Wednesday, 7 January 2015

From JamieM - Pulp Sci-Fi Started (35 Points)

As my gaming tastes expand out from 40k (the game that game me into the hobby in the 80's and then back into the hobby after a hiatus in the 00's) I spend an inordinate amount of time looking at other game systems and miniature manufacturers, generally of the skirmish variety.

Two games that stood out as looking like fun were Pulp Alley and 7TV. Both looked like labours of love by their small company makers and gave me an excuse to get some unusual figures in..... And all gamers need is half an excuse!

As I was putting together some sci-fi scenery for infinity, and having a general love of sci-fi, I decided I'd go for some pulp sci-fi. I found the "good guys" relatively simply and they should be finished soon, but it took me a while to find my equivalent of the baddie storm troopers. These figures are from Statuesque Miniatures (who is also the UK supplier of Pulp Alley) and they had the right amount of 70's/80's cult sci-fi TV silliness for me, right down to the combat high heels and sci-fi equivalent of the D&D chain mail bikini.


I like my dystopian far futures nice and bright, so bright yellow armour glazed over white with a sepia "black line".


I couldn't decide if I preferred the helmets or the bare heads, so I split them and had the best of both.


The bases are resin hexagons, because I think we've known since the 70's that the coming of "The Future" will be heralded by the realisation that hexagons are far better than the boring squares and rectangles that we build with today.


Shown below is my painting area and the painting "station" can be cleared up onto a high shelf when required and the other boxes cleared away.


My one recommendation would be the clear acrylic nail varnish holders that you can see just above the paint station. Cheap as chips, hold paints brilliantly and as they are clear and stepped it's easy to see all the paints. I can also recommend 12 year old Clark's shoeboxes like the one at the top in the middle as I haven't had the heart to replace it given the sterling work it's done for me!

From Curt: 
'In the bright light  of the future there are only hexes...' 
Damn!! I was just prepping these very same figures and you've beat me to the punch! Haha! This is the second time this has happened to me and both with Statuesque Minis (the first being DaveD's excellent Dillinger and Long Sarah). Actually I'm kinda happy with how this worked out as I think your's are brilliant and I may need to rethink how I approach mine. I love the yellow plaststeel thong-armour, especially when matched to the redheads - wonderful colour combination there. I also really like the tech bases you've used for these - they fit the theme perfectly and are very slimming. :)
Good tip on the nail varnish rack as well and I find your loyalty to your Clarks paint storage box very commendable. 

16 comments:

  1. Very nice painting work. For me, yellow is one of the most difficult colours to use, and your work is perfect!

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  2. Excellent work - yellow is a hard colour to do right. :)

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  3. They're very very nice! Yellow is such a difficult colour to use, just like everyone has already said!

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  4. I say: these ladies are truly splendid! Well done indeed.

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  5. Lovely work! These yellow body suits turned out a treat.

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  6. That's excellent, and extra kudos for sandbagging the SnowLord...

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  7. Those are great. I love the way you've made them pop.

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  8. Oh I love this entry! Those are sweet looking figures and you did them justice. Fabulous work on those yellows!

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  9. Striking figures across the board: color palette, basing, everything. Well done!

    I just might have to steal the acrylic varnish rack idea--been looking for a new paint organizing solution...

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  10. Great use of yellow, these are so very good

    Ian

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  11. I was nodding at every sentence you uttered in this entry. I have to agree with it all. They really are brilliant. Excellent yellow as well.

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  12. Nicely done with the yellow! I too like both the helmets and bare heads, well executed both versions! ;)
    I think we all have old shoeboxes or similar we keep around. I can spot my shoeboxes in the attic and know what they have indide, but the sabol cases I never know till I unzip them!

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  13. Great looking group. I also hate painting in yellow but these are cool. Prefer the helmetless ones. How are they supposed to get all that hair in the helmet

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  14. Very cool, both the painting and the figures.

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  15. That yellow is wonderful Jamie, so vibrant. The bases are spot on too and show off the minis to the max...

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