Saturday, 9 January 2016

From GregB - 28mm System Troopers from Pig Iron (45 Points)

"System Troopers" from Pig Iron Productions - 28mm troops
After Sylvian's huge points bomb landed yesterday, I felt a bit desperate to get something up on the board today. I've been away for over a week, but lucky for me I had some primed figures sitting around which had been waiting in the pending pile for ages - and hammering out figures like that is part of what this Challenge is about, after all, right? So here are 10 "System Troopers" from Pig Iron Productions.  These came off the painting table while watching the first round of the NFL playoff (go Chiefs!).

Mercenaries? Regulars? A lot of different settings can be conjured for these fellows

If you follow a lot of sci-fi gaming, you have surely seen the "Kolony Militia" range from Pig Iron on a gaming table somewhere.  That range is, I expect, the best-known one from Pig Iron, but they offer several. Pig Iron is home to some of the nicest, chunkiest, full-of-character 28mm sci-fi stuff out there.  The ranges are small, but have some pretty decent overall composition and completion to them (as opposed to others who released three figures and wonder why the sales don't roll in, but I digress).  I really enjoy painting the Pig Iron figures - nice, proper, heavy, chunky metal figures, the way wargames figures are supposed to be!

A view showing the back packs

These "System Troopers" are the heaviest of the heavy infantry (in fact, I think I stole that line directly from Pig Iron) - heavily armoured, carrying huge, frigging guns.  The sculpts are brilliant - the armour gives a sort of exo-skeleton sense, without being all encompassing/enclosing.  These heads are not the standard "System Trooper" heads - they are the "Inner Guard" heads from the "Kolony Militia" - there are many head options to choose from with these figures and I thought these heads looked spookier.

Red helmets to set the fire team NCOs apart
I had painted a small group of these figures years ago - might have been the first or second Painting Challenge, actually, but before sci-fi figures counted in the race.  I had a bunch more primed and ready to go back in that initial 2012 rush, but I moved on to other projects, etc. etc. and these have been sitting there, primed and ready to go, gathering dust in my hobby pile for years, until I got home yesterday, was spooked by Sylvain's huge entry, and broke out the paints!

Pointing fellows make great NCOs
The chaps in the red helmets are NCOs/section leaders. The rest of the fellows are regular grunts. As a group, I think they can represent all sorts of factions, ranging from ominous mercenaries acting on corporate interests to the heavy infantry of a futuristic science fiction army.
   
Regular troopers - heavy guns, love these sculpts
Some variety on the backpacks as well

There is a large round spot on the back of these helmets, and I painted these lense-style.  I think of them as part of the armour's "Decision Making Assistance System". The online DMAS helps the System Troopers stay in touch with HQ, know where to direct their fire, understand that orphanages make great firing positions, and realize that asking questions about the morality of their overall orders will have a negative affect on their own existence...

Close-up showing the active "DMAS" on the back of the Trooper's helmet - keep focused, trooper!

Some more points for the sci-fi duel...but not enough!!
There are 10 figures pictured, but one of these pre-dates the Challenge, as he was being used as a model to make sure I matched the colours the best I could, so this gets me 45 points. Even with these points, I'm still eating Sylvain's dust... hopefully I can bear down and go full-Millsy this week to get some more stuff ready for next weekend...but in the event I don't, I'm wondering Sylvain, what kind of figure would you like me to paint for you?

This is awesome stuff Greg! Like you, I really like the Pig Iron range. I have a bunch of their Kolony Feral and Infected castings that I want to use for my post apoc 'Metro 2033' collection. They have a nice, chunky heft and possess a more gritty look than most other manufacturers.
I think you've done a fantastic job on these bad boys. I like the red quasi-diving helmet of the NCOs juxtaposed against their sand coloured exo-armour. And their unanthropomorphic flat eye pieces are just too spooky. It's like they could care less that they could be a targeting point.
45 points for your Sci-Fi duel!

25 comments:

  1. I like the muted sand colour you used on them and the basing really compliments that palette.

    Well done Greg!

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  2. "full-Millsy" eh? You've really got some issues when people start using you as an adjective. :-)

    Wonderful stuff Greg! Love the miniatures, love the colour scheme especially the red helmets and green lenses. Their armour suits remind me of the 40K IG Kasrkin armour and I suspect that's not unintentional on the Pig Iron's part. Got any more???

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    1. Thanks Millsy - I have some support weapon guys lying around somewhere, I might get to them too before the dust settles.

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  3. I am not very aware of Pig Iron miniatures but seeing these I really must check them out. You have done a very good job on them as I find them totally believable for Sci fi troops.

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  4. Nice work Greg, like you I really like these figures for just being "proper". Lovely colour scheme and I'm a big fan of the DMAS - can't have morality getting in the way of opening up indiscriminately given the cost Corporate incurred to give these chaps such massive guns, right? 'Be been tempted a few times by these figures and this doesn't help!

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  5. Cool looking dudes. The Sci-Fi duel is far from over and a quick look at the rest of my painting lot confirms that I might run out of steam in this category. In fact, I have put aside an Epic 30K supertank for you and was about to ask you what legion you would like the color to be.

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  6. Excellent work with color and detail. They look very good as close and from a distance, and it is a rare success.

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  7. Great figures and very nice painting work with them. The colour of the armour is very good!

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  8. As usual excellent paint work Greg! I really like these figures too, very different looking, yet they still fit into a 40k style look. Very cool.

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  9. Very nice. When I can get over last years collectors guilt I will head over to Pig Iron. I posted a question on the facebook group. Are we counting bonus points into the Sci-Fi challenge? I'm way behind both you and Sylvain but am curious to know. My gut is only the base figure points value. I too am starting to think about what I can paint up for the victor. :(

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    1. Sean - I had assumed that the bonus points for Themes would count - and unless Sylvain objects, I would go with that...

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    2. It ain't over yet, Sean! We just got to pick up the pace a smidge! ;)

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    3. I have no objection including the Themes, if KyleC agrees too.

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  10. I have yet to get any Pig Iron troops, but I have been gandering at them for awhile! ;)
    Really nice colors you picked for them and the red NCO helms are a nice touch and fit very well. I really got to check those troops out again, I keep thinking the feral would be a nice start for a Blood Pact force without all the skulls and spikey bits. These fellows have a really nice storm trooper quality too.
    Maybe my wife will okay them before a warlord order?! ;)

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    1. The Pig Iron stuff is fantastic Dave - and the Ferals are fabulous cultist-style figures. If you mix and match with the Kolony Rebels, you get a fantastic range of possibilities free of the stupid "Kaos Komedy Kult" look that sadly dominates GW sculpts these days.

      Just remember to contrast what you pay with what you WOULD have paid for GW for your wife - then you look like a "responsible" hobbyist :)

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  11. Nice work Greg! Great to see those minis painted up as I've been thinking about using them in a 40k project sometime in the spring.

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  12. Nice to see some SF sculpts which aren't encrusted with skullz(TM)!
    ; )
    Very tidy work, Greg, great squad!

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  13. Fantastic looking troopers! I'm always impressed by the speed you guys are churning out quality paint jobs. Simply stunning.

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  14. Hard to pull off that kind of yellow but you nailed it, loads of character, love them

    Ian

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  15. Great figures and painting!

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  16. These figures are AWESOME and you've really done them justice. Those mask lenses are suitably creepy indeed. I could easily see these guys showing up in a Rogue Trader game.

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