|"...And anarchy threatened all the children of the then Free Companies."|
These two 15mm miniatures come from the "The Ion Age" code IAF022 Muster First Patrol (Pose Four Muster Patrol Trooper, Anvil 888, Kneeling and Pose Eight Muster Patrol Trooper, Prone), and were part of a much larger order I picked up in person at "Salute 2014". The figures are actually designed to be used with the company’s “Patrol Angis” rule-set, but I’ve based them together in order to form a small heavy-weapons team for a home-made set of rules loosely based within the early “Rogue Trader” era of the “Warhammer 40,000” Universe.
Both soldiers were resultantly undercoated with two layers of “Vallejo” Black and had their uniforms ‘picked out’ with Heavy Bluegrey, as well as shaded with “Citadel” Nuln Oil, in order to try and replicate the palette of the Imperial Guard way back when their '"hard plastic" boxed set made its debut in January 1989. I then applied a little “Vallejo” Gold and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade to any visible epaulettes and cap badges.
|"The Ion Age" WIPs - Both the Red Adder Combat Car and Orange Adder Combat Car have been primed|
I picked out the troopers' bare hands using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade, whilst treating both soldiers’ stowage, alongside the prone patrolman's boots, to a coat of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Finally, I applied a base layer of “Citadel” Ironbreaker to their the mortar-man's impressively sized Anvil 888 and a piece of equipment strapped to the bottom of his observer's backpack. Both of these areas were subsequently heavily washed them in Nuln Oil so as to dull the metallic paint down somewhat.
In addition to adding some extra infantrymen to my 15mm 'Imperial Guard', I have also been progressing a pair of Prydian Vehicles for them to use. However, unlike the Black Adder Combat Car I've previously been painting, I decided not to permanently glue these transports down upon their "Battlefront Miniatures" Large "Flames Of War" bases until after I have finished 'picking out' all the metal struts and axles on them with "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil.
|Badrock WIP - The single cast resin piece has been based and primed "Vallejo" Heavy Red|
Unsurprisingly, this much easier access to each conveyance's underside has actually caused me to see and pigment even more of each armoured car's belly than on the previous resin four wheeled light vehicle I've worked on, but in arguably half the time. As I also wanted to 'show off' the Adder hull's great versalitity I have armed one with a Moth rotary cannon in a turret mount and the other with a twin Anda 60mm Missile Pod.
Stepping away from science fiction momentarily, I recently was super-lucky enough to take possesion of an awesome resin sculpt depicting the "Image Comics" super-hero Badrock (formerly Bedrock) from a private collector. This terrific miniature has immediately gone to the front of my paint queue and already been primed in his costume's predominant colour ready for finishing over the next few days...