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Author Topic: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - NEW PICS page 3!  (Read 14522 times)

Offline Pil

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New painted pic
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2011, 10:20:34 AM »
Lovely work and nice bit of background, though I agree that it might look better if you break up the uniform a little bit. Some blacklining will go a long way and as Vyper said you can give the undersuit a slightly different colour. The same goes for the tidbits like gloves and such. I'm looking forward to seeing more 8)
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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New painted pic
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2011, 04:14:55 PM »
Thanks Vyper & Pil for your comments.

Here are some production notes: 1. It's not supposed to be a body suit with plates, even though the mini is sculpted that way.  As I mentioned in my first post, its the closest thing I can find to the full body carapace of battledress powered armor that Traveller marines wear.  Its supposed to be rigid plates. Marine battledress has holographic surfacing, so it can change to any color schematic.  When they are on embassy duty, or guarding the Extrality Line at Starports, they usually wear their 'dress red' which is supposed to be maroon.  I found burnt cadmium red to be the better color.  The outlining that is done is intended to produce an effect of hard armor, not a softer bodysuit underneath, as sculpted. They keep a uniform color throughout, which is why this may appear to some as 'plain' or unfinished. For example, no black gloves, etc.

2. The beret separation line is not needed and would be far too stark a contrast for such a small space.  The crappy photo came from my phone, since my camera battery was dead.  I'll be re-shooting the lot of them when the others are finished.

3. Not dry brushed at all.  If you've viewed my other work, you'll see that I'm not a fan of the over highlighted, cartoon-like style that is en vogue (not to say that is what you are advocating Cmdr Vyper  ;) ).   I prefer my models to look more realistic and therefore don't highlight every edge.  This may cause some to look down on my work, but I'm used to it after 31 years of painting.

4. My dream is to have a company sculpt actual Traveller battledress Marines that look like the artwork from the rpg.  Until then, these converted Nova Corps figs will have to stand in!  :D

5. The base is plain. It's just a prototype.  I've looked around the web for fancy resin sci-fi bases and they are either too busy, or have beveled edges, and I prefer straight edges.  I will be adding some enhancements to break up the blandness of the flat grating. 

Good feedback from you both, and if it were any other use for these minis, I'd implement them. However, its pretty close to the look I was going for. 

Thanks for looking!
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Offline Mako

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New painted pic
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2011, 05:03:05 PM »
Looks good.

I especially like how you've painted his face, especially the eyes.  Very realistic.

I'm on board with helping to get the original designs sculpted and made into minis.  If you can just get the permission from the rights owner, I imagine Eureka Miniatures in Australia will be happy to add them to their 300 Club, which is a good way to get them made.

They recently produced 15mm Ventaurans which look superb, and are very similar in style to these.

I'd love to see Traveller Imperial Marines, and Zhodani in both 15mm/18mm, and 25mm/28mm scales.

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New painted pic
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2011, 06:13:30 PM »
Mako: Right there with you buddy!  I am planning on contacting Mark Miller next year regarding Traveller licensing for my skirmish game.  At that point, I'll be broaching the miniature licensing question.  Because that would be so friggin' awesome in 28mm.

Offline revford

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New painted pic
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2011, 07:11:28 PM »
I'm surprised Mongoose never did anything miniatures wise for Traveller.
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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New painted pic
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2011, 07:59:30 PM »
Me too Rev. 

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New painted pic
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2011, 12:53:25 AM »
Here are some more finished minis.  More at my blog www.4sparta.blogspot.com

I'm not happy with my lighting and camera issues right now.

But here are some snaps:





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Offline Faust23

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - More Pics Added!
« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2011, 11:53:02 PM »
Ok, tried this again with my cell phone camera and some better lighting. Still not happy, but it will have to do for now. 





















I hope those of you who are Traveller players old or new enjoy these!

Offline revford

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New photos page 2!
« Reply #23 on: October 19, 2011, 03:33:20 PM »
Very nice.

They have just the right heavy but not bulky look.

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New photos page 2!
« Reply #24 on: October 20, 2011, 05:30:18 PM »
Thanks.  The trick is to deceive the eye into believing that the whole suit is hard carapace when its not really sculpted that way.

Best minis on hand though for getting close to a proper Traveller marine.


Offline Commander Vyper

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New photos page 2!
« Reply #25 on: October 20, 2011, 06:32:04 PM »
Nice figures and good use of the weapon swops from Kev and all but, not keen on the bases, the miniatures are clean and lacking in bulk, the bases just look heavy and clunky to be honest. Some very nice subtle sci-fi resin bases out there, which would compliment not detratch from the minis.

Hope you can see where I'm coming from.

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New photos page 2!
« Reply #26 on: October 20, 2011, 07:49:58 PM »
Nice figures and good use of the weapon swops from Kev and all but, not keen on the bases, the miniatures are clean and lacking in bulk, the bases just look heavy and clunky to be honest. Some very nice subtle sci-fi resin bases out there, which would compliment not detratch from the minis.

Hope you can see where I'm coming from.

The Commander

I see where you're coming from.  I know you like resin bases, but as I mentioned to you earlier, I'm not a fan of the beveled edges on those resin bases.  These work for me for now.  It may not be grade 'A' base work, but they are less plain now then they were before.  :D

Always appreciate different points of view, I say!  ;)

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New photos page 2!
« Reply #27 on: October 20, 2011, 10:13:56 PM »
Here are two examples of what I was trying to approximate with these minis:











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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New photos page 2!
« Reply #28 on: October 20, 2011, 11:35:00 PM »
I see where you're coming from.  I know you like resin bases, but as I mentioned to you earlier, I'm not a fan of the beveled edges on those resin bases.  These work for me for now.  It may not be grade 'A' base work, but they are less plain now then they were before.  :D

Always appreciate different points of view, I say!  ;)

Remember that you also get the normal chamfered slotta base style as well as the DS (beveled) edges, like these from Fenris games:

so you've no excuse ;).
« Last Edit: October 20, 2011, 11:41:19 PM by Commander Vyper »

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Re: Traveller Imperial Marines conversions - New photos page 2!
« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2011, 01:09:37 AM »
I am familiar with those. I just like the vertical edges that I get from my wood bases more.

 

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