Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Aliens

I keep getting side-tracked. But at last here are the 28mm Genestealers I painted to represent Aliens in a game I plan to run in the summer.

Buying actual Alien figures is of course possible but for me genestealers were the most economically viable option. In addition to the genestealers I also have a "Broodlord" which will act as the big end of film nasty. While it was a queen in the film in the game it can just be a larger and harder to kill beastie. maybe it's a king! Who knows and more importantly who cares. just make the players shoot it for a long time and we'll all be happy.

While I am no longer a fan of games workshop I will concede that they do make some good things both games and figures from time to time. because I want these aliens scampering round Hadleys Hope on LV426 I simply put plasticard on the bases and cut to fit. This gave me a basic floor grid. Painted in 3 metallic greys with the top one being a bright silver to represent scuff marks I think it works quite well. At least good enough for a game or two. I also ran a mixture of flesh wash and orange ink into all the groves. Hadleys Hope may not be rusty but the hell with that I wanted it to look a bit grotty. Who knows in the future rust may be cured and never trouble us again.


I finished all the figures on the alien side with a gloss lacquer as I wanted them to have that chitin/ slimy feel to them. They are aliens after all.

Well that's about it for now. I am not sure this game idea will last all that long as there are not so very many scenarios but then again BUG HUNTS seldom get old!

All the best and see you all soon. Clint












40 comments:

  1. Suitably gruesome and menacing Clint :)

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  2. Nicely done, Clint - they look appropriately Alien, for sure.

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    1. Thank you Dean. Yeah they should chew up the humans quite nicely.

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  3. Now they're a vicious looking group and no mistake! Another stonking entry Clint.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I think they will act as Aliens quite nicely.

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  4. These are very nice indeed Clint. Love their slimy oily look and great bases too. What are you planning as (fodder) opposition in the Summer for these beauties?

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    1. I have a pack of Defiance games USMC to act as food, erhm I mean opposition. Thanks Simon.

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  5. Very nice indeed there Clint and I love the colours

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    1. Thanks Pete. I wanted them dark and brooding. Just right for sneak attacks.

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    1. Not really your cup of tea old bean. But I suspect you will like the Sudan cavalry on Curts challenge.

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  7. I'm telling you what, I like the variety of things you're doing for the Challenge. I think it's brought your brushwork up to a whole new level.

    I was tickled pink to see you do these guys!

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    1. Thank you Anne. Harpies on the paint table now... and a few Zulus! Always more Zulus.

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    1. Thanks Bob I was trying to echo the film with the shininess. It may not work on the game table but I do hope so.

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  9. Nice mash-up of the Genestealers and their cinematic inspiration. Good stuff. :)

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    1. Thanks Citizen. Clearly not a new idea but I still like to think it has legs!

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  10. Very nice - I do like a good scary alien especially when the head is mounted !

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  11. Great work on these "Aliens" Clint. They're close enough in looks and the glossy, wet look works very well on them.

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    1. I am glad you agree Bryan. They don't have to be perfect, just close enough to give the right feel.

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  12. I really liked the way you did these mate. Very "Alien" indeed.

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    1. Thank you Millsy. You can't do them spot on but as long as they have the same or close atmosphere.

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  13. Good job on the aliens. Genestealers make good bugs, even for non-GW uses.

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    1. Thanks No Body. As you probably know I am not a GW fan but that does not stop me using figures that are close enough.

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  14. I like these a lot and I wish I'd painted my genestealers similarly to yours - they're perfect for alien style beasts.

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    1. Well Joe you can always repaint them. The colour scheme is very simple, just the darkest green you have and black ink washes until they are as dark as you nee them to be. Then pick out the claws in a different colour. Job done.

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    1. Thanks Paul it should be just another bug hunt though.

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  16. A nice overall effect Clint, the gooey look turned out well and Oh! those claws, very nasty man.

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  17. I agree with you that some of the Games Workshop Tyranids make excellent "bugs". Personally I use gaunts rather than genestealers, but that's simply because I find them easier to store. I'm not totally convinced by the gloss finish, though.

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    1. Thanks C6. It would be boring indeed if we all were convinced by the same things. I must admit I did think of guants but only in passing. genestealers were always he front runners for me.

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  18. Great effect here Clint. Nice work!

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  19. They are fantastic! I agree, GW makes some nice things and I've been using their beastmen in similar fashion.

    I think I'll need a box of genestealers for the same purpose now! They might not really look like Aliens, but they are suitably hive-y.

    As for scenarios, here are some ideas out of my head:
    Lab/space base gets attacked by aliens
    Human forces come to save what can be saved
    They go search lab, sleeping quarters, depots whatever
    They lose some of their members (missing in action), so they go search for them
    They get ambushed by aliens
    They find the queen/boss
    They find the room filled with eggs (and some of their members) that have to be burnt
    They need extra power, so they attack alien infested warehouse where mega robot/forklift/loader/exosceleton is stored
    They need cure, so they also double check medical facilities
    They find out aliens are awesomely smart (and mostly come at night...mostly), so they go and destroy communications equipment

    and so on!

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    1. Thanks Mathyoo. A nice variety of bug hunt ideas.

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  20. They look great in this colour scheme Clint fantastic job!

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