Friday, 30 March 2012

Alien and Mercenary


The Eli's Alien of the day from 15mm.co.uk is a "Prang Soldier" which I thought looked more like a grizzled old ship's captain.. And it turns out from the comments section, so did Eli when he sculpted it!

The barrel of his gun was bent looking (possibly damaged in the mail) so I snipped it off and built a nice fat new front to it with pro-create. Learning from earlier mistakes, the end of the barrel was modeled on as a simple rounded blob, then I sliced off the front and drilled in a hole after it cured. Hard edges are a lot easier to cut than sculpt.

I wanted to show off his armor plates so did them in a ceramic white. I think I need to include a few more white bits in my sci-fi schemes and these turned out pretty nice.


This is an Armies Army figure that I did some more putty experimenting on. His head was replaced with a GZG one, but I didn't like the top of his headset, so I lopped that off too and sculpted a bandana.
I then used the wrong color for his armor plates by accident, but just decided to continue on.
He looks fine next to the others in the group as some kind of scout, or equally well as a solo mercenary or henchman.

Still unpainted fromt 10 man unit is the RPG launcher that I've converted into some kind of laser and a trooper with a backpack I sculpted on.

I think it's about time I started figuring out some kind of background story for my collection...

30 comments:

  1. Nice, I'm going to have to get some of those Armies Army figures.

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    1. Thanks Dan! They are pretty great as they are or as a base for other ideas, I heartily endorse them :)

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  2. Top stuff, saw that guy in your Instagram feed the other night. Recently received my Exo-Armor Exterminators from Khurasan; I chose a white carapace armor scheme also, like the Captain; just posted a photo on my website - a different take on the idea. :)

    Talking instagram, looks like your Exterminators arrived too! :D

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    1. Wow, yours are really excellent! I actually need to get some new colors.. I'm running out of options fast for non military figures.

      The suited up exterminators are really cool figures and I'm not sure how to paint them yet. I'm a little more excited about the security guards.. Finally some blue figures to paint and get shot to bits by all my scum and villainy!

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    2. Cheers man :D

      Security guards? This should be good, I tend to avoid blue; it will be instructional to see them on a 15mm mini for sure. :)

      - Seb

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  3. Hi, Jacker: Great figure conversions! The Prang is definitely a ship's captain. And the drab-neutral colored AA troop looks to me like a sniper. Great stuff, Sir.

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    1. Thanks Jay. That's a really great idea.. I will look around for something to extend his barrel with!

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  4. That top guy packs in a lot of character for a 15mm figure. His "Amish chin beard" looking thing and his scowling mouth are so... cute! Great job painting him, the white armour over brown works a lot better than I would have imagined. It gives him a nice merchant-spacer look.

    As usual the Armies' Army guy looks good, the goggle head swap (with amazing lenses!) adds some extra interest.

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    1. Thanks Allison, these figures really inspire stories, which I think is the best thing about them.

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  5. Very happy with your treatment on the Prang. Once again, your vision was different from mine - something I do so love seeing. What you painted as beard, I was thinking of as a big, frog-ish throat sack. The white really brings out all the dings and chips I sculpted into the armor plates.

    I wanted this figure to look worn and dirty.

    -Eli

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    1. "The white really brings out all the dings and chips I sculpted into the armor plates."

      And the man is talking about a figure the length of my thumb nail. Amazing...

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    2. Interesting to hear Eli, I think maybe I was influenced by your profile pc!

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    3. LOL! Hey now the goatee rocks.

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    1. Thanks Mik, hope to see some of yours soon!

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  7. Very nice treatment of Eli's sculpts, Jacker! Your last few posts have certainly made me take a closer look at the figures on the 15mm.co site, particularly those of Eli's that you have highlighted. Also, the conversion on the Army's Army figure looks sweet-as you say, fitting as a scout with the bandana. I feel unashamed copying coming on!

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    1. Thanks Gunrunner, there's plenty of gems on the 15mm.co.uk site :)

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  8. Spacejacker, did you ever pick up any of the first four scifi civilians - Horanis, Vergan, Fragalian, and Bugsanian?

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    1. Yes I did, they are in the drawer and will be done shortly at this rate :)

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  9. A great job there jacker, I'm definitely gonna have to check these out as I expand into more 15mm.

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    1. Hope you have fun, it's a great scale.

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  10. Headswap? Sculpted Bandana? Brilliant! I think I'll be buying some pro-create.

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    1. It's so futuristic and Tom Berenger from "Platoon" at the same time.

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  11. I have been so caught up in all the good work you have been doing on my sculpts, I've failed to mention that the Armies Army stuff has looked really good too. Clean and still military looking.

    This most recent one is is a simple yet effective conversion that really spells this character out from the others. BTW, I wouldn't worry about him not matching the rest of his crew. Take a look at any picture of modern Russians in the field and you will find anywhere from 2-4 different cammo schemes, head gear and tactical gear in any given unit.

    -Eli

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    1. Thanks Eli, much appreciated. The bandana guy doesn't stand out at all on the table.. In fact you can barely make out his face... This is the problem with "realistic" uniform schemes for me. I am always drawn to doing them for military figures, but the drab colors are never quite as eye catching as the non-military ones.

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  12. my my my

    how did I miss them until now!!!

    fantastic conversion and I'm off to make my own! really nice

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  13. I just started on this guy, and wow, I totally appreciate your cool gun conversion even more now. The original was hopelessly miscast, I ended up just cutting it off.

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