This entry is rather picture heavy, but there is a lot to show, so no apologies from me on that score!
I had decided that my NSL forces were in need of some reinforcements. After all, Panzer grenadiers do need some Panzers and APCs otherwise they'd just be, well, grenadiers.
All figures and models in this entry are 15mm from Ground Zero Games.
I'd decided a while back that my NSL would utilise hover technology for their armoured vehicles. This was on the basis that it would give them mobility over a wide range of possible dirtside terrain whilst being easier (and cheaper) to repair and maintain than grav vehicles - Teutonic practicality is alive and well in the future!
The radio antennae are plastic bristles from a washing up brush.
Wombat Armoured Personnel Carriers
|Flatbed, command APC and missile APC|
If you look closely, you will spot that a couple of these APCs have been in prangs and lost headlights.
|Three gun tanks|
|SLAM artillery tank, air defense tank, missile (AT/AA) tank|
These were mostly done with an airbrush - the first time I've used it in "combat". They were primed Dunkelgelb then the camo scheme was added. First layer was Hull Red sprayed straight up. The second layer was Dark Grey Blue sprayed though diamond pattern wire mesh - this didn't work as well as I'd hoped; I need some more practice to get the distance from brush to mesh and mesh to model right. The top layer was Camo Light Green sprayed through a mesh with round holes. This worked better - obviously I was getting more practiced. The detailing was then done by hand.
Power Armour Reinforcements
I'd come to the conclusion that my Power Armour company needed some reinforcements, so this is the core of the heavy weapons platoon and some specialists to add to the "rifle" platoons. I'll probably be adding another "rifle" platoon and finishing the rest of the heavy weapons platoon at some point after the Challenge.
These were primed with the airbrush, then painted by hand.
Plasma Gun Squad
Plasma Gun Specialists
SAW Gun Squad
SAW Gun Specialists
I've also painted up some support weapons which can be used to provide extra firepower for the Panzer grenadiers or power armour troops.
These were primed black and basecoated in camo dark green with the airbrush, then finished by hand.
|Missile armed drones|
|Tri-barrel cannon drones|
Mobile Autonomous Weapon Platforms (MAWPs)
These MAWPs are hover tech, for the same reason as with the armoured vehicles.
|I quite like how the blue glow of the plasma coils has turned out|
Phew! That's a lot of pics!
Wow! What a wonderful looking force Tamsin. I have to say that my eye was first drawn to the burnt and mottled groundwork - I think it provides a terrific 'alien battleground' setting for these models and really sets the tone for them.
Like you, I really like the effect of the vibrant blue glow of the energy weapons and the various lens colours add a nice contrast to the olive green armour.
My only suggestion would be to drybrush a slightly lighter tone on the groundwork to the rear and sides of the hover vehicles to reinforce the impression of them blowing a dusty wake.
Again, a great looking army Tamsin.