One thing that we always have plenty of in 15mm Sci-Fi is human infantry with faceshields and helmets. I'm not complaining... they are all excellent sculpts, and the "hard sci-fi" settings most of us prefer allow for a wide variety of human factions to be fielded.
But where does one find inspiration to paint these different forces? Noticing my old comic book collection reminded me of a pretty cool source of color and uniform ideas... and here's the first one I picked. The ubiquitous Cobra Viper has been remade many times by Hasbro over the years, but they keep coming back to the basic blue uniform.
So I figured... why not? I still have an assortment of Rebel Minis Earthforce Marines waiting to be painted. I whipped together a quick unit to see how it looked in 15mm. Here's the outcome:
Works for me! Another squad of these, some heavy weapons support, and a few vehicles should give me a fun little army. These would be great as a mercenary regiment, security force, or even something more like their action figure counterparts.
Space Van. Its angled cockpit and hull shape reminded me quite a bit of the old Cobra Hiss tanks... perfect for this project! Another Hot Wheels vehicle (an Assault Crawler - very useful even on its own) provided some good tracks to replace the Space Van's plain and undersized wheels. I think they work pretty well together... now I just need to find a turret and get this thing painted!