Monday, April 2, 2018

HiTech Minis: (not 40K) Tech Mystic, Navigatrix, and Advisor

I've been looking at HiTech Miniatures line of not-40K miniatures for some time. I really like their non-Space Marine types and came across these 3 on eBay earlier this year. 
These are all from the "Universal Soldier" heading on their website.

I've been slowly building and planning several small warbands for Inquisitor28-style skirmish gaming (sadly no actual gaming yet because of my lack of painting time). These 3 are the start of a Navigator Retinue (Navigatrix, but I don't have a name for her yet).

First up, the Tech-Mystic Engineer (Acolyte Orion Kaa) with his cool glowy electro-ball thing. I considered mechanicus-like cog designs on his robes, but I liked the more simple greens.

Next is Advisor Melchior. Not sure what his role will be in the Navigatrix's retinue yet. It started out all blue but then I decided I wanted to mix it up for future fashion and switched the sleeves and hat to the purples.

Finally we have the Navigatrix (Soothsayer Sybilla). Whatever interesting body modifications (natural or otherwise) she has are concealed by her robes. I realized when she was almost complete that paint scheme was subliminally inspired by Queen Amidala.

Governor Tashkent and his retinue of fellow Colony 87 characters greet the Navigatrix and her retinue...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Science Guys, a Computer, and a Chaos Slug

An updated older figure rebased, a new scientist, a computer terminal and a gross slug monster. Not sure how they all ended up finished together.

One of the computer terminals from the Sedition Wars Kickstarter. Based on a 30mm round so it can act as an opbjective or a piece of terrain.

Above: SCIENCE! Below: The other style of computer terminal from the Sedition Wars Kickstarter.

Another Scibor Chaos Slug. While finishing this one up I realized I have some other figures that would go well with the Chaos Slugs to form a disgusting warband. I think I may need to order Madame from Heresy Miniatures once I get the other figures painted...
Above: The new slug with the first one. Below: Both Slugs with the Haslefree Space Girl, she's surrounded by these disgusting creatures...

From Hasslefree, Dr. William Bludd, the punk rock scientist...

From long ago, this Black Cat Bases Self Experiment (aka Dr. Koax) figure has been rebased and touched up a bit.

Most of the scientist-types together with the 2 computers. There's another Black Cat Bases figure to be rebased soon and I think I have (or need to get) some other sciencey types to add to the mix.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Rebased Jokaero Family Group

Long ago I got these Orangutans from Black Cat Bases. My first thought was converting them to some Jokaero even though I really don't play 40K anymore. The Rogue Trader superintelligent space monkeys were one of the cool lost concepts from the Rogue trader book that always intrigued me.
They turned out OK, but I was always a little unhappy with the bases. Blacktop with a little grass is fine for a lot of minis, but it seemed a little- bleh - for these techno-apes. I wanted something more techy but didn't want to spend a lot of time putting something together with bits.

Then there was the Coolminiornot/Micro Art Studios Kickstarter for plastic versions of the Micro Art resin bases! One set provided me with the good techy/debris bases that would make the Jokaero family group seem more complete to me.

The juvenile went onto a 25mm base because he is smaller than the parents.

The female,with her gangsta-style remote blaster hold, went onto a 30mm base.

Finally, the big guy also went on a 30mm base.

The Jokaero Family bases are in the same style as the Dysprosian Brotherhood, so I guess they can fit into that growing Warband nicely.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Wanakantaka - Fallen Spacegod Cyber Sorcerer With a Vulture Head!

This collection of bits has been sitting around partially painted for over a year. As part of my 'resolution' to try to clean off the painting desk as much as possible before putting together any other minis to paint, I finally got this guy finished.

Based on one of the mystical-themed (?) plstic base inserts from Micro-Art Studios and Coolmini's Kickstarter.
Wanakantaka is a mix of mostly GW bits with a Crocodile Games Nekharu head. I saw the Chaos Sorcerer body and knew right away that I wanted to put a Nekharu head on it.

Size comparison with some olde Kev White sculpted Star Trek Security figures (space cops).

And here we have Wanakantaka facing off against the Scroll Traveller, Shefdu. Below, the War Doctor stands against Wanakantaka's latest mad scheme to reshape the universe in his own image.