Saturday, February 28, 2015

Double Duty, Part One: 28mm Figs On 15mm Tabletops

I have had this series planned out in my head for a while now.  I'll be mirroring these posts over at Dropship Horizon, as well.
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The market for 15mm miniatures and models has exploded in the last few years.  That's a good thing.

But, we as gamers are hard to satisfy, and sometimes we look for alternate sources, alternate uses for things.  We tend to repurpose and appropriate from other scales, and make them fit into other roles.

Maybe it's an old fig you have laying around, maybe it's a good deal you couldn't pass up, and other times it's a cool fig you just want to make work in another scale.

I call this making a model perform "Double Duty." 

As long as a model isn't locked into a certain scale by size cues (doors, hatches, etc) or long-standing brand emblems, it is a good candidate for Double Duty.  With some small modifications and repainting, a wide number of models can be pressed into service on the 15mm tabletop.

Often, a 28mm monster enjoys a bump up in horror and intimidation when it is matched against 15mm figures.  The predicaments faced in dungeon crawl adventures (and their sci-fi equivalents) can be made much more terrifying. 

Alien monsters that are no big deal facing off against 28mm heroes are now towering monstrosities when pitted against 15mm figs.  There's an amplification of the threat in size and proportion. Take a look at Reaper's famed dragon figures.  You think they're big in 28mm?  Put them up against 15mm figs, and the largest of them can pass for Kaiju!  ;)

As a quick "for instance," I'll focus today on using 28mm sculpted figs in 15mm settings.

 Reaper's Cyber-Reavers, from their Chronoscope Range
 Copplestone Castings' Terminator Robots (Code FW15) from their Future Wars Range.
GW's Necron Immortals, from WH40K.  Found on Amazon.

Deathbots.  Nothing says your lumbering, unstoppable, metal-clad-skeleton enemies have to be the same size as the human troops they are fighting. A 28mm scale deathbot, or Terminator, or Necron, is usually well over an inch and a quarter tall (32mm for you metric types).  Translate that to 15mm scale (at the 1/100th fractional equivalent), and that deathbot is now over 10 feet tall.

Robots in 28mm scale can also do Double Duty in 15mm.  Some folks want mechanical drone armies, and these offerings (The XAIRobots) from Reaper can be bought as a pack, or multiples of a single type.  Link here.

If you are looking for more of a clockwork flavor for your bots, Warmachine's Eradicators do very nicely, in my opinion, as do many other units from their new Convergence faction.
 
For aliens, again, nothing says they have to be the same proportions as your human troops.  Different ecologies on different planets are going to result in different sizes of life forms.
 These Kulathian Invaders from Reaper are 28mm figs that would easily be giant aliens when put up against 15mm troops.  They're big, ugly, and mean-looking.  Perfect for augmenting a pirate band or organic army, or as a stand-alone force.

 Reaper lists this guy as a Bathalian Drone.  A lot of the Bathalian miniatures make for fearsome, giant-sized organic aliens when doing Double Duty, and a number of them are being done in the Bones material, which should bring costs down if you don't want to pay for metal.

Last, but not least, a Hormagaunt swarm in WH40K is a pretty average troop unit, but when pitted against 15mm troops, they become horrific organic killing machines, able to cleave heavy power armor suits with a single swipe.  You can pick some up here on Amazon.

Well, that's part one.  As you can see, the focus was on 28mm troop figures.  We will concentrate on larger figs that can pass as mechs (and their equivalents) when we visit this Double Duty topic again.

Best,
JBR

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

ACP Games Kickstarter: Look At All That Dropship Goodness

I used to work with Jimbo Burrell when we were both doing CAV for Reaper.

Jimbo has been working long and hard to launch his 15mm scale product line at his company, ACP Games.

His newest venture is a Kickstarter project for the Vanir Dropship.

It's a beast, dwarfing most other offerings in the realm of 15mm.

Click here for the link.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/218951469/vanir-drop-ship-by-acpgames

Here's the movie...

I also did a digital sculpt for the Kickstarter:  A small combat utility vehicle called the Homesteader, meant to fit in the cargo bay of the Vanir.  More on that later.

 Here's the Vanir with one of the stretch goals, the 3-inch-tall mecha dubbed The Angel Of Death.

Here's a size reference shot of the Angel Of Death, with a 15mm infantryman and a Valkyrie.

 Here are another stretch goal, a new set of Valkyries, Jimbo's excellent powered armors.

 Here are a few shots of the Vanir with one of Jimbo's a-grav tanks.

 


 As an added bonus, Jimbo also got the mighty David Woods, AKA Dwartist, to paint up a pre-production Vanir.  As you can see, the Vanir also does Double Duty nicely as a 28mm scale vehicle.

For more of his astounding work in support of this project, click here.



That link, again, is...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/218951469/vanir-drop-ship-by-acpgames

And if you're on Facebook, swing by ACP Games' FB page, and give them a like.

https://www.facebook.com/acpgames


Enjoy!

Best,
JBR

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Titan Viper Suit Released From Rebel Minis

The Titan Marine Viper Suit (VPR, or Variable Payload Raider) is now for sale.

This is one of the smoother, sleeker sculpts I've done in a while.  I like how Rebel Mike lets me infuse the Earth Force vehicles with a more traditional, slabby look, while the Titan Marines get the more futuristic, smoother visual trademarks.

These are painted by Jason Moore.

Here the Titan Viper is next to a pair of Ursa Suits.  Very cool.

These are cast in metal, and come equipped with a combat loadout of paired energy cannons and a Titan Marine dual missile launcher.

  Also released is a set of mech pilots, sculpted by Martin Baker.

The nice thing about the different Viper suits, as well as the Hammer Suits, is that most of the weaponry and accessories are compatible, making customization a snap if you want to dress out a character's ride or make something stand out on the tabletop.

Click here for the direct link to the Rebel Minis store.

http://rebelminis.com/ticlvimk.html

Enjoy!

Best,
JBR

Edit to Add: I just noticed that Major Diz Aster received his order of Titan Marine Vipers, and put a blog up.

Click Here for the link.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Release, and Sale, From DreamForge


Here's a crosspost from Dropship Horizon, where I've just put up a new article.

Details here at the post.  Mark is offering a great discount on his previous and new releases.

Best,
JBR

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Not Dead, Just Writing

Not much news on the sculpting front.

My frontal lobes are rewiring themselves, shifting over the neural conduits to better serve the purpose of the printed word.

I destroyed the Dallas-Fort Worth area in a particle accelerator accident the other day.

That was fun.  ;)

Best,
JBR

Monday, December 22, 2014

WGF/Mark Mondragon's 15mm Mortis and Leviathan Weapons Arrive!

Whoo-hoo!  My 15mm Mortis and the alternate Leviathan weapons arrived today!

 Christmas came early.  A nice parcel showed up on the doorstep today.

 Deploy edged weaponry!  My Ken Onion Leek, shown for scale.  And box entry.

 Newspapers from Utah.  The Deseret News.

 Invoice, Mortis box, and alternate weapons.

 Closer...

 Closer...

 Everybody, out of the box!

 Sprues, base, and handy-dandy phillips-head screwdriver.

 Close-up of the bad guy's head.  And screwdriver.

 Close up of the sprues.  Very nicely done, Mark.

 Nova Cannon, out of the box.  I ordered a pair.

 Ripper Saw.

Hel Cannon.


These will now take a wonderful place of honor among all my other unbuilt kits.  ;)

Best,
JBR

Saturday, December 13, 2014

More Pics Of My CNC Machine

The folks at Faztek seem to like my build, and have asked to feature it in their advertisements and other promotional efforts.

I'm flattered, and agreed.

So, I tidied up the work space, and took some slightly better pictures.  My photographic skills aren't at the professional level, but here you go...






For the first part of the CNC machine build, click here...
http://johnbearross.blogspot.com/2013/07/target-sighted-work-begins-on-cnc.html

For the second part, click here.
http://johnbearross.blogspot.com/2014/11/my-new-cnc-machine.html

Best,
JBR