Tuesday, 25 October 2016

“The Class Served With Distinction In The Dominion War…”

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.

20 comments:

  1. The fleet looks great together - excellent stuff Simon. :)

    The latest MC Zombies are off to a great start too. :)

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    1. Thanks Leon. Much appreciated. Hopefully at some point I'll be able to add to my Romulan invasion force and balance up the sides, as I did get rather carried away with the Federation Starships.

      Hopefully the finished MC-1 zeds will please as much as their WIPs are.

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  2. Loving the Mega city one stuff. (I do appreciate the Trek stuff but have never been a fan of the TV series!)

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    1. Cheers Clint. Just two more posts to go before Zomtober is concluded, so the next two will both feature double the zeds :-)

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  3. Great to see the fleet fully assembled and the Mega City zeds just keep getting better and better.

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    1. Thanks Michael. The "Star Trek" project has certainly caused me to paint a few ships, and Zomtober has been equally as inspiring.

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  4. That is one grisly looking zombie, Simon, which of course, I mean in a good way.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. Hopefully you'll like the finished versions.

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    1. Thanks Fran. Thought some would enjoy the fleet piccie.

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  6. Fleet good to go and the zeds are looking great!

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    1. Cheers Andy. Need some more Romulans now... and zombies ;-)

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  7. We're in the middle of watching the final season of DS9, so the Dominion War is fresh in my mind for sure. Seeing all these lovely ships makes me want to start a fleet of my own Carddie warships! Lovely work mate.

    Zed tank commander is yet another great mashup of bits. Looking forward to seeing a group pic of all the 2000AD zeds together.

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    1. Many thanks Dai, glad you like the starships :-) Lots more zeds to come as I try and cram as many as possible into this Zomtober's remaining few days.

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  8. Good to see all the ships together, though there is a danger of collisions flying that close together (and they make a lovely target too!).

    Those zoms look cool too, the mantic zoms are very versatile.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. No starships were damaged in the taking of that photo I assure you ;-) I'm a huge fan of "Mantic Games" zombies and they've proved a big hit with me this month.

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  9. Cracking job on you battle fleet, Nice progress with the zombies. I must pull my finger out this week!

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    1. Thanks Simon. I'll be posting four finished zeds over the next few days, so perhaps that'll encourage you ;-)

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  10. Nice fleet, Simon. I too concentrated on my not-Federation starship, which means I need to bolster my opponents fleets before indulging in a bigger battle. Will you be trying out 'Final Frontier' with these beauties or using Attack Wing?
    And the Mantic zombies are growing on me, although I might just use the upper torsos to make some legless ghosts or replace the heads with pumpkins and make the creature known as the...Jack o'Lich.

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    1. Cheers Jez. When I get time I'll be doing a couple of BatReps using "7TV" for the starships. The "Mantic Games" models are great and I'm rather glad I'm painting "AoS" these days otherwise I'd certainly be doing "Kings Of War".

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