Latest brushwork: NRF Infantry Squad

One of my favorite new miniatures companies is , 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.

Defiance Games Marines

Plastic, multi-part, near-future Marines. Reasonably priced, no less. What’s not to like? They’re perfect for bog-standard grunts, near-future skirmish, Aliens/Doom gun-crawls, whatever your preference.

Finished my first squad and went on to kit bash another from the extra legs, after-market armored torsos, Pig Iron heads, and a GW Scout head for the squad leader. Always tricksy mixing parts from different companies, but these work well. It’s nice to know you can maximize that squad box for a few minutes on eBay and couple bucks.

Well done Defiance Games.

Pictures from the Zone.

For those that aren’t familiar with the hobby, I’m posting some shots of figures and terrain.  These are exclusively 28mm, post-apocalyptic genre, but  figs, rules, and terrain are available for nearly every conceivable historical period, theater, or imaginary setting possible. Rules simulate combat and interaction in the battlefield at varying levels of detail. The figs are hand-painted (by me) and much of the terrain scratch-built.