug/yoghurt container, a GZG hatch and some clump foliage.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48725333031_8f0f578cbb_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2heG4WP)Atmospheric chamber (https://flic.kr/p/2heG4WP) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48725331926_859abeb49c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2heG4BL)Atmospheric chamber (https://flic.kr/p/2heG4BL) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Atmospheric chamber
Post by: Malebolgia on September 13, 2019, 10:45:25 AM
Love your boards...I have a simmering 15mm project that just won't take flight. But this is fantastic inspiration and is telling me to get on it.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Atmospheric chamber
Post by: CookAndrewB on September 13, 2019, 12:53:27 PM
I really like the little teal generators. What are they made out of?

The atmospheric chamber looks like Trouble... pop-o-matic gardens? lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Atmospheric chamber
Post by: War Monkey on September 13, 2019, 02:11:45 PM
Agree, the dome garden looks great! I'm  interested  in how the rest of you terrain stuff will turn out, once you get the opportunity to finish them what I see of them so far is they are look good. Keep up the great work!

Ockman, Thank You for the comment, like mentioned I still feel a lot of the concrete  stuff needs to be a little more darker in color, but I could leave sections in the lighter color giving it the feel of fresh concrete  pores.....
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Atmospheric chamber
Post by: Oldben1 on September 13, 2019, 02:30:14 PM
That's cool.  It looks very versatile.  It really could be a prison or a greenhouse.  It would be cool for Planet of The Apes!

I may have to borrow your idea . . .
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Atmospheric chamber
Post by: Ockman on September 13, 2019, 03:03:42 PM
Thanks, everyone!

The generators are built from halved bottle caps, halved 25mm round bases, 2mm plasticard square styrene and a thinly cut styrene tube.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48727083061_bec5005383_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2heR3aK)Generators WIP (https://flic.kr/p/2heR3aK) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Atmospheric chamber
Post by: CookAndrewB on September 13, 2019, 03:20:49 PM
Ah! Now I see it. The original picture made them look smooth and I thought maybe the halves were lengthwise down an aspirin bottle or something?

Consider this "borrowed with no intention to return" lol.

Also, I'm glad to see War Monkey put up his city streets build. That is probably priority #1 for my next gaming adventure, which means I need to knock out some Ockman style city tiles and enough buildings to fill them in a little over a week.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Atmospheric chamber
Post by: War Monkey on September 15, 2019, 02:51:11 AM
I agree with Cook "I have no plans to return it either". Great idea cutting caps and such in half, makes it a more in scale with 15mm's , then using the bubble gum ribbon package, which makes for nice giant generators!

I made the street tiles before leaving town so, I felt a little rushed too get them finished. Thank You
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Atmospheric chamber
Post by: Ockman on September 15, 2019, 06:01:24 PM
Thanks, friends!

I made my first bottle cap generators fifteen years ago (when I was making a Resident Evil-themed dungeon crawler).

I'm just happy with inspiring others, so borrow/copy/steal as much as you want!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190913: Atmospheric chamber
Post by: War Monkey on September 15, 2019, 09:15:32 PM
Well I just hope to see more of your work everything is looking great!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: Ockman on October 07, 2019, 08:13:12 PM
Painted some GZG cargo, which hopefully soon will ride in the back of a Postal Service hovertruck...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48861279716_271f1ca1e7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hrGQab)Cargo (https://flic.kr/p/2hrGQab) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48861280001_1f84823e20_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hrGQf6)Cargo (https://flic.kr/p/2hrGQf6) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48861476732_2a4dab3b24_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hrHQJ1)Cargo (https://flic.kr/p/2hrHQJ1) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48860815438_9572da9c1c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hrEs9o)Cargo (https://flic.kr/p/2hrEs9o) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48861280291_33a77b2d08_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hrGQk6)Cargo (https://flic.kr/p/2hrGQk6) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: CookAndrewB on October 07, 2019, 08:14:37 PM
That is some fun stuff! Might there be more updates in the near future?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: Ockman on October 07, 2019, 08:18:52 PM
That is some fun stuff! Might there be more updates in the near future?

I've actually painted the hovertruck (+ rider), but I wanted to have the rest of the crew ready before I posted it.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: CookAndrewB on October 07, 2019, 08:24:10 PM
I've actually painted the hovertruck (+ rider), but I wanted to have the rest of the crew ready before I posted it.

If you call it a work in progress, then any/all flaws can be explained away as "this isn't finished yet."  lol

Well, I look forward to the hover truck and accompanying back story.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: War Monkey on October 07, 2019, 11:52:41 PM
Wow they have some details to them very nice paint work!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: Ockman on October 08, 2019, 03:28:09 PM
Wow they have some details to them very nice paint work!

Thanks, mate!

I love the GZG crates and cargo, they add so much atmosphere to my terrain and models!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: War Monkey on October 08, 2019, 08:05:23 PM
Yes, I can sure see that.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: Hobby Services on October 09, 2019, 12:47:47 PM
I love those cargo sets, one of the best things GZG's done lately.  Wound up stuffing mine into Moongrunt:

https://brokenstarsburningships.blogspot.com/2018/12/moongrunt-civilian-cargo-sled.html
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: Ockman on October 09, 2019, 09:19:01 PM
I love those cargo sets, one of the best things GZG's done lately.  Wound up stuffing mine into Moongrunt:

https://brokenstarsburningships.blogspot.com/2018/12/moongrunt-civilian-cargo-sled.html

Hey, thanks Dick! Your pictures were a huge inspiration to me, I think they were the ones that gave me the idea to stuff cargo in the back of my hovertruck
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: Hobby Services on October 09, 2019, 10:42:17 PM
Hey, thanks Dick! Your pictures were a huge inspiration to me, I think they were the ones that gave me the idea to stuff cargo in the back of my hovertruck

Well, glad to help out.  What's a cargo vehicle without cargo, right?  :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: War Monkey on October 11, 2019, 11:31:35 PM
Ockman, You mentioned a Cargo Truck and I thought to myself I don't remember you posting anything about it, so thinking that my mind was slipping  ;D I went back through all the pages on this thread looking, just in case and Yes there is no cargo truck so No I'm not loosing my mind,  lol but I did see those lizard creatures, so I have to ask who makes those?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: zrunelord on October 12, 2019, 08:28:50 AM
Great work as usual Ockman,
Wow you are now at 36 pages worth of stuff.😁

Keep it up
Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191007: GZG cargo painted
Post by: Ockman on October 13, 2019, 07:29:39 AM
Ockman, You mentioned a Cargo Truck and I thought to myself I don't remember you posting anything about it, so thinking that my mind was slipping  ;D I went back through all the pages on this thread looking, just in case and Yes there is no cargo truck so No I'm not loosing my mind,  lol but I did see those lizard creatures, so I have to ask who makes those?

Haha, your mind isn't slipping!
I wanted to finish the entire crew before posting. Still have to paint skin tones on two minis and weapons, boots and belts/pouches on the rest before I can show them off  :D

The lizards are from a Warhammer Lizard Swarm, bought 20+ years ago (and horribly painted). Will strip and repaint one day!

Great work as usual Ockman,
Wow you are now at 36 pages worth of stuff.😁

Keep it up
Z

Thanks Z, I just wish I could take some more time painting (so I could add another 36 pages)!
It's not abandoned, though. Just on the back burner...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: Ockman on October 13, 2019, 10:37:24 AM
Trying to do something, anything, rather than complaining about not having time. Now I've tried to file and fix up a set of not perfectly cast GZG containers, undercoating them while the children were playing with puzzles.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48889636151_5d5ab85a49_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hudaxe)Containers (https://flic.kr/p/2hudaxe) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

These rather rough casts got some cheap acrylics on them, which might add a bit of texture. Hopefully, this will make the drybrushing look more interesting.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: War Monkey on October 13, 2019, 04:52:43 PM
Little progress is a good thing, unfortunate we can't just do our hobbies all day everyday  :? Oh how I wish we could  :D

Thank You for the information on the Lizard  Swarm, checking out for some on Ebay. I want to use them in a jungle planet project with the "Five Parsecs from Home, Salvage Crew"

Looking forward  to your truck project!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: CookAndrewB on October 14, 2019, 01:25:35 PM
I do find that sitting down and doing something daily is important for progress. Every so often I get big chunks of time to dedicate to my hobby, but most of the time it is just a bit while I wait for dinner to be ready, or a bit after my wife falls asleep watching football lol

Sadly, there is a TON of hobby time that isn't sexy finished products. Most of it falls into the "I gotta base this" or "undercoat that" category. But for every project that gets undercoated, it is one step closer to being final. I need reminded of that too. I'll sit and look for something to finish, when really I need to sit and look for figures to glue to bases, or things that haven't been undercoated.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: zrunelord on October 14, 2019, 08:52:48 PM
Cook if it's any help , i undercoat & base coat minis in batches so that i find them ready when the muse to paint & the time is available. Unfortunately my work is in fits & starts :D

Like so http://castrarunis.blogspot.com/2019/07/zenithal-airbrush-to-quickly-paint.html (http://castrarunis.blogspot.com/2019/07/zenithal-airbrush-to-quickly-paint.html)

I have 4 spray can undercoats, grey, black,white & terracotta. Grey is the best one for a fine Matt finish & it takes inks superbly.
 I then give then an airbrush basecoat & store them until it is time to paint.
That way i don't have to wait. Oh & i base my minis on 1 or 2 euro cents.

Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: Ockman on October 16, 2019, 11:24:11 AM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/4660/39391953305_c806ef6577_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/231W4jH)Assembly (https://flic.kr/p/231W4jH) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I try to clean/base/undercoat in large batches, so that I can focus on painting when I have some hobby time.

Last night I finished undercoating the containers  :o
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: CookAndrewB on October 16, 2019, 01:49:36 PM
Ock, do you spray undercoat?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: Ockman on October 16, 2019, 09:19:41 PM
Ock, do you spray undercoat?

Mainly on terrain and (sometimes) on vehicles. I'm afraid that I will spray a too thick coat, obscuring details, so instead I'm undercoating minis by hand.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: CookAndrewB on October 17, 2019, 12:34:45 PM
That is what I assumed, but it looked like your work surface had spray on it so I thought I would ask. Frankly, I've never found spraying primer to obscure details, but I don't do it mostly because I feel like the coverage is ultimately spotty as figures have a lot of small details that require spraying from a dozen different angles. I rarely spray terrain pieces because I feel like most of my building materials don't play well with spray paint. Foam, cardboard, etc. While it is fast, I find that the end result is not great so I brush prime everything.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: Ockman on October 17, 2019, 01:07:40 PM
Right, it's from when I was undercoating my Zombicide miniatures, I'm not as picky with soft plastic 28mm figures. The latest terrain I used spray to undercoat was my colony buildings made from soap trays and plasticard:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32772981947_2aac91c84d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RW36JT)Steiner & Krüger Sicherheit (https://flic.kr/p/RW36JT) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Edit: Although they had to be brush undercoated too in the end. Not good enough coverage!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: War Monkey on October 18, 2019, 05:47:23 AM
I will have to try the brushed on primer, I have been painting for some time and all ways heard everyone using spray, seeing what has been posted here, had me do some thinking and checked out paint on primer and I like the idea of it, winter here is rather long and I can use the paint on anytime really instead of waiting for better weather. I'm always leaning something new.

Thank You, Gents
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: Ockman on October 18, 2019, 09:53:58 AM
I will have to try the brushed on primer, I have been painting for some time and all ways heard everyone using spray, seeing what has been posted here, had me do some thinking and checked out paint on primer and I like the idea of it, winter here is rather long and I can use the paint on anytime really instead of waiting for better weather. I'm always leaning something new.

Thank You, Gents

Well, I'm not using a specific paint on primer, I'm usually using cheap acrylics (or my usual game colours). Sometimes I've used black gesso, but I think it often gives too much texture.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: Ockman on October 21, 2019, 02:14:56 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48928547827_4f04c239b0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hxDACc)Containers WIP (https://flic.kr/p/2hxDACc) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Basecoated, soon to be finished!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191013: GZG cargo containers WIP
Post by: War Monkey on October 21, 2019, 11:35:01 PM
I figured I will have to prime a few of my figures over again  because the rattle can just doesn't get everywhere it needs too.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: Ockman on October 29, 2019, 07:28:53 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48959216971_2d83a24104_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hAmMux)The Postal Service (https://flic.kr/p/2hAmMux) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

You can find them on every world, in every system. Some are government-owned, others private, but they all share a preference for one-coloured uniforms (often with a mandatory cap to wear).
Even in a galaxy where replicators, nano-assemblers and fabricators are pretty common, there's a need for someone to deliver things. The companies might have different names and uniforms, but to the broad public they are known as "The Postal Service".

On stable worlds, where law and order is properly upheld, postal workers are respected and revered, working alone to deliver post and packages.
In lawless territory, though, postal workers work together in armed bands. Due to earlier problems with lost or damaged post, the cargo is often carried in armoured and EM-shielded boxes and containers.
The statures of the Intergalactic Postal Union (IPU) states that armed confrontation is to be avoided as far as possible, but if the postal workers are in mortal danger, the Postmaster may authorize the use of lethal force.

For personal protection, the IPU recommends the PowerBroker J-19 Handheld Energy Pistol (power settings: Jostle, Stun, Hurt, and Kill).
For crowd control and serious defense, the IPU recommends shotguns with Showstopper ammo. Each Showstopper shell contains vials of chemicals and a miniature computer controlling the mixture. Originally designed for incapacitating mechs, the standard firing mode creates a rapid expanding, fast-setting foam that will hinder any movement. The standard lethal firing mode turns the weapon into an ordinary shotgun, as the chemical mixture hardens into a brittle resin that fractures into smaller pieces when fired.
Although unauthorized by the IPU, override signals may be used to modify the Showstopper shells' mixture, creating exotic rounds like explosive ammo, effective against armoured targets, or highly corrosive acid rounds, melting the flesh of whoever hit.
These mixtures aren't unauthorized due to their high lethality, but due to the increased risk to damage the carried post and packages...


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48958666788_edc186bd1f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hAiXWC)The Postal Service (https://flic.kr/p/2hAiXWC) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: CookAndrewB on October 29, 2019, 07:37:03 PM
I wish my postman carried a fancy shotgun. Take care of dummies stealing packages off of porches.  >:(

Awesome job, and the various boxes in the background are awesome!

One other thing I noticed... what is the big power coil object? Looks a bit like a Tesla tower from the old Command & Conquer video games. 
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: War Monkey on October 30, 2019, 03:16:05 AM
Very nice crew to get the mail through, can't wait to see them in action!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: Ockman on October 30, 2019, 08:36:32 AM
I wish my postman carried a fancy shotgun. Take care of dummies stealing packages off of porches.  >:(

Awesome job, and the various boxes in the background are awesome!

One other thing I noticed... what is the big power coil object? Looks a bit like a Tesla tower from the old Command & Conquer video games.

I actually prefer living on a stable world, where postal workers won't have to band together in armed gangs. Still, it does seem as if you could use an automated foam gun on your property, incapacitating the thieving dummies!

Thanks, I built the boxes several years ago, but haven't come around to paint them until recently. I was kind of mad with the GZG containers, since there was a mould slippage, but they turned out alright. At least when hidden in a bunch of boxes!

The object in the background can be found on page 35. It's a wheel from my son's broken plastic lawn mower. I'm not sure what it's supposed to be yet, but I think it's a silo or a generator. It does look a bit like a RA3 Tesla Coil, though!

Very nice crew to get the mail through, can't wait to see them in action!

Yeah, one day I might have time (and energy) to play a game  :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: Oldben1 on October 30, 2019, 03:27:42 PM
Great use of scratchbuilt materials!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: Ockman on October 30, 2019, 08:13:40 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48984191443_3e15b0755c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hCyMwT)Isola Colt/Eli Alouette (https://flic.kr/p/2hCyMwT) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I've never liked to use the same sculpt twice, but with different enough paintjobs, I find it working out!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: Ockman on October 30, 2019, 08:14:14 PM
Great use of scratchbuilt materials!

Thanks, Michael!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: CookAndrewB on October 30, 2019, 08:18:25 PM
They look different enough to me. Plus I assume this person (people?) are mostly background civilian types?

Along with paint, it wouldn't be hard to add some little epoxy details to differentiate this particular figure. the uniform and hat are pretty straightforward so small embellishments would stand out without covering detail, I think.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: War Monkey on October 30, 2019, 10:47:42 PM
Nice paint work on those figures, they look really nice.

Yes, paint helps with duplicate figures, I Like to do head swaps if I can, Peter Pig has lots of heads to choose from and/or use Green Stuff Putty to add extra details, as CookAndrewB suggested.

 
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: Ockman on November 01, 2019, 10:36:52 AM
They look different enough to me. Plus I assume this person (people?) are mostly background civilian types?

Along with paint, it wouldn't be hard to add some little epoxy details to differentiate this particular figure. the uniform and hat are pretty straightforward so small embellishments would stand out without covering detail, I think.

Nice paint work on those figures, they look really nice.

Yes, paint helps with duplicate figures, I Like to do head swaps if I can, Peter Pig has lots of heads to choose from and/or use Green Stuff Putty to add extra details, as CookAndrewB suggested.
 

I'm trying to make every mini a character, but I think that background civilians can be quite similar. These two I think are different enough. I might invest in loose heads from GZG the next time I order, to be able to convert more minis... I'm not ready for greenstuff yet!


Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: CookAndrewB on November 01, 2019, 01:20:22 PM
Well, my suggestion falls along the lines of - dear god, don't try green stuff heads! But you can totally pull off a little square here for a pouch, or a little strip there for a bandolier. Practice makes perfect. I think I'm a complete nincompoop with the stuff, but I'm also amazed how well it turns out once a figure is painted up. It is worth playing with, and the cost of entry into exploring is pretty low. Somewhere in the $5 range will get you enough to last a good year of consistent small use like gap filling and modifications. I just broke down and bought 8oz tubs of two part epoxy because I'm burning through my good stuff for molds, but that really wouldn't be the case for what you are talking about. Most of my 15mm full sculpts use about as much epoxy as you might find in a piece of Trident gum... if that reference makes much sense.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: War Monkey on November 01, 2019, 03:00:52 PM
Oh no, I wouldn't even try making heads for swapping with Green Stuff, I do use it for adding extra pouches, knee pads, elbow pads, bandoliers and a like as you have suggested, I have never sculpt a figure but I am interested it learning to do so. 
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: capthugeca on November 01, 2019, 03:26:27 PM
Oh no, I wouldn't even try making heads for swapping with Green Stuff.

Obviously the hard bit is doing the face. You can always use Oyumaru to take a cast of the face of another figure, then make a copy with Green Stuff (though I use Procreate) and use that as the foundation for your new figure.
I've yet to do it with my scifi figs but here's a 10mm minotaur that started life as ogre:-
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Lh5xGNYqVVU/UpJVpm0ey0I/AAAAAAAAAtE/2Gd6yMECp3Q/s1600/Minotaur+Champion.jpg)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: CookAndrewB on November 01, 2019, 03:30:46 PM
That is a pretty slick idea, Cap.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: Ockman on November 10, 2019, 10:09:46 PM
I tried to take some photos the last week, but Sweden in autumn makes it troublesome. Sunup 7.36, sunset 15.57, I leave my kids at daycare 7.15 and get back home somewhere after 16.30.
Unfortunately, my light setup is not very good, resulting in blurry photos with washed-out colours. Will go through the photos tomorrow and see if there are any salvageable pictures...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: War Monkey on November 11, 2019, 03:06:05 AM
Capthugeca,
That is a very interesting approach to making faces for head sculps and swaps, Thanks.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: War Monkey on November 11, 2019, 03:15:25 AM
Ockman,
I don't like Autumn or Winter myself, lighting for picture taking sucks, I have to set up some extra lights to do so, I tape so trace paper to the light to defuse the light some and helps with the color wash out and light reflecting hope this helps some.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: CookAndrewB on November 12, 2019, 03:49:44 PM
I have heard rumors of "good lighting" for taking pictures. I thought it was a myth. lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191113: Volabo 245 Hover Truck
Post by: Ockman on November 13, 2019, 03:14:33 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49047940063_e8c29bed65_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hJcvM2)Volabo 245 Hover Truck (https://flic.kr/p/2hJcvM2) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Even if wheeled drive still is the most common propulsion system on non-military vehicles, one can find a wealth of alternatives on the standard colony world. Each propulsion system has its own strengths and weaknesses: threads can traverse rough ground, but it won't be fast, anti-grav plates have great speed and mobility, but they are expensive (and repairs require rare materials). Hovercraft are popular with many colonists, with their (almost) all-terrain capabilities, high speed and cargo capacity often cited as main strengths.

The Volabo 245 Hover Truck is an ancient Terran design, originally construed in the aftermath of the Resource War, before humanity's intergalactic expansion. Volabo (latin:
I hover), a subsidiary of an automobile company famous for its safe vehicles, designed the 245 Hover Truck to be able to carry supplies across war-torn lands, while needing minimal maintenance and being easy to repair. The earlier models used an enclosed, NBC-proof cabin, while the most common variant used today is the stripped-down basic model. It's heavily spread across the galaxy, easily found on almost every colony world.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49048457226_c636729f47_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hJfavC)Volabo 245 Hover Truck (https://flic.kr/p/2hJfavC) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49048672452_3eab3f3493_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hJgguq)Volabo 245 Hover Truck (https://flic.kr/p/2hJgguq) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191113: Volabo 245 Hover Truck
Post by: Oldben1 on November 13, 2019, 03:16:05 PM
A great set of wheels for a young moisture farmer!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191113: Volabo 245 Hover Truck
Post by: OSHIROmodels on November 13, 2019, 03:17:39 PM
Brill  :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191113: Volabo 245 Hover Truck
Post by: CookAndrewB on November 13, 2019, 03:29:20 PM
That is very utilitarian. Great civilian vehicle piece! The headlights look positively terrific. I have yet to figure out how to make white headlights look like... well, headlights? I can do yellow, but the white eludes me.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191113: Volabo 245 Hover Truck
Post by: War Monkey on November 13, 2019, 04:35:48 PM
Nice ride, I would definitely use those on a colony planet!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191113: Volabo 245 Hover Truck
Post by: Ockman on November 13, 2019, 06:27:31 PM
A great set of wheels for a young moisture farmer!

A great set of skirts, perhaps?  ;)

Brill  :)

Thanks, Jim!

That is very utilitarian. Great civilian vehicle piece! The headlights look positively terrific. I have yet to figure out how to make white headlights look like... well, headlights? I can do yellow, but the white eludes me.

Thanks, Andrew! I'm happy with it myself, it's my first painted vehicle. The headlights are just painted with grey gem effect.

Nice ride, I would definitely use those on a colony planet!

Thank you, friend!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Ockman on November 14, 2019, 10:03:37 AM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49045096026_aa1bce122a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hHWWkU)Postal Truck (https://flic.kr/p/2hHWWkU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49045095186_b1113c4e8e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hHWW6q)The Postman cometh (https://flic.kr/p/2hHWW6q) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49045095576_5e239be2f7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hHWWd9)New deliveries (https://flic.kr/p/2hHWWd9) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Most days, deliveries are easy. The postman gets into his hover truck, loads up the post and parcels and goes his rounds.

Some days, though, the postman might be carrying something a little bit more valuable, or perhaps there have been sightings of miscreants in the wilderness. That's when the armed support arrives. They either bring an extra vehicle or ride along with the hover truck, piling up in the back. But if they sense that something's awry, the postal workers will disembark and create a defensive perimeter around the vehicle. Most times, it will be unnecessary, but the postal workers are rather safe than sorry...


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49044592968_9dc5b82a24_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hHUmNu)The Postal Service delivers (https://flic.kr/p/2hHUmNu) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49044594928_af912eae01_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hHUnoh)Pirate ambush (https://flic.kr/p/2hHUnoh) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49048474986_75dc3aa500_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hJffMQ)Pirate ambush (https://flic.kr/p/2hJffMQ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48959217876_5970c88594_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hAmML9)Back at the base (https://flic.kr/p/2hAmML9) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: CookAndrewB on November 14, 2019, 03:01:46 PM
Great pictures. Is the driver glued in or something you can swap around?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Ockman on November 14, 2019, 07:12:33 PM
Great pictures. Is the driver glued in or something you can swap around?

Neither cargo nor driver have been glued in.

I like flexibility  :D
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Metternich on November 17, 2019, 01:38:44 AM
Wonderful pictures of "delivering the mail." 
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: War Monkey on November 17, 2019, 04:45:21 AM
Nice pictures, and Postal ground operation story is great too, Your terrain looks great and your painting looks great too!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: von Lucky on November 17, 2019, 09:01:09 AM
Somehow missed this lovely thread. Following now.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Oldben1 on November 18, 2019, 04:16:00 AM
I especially like the one photo with the orange postals and the purple building!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Ockman on November 18, 2019, 07:08:06 AM
Thanks, all of you!

It warms a hobbyist's heart to recieve such wonderful praise.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: War Monkey on December 06, 2019, 02:29:32 AM
just checking in for any updates
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 190729: Translator Midi Midori
Post by: DivisMal on December 06, 2019, 09:24:56 AM
I like the guy with the skull paint so much... I HAVE to steal the idea!  lol

Met, too! That idea is ace, Ockman!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: CookAndrewB on December 06, 2019, 03:42:29 PM
Yup, I'm also feeling like it is about time for an update! Hopefully all is well, and any distractions from your hobby are the kind that give hugs and curl up in your lap.
Kids, wife... a homeless man for a couple bucks. I'm not sure what you are into lol.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191029: The Postal Service
Post by: DivisMal on December 06, 2019, 04:03:46 PM
Obviously the hard bit is doing the face. You can always use Oyumaru to take a cast of the face of another figure, then make a copy with Green Stuff (though I use Procreate) and use that as the foundation for your new figure.
I've yet to do it with my scifi figs but here's a 10mm minotaur that started life as ogre:-
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Lh5xGNYqVVU/UpJVpm0ey0I/AAAAAAAAAtE/2Gd6yMECp3Q/s1600/Minotaur+Champion.jpg)

Wow! I never heard about this. Great idea, and even greater conversion potential! Thanks....and sorry for the OT.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: DivisMal on December 06, 2019, 04:53:58 PM
And to absolutely spam this thread :)

It’s awesome what I have missed, and please do make an update! :-*
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Oldben1 on December 06, 2019, 05:50:32 PM
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Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Ockman on December 07, 2019, 03:09:31 PM
How very nice of you to check in on me.

I haven't had much time for anything this autumn. I've had a massive workload, combined with supervising my first intern, while reading advanced classes to specialize in my field and caring for two children.

I'd love to update, but right now I haven't got anything new.
Today I made a large order to Alternative Armies, to further build my lead mountain. Hopefully I might get some time to build and paint during the holidays!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: War Monkey on December 07, 2019, 08:25:37 PM
Good to hear from you and glad all is well  ;)

Hope you can get a break, Oh never mind you have two kids!  lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: CookAndrewB on December 09, 2019, 08:54:36 PM
The good news is that lead mountains are half sized in 15mm lol

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Ockman on December 09, 2019, 10:00:43 PM
The good news is that lead mountains are half sized in 15mm lol

I think they'll only take up 1/8th the space of 28mm models (1/2³)  :D :D :D

Just have to decide what project to pursue next...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: CookAndrewB on December 09, 2019, 10:08:26 PM
Oh, is the current 15mm project wrapped up?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: War Monkey on December 09, 2019, 11:00:57 PM
NEW PROJECT! I want to see!  :o
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Brummie on December 10, 2019, 08:28:43 AM
Is it a new 15mm sci do.project though? Because with 15mm sci do you could quite easily do at least a dozen projects all at once  lol

Good to know you're still going. Autumn has been very busy here too, with a new job and family commitments.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Ockman on December 10, 2019, 11:04:16 AM
I've might have been a bit unclear in my communications: I'm still working on my everlasting 15mm sci-fi project Golgotha Prime!

What I'm pondering is what sub-project I'm going to work on next?

Should it be terrain, so that I can create different areas for my city (or badlands) board?
Should it be a new crew (or adversary), painting a cohesive group of minis with a unifying colour scheme?
Should it be more civilians and NPCs, to further fill my world with life?
Should it be single minis/adventurers, to be able to make non-cohesive crews?
Should it be vehicles, to further populate my boards?

I'm not sure, there's a lot of things I would like to do, but I can't really decide what. I want to do something that "makes a difference" on the board. But I do also want to play some games, telling a story. My problem is that I decide models, come up with a story, paint (slowly), and when it's done I've lost interest in that crew, wanting to create a new one...
Perhaps I should make a meta-campaign, where I can shift between different crews to tell a wider story? Better just start with playing some games, though...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: CookAndrewB on December 10, 2019, 02:37:36 PM
I have found it very helpful to play games. Additions between games (I try to keep on a 2-week schedule) are kept minimal so that I can actually sit down and play without thinking "Well, I would play but this important thing is missing... so now I will build" Two weeks to paint a crew, some critters, sculpt some figures, create a little terrain, etc really is pretty manageable. And then it is all just small additions to the overall story/game. Make sense?

You could also try a hobby bingo game? Like this: https://robhawkinshobby.blogspot.com/2017/12/wargame-hobby-bingo-2018.html
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: War Monkey on December 10, 2019, 03:02:24 PM
My Wife and I have what we call is "Hobby Night", this is one evening a week, Wednesday for us where we focus are evening after dinner to our hobbies and we do this in the same room with each other we have very small folding tables we set up we have "Work Trays" we use with our projects that we have already set up to start working on and just go from there.

So during the rest of the week I can pick what you want to work on and make sure during the week I make sure I have all the materials I need placed on the working tray, then it's just Table, Tray, Start. Much like my current project I have been posting about it's all set up on a tray, tools, glue and all.

Yes you could have a campaign game to use, this will help line up what you need or want to build next, very much like Cook suggested.   
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Metternich on December 13, 2019, 09:14:48 PM
I would vote for more civies and NPCS to fill in the background - not everyone is a protagonist !
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Ockman on December 14, 2019, 05:08:24 PM
Hey, I really like your input, friends.

The way to structure one's creation/gaming to get some games going, instead of getting bogged down in building/painting, is great. Thank you Cook!

Finding a routine to actually get some hobbying done - while getting time with my wife - is an excellent idea, War Monkey!
Right about now, the kids are asleep around 20.30, we're getting up 5.40 every morning, so there's not much time to play with. By having dedicated hobby nights, I might get some more hobbying done, even if it's just one or two hours.

Metternich, I based four Crusty civilians this morning, prepping some armed and unarmed vacc suited miniatures, an unarmed alien and an adventurer. So it looks like there might be a little of everything coming up.

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: War Monkey on December 15, 2019, 03:48:38 AM
I'm glad to have help a friend out!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Billchuck on December 15, 2019, 03:55:22 AM
I try to do hobby work for an hour each night after the little one is in bed. I have a roll-top desk in the living room for my work desk, so I can sit there and paint or whatever while my wife watches tv or plays a game on the console. It’s worked out well for a few years now.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Ockman on December 15, 2019, 06:36:24 PM
I've actually managed to get some hobbying done, in small increments.

Cleaned and glued some minis to bases while the children were watching tv.

Put on caulk on the bases and glued on sand while rewatching a movie with my wife and her niece.

Undercoating when I got a couple of minutes over.

Got more done in short time, than I've been able to do in over a month...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Billchuck on December 15, 2019, 08:19:42 PM
It’s surprising how much you can get done working on it a little bit at a time.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: CookAndrewB on December 16, 2019, 02:21:16 PM
Yeah, I feel like my week of hobby time has largely been this kind of un-sexy work. Glue this, file that, smear texture paste on the other thing.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Ockman on January 01, 2020, 10:05:37 PM
Well, I haven't been able to get any hobby time, but at least I've prepped another set of miniatures, so that I can start painting when I get time.

Got an amazing gift from my wife this Christmas, I didn't even know it existed:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49312515637_010fc123bd_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2i8zwSR)Best Christmas gift (https://flic.kr/p/2i8zwSR) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

It's an awesome tool for fleshing out characters, adding stories and connections.

I've also got a new plan: instead of painting crews of five, I'm going to paint dyads or triads. I hope that this will make everything more manageable.

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: War Monkey on January 02, 2020, 01:27:52 AM
That is a very nice gift! I will need to find a copy for myself.

Doing a few figures at a time works too, I would love to sit all day and do nothing but paint figures. Yeah, Right, like that is ever going to happen  lol, but I have my tray set up and when we have our hobby night I can get a couple done, right now I'm waiting on some Brush on Primer to come in the mail so I can get some figures done, so I'm on hold until then, in the mean time I have been drawing up plans and sketches for some of my next few projects.

By the way you have a really Great Wife! Too think of a great gift like that!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 02, 2020, 04:19:56 PM
That is a great gift. I've used the Universal NPC Emulator (UNE) which, I believe, can be found for free online. It just goes through a series of D100 rolls which generate some improv style words and then you work it into a story. I love the variety it creates in generating characters with all sorts of quirks. This book looks like it serves a similar function. Gotta love supportive wives!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: Ockman on January 02, 2020, 08:06:03 PM
The thing with this one is not that it's tables and tables of random content (even if one can roll for an idiom in the setting, or a weird prophecy), but it's full of little exercises to make characters (or groups) more, well... characterful? Vivid? Interesting?

Like posing questions like:

"If your nemesis is looking for you, how will she describe you to others? Which are your most defining charactetistics?"

"There's an item that you carry with you, even if it is of little use for you. What is that item? Something you once relied on that now is obsolete? Something you decided to learn to master, that you never got around to, where leaving the objects means a definitive end of that pursuit?"

"Your character risks her life by being out on adventures. When was the first time you were in mortal danger?"


...and so on!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 02, 2020, 08:14:21 PM
Interesting... sounds like improv prompts. I will have to pick that up at some point. Sounds like a great read for creative types!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 191114: Delivering the post
Post by: War Monkey on January 02, 2020, 10:47:27 PM
Some times when I get stuck and looking for ideas, names and such I go to here;

https://donjon.bin.sh/  (https://donjon.bin.sh/)

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200103: SoloStar WIP
Post by: Ockman on January 02, 2020, 11:31:05 PM
I finally gave myself time to paint, and I felt so brutally uninspired. I started painting a CP Models adventurer, but I didn't 'feel' the colours (I wanted him to lead my Colonial Defense Force, so I tried something that would work as a 'neutral' militia). I started to basecoat my Crusties, but also didn't feel like painting them. Then I tried to choose a colour scheme for a bounty hunter with a goblin/gretchin/malig sidekick, but my mind went into lockdown, so I couldn't decide.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49319000272_201bc2fcb4_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2i99LwU)Unpainted stuff (https://flic.kr/p/2i99LwU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Instead I decided to start to build my bounty hunter's starship:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49319066392_c27617feb3_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2i9a7bU)Blueprints (https://flic.kr/p/2i9a7bU) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49318299218_0ecdbdf075_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2i96b8L)Lantus SoloStar WIP (https://flic.kr/p/2i96b8L) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Loads of detailing left to do (and a cockpit), but I like it!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200103: SoloStar WIP
Post by: War Monkey on January 03, 2020, 03:38:03 AM
I like the shape and design of your ship! It is looking really good. The paint scheme work you have started sounds like a good choice to start, can't wait to see what you come up with for the finish.  :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200103: SoloStar WIP
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 03, 2020, 01:48:24 PM
Yeah, I hate those days where I just stare at the painting table trying to figure out what to do next.

Starship looks good though!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200103: SoloStar WIP
Post by: Skullhamma on January 04, 2020, 12:18:04 PM
Great new stuff! I really love the hover car and it's crew. That spaceship looks promising as well!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200103: SoloStar WIP
Post by: Ockman on January 05, 2020, 01:26:44 AM
Thanks, friends!

I tried to get some painting done tonight, but I felt the spaceship calling. Since it's almost entirely built out of plasticard and I'm using plastic glue, one could say I spent the evening working with spaceship welding.

I think it will go by "The Peregrine" (or "The [adjective] Peregrine"), since my last name means 'falcon'.
It will most likely be painted grey, with some faded white (or red) markings and an orange (perhaps?) cockpit.

I even put some detailing on the ship's underside, I am most happy with the laser cannons.
Will add a neodymium magnet later, so that it one day may fly.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49330112533_ffc2061311_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ia8HPB)The Peregrine WIP (https://flic.kr/p/2ia8HPB) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49330112673_776498e289_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ia8HS2)The Peregrine WIP (https://flic.kr/p/2ia8HS2) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49330579081_81efac5cde_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iab7vx)The Peregrine WIP (https://flic.kr/p/2iab7vx) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

It's not the largest craft, but it's roughly the size  of an Ion Age Skylark, which can carry a four man squad with heavy weapons.

The size of the back compartment is roughly 6 m², so it would be able to carry more than four passengers. I know since I, at my 24th birthday, managed to get 24 adult human beings to fit in my (roughly) 2 m² kitchen.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49330579176_901eca5070_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iab7xb)The Peregrine + crew (https://flic.kr/p/2iab7xb) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49330801057_09497781a9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iacfuH)The Peregrine rear hatch (https://flic.kr/p/2iacfuH) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200103: SoloStar WIP
Post by: War Monkey on January 05, 2020, 01:53:11 AM
That is really looking great!  :o

I can't wait to see it painted!  :D

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: Ockman on January 06, 2020, 01:47:48 AM
I'm almost done.

A panel and an emergency handle left to paint, but I couldn't finish it tonight. Still I wanted to show off my tiny, tiny buttons on the rear access door: 0,75 x 0,75 mm and painted in four colours (base, two highlights and white dot reflection) :

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49336391918_0cdd722089_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iaFUsS)The Peregrine (https://flic.kr/p/2iaFUsS) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: War Monkey on January 06, 2020, 03:35:17 AM
Very Nice indeed!  :-*
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 06, 2020, 02:32:13 PM
Quite lovely! Really looks sharp. Can't wait to see the rest.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: gamer Mac on January 06, 2020, 02:59:07 PM
nice painting :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: Ockman on January 06, 2020, 06:01:09 PM
Thanks mates!

I finished the Peregrine earlier today, just got to write a story for her, then I will publish it here.

In the meantime, you can help me to think about which mini to use as a bounty hunter.
The top one (Shia Khan female officer) looks like she means business, have a badass cape and a great pose.
The nether one (Female adventurer) was my first choice, a new bounty hunter, not entirely without experience, but still new. She has more potential to grow and develop as a character, in my eyes. Also makes a better pair with the Malig tank ace, that I think will be pilot/mechanic/armed backup.

My issues with the top one: perfect villain, I've got a squad of Shia Khan troopers in matching outfits, looks a bit too experienced, and has pointy ears.
My  issues with the nether one: a bit too relaxed pose, sculpt doesn't scream 'bounty hunter' (but neither does any of my other minis), I can't decide colour scheme.

How do you reason?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49340593662_d36338940f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ib4ruJ)Which to use as bounty hunter? (https://flic.kr/p/2ib4ruJ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: War Monkey on January 06, 2020, 07:46:11 PM
Wow! Tough choice, might depend on what paint scheme you plan to use.

No. 1:  Looks very much in charge D6, 1, 3, 5. (could make for a really good villain)

No. 2: looks relax and confident  D6, 2, 4, 6. (looks like she could gather a good crew)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: Oldben1 on January 06, 2020, 08:46:41 PM


I like one. 
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: capthugeca on January 06, 2020, 09:48:53 PM
Yup, I like 1 too and those ears can easily be de-pointed.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 06, 2020, 10:19:07 PM
I use #1 as my rival scavenger team's boss-lady. Honest to gosh, I didn't even know she had pointed ears. I never saw that when I was painting her. Not sure if the casting is clumsy on mine, or if my eyes are just bad lol.

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: capthugeca on January 07, 2020, 06:51:29 AM
Honest to gosh, I didn't even know she had pointed ears. I never saw that when I was painting her. Not sure if the casting is clumsy on mine, or if my eyes are just bad lol.
I hadn't even spotted that it's a woman! Mine's a bloke!!!  :o lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: Billchuck on January 07, 2020, 02:22:08 PM
Ok, enough with the teaser, where’s the ship?  :D
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200106: The Peregrine teaser
Post by: Oldben1 on January 07, 2020, 02:55:07 PM
I am waiting on two platforms; here and Instagram!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: Ockman on January 09, 2020, 09:57:39 AM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49338213903_2106f94db5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iaRf5p)The Peregrine at the starport (https://flic.kr/p/2iaRf5p) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

In a civilization as old and vast as humanity's, very few things are actually new. Even if the details might be unique, the broader strokes are eerily repetitive. Ideas are recycled and repurposed, forgotten plans are unearthed and put to use once again.

Although the origins have been lost to time, the diamond shaped spacecraft design has resurfaced under different designations and roles across the galaxy during untold millennia. It has been known by many names: AnkhaTech 'Ace of Diamonds', Lantus 'SoloStar' and Imperial Navy G5 'Zoomer' to name a few.

The ship known as 'The Peregrine' has a long and colourful history. It was constructed at the Sildurian Shipyards centuries ago, commissioned by United Government Special Forces. Equipped with heavy beam cutters and laser cannons, powerful shielding and an advanced stealth systems, it was used to insert elite commando teams deep behind enemy lines.
It was the Peregrine that delivered the Inferno team to the master generator during the Redemption of Cohl, and it was the first ship to cross Bandura's Rift.

After a long and illustruous career in the Special Forces, the Peregrine was decommissioned and sold as military surplus (after being stripped of most of its military hardware). It has since served as a shuttle on the exploration vessel 'The Dauntless', been pressed into service as a rebel interceptor during the Malkov Uprising, smuggled contraband and illicit data-cores in the Daedalus Cluster, ferried refugees during the Axtor Calamity, and much, much more.
It is not known who the current owner is, but lately a ship matching the Peregrine's description has been observed in the vicinity of Golgotha Prime...


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49338671756_7a9c3ce523_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iaTAbq)The Peregrine, docked (https://flic.kr/p/2iaTAbq) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49341677226_3094003548_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ib9ZAS)The Peregrine rear (https://flic.kr/p/2ib9ZAS) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

The Peregrine has been repaired, modified, refitted and overhauled uncountable times. It's an extraordinary sturdy ship, but the systems can sometimes be a bit fickle. It is currently armed with two gun pods, each carrying a GilgaMech K2 Laser system, comprised of one heavy laser cannon and an autolaser (although the current powerplant cannot supply full effect to the weapons and the shieldning at the same time).

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49338213078_103a3cbb2e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iaReQb)Armaments (https://flic.kr/p/2iaReQb) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49338672801_e5f66b69e6_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iaTAur)Armaments (https://flic.kr/p/2iaTAur) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr



Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: Skullhamma on January 09, 2020, 10:48:15 AM
Horray! Great job on that one, Ock!  :-*
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: gamer Mac on January 09, 2020, 11:29:45 AM
very nice paint job on the ship and a cool back story.
As for the bounty hunter a cloak is a bad idea, have you not seen the incredibles?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 09, 2020, 02:03:13 PM
Brilliant and beautiful. I envy your lense/glass painting skills. Mine always come out feeling clunky. 
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: War Monkey on January 09, 2020, 02:30:02 PM
That is a very beautiful ship. Great work on the paint job.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: Marine0846 on January 09, 2020, 02:32:14 PM
Excellent work.
Kinds of reminds me of an F-117.
Most excellent.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: Oldben1 on January 09, 2020, 03:39:04 PM
It's some of your nicest work!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: OSHIROmodels on January 09, 2020, 03:43:32 PM
I like that  :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: Billchuck on January 09, 2020, 05:20:49 PM
That looks great. Where can I get three of them? :)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: Ockman on January 09, 2020, 08:04:04 PM
Thank you all! Your kind words warm my hobbyist heart!

Horray! Great job on that one, Ock!  :-*

Thanks, mate!

very nice paint job on the ship and a cool back story.
As for the bounty hunter a cloak is a bad idea, have you not seen the incredibles?

Thanks, Mac! Watchmen also addressed the dangers of capes. It's a great way to get stuck (and get killed)!

Brilliant and beautiful. I envy your lense/glass painting skills. Mine always come out feeling clunky. 

Thanks, mate!

I'm envious of your mighty modular ships and AARs, so we're even  :D
It's not as hard to paint as it looks, though.

That is a very beautiful ship. Great work on the paint job.

Thank you! I'm thinking about adding some details (markings and/or lines), but I'm afraid of messing up the paintjob...

Excellent work.
Kinds of reminds me of an F-117.
Most excellent.

Thanks, Marine! It sure has some similarities (although I think the F-117 lasers only worked for target designations)!

It's some of your nicest work!

Thank you, Michael! It means a lot coming from you!

I like that  :)

Thanks, friend! Your Star Wars thread has been a huge inspiration!

That looks great. Where can I get three of them? :)

I'll probably draw up plans this weekend, so that you can build one yourself!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49338214028_37cc8b20f4_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iaRf7y)The Peregrine (https://flic.kr/p/2iaRf7y) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Finally, a picture of the Peregrine in daylight. It's hard to take photos in the dark Swedish winter...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: Ockman on January 09, 2020, 10:33:00 PM
Many Bothans died to bring us this information...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49358902707_30ee97b85a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2icFh8V)Spacecraft plans (https://flic.kr/p/2icFh8V) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

It's not the Death Star plans, but it's something!

You'll need:

Styrene sheets:
2 mm
1 mm
0.5 mm

Styrene strip
2.5 x 2.5 mm
2 x 2 mm
0.75 x 0.75 mm

Styrene rod
2 mm
1.6 mm

Not exactly everything is covered in the plans (the rear access point is done with 2 x 2 mm styrene strip + 0.5 mm styrene sheet cut to match, some of the detailing you'll have to copy from my pictures)

I'll try to write instructions for assembling it, if anyone want me to. Send a PM if you need a better picture or guide.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: Jagannath on January 10, 2020, 10:56:19 AM
You've smashed it here dude, it's come out looking ace.

You could make some separate landing gear that it sits on for when it's parked?

Found a good bounty hunter yet?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: War Monkey on January 10, 2020, 04:57:06 PM
Nice plans, Thank You for sharing.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: Ockman on January 10, 2020, 05:23:39 PM
You've smashed it here dude, it's come out looking ace.

You could make some separate landing gear that it sits on for when it's parked?

Found a good bounty hunter yet?

Thanks, mate. It means a lot, coming from you!

I'd like some landing gear, although I'm feeling pretty 'done' with the model. Feel like I will mess up if I try to add anything. Otherwise I would add some markings on the engines and some lines (and landing gears).

I've got a colour scheme for the capeless miniature I chose between, will try to paint this weekend. Also got a new scheme for the mini I started, but didn't like. It's going to be interesting!

Nice plans, Thank You for sharing.

Happy to be of service. The first comment I got on Facebook was "Are you selling these?", so I felt that the least I could do was to draw up the plans.

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 10, 2020, 06:55:53 PM
I, for one, would be happy to see a "glass effect" tutorial from you. It is weird, because sometimes I like the outcome of my glass, and other times... bluh. lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: gamer Mac on January 10, 2020, 11:18:16 PM
you need a bigger landing pad lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: War Monkey on January 11, 2020, 06:15:14 PM
A Landing Pad would be nice for your Spaceport, you need some place to land your squadron that's I see coming!  lol lol lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: Ockman on January 11, 2020, 07:51:54 PM
I, for one, would be happy to see a "glass effect" tutorial from you. It is weird, because sometimes I like the outcome of my glass, and other times... bluh. lol

Glass or gem (like in the weapons) or both?

you need a bigger landing pad lol
A Landing Pad would be nice for your Spaceport, you need some place to land your squadron that's I see coming!  lol lol lol

Yeah, I've got some ideas. But first I want to paint some minis!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: War Monkey on January 11, 2020, 08:35:18 PM
Quote
Yeah, I've got some ideas. But first I want to paint some minis! 

Painting Minis today sounds like a great idea, Thanks, I just received so brush on primer in the mail yesterday so now I can get mini painting done too.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200109: The Peregrine has landed
Post by: Ockman on January 12, 2020, 01:30:23 AM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49370467632_881bff1a79_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2idGxZb)Colours windows (https://flic.kr/p/2idGxZb) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

These are the colours used:
Black
White
Night blue
Magic blue

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49369797848_6c12ddbf34_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2idD7Tb)Done (https://flic.kr/p/2idD7Tb) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49369180111_c9dd30b581_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2idzXfx)Window tutorial (https://flic.kr/p/2idzXfx) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Steps:

Paint window black
Mix Night Blue/Black 50/50, paint like a U, leave only little black.
Pure Night Blue, paint like a U, all the way up, but just a thin line.
Mix Night Blue/Magic Blue 50/50, paint like a U, but only about 40% up.
Magic Blue, make a line that points a bit up
Add white to Magic Blue in small increments, make a line in the line, smaller and smaller.
End with an almost white dot in the middle (a bit blue in the mix)
Finally, add two white dots up in the corner.

edit: added a daylight picture when the paint is dry. I did this kind of fast and sloppy, but I didn't think the final picture was representative!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200112: Window tutorial
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 12, 2020, 06:46:13 PM
Useful tutorial, thanks.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200112: Window tutorial
Post by: War Monkey on January 12, 2020, 10:04:10 PM
Very Useful, Thank You.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200112: Window tutorial
Post by: Oldben1 on January 13, 2020, 01:55:27 AM
I’m going to have to try that!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200112: Window tutorial
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 13, 2020, 02:06:52 PM
I agree, useful. Perhaps the most useful bit being the color selection. Thanks!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200112: Window tutorial
Post by: Skullhamma on January 13, 2020, 04:10:10 PM
That flyer turned out great. Thanks for the window tutorial!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200112: Window tutorial
Post by: Ockman on January 13, 2020, 07:03:35 PM
Thank you, friends!

It's so much fun to share techniques, when one gets lovely feedback!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200128: WIP City tiles
Post by: Ockman on January 28, 2020, 06:53:26 AM
I'm on a work trip to Stockholm, staying at an old hotel.

What do I do when I stay at a hotel situated in a building dating back to 1647? Well, I sleep in comfortable beds, watch old movies, eat ice cream and build some new city tiles.

I want to be able to scale up my games to 90x90 cm (3x3')

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49453831572_3e862d4ef7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2im4Pbu)New city tiles (https://flic.kr/p/2im4Pbu) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200128: WIP City tiles
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 28, 2020, 04:16:36 PM
I like the offset road tiles at the top left and top middle. I think you may end up with some limitations in swapability, as opposed to all tiles with mid-edge exit points, but in a 3x3' setup it may not matter too much? The edge roads do allow for far more play space than roads that cross the middle of the tile. I could see the value in that! 
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200128: WIP City tiles
Post by: War Monkey on January 29, 2020, 03:01:41 AM
Very nice additions for your city tiles.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200128: WIP City tiles
Post by: Ockman on January 29, 2020, 09:32:44 AM
Very nice additions for your city tiles.

Thanks, mate!

I like the offset road tiles at the top left and top middle. I think you may end up with some limitations in swapability, as opposed to all tiles with mid-edge exit points, but in a 3x3' setup it may not matter too much? The edge roads do allow for far more play space than roads that cross the middle of the tile. I could see the value in that!

I think that it looks a lot better with offset tiles, and I think there will be a great collection of possible layouts even with them included. They still have two mid-edge exit points each, and as long as they are put in corners (either together or in different corners), they will work.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49459053662_9394fca004_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2imwzww)Layouts (https://flic.kr/p/2imwzww) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(I know that I've mirrored a tile in one or two of these possible layouts, and that I've ended a road unconnected in one)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200128: WIP City tiles
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 29, 2020, 01:52:11 PM
Truthfully, the full integration from any angle/space only matters if you have a limited build. If you just build and build tiles, then it hardly matters if you have some funky builds that only fit into a spot or two. You can certainly do more with some variety in the builds, and it looks more natural in terms of how cities actually get built.

I was thinking that a tile with these outer edge roads might be helpful for me too. It allows more space for a larger building to pop up here and there. I think I can make the idea work with center edge exits all around, which helps me as I really don't want to build too many more tiles, but need space for some larger buildings! Thanks for the inspiration  :D
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200128: WIP City tiles
Post by: War Monkey on January 29, 2020, 04:37:01 PM
I really like the idea of offset roads, I may have to look into this a little more, for I would like a little more space for my buildings.

I have had thoughts of making 2 x 2 foot boards as individual intersection, tee intersection, curves and straights, for a 4 x 4 table.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200130: More WIPs
Post by: Ockman on January 30, 2020, 01:59:32 PM
Since it is my birthday tomorrow (and everything above 15 hours on my flex-time account get erased tomorrow), I decided to take a day off to relax, watch movies and play with my toys.

Here's a test layout with all my city terrain, just to get an idea about how much I have and how much more I need.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49463607293_77a40cdb0c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2imVVap)Test layout (https://flic.kr/p/2imVVap) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I've built a flight stand for my spaceship as well!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49464324497_bf1e84479e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2imZAmZ)Flight stand WIP (https://flic.kr/p/2imZAmZ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200130: More WIPs
Post by: Ockman on January 30, 2020, 02:38:27 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49464508867_b14b7c7a7a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2in1xaM)Flight stand (https://flic.kr/p/2in1xaM) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200130: More WIPs
Post by: CookAndrewB on January 30, 2020, 05:16:37 PM
That city is dead sexy! lol

Looking really good. Now you have to build more buildings to fill the holes!

The flight stand is fun. Now you can buzz around the city strafing the helpless citizens! Muahahahaha!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200130: More WIPs
Post by: War Monkey on January 31, 2020, 02:22:14 AM
Those are looking great, I'm  rethinking the idea of 12 x  12 tile,  against  the 2 x 2 foot boards.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200130: More WIPs
Post by: Ockman on January 31, 2020, 12:14:32 PM
That city is dead sexy! lol

Looking really good. Now you have to build more buildings to fill the holes!

The flight stand is fun. Now you can buzz around the city strafing the helpless citizens! Muahahahaha!

Yeah, I've got some scratchbuilt buildings that need painting and I've got loads of ideas. As usual, one needs more terrain than the table can swallow. Otherwise it won't be possible to create enough variation.  :D

I'm thinking about building a spaceport next. Not sure if 20x20 cm will suffice, or if I should go really big, with 30x20 cm base.

Strafing helpless citizens will only end with an ion cannon barrage from an antiquated AA-system. I prefer inserting and extracting small teams of infiltrators.

Those are looking great, I'm  rethinking the idea of 12 x  12 tile,  against  the 2 x 2 foot boards.

30x30cm will have more possibilities for layout than 60x60cm tiles, but on the other hand, one can make each large tile more diverse...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200130: More WIPs
Post by: gamer Mac on January 31, 2020, 01:29:34 PM
Nice looking table :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200130: More WIPs
Post by: Ockman on February 02, 2020, 12:59:01 PM
Nice looking table :-* :-* :-*

Thanks, Mac!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200130: More WIPs
Post by: Brummie on February 09, 2020, 08:42:31 AM
Your colony is coming along! Like the others have said the road system adds a bit more character, makes the place look a little more organic!

Loving the shuttle too! The design isnt something I've seen before in miniature and the painting style reminds me of the G-Police game from back in 1999, one of my favourite PS1 games. :D :-*
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: Ockman on February 23, 2020, 09:35:53 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571849767_d7aebb91c3_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuFSX)On the approach towards a Golgotha Prime starport (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuFSX) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

"We're getting closer. It feels like we've been chasing shadows ever since we took on this assignment... We arrive at one place only to find our target gone. I can't believe that we were at Victoria Asteroid Station at the same time as our quarry."

"Too bad we didn't find the name on the ship's manifest before the transport left. Fortunately we now know where our target is heading."

"Golgotha Prime. Nothing I've ever heard of before. It doesn't appear on the United Navy Star Map, and that is supposed to show every planet colonized during the second Expansion."

"Every official colony, at least. Something is off here. Our sensor suites are acting somewhat dodgy. I think we just passed a settlement, but our sensors aren't picking up any signs of life."

"That's odd. Is it sensor failure on our side or some kind of outer interference?"

"System diagnostics says that there is no problem on our side. Contact with ATC is clear, they are guiding us towards the starport right now."

"Okay, time to focus on our mission. Are you ready?"

"Ready."

"Let's go!"
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: Metternich on February 23, 2020, 09:52:32 PM
Looking forward to their arrival.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: November on February 24, 2020, 10:11:22 AM
Amazing that all this is scratch-built.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200130: More WIPs
Post by: Ockman on February 24, 2020, 11:33:59 AM
Your colony is coming along! Like the others have said the road system adds a bit more character, makes the place look a little more organic!

Loving the shuttle too! The design isnt something I've seen before in miniature and the painting style reminds me of the G-Police game from back in 1999, one of my favourite PS1 games. :D :-*

Thanks, Brummie!

I like the more organic city shape one gets with the offset roads. Never played G-Police, but I tried to use classic Star Wars colours on the shuttle.

Looking forward to their arrival.

Thanks, I've actually played my first game. Stay tuned for an AAR.

Amazing that all this is scratch-built.

Thanks, November! I'm pretty impressed myself!  ;)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: War Monkey on February 24, 2020, 01:46:44 PM
Your work looks really great, again I must say those new tiles with the others look great a real nice city flow to them.

Your tease to your next game has me hooked, can't wait to see it!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: Ockman on February 24, 2020, 05:14:05 PM
Your work looks really great, again I must say those new tiles with the others look great a real nice city flow to them.

Your tease to your next game has me hooked, can't wait to see it!

Thanks, Doug!

I've just taken my seven TGR soap tray jungle plants out of their packages, I'm going to base them on plasticard later on!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571623346_e8e369cb41_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtwz9)TGR soap trays jungle (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtwz9) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: DivisMal on February 24, 2020, 10:24:55 PM
It’s been a while since I had visited here, and, boy, what did I miss!
Awesome new project!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: War Monkey on February 25, 2020, 05:08:39 AM
Yes! A jungle would be excellent!  ;)

I had received  a bunch of plastic plants a little while back waiting to do a jungle.

Plus I just last week a package from Alternative Army! Lots of individual figures mostly aliens.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: Ockman on February 25, 2020, 01:23:24 PM
It’s been a while since I had visited here, and, boy, what did I miss!
Awesome new project!

Thanks, Florian!

Yes! A jungle would be excellent!  ;)

I had received  a bunch of plastic plants a little while back waiting to do a jungle.

Plus I just last week a package from Alternative Army! Lots of individual figures mostly aliens.

I'm a huge fan of Alternative Armies, they carry loads of awesome things!

Not sure what I will paint or build next, but I would like to make jungle terrain and some overgrown ruins. Or some shanties. Or paint some minis. Or finalize my new tiles. Or build some more city terrain. Or build some scatter terrain.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: Oldben1 on February 25, 2020, 03:35:11 PM
Even better on the computer!  I was checking out your pictures on my phone, size in pictures does matter.

Now I need a dropship. :?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: Ockman on February 26, 2020, 07:56:08 AM
Even better on the computer!  I was checking out your pictures on my phone, size in pictures does matter.

Now I need a dropship. :?

Thanks, Michael!

I'm quite interested in expanding my fleet of spacecraft, I've got one scratchbuilt cargo hauler that needs detailing, one Khurasan Cormorant that sits in a box and one Ion Age Mark I Skylark.

I'm also thinking about adapting 28mm models to 15mm spacecraft. I've got an eye on the Necron Doomschyte, which I think would look really cool if one sculpted a cockpit over the place where the robot pilot is sitting. The Tau Pirahna would also look cool, if one could cover the top. Gates of Antares also have a lot of skimmers and drones that would work as dropships in 15mm.

...or if you're interested, I've got plans to build a copy of my shuttle on page 43.  ;)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: War Monkey on February 26, 2020, 04:27:41 PM
I should build some smaller ships, something that would fit much like your's Ockmam one to three seats or multiple seats like a shuttle, just something small, fighters would be fun or a patrol unit that uses multiples of the same ship just different call sign markings.

I'm going to have a closer look of your plans on page 43!

Doug

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Trill Tanaka
Post by: Ockman on February 28, 2020, 07:31:16 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49572992212_efd6186b5a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwAxuh)Trill Tanaka (https://flic.kr/p/2iwAxuh) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Raised on cheap adventure books and serials about heroic bounty hunters, Trill Tanaka knew exactly what she wanted to do when she grew up. She finished enforcement academy first in her class, a huge potential slated for a long and illustruous career.

On the night of Trill's graduation, a uniformed official came up to her during the celebrations. He congratulated Trill on her accomplishments, then served her a draft notice letter. Instead of sleuthing and working with law enforcement, she would be part of the security team on the top secret Project Philotes, leaving for the hidden asteroid base in the morning.

It turned out that Project Philotes' need for security was rather limited. Trill engaged in her tasks with zeal, but there was only a finite amount of work to do. That's when she befriended Gaztav, another denizen of the asteroid base, who also had an interest in fiction. In their spare time, they started a detective agency, solving mysteries like 'The Case of the Missing Marmelade' and 'The Janitor Affair'. Together, they pooled their proceeds to buy an old beat-up ship, which they spent their evenings fixing up.

The attack came out of the blue. Trill and Gaztav were working on the ship as the PA-system came to life. "RED ALERT! RED ALERT! We are under attack! Get out! Escape! There's no way we can defend ourselves agains-". The system shut off as abruptly as it began. Trill and Gaztav glanced at each other quickly, then scurried into the ship, starting it up. As they cleared the launch bay, the asteroid base was rocked by explosions, cracks opened all across the asteroid, breaking it up.

Somehow, Trill and Gaztav managed to get away in their ship. Trill tried to report back to United Government officials, but no-one would ever acknowledge the existence of Project Philotes. Without neither jobs nor (official) service records, Trill and Gaztav decided to do what they knew best: mystery solving, sleuthing, troubleshooting and bounty hunting...


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49572766256_a41ac488ba_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwzoju)Trill Tanaka (https://flic.kr/p/2iwzoju) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Trill Tanaka
Post by: War Monkey on February 29, 2020, 02:19:30 AM
Very nice back story for Trill. So what happened to Gaztav?

Very nice paint work on Trill too!

Doug
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Trill Tanaka
Post by: Ockman on February 29, 2020, 08:31:58 AM
Very nice back story for Trill. So what happened to Gaztav?

Very nice paint work on Trill too!

Doug

Thanks, Doug!

For Gaztav, you'll have to wait for the...

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Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Trill Tanaka
Post by: War Monkey on February 29, 2020, 02:17:04 PM
 lol lol lol
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200223: Campaign teaser
Post by: Ockman on February 29, 2020, 11:13:15 PM
I should build some smaller ships, something that would fit much like your's Ockmam one to three seats or multiple seats like a shuttle, just something small, fighters would be fun or a patrol unit that uses multiples of the same ship just different call sign markings.

I'm going to have a closer look of your plans on page 43!

Doug

Have you seen the Ion Age's Skylark Mk2? It has a bit of Star Wars feeling (especially the engines).

It could work as a smaller ship for you!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Trill Tanaka
Post by: Ockman on March 03, 2020, 04:11:16 PM
I've been to Stockholm on a work trip and Stockholm has got some proper stores for arts, crafts, hobbies, miniatures and games.

I stocked up on plasticard (2mm and 1,5mm), plastic plants for my upcoming jungle, an RPG for my brother and some cork to build terrain from.


Now I'm going on another trip, to Gothenburg. I've heard they've got nerdy stores there as well...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Trill Tanaka
Post by: War Monkey on March 03, 2020, 09:56:30 PM
I hope you enjoyed your trip even if it was for work and your current trip as well, hope you found lots of goodies and happy hunting.  :D
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Trill Tanaka
Post by: Brummie on March 04, 2020, 07:12:19 PM
Great story, also waiting to know what happened to Gaztav and the mystery attackers!

Happy hunting in Gothenburg! You never know what you might find!  :D
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Gaztav G
Post by: Ockman on March 04, 2020, 11:26:54 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49572257353_724a3d781d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwwM3i)Gaztav (https://flic.kr/p/2iwwM3i) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Before the Age of Isolation and the breakdown of FTL travel and communications, the United Government enforced certain principles pertaining to research. The ethical principles of research were construed to maintain a balance between the risks of damage caused by research and the possible gains made. During the Age of Isolation, these principles were often abandoned, which led both to amazing scientific breakthroughs as well as worlds turned into ruined wastelands, inhabited by the dead alone.

Project Philotes, named after an ancient deity of friendship, aimed to explore and strengthen interspecies relations. The secret project focused mainly on creating friendly relationships with hostile alien species, with the main intent to investigate the viability to integrate them into the United Government. The project had many great successes (the integration of Octopods, Tronks and many more) and some great failures (the Kroxans, who used their newly gained trust to backstab the United Government, to name one).

One of the subjects who passed through Project Philotes was Gaztav G. Most of the project personnel assumed that the G stood for gobbo, gretchin, goblin, grot or greenskin, but Maligs (or Vættur) would never call themselves slurs like that.

Gaztav was brought into the project as a newly born, after an ark with Malig non-combatants was captured close to Aserba's Rift. Raised in the project by United Government personnel, Gaztav was singled out to join the aptitude program. He showed great promise and excelled in everything from piloting and mechanics, to deduction and problem solving.

It wasn't easy fitting in, though, as there are many prejudices against Maligs (and not everyone associated with Project Philotes was interested in its success). Gaztav didn't really feel like he belonged and chose to hide behind dark glasses, a helmet, gloves and a huge scarf, showing as little skin as possible. He preferred reading mystery novels to socializing and it wasn't until he met Trill Tanaka that he realized that he had been missing something important in his life: friendship.


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49572765831_000a30e999_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwzoca)Gaztav (https://flic.kr/p/2iwzoca) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49572765691_d34203f2f5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwzo9K)Gaztav (https://flic.kr/p/2iwzo9K) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Gaztav G
Post by: War Monkey on March 05, 2020, 02:12:44 AM
Very nice background story for Gaztav G, looking forward to his and Trill's adventures!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Gaztav G
Post by: Oldben1 on March 05, 2020, 02:33:04 AM
That guys will fit in nicely.  I can’t believe the star on the back of the helmet!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Gaztav G
Post by: Ockman on March 05, 2020, 06:21:24 PM
Very nice background story for Gaztav G, looking forward to his and Trill's adventures!

Thanks, Doug! Hopefully I'll get some time to type an AAR soon!

That guys will fit in nicely.  I can’t believe the star on the back of the helmet!

Thanks, Michael!

That star was a lot of work (and swearing)!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Gaztav G
Post by: Jagannath on March 06, 2020, 03:50:07 PM
Nice job dude, I love that mini!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200228: Gaztav G
Post by: Ockman on March 06, 2020, 07:15:53 PM
Nice job dude, I love that mini!

Thanks, mate! I do too!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot
Post by: Ockman on March 06, 2020, 07:17:22 PM
The case of the missing lobot

The death of far trader Molox Blot led to a massive influx of relatives, close and distant, to her asteroid estate. Potential heirs were searching for Blot's will and all her treasures. Neither was found. Gone was her loyal lobot Cernovich as well, freed from bondage after the death of his master.

Trill Tanaka and Gaztav G were hired by Molox Blot's favourite niece, Calla Blot, to find Cernovich before anyone else. When found, they are supposed to tell him a password phrase and record whatever answer Cernovich gives...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot
Post by: Ockman on March 06, 2020, 09:59:01 PM
Trill and Gaztav were closing in on Cernovich, they had recently all been at Victoria Asteroid Station at the same time. Unfortunately, Cernovich had left on a transport heading towards Golgotha Prime  before Gaztav and Trill found his name on the ship's manifest.

Following in Cernovich's tracks, they headed towards Golgotha Prime and the starport where the transport was supposed to go...


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571850852_3fe9738cae_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuGcE)Setup (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuGcE) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

This is the first game of my campaign. I haven't decided on a which rules to use, so I made some freestyle rules. Inspired by Arkham Horror, I'm using D6 where each 5+ is a success. My characters are looking for leads, interviewing NPCs. I need three leads, every NPC can be interviewed once. On a 6, we get one lead. On a 1, we get one lead as well, but also one threat. To win the game, both characters must return to the ship after getting three leads (together).

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571850012_282e0da6e9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuFXb)Trill and Gaztav (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuFXb) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

"'Peregrine', you are clear to land in bay 17."

"Okay, Gaztav - how do you want to play it?"

"I think we can collect more information faster if we split up. What do you think?"

"Sounds good. You've got your communicator on?"

"Yeah, how about you?"

"Uh-huh. Let's go!"


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49628172281_5d86202edb_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iBtmAM)Starport search (https://flic.kr/p/2iBtmAM) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: War Monkey on March 07, 2020, 05:55:45 AM
Nice start to a big story.

Your Spaceport looks great too!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: Ockman on March 07, 2020, 06:47:45 AM
Nice start to a big story.

Your Spaceport looks great too!

Thank you!

The terrain tiles were donated to me from Spacejacker, one of the best things that ever happened to me hobbywise!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: Oldben1 on March 07, 2020, 03:35:44 PM
Great stuff!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: War Monkey on March 07, 2020, 09:20:27 PM
Quote
The terrain tiles were donated to me from Spacejacker, one of the best things that ever happened to me hobbywise!

That is Super Cool!

I see now that I will have to make a set for myself!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: Ockman on March 07, 2020, 09:38:55 PM
Great stuff!

Thanks, mate! More coming up!

That is Super Cool!

I see now that I will have to make a set for myself!

I have a whole undercoated set of tiles I made myself, but never got around to paint it. If I paint 7 more tiles, I can make a 4x4 setup.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: Ockman on March 07, 2020, 09:51:28 PM
Trill approached the dockmaster overseeing the unloading of a massive cargo hauler. She asked her if she had noticed anything special during the unloading of 'The Salvation of Io'.


Rolling one dice to determine if Trill finds any leads. 3 - no lead.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571116503_bbd2000c05_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwqVUt)Asking around (https://flic.kr/p/2iwqVUt) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

"Do you know how many transports I handle each day? I can check my PDA, wait a minute. Hmm... 'The Salvation of Io' passed through a while ago, carrying a bunch of crusties. Refugees from Aserba's Rift. Nothing else in my notes."

Gaztav approached a droid technician, working on some kind of busted machinery.

"Hello, my technological friend. Have you noted any computer enhanced humans, so called lobots, passning by lately?"


Making a dice roll. 4 - no lead.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571626691_f5680179c9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtxyP)Robot rejection (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtxyP) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

The droid continued working, without even acknowledging Gaztav.

Both Gaztav and Trill continued to ask around, but to no avail. Lobots don't differ enough in appearance from ordinary cybernetically enhanced humans to leave a lasting impression, it seemed.


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571118478_6266d04ea0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwqWuw)Another dud (https://flic.kr/p/2iwqWuw) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571626826_070907dd3c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtxB9)No one remembers a single lobot (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtxB9) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: War Monkey on March 08, 2020, 04:24:36 AM
What bad luck, they might have to check the other side of the spaceport, maybe some sort of drinking establishment  or a berthing facility.

Doug
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: Brummie on March 08, 2020, 09:46:12 AM
Ah Gaz is a gobbo! Should have guessed  lol! Love the mini as we and that star is a lovely touch!

The game looks like it's turning out well too. Never tried to do/play an RPG before so this is interesting! Gaz should maybe have threatened that bit though   :D
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: Ockman on March 08, 2020, 12:05:14 PM
Who could possibly know anything about the lobot known as Cernovich? Gaztav decided to try to get some information from the nearest customs officer.

I roll one die to check for leads: 1 - a lead, but also a threat.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571627211_362a0a356c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtxHM)First lead, first threat (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtxHM) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

"Officer! Head office and I need to know: Not very long ago, 'The Salvation of Io' unloaded here. It was carrying something rather ...odd?"

"I remember that. A shipful of Crusty refugees and this one lobot who looked like a Wixat plant, blinkning lights changing colour like I've never seen before. But I've already told head office about this..."

"Eh, well thank you, madam. I did say that head office and I needed to know..."

"You sneaky git! SECURITY!"

Gaztav decided to beat it before security arrived, muttering about the unnecessary usage of xenophobic slurs.

As security entered the area, searching for a Malig grifter, Trill tried to coax more information from a hard working droid, but learned nothing new
(dice roll = 5). Gaztav kept his head down, trying to avoid security. He managed to send a message to Trill, sharing his newfound knowledge.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571627521_a9e88fa80a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtxP8)Starport security looking for a Malig suspect (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtxP8) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571627811_8b3169551d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtxU8)Gaztav sneaking away (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtxU8) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

While security continued to pursue Gaztav, Trill approached a starport medical officer, asking some questions about digital diseases lobots could catch.

Rolling one die: 1 - threat and lead.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571628191_5590d48c8a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwty1F)Trouble keeps brewing (https://flic.kr/p/2iwty1F) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

"If a lobot were to show strange lighting  patterns, we would be mandated to keep them in quarantine until diagnostics okayed them. We had one like that here a short while ago, but he managed to leave. He said that since he no longer was bound to any master, he was to be seen as a cybernetically enhanced human, rather than a lobot. He travelled on with the Crusty refugees before I got my orders to keep him here."

Trill thanked the officer and walked away. She sent a message to Gaztav, updating him on the latest lead. Meanwhilst, the medical officer sent a message of his own: 'Someone asked. A bounty hunter, by the looks of it. Hurry!"

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571628276_0ba782cb36_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwty39)More trouble (https://flic.kr/p/2iwty39) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200306: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: Ockman on March 08, 2020, 06:16:32 PM
What bad luck, they might have to check the other side of the spaceport, maybe some sort of drinking establishment  or a berthing facility.

Doug

Now they are getting closer! Perhaps they can find more leads where people are drinking alcohol...

Ah Gaz is a gobbo! Should have guessed  lol! Love the mini as we and that star is a lovely touch!

The game looks like it's turning out well too. Never tried to do/play an RPG before so this is interesting! Gaz should maybe have threatened that bit though   :D

I think that Gaz doesn't want to be that stereotypical Malig. Less violence, more cunning!

It's a lot fun to play RPGs, I love it!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200308: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: zrunelord on March 08, 2020, 06:44:40 PM
Always a good read..... keep it up my friend. :D

Love the graffiti ... & the walls

Keep it up
Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200308: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: Ockman on March 08, 2020, 07:07:52 PM
Always a good read..... keep it up my friend. :D

Love the graffiti ... & the walls

Keep it up
Z

Thanks, Z! It's a joy to write AARs!

I can't take credit for the walls or the graffiti, since I was gifted it from Spacejacker, but I sure love them as well!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200308: The case of the missing lobot - Starport
Post by: Ockman on March 08, 2020, 07:22:26 PM
Gaztav and Trill had found a couple of leads on the whereabouts of the lobot known as Cernovich. He had arrived with a group of Crusty refugees and his lobot gear had been acting weird. He was supposed to be quarantined, but got out before the order could be effectuated, claiming to be a free man with cybernetic implants, rather than a lobot.

The investigation had not gone unnoticed. Gaztav had alerted security when he tried to get some information under false pretence and Trill's questions about the lobot had put her in the sights of a mysterious stranger...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571628876_fa30879946_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtydu)Sneaky hidey (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtydu) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Gaztav found himself in a recreational area of the spaceport, where pilots and crews could relax during loading and unloading. A couple of pilots looked at him and saw his apparent distress. They nodded towards a collection of crates, where Gaztav could hide.

The security guards entered, asking the pilots if they had noticed anything out of the ordinary. The pilots shrugged. The guards started to search the area when something entirely else caught their attention...


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571628881_02cd43e4a7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtydz)Under attack! (https://flic.kr/p/2iwtydz) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Trill Tanaka was about to follow the security guards, just in case Gaztav would need help with some kind of distraction or diplomatic support, when she caught a glimpse of something out of the corner of her eye. She dropped to the ground as two energy bolts seared the wall behind her.


The assailant rolled two dice, rolling a 1 and a 2, causing no damage.

Looking through a viewing port, the shooter realized that she hadn't managed to hit her target. But before she could get another shot off, Trill fired a burst in the assailant's general direction and at least one shot connected.

Trill returned fire with two dice (dropping one die, since the assailant was in cover), rolling a 5 and a 2, scoring one hit.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571855657_d9ab5e8207_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuHCv)Return fire! (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuHCv) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

The security guards stopped looking for Gaztav as soon as they heard gunfire. Gaztav crawled out from behind the crates and thanked the pilots.

"You've been really helpful, friends! May I ask if you perchance have seen a lobot travelling with a bunch of crustaceans?"


The dice are finally with me - a roll of 6!

"We actually ferried them earlier! You want to know where they went? No problem, we left them close to Blackstair's Bluff. Let me upload the coordinates to your PDA."

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571120173_73a8d37041_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwqWZK)Finally a lead! (https://flic.kr/p/2iwqWZK) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Gaztav sent a message to Trill to meet him back at the Peregrine. They moved fast, avoiding trouble along the way. Trill passed her assailant lying wounded on the floor, keeping the attacker in the crosshairs as she exited to bay 17, where Gaztav was waiting for her. Finally, they were closing in on Cernovich...


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571856517_0f89f643f1_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuHTk)Back towards the Peregrine (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuHTk) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49571856572_e8bd30801e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuHUh)Ready to go! (https://flic.kr/p/2iwuHUh) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200308: The case of the missing lobot (pt.1 done)
Post by: War Monkey on March 08, 2020, 10:30:13 PM
Nice write up! glad they are making headway in their search. 
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200308: The case of the missing lobot (pt.1 done)
Post by: Oldben1 on March 09, 2020, 12:38:54 AM
So fun, I can’t believe it!  You need a cantina!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200308: The case of the missing lobot (pt.1 done)
Post by: Ockman on March 09, 2020, 09:55:43 PM
Nice write up! glad they are making headway in their search.

Thank you, Doug!

Cernovich has been dodging them for too long!

So fun, I can’t believe it!  You need a cantina!

Thanks, Michael! There are so many things I would like to add to my collection. A cantina would surely fit!

(I think that the next thing coming up will be jungle terrain, old ruins and shanties)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200308: The case of the missing lobot (pt.1 done)
Post by: Skullhamma on March 10, 2020, 07:48:55 PM
Glorious! These adventures really come to life with your awesome minis and terrain!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200308: The case of the missing lobot (pt.1 done)
Post by: Ockman on March 10, 2020, 09:26:29 PM
Glorious! These adventures really come to life with your awesome minis and terrain!

Thanks, Skully!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: Ockman on March 13, 2020, 01:29:00 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49654382992_69230cc75c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iDMG8A)Welcome to the jungle! (https://flic.kr/p/2iDMG8A) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I've spent the last two nights creating a jungle. Since Golgotha Prime has varied climate, one can have many different sets of plants!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: War Monkey on March 13, 2020, 02:19:40 PM
Very nice indeed, that is going to add lots of adventures!

 I need to get my jungle together, I have three different plastic plants right now but I want to add palm trees too, guess I need to get looking for them.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: Ockman on March 15, 2020, 07:06:04 AM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49655607447_da4e7340fc_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iDTY7T)Daylight colours (https://flic.kr/p/2iDTY7T) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49654788793_a10b8b4f60_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iDPLLa)Daylight colours (https://flic.kr/p/2iDPLLa) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Very nice indeed, that is going to add lots of adventures!

 I need to get my jungle together, I have three different plastic plants right now but I want to add palm trees too, guess I need to get looking for them.

Thanks, Doug!

I like it a lot, myself! Now I've got a temperate forest and a jungle. But I think I need more ruins and shanties!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 15, 2020, 08:55:47 AM
Nice.

How big is that board?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: Brummie on March 15, 2020, 11:25:05 AM
Sweet Jungle mate!

What kind of critters we gunna find in there?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: Ockman on March 15, 2020, 01:48:54 PM
Nice.

How big is that board?

Thanks, friend!

It's 90x60cm (3x2'), I think.

Sweet Jungle mate!

What kind of critters we gunna find in there?

Thanks, mate!

I've got an old GW Lizard swarm, individually based, some Alternative Armies' crypt scorpions and giant spiders, perhaps some Loud Ninja Games' Ikwen and I'm trying to source some Tyranid Rippers.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: War Monkey on March 15, 2020, 04:33:27 PM
Beautiful! Your board looks great!

Ruins! Definitely more ruins they can lead to all kinds of stuff, archeological finds, treasures, alien artifacts the list just goes on.

I need to get a set of GW  lizard swarm, I have lots of figures but no creatures or monsters to speak of, I guess I need to work on that.

Again what a great board!

Doug
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: War Monkey on March 15, 2020, 04:40:17 PM
Here is an idea you may wish to try for adding to your board terrain.

http://silo1313.blogspot.com/search/label/My%20Terrain

I should build more of them.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: Ockman on March 16, 2020, 10:05:28 AM
Those pools are awesome, Doug! Thanks for the idea!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: War Monkey on March 17, 2020, 02:27:40 AM
Thank You,

I made those some time ago and they have held up very well with almost no warping what little did happen is really  not noticeable at all.

Like I had mentioned I really should make more.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: CookAndrewB on March 26, 2020, 06:44:19 PM
Lots to catch up on in here. Lovely new additions all around, Ock!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: aliensurfer on March 26, 2020, 10:54:29 PM
Here is an idea you may wish to try for adding to your board terrain.

http://silo1313.blogspot.com/search/label/My%20Terrain

I should build more of them.

That's a neat trick! - Do you think you could tint the glue with an ink say as you use it?
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: War Monkey on March 27, 2020, 04:41:51 AM
That's a neat trick! - Do you think you could tint the glue with an ink say as you use it?

I have thought of that but I haven't tried it.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: CookAndrewB on March 27, 2020, 02:58:01 PM
I do use glue for this purpose and it works pretty splendidly. The best advantage is that glue dries with "bulk" and doesn't end up a thin layer like gloss varnish. I've found that the best way to tint the overall color is to mix in a bit of wash, rather than paint or ink. Ink could work, but would need to be used very sparingly since it is so pigment heavy to begin with. Washes seem to tint more subtly.

The "puddles" in this build (front left/Right of the figure base) were made using wood glue and some sepia wash. It is maybe a bit hard to tell here, but it dried a thicker brown see-thru with a little bit of gloss to the surface.
(https://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/44/15049-270320145218.jpeg)

Again, used this technique to create the swampy area around this "engine fallen from the sky" terrain. Same wash/glue batch but applied in larger areas.
(https://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/44/15049-270320145155.jpeg)


Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: Ockman on March 29, 2020, 03:58:55 PM
Lots to catch up on in here. Lovely new additions all around, Ock!

Thanks, mate!

That's a neat trick! - Do you think you could tint the glue with an ink say as you use it?

I've done it with blue ink on sea terrain tiles, and it looked great. Needed multiple coats, though, drying inbetween.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: Ockman on April 04, 2020, 01:58:59 PM
I was hoping that this quarantine business would free some hobby time, but being home with two kids (4½ and 2½ years old) has unfortunately made me even more tired.

Hopefully we've all in the family had Covid-19 by now, I've had symptoms indicating it (shortness of breath, fever, shivers, cough, fatigue, joint pain, sore throat), but if we're unlucky it might only have been an ordinary flu.

Hopefully the kids will be back in kindergarten soon and me back at work, so that I will be able to have some hobby time again  ;)
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200313: Welcome to the jungle
Post by: aliensurfer on April 04, 2020, 10:06:39 PM
I was hoping that this quarantine business would free some hobby time, but being home with two kids (4½ and 2½ years old) has unfortunately made me even more tired.

Hopefully we've all in the family had Covid-19 by now, I've had symptoms indicating it (shortness of breath, fever, shivers, cough, fatigue, joint pain, sore throat), but if we're unlucky it might only have been an ordinary flu.

Hopefully the kids will be back in kindergarten soon and me back at work, so that I will be able to have some hobby time again  ;)
Stay safe - everyone.
Thanks for the tip about using a wash rather than an ink.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200405: Crustacean refugees
Post by: Ockman on April 05, 2020, 05:51:47 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49655329111_6f30ae469c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iDSxnZ)Crusty refugees (https://flic.kr/p/2iDSxnZ) by Oscar Falk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Oppression, invasion, virulent disease, climate change, civil war, famine, natural catastrophes, poverty, persecution... There are many reasons why people are forced to leave their homes, seeking asylum elsewhere. To most, it's not a decision taken lightly, leaving the familiar for an uncertain future. It's not an easy decision, but a necessary one.

Not every refugee is alike, though. Some can choose to pack up their belongings in their personal star cruisers, leaving at will and being warmly greeted wherever they go. Others have to forfeit everything they own and become indentured servants, just to escape with their lives. Some stow away on cargo haulers, others commandeer them. Some can buy ordinary tickets for an intergalactic holiday, choosing not to return, while others still extensively modify craft not designed for interstellar travel to take them to other systems.

Aserba's Rift is found in the Hydra Sector, a large area of space encompassing a multitude of systems. It's known for being a conflict hotspot - early United Government attempts to pacify the area unfortunately had the opposite effect, creating more turmoil and hostility. Today, Aserba's Rift is plagued by warmongering civilizations, opportunistic raiders, grand crusades, retaliatory strikes, shady criminal empires and reaving pirate fleets. And while billions upon billions live their entire lives in Aserba's Rift, many long to leave it forever.

The species colloquially known as Crusties (or Crustaceans) has a long history of interstellar colonization and can be found all across the galaxy. The colonies in Aserba's Rift had been stable for a long time, but as external aggression picked up and internal strife mounted, the situation for the ordinary citizens worsened. Every day, more refugees are leaving for safety. A group of Crusty refugees recently arrived on Golgotha Prime with 'The Salvation of Io'. They were latest observed in the vicinity of Blackstair's Bluff, seemingly hiding from some kind of pursuer...
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200405: Crustacean refugees
Post by: zrunelord on April 06, 2020, 09:28:54 AM
Great idea Ockman,
One can also convince the missus that it is modern art & hang it on a wall. :D :D

Wm - You really should make more ( Your cardboard mesa idea is great & I would very much like to make like them  ;) :D :D )

Btw. Any clear liquid can be tinted - it just depends on its viscosity & what medium you use to tint . e.g. oil based tints give different results in water based medium than would water based ones , obviously .

Live long & prosper
Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200405: Crustacean refugees
Post by: CookAndrewB on April 06, 2020, 01:41:23 PM
Great Crusties, Ock! Sorry to hear about the illness running through the fam. Agree with you, best case scenario seems to be that you got it, it didn't kill you, and now you have some immunity. My best understanding is that none of the state of the world is about avoiding the disease, but simply slowing down the rate of infection. Predictions are that most of us will likely end up with it whether today, next week, or next year. Just not all at once, please.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200405: Crustacean refugees
Post by: Ockman on April 06, 2020, 05:56:57 PM
Thanks, friends!

We're back in good health again, although 2+ weeks without work and full responsibility for the children might have left me with some kind of mental damage...  ;D
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200405: Crustacean refugees
Post by: War Monkey on April 07, 2020, 03:09:17 AM
Thanks, friends!

We're back in good health again, although 2+ weeks without work and full responsibility for the children might have left me with some kind of mental damage...  ;D

I am very glad you all are doing better my friend, and as far as the kids go, your parents put a curse on you, with the words of that spell goes something like this "Some day you will have kids just like you!"  lol lol  I shouldn't laugh mine did and almost everyday I just lower and shake my head  lol  lol.

Your Crusties look great and the back story is great as well. You'll get a chance the get to the hobby.
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200405: Crustacean refugees
Post by: zrunelord on April 07, 2020, 06:06:50 AM
Good one WM, :D
Been there done it also  ;).

Keep it up Ockman...great work as usual.

Live long & prosper my friends
Z
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200405: Crustacean refugees
Post by: Billchuck on April 07, 2020, 01:08:20 PM
I am very glad you all are doing better my friend, and as far as the kids go, your parents put a curse on you, with the words of that spell goes something like this "Some day you will have kids just like you!"  lol lol  I shouldn't laugh mine did and almost everyday I just lower and shake my head  lol  lol.

My parents said the same thing to me.  I’ve finally realized that if my kid is trouble because I was trouble as a kid, that means I was trouble as a kid because my father was trouble when he was a kid.  When I pointed that out to him, he tried to deny it.  My aunt, however, says I’m completely correct.  :D
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200405: Crustacean refugees
Post by: Oldben1 on April 07, 2020, 06:47:14 PM
So fun!  Great painting and background fluff!

I was always hoping they would make a sequel!
Title: Re: [15mm] Ockman's Sci-fi, update 200405: Crustacean refugees
Post by: Ockman on April 08, 2020, 09:13:45 AM
I am very glad you all are doing better my friend, and as far as the kids go, your parents put a curse on you, with the words of that spell goes something like this "Some day you will have kids just like you!"  lol lol  I shouldn't laugh mine did and almost everyday I just lower and shake my head  lol  lol.

Your Crusties look great and the back story is great as well. You'll get a chance the get to the hobby.

Thanks, Doug! Now I'm back at work and can feel my sanity return. Who would have thought?

Good one WM, :D
Been there done it also  ;).

Keep it up Ockman...great work as usual.

Live long & prosper my friends
Z


Thanks, Z!

I was told that I was an easy child, but perhaps that was only in comparison with my brother...

My parents said the same thing to me.  I’ve finally realized that if my kid is trouble because I was trouble as a kid, that means I was trouble as a kid because my father was trouble when he was a kid.  When I pointed that out to him, he tried to deny it.  My aunt, however, says I’m completely correct.  :D

Haha, well that's sound logic.

As you can see, there is one Crustacean child in the picture, firmly held by the hand, so it won't go climbing on the ruins (one never knows what ruins in the jungle might hide)...

So fun!  Great painting and background fluff!

I was always hoping they would make a sequel!

Thanks, mate!

I've only seen it once, a long long time ago. I don't think I was really that focused, but I really enjoy the GZG miniatures!