Tuesday, 19 January 2016

From IannickM - 28mm The Effigy Corporation (77 points)

The question you should ask yourself is not whether we will get the job done, but whether you can afford us.  

Dannon Trace,  Effigy Corporation CEO

These are dangerous times. Ruined husks of starships litter the solar systems and renegade pirates fight for whatever precious resources can be found on the savage surfaces of the inner planets. Powerful corporations wage constant industrial wars for control of the galaxy's resources and have learned to now heavily rely on hired guns and professionals to do their dirty work. The Effigy Corporation is one of those professionals and is widely considered to be one of the best mercenary outfits money can buy. The Corporation specializes in space travel protection, search and rescue operations, industrial espionage and sabotage.

Effigy's famous Havoc Squads, small teams of highly trained ex-military soldiers and specialists, are equipped with the finest equipment and weaponry currently available in the galaxy. Supported by droids and small specialist teams, the Squads have an extremely high success rate.

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The "Effigy Corporation" is to be the first outfit for a Sci-Fi skirmish project I just started. I haven't painted Sci-Fi since my Rogue Trader days a long time ago, and the original plan was to work on this project next year but as most of my stuff is in boxes at the moment, I'm just painting what is available!

 I found these figures by accident on the website of a friend who used to distribute the range in North America (sadly the range is not available anymore). I just got them on impulse and figured one day I'd find a use for them. The range, started through a Kickstarter, was very small  and unfortunately only a few figures were made; 5 squad members, two civilians and 3 specialists, along with some recon robots which I do not own. But since I intend on building factions of between 10 and 30 figures, it's not really a problem, although some heavy support soldiers would've been fun!

I find the figures would fit equally well in some Space Pulp, Cyberpunk or distant future Sci-Fi setting and that suits me well. The sculpts were lovely although I found the very realistic proportions were a little bit challenging after all that time working on Oldhammer models!


The outfit is made up of 2 Havoc Squads, Blue Squad and Green Squad, as well as a Yellow Squad (specialists), the CEO Dannon Trace and a demolition droid. I'm missing a droid and another civilian, in boxes somewhere, but other than that this bunch is complete.

Havoc Green Squad


The first figures I painted for the project. The photography doesn't do justice to the dark green however. I love the presence of a couple of female soldiers in the squads (some seriously awesome figures) and that First Sargent pose is perfect. He screams Alpha Male ;-)

Havoc Blue Squad 


After the dark green I went with a brighter colour for the blue squad and I'm very happy with the result. It's exactly the style I wanted to give to the force.

Yellow Squad, "The Techno Girls"


I quite like the middle one, a lovely figure.

Havoc-TT-4, Demolition Droid 


This droid figure is not part of the original range, and was sculpted by Drew Williams from the Oldhammer Facebook page, and he graciously made it available for a limited time to the whole group. Obviously I couldn't resist! The figure was actually based of a drawing in the original Rogue Trader rulebook! Also an impulse buy from a couple of months ago and I was looking for a way to use him.


Dannon Trace,  Effigy Corporation CEO


Doesn't he look like the perfect Corporate CEO?! You can just smell the 1%!

So that's 14 28mm figures (70pts) plus the points for the robot (?), and also my first official (non-bonus theme) entry to the Challenge. And my first painted Sci-Fi force since 1993!


What a debut in the main part of the Challenge - lovely stuff Iannick. Those figures do look fab, and I like the clean painting style you've used for them. 
I'm going to score the robot as a 40mm foot figure - that seems about right from the first pic - so this entry will score you 77 points overall.

45 comments:

  1. Great work. Almost anime-esque

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    1. Thanks! They do have a bit of that anime look.

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  2. Really nice figures. I like a lot the painting scheme.

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    1. Thanks! They are nice figures, I could've painted a few more for sure.

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  3. Yannick, that CEO's a dead ringer for Miles! Great work!

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    1. Absolutely Peter, they both have grey hair and, um... Well, they both have grey hair. Dead ringer, yup, absolutely. ;)

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    2. I picture them both on a remote island lair, both have associates who create combat robots and both associate with intelligent young ladies proficient in the arts of torture and capable of delivering great pain...

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  4. Nice bit of work there, Iannick!

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  5. I do very much like these figures.

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  6. Great start to your challenge campaign

    Ian

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  7. A corker of an entry! Love that deep yellow, it really pops.

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    1. Thanks. It's actually Ochre with a couple of yellow washes on top.

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  8. Excellent entry! Your painting style does these nice figures justice.

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  9. Love this entry - and the notion of buying figures on impulse, knowing you will find a use for them one day...I have a whole room full of that kind of stuff!

    The CEO looks the business - might need him on the Board of Directors for Binary Petroleum...

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    1. Thanks Greg. Impulse buying is a great way to go outside your comfort zone!

      Not enough great Sci-Fi civilian figures like that CEO if you ask me. He's fantastic.

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  10. Moar Sci-Fi! You need to kick Psycho Sam out of Combat Burgerz.

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    1. I have NO idea of what you just wrote there Sean. I feel so not with it...

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    2. Hahaha I hope I'll get to bring them along one day for a game Sean!

      Curt, its a Facebook reference. All the cool kids are on it nowadays, ya know ;-)

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    3. Iannick, I know you said 'Facebook' but then everything turned to white noise. ;P

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    4. Sorry Curt a reference to a niche within a niche. Battle report from a Rogue Trader game played a couple of weeks a go from some of the Oldhammer in the New World guys. It's over on Bulldog's blog "He of Three Names". Psycho Sam is the Oldhammer 2015 figure. There may or may not have been grenade launcher armed prostitutes involved.

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  11. these are great, the painting style really suits the sci-fi aesthetic.

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  12. How freaking cool it all looks. One day I will read what is here. Cheers

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  13. Great mini's the regular grunts remind me of the original Tron movie...

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    1. Thanks, didn't think about it but now that you mention it...

      I'm a huge fan of everything 80s, maybe it explains my love for the figures ;-)

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  14. Those figures are really sharp in those colors! I like them a lot, most especially the boss man!
    Last time I looked, I thought I seen them at Crossover Miniatures page, I could be wrong though.

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    1. Thanks David! Yes, they were sold by Rusti, my friend from Crossover Miniatures. Unfortunately he doesn't sell them anymore.

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  15. These rock, they look like a fantastic goon squad or SHIELD operatives straight out of the Ironman cartoon series, really like the yellow and grey consider that stolen.

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    1. Thanks! I think their versatility is awesome; just on this thread they've been compared to Anime, Tron and SHIELD!

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  16. Quite a departure Iannick but very nicely done.

    John

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