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Monday, 17 February 2014

Troopers

After the varnish disaster and much googling of remedies I managed to get these to a state where I was happy enough with them.
They're not the best of paintjobs, but after painting, "varnishing", repainting bits, gloss varnishing and finally matt varnishing again I was thoroughly sick of them.
I've pseudo organised them into five units,
A command section, three fireteams and a heavy weapons section.
The basic figure has theoretically interchangeable legs and arms with each body, as well as variations in back backs.
The figures actually do snap well together without glue, but it's obvious from some trials that different combinations are more suited together than others.
The back packs come two versions, the square box and the slim "futuristic"; cutting the pack away from the equipment is easy enough, but does leave a hole in the figures back where the pack plugs into it ! (easily remedied)
With the five sets I bought, I also bought an additional pack of heavy weapons bits in metal  (not whole figures).
 The heavy weapons' pack heads didn't have the visors of the plastics but did allow for some variation in figures. They have a band around their helmet (very Vietnam war-ish) instead.
I retained two of the radio packpacks to serve as RT's and two more I converted to just square packs, these will operate as the medics in the group.
Of the five heavy weapons, in the pack  I only ended up using these three as the others looked even more ludicrous than the huge minigun thing shown.So there's a flamethrower and another auto-fire weapon of some description.
The remainder of the force is armed with the standard rifle-thing but the alternate armaments are a "pistol" held with two hands  and another pistol held single-handed, but with a very large machete in the left hand (I cut a lot of these off).
"Do you want to know more?"
The above quote is frequently mentioned in the Starship Troopers films, which I had on in the background whilst I was basing these figures and I realised that the basic rifle-armed squaddie looked very similar to these guys - just a thought.

That's it for this week, all comments are of course welcomed and appreciated as always.

23 comments:

  1. I like the figures. What are your plans for them?

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  2. Turned out nice in the end then Joe

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    1. Theu're not too bad, but at the very least they're usable.

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  3. I think that's a nice team there. A zed infection termination squad, perhaps?

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    1. They're actually to substitute for army presonnel in the ATZ sceanrios, but I've seenyour guys overrun, so I'm thinking more zombie fodder than killers.

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  4. There's nowt wrong with these, Joe. That's a fine looking force you have there.

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    1. I'd agree if you see them in dim lighting whilst squinting !
      But thanks for the thought Bryan.

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    1. Thanks Brummie, at best they're useable

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  6. That's actually a fairly big squad for games like ATZ, I think. A game with all of them involved would be quite epic!

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    1. It's a big force purposelyfor both a choice of figures and a big game.
      I have an idea tofollow the whole platoon-worth until their ultimate demise.

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  7. Great work Joe. Given the bargain they are, they look modern enough ;). I can imagine those huge miniguns would soon be nicknamed crawler factory, as they'd cut the legs and rarely hit any head :P

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    1. They are good value for money (50p a figure !), the minigun is a great weapon until it runs out of ammo before they run out of zombie opposition.

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  8. Well done for salvaging them Joe!

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    1. Thanks ZA, they were a pain, but at least they're now out of the way.

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  9. I like them, Joe! I'm tempted very much to collect a few packets of the Em4 troopers for milita units. More of a quanity over quality type force! They are also available in quantity that saves me $ over GW prices! ;)

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    1. A couple of packets would give you good variety for the cast of "extras"

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  10. Those look good. I like the Combat Zone minis a lot. They're great value and come in handy for a bunch of games, too.

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    1. Thanks LJ, these minis can certainly be used in a variety of scenarios.

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  11. Zabadak,
    I'm glad they weren't ruined by the misty varnish.

    Thanks alot, you've tempted me to pick some of these up. I have to sneak new minis into the house and eventually I'll get caught.

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  12. They did take a bit of rescuing, but turned out OK, good luck with the new career in smuggling.

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  13. Those all looks good. Thank you for sharing it.
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