Sunday, 11 July 2021

Starport Scum

Hello and welcome back, 

I am trying to keep the blog posts rolling while I can’t get anything painted up. I am way behind and need to catch up. 

This year my focus has been more towards Sci Fi skirmish games, 5 parsecs from home and Stargrave especially. I have decided while my painting has slowed down I will focus on going through my collection looking for suitable figures to play either game. This will be a regular feature as I come across figures. 

So let me crack on with the Starport scum hanging around the space ports & colonies around the edge of human space in my own Wild Galaxy setting. 

The Blue Genes Brothers:

The Bluegenes brothers are a pair of GELFs (Genetically Engineered Life Form) created in a lab on Earth’s moon. They formed an entire brigade and were deployed out in the old Earth Empire. On the still unexplained explosion of the Earth, Human space was thrown into chaos. The Bluegenes brigade were deployed to protect some Empire assets by the replacement government in the Nu Terra empire. They were betrayed and deployed into a trap. In the resulting battle the Bluegenes were massacred and only a handful of these combat GELFs survived. 

Unlike other GELFs the Bluegenes cannot reproduce and  they could only be reproduced in a lab or vat. The reason lay deep within the lab on the moon. To reproduce they needed to access the lab. The problem with this is that Earth’s moon had vanished. It was either destroyed when the Earth exploded or was sling shot out of the solar system. 

The Bluegenes went to the now anarchic Solar system searching for the moon. After centuries of searching (the GELFs were created for battle and it was expected they would be killed in battle, so no expiry date or lifespan limits) some of the Bluegenes moved to the Edge of Human space were they work in spaceports or as crew hoping to hear of rumours of rogue dwarf planets which may point to their holy grail. 

These two figures are a poorly painted experiment, I didn’t clean the old paint off and just painted over them. Tutt tutt, very sloppy work. The sharp eyed will spot a bit I missed. I like the colour of the skin and I have some metal 40K catachins I plan to paint properly in this scheme at some point. These two will see action as muscle for crews in both 5 Parsecs and Stargrave.

Major Lee. 

The Major sports the uniform of the Nu Terra Empire. After his special forces team was massacred in a suicide mission he decided he had enough of the military life and retired (read deserted) to the Edge. Out here his uniform isn’t recognised much as they are a long, long way from Nu Terra. Still he would like to change into something else. Lee is low in funds and hangs about the space port looking for work. Eventually he would like his own ship and crew but for now he will have to take orders from others. Lee knows how to take orders. 

Lee was painted by a friend (thanks Xander) and is a 40K figure. I am not sure what capacity he may serve in 5 Parsecs or Stargrave. 

Captain Groat Blackbreath. 

Blackbreath arrived in the space port alone in a uparmoured & boosted elderly space freighter (the dark raven) with a small but expensive cargo. This raised some eyebrows as to where was his crew. Rumours say he murdered them or spaced the crew to keep his profits to himself. Once he traded his cargo Blackbreath began looking for crew members. Strangely there doesn’t seem to be much interest. 

In truth Blackbreath was a pirate captain, his vessel was ambushed by the Brittannia’s (who are little more than legitimatised pirates). Sustaining heavy damage & casualties his ship fled into an asteroid belt. Blackbreath ruthlessly sacrificed his ship and crew making it perform a locked out, pre programmed suicide run towards the waiting Brittanian vessels just after he fled in the only escape pod. The Dark Raven was a captured vessel Blackbreath had stashed during his nefarious pirate activities, loaded with loot as an escape or retirement plan. His planning paid off. 

Blackbreath is a old 40K adventurer figure I have had since 87. He never fitted my post apoc collection but fits nicely into my space opera. He will probably see action as a Rival crew captain in my 5 Parsecs games. 

Joey Raff

Joey Raff is a typical space bum looking for adventure and work by joining a ships crew. He hangs about asking ship’s captains for work. He has had no luck finding work so far. 

Joey Raff is a resin figure from a Steampunk line whose names escapes me. He makes a great lower level crew member. I think he would make a good Stargrave runner or chiseler. 

I am off now to dig through my figure collection to get some more figures together. Keep your eyes open for more Starport Scum posts.

Thanks for looking,

Stay safe out there.

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Cargo piles.

Hello and welcome back, 

Another blog post! Things are looking up. I have been busy putting some crate stacks together. 

I have had a hankering for a some piles of cargo for some time. Piles and stacks of crates creates plenty of cover, tight spaces and multiple levels making games more challenging.

Perhaps these stacks of crates lie deep in a post apocalyptic bunker or a forgotten warehouse in the ruins. Or maybe they lie on the landing pad or dockside warehouse of a frontier world space port.  Maybe they sit in the hold of a starship. 

These crates came from multiple sources. There are some mantic, Gale Force Nine Aliens crates (given away by the Wayland Yutani logos), a few 3D printed crates (the wooden ones) and some unidentified Sci Fi resin crates. Many of the crates came in a cheap eBay lot. 

The crates were super glued together into stacks in a variety of formations. I added some tarpaulins made from a dried out water based baby wipe. I gave the crates a quick and dirty paint jobs. I used several colours to make the crates look like they came from different sources (or they have been reused). Some signs and paperwork pouches were painted on the crates.

I had fun making these crate stacks. There are other crates in my terrain piles including cargo stacks made from bottle tops. I feel the need to revisit and update some of these older sets. 

Thanks for looking, pass a crow bar.

Take care out there. 

Friday, 9 July 2021

Wasteland bounty hunters

Hello and welcome back. It’s been a while. I have been struggling to get time to get hobby stuff finished of late and to get blog posts written. 

Mungo and Jerri drift from township to township across the wastelands looking for bounties. In a world short on law and order bounties seems to be a good way to protect your township. For people who struggle to survive day to day, bounty hunting is a good way to make a living. Of course the bounties may not always be just, worth doing or sometimes the hiring party tries to not to pay up. But then that is often the risk of dealing with “civilisation”. 

Bounty hunters often keep themselves busy by acting as muscle for merchants or exploration/salvage parties. 

Mungo (on the left) is a old grenadier future wars figure I got from EM4. Jerri (on the right) is by Ramshackle games. 

There is more hobby stuff to put up on this blog, which I hope to get posted. 

Thanks for reading and stay safe out there.

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Yet more model reworks.

Welcome back wanderer, pull up a box and rest a while. 

At last, another blog post! I have a bunch of Miniatures painted up but the pictures didn’t come out well. My usual photography set up is dismantled at the minute so I have to retake them at a later date. I did get some pictures of a couple of reworked terrain items which turned out okay.

First up is this rubble pile. It was made over a decade ago. This was bits of foam and polystyrene glued to a base, painted grey. Simple but not good enough. 

I added some scrap bits to the rubble. In this case a bit of a old plastic gubbins from a tape deck (remember them?) and a bit of plastic embroidery mesh. I was playing with a recently purchased green stuff world cable maker. A fun little toy for making detail gubbins. It made a bit of what looks like crushed flexible air ducting. I added this to the model. 

The model got another coat of textured paint. A layer of lighter grey followed by a white dry brush. The model then had a few dark brown and black washes. I found a resin rat and added it as a detail. Lots of tufts and grass was added to finish the model. 

The other model is part of a crumbling ancient ruins set I built on CDs. The plan was to make a complex table top that stalkers and wastelanders can explore. 

They are chunks of polystyrene blocks designed to form a maze. Little details added to make them look like structures was added. They are supposed to be the remains of some old military structure. Fast forward a decade…I am using this as a tester to see if I want to do the rest of the set. 

This model had a old cable added, made with the greenstuff world tool (I am getting better with it).  It got a similar paint scheme to the rubble pile above with additional green washes to give them that old ruins feel. 

Plant life was added. For some reason lots of plants scream old ruin to me. Some graffiti got slapped on too. 

There are some really odd cults on Mattblackgod’s world. 

After reworking this model I am in the mood to rework the other pieces in the set. This is also whetting my appetite to add to the set. 

Hopefully I can get some fresh & better pictures of the finished Miniatures soon. 

Thanks for looking. 

Stay safe out there. 

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Another ruin rework

Hello and welcome back,

Apologies for the delays in posting, life has been frantic for some time now. Both blogging and hobby time has been limited. Between work, our Silver Wedding Anniversary and planning my Wife’s 50th birthday there hasn’t been enough time.

I have had a bee in my bonnet about updating my old models. I have a thing for overgrown ruins right now. Apologies, I haven’t managed to get some proper on table pictures.

This thing started out as a standard foamboard model for future war gaming painted in the usual Wargames table urban grey that I built years ago. At another point I decided to make it a little more suited to my post apocalyptic table. The corner was cut away to make it look more ruined. Some graffiti and posters was added. Sadly I forgot to take a picture of it before. 

I carefully peeled the old posters away and gave the exterior of the model a coat of Vallejo concrete textured paint. After a heavy white dry brush the model got a few brown washes. The lower levels then got a earth dry brush with a thicker coat towards the bottom. 

In one corner of a room I added a skeleton. You have to give the scavengers something to rummage about in. More brown washes and runs was added to the outside and interior of of the building. The floors got some washes. The first floor and roof had flock, plants and rubble added. 

Later I gave the model a thin green wash to give it the old algae covered ruin. The posters where reattached with many of them put inside. The graffiti was kept to a minimum. 

Finally the model got green flock and lots of green plant matting added to the outer walls. To finish up lots of plant tufts were added all over the model. 

Hopefully I can some more models up on the blog soon. 

Thanks for reading. 

Take care out there.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Mini painting help.


My blog has been a little quite of late. I am still alive and beavering away doing bits and bobs hobby wise. Work has been messing me about for the last couple of months regarding a job change which will hopefully provide a better work life balance. This has kept me a little distracted and not in the mood to hobby. 

Stargrave and 5 Parsecs from home has kept the hobby inspiration flowing. Plus I have been reworking some old ruins models. I just need to get organised to take pictures.

So the other day I cracked open the painting station for the first time in over a month. Five minutes into colouring in a miniature and this happened. 

And then when I got rid of him....shift change

Dixie and Toffee took it in turns to “help” me paint for the rest of the afternoon. So I only managed to get half done. Once I put the paint station away, the pair of them vanished until feeding time! Cats! 

Thanks for reading, hopefully I will have some hobby stuff to share soon.

Take care out there.

Thursday, 8 April 2021

The lost fortress wall.

Hello and welcome back.

Nearly 10 years back I decided to build my fortress walls. See this post for details of the original build.

A few months back I was doing a bit of tidying and discovered one of the wall sections of the fortress had fallen behind a bookcase. There it sat all white, unprimed and unloved staring sadly at it’s painted unforgotten brethren. So a couple of weeks back I decided to finish it. 

This bit of wall was intended to look like the concrete slabs had been salvaged from a building. I thought his section would not have a walkway. I hope to make a scrap bridge to reach across this bit of wall. I added some details, primed it and gave it a couple of coats of textured paint. It then got a coat of light grey, which I then dry brushed white. 

The metal got a few shades of brown & orange added, A few brown washes and orange streaks did the weathering. 

A few bits of graffiti and some plant tufts to finish. 

Now it sits happily with it’s brethren on the shelf.

Thanks for looking and stay safe out there. 

Saturday, 27 March 2021

New wastelanders from MEP miniatures

Hello and welcome back,

Back into the Wastelands of Mattblackgod’s world. Some new additions to my post apocalyptic collection from MEP miniatures. 

The water weirdo: 

This character wanders around the Last City muttering about the sea and smelling of fish. Which is strange as the Last City is no where near the sea. He grabs anyone who will listen and bores them with tales of the distant sea. That is until the overwhelming smell of rotting fish makes them run away. It is a mystery just how the Water Weirdo (as the residents of the Last City call him) got to the Last City or what he is doing there. Asking  questions often lead back to him babbling about the sea. He carries a trident which he likes to use on those who aren’t too polite about his fishy tales. Although a wild eyed loner the Water Weirdo will often join groups looking for salvage or adventure in the wastelands. 

The Hill People:

Once or twice a year the mutants living in the distant hill make the perilous five day trek to the Last City to trade salvage, grown and foraged foods and (not always) animal skins for non perishable foods, ammunition and medicines. 

These mutated savages are not to be messed with out in the wilds. They are strong and won’t hesitate to launch an attack. 

Some of them have weird nasty growths....

The Followers of the Special Child. 

Coming from a distant land this cult follow this “special” child across the wastelands protecting him and doing his bidding. Generally it is not known what is so special about the child but his acolytes worship him. They wear keys as symbols of the lost bunker he lead them to in a dead forest. He opened the bunker with a key he found on a skeleton (they still call it a miracle). They also found the weapons they carry in this bunker. The followers wear masks made from tree bark (collected in the same dead forest) which Mr Cuddles (the Special Child’s teddy bear) told them to wear (in the special child’s voice, strangely) to keep the out evil spirits and temptations of the post apocalyptic world. 

The Water Weirdo referees a rumble between the cult of the special child and the Hill People.

Thanks for looking

Take care out there. 

Spaceships for Stargrave

Hello and welcome back,

As one of the scenarios for the upcoming Stargrave takes place in a hangar I decided I needed to get some space ships for the scenario. 

Mooching around Amazon I found a deal for 3 Star Wars ships for £40. It seemed too good a deal to miss. The deal had 2 A wing fighters and a Y wing. All come with electronics which lights bits up and makes noises. I have yet to disable them. All three kits are snap together and went together quite quickly.

The A wings look a little to big for 28mm (judging by the size of the pilots) but hey this is Sci Fi so a little bigger works. Both cockpits open and undercarriage retracts. Handy for those parked up and needs attention look I want from the space craft.

The Y wing looks more suited to 15mm and has a twin seat cockpit. However it would work for a small race in 28mm. It will also see some action in my 15mm games. 

The plastic kits looked too clean. So I painted some bits silver (engine parts) and then dry brushed silver or grey on the guns and gubbins. I then added silver wear to various parts of the spaceships. The ships then got a black wash to make some details ping and make them look grubby. 

I may at a later date do a little more work on these. Maybe get some grey weathering around the panels?  But for now they will do the job. 

Thanks for looking 

Stay safe out there. 

Painting branding scars?

 Hello and welcome back.

I had an idea to add branding scars to some figures. It seems to be a fair chance certain post apocalyptic groups may use it to mark some as property (see Mad Max Fury Road) or as some sort of tribal markings. 

Having done a Google search on branding scars, I didn’t realise just how popular it is as body art. Not my cup of tea I must say. However looking at the scars they go from a very pinky - red (fresh) to pink and the older scars a lighter skin colour. To be honest they don’t look much different to other scars. 

I attacked this old figure as a test piece. As I want a healed branding I went with leather brown with a bone white highlight. I did try a scar pink colour as a highlight but it looked wrong. 

I am not entirely happy with it. What are your thoughts? Ideas to make it look more realistic are welcome. 

Thanks for looking

Stay Safe Out There!