Friday, 23 July 2021

Nemesis: The Crew

Nemesis passed me by when it came out on Kickstarter in 2018. But I was drawn to the theme of Alien-style survival horror, and have picked the boardgame up subsequently. I have now painted the crew, but I haven’t grown to love them. The sculpts are a little busy and unclear. They take Contrast paint reasonably well but I found it hard to give each figure a focus. Each character has a distinctive colour in the game which I have tried to capture in their paint scheme. I don’t usually go for black base rims, but here I felt I had to (and I need to do a second coat, but I wanted to post pictures...)

The Scientist

The Soldier

The Engineer

The Scout

The Pilot

The Captain

The Crew

I played this virtually during lockdown last year- I died from a chestburster thing, and then the whole ship imploded killing everyone else. Good times!

Next time: the Intruders!

Friday, 25 June 2021

Genestealer Cult Magus

I didn't realise it was the month of Junestealer; so here's my contribution before the month is up. I do like this female magus; she's quite tall even before her boots and towers over her adoring throng. I'd like to see a conversion with a pregnant belly- creepy!




Now that I have taken these photos all I can see is that massive yellow smudge on her skirt...

Friday, 18 June 2021

Aliens: Finding Newt battle report

I decided to jump straight into learning how to play Aliens: Another glorious day in the Corps by starting with the full campaign. Ripley, Gorman, Vasquez, Hudson, Hicks and Frost land on LV-426. They have to search the compound for Newt, the sole surviving colonist, and escape.

The Marines disembark from the dropship and advance to the compound.


Hudson runs a bypass to open the door...

A lone alien is easily gunned down.

The Marines advance deep into the compound.

Frost finds Newt.

Ripley tries to calm her down by waving a pulse rifle at her.

... but then aliens drop from the ceiling and kill Ripley.

Simultaneously, aliens pour from everywhere and destroy the Marine squad.

So, I was making reasonable progress (somewhat burdened by Ripley suffering a 'Blinding Rage' ongoing event) when I drew a very nasty card that erupted aliens in my face. I have decided to scrap this campaign and restart... Next time I'll get better, less cinematic lighting!

The board and figures are lovely. The gameplay is a little fiddly compared to the simplicity of Space Hulk, but leans into the movie details. Replaying this, I would make better use of the motion tracking tools that allow you to preempt upcoming dangerous swarm events. I wouldn't tool up with as much body armour or helmets either.

I got some friends together later and we played a 'Bug Hunt' mission, a non-canonical gun crawl. We barely advanced 20 metres into the atmosphere processor before we got absolutely swarmed, but were able to make a fighting withdrawal to a choke point where we mercilessly exterminated the hive.

Somehow, we survived this.

Friday, 11 June 2021

Aliens- Colonial Marines

I really flamed out on painting these. Ripley et al. were painted in March, but the thought of painting two types of camouflage and trying to interpret all the kit they’re wearing, without great reference material, was quite intimidating. Plus, the Analogue Challenge does tend to leave me a little drained for a few weeks afterwards. There are, nevertheless, only ten marines- so I knuckled down and got them done. They do look like a coherent unit now.

Colonial Marines

Gorman’s big Stars and Stripes on his left shoulder was painted with a pink and blue rectangle. The pink replicates the effect quite well. I first came across this trick from someone doing 15mm US paratroopers.

Lt Gorman

I think Gunny Apone has a stogie in his mouth.

GySgt Apone

Hicks has his shotgun- for close encounters.

Cpl Hicks

I painted some blips on Hudson’s motion tracker.

PFC Hudson

I opted out of painting the graffiti on the various characters’ armour. I did put spots on Vasquez’ bandanna though.

PFC Vasquez

PFC Drake

Cpl Dietrich

PFC Crowe

I always thought they were shouting, "Where's Bowski?"

PFC Wierzbowski

PFC Frost

The figures have names sculpted on the bases- which is good, because I’m not going to pretend I can tell the difference between a lot of the redshirts!

There are two Sentry Guns.

UA 571-C Automated Sentry Guns

And some crates and terminals.



That's this project completed!

Friday, 4 June 2021

Aliens- Ripley and friends

Our Lady of Survival, Ripley has three flavours: Vanilla, Spicy, and Hot Orange. The Alien Stomper Reeboks were a small challenge to paint.

Ripley
She can pick up Newt and enter Beast Mode as 'Enraged Ripley', but I think 'Maternal' or 'Mother bear' is more apt.
'Enraged Ripley'

P-5000 PWL Powered Work Loader

I really enjoyed painting the Power Loader. Some warm orange-brown shades give definition to the iconic machine. The base is a little bland.



I 3D printed a resin cat and base because I could.

Jonesy

The perfect organism, and a facehugger

Newt

Bishop
I flicked white paint onto Bishop.


Burke




I'm afraid I don't know the sources of these wonderful artworks.

Friday, 28 May 2021

Aliens

I received the awkwardly named Aliens: Another glorious day in the corps boardgame earlier this year. I wasn't terribly impressed with Gale Force Nine's customer service, but at least I have my toys now. Here are the titular xenomorphs:

In space, no one can hear you in space.

The miniatures are nicely proportioned and detailed hard plastic, but have very little surface area or tabs for gluing, particularly tails-to-torsos and feet-to-bases. My overcomplicated solution to the tail situation was to drill out a 1mm wide cavity in the tail and torso, and to pin it with 1mm styrene rod. I used plastic cement. None of mine have snapped off.

I also used a heat gun to twist the tails into some exciting shapes- do this with caution, some of mine are a little melted!

Drill out the tail- easier than you would think

Glue in rod

Cut to length

Drill that xenobutt

Glue tail, then heatgun to form interesting shapes

Painting was similarly overcomplicated. I drybrushed them gunmetal over a black undercoat, picked out claws and teeth in silver,  then used a black wash followed by a blue wash. Finally a satin varnish and a touch of gloss to their foreheads. It is very hard to capture (and photograph!) the oily rubbery sheen.

I also picked up some expansion packs:




Free hugs!

I used some UHU adhesive for the mucus on the eggs and the queen's mouth- it was really easy and I think it brings these models up a notch.

The eggs don't have bases; I 3D printed some.