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Offline jamesmanto

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A Firefly in the Expanse
« on: September 16, 2017, 01:04:52 AM »
Starting on a new project. So new thread to collect all the posts and updates.
Going skirmishy. Heavily influenced by The Expanse and Firefly with a dash of Dark Matter. So big corporate entities, private security, angry colonists, pirates, organized crime rings, radical Belter terrorist cells and Martian and UN militaries trying to make sense of it all. 15mm.

Starting with RAFM figures because they're local to me and they just had a sale.

First efforts are some colony buildings made from shipping containers. This is all junk scavanged from work.
IMG_20170914_224129.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr
IMG_20170914_224115.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

The double-wide is a restaurant/bar or admin building. The smaller one with the junk piles is a machine shop. One of my unpainted 15mm colonists checks things out.

While the epoxy was setting I did a test on some space suited figures:
IMG_20170914_224015.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr
IMG_20170914_224051.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Of course I've got to settle on a base colour. Grey for the floors of the inside of my underground colony or airless asteroids? Tan for the dirt of the colonies with atmosphere?

Offline Dentatus

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2017, 02:58:42 AM »
Those'll work. Like those buildings especially. Looking forward to more.

Offline Ragnar

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2017, 04:24:55 AM »
Excellent start!
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Will die together in the end.

Offline von Lucky

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2017, 10:05:50 AM »
Agree - lovely little start. Watching 'The Expanse' is making it hard not to start something similar.
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Offline Suber

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2017, 09:06:27 PM »
A big applause to that! :-*

Offline jamesmanto

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse update 18/09/2017 adding paint
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2017, 05:20:33 PM »
Starting to put some paint on things. Primed black and then a lot of brushing. Printed off and made stencils for the Weyland Corp logo. Freehanded the Blue Sun Corp logo. Found and printed some assorted warning and caution signs. But the resolution on my printer is crap.

I should add some multi-lingual signage over doors to show the new uses.

Plus I did a few more colour schemes for the space suits including a blue and grey security guy and a grey and khaki terrorist/rebel.

The ship's boat is the RAFM grav tank with turret removed and replaced by a thingyto cover a bolt head on some flat pack furniture or a big kids toy. I can't remember.

Still need to paint the bases, but the glue and sand is still drying. The RAFM figures come with nice round bases, so additional washers or MDF aren't really needed.

21559009_10213417842456987_819105415603055587_n by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

21751809_10213417841936974_675642229705801219_n by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

21751858_10213417840976950_8782796578724187483_n by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

21752463_10213417841416961_4546922753465037675_n by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

21762035_10213417841536964_9025755889037975269_n by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

21558841_10213417842816996_605844586156427650_n by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

21558832_10213417841096953_8445978923847771149_n by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Offline von Lucky

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2017, 10:40:48 PM »
Great transformations. Nice colour choices too.

Offline jamesmanto

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2017, 06:37:14 PM »
Added some signage to the workshop. Bit of a shout out to my employers (used the company logo and did a play on the company name). Some one has obviously been sent out to paint the name in Chinese by the door.

21618018_10213434404711033_1901057925594502575_n by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

And the big door on the end opens to get large orders out, so some bilingual warning signs are required.

21752043_10213434404951039_9125047518359902959_n by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Offline Scarper

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2017, 01:18:09 PM »
Beautiful buildings, very inspirational. Love the work on the symbols and the signage

Offline jamesmanto

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse-8/10/2017 more characters
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2017, 01:31:33 AM »
Lots of figures done lately. I'm amazed at how much I'm enjoying painting these older Traveller figures, which results in me banging them out at a prodigious rate.

Civilians. Station workers, businessman, high class lady, doctor.
IMG_20171008_183931.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Armed crew, angry colonists, smugglers. Note the big '70s or '80s hair on the women on the right.
IMG_20171008_183828.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Obvious bad guys/gangsters.
IMG_20171008_183723.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Security patrol:
IMG_20171008_184144.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Security in tactical gear:
IMG_20171008_184238.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Security HQ. Supervisors, drone controller and medic:
IMG_20171008_184219.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Coloured spacesuits with white helmets:
IMG_20171008_183705.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

White suits with coloured helmets:
IMG_20171008_183503.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Space babes in stereotypical tight fitting suits:
IMG_20171008_183644.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr
IMG_20171008_183549.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Another building:
IMG_20171008_195635.jpg by Hotlead2009, on Flickr

Offline Duke Donald

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2017, 02:13:00 AM »
Nice! I particularly like your buildings.

Online Jagannath

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2017, 09:50:16 AM »
Lovely job - this looks great. In all the years since there aren't many 15mm figures to top those Traveller ones - so characterful.
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Offline Ockman

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2017, 12:27:21 PM »
Wow, beautiful stuff! Are those minis available still?

Offline NickNascati

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2017, 12:37:14 PM »
Looks like a nice project.  In case you haven't seen them, Splintered Light Miniatures does two packs of "not Serenity" crew, one armed the other passive.

Offline jamesmanto

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Re: A Firefly in the Expanse
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2017, 05:20:04 PM »

 

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