Predator Puppies and some Painting

So at last my Predator hounds came today. I excitedly opened them to find that I have been sent puppies that I need grow to make them into fully fledged hounds.

They are bloody tiny! So to make sure I hadn’t imagined it I just watched the scene on YouTube and although there is no direct comparison next to a human, they definitely look bigger on the screen.

Have a look and see what you think…

So to make sure it wasn’t the tall predator making them look small I put them next to a Wey Yu Commando…

Nope they still look small, both are in rearing poses so they look quite tall when stood on boxes etc.

As there is a dead Wey a Yu Commando on the base I thought I would compare him. I reckon Wey Yu are accepting child soldiers into the elite…

Just look at the difference between the two hands. The unpainted one is closer to the camera.

I managed to just about compare two heads, apologies for the naff photo, the Ipad was struggling.

I reckon there is near enough a 50% difference between the two.

All in all I am somewhat disappointed in these… I hadn’t realised that when I got them for half the average price that they would be half size! The only reason I got them is because they were cheap!

On a more positive note…

I finished the Hussars and the bases on the commandos.

Tomorrow I will clean up the hounds and get them painted, not that I want to, as they are evidently hunt chihuahua. Luckily they don’t appear in my Aliens RPG… knowing my players they would want to pet them and snuggle them.

Aliens…Civilians

Well I just walked through the door 10 minutes ago. My plans for a sneaky painting session came to nothing as after my two youngest’s play, which was very funny .

I ended up being taxi for Eldest and Eldest’s friend. Not got a problem with that, but it was originally going to be my good lady doing the run, but as it was getting icy,. she asked me. Friend lived 15 miles beyond my house hence the late getting in…Therefore I haven’t the urge to paint anything. So instead I spent my 10 minutes hunting down some civilians in a brown box (which turned out to be white).

I got these a couple of years ago for an Aliens RPG using Savage Worlds. To be honest they are a teeny bit small(You can see the size compared to bishop), but they make some nice civilian scientists and security…Something the Wey Yu Commando might need to escort. This lot come from some Star Wars Game, apart from the winged beasties which are some kind of Heroclix monster. They were all really cheap, somewhere between 20p and 40p each. They will potentially get rebased sometime in the future.

Regarding the RPG

Having read the rules again last night a player doesn’t need to beat a score, they just need to roll at least one six.

So with a strength of 4 and stamina of 4 the player rolls 8 dice. If they get a six they succeed, any other sixes are bonuses and allows them to undertake stunts – basically bonuses based on their skill.

If they got no sixes they could push the roll, in other words roll all 8 again, but would then need to add one to their stress level and then roll a number of stress dice equal to their stress level.

Other players can lend a hand in a task, each giving one extra dice.

Group rolls are just that, one person makes the roll, with up to three others helping. Only one roll is made, not one from each player. Sneaking in a group is harsh… the player with the lowest rating makes the roll alone, which is, in reality, quite realistic.

The one thing it is very clear about in the game is that failure is failure, you don’t get another roll. You have to find another way.

Weyland Yutani Commandos almost Done…

Well tonight I would have got these finished, apart from a small mishap, but more of that later…

I have pretty much finished the actual bases, apart from washes, tidying up and the black edge.still a couple of bits to do on the actual miniatures. The metalwork on the flamer guys shotgun and the headset on the one with the cap.

As I said I would have got these finished, but for the mishap. As I was carrying in a pile of figures I caught my sleeve on the door handle and dropped a box of them. Sadly a plastic box full size of plastic figures onto a concrete floor didn’t end well.

So I had to repair half of the things in the box. I then built five miniatures.

Have you ever noticed, no matter how many things you dryfit and test things, the second you add the superglue then they won’t go together… not to mention add superglue and they somehow become covered in oil or something and ping merrily across the table like a miniature Barnes-Wallis Bouncing bomb!

But anyway I now have five scouts and twelve Genestealers to paint.. the eagle eyed amongst you will spot a bit of gaming nostalgia…

I have a toss up between painting the above or the following:

The above show off pretty much the remains of my Flintloque with the exception of the elf cuirassiers. So I have two dog gun grew, five dog Hussars and five undead wraith Hussars.

I am undecided on which to go for next, it will more than likely be either of the above sets. Hints and suggestions greatly appreciated.

On a totally different note, I ordered a pair of Predator hellhounds, they popped up on EBay for £9.99, I put a bid on and was the only bidder so got them for half the normal price.

Weyland Yutani Commandos and Friends

Not much done this evening as the family were painting the advent calendar.

As for the commandos I managed to get the bases washed and the base colour dry brushed on.

I repainted the white bits, ready for painting tomorrow.

I thought I would share the original miniatures I painted a couple of years ago.

First up the marines… I added the chunky metal floor. I can certainly say that my painting has improved a bit since then.

Next up a Predator and prey

And finally a few of the fifteen first edition aliens…

I added bits and pieces to the bases with Greenstuff as well as adding on the grating.

The new one piece casts are sooooo much better. The aliens above were painted black then highlighted dark blue. I can honestly say that I prefer the paint job on the new ones.

I am now on the hunt for some unicast marines 😂

So tomorrow I will attempt to get the bases completed. I Just found my Lost Patrol game with Marine scouts and genestealers… I might have a blast at them (especially as I have purple 😉… I could do with some pink too 🤔).

We shall see where my paintbrush leads…

I watched this today on Squidmar miniatures…

Something I firmly believe in, and funnily enough was just discussing this very thing the other day…

Here is the little cartoon in the video… something I shared a while ago on Facebook…

till tomorrow…

Weyland Yutani Commandos…

Only a tiny bit done tonight as I really didn’t get in until 9.00.

The floors have had a layer of gun metal…

They could do with a thinned down layer too to try and get into all the holes. I will do that tomorrow as well as give them a wash then a highlight. Pipes and cables will have a white layer added (if needed) and then painted up to match the previous ones.

As these are getting closer to finishing, I am beginning to wonder what to paint next?

Weyland Yutani Commandos…on a Roll

Tonight I felt like I made a lot of progress, I didn’t, but it felt like a lot 😁

Not much white left on the miniatures now. I went for a black on the weapons and also did a lot of tidying up as well as painting boots and gloves.

I have been using my 20p brush for all of these…

It is beginning to get a bit of a bend in the tip, but my AP and GW ones did too.

Hopefully tomorrow I will get the bases done 👍

Wey Yu Commando…Further Work

Tonight was a slow, slow…slow white painting session… but eventually I got all of the white recoated…

As can be seen from the above, I managed to get some other colours on too. These are now at the ‘I hate them’ stage. Still a lot to go on these, but getting there. The floors will be the same colours as the prisoners and aliens. The elbow cup is a bit annoying as it is in the wrong place, it is still on the elbow, but it just annoys me, not sure why.

Boots and gloves tomorrow as well as the weapons. I am going to repaint the smart gun tomorrow as I want it to be different to the the green pouches. I will do the same colour for the pulse rifles and flamer. Not quite sure what colour yet, I will see what colours I have got. Possibly black and gun metal.

Predator…Almost There

So tonight after a day of baking (well okay and afternoon of baking) I managed to get my Predator close to the finishing post…

Still some tidying up to do on him and finish him off, but the end is in sight.

I also received my parcel today. Once this lot is finished, I will have to make a start on these chaps…

A smart gunner, flamer and three with pulse rifles. I really do like the poses on these.

I do like the Weyland Yutani Commandos as they will give a nice ‘bad guy’ force to the game without being Xenomorphs or other gribbly things.

A few of these are a bit shiny which would indicate they have some mould release on them, so tomorrow they need a bath and and then a spray.

My school is having some Sunday Teas tomorrow… a Shetland tradition. So today I have baked flapjacks, rocky roads and brownies. They turned out rather nice.

Hopefully I will get a chance to get more done on these tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Aliens… Pushing Ahead

So tonight I pushed on a bit, (not that you can really tell) but both the Aliens and the prisoners are just about done.

I also moved the Predator a bit further on too.

This last one still has a fair old way to go. But it is heading in the right direction.

As I have been getting further on with these, I have started taking a bit more notice of the floors. Is it me or are they an accident waiting to happen. Cables, ducting, piping and the odd big lump of something heavy too. Now to be fair, the back story is that an interstellar craft crash landed on a jungle world, perhaps the floor used to be a ceiling. Either way I wouldn’t want to be running full tilt, chased by a xenomorph across that lot.

Hopefully my Weyland commandos will arrive tomorrow and I can make a start on them.

I am now checking various sites to see what else there is out there. Predator hounds seem a little sparse on the ground, well they are within my price range.

Hopefully tomorrow I will crack on a bit more with the Predator and get the decks cleared for wherever the paintbrush goes next.

Aliens… Flooring Done

Tonight was the HOTT competition and sadly my daughter has a chest infection so I couldn’t get there. Every cloud has a silver lining as the saying goes. This meant I could do some work on the floors.

The prisoners are all but finished, as are the Aliens. I am not too convinced about the bright cables, but they might grow on me.

In the end I went down the AP wash route. I used the Contrast black as oil or some other dark spills on the floor, not that you can really tell.

Tomorrow I will finish of ‘Bishop’ and then make a start on the Predator.

I do feel like this lot are coming together now.