|A Federation fleet with the U.S.S. Brattain in the centre of the formation, and U.S.S. Lantree at the rear|
These two 6mm metal miniatures of an Oberon Class Destroyer can be found within “Irregular Miniatures” Imperial Fleet Spaceship range as code DYE3, and are the final two models that I painted as part of “Star Trek” September. Measuring 30mm in width and 35mm in length, these pleasingly detailed vessels make good proxies for the Miranda-class Federation starships featured throughout the American science fiction television series "Star Trek” and as a result will represent the U.S.S. Brattain and U.S.S Lantree.
Originally seen in the “Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan” motion picture, the Miranda-class would actually go on to be “present in several major Federation engagements against the Borg, including the Battle of Wolf 359 and the Battle of Sector 001.” In addition they also participated “in numerous Dominion War battles” such as the First and Second Battles of Chin’toka and the Battle of Cardassia.
|Mega-City One Undead WIPs - This zombie predominantly just needs his face and shoulder-pad to be washed|
Having painted one of these "Irregular Miniatures" sculpts before, both of the “escorts” were initially primed with two layers of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and washed with “Citadel” Nuln Oil. The vessels were then dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey, before having their impulse engines painted with “Vallejo” Heavy Red and their warp nacelles ‘picked out’ with Heavy Blue. These areas were then appropriately washed with either “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson or Asurmen Blue.
In the past I have had a nasty habit of drilling straight through the miniatures’ saucer sections whilst fitting them upon the old OOP “Games Workshop” ‘ball and socket’ flying stands I use for all of my “Irregular Miniatures” space ships. But on this occasion I somehow managed to enlarge the required holes without causing any damage to the models, and therefore didn’t need to find any ‘bitz’ with which to cover over a mistake. As a result both of these ‘untarnished’ vessels look slightly different to my U.S.S. Reliant; which required a piece from an old "Brigade Games" "Aeronef" mast in order to mask a ‘basing mishap’.
|Mega-City One Undead WIPs - This Justice Department zombie from "Necropolis" is almost finished|
With last month’s project now finally concluded, I have committed my meagre hobby-time to finishing off the few 28mm scale multi-part zombies I still want to complete as part of Zomtober 2016. These brain-eating plastic cadavers, based largely upon “Mantic Games” sculpts, have proved enormous fun to paint on account of their futuristic knee-pads and shoulder-pads, and the fact that they represent some of the unfortunate Mega-City One citizens from the “Judge Dredd” comic book event “Judgement Day”.
In addition I have managed to assemble one of the figures, using some “Mongoose Publishing” metal components, as a hapless Justice Department tank commander. This particular individual was driven insane by the Sisters of Death during the twenty-six part 1990 story “Necropolis” and had to be gunned down by robots after he killed his crew believing them to be living skeletons. The man’s corpse was then presumably reanimated, along with sixty million other citizens, during Sabbat the Necromagus’ subsequent attack upon Mega-City One.