Reinforcements for FCC

I’ve been a fan of MERCS Miniatures from the first figure, the Yellow Jacket Heavy Machine gunner. Great dynamic, superb detail, intelligent sci fi, near-future infantry, the MERCS line has only gone from strength to strength in a few years, and currently offers figures for six factions.

The independent faction known as the FCC is one of my favorite. I’ve got a soft-spot for their rag-tag, hard scrabble look and bought them as soon as they were available. Here’s a shot of the original six figs. Notice the head-swap in the back left using a GW scout.

Unfortunately I’m unable to find anyone interested in playing the game, so I’ve employed the figs in various roles as generic militia/scavengers in other games like 5150 and Fast-play House Rules. To buff out this generic force, I took the liberty of giving them a Mobile Gun Platform for Heavy Support, and recently purchased transport in the form of an Antenociti’s Workshop APC.

The other day, I figured it was time for a few more line grunts, so I kit-bashed three new riflemen with Defiance Games, MERCS mod kit pieces, some GW, MaxMini resin, Pig Iron and Starship Troopers bitz. Tart up the bases similar to the originals, and voila, I had new recruits.

The challenge was not simply to match the color-scheme, but the dynamic, rugged look of the original figs. They’re not perfect, but they work. Here’s a family shot.

I’ve got MERCS Kem-Var in the queue, along with two AW Warthog ADV jeeps. I’ll be keeping an eye out for suitable drone support.

Latest brushwork: NRF Infantry Squad

One of my favorite new miniatures companies is http://www.antenocitisworkshop.com/ , a small outfit in the UK specializing in high quality terrain bits and vehicles. Lately, they’ve ventured into the 28mm figure range, offering a series of very cool, high-tech infantry for their own gaming universe, Governance of Technology. (or GOT) Here’s some photos of their NRF squad. (New Russian Federation)

While very clean casts with crisp details on par with Infinity figs, these strike me as a bit spindly and, despite the running/shooting poses, somewhat, well… posed. I think it’s a learning curve thing, with each AW figure release subtly gaining a more natural aesthetic, IMO. Regardless of that quibble, I’m very pleased with the miniatures and would say straight off my brushwork doesn’t do them justice. These are sleek, realistic infantry in body-armor and a nice change from the standard fare of clunky, cartoony, neo-Gothic figs.  There are eight miniatures per set and they come with two different types of resin scenic bases. If you’re in the US, that alone is worth placing an order from across the Pond.

All in all, hats off the Antenociti’s Workshop. I’m looking forward to more.

I tend to create “Skirmish Groups”, meaning I create small forces of infantry with some type of heavy support and light vehicles. I’ve probably got half a dozen of these little autonomous forces on my shelves in a variety of configurations. For this latest batch, I’ve ordered one of the new Infinity TAG (Jotums) to fill that heavyweight slot, as well as two Nova-Rus Bear jeeps.  I’ll post pix once they arrive/get color on them.

Figs from the new and improved painting desk.

So my painting desk used to look like this:

A truly God-awful mess of paint jars, brushes, figs, bitz and X-acto blades. Than a timely review of Hobby Zone’s Paint Station and Hobby Organizer on Table Top Gaming News prompted a spasm of  well, organization. Overseas shipping was a killer, but the situation was dire enough for me to bite the bullet. I’m glad I did.

The Organizer was a kit of laser cut plywood that required a bit of glue and mallet work to assemble. It went together reasonably well, and it certainly is large enough for tools, bases, bits, tape, glue and what-not. I mean it’s not Shaker-furniture, but it’s sturdy and does the job.

The Paint Station arrived assembled. Someone in Customs must have drop-kicked it at some point of the journey from Poland, because there was a nasty crack in the bottom surface on the left side. Not serious enough to return, but ugly. The paint tray covers it, so no worries. Good thing is now I can see what paints I own and sort my brushes by quality instead of pawing through the pick-up stick pile for my good 10/0.

Inspired, I colored up some of the primed figs sitting in the queue. Here’s the latest brushwork:

Kit Bash – Wasteland Warrior. Merc legs, Defiance Games torso, arms and weapon, Merc backpack, Pig Iron head.

Another angle. Base has a container from Rebel Minis and a Mantic ghoul head for character.

I’m not a fantasy gamer, but found the dynamic on this Warmachine character pretty keen. (On Right)  I also painted up a power armor suit for Mike McVey’s Sedition Wars. (On Left)

This one has a  certain brute utilitarian menace that actually looks like it would fit a human figure.

Here’s the rest of my Sedition Wars figs. I like this range, so much so I participated in my first KickStarter campaign and backed the upcoming Sedition wars box set.