Monday, 20 March 2017

28mm Space Fighters: Finished

Introduction

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A while ago, I mentioned that I had found a couple of starfighter kits very cheap and that these were perfectly-sized for 28mm miniature figures.  I wrote a work-in-progress article, though at the time I didn't have any firm plans as to how the models should be finished.  Well, the pair are now complete; here they are!


Klingon Attack Shuttles


As you can see from the picture above, I've painted these craft in Klingon livery.  They've come out slightly dusty-looking; that's my varnish not working as well as I'd like.  I'll just have to claim that they have frost forming on them due to the cold atmosphere of the planet on which they have landed.



The first model I built had the canopy glued in place, but I did something different for the second kit.  The canopy on this model has a tab attached to the back of it; it can be slotted into position either open (see above) or closed (see below).



It took me quite a long time to paint the first fighter.  This was not because they are in any way difficult, but rather because I dithered over the colour schemes; I took weeks to decide.  Eventually I settled for a very dark green, with dusty green and red oxide details.  Of course, the second model was much simpler as I didn't have to go through this again!



So, how will I use these shuttles?  I've no idea, really.  They could be static, ground decoration in pretty much any science fiction game, but they could also be suspended above a game table and used for ground support.  I'm sure there are many other ways they could be employed as well...

12 comments:

  1. I think I prefer them in your Klingon colours. I must admit I have not seen the Star wars film yet! (I lost interest after Ja-ja Binks) But painted as they are suitable for most Sci fi wargames.

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    1. Thanks, Clint. Having 2 of them also makes them much more flexible :-) .

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  2. Those look really great. I think the Klingon style fits really well with the base model.

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    1. I did debate whether to use Federation colours instead. However, whilst single-person craft don't appear in any canon for *any* race [excluding "Nemesis", of course], Klingons just seem more likely to me.

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  3. Great choice in colours Colgar6. They fit in very well with your Klingon forces I'd say.

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    1. Thanks. There's relatively little canonical data on any small craft in the Star Trek universe, so I think I'm fairly safe in doing whatever I like here :-) .

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  4. They both look excellent and the colour choice you settled on suits them.

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    1. Thanks, Simon. I'm a little disappointed in the slight frosting on the top coat, but that's just too bad.

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  5. These look excellent C6, though I can't detect the green colour! (probably my eyes' fault - not yours!)
    I'm pretty sure you're already figuring out a way to use them in a scenario too (Doctor Who versus the Klingon base ?).

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    1. Doctor Who, you say? Hmm, I confess that I hadn't considered that - but the idea is worth thinking about!

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