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Author Topic: 15mm Generic Sci Fi - wasteland tiles fit for a case (01 Aug)  (Read 17009 times)

Offline Idle Doodler

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15mm Generic Sci Fi - wasteland tiles fit for a case (01 Aug)
« on: January 03, 2022, 12:57:36 AM »
Recently got an unexpected boost to the hobby budget by doing a commission for someone's homebrewed game, and thought I'd use the opportunity to try a new scale for the first time since first picking up a box of miniatures 16 years ago. Grabbed a few sets from Ground Zero Games to form the basis for crews for 5 Parsecs from Home and Pulp Alley.

I'm a very slow painter, so am trying to lean into the more impressionistic nature of 15mm - simplicity over intricacy. I don't want to find myself investing too much time with diminishing returns, and subsequently losing heart and momentum.

Bases will be fairly spartan until I've got a better idea of what most of the terrain they'll be fighting on will be, so as to be easier to modify down the line.









« Last Edit: August 01, 2022, 08:07:27 AM by Idle Doodler »

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Re: [15mm] Assorted crew and civilians
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2022, 02:40:03 AM »
I'd say you're off to a pretty decent start with that lot.  I like the painting style.
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Re: [15mm] Assorted crew and civilians
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2022, 07:06:35 AM »
Yes, it is a very good start, and your painting is really good.
Just remember "If the Enemy is in range, so are YOU!

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Offline Idle Doodler

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Re: [15mm] Assorted crew and civilians
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2022, 07:29:51 PM »
Thanks!

I'm glad they're small enough to nip in the bud any notion of trying to paint the eyes.

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Re: [15mm] Assorted crew and civilians
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2022, 07:45:54 PM »
Nicely done  :)

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Re: [15mm] Assorted crew and civilians
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2022, 02:00:36 AM »
Beautiful work there!  Wow.  Thanks for that.

What are you planning on painting next?  Any terrain projects?

Dan

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Re: [15mm] Assorted crew and civilians
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2022, 03:37:08 AM »
Thanks!

I'm glad they're small enough to nip in the bud any notion of trying to paint the eyes.

I hear you on that! I generally paint the eye area black and then push any flesh paint close to where the eyes would be and move on really at that scale the only thing you really see is dark slits and a good wash finishes the rest.

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Re: 4-Jan - Scrap-built ship WIP [15mm]
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2022, 05:28:47 PM »
I generally paint the eye area black and then push any flesh paint close to where the eyes would be and move on really at that scale the only thing you really see is dark slits and a good wash finishes the rest.

I found myself painting to and fro the black & white until it looked alright-ish, and then painted the rest of the face around it to cover up the overspill. Don't think the results meritted the time sink. From now on, a wash all the way!


What are you planning on painting next?  Any terrain projects?

Dan

Currently got a few more GZG minis in progress, and bagged myself an ebay bundle which I've been sifting through for aliens.

Terrain-wise I'm playing around with Affinity Designer to try and design some simple fold-flat buildings. Got a basic design down which seems to work, but I'm not satisfied with the textures.

While that bubbles away, I've brought the glue gun out of retirement!







This is one of those glue-down-whatever-you-pick-up jobs. No planning whatsoever!

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Re: 4-Jan - Scrap-built ship WIP [15mm]
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2022, 08:20:00 PM »
That is a fun ship. Never thought about using a circuit board like that before, but I think that it will paint up wonderfully.

Offline Idle Doodler

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15mm Generic Sci Fi - Troopers (7 Jan)
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2022, 12:31:03 PM »
It's a heck of a lot easier than trying to come up with convincing electrics at this scale myself! I've been able to grab a few non-functioning electrical accessories from work so hope to repurpose their circuits and casings.


Next up are some speedily done generic troopers to cover all those faceless opponents from cannon fodder to spec ops. Tried making my own contrast paint to go over a white-on-black drybrush. A functional paint job.

« Last Edit: January 18, 2022, 08:35:36 PM by Idle Doodler »

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Re: 15mm Generic Sci Fi - Troopers (7 Jan)
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2022, 04:57:58 PM »
Nice looking unit. I have seen where one paint their figures white and then dip them in ink with great results. I have a fair set of GZG UNSC troops that I want to do using red ink. I think they will look great as Travellers Imperial Marines.

Offline Cacique Caribe

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Re: 15mm Generic Sci Fi - Troopers (7 Jan)
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2022, 10:07:26 PM »
Wow, those GZG troopers look great!

And I really like that ship.  What are the dimensions?

Dan
« Last Edit: January 08, 2022, 07:53:22 AM by Cacique Caribe »

Offline Idle Doodler

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Re: 15mm Generic Sci Fi - Troopers (7 Jan)
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2022, 09:10:58 AM »
Nice looking unit. I have seen where one paint their figures white and then dip them in ink with great results. I have a fair set of GZG UNSC troops that I want to do using red ink. I think they will look great as Travellers Imperial Marines.

Have to admit I haven't tried with pure ink - will have to give that a go.

And I really like that ship.  What are the dimensions?

Roughly 20 x 15 x 5 cm.

Bit stumped with what to do for the crew quarters with materials I have to hand. I had though about using some keyboard keys for furniture, but unfortunately they're a bit too broad for the scale. I've been putting together some cardstock buildings but find 15mm furniture a bit too fiddly to do more than the odd cut and fold. It's a shame - I've got a whole load of thick card to get through from defunct flyers at work!

Offline Idle Doodler

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15mm Generic Sci Fi - Warbots (11 Jan)
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2022, 04:42:29 PM »
Some more quickly-done models, pretty much entirely contrast painted. Stand ins for any robotic opponents my crews might encounter.

« Last Edit: January 18, 2022, 08:36:14 PM by Idle Doodler »

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Re: 15mm Generic Sci Fi - Warbots (11 Jan)
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2022, 05:44:56 PM »
This is a good start. Keep it up.
Contrast does make painting 18mm faster. Rem that the undercoat/base coat will effect the final colour. I would stay away from dipping, in my opinion it does not yield good results.
Use the detail on the minis to your benefit.

I would add eye candy to those robots.
A simple way to do it is using a toothpick to paint lenses.
A dot of white/buff paint then a dot of say bright red, then contrast red.When dry a smaller dot of the bright red or  orange.

If you want to go overboard a very small dot ( you can use a needle this time) of white to mimic reflection.

Hope this helps.
Z
« Last Edit: January 11, 2022, 05:46:44 PM by zrunelord »
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