Monday, November 27, 2017

Victoria Minis - 3 Penal Troopers

The first criminals are ready to fight! A while back I ordered the Victoria Miniatures Penal Guard unit. These first three have been built and primed for months. My current focus on getting some of my Victoria miniatures that were already built painted so I can build more of them in good conscience to help clear off the painting table (an impossible task!).
Since they're Penal troops I decided to choose yellow for their prison uniforms because I havent really seen that from anyone else. I think it turned out well, but the next batch might get different knee-pad colors than the darker brownish yellow I used on these. I also decided to do some slight conversions on the middel one and he one on the right because I like to make even basic troopers into characters to add to the diversity of minis in a unit.

First up is a pretty straightforward build I've dubbed "Bulldog." I decided to leave him with a blue trooper jacket that he maybe was allowed to keep or he scavenged from the battlefield.

"Cobra" has a head from the Void 1.1 plastic Convict Legionnaires (fitting) to help give him a mysterious battle hardened look.

Finally, "Byrne" got a metal beastman shotgun arm and a plastic arm from a Mantic robot. He was probably a space pirate because just look at him...

A look at the rest of the built but unpainted Victoria Miniatures I hope to complete by the end of the year. From left to right: A metal beastman with a resin AK from Victoria Minis and a resin pack from Maxmini (this guy is going to be named Krampus because it seems fitting); "Col. Warden" one of the custodians for the Penal Troopers; the other custodian of the Penal Troopers with a plasma rifle; heavy weapon Highland Guard with an old GW metal backpack (this might get swapped before he's done); Highland Guard trooper (the first Vitoria miniature I put together a couple years ago); and, a female Trooper with an AK.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Victoria Minis- Olde Quinzell and Trooper Maria

I've got a few sets of various Victoria Miniatures' figures that haven't been put together (some have but they haven't been fully painted except for a couple of the awesome Beastmen Guard) so I decided it's was time to battle that deficit. Thus, Olde Quinzell (a retired scout or something?) and Trooper Maria (not her real name, just something I came up with on the spot)...

With tons of bits from various sources, I derided to use this Toughest Girls of the Galaxy alternate head for one of the figures I had already put together to give some more variety to the Victoria Female Guard figure. This is the newer resin with multiple arm and weapon options. The other one I built at the same time has the AK-looking gun that I really love.

Olde Quinzell got a non-Victoria head (I think it was from Maxmini, on a sprue with some other "Rasta" heads) AND some GW Mechanicus arms. I trimmed off some of the parts of the rifle to make it something different. He was tossed together with a vague idea to use him as some sort of grizzled elite Veteran character.

I love scale comparison pictures because it helps me figure out about how big the minis are to something I might have or have at least seen up close in the past. With that in mind I decided to take some quick comparison shots with something other than GW Imperial Guard (plus I don't have any IG because I'm not a fan of those models).
Left to right: Ikore Viridian Marine; Victoria Miniatures Male Guard; Wargames Factory Shock Trooper; Victoria Miniatures Female Guard; Ikore VASA Marine (female).

Left to right:Games Workshop Imperial Army; Victoria Miniatures Male Guard; Mantic Dreadball Robot; Victoria Miniatures Female Guard; Hydra Miniatures Valkeeri (female).

Left to right: Heresy Miniatures not-Riddick; Victoria Miniatures Male Guard; Toughest Girls of the Galaxy (female); Victoria Miniatures Female Guard; Hasslefree Miniatures Space Girl.

I hope those comparisons help someone who's on the fence about the Victoria Miniatures decide to get some- they're really nice to work with and there's almost limitless customization possibilities. Next up will either be some Gubernatorial Guards (not Victoria Miniatures) or some Penal Legionnaires (from Victoria Miniatures, with a couple of their guards!)