Monday, 17 June 2013

Public Security agents (TW)

Now that I'm comfortable with the look of my fledgling 15mm Tomorrow's War collection, I've painted some Public Security agents.  The inspiration for these was mainly the Section 9 operatives from Ghost in the Shell (I based one of the figures on Major Kusanagi), but I was also thinking of Bladerunner & The Fifth Element when working on these.

They are the first proper 'character' figures that I have painted in 15mm scale.  I thought carefully about colour schemes, & lavished more time on them than standard troopers, & I think it's paid off.  I think I've managed to achieve a bit of a unique feel to each one, to give them some sense of character.

The men are Rebel Minis Irish Hitmen figures, whilst the women are Rebel Minis Black Widow Mercs. There are quite a few other minis there that I have an eye on for my Tomorrow's War cyberpunk setting too.  More of these agents (plus Seriously Wounded variants) will follow...

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Public Security assault troopers (TW)

Sticking with 15mm scale, this week I finished some more figures for Tomorrow's War.  Here is a fireteam of Public Security assault troopers:

Public Security is a clandestine department that fights a 'ghost war' against rogue government agencies, cyber-terrorists, & corrupt multinational corporations.  These troops are called on when Public Security agents require some heavy backup, or to carry out raids or hostage rescues.  The team leader on the right has a pistol, the 2 soldiers at the front count as armed with suppressed SMGs, whilst the rear left one has an assault rifle, & the last bloke has a SAW (I cut the barrel off what I think was an SA-80, to give it a blockier near-future look).

I went with a limited urban palette & a simple mottled camo scheme (inspired by Half Life: Black Mesa) but I'm pleased with the results.  I tried painting a glowing effect on the turquoise eye lenses to add a touch of the futuristic.  These miniatures are Rebel Minis SAS, & the sculpts are of good quality, though I thought it was odd how all but the SAW gunner are modeled as left-handed.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Combat androids (TW)

In a break from the large volume of 15mm Middle East stuff that I've been producing lately, I've dipped into the miniatures I picked up earlier this year for Tomorrow's War (the near-future companion rules to Force on Force).  I've been a fan of Ghost in the Shell for a while, particularly the Stand Alone Complex series, & I've also been very inspired by the brilliant figures painted by Mark Kinsey.  I have in mind a background that will be an amalgamation of Ghost in the Shell style cyberpunk, mixed with the inter-corporate skirmishes of G-Police, with a setting & scenery look that draws heavily on Bladerunner.

Here are some combat androids that I have dubbed AIT-7 'Ashigaru' units.  Painting them was very straightforward, but I'm really pleased with the results - 2 thin coats of white as a base, then a wash of Ultramarine Blue with a touch of Red Gore in it to bring out the detail.  I then highlighted the raised sections of plating etc with white, leaving some darker shading in places.  The trickiest part was adding dots of red to the optics/sensors, especially the miniscule trio of lenses in the centre of the faces!  These will have been manufactured by a Japanese corporation initially to bolster the JDF during WWIII, but subsequently exported.  As well as security duty for multinationals, many have found their way through the black market into the hands of dangerous factions.

These excellent miniatures have fantastic detail as well as a variety of great poses, & were purchased from Rebel Minis - they are marketed as 'Shalur Mercenaries'.