Over the weekend I painted a 5-man squad of Mad Robot's excellent TMC Jump Troopers. I started with a single mini, just to get the paint scheme figured out. I used that test mini to take some comparison shots, as well as post the review for the whole pack on Dropship Horizon. I was pleased with the paint scheme, but I also realized it was going to take longer than usual to finish entire units of the jump troopers. After I got the basecoat on the remaining four "ground" poses, I needed a break from infantry.
Looking at my shelf, I noticed some nice resin desert buildings from The Scene, still stacked up and unpainted. So I grabbed a small building and tried an experimental, complex, and resource-intensive paint scheme. Here's all of the many steps:
- Step 1. Paint the mini with Rustoleum Textured Spray.
That's it. No primer, no details, no sealing. And guess what? It looks fine on my desert table.
That was enough for Saturday's painting. On Sunday I painted four more The Scene buildings and finished my Mad Robot Jump Troopers.
I then laid out my desert table for a skirmish game (see the earlier pic). But no brilliant scenarios came to mind. I flipped through my old Rogue Trader rulebook for ideas, and then decided to solicit some from the TMP 15mm crowd. Here's that thread... some great ideas from the group!
The scenario ideas led me to take a look at my collection of 15mm civilians and other small forces. Some of those scenarios would benefit from having tons of civilians on the game table. So I painted a Ground Zero Games hovertruck that had been sitting on my shelf... then I went on to complete an Oddzial Osmy journalism team.
But what about some raiders? The best candidates were the 15mm.Co.Uk HOF Post-Apocalyptic Warriors that I painted earlier this year. I added another four warriors to the collection, painted a HOF Trator as the gang leader, and converted a Khurasan Rockjumper by lopping the head off a GZG gunner, adding a HOF Trator head, and mounting a spare Laserburn heavy weapon onto a bit of styrene tube. I now have a leader, eight warriors with SMG-type weapons, and a "technical" truck to support them. Not a bad skirmish force at all...
By now I was bored with painting humans. So I decided to paint a bunch of my spare Oddzial Osmy Spaceworms... these will be used as some kind of living weapon/invasion drones.
That gives me some mindless creatures for invader scenarios. But what about smart aliens coming to my desert colony in order to reclaim lost artifacts? My Rebel Minis Scourge, the first 15mm army I ever finished, seemed like a good candidate for that type of game. Just for fun I decided to add a new mini to that army... one of my Heavy Battle Robots from The Scene.
When I was looking through my storage bin this week to find those HOF Post-Apoc Warriors and Trators, I also noticed a pack of HOF Robed Cultists. I thought about these last month when I painted my Kremlin Miniatures Comander Vortan, but moved on to other projects. So I finished the week by painting three Cultists to support my Vortan.
So there it is... a pretty good variety of skirmish minis, now ready for the battlefield. Not a bad week of painting!