During August I worked on completing the remaining 25mm Science Fiction items that had not been done. These included assembling the buildings I got from PaperTerrain. I also purchased some aliens as noted in the previous blog post and found a tank and an infantry carrier at Wargame Vault. I needed different vehicles for the forces opposing the Federation.
The vehicles are made by Tomoko's paper miniatures. He also has 2d 28mm soldiers. However, the vehicles are definitely not 28mm. Fortunately I was able to use Paintshop Pro to enlarge them to 143% of their original size which made them compatible with my 25/28mm figures. The PDF file has several different camo schemes. All of them in shades of grey except for the one I chose to use. The infantry carrier appears to be an M113 APC. I haven't checked it against the actual vehicle to verify if it is an exact copy or not. I added the original sized turret from the tank model to convert it into an IFV. Instead of using the paper tube mounting system for the turrets I again went with thumbtacks glued to the inside of the turret with a strip of cardstock glued across the top of the thumbtack and to the turret floor to keep the thumbtack in place. The only other modification was to cut the bottom of the track assembly as a wider straight edge instead of the jagged pattern making them easier to assemble. The files include detailed assembly diagrams unlike the free ones that I made for the Federation.
The buildings from PaperTerrain were also PDF files and include detailed assembly instructions and diagrams. The number of buttresses, bays, windows, and door openings can be customized as desired.
The following photos show the buildings and vehicles. The miniatures are from Grenadier Models, Inc. They are the licensed Traveler Imperial Marines Imperial Marines. They are being used as the Pantharii Impeium Marines. I believe Magister Militum has the molds, but has not recast them as of this time. In addition to the marines I also bought a set of the adventurer figures back when they were released. In addition to the sets of marines, I recently purchased some additional figures that were not part of a complete set that I found on Ebay. |Fortunately no one else bid against me and I was able to get them for about $2 per figure. Otherwise, there were a few complete boxed sets being offered at $120 to $160 per set. I now have about three dozen of them for a complete platoon.
Again these will be used for Wiley Games Galactic Heroes and Bigger Battles.