Friday, 8 December 2017

2018 Plans

Hi!

Well it's been a fair while since I've done anything with this blog but that is going to change in 2018 when I will be revamping and posting lots of new stuff as well as news, reviews and how to articles.

Imperial Dropship  Figures GZG, Dropship scratchbuilt

The last few years has seen an explosion of 15mm ranges but there still seems to be very little coverage of it which is something I'd love to see change and hopefully folks will find this blog of use once things are up and running properly.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has a cracking festive season and Santa brings lots of 15mm goodness!

All the best

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Small Scale Sci-Fi Progress

Hi!

Well it's been a bit of a while since I've had much chance to update Small Scale Sci-Fi and for a while I even deleted the whole thing as there just doesn't seem to be much interest in my original idea of doing a general 6mm/15mm news, group project and mini project blog.

War Droid and Scout Sergeant (Laserburn infantry and converted EM4 Miniatures plastic mech)

After a bit of a ponder, I have decided to keep the blog running and just concentrate on posting stuff that I find interesting and cover some projects that I have planned and will be updating it on a semi regular basis and will be posting a mixture of 6mm and 15mm stuff and an assortment of hard sci-fi bits and bobs as well as some how to guides as well!

Squat Patrol

Hopefully there will be an update in the coming week once I've settled on what I will be posting about but in the meantime, All the best!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Mercenary Mayhem Update

Morning folks!

Apologies for the lack of updates over the last month or so but I've been moving house and had no internet!



I'm after submissions for the Mercenary Mayhem Challenge that I started quite a while back!

Here's a quick pic of Gunderson's Heavy Infantry that I worked on as part of the challenge:

Mercenary Power Armour

Unfortunately, I ran out of time whilst moving to paint up the remaining two that would round out the full squad, especially as each of the kits come in about half a dozen pieces and required significant conversion to get them to better fit a 15mm scale piece of heavy power armour.

If you've got some mercs you want to showcase, give me a shout!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Community Challenge Update

Hi!

Just a quick post this evening to remind folks there's still time to enter the community challenge I'm running!

We've already had some fantastic entries and I'm interested to see what else folks do on the theme of Mercenary Mayhem!

Gunderson's Heavy Infantry

I've been slowly working through my mercenary heavy infantry and should have the remaining two done for the end of the month (quite an achievement as I'm also moving house at the same time!)

If you are interested, give me a shout!

All the best!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Group Challenge: Mercenary Mayhem!

Hi!

I've been thinking about running a monthly group challenge to encourage folks to have a look at 15mm sci-fi and get them painting. 

To get the ball rolling, I thought we could start with the theme of Mercenary Mayhem! 

I'm looking to see a squad of hard cases, armed to the teeth and on the lookout for trouble.


The Rules

Choose only from your existing unpainted miniatures collection.

The Mercenary Squad must consist of 5-10 figures plus up to a single vehicle.

The challenge runs from today, the 13th of July to the 31st of July and all entries will be featured here along with a brief description of the units background.

There is no prize for the challenge! It's just for fun!

If you want to enter, give us a shout!


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Workshop: Hover Drones

Hi!

Hovering gun drones are a great addition to any sci-fi collection and while there are several companies who make them, I thought I'd have a bash at making my own and posting a bit of a how to guide as I go.

First up, here's a pic of what the final piece ended up looking like:

Gun Drone With Comms Array

I went for a fairly simple design as it's pretty small and to much detail would detract from a mass produced floating killing machine!

The main body of the drone is made from a button. I got a pack of about fifty assorted sized buttons from my local craft shop for about £1.50 and selected a button with a 15mm diameter for the drone.

Drone Step by Step Production

The first step was to fill the holes with a little bit of greenstuff. Once it had dried, I added a plastic gemstone, also picked up from the same hobby shop to the underside. (I have found these gems brilliant for small scale modelling and they come on a sheet of about a hundred of various sizes for a couple of quid). 

A hole was drilled into the gem to accommodate the flight stand and a couple of small pieces of plasticard gave weapon supports and a forward sensor array. A second, smaller gem was then added to give a nice lens for the drone.

Weapon wise, I kept it simple and used a couple of small pieces of plasticard rectangles as the main gun body with a smaller, thinner piece to bulk them out. The barrels are made from greenstuff. (I always roll my leftover greenstuff into sausages to cure as it makes pretty handy pipes, tubing, rivets or any number of small details).

Completed Gun Drone

The final stage was to use a little bit of greenstuff to add a cowling to the top of the drone with a little grille scribed onto the back and the whole thing was put together ready for painting.

From start to finish, I think it took about 15-20 minutes to make and I've got enough gubbins to make loads of them and the cost for all the bits was under a fiver.

Drone in Action

I must admit that this project has rather inspired me to have a go at making some more exotic designs and I'll post any updates I have over the coming weeks.

Scale Shot

Hopefully folks have found the mini tutorial handy and it shows just how easy it is to use day to day materials to make sci-fi goodness in small scale. 

All the best!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Showcase: Ghoulani Enslavers

Hi!

I've had these guys for a while and thought it was high time I actually painted them. The figures are Ghoulani Enslavers, originally available from 15mm.co.uk.

Ghoulani Enslaver Warband

I must admit that when I first looked at the unpainted lead, the figures were really rather uninspiring with very rough sculpting and they've sat in my bits box for almost a decade but with my resurgent interest in 15mm sci-fi, I thought I'd give them a bash.

Imagine my surprise when they actually paint up really rather nicely!

Assorted Ghoulani Infantry

Some of the figures have been converted slightly, be it the addition of a helmet or weapon swap and several have had a little bit of greenstuff to give them a more rounded, alien head.

One figure that I gave a more complete conversion to was one of the Ghoulani skimmers. The original had a tiny, really roughly sculpted metal disc to skim around on and I replaced it with a button with a couple of sticky gems and a touch of green stuff.

The resulting figure is rather more effective:

Ghoulani Skimmer

 I suspect I'll be using a similar technique to make some Ghoulani drones to scoot around the place and I'm also thinking of using one of the riders to make a larger troop transport skimmer pilot.

Amongst the best figures in the range are the scientist types. The sculpting is still really rough but they still manage to ooze character, especially the guy on the right with the raised eyebrow:

 Ghoulani Scientists and Overlord

I've still got a few more Ghoulani sculpts awaiting painting which I'll show at a later date which should give me enough to give me a decent sized skirmish force.

Spysat of Ghoulani Operation

As I've found with quite a few 15mm sci-fi sculpts, the Ghoulani Enslavers look an awful lot better once given a decent coat of paint and I am also casting around to find some suitable robotic minions, vehicles and even some genetic experiments to flesh out the force.

 Ghoulani Enslavers in Action

Last up, here's the only other pics that I can find of painted Ghoulani Enslavers from the old 15mm.co.uk website and Noble Knight. As you can see, the pics aren't too inspiring:




It just goes to show that you should never take figures at face value as even the roughest sculpt can paint up into a decent looking figure. The Ghoulani do look a bit rough but they've also got that rubber B-Movie monster vibe to them.

All the best!