Friday, 27 September 2019

"You’re My Prisoner."

"Congratulations. Surely a strategic triumph for the Romulan Empire."
These three 32mm scale resin miniatures of Romulan Uhlans are produced by “Modiphius Entertainment” and form part of their ten-figure strong Romulan Strike Team set. Originally created in 1966 by writer Paul Schneider to potentially represent “what the ancient Roman Empire might have looked like had it developed to the point of spaceflight”, the extraterrestrials were re-introduced after the launch of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in the episode “The Neutral Zone”.

Just like all the other previously painted Romulans I’ve finished, this trio were actually based upon simple 28mm lipped bases rather than the 30mm scenic stands which they came supplied with, and primed using a double layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey. The Uhlans were then shaded in "Citadel" Nuln Oil before being carefully dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey.
"Para Drop Armour is the pinnacle of German technological achievement."
With their tunic’s quilt-pattern now somewhat visible I applied some “Citadel” Abaddon Black to the officers’ boots and hair, before treating each soldiers’ trousers to a combination of "Vallejo" Dark Grey and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Later I pigmented their flesh by using my ‘tried and trusted’ technique of applying a wash of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade over a coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone. As a final touch I went over the Romulans’ disruptors, belts and collar emblems with a little “Citadel” Ironbreaker and splashed these areas with some Nuln Oil.

Shuffling across from science fiction to weird war, I have managed to re-base a few more figures from my long-forgotten collection of “West Wind Production" models. These particular miniatures belong to Andy Cooper’s "Secrets Of The Third Reich" German range, and consist of a well-camouflaged Mech Grenadier Sniper and a pair of heavily-weaponed Paratroopers in Drop Armour.
Two units of British Airborne drop between the German lines just as Nazi zombies storm the Tommy's trenches
At their original time of painting I was clearly in a great hurry to get the Paratroopers on the tabletop, as I not only just predominantly painted them dark grey as opposed to something more akin to their official camo-colour scheme. But I also super-glued them to a couple of under-sized 25mm stands. Resultantly, I have been able to use this opportunity to both super-glue/green stuff them upon some 30mm lipped bases, as well as strip away most of the unsightly white powdery modelling putty surrounding each sculpt’s metal feet tags.

My enthusiasm for this particular genre has further been re-fuelled by a couple more “Weird War Two” battles using my home-made rule-set “M.I.S.S.” These games featured the first deployment of some British Airborne behind enemy lines, and proved a great success in forcing the opposition to hold back some of their troops in order to safeguard its early won objectives from being suddenly overrun later in the day…

16 comments:

  1. Great work on the Romulans Simon, and nice to see you carrying on reviving your WWW 2 models

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    1. Thanks very much Dave. Just four Romulan Centurions to go and that'll be the Star Empire's finest all finished. Its very easy to get excited with Weird War Two currently, whilst I'm actually playing the game :-)

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  2. Simon, your enthusiasm for WWW2 really shines through. I very much want to get into gaming Konflict 47 (I have the rulebook now) but first I need to get some Bolt Action battles under my belt.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I'm going to pause my "Secrets Of The Third Reich" re-basing for a short while, to give me time to see what units I can now actually field, and then I wouldn't be at all surprised to start adding a few new minis to my collection.

      I too started with some "Bolt Action" before "Konflikt '47", so I look forward to hearing how you get on with it :-)

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  3. Romulans are lovely mate. Looking forward to a group shot.

    Don't recall seeing these Germans before, but I like what I see. Good stuff.

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    1. Thanks Dai. Once I've got the four Romulan Centurions finished I'll definitely be doing a group shot. I thoroughly recommend a good look at the "Secrets Of The Third Reich" range, there are some corking minis in it.

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  4. Very nice Romulans. Glad the re-basing is going well too. Are you going Konflikt 47 then as I think some of their minis are very nice? Or sticking to SoTR and your own rules, or perhaps both!

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. I'm not planning on painting anything "Konflikt '47" for now, and just sticking to homemade rules and "SoTR". As you know, I have a few other projects on the go currently, so don't want to get distracted... especially as "Warlord Games" will be releasing "Judge Dredd" in a couple of months time as it is.

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  5. Some more nice stuff.Funnily enough I was reading your WWW posts the other day in preparation for this years zomtober.

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    1. Thanks Phil. In the past I have definitely painted up quite a sizeable zed force using minis from the "Secrets Of The Third Reich" range. Are you planning on doing something similar for this year's "Zomtober?"

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  6. ...do i have to leave a comment and say how much i love ur star trek stuff...argh.
    ur weird war miniatures are also really done well. this is why is starting to like pulp games more and more

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    1. LOL Mr Martin :-) Hopefully a nice in depth Weird War BatRep will get you liking the subject even more... Plus a "Star Trek" one too ;-)

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  7. The romulans, though very wellpainted (and a rather god match to the others), seem very uninspiring sculpts imho.
    I'm always pleased to see 'old' figures being re-used and the grey suits them imo.

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    1. The Romulans definitely don't compare too favourably with the Borg sculpts imho, Joe. But they're alright imho. Glad to know you're enjoying the "SoTR" stuff, and give the grey suits a thumbs up :-)

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